Friday, February 17, 2012

Strawberries! You Pick

I planted a strawberry plant early in the year. I wanted to have a couple of nice strawberries to occasionally enjoy with my morning yogurt.

Yesterday I checked and there were 5 berries just a day of being perfect to pick. So I covered them good with hay so the birds wouldn’t get them and was ready this morning to enjoy. But when I went out to get them, there was not a single one there. Dang! The birds snagged every one. I can’t believe they eyed them thru the hay. Or smelled them. Whichever. It’s always a challenge here to be able to get something for us that I grow. I don’t mind sharing but couldn’t these critters leave a little for us?

Next up will be cherry tomatoes that have blooms. Of course, all my herbs they want nothing to do with. Hey, maybe I should plant herbs all around my other plants!

Spent some time in the studio putting all the valentine themed stuff away and getting out some spring papers. Easter is right around the corner! I love all the bunny stuff. Something about those bunny ears that you just gotta love.

Here’s a little gift pocket I made. You can tell I love to make pockets. They are just so sweet to tuck a little something in.

The clown paper is really cute although I am slightly afraid of clowns. LOL! I think I saw a scary movie preview once and have never been the same since.

And here's another card.

When I first started this card the idea in my mind ended up totally different in the end. I knew I wanted to use the floral paper and a butterfly. The rest just evolved. As things do.

Well, until next time,

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Spring Is In The Air

Here’s a look inside to our local Humane Society’s, Monday Feral Trap Day, where each Monday the clinic is devoted to the Trap Neuter Return (TNR) program where we, as volunteers, humanely trap community cats and bring them here to be treated. The clinic then spays/neuters, vaccinates and treats them for any wounds or medical issues. We pick them up in the evening and take them home to safely recover. The cats are happily released back into managed environments by Tuesday. On this particular Monday, there was a record number of spay/neuters. A total of 151!! As one of the volunteers who participate in feral trapping, these numbers are a wonderful thing to see.  It means 151 cats can no longer reproduce and contribute to the over-population of unwanted animals in our community. 

If you’d like to see some of the process, you can check the pictures out here:

The cages are much larger than they appear in the pics so don’t be concerned.  The hardest part for me is the recovery.  I worry, worry, worry until the cat is fully alert, eating and doing it’s business like normal. 

I’ve gotten a lot of my posies planted.  I love this time of year when the breezes are sweetly blowing, the temps are just right and the humidity is low.  A perfect time to be in the yard puttering around.   And hanging clothes on the line.

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And isn’t this the cutest clothespin bag? Makes you want to hang clothes! 

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Only a couple things going on in the studio.  One is this card.

My inspiration came from the clothespin bag. Love that red!

Until next time,