Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Suprise, Surprise

I can almost hear Keith saying
"Told you so".... 

We had an ice storm, along with thunder and lightening, 
early this morning, around 3 AM, and then more at about 6.  

I guess those bags of dirt will be there for a few days. 
They are so heavy I can't move them, and my idea was to 
cut them open and shovel them onto the bed I dug up the other day. 
They literally almost killed me to get them off the car... NO MORE 
2 cubic foot bags for this woman. 

I was helped by the kindest couple at Walmart, who helped me hoist them 
into the car... and for that matter, I won't be buying any more 
at Walmart, the lack of help couldn't have been worse. 

I have made three trips out already, spreading seed for the 
wild birds.  Thank heavens I went to the feed store yesterday. 

It's beautiful, in kind of macabre way. 

I left the chickens in the henhouse, they were NOT happy. 

I will make some oatmeal for them pretty soon, I have some dried mealworms and raisins to put in it. 

I thought it was supposed to go above freezing after noon time, but I am not sure that is going to happen now. 

The raccoons dirtied the water in the basin on the deck overnight... and then managed to almost 
dislodge the plug.  I have plugged it in, and there is a little thawed, so that the "porch birds" have something to drink.  I have filled the container in the yard twice, but every time I look out, starlings are drinking from it... they empty it quickly. 

So... this greeted me this morning. 

I think what he was actually thinking was "Hurry UP, Human mom, and leave me 
some food in that bowl on the floor".  I had two cans of cat food with me, thinking some 
of the ferals would be in the henhouse this morning. 

A raccoon had dirtied the water, so I poured it into my bucket, went out to get clean water, 
and heard the sound of a cat jumping to the closet roof from the rafters.  When I went back 
around the doorway, I saw Spooky jumping back up, but he waited patiently. 

Actually, there were several meows, and one HISS. 

I hurried to get his food down and clean water.  I heard him jump down as I left.
So, last night on the critter cam, I got confirmation that three of the four ferals are definitely still here. 

There's Spooky and Harlequin. 

The gray and white kitty from the wild area across the road... my neighbors also leave food out for him. 
I used to feed him at the end of the driveway, but I have stopped doing that, either the starlings ate it, or the raccoons.  He knows where the food is in the henhouse. 

The two black brothers, Inky and Spooky, so I have definite confirmation Inky is still around. 

And that's the gray tabby. 

I am still not sure if I have seen the other black and white neutered female, Tippy, from the original litter of four.  

And then, there was this guy. 

He left the water filthy.  I had filled the dry food all the way up last night, 
so there was plenty for everyone, and indeed, there was some left this morning. 

I had food outside, too, and I suspect it was fine until the storm came. 

Paiton and Jax spent part of the day with me yesterday, as they were on 
their end of term break... and they got up this morning to find that 
they got an extra day (they are home with brother Jacob) because of the weather. 
I am glad they are safe under their parent's roof in this bad weather. 


  1. I'm glad you are still seeing your kitties. Paiton and Jax are growing by leaps and bounds. Lily Ann is sure concentrating on something.

    lol.......when I first got a horse he was at full care. Then I ended up with 3. So I moved them to a do it yourself stable. I use to go to the feed co-op and get 100 lb. bags of oats. With 3 I had to cut costs and it was so much cheaper to do it that way. I don't know how in goodness name I got them out of the vehicle and to the tack room. Now getting a 50 lb bag is more than I can pick up.

  2. unreal! i am sitting here at 1:30 and it is almost 80 degrees!!! i am really not ready for this.

  3. does anyone offer shipping on those products? I sometimes get products like that shipped from walmart for the same price.
    Your feline collection is gorgeous!

  4. Hari OM
    BRrrrrr... February is a fickle month when it comes to the weather. I don't trust the fact we had a 'spring' day today. Guaranteed there will be more snow yet. Stay warm all at the acres!!! YAM xx

  5. I feed a cat in my pole barn, have only ever seen it on my trail cams. It has been pretty harsh this winter here in upstate NY, and so far no raccoons. I put cat food on a table, hoping they couldn't get up there...? Weather is warming now, will have to watch for them. What a bother the wildlife can be! Fun watching them on the cams though.

  6. Icy down our way too. Several fair size limbs fell from the big tree east of the shop building. It died last summer and will be taken down soon if all of it doesn't fall down first. I had to take a hammer with me to get the mailbox open so I could mail some letters. I wonder how many people didn't get mail today because their box was froze shut? Watch your footing on the ice!

  7. Those ice storms are the worst. We were up to 70 yesterday now today is cooler and raining and they say we could have ice in the morning. Take care ! Eventually Spring will come !

  8. Looks like that last photo caught everyone all comfy and cozy! It is really cold here. Mom says winter finally showed up and she isn't taking it very well.

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley


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