Thursday, October 23, 2014

Garden Tour Thursday

IZA:  First, I want to say how amused I was that so many Beins wanted ta kiss my toesies on Tuesday.  Do you know where those toesies have been?  I probaly walk on dead bugs alla time outside and then there is the litterbox...  MOL!

But enough of THAT.

Lets go take a look around the yard.  I warn you, some of it is sad...

The deck Caladiums are starting to suffer from the cool nights.  Very soon, TBT will take them inside and try to save the bulbs. For next year.
The Impatiens are still doing OK.  And we have to admit that we like them better than we thought we would.  Pretty good flowers fer shade.
The Coleus are also stayin nice.  But we think we want more colors next year.  Would Coleus mixed with Impatiens look good?  Mebbe mixed color Coleus would be better.
 Some of the ferns are dyin back...
And the Hostas...
But there are a few ferns what seem ta stay green all year long.  I like those.
An here is pawsatively the LAST butterfly bush flower of the year.  The hummers are gone fer the year, but I really did see one butterfly flitting about yesserday.  It better take off fer the south soon though.
The Autumn Joy Sedums are stayin red.  I hope they last a while.  They are usually the last ta go.
But there still are the Zinnias.  I'm giving them an awardie fer their flowers bein open so long and resisting the coolth.We are thinking all RED next year.  But TBT says it depends on what seeds we already have left over.  Obviously, he's CHEAP.  No sense of PURRFECTION.
An finally, we have one of our numerous Nip plants!  Go ahead an Nom a leaf.  Or roll on it.  We got plenty.

Thanks fer coming along on the Garden Tour this week.

So...  Lets sit on the lawn fer a while and see what Ayla an TBT have arranged fer snacks.  Hmmm, Ham!  Ham cubes, Ham juice with Nip, and some shredded cheeses!  Looks good...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Toesie Tuesday

IZA:  Quiz Time!

Front paw or back paw?
 Back paw!  Here, I'll hold it up so you can get a good look...
Alla you who got it right get a gold star.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Tocktober Day?

Fer some reason, we thought TODAY was Tocktober Day.  Well, mainly cuz we found an old post on a previous October 20 labelled that.  So "just in case", we are postin our best Tock Shots (which happen ta be a couple years old, since we are more cautious about what pictures we let TBT take these days)...




Sunday, October 19, 2014

Easy Like Sunday

AYLA:  After Brunch, we were all sittin by the door waitin ta go out.
It looked pretty good, all sunny.
With the leafs dancin around...
Iza an I were patient, but Marley was looking all around, worried that he was missin out on mousie hunting.
 He finally turned an asked TBT ta just "let us out, already".
Which he did and Marley charged out.  We both stuck our nosies out first.  Well, we discovered WHY the leafs were dancin around.  It was WINDY.  So we both stayed inside.  Iza an I dont much like the wind unner our tails.

Marley can stand out there in the wind iffen he wants, but Iza an I are takin it Easy inside...

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Caturday Saturday

IZA:  Just wanted ta show the difference.

What difference you ask? 

OK, on TBTs lap.  Unscritched...
Obviously, "scritched" is lots better...

Friday, October 17, 2014

Freaky Friday

AYLA:  Speaking of the Hidey Hole, here is the problem...  Old pictures, but still true ones.

There is allus an IZA around, waiting...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Hidey Hole

TBT here:  It's going to be too rainy/wet today for a Garden Tour, so I'll fill in myself and let the Mews nap.  You are welcome to join them BTW.  Lots of room on the waterbed.

The Hidey Hole is a bit unusual, and we haven't mentioned it for a while, so let me explain about it.

When I moved here, there was an empty corner in the kitchen for a table.  I didn't need that, but I sure needed more counter and cabinet space.  So I added some.  It was easier than you might think.
Forgive the clutter.  I get too busy to take out only what I need at the time, so things tend to stay out.  But I'll add some descriptions of stuff.

Top row, Chafing dish, Grden Harvest Basket, Ham Roaster on Turkey Platter, and marinating tupperware container, large sieve, on gorgeous glazed serving bowl.

Middle:  Microwave on MDF shelf (to free up counter space).

