Thursday, August 17, 2017

Garden Tour Thursday

AYLA:  Hi, and thanks fer coming along on our Garden Tour today!  We allus love having visitors... 

Im doing the tour today cuz Ive been upset all week.   Just clippy-claws, but I'll explain about that tommorow.
With the rain every few days and sun the others, the flowers in the Hummingbird/Butterfly/Bee Garden have been doing VERY well.
So we will go out there first.  
There aren't many of annykind yet, but TBT and we hope for more next year!
Supposedly, most are self-sowing older varieties of modern hybrids. 
But as you can see there are lots of differnt colors and petals. 
 We havent seen as many of the butterflies and hummers around them, but maybe there arent enough yet.
We have seen many bees, and we think the native kind cuz they don't look like honey or bumble bees.   There ARE lots of those around the yard, but they seem to really like the clover in the lawn best. 
And the butterflies seem addicted to the butterfly bushes.  Well, with a name like that, they SHOULD be!
Most of the flowers seem like zinnias, daisies, or coneflowers.  These little ones seem marigoldish.
We really like this colorful one.  We hope there are LOTS more next year! I think TBT will even try to save some seeds.
This one is really nice too.  I like lavender colors.  They are close to my favrit color (blue).
I like this one too.
We have more of these in the Meadow Garden.  I dont mind a little overlap, but I do think the beds should look different!
Now lets go back up on the deck!  The salvias are loving the new large pots.  Thats just 3 plants.   There are 2 other pots with them, but this one is best right now.
The marigolds are happy too.   TBT mixes his own potting soil each Late Winter in a big trash can.  It is about 1/3 sifted peat moss, 1/3 sifted compost and the rest is vermiculite and perlite.  It works for seed-starting that way.  For planters, he mixes in organic 2-6-6 slow release fertilizer.  The 2 is nitrogen (for leafs) and with the compost, they don't need much more.  The 6s are phosphorus and potassium.  Phosphorus makes strong roots and flowers.  Potassium makes the stems work well and moves nutrients around.  There are micro-nutrients needed and TBT adds some kelp meal and other weird stuff.  Sort of like vitamins in our food, I guess.
 These yellow zinnias are happy in the hangin basket.  They would be bigger but the pot is small.  I think we need bigger hanging baskets next year.  Bigger pots, more flowers.  That is kind of the point of planting flowers, right?
Well, THAT was a LOT of flower-looking for one day!

Lets settle down on the shady part of the deck (or the sunny part iffen you need some solar power recharge) and see what IZA and Marley have made fer us to snack on.

Oh, today seems to be "Piggy Day"!  No, not eat like pigs, "eat pig".  We have separate saucers of little cubes of ham, pulled pork, and minced bacon.  All cooked without the nasty hot spices TBT likes.  He always cuts off a slab of the raw stuff and poaches it just fer our tender palates... 

And what is THIS?  Nip cream smoothies!  And some crunchy salmon treats for a change of tastes.  Well dome Marley and IZA!

Thank you again fer coming on our Garden Tour this week!  We enjoy spending time in our yard with all of you...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

It's My Birfday

MARLEYI'M 7 TODAY.  Seems like Ive lived my whole life here. but I was in a shelter once and then lived with a nice lady for a month after that before she learned she was allergic to me.  Then TBT brought me home.

Meezer Mews sent me a lovely card!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Toesie Tuesday

IZA:  TBT never gets tired of looking at my toesies.
Well, they ARE a good feature of mine!
And he says I keep moving them around.
Not that *I* would know...
OK, sometimes I wake up briefly...
But who could stay awake on HIS lap?
Dreaming of good things...
Mousies, TBT, toys, TBT, foods, TBT,  lap...
You would stay here too!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Answers To Comments

Once again, we answer some questions in your comments!

1.  Yesserday, we mentioned that we get more food when TBT stays up all night.  Megan asked "How does that work? If he's asleep, how can you get more foods?

