Monday, October 16, 2017

A quick "hello"

I am just posting a quick "hello" as I am busy again today. 

While Audrey snoozed the morning away,

 Annie and I cleaned out my cluttered country cottage china cupboard.
Why do I have so many dishes?

"Sorry, Annie...It couldn't last forever."

Yes, we baked cookies, too.
Applesauce Oatmeal Pecan Cookies.
Best Fall Cookie, ever.
Just try and eat only one. HA! 
I have posted the recipe many times and
will post again this week for those new to my blog. 

Off to pick out doors

hugs, Deb

Monday, October 9, 2017

Being Thankful

Is there anything better than the smell of pumpkin bread in the oven on a beautiful, crisp fall day?

 I didn't think so. :)

These loaves and a few other delights were heading to the Country Cat Rescue Annual Thanksgiving Bake Sale last weekend. I have known the founder, Gwen Thompson, for over twenty years now.I can honestly say that she is the most hard-working and dedicated cat rescuer I have ever met. This lady is the real deal. When other rescues are full to the brim and cannot take on another stray Gwen will somehow find a spot so that the cat is safe and out of harms way. She cares deeply for her rescues and houses them at her sanctuary providing them with all their needs until they can be adopted out to a loving and forever home. If the cat is un-adoptable for whatever reason it will become a permanent resident of the spacious and clean sanctuary. No cat is turned away.

I finally got at my garden clean-up and let me tell you it is no where near as fun to clean it as it is to plant it. Uh uh!

I was amazed at how many rather large toads I discovered in my over-run veggie garden today. I used to be afraid of them but now I enjoy watching them as they hop around. I wonder if I will ever feel that way about the sssssnake. Who am I kiddin'... NOPE!

Annie and Audrey are happy comfy cats these days.

 Audrey loves the Cat Dancer.
I'm so thankful that she's back to her old self.

The construction has stopped for now as we line up our roofers and have the basement floor insulated then poured.  We are waiting on our windows, too. There is a lot of 'waiting' while building a home.

Lots coming up but it's been quiet this week.

Most mornings I like to walk the paths in our wood-lot. The Autumn light is beautiful coming through the branches of the many maple trees. All is quiet but the sound of the birds and the chipmunks chattering away.

I have been getting the wood-lot critters used to me wandering about and leaving them seed and nuts for them to learn to trust. There are so many chippies, squirrels and birds that never come up to the front of our property and make the wood-lot their home. I refer to them as the shy ones. Most of them live amongst the stones in the wall.

It's time to bulk them up for winter so I'm spending more time doing just that.

We celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada yesterday. In order to round up the grandittles I did what I do with the cats with cat-nip; I lured them with cake pops to the couch.

And this is what I got. lol

I can't tell you what joy these five bring to my life.  That's grand-kitty Cooper photo-bombing.

We had a wonderful day with family and ate far too much as usual.  I had not posted about it, but my youngest daughter had just returned from a road trip to the United States and was in Las Vegas up until three days before the shootings. They spent five days there taking in the sights and the music concerts.

Before the dinner, I raised a glass to her safe return and thanked Almighty God for keeping her in his care.

This is a Thanksgiving, friends, I will never forget.

hugs, Deb

Monday, October 2, 2017

Catchin' up with life

It's amazing how far behind you can get when your world is consumed with caring for a loved one. And yes, that includes a cat.
But Audrey is getting better every day.

All those nasty meds did a number on her coat so after her birthday lunch on the weekend there was a grooming session to make her beautiful again.
 But nothing works better than the 'ol cat tongue.

The mouse-house needs some pampering and I have two birthdays to catch up with.  I have never been late with a friends' card in the mail so she thought I had died. She reminds me I have sent her a card ON TIME for thirty years. My sister has a birthday this week and is tough to buy for so I need to get at it. And, I want to have dinner out with my sis because we both love to eat. lol
I had made plans weeks ago to sweater shop with my daughter and well, you guessed it. We haven't done that yet, either.
So now that Audrey is improving each day and sassy again I have to get goin'.

 I also need to visit the cemetery and lay flowers for my mom. It's been twenty years since she left us and I still miss her everyday.