Countertop:  Left to Right - Ginzu knives (they really ARE good) and behind those are cannisters of rice, egg noodles, and lasgna noodles.  Toaster, Breadman II, Eukanuba kibbles (treats for mine), sunflower placemat I'm straightening, ceramic green tea bag holder, various kitchen tools,and pizza shovel on the wall.  Cat food bowls on the floor in non-skid holders (Iza could move a food bowl from the kitchen to the basement otherwise).  The empty bowl holder is Ayla's because she has decided she wants to eat up on the shoe rack mostly, but acts insulted if there isn't a bowl holder in HER spot in the kitchen. 

The possibility of the cabinet addition was probably anticipated in the design of the kitchen, since a standard 60"x26" counter fits perfectly in the space.  But I have floor vents and the new cabinets would have closed off the vent, so I made a cutout at the bottom of the kick space to let air flow out.

Every new kitten who has come here (from Skeeter to Marley) has almost immediately discovered this Cave Of Safety.  Skeeter spent his first 3 days hiding in there (he was utterly traumatized by loud noisy renovations at the little pet store I found him at).  I pushed bowls of food and water in there for him until he came out.  And oh boy, that took some awkward cleaning up afterwards!!!

LC hid in there for only 1 day, and Ayla, Iza, and Marley each took their turn hiding in there until they got used to the sounds/smells/activities of the house.

Ayla, being small, still goes in there for occasional privacy to this day.  I considered once putting a screen to cover it, but then decided "Why"?  Iza can't get in there anymore, but Marley can with a bit of effort (on his side).  And even Ayla has to "bellywalk" out, so it isn't a good pouncing spot.  Any cat coming out is more likely to GET pounced than to pounce themselves.

I do occasionally have to scoop out some cat toys from the Hidey Hole.  Ayla will sometimes bring in her favorite old cloth mousie toy when she goes in there, but mostly it is Iza who whaps one in and then can't retrieve it.

I made a "toy retriever" years ago when the previous refrigerator had enough space under it for toy mousies to get lost under.  Its a simple thing of 1/4" plywood 1" wide and 18" long with a 2" piece glued to the end.  I use it now to scrape out toys in the hidey hole and under some low furniture.

But that's the origin of the Hidey Hole...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tummy Tuesday

IZA:  Hi!  I am doing my "Sunshine On My Tummy" dance today.  After several cloudy drizzly days, we have bright sunshine again.

Get out of my picture, Marley!

Ahem, annyway, I am doing my Tummy dance on a nice soft doormat.
I let myself go all flat an spread out ta soak in as much sunshine as possible.
Then I do a BIG stretch ta pull all that sunshine down deep in me.
An then I roll all about ta spread it around in me!
Cuz its sposed ta get all cloudy an rainy again tomorrow, so I want ta get all full of it...

Monday, October 13, 2014

Mancat Monday

MARLEY:  Well, ya caught me just wakin up!  I sleep unner the blankies a lot.  But He got up so carefully, I dint really notice.  So I was just sitting there "head out", iffen ya know what I mean.
And then later, he went playing with the picture. Cute, I spose.  But I still wasn't quite awake.
But mostly, I yawned.  Then I realized I was the only one in the bed.  So I hadda get up.  
Well, we get breakfast when TBT gets up, which is allus good.  I just dint know at first he was making his permanent "get-up".  He fooled me this time.  He gets up sometimes at night, so knowin when he is REALLY up is tricky sometimes.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Easy Like Sunday

AYLA:  We are taken it REAL easy today.  Sleepin mostly.  I'm in the doggie bed. 
Well, I really like all the extra space.  It seems "Princessy"
Iza has taken over TBTs computer chair this morning.
She DOES look good an comfy there...
So where is Marley?  Ah, his hammick!
But it looks like he is readier ta face the day than Iza an Me are.
He's allus a bit hungrier after the nightime...

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Caturday Saturday

MARLEY:  I wait fer tossed kibbles in here sometimes.  Dont worry.  Ya see that green twist tie?
That door is TIED open!
So I don't mind.    In fact, I think I'll take a nappy...