Because it is nightime when he is awake.  In daytime, he is outside a lot and it is hard ta bother him.  It is either noisy equipment (and we are shut inside) or digging stuff we stay away from.  So we have to wait until he comes inside and he is all worn out an sits in a chair.  But when he is on the computer at night, we can walk all around him meowing fer food.  And we get it!

2.  Saturday, I was hiding in a box hoping for a pounce opportunity.

The Menagerie Mom asked "Oh, setting up an ambush can be so fun! You didn't have to wait long, did you, Ayla?'  Katie Isabella asked "Did some kitty come by?"

It was a total fail.  Marley and Iza were sleeping in the bedroom.  So TBT tossed in a milk ring, and I whapped that around fer a while. That helped...

3.  Freaky Friday was "A View From The Lap".  That got a lot of questions about where the treats were.

A.  Summer asked "But... where are the cat treats"?  Lone Star Cats dittoed that.  As did the Meezer Mews.  As did The Florida Furkids.

Well, when TBT sits down to dinner at the TV tray, he usually brings a couple dozen kibbles in a small bowl.  He tosses them around the room as he eats.  We LOVE chasing them as they bounce around oddly.  Sometimes, if we have just been fed Stinky Goodness, he tosses toys around instead.  But when he is done eating, the kibbles or toys are all gone.

B.  15&Meowing asked "What happened to Thursday's garden tour"?

Everything looked the same as last week, and we slept late.  So we skipped it.

4.  Womancat Wensday was about traffic on the deck rails.

A.  Mr Puddy said "Me think you are very smart to turn your face away while waiting for her to move.  Just in case.... Silent but violent".

Yeh, Iza farts.  We call them "SBDs (Silent But Deadly)".   You should hear her at night, her tummy rumbles and squeaks.  She doesn't hold her food well either (but weighs 10 pounds).  The vet can't find the problem.  He says her tummy is normal size, no blockages, no allergies, and TBT can't find a connection to any flavor or brand of food.  And we only get non-grain, non by-product Stinky Goodness.

B.  Others said to tap her back legs or push her out of the way.

Please, I (Ayla) am 6 lbs and Iza is 10.  And she is build like a brick!  I might as well try to actally shove a real brick...  The Vet allus says "Jeez, she is heavier than she looks".  Apparently, that is a Tonkie "thing".  LC was like that too, but a tuxie cobby cat.

C.  Meezer Mews said "Oh, dear, maybe TBT needs to widen that 'road' to more than one lane."

I (Alya) asked about that  and TBT said he wasn't going to put 18" wide tops on the deck rails.  He said wasps would love that for building nests under.  OK, I don't love wasps a whole lot.  So I just jump over her most of the time!  I might get a slight whap on the butt, but she keeps her claws in.  TBT says it is symbolic.


We love questions, keep them coming!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Easy Like Sunday

MARLEY:  We are getting laptime BEFORE TBT goes outside to the garden and yard for the day.  Thats unusual fer us (and him.
We appreciate it.
Oh, wait, he dint go to bed last night.  Computer stuff.  So he will go ta bed in daytime.  Well, thats HIS problem, not ours. 

Actually, we get more food that way, so we dont mind...

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Caturday Saturday

AYLA:  Night shots across the house...  More box time for me.
Im checking around ta see if Iza or Marley are sneaking up.  They arent.  
So Im crouching down ta wait for one of them ta come by.  Only my ears are paying attention, but that is enough.  
I hope somekitty comes by soon...

Friday, August 11, 2017

Freaky Friday

A view from The Lap:
Lava lamp, bookcases, cat trees, wall, container of nuts, container of fruit, remote control, glass of 'Twisted Zin' zinfandel...

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Womancat Wensday

AYLA:  I love bein up on the deck rails and walking along them.  But there are a couple chairs on the deck, and Iza can get onto the seat of them and then onto the rails.

I keep ASKING TBT ta move the chairs away from the rails, but he says that is the natural place for them.  So whenever I want ta patrol the rails, Iza is in the way...

