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Cat & garden update. One group is growing, the other, not so much.

Posted Monday, October 19, 2009, at 7:03 PM

Just got in from a "walk-about" and thought I would give you an update on the cats and then the garden.

The five young cats and older Siamese-like cat are doing fine. When I went down this morning my heart jumped in my throat because there was a "road-kill" about 30 feet from their tree. It turned out to be an opossum and while I hate to see any animal lose their life, I was relieved it was not one of our kitties.

By noon the buzzards had done their job and all evidence was removed, but we are still in fear every day. The momma cat is indeed NOT a momma. Why a male cat is hanging around them, I am not sure, but maybe it is their poppa. He came down among them today and no one seemed upset, so.....

We are now able to pet "poppa" and checked him out. Except for one tick that I removed, he seems to be doing well. However, he darted out into the road when Debbi drove by this afternoon, so he may not be a ward of the Mills family for long. Debbi thinks he knows the sound of our vehicles by now.

SOMEONE came over the hill and past the cats this morning at a HIGH rate of speed. I would guess 60+ and this is on a blind hill, on a curvy, country road. I hope it was worth the chances they were taking.

I sat with the cats for a while during lunch and they all came around, but only one came close enough to touch. They are definitely staying in their new condo, so they should be warm, dry and cozy.

Now some garden news.

I had some frost on the truck this morning, but very few plants lost any leaves to the cold. I pulled a few begonias to over-winter and harvested everything I could yesterday, but it does not appear to have been necessary. Did anyone get hit?

Since I still have lemon mint, chocolate mint (thanks Tami) pineapple sage (thanks Mike) and peppermint (thanks to some magazine that had a free packet of seeds a few years back), I decided to make some cuttings for winter, BUT I will make some tea first. I can't decide if I will combine some or brew them individually. Any suggestions.

Our figs are coming in way too late, but I brought in a few more tonight. Mommy is making some soup from some bok choy, fuzzy melon bitter melon and I might just slip in a fig or two for sweetness. Could be worse.

I noticed a lot of garlic chive seeds ready to save. Maybe I will get some for the next garden meeting. My artichokes are still growing, so I guess I will protect them another year to see if they do better in their third year. We only got one out of the second year growth.

Garlic is starting to come back up. I sure hope they are bigger than the past two years. I must be doing something wrong, but I am not really doing ANYTHING, so maybe that is what is wrong. I planned to divide them and make a larger planting, but.... so much for plans.

Anyone else want to talk about their garden? I hate to ramble all by myself.


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We got hit with some frost this morning. I've pulled most of the flowers, but the basil took a direct hit. On the bright side, I've got a lone hummer still here (put fresh necter out this morning and she was still there) and the ponds are crystal clear...that hasn't happened since before the spring bloom!

-- Posted by neighborhood mom on Mon, Oct 19, 2009, at 7:29 PM

I had not thought about the ponds. I need to look tomorrow. It has been so stirred up with all the rains that it will be a relief to see clear water.

I think we have one hummer as well. It needs to head South but our cypress vine is still alive as well as our pineapple sage, so it may be hanging around for some company to migrate with.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Oct 19, 2009, at 8:45 PM

The coyotes are making their rounds last night and tonight. I went down to see how close they were to the cat family. They seemed to be a mile or so away.

What a clear night! The stars and planets beckoned. Maybe that will be one of the rewards of heaven. We will be able to star travel and see what is really out there.

If it is, my Dad is out there somewhere. Mother is probably listening to the music of the universe.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Oct 19, 2009, at 8:54 PM

I got hit with frost two nights. I had ice on the water buckets Sunday morning( yes, ice! ).

I put a lot of plants inside on Saturday. I also covered up a afew things in the garden.

I too saw a lone hummer on Sunday. Felt sorry for him, as the freeze got everything left outside.

When I was 'frost-proofing' Saturday, I couldn't help but notice how many plants were in bloom.

I had cannas, calas, zinnias, dahlias, mexican sunflower, jasmine tobacco, gallardia, shoofly, honeysuckle, etc. The freeze wiped it out including the cardinal vine.

What a shame...

-- Posted by espoontoon on Tue, Oct 20, 2009, at 6:30 AM

Yeh, I know you miss that cardinal vine.

Now we will probably have a few weeks of mild weather in which our plants would have prospered.

I don't think we have talked about your shoofly espoontoon and the jasmine tobacco sounds nice. Got any pictures? I can post a few on here.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Oct 20, 2009, at 9:20 AM

Brought all my Cactus in Saturday. They are only plants I would hate to lose as I have nurtured them for 3 years. And Steve, I'm giving up on the garlic plants. Obviously I have no Italian ancsestry, haw. 2 years and I have yet to show any results. But I do have all my above ground beds ready to go for spring. And I have added PVC pipe irrigation this year.

-- Posted by cherokee2 on Tue, Oct 20, 2009, at 5:27 PM

i hate when peole would drive fast past our home when we lived on Joe Hart road. It was so twisty and curvy a person had to delibratly be pushing it to go a rate of speed, our sweet kitty Cheif got hit and killed.

I just don't understand folks.

I will pray each kitty finds a good home... and the male and female get gentle enough to get spayed and neutered.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Tue, Oct 20, 2009, at 8:19 PM

Where does the time go? It was summer last time I was able to get outdoors and garden. Had to rush to cover plants and bring the prize ones in the other night. The sewing shop has gone wild with work, I really need a helper at times. I had 5 weddings the month of Sept. In between all the sewing I had to sort thru my husbands things and try my best to give it all away. He would have loved to see the folks joy at getting his clothes and boy toys. He was a real golf lover and had a wonderful set of clubs. They now have a new home. Every room of this house has been changed around to make me feel better. When I get a little sad I think about our wonderful times we had together and know he is out of pain and most likely playing golf with new golden clubs on God's greens. But I still miss him and his corney jokes.

Now to some important things... when is our next meeting and where will it be?

-- Posted by Ms Jere on Thu, Oct 22, 2009, at 10:40 PM

It is encouraging to know the sewing is going well and people are optimistic about the future & marriage.

Our next meeting is NEXT Friday, the 30th. Our meeting place is Richard's Cafeteria on Lane Parkway and we start drifting in at 6:30. Closing time is 8:00 so we usually close up when the lights get tuned off.

Now that Judy has pointed out the pull down projector screen it is feeling more like home every week. We meet in the back room on the right.

SURE hope to see you again!

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Oct 23, 2009, at 7:33 AM

Is it going to frost tonight?

-- Posted by espoontoon on Sat, Oct 24, 2009, at 7:11 AM

I did not notice a frost warning anywhere, but 5-7" of snow in Southern Minnesota could mean the cold front is coming here.

38 degrees forecast for tonight. It seems to me you got a frost before, so it is possible in your area.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Oct 24, 2009, at 7:30 AM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.