I have a garden that looks terrible and needs to be put to bed. Where are those garden fairies when you need them? And why did I plant such a big garden anyway?
If I have to look another tomato in the face I'm going to scream.  All I want now is root veggies; carrots, parsnips, turnip, cabbage, sweet potatoes and so on. It must be fall. :)

There is a bake sale fundraiser for a favorite cat rescue coming up so I have to get busy making pumpkin loaves for the event. The ones I made last week are....gone. :)
This particular fundraiser is always a big success and the rescue depends on these events to pay for multiple cat spays and neuters and, of course, the unexpected vet bill. Country Cat Rescue has been going strong for thirty-five years.

Today we picked out doors for the interior and exterior of the house, found a recommended stair guy to build two stairs; one to the basement and one to the loft and picked out a rustic-looking door for the main floor bathroom. So it's been a productive day.
I need a few more of those.

 Grand-dog Forrest came out for a visit and wasn't quite sure what to make of the new construction. And then he saw a squirrel...

Thanks for stopping by. 
Enjoy your day,
 hugs, Deb

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Pumpkins and a pussy-cat.

Friday was a good day.

Audrey has beat this vertigo thing. She is now walking straight ("phew! YAH! YIPPEE!") and jumping up on things again. I'd say she is almost back to her old self. I am so thankful.
She is still exhausted from it all but we all know that cats can catch up on lost sleep with little problem. :)

Saturday she enjoyed a favorite lunch and a new mouse to celebrate her belated 6th birthday. I know her exact birthday because she was exactly one day old when I first laid eyes on her. She's grown up with real character and we've enjoyed every day with her since.
                     She's back jumping up on everything.

We were off to Miller's Farm for pumpkin-pickin' last week.
Now the construction site has a little bit of Autumn loveliness to take the roughness away.

Fall at the mouse-house...and a bit. :)

I hope you are all enjoying your seasonal weather.
We are hoping it continues here as there is a roof to have installed,  stairs to build, floors to go in along with windows.
No one here wants +30C anymore.
 We welcome the fall crispness and cool winds.

hugs, Deb 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Let's build that house and Audrey's update

Fall has arrived in Ontario but by the temperatures you would never believe it. It has been HOT!
Thank goodness our builders are easy going and try to make the best of this sticky hot weather. "Lots of water, please."

Here's just a few photos of the construction this week.

 More coming.

Audrey update 
It's all good news. :)
The infection in her ears has completely gone after two runs of antibiotics and ear-drops. The vet could not see any sign of the polyp today. It has either shrunk from the medication, and the remedies we had her holistic vet prescribe, or it has moved out of the ear canal. Her surgeon/vet said sometimes they will move down into the back of the throat but she did not see anything.
Audrey showed no sign of discomfort when she was examined today.
Her ear canal was clear and clean.

I can't describe the relief I felt.

We talked about the constant circling and she said the vertigo can take time to heal and I should start to see the circling lessen as time goes. I'm to keep her informed.
I mentioned to her that Audrey jumped up on a chair and then onto the table today. I also watched her jump to the second landing on her cat tree.
Dr. Nunn (surgeon) just smiled and said,
"it's all good."
So Audrey is happy to be home and she celebrated with her favorite dinner.  

Thank you again for all your good wishes and your heart-felt prayers for Audrey. I know, without a doubt, that healing hands found their way to her.
We love our little audacious one.
hugs, Deb

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A little light in the tunnel

Today is the first day of fall and September is moving at the speed of light.
I don't know where the last week has gone.
 Audrey is top priority these days and only yesterday, after days of worry, I saw her health take a turn for the better. She is now finished with antibiotics and seems not to need the meticam for the last two days. She is eating well; more with gusto, and is once again moving around the mouse-house. But, she still walks in circles; moving constantly to the right. You can imagine how frustrating this is for her; and so tiring. It tears me apart.
Because of this I am carrying her around much of the day and keeping her beside me by brushing her gently with her favorite brush.
Her next appt. will tell us if the infection is completely gone. We then have to discuss what to do about the polyp in her ear canal. Until it is removed the vet does not expect to see an improvement in her movement. This is far from over, even though I thank God and You for all your good thoughts and prayers, and I am so thankful that she is feeling better.
She joined her mom in a sun-puddle today.

