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Lots of Critters – wild and domestic

A report on all the critters we have found here at the new place. All the animals other than Goldie, the kittens (almost cats) and the 6 hens are all visitors.

The 1st Visitor

a tortoise
The tortoise in the garden

During the last few hot hot hot days of summer, I found this fellow under a severely neglected rose bush. It wasn’t there the next day. We have seen quite a few tortoises, and possibly one aquatic turtle that is living in the pond.

Other Wild Critters

Most of the late summer mornings we had these fellows. A bachelor flock of male turkeys visits the field across the road early in the mornings, although they have been rather scarce the last week or so. There is a flock of hens at the top of the road, but I haven’t seen it in several weeks either. It numbers in the range of about 40 birds. I wonder if the month of November has anything to do with the scarcity?

Wild Tom Turkeys
Our local Wild Tom Turkeys

Some new Baby Critters

The cows are brought back about every 3 weeks to live across the road. Most of the neighbors on the road have a cow or two. In the field at the top of the road are 2 new calves. One afternoon on my way home the little black one was jumping and cavorting about having some fun all on his own. It was so cute it made me smile.

cute calves
2 new calves

A Fishy Critter

One afternoon down at the pond I spotted fish! The sun was at just the right angle to see fish in the water. This was before the drought broke and the water was still low. This is a catfish, and I think they were spawning in the reeds. We are having a quick triple cold snap, so I doubt if there any hatchlings.

catfish n the pond
A catfish in the pond

Another Wild thing

On the downside of the pond dam, we cleared the field of goldenrod and weeds. And as the temperatures started to cool toward fall, we started to see this little lady. She spends quite a bit of time back there, and she is just visible from the kitchen window in the evenings. Now with the end of daylight savings time, I may not see her anymore. She is right in the center of the picture.

The doe on the dam
A doe visits

Backyard Critters

The chickens are a fun bunch of ‘girls’. They now recognize me and if the pen is open will run out to greet me in the yard and follow me around. They are not worried about Goldie or any of the cats. Earlier this week a few ventured outside the backyard but ducking under the gate. And one, guessing it is Ethel due to the comb, came all the way down to the pond and got a drink. We have had some cold nights so now the girls have a heat lamp to help keep the coop warm and a feed bucket, for the days when it is too icky outside for them… They are happy and are producing nearly a dozen eggs a week for us.

Ethel drinking from the pond
Ethel the Chicken drinking at the pond
An egg
The blue egg is from the chickens, the white is store-bought.

And the Feline Critters

And finally, we get to to the cats. All of them have names, although they may change… as they earn a new one. As of right now, 3 have been fixed. 2 were females and 3 males. Prudence has turned into my special friend. She follows me everywhere, except where Goldie is, as does The Prince. Patience went right back to being a loner, the minute she was sprung. #1 and Tommy are currently recuperating in the garage from their visit to the vet on Thursday. We managed to capture all 7 at breakfast. I added the names for you!

cats at breakfast
All 7 at breakfast

So that catches you up on the critters around here. I wish I had more time to tell you more… but suffice it to say… there isn’t enough time. That old adage about how time goes by faster the older you get is TRUE! More Later-Beth

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and wait, there was more!

Aside from all the things keeping me busy in the last post… there was MORE!

In September I Have A Notion had a booth at a quilt show. The local Elizabethtown Kentucky Heartland of Kentucky Quilt Show. They have a show every year. This year there were 500 quilts on display and 22 vendors. It was a very busy 2 days.

Quilt Show Booth at Heartland of Kentucky Quilt Show 2019
The Booth Space before setting up and after

The move added a bit more stress to the show hours for me. I used to live just a few minutes away, but now with the time change, it takes about an hour and a half to go 40 miles! There is a time change between here and there… so in the morning you lose an hour, but you get it back on the way home!

there was More summer than we could take!

I’m not sure if where you live was unusually hot the tail end of the summer, but it sure was here. The month of September felt more like August. It was so unseasonably warm and dry in Kentucky. The pond water level dropped more than 2 feet, the grass dried up and a few of the trees have already lost their leaves.

Mr Meanie
and there is more with a cat, the low water at the pond

and then a taste of winter!

And then it got cold! Frost and freeze warnings overnight. So all the tender plants have been moved. May need to move them again. The pond was shrouded in fog this morning (but that has been so even in the heat), and when I went out to feed the “feline tenants” I found a Wolly Bear Caterpillar.

and there is more weather coming
The woolly bear caterpillar—also called woolly worm and fuzzy worm—has the reputation of being able to forecast the coming winter weather. … The wider the rusty brown sections (or the more brown segments there are), the milder the coming winter will be. The more black there is, the more severe the winter.

You tell me, what you see… Brown? anywhere? Me neither!!!

on the creative front

nope, not more. I was hoping by now to be doing something quilt related. But not yet. I did wash and hang a quilt out to dry on the clothesline. A quilt I had hoped to have quilted for the booth table this year. Funny how things never go as planned. It is a salvage, holes, and tears in it, so it will need some creative patches, (you can see where I made an attempt at the creative… patching), I am going to redo it with more pizzazz and then quilt it rather densely, edge to edge.

Vintage Quilt Top
and there is more, a vintage quilt top to be quilted for the booth…. someday!

What are you working on creatively? Are you looking toward Christmas yet?

More later -Beth