Trying to get healthy around here – NOT

Just finished a 10 day course of radiation in Abilene yesterday.  Sure glad to have that done.  The treatments really wear me out, but add 2 hours worth of driving after working most of the day….you end up with one exhausted cookie.   Therefore,  I’ve been missing in action again.

I will say that it feels like the radiation has helped my right hip some.   Jury is still out on the back/rib area.   Still have the big knot on the back of my skull and it’s pretty tender.   Praying these issues will all resolve themselves and with the Lord’s grace,  I can move on to living my life normally for awhile.   Apparently insurance hasn’t approved the new chemo drug yet, so we’re still in limbo on that.

We went to Winters, TX last weekend for a “Save the Memories Day”…had Tractor Olympics,  a couple of bands belting out music, a quilt show and a parade of old cars, tractors and fire trucks.   They are raising monies to put a new roof on their beloved old Rock Hotel.   Hoping they did well!   We looked through the exhibits,  had some hot dogs and enjoyed ourselves greatly.   Oh…we DID get to visit with Wanda and her husband, Charles!   That was the best part!

Had lunch with a good friend from the Baird Housing Authority today!   Was great visiting with you Ronda!  Let’s do it again soon.  Prayers for your Mom’s continued recovery.

The weather front has been mixed blessings the past week or so…we’ve had 93 degree days…and 26 degree nights.   Ernie has covered/uncovered plants until he’s tired of messing with them.   The wild plum and the pecans had already flowered when the freeze hit, so we’re figuring nothing there for another year.   However,  his tomato and  potato plants  look good.    We’ve had a tiny bit of rain and a couple of drizzly mornings with much cooler temperatures.  That’s really good for the lettuces and spinach.

I thought we were down to 1 rooster and 1 hen, but there are still 2 hens running with the rooster.   That’s a good thing.  I wish we had about 20 more hens out there and a coop!   Ernie got some more chicken scratch and the doves came back.   Guess they don’t like the cat food like the chickens do :-)    Those guys will come up on the deck for cat food…and brave the cats!

Speaking of cats….Ernie put Blaze out the other night (normal thing) and we haven’t seen him since.  Hoping he hasn’t run afoul of a predator.   If he’s gotten hurt,  maybe he’s holed up somewhere till he regains his strength.  Just makes us sick though.   That’s the trouble with kitties allowed to go outside.  You cannot protect them 24/7.

Now,  maybe I’ve got you caught up on life on the Bayou!


Susan ~ Patchkat



Rain, Rain, Hail?

We’re back on Texas weather…..

We had a wonderful rain.  It’s rained most of the day,  light showers,  heavy rains…then came the hail.  So glad we have our cars under cover.

this was the little planter box DSCF9796

the side yard with hail falling DSCF9797

and a quick look across the road DSCF9794

Ernie couldn’t resist gathering a handful of ice DSCF9799

Thank you Lord for all the moisture!


Susan ~ Patchkat

New kitty room?

I’ve decided what we need for revamping our little greenhouse/kitty room.   I’m thinking it will include lots of sweat equity and about 6 windows and screens for the North and East walls to completely enclose that end of the deck.   We have a spot where there at one time was an A/C unit…that would make a great “door” for the kitties to go between the house to their new room.   Of course, it would require a shelf and some smaller shelves up the wall (like stairs) for them….but they could safely lay out and watch the wildlife, enjoy the fresh air and the sunshine.

Sadly,  it would mean the outside kitties would no longer have access to the greenhouse in the winter, but…I have another plan for a new space for them…one that isn’t exposed to the North winds…and would be easier to heat.   Still need to finish measuring and drawing before I can really say it would work.   Even better,  there is a small wooden storage shed on the property that could be moved and repurposed for additional kitty housing.   That one will take a little research to see what we can do with it.

Now,  I’m on the lookout for those 6 matching windows w/screens.   I contacted Abilene’s Habitat “restore” store.   Maybe they’ll come back with just exactly what we need.

