Kold Kats?

MuckleyKat wasn’t happy with wet feet or wind.  She didn’t find swirling snow near as pretty as I did, lol.   This look is one of “could you quit poking around with the wood and come OPEN the DOOR!!!” 

And yes,  I stopped and let her inside.   See that greenhouse room in the background…it has a heater, cat beds AND fresh water.  There is shelter for kold kats.   Only 2 out of about 7 of them have figured it out.  They have a little flap to go in/out and be protected from the wind.  Dumb kats!

FraidyKat came back inside too.   He promptly made himself at home with Ernie’s tobaggon caps and gloves.   I’m not sure what this pose is…he looked happy.

Susan ~ Patchkat

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The problem with a fireplace ~ wood hog

Ernie decided we needed more wood brought up to the house.  That meant a trip to the back 40 where he cut and stacked Mesquite wood several seasons ago. 

Rather than trying to get the wheel barrow around, he borrowed the son-in-law’s idea of a tarp.   So, we bundled up, trudged out to the back 40, loaded up the tarp with what we could pull and have enough wood on the deck for the next couple of days. 

 Thanks, Rustin!  It works as well for firewood as it did for pulling leaves around  the yard  :-)

We got back to the house and Ernie grabbed a shovel to help our neighbor dig his truck out from where it was stuck in the back alleyway.

I unloaded the wood onto the deck.  Ernie came back, split a few of the larger pieces and carried some into the house.  Think we’re set for a day or so. 

The fireplace is not the most efficient!  It  LOVES wood.  It can burn through a pile of wood in nothing flat!!!  We’ve talked about pulling the firebox out and installing a Franklin.  We had a Franklin in our first home in El Paso and loved it.   It burned slow and for a long time on a load of wood.  

Our current fireplace has blowers so it does circulate the warmed air.   The fireplace is quaint…it’s insert is ancient and discolored AND pulling away from the brick.  Maybe someday, we’ll get around to reworking and doing something different. 

Ernie is like most husbands…if it aint broke…

Susan ~ Patchkat

More on birds

If you’re not into birds, move on now, lol.  This one is all birds.

 The birds were happy to see the feeders full this morning.  There are cardinals, pine siskins and red wing black birds all lined up to feed.  

 

They were flying into the bushes and back to the feeders.

The fig bush had it’s share of “waiters” for a turn at the feeders.

There were 12 cardinals,  6 or 7 blackbirds along with about 6 pine siskins. 

I need to carry some water out.  Our temps are showing 16 and the windchill is -5.   That’s just a little cold for me!  I’m allergic!

Oh…while I was shooting through the window at the bird feeders, look who was scurrying through the woods.  I didn’t even see the squirrel out there, but the cameral caught him in action.

Maybe if the squirrel stays in the back 40, the kitties will leave it alone.  They don’t have real long lives here with kitties, owls and hawks all watching for them. 

I’ll keep my camera ready, who knows what fun stuff will appear.

Susan ~ Patchkat

Snow Day!!!!

Ernie had to cancel his Dr. appt. in Dallas and I’m home on a snow day!  . 

It started raining about 10pm and turned to slush, sleet and snow in the early morning hours.  Ernie was awake every 2 hours and gave me a running commentary on the weather, lol. 

We had kitties who wanted to go out and kitties wanting to come in all night long.

Fresh snow with kitty tracks is always pretty…kitty tracks are in a line, just one set of holes.  They’re so dainty about how they walk in the snow. 

 The back yard looks cluttered, but the trees will benefit from the slow melting moisture.  Everything here is way dry and we’re in drought conditions.  We’re praying for rain on a daily basis, so even snow is welcome.

Here is my “abominable snowman”.  He went out to look for burnable wood.  We’ve fired up the fireplace for the first time this winter. 

Fire’s blazing, blowers are going and the living room is getting toasty warm!  Time for me to look at some quilting.

Susan ~ Patchkat