Miscellaneous Weekend News…

My weekend began with a home project on Friday.  I bought myself a new hobby table–you know, one of those small plastic folding tables, like we use at church.  My previous hobby table was a metal folding camping table, and it wasn’t very sturdy or steady.

Well, what should have been a quick and easy project–to swap out two tables–turned into an all afternoon deal, and I’m not finished yet!  You know how those home projects have a way of growing…this one grew, big time!  I’m still working on getting everything put back in its place.  Believe me, if you saw my work area, you’d understand.

All of that work on my home project made me hungry, so I went in the kitchen to make myself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  There is a picture window over the counter in the kitchen, and I always enjoy watching the birds at the bird feeder while I’m in the kitchen.  On Friday, I saw a precious sight.  I looked up to see a bunch of brown birds walking out of the woods, coming toward the bird feeder.  They turned out to be quail!  I haven’t seen a covey of quail in years, although I’ve heard them calling each other this year.

Then I spotted Bobs the cat, crouched down beside the fountain, which is near the bird feeder!  Suddenly, I remembered why I don’t see many quail anymore!  We have cats, lots of cats!  I quickly grabbed my camera and managed to snap one picture before the quail spotted Bobs, and took a u-turn back to the woods.  They didn’t really leave in a hurry though, they just turned around and calmly walked away.  I counted fifteen of them as they walked out of the yard!  Fortunately, Bobs just sat and watched–probably because they calmly walked away.

Saturday, I published my SWS blog post early, then my hubby and I went shopping–to Wal-mart, among other places.  My SWS post contained a funny video about people watching at Wal-mart.  If you missed seeing the video, you missed a treat, and you can view it here.  Anyway, Wal-mart didn’t disappoint, and I saw a couple of sights comparable to those on the video!  Ewwwww…  We also went to some dollar stores, and bought a lot of stuff, but I’ll tell you more about that tomorrow…

I finally turned on my computer on Saturday evening to read comments and return visits.  Imagine my surprise when I discovered that I’d been chosen to win a $25.00 Wal-mart gift card from NanaThena’s blog giveaway, at Patiently WaitingThanks NanaThena!  To enter, I had to write a comment about the products that I buy to clip Box Tops for Education.  Easy as pie!  I’ve been clipping Box Tops and giving them to our local elementary school for years.  It’s easy to do, and it helps our children.

Believe it or not, on Sunday I felt compelled to cook a nice Sunday dinner for Ed and myself!  I don’t know how long it’s been since I actually wanted to cook a meal!  I made pot roast, with potatoes and carrots, along with some peas, corn, and fried squash.  For dessert I made fresh cobbler from the pears off one of our trees.  Sounds like a real southern, country meal, doesn’t it?  The pear cobbler turned out pretty good, and I took a photograph, see?
These pears are very special.  You may remember that my husband, aka Elmer Fudd, has been waging war with the squirrels over these pears for weeks!  Elmer–I mean, Ed, is still shooting at those squirrels with his BB gun.  Apparently, the squirrels don’t mind, they keep coming back!

I think that pretty much wraps up what’s been happening in our neck of the woods.  It was a nice weekend, it just ended too quickly.  So, what did you do over the weekend?

I’m joining a couple of Monday bloghops for the first time today.  I love meeting new friends.
Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

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Published in: on August 22, 2011 at 9:24 am  Comments (6)  
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Shelter Tales…Susan

Susan at the shelter

I’d been volunteering at the Animal Control Shelter for a pretty good while when I adopted Susan.  Actually, I never intended to keep her, but she was already about four or five months old, and she was a female– so the odds were not in Susan’s favor for being adopted.

When I adopted Susan, I actually had another home in mind.  I was thinking about my aunt and uncle, the ones that Ed and I have in common(you know…his aunt married my uncle).  They’d had a daughter named Susan, who actually fixed Ed and me up on our first blind date, but unfortunately, Susan passed away several years ago.  I was hoping that my aunt and uncle might adopt Susan the cat from me–in honor of their daughter, but  I  ended up not asking them to take her.

Due to Susan’s age, and her being one of the last to join my ever-growing litter of cats, things were hard for Susan.  She was bullied a lot by the other cats.  She spent a lot of time by herself.  As a result of this, Susan grew up being a  bully herself.  As she out-grew some of the other cats in size, she began to “push her weight around”. 

Susan still spends most of her time by herself, but so do a good many of the other cats,  now that they are grown.  They all come together at the “cat cafe”  to eat, and a few of them will sleep together, but they are very selective about who they hang around with.  I never realized how funny cats are about that.

The most amazing and unusual thing about Susan is the fact that she likes water!  I have several fountains, and a gold-fish pond located throughout the yard, and it’s not unusual to find Susan hanging out around water.  She doesn’t mind getting her feet wet at all, and apparently she doesn’t mind getting some of her other parts wet either since she sits in the bird bath!

Susan sitting in the birdbath

Susan’s other favorite past-time is eating!  She’s eaten her way to a new nickname–“Fat Susan”.  She’s twice the size of most of the other cats now.  I guess bullying does have it’s perks…Don’t worry, all cats get plenty to eat, Susan just hangs around to clean out the bowls.

The giveaway for the patriotic windchime is still going on all week.  Just guess a number between 1 and 100.  You can enter once each day between now and Sunday at midnight.  The following numbers are already taken…86, 32, 35, 16.  The winning number will be chosen by Random.org on next Monday morning.  The person choosing the closest number without going over will win…if two people choose the same number, the first one chosing it wins…  Good luck, and thanks for stopping by…Kathy

Published in: on May 17, 2010 at 9:54 am  Comments (3)  
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Kathy’s Weekend Easter Kitchen Giveaway

It won’t be long and Easter will be here!  I love to decorate for the holidays.  I’m decorated for St. Patrick’s Day at the moment, but in about 2 weeks, I’ll decorate for Easter.  Would you like to have this Easter themed kitchen set for your kitchen?  If so, just leave a comment telling me about your favorite Easter tradition.  To get you started, I’ll even tell you mine…

Each year at Easter, my favorite tradition is coloring Easter eggs.  I’ve colored eggs for as long as I can remember.  I always buy two or three different kinds of egg decorating kits, and try them all out!  My egg decorating partners have changed through the years…from my mother, to my husband, to our children when they were growing up, to my grown daughter and daughter-in-law, to my grandchildren!  I’m getting excited just thinking about it!  Granddaughter, Madison, will be three and a half this year, so it should be lots of fun!

Just leave your comment, telling about your favorite Easter tradition.  I’ll be taking comments all weekend.  On Monday morning, Random.org will choose the lucky comment number, and I’ll announce the winner.  That’s it–how simple is that?  Good luck to everyone!      Kathy

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Published in: on March 4, 2010 at 10:10 pm  Comments (9)  
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