So, the biggest, happiest news is the Dosie (the dead cat) is HOME! She'd been missing for about a week it seemed (probably closer to 5 days), and I'd pretty much given up on her return. But, with both Bonzi and Jinx sleeping in bed with me this morning at 5 AM, I heard a cat calling to be let in! We all scrambled downstairs, and there was Dosie, clinging to the window panes of the front door in her normal, everyday manner. Yayyyy!
The weather has been hot (well, "warm" by any but our standards) and wet. If we don't get rain, the dew is so thick and heavy that it makes everything wet . . . as it is this morning. A storm rolled through yesterday afternoon, and - though I'd been watching it on the radar and *thought* it would pass us - I hadn't covered up the chicken pen before I went to work. As a result, they're in disgusting, fly-ridden slop today . . . so that's a project on the schedule.
Tuesday was our hottest day so far this summer, and the ladies who live "up over the hill" from work reported that it was already 85 degrees when they left home that morning. Home on my lunch break, Tucker agreed that he doesn't like the heat:
|Hot dog. And sticking close to his dish, just in case HE gets lunch, too!|
I nannied on my last day off, so I'm EXCITED to get to have a day here to Get Things Done. And, as a result, I'm gonna divide my day into The Hours (which any of you long-time readers already know is a favorite way to tackle my To Do list). I'm gonna limit myself to 8 hours worth of tasks, 'cause I can take a few of those inside in the evening. So, in no particular order:
- Deck & Outside Clean-Up
- Chicken Chores w/ Extra
- Bill Paying/Budgeting (30 Minutes)
- Client Work / Websites (30 Minutes)
- New Chicken Yard
- Woods Clearing/Clean-Up
- Dishes (Heating water on a day this warm? Yuck!)
- (Inside) Cabin Clean-Up
|A blurry pic of Baby Girl last Sunday, but she was chasing bubbles courtesy of Bopee.|
We saw lots on our walk, including the new header photo (which is WHAT? Wild salvia?). And:
|Tiger Swallowtails "puddling".|
|A solitary forest tent caterpillar. "Solitary"? We can only hope. Still, we'd already know if this was the outbreak year we'd been warned might occur.|
|(A poor picture of) Northern Bluebells.|
|I *think* this is the flower of Prairie Blue-Eyed Grass, but I'm not sure. Anyone?|
My computer connection is slow as molasses this morning, but I'll try (again) to upload some pictures now.
Okay, some images are loaded, but I hear thunder-boomers again . . . AND my good mood has been QUITE ruined by communication from the credit union saying that I owe them $22,000 for some property I removed from Swamp River Ridge?!!! That was mine/ours BEFORE we ever bought the property! Thank gawd my lawyer is still at the other end of an e-mail.
Now, trying, trying to recapture my good mood of the morning. Is it too early to start drinking? Anyone have a Valium?
P.S. It's dark out now (from another storm). Maybe ALL my projects will be inside ones today? Bah!