Still loves her hidey-hole.

The house-building carries on. The house is wrapped in insulation and the roof-trusses arrived today. 
It will soon look like a real house.

David has been by to check on the construction, being a guy and all.

Look at that mug. lol
 He is just here for a belly-rub, shameless fella that he is, and it is always fun to have him drop by. I never let him near the old pump where Simon lives. He's a Mighty Hunter, as you know.

Our garden won't quit. 
No one visits the mouse-house and goes home empty-handed. 

My web cam has revealed our mystery visitors; three very big and very healthy-looking raccoons.
I'm pretty sure it is the mom and two babes that started coming for food last winter. By the looks of them they should do well this coming winter with the extra weight they have on their chubby bodies. 
No cat.

Have a good weekend, everyone.
Please keep Audrey in your thoughts and prayers.
hugs, Deb 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Around and about the mouse-house

We have had some very hot summer-like days this past week. I think we are now getting our summer as it was too wet from June right through August. This is really a treat right now as there is always a nice breeze that comes with the warm weather.

Audrey is doing much the same; no real change yet. She has meds to finish and another vet visit ahead and I can then give you an update on how she is doing. She really needs me right now and she is top priority. I don't go far. 
Thank you again for your thoughts and prayers and please keep them coming. xo

I have had a web-cam put on the maple today, right next to the feeders, as I have a sneaking suspicion that there is a cat coming in the wee hours of the  night to eat.
There is a scent there in the morning and I recognize it as cat spray. I have always left crusts, a little dry cat food and apples out for a family of raccoons that found the mouse-house last winter. I never stopped feeding them even when spring came. Now I wonder what else comes around hoping to find a bite to eat. The mystery should soon be solved. 
At five p.m. the Mourning Doves arrive. We have about a dozen that come to eat each evening. They wait patiently on a wire for me to fill their platform feeder and sprinkle a bit of seed on the grass. They do prefer to eat off the ground.
They are a beautiful bird.

Poor Annie spent much of the day waiting at the window for the builders to come.
She doesn't understand that people need time off so I had to open a fresh bag of freeze-dried chicken strips just to make her happy and lure her away from her perch. :) 
She's such a sassy cat. =^..^=

Enjoy your evening.

hugs, Deb

Friday, September 15, 2017

As we go...

 The house is coming along.
 (back of breeze-way)

The door behind me is off the bedroom that leads to the porch.
I tested it out today. :)
What a gorgeous day it is.
Porch will be wrap-around.

And our garden just keeps on giving

 Tomato sandwiches and tomato soup on the menu.

This pumpkin-head gal came home with me from the Farmer's Market.

The grandittles will like her.

Audrey is resting under Kane's watchful eye.
I know if Kane were here today he would be staying close to her.
We keep on moving forward; today was better than yesterday. Antibiotics can be hard on cats and we deal with the side-effects. I thank God she is eating well.
Thank you again for your thoughts and prayers for our little furry girl. She is worth to me all the care she needs right now so I am not going far. Duty calls. xo

Enjoy your day.

hugs, Deb

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


I have very few words tonight as I am 'done'. I am still struggling with Audrey's health issues as she is continuing to suffer with vertigo caused by the URI. We are working on the infection that has caused fluid in the ear and the polyp. This is not a quick fix, I guess. :( Thank God she is eating and pain-free with her medication. My biggest worry is the vertigo that is causing her to walk in circles.
                                                               taken this morning

She is on meds for vestibular disease so please keep her in your thoughts and prayers for recovery. She is eating and uses her box but she paces and is confused. Of course, there are side-effects to all medication.
With all that's going on I am very tired; exhausted, actually, but I can show you how things are going with the build at the mouse-house.
So enjoy my rather 'quiet' post. 

Today is Audrey's 6th birthday. Thank you for your good wishes and prayers. 

Waiting on roof trusses

the end of the day
 hugs, Deb