Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I mentioned that Abby Gail blessed me with chattering in my arms quite some time ago on facebook. I could both hear and feel her while she was chattering and that was a first for me in my life. After all these years of having cats, I never really heard them chattering. I have seen them chatter; but, never heard nor really understood what they sounded like. Most cats I had in the past would not allow me to hold them or even place a hand upon them while they are intensely involved. But Abby changed all that for me.

A friend on facebook requested that we video this event. It took some time to be able to capture her doing this as the timing needed to be right. She has done this in my arms a few time since the first; but, either Dan was gone or Abby was too spooked by Dan (or something else). Fortunately, the timing was right this past weekend to capture her.

I posted a link on facebook and now sharing it here on my blog. Enjoy!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Just popping on for a few to share a few links I found since the last share. Enjoy!

  • [Say] No to Chicken Rental

    Chicken keeping isn’t as easy as so many of its proponents would like you to believe. No animal is easy – if it is, you’re likely doing something wrong. For example, a rabbit in a wire hutch in the backyard is no trouble to take care of – simply give it food and water daily – but you’re not providing what the rabbit needs to live a decent life. Same thing with chickens. Can you keep two in a small coop for a few months? Yes. Is it what those chickens need to thrive? No. Is it being a responsible animal steward? Definitely not.
  • DIY Purse Organizer From a Hot Pad
    You only need a few things for this project:
  • a hot pad (with the loop in the middle of a side, not at a corner)
  • 6 Ziploc sandwich bags (about 6″ x 6″)
  • a button
  • fabric and ribbon (optional, for decorating the outside)
  • I am thinking you can use a hotpad without a loop and add your own loop.

  • Non-Slip Sewing Machine Foot Pedal Pad

    {Sewing, Instructions (of a sort)}

  • It’s a Bugs Life – 27 Super Macro Photography Images

Friday, May 8, 2015

Imagine my surprise when I looked up one morning and spied this critter:

{Taken on April 30, 2015}

My immediate thought was Charlotte because she was in the exact same spot where Charlotte lived.

This one was so tiny that I had trouble focusing on the spider. It did not help that the day was dark and gloomy.

I have been keeping an eye on Charlotte's egg sacs; but, have yet to see any baby spiders come out of them. I was not 100% sure this is the same kind of garden spider as Charlotte or if it is a banded garden spider. The babies of both species look so similar and are difficult to tell apart; but, once they mature, you can distinguish between the two.

After studying the pictures I took, I believe this one is the Writing or Common Garden spider (Argiope aurantia) just like Charlotte as there are no bands around her abdomen.

We shall see if this baby decides to hang around. If so, she shall be called Joy. If anyone is familiar with the story of Charlotte's Web, Wilbur (the pig) named three new spiders and one was Joy.

By the way, I looked out this morning and discovered a second spider with the first (Joy). If the second one hangs around too, she shall be called Nellie (just like the story). I hope to take better pictures later today for a Macro Monday post.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

I saw this dude early Sunday afternoon chasing a car down our street and called out to him fearing for his life. He slowed down and came to me. He was one gorgeous fellow. He looked well taken care of and loved to be around people.

I immediately snapped a picture and posted it on the Wilson County TX Lost and Found Animals page on facebook. I wanted his owners found NOW or someone to volunteer to temporarily keep him as we could not as we had no fence to keep him confined. Not one person responded. And, I despaired.

We tried letting him into the house to keep him confined; but, it did not work out due to my cats. He went after my Abby Gail and poor Abby was traumatized.

We kept him company on and off the rest of the day and evening hoping he would stick with us. I put out some water and kibble (dog food) for him. He wandered off with a couple that was walking on our street and we kept an eye on him discovering that he entered their yard and greeted the dogs. It was our hope that he would be safe with them for a little while.

Someone finally responded yesterday (Monday) afternoon. By then, it was too late. I may not get all the facts straight here; but, my understanding is that he got loose Saturday and the sad thing is that it happened while his owner was getting married. He is half Husky and half Lab with light blue eyes. And, his name is Jagger.

By this time, I discovered that he was long gone and my heart was crushed. I wished we had tried harder to keep the dog with us.

I have gone searching for him and so has my husband. The last report was that he was seen heading down HWY 87 towards downtown La Vernia running after cars. It is like he vanished because no one else has reported seeing him since yesterday morning. I honestly believe he either returned to his owners (unlikely because they have not marked him as "found"), someone picked him up or even worse (which I do not even want to think about).

Please, if you have Jagger, Contact Wilson County TX Lost and Found Animals on facebook and they will endeavor to reunite the dog with owner as they know who he belongs to. His owner is trying so hard to find him. Please, make this go viral for San Antonio, Texas and surrounding areas until the dog and owner is reunited. When Jagger is found, I'll update this post.

I told Dan that the priority for a fence has risen as I did not want a repeat of this situation.

Thank you for listening to my bleeding heart.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

I had every intention of creating posts; but, I took an unintentional hiatus from blogging among many other things and retreated into books and life. I have been organizing, cleaning, painting, creating, etc. and etc. and making a lot of progress. At least, it is a lot of progress for a person like me! I also recently found a series of books by a favorite author and could not put them down. I am reading the third and final book in the trilogy and I had bought these last Thursday on my day out.

By "my day out" , I mean I took a day off from home and life. I went shopping in New Braunfels after an appointment with an audiologist. I went to two antique stores and found a gluten free bakery called The Red Oak Bakery that had somewhat good scones and some delicious cupcakes. I then searched for more antique stores in New Braunfels, drove for a little bit and ended up in Historic Downtown Gruene. It surprised the heck out of me! But, that place was quaint and lovely.

Anyway, back to the books I mentioned above. When I realized the author had continued to write about a fictional world that got me hooked way back in my latter high school days, I went looking online for more books and found quite a few. Yes, I purchased them because the local Half Price Books store never have any books by this author. I rarely buy new and have not done so in eons; but, I did get these "free" by using a portion of our cash back on a credit card we have.

I received my new camera three days ago and it is a learning curve. It is more or less the same as my old one; but, the buttons are in different locations. I am loving the new and slightly bigger LCD screen.

Hopefully, I can get my act together soon, get some decent pictures and start blogging once again. We will see as life is going to be a tad busy from hereon.

We have a short camping trip coming up to prepare for. I am actually looking forward to seeing people! It is going to be kind of like a family reunion. I am also hoping that we will take a few "staycations" or short vacation trips this summer. Both of us need to get away from it all.

In the meantime, I hope all of you will be blessed by this little break of mine. Ha! :-)

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