Friday, June 17, 2011

Life On The Farm

Since my last post in February....LOL!  I has been very busy on the farm.

In early spring a neighbor burned our pasture and now it is very green and will be ready for haying at the end of next month.

One day in early May we came home from work and found a newborn kitten underneath a tree in our front yard.  We waited to see if a Momma cat was coming back for it, but she never did.  I took the little thing inside and cleaned it up and cleaned the dirt out of its mouth and those nights of newborn feeding started.

I took the kitten to work with me and put it in a box underneath my desk.  I didn't want my supervisor to find out that I brought it to work.  Five co-workers knew and they all formed a plan on how to raise the kitten in the work area without the higher ups finding out.

After a week I was contacted by the local Humane Society. They had received a Momma cat with a few kittens.  I took the baby to the foster parents and the Momma cat took right to the baby.  Once the baby is weaned, I will get her back.  She is an orange tabby.

Not sure how my two indoor cats are going to take it, but they will eventually get used to her.

The farm is a good place for strays and right now we have two orange female cats and they each have three kittens for a total of six babies about 7-8 weeks old.  One cat has two orange kittens and one orange and white and the other has the opposite - two orange and white and one orange.

We purchased a tractor in May and on Memorial Day when my hubby was bush hogging on the south side of the barn he came across a dead Momma cat and three live kittens.  We took the kittens for the foster parents and the Momma once again took to the babies.  One baby died and the others: one female, one male are doing well.  They are also orange kittens, so we figured the newborn we found was part of this little family.

The weather has been weird this year and because of it and other happenings, I have not planted a garden.  I did start on a Fairy Garden, and I hope to get it finished soon.

Another thing I did was start a part-time business helping authors promote their books.  Most of them are self-published authors.  I call the business Black Lilac Kitty after the colors of two of the indoor cats.  The web site   www.blacklilackitty.com  and right now I am hosting two contests: one contest every month and a summer special contest.

I will try my best to keep this blog going, however, I find that time just passes me by so quickly that I have a hard time catching up.

Till next time....

Friday, September 3, 2010

Fuzz Bucket

While sitting at my desk at work, I received a phone call from my hubby who is home packing for a camping trip.  I don't know why he said, "I found your Tommy."  I don't know a 'Tommy' nor have I had an animal named 'Tommy.' 

After a while I realized that he was talking about "Fuzz Bucket."  A male cat born around the first of October last year to the stray "Ginger" who adopted us.  "Fuzz" was one of those little kittens I am holding in a photo in a previous blog post.  He was the 'runt' of that litter.

My hubby found "Fuzz" dead in the barn.  Fuzz Bucket had missed dinner and breakfast for about the last two day: very unlike him. Hubby said that he could see no bite marks, but that really means nothing living way out in the country like we do.  The way that cats roam, it is very hard to say what he got into or what got him. I will miss him and will the inside cats.  Fuzz always came to the tall skinny window by the door and put his nose there and meowed for Abby.  She would go to the window and the two would sit nose to nose with only the glass in between them.  When the door opened, Fuzz would come into the house, but only as far as the entrance way.  Both, Abby and Shy hissed at him, but never once did he hiss back.  I figured eventually he would end up a house cat.  I was wrong :-(

Out of (the stray that adopted us last year) Ginger's four kittens, he stuck around the longest.  Franky and Lucy Diaz left the farm about March and the last time that Scamper was seen he had a sore foot then disappeared in July. 

None of the cats, including Ginger, would let us get near them, except Fuzz.  He loved being held and petted.  A medium/long hair solid orange cat, he never once tried to bite or scratch- very unusual for a ferral cat.  For the last couple of weeks Fuzz has been a surrogate father-really big brother to Ginger's latest 5 kittens which will be 2 months old tomorrow: they were born July 4.


These kittens were being held when they were only 4 weeks old.  Then Ginger didn't like the fact that her babies would let humans pick them up and love them all over.  So, she must have given them a big talking to, because now they run when they see humans.

Back to Fuzz.  Hubby said that he buried him this morning outside the blacksmith shop.

To my skinny little Fuzz Bucket....may you rest in peace sweetie!





Friday, June 18, 2010

Joy

"Joy is not in things; it is in us."
Wilhelm Richard Wagner (1813-1883)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Daisy Investigates





Hi Ya All!

I'm Daisy.  Mom calls me Daisy May.  I am 10 years old.  I will be 11 on April 1.  I am part Rottweiler and part Terrier.  Long story, that I will not go into.


On my morning walk with Dad, I found this mound of dirt in the middle of the field.


Wonder what critter dug this?

The entrance is the top photo and the exit is the bottom photo.


Ummm, a rabbit?  a coyote?  a gopher?  a ground hog?

I am not sure.  I am new at being a farm dog and haven't seen lot of other critters.

I hear the coyotes howl at night and I worry about the four little kittens that live in the barn.  There mother, Ginger, takes really good care of them.  I even let them slip into my kennel for water when they drink their bowl dry.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Snow Drift Morning



The pole closet to the front is the third one from the house.  You can see that we started out okay, then hit some small drifts.




Here you can see the road in front of us.




The road behind us.













From the angle of the photo it is hard to tell that the drifts are up past the wheel well and up to the door.

The wind is still howling and the snow is still drifting and the road grader has not been out yet today and we don't know when he will be by.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Sew on Snow Days



Last week I was home from work for two days because of snow.  It was during this same time that Santa was due to visit the nursing home where my mother-in-law lives.  It was up to the families to make sure their loved ones had a gift from Santa.  Being snowed in meant that I could not get out to go shopping.  So, I decided to sew up a stocking.  Here is the finished stocking.  One side I used material that looked like a crazy quilt and the other side, I used various materials in strips.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Ginger's Four Babies....Kittens that is...

Here are some photos of the farm kittens born around the first of October 2009.  Ginger is the Momma.



This is the runt of the four kittens.
















Here is the little runt again.







There always has to be one different than the others in the bunch.  Can you guess which one is different? :)

 Do you see those beautiful blue eyes?

These two seem to hang together all the time.

This one is very feisty.


Chillin' with Momma Cat, Ginger.   As you can see, Ginger is keeping an eye out for the little ones.  She already sees the human and the camera.




"Don't get to close to my Babies!"
Notice that Ginger changed positions. 




I said, "Back off, human! Don't you dare come near my Babies!"