I had intended to write about some gardening magazines and seed catalogs I received in the mail this week and I will, but first some rambling. After watching the PBS show Live Green Tennessee http://www.livegreentv.org/ I moved to another room to write but some really great music came on the TV and it was captivating.
Even my Mother-In-Law was tapping the table and she often just has the TV on as background noise while she works her word puzzles or writes letters. The program was Bluegrass Underground, filmed in McMinnville, TN http://www.bluegrassunderground.com/ and the performers were the Alison Brown Quartet.
You do not have to be a Bluegrass aficionado to enjoy this music. I would say it is a cross between Jazz and Bluegrass, but check for yourself http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUvLgx-3Rbc
I won't list the garden magazine or catalogs I received in the mail. What I will comment on is that I seem to devour them in one sitting and I can only attribute this to the fact that I am "sooo ready" for Spring. and I enjoy gardening, of course :-)
My winter sown seeds are all sprouting now, along with the cold frame and bathtub garden. Now we will see if the young sprouts can survive the upcoming cold snap.
I am expecting the bathtub and cold frame to make it through. I will put glass covers on both on Wednesday during the day so the sun will have plenty of time warm the soil for the night. This is my first season doing the winter sown jug thingy, so..... I'll let you know. I do not plan to do anything extra for them but the temptation is to throw a blanket over them.
For four weeks in a row I pulled trees in from the woods and declared that this would be the last batch this winter season. On Sunday I pulled some more and this time doubled what I normally would do so I could declare once more that "this will be the last batch". What more can I say? It ain't worked so far, but hope is eternal, just like love.
Two of our rescue cats will make their trip to the vet this week. Fluffy (who is fluffy) has three adorable, long-haired kittens but all good things HAVE TO come to an end. We brought her and the kitten in about six weeks ago and she has gone into heat twice, driving us crazy at night. Another young cat CT (aka Kinky T) is still a touch too young to know what to do about her heat and Friday it will be a moot point for him as well.
Kinky T got his name and nickname because his tail takes a distinct 90 degree turn about 3" from the end. We don't know if he got it caught in something when very young or if it is natural kink but the name CT (crooked tail) was what came to mind.
We brought him in because he became sick (or we would not have been able to catch him). We treated him to a week of antibiotics and let him back out but he relapsed so we brought him in again and he has not been out since.
After he recovers from his trip to the Vet, we will probably let him go out again, Fluffy too. I hope they are able to stay out because we really need to reduce the number of cats inside.
The ENT doctor has determined that I developed an allergy to cats and having all these guys inside it pushing my limits. We reduced house time for two others this week so maybe I'll survive.
Now before you feel too sorry for these felines, they have access and freely use our greenhouse that never goes below 50 degrees. On colder nights they snuggle with our three dogs, but again, it is not really cold compared to the others who grew up outside and have gone through this winter just fine.
Those have their own cat house (really, for cats) and an 1800 sq ft garage to keep them out of the weather, along with heated water bowls and two feedings during the morning and evening. I'm glad cats can't read, or we would have waiting lines. Sometimes it feels as if we already do!
By the way, most of these cats and kittens I write about are adoptable, with no adoption fee! What a deal!
Unless you have another cat to keep them company, we would like to share them in batches of two. Having a buddy to play with makes such a difference.
OK, I think I got my rambling out for tonight.