Waiting fer her ta move her fat butt (which I reluctantly hide out of sisterly duty) is really boring.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Toesie Tuesday

IZA:  TBT allus loves seeing my toesies out while I keep his lap warm...
I sometimes think it is the only reason he has a camera.  Well, OK, also for me out on the Garden Tours...
 Marley likes ta be nearby, but *I* like to be ON. 
We have a really calm house.  MOST of the time...

Monday, August 07, 2017

Monday Zonked

IZA:  Yeah, I'm zonked out on TBTs lap again.  Its the best place.
Well, its the best and safest place *I* know of...

And Im pretty sure this is good fer TBT too!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Easy Like Sunday

AYLA:  Im on a warmed waterbed that is 8" thick.  On the waterbed, there is a blankie, a sheet, a blankie, and sheet, a blankie, a sheet, a blankie, and a sheet.  On ONE spot of the waterybed, there is the undies TBT set out to wear. 

I NEEDED that little extra of the underwear stuff to improve my comfort!!!
TBT does not unnerstand how that can make anny difference..  I do.  An I bet YOU do too...
Evry little bit helps...   In fact, I wouldnt give him the stuff back.  He had ta go get more.  MOL!
Have a great Easy Sunday all!

Friday, August 04, 2017

Freaky Friday Outtakes

Somedays, TBT just cant get our heads involved.  But usually after one error, he gets the 2nd one right.

Not this time...

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Garden Tour Thursday

IZA:  Thanks fer comin along on the Garden Tour this week!  I have LOTS ta show... 

Id like ta start with me and some flowers.  These Black Eyed Susans are doing well.  They wander a bit though.  You never know where they will show up one year ta the next.  *I* think they are looking for the best places.
The new Hummer/Bee/Butterfly bed is finally sending up some nice flowers.  I hope they are good flowers for them.  Not like *I* can tell.
I hope differnt colors and shapes are to their liking...
I think a lot of them are related.  TBT says those little starry shapes in the centers HAVE to mean related flowers.
But I just like the different colors.  
 And I have seen a lot of bees and a few butterflies around them.  We keep the yard mostly organic and have a LOT of differnt flowers and shrubs around to offer food and shelter.  But we might be a oasis in a large suburban desert...
The Fall Mums are starting to bloom.   TBT sheared them a couple months ago, so they are compact and setting buds.
 Here is another patch of Black Eyed Susans.  I dont know how they move around like that.  TBT says it is seeds, but I know he didnt plant seeds in most of the places.  Mebbe birds helped.
Yet another spot of them...
Now lets go up on the deck...  The planter pots are doing really well.  This one is a volunteer from last year.  Its HUGE!  2' tall at least and still growing.  
The deliberately-planted pots are nice too.  I really like this combination of marigolds and salvia.  It almost looks like a floral arrangement.  
 Planter pot #2...
 Planter pot #3
 And the hanging pots are doing OK.  They are kinna random planted from leftovers.  This one has 2 marigolds an a balsam.
This one has 2 salvia an a white zinnia.
This one has volunteers of 2 yellow zinnia and there seems ta be an orange one sneaking up...  We know they are volunteers cuz we dint have any yellow zinnia seeds this year.  The pots just stayed in the basement ignored all Winter and started growing stuff that dint look like weeds this Spring, so TBT just set them outside to see what grew...
Well, since we are all up on the deck, lets just settle there in the warm shade and chat fer a while. 

Meanwhile, Marley says he is doing the snacks today.  I worry about that.  Here it comes with TBT carrying the platter of bowls... 

Oh wow, we have bowls on real bacon diced up.  And some plates of crunchy treats.  Ooh, what is THIS stuff?  It is bowls of thick green?  Lap lap?  OH!  It is cream with LOTS of NIP blended in.  Dont lap up TOO much or you might chase a butterfly right off the edge of the deck!  TBT must have done THAT.  But Marley says it was Aylas suggestion, so it looks like everyone helped today!

Enjoy!  And thanks fer comin on our Garden Tour today!