Friday, 12 August 2016
On the first of three days off, I continued to try some small moves to get Skooter closer to being part of the family. I had already put a couple of the resident cats’ bedding in with his bedding, and now I brought out his special pillowcase (belonged to Marilyn) that he has been sleeping on for awhile.
I gave Frosty cat treats so he’d have a good association with the scent of Skooter.
Frosty found the pillowcase interesting and not upsetting.
I took it back to Skooter at the end of the day after all the other cats had had a sniff.
Frosty is back to his unperturbed self.
The day was much too hot. Each time I stepped outside, I went right back in. Comfortable? I disagree:
not comfortable when over about 65!
Instead of gardening, I read about it.
Finally, at 5, the temperature cooled enough to put in three hours of concentrated gardening.
My mission continued to be getting good mulch out of the debris pile. (If we had someone living next door, I wouldn’t have such a messy area here. In fact, we might have a shed there to give privacy in a more friendly way than a fence.)
debris pile next to the Nora/Alicia parking area.
under the debris: good stuff
Over three days, including last weekend, I got over 20 wheelbarrowloads like this out of that pile.
Calvin looking debonair on the patio. He is increasingly more confident outside, less of a scaredy cat.
His nervous licking has stopped, resulting in a beautifully glossy coat. I hope he does not get nervous again over Skooter.
front of bogsy woods nicely mulched from debris pile
soothing to know the plants have some good soil
Meanwhile, Allan had done me an enormous favour by digging out the stump of the big old barberry that had lost my affection by not being spectacular in fruit. Because I still think I might be mistaken about it, he planted it at the back of Nora’s lot. (Alicia has said we can plant anything we want back there!)
Allan’s photos, before
Allan also rehomed these snails that I found in a crushed container in the debris pile.
They went elsewhere.
later, with debris pile mulch added where the barberry was
I had an audience, to the far right, below, as I walked back and forth during the afternoon.
I so feel for him not getting to go outside.
We watched a double feature of My Cat From Hell as I continue to seek tips from Jackson Galaxy.
the font of cat wisdom, Jackson Galaxy
Saturday, 13 August 2016
Skooter relaxed in my room in the midmorning…
…and looking out the window, longing for the garden. I hope it will remind him of Marilyn’s.
He was no longer hissing at the door to the rest of the house. Progress! But until he has been here a week, he can’t have the run of the house. When he does go outside (outfitted with a BirdsBeSafe collar), I want to have the best chance that he is bonded enough to come back.
In the early afternoon, Allan and I took the van to the Saturday Market so that he could bring home a new acquisition for the bogsy woods.
from Northwest Naturals: The green leaf is now mine.
Allan drove home while I did my weekly walkabout of the market starting at Salt Hotel.
Salt Hotel courtyard
I delivered the weekly bouquet, which I do to show I appreciate the way Salt has enhanced our town.
in the lobby
I visited owner Karla at Time Enough Books…
and chatted with Pink Poppy Bakery’s Darby (and got some chocolate cinnamon bundt cake for later).
Pink Poppy baker Maddy was reading during a slow moment.
spinning at Purly Shell Fiber Arts (with dogs and an angora rabbit)
I’d like to be friends.
Blue Collar Eats’ Anthony De Luz putting on a show.
On my walk home, the field by the parking lot, to the south of our house, shows how many boats are out and about this week.
boat trailers as far as the eye could see
Allan’s photo: In the bogsy woods, ready to be placed.
Although my energy was low, I did manage to finish the project of getting the last of the soil out of the debris pile.
Allan weeded and watered at the community building.
Allan’s weeding job
In the evening, we watched a film called The Odd Life of Timothy Green, because I’d read that part of it was set in Ryan Gainey’s garden. Only two scenes (one deleted) were set in Ryan’s greenhouse. Fortunately, the movie was enjoyable anyway and I was interested in all the Decatur, Georgia settings because I’ve been thinking so much of Mr. Gainey lately.
1997 (age 73):
August 12: Several of the seeds have germinated. In the AM there was one Bellis plant and by night there were 10! Also several in greenhouse have germinated. Store and errand day: Tim’s, bank, and Stock Market. Cashed in $27 worth of change in wrappers.
August 13: 11:30 to 5:30 Not quite as hot today. Finished planting perennials seeds except 2 or 3 to be direct seeded (when it’s a little cooler). The snapdragons (from seeds in April) needed planting but its too hot so I planted them in various containers that had tulip etc bulbs in the spring. In October I’ll move the snaps to the garden and replant the bulbs.
1998 (age 74):
August 12: HOT HOT 87 degrees. 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM! This time I did get up early and started watering. Then I planted berries up to 10:00, came in for breakfast and back out to plant berries until it got too hot. Then I sorted the seedlings to figure which goes where. After my TV dinner I went out at 7:00 to water again and planted more berries until I came in at 9:00 PM.
August 13: HOTTER I took the day off—too hot.
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