heqat doesn’t like going outside, but he loves watching the world through the window.
orion is a very insecure cat. it probably all started with the barn he was born in, and the horror stories his mother’s owner would tell all the kittens about mega-hawks that lurked outside and could carry whole dogs away. but when i got him as a kitten, and brought him to a nice home with windows and furniture and no scary stories, i had him pick a card from my deck for a tarot reading, and he chose 2 of cups. he wants to love and be loved, in spite of the scary world outside.
orion likes to keep the hair on his lower belly much shorter than all the rest of his hair, and he’s very meticulous and precise. he spends a lot more time grooming than any of the other cats. he also grooms dalek more than dalek grooms himself.
dalek is one of the happiest cats i have ever known. he spreads joy wherever he goes. he was the runt, but now he’s the fattest in the family. i often feel that he’s more intelligent than my other cats. he never picks fights and he observes all the cat drama from a distance without taking sides. he likes to lounge on the hardwood floor.
since i didn’t post anything yesterday, you get two posts today! i’m really trying very hard to have a new post every single day.
at the end of the spring this year, my biggest oldest aloe plant flowered for the second time in its life. i’ve had this plant for about nine years. it sits in my kitchen and had spent all its life in a tiny pot with about 3 inches diameter. the plant itself its more than a foot wide. i re-potted it early this summer after the flowering stalk withered, and now it’s in a huge pot that will allow it to get way bigger and live to flower again and again.
the aloe that’s flowering is not actually in this picture, just its flowering stalk. the plant sits on the kitchen table underneath the shelf that the others in this picture sit upon. the stalk went up the back of the shelf along the window.
because wearing a skirt is such a comfortable way to relax when you’re having a good time! also, making sushi at home is much more cost-effective than going out to eat. i’ve been told my dinner parties are awesome!
i never did build new garden beds. spring came really late. most of my seedlings that i started indoors didn’t survive outside. my big old sage bush didn’t survive the winter and my rosemary plant died too. i replaced them. my herbs are over abundant, my lettuce got away from me, and the strawberries are done. i have 9 apples on my apple tree – the cherry and the plum have nothing. i don’t think my cucumber or squash will make it, but the black eel zucchini that my friend gave me seeds for has already given me one huge zucchini and there’s another big one growing right now. i have a lot of mint that needs harvesting, as well as baby bok choi and onions. my black beans are bountiful. i don’t think i’ll get many carrots this year, and the radishes need harvesting. my grape in the back yard has a bunch of grapes. i’m surprised that it survived the winter. there’s a bit of wild grape in the front yard that survived as well.
i didn’t plant any sunflowers or lettuce this year, and hardly any baby bok choi, but they grew back from what seeded last year and i’ve been getting a huge harvest. i never planted my peas because i never got around to making a new fence for the pea bed. the echinacea is really coming in and there are splashes of flower-colour everywhere. i’ve seen a number of monarch butterflies.
my tomatoes are not producing as much as last year, but they are delicious. i have tomatoes in the ground as well as tomatoes in buckets. the ones in buckets are from the same friend who gave me the black eel zucchini. one of my tomato buckets has tobacco growing in it too. the leaves are huge.
it’s been so rainy that i haven’t had to water my garden nearly as much as usual. as much as i tried to make it a priority, i haven’t been able to give it the time and attention i intended because i wasn’t able to get a number of my intended projects started. i am content with this year, but next year will be really exciting. my compost pile has grown so much. i’m going to be able to fill up my garden beds this fall and my garden dirt will be so rich in the spring. i look forward to next year…
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Number 5’s birthday was last month. On May 23, 2014 he celebrated 5 years! Here are some pictures from the party, which was full of garden-catnip and outdoor frolicking. Joe made a special birthday hat for Number 5. And Nimbus … Continue reading