Do you have an enclosed “sun porch” or greenhouse?   How did you enclose it?  Is it heated?  Do you run a ceiling fan for summer usage?   What about mosquitos and bugs?

Susan ~ Patchkat

3 year wonder???



Only took this cactus (the one on the left) 3 years to produce this lovely salmon colored bloom.   Guess I’ll keep it for another year or two :-)   It is one of my favorite colors.

Susan ~ Patchkat


Okay, so I’m waiting the 10 minutes….

Yesterday was  cold and overcast…high of 45….low of 28. brrrr!!

Today is hot and sunny…high of 85….low of 48…and windy as all get out!

Tomorrow will be cloudy,  86 high and a low of 60.  That sounds do-able to me :-)

All that is cool, but wait 10 minutes…it’s bound to change!

Sure enough,  SUNDAY…stormy, high of 63,  low of 18!!!   REALLY?

We’re planting garden tomorrow…guess it will have to take it’s chances through next weeks wild weather ride!

For today,  it’s hold onto your hats and skirts…we’re blowing at 25-30 mph and gusting into the 45 mph range.  This kind of weather is always bad for us because it brings with it a high fire dangers.

Susan ~ Patchkat


Welcome back Ms. Winter!

What a short Spring & Summer, lol….we have had some beautiful upper 60-70 degree days…balmy,  sunshine, nice breezes.   Short weather.    Forget that for awhile.    Ms. Winter has returned with a vengeance.    See those bands of white and blue across Texas.   Winter weather, rainy, cold, drizzly and possibly some sleet for today.

current color enhanced goes east infrared image

Yesterday’s high was 45 degrees….low last night – 26.    Today,  we’re looking at a high of 34 with the low of 28 tonight.   The next 10 days…we’re looking at ups and downs from an almost 80 degree day to lots of 40-50 degree days and freezing nights.   Brrrrr.   Winter graphics

It’s time to be planting and this weather is really not conducive to good results.    We’re still planning to get the rest of our garden in this weekend.    Hoping the soil will insulate seeds and seedlings till we warm up again.   We don’t have fruit trees yet.   That’s a good thing as most of the local trees are flowering and this freezing snap will probably kill the crop for this year.    We do have 1 wild plum, but it’s not flowering.   Probably will be by the weekend.   It’s still small enough that we can cover it with a tarp if need be.    Last year, it had flowers but never set fruit.   Needless to say,  we’re hoping for fruit this year!

The weather has confused all the trees and plants.   There are daffodils up all around the neighborhood…not ours.   The flowering weeds are already going strong and the trees have that “green sheen” of new growth.   The roses (which I haven’t gotten pruned yet) are putting out new leaves.   Figure the freeze will get them, so now I’ll go ahead and prune away.

Living in Texas can sometimes be a challenge if you’re growing crops.   Would it be asking too much to think that the freezing weather will kill off so many of the hated bugs?   That would be the one good thing to be said for freezes!

Susan ~ Patchkat

Getting ready for Spring planting

is definitely a job.   Garden layout takes planning and physical labor.    You can spend hours looking through seed catalogues dreaming and choosing seeds and plants.    You get the Almanac out to calculate planting days….and sketch layouts.


Saturday was beautiful.  Sunny and about 74 degrees.   Ernie pulled out the tiller and took care of the garden.    He has enough room for potatoes, okra, tomatoes, peppers and some green beans.   He had previously turned the garden boxes and planted the first rotation of onions.

We’ll wait a couple more weeks and plant another round of onions.   It’s nearly time for lettuces, kale and spinach.   Soon as the nights start warming, it’ll be time for beets, carrots, radishes.   I’m hoping we can get hoop houses made to fit the boxes before next fall.   For now,  it’s a waiting game.

Wait to till,  wait to plant, wait to see what sprouts, wait, wait, wait.

Susan ~ Patchkat