Saturday, April 6, 2013

Of Paint and Pussycats

Spring yard work is well underway.  Tanya has the front and side flower beds well in hand.  Spring flowers are coming up all over, including places where she thought she had dug up all the bulbs last summer.  A few small blue snowdrops are already blooming.  And violets.  They grow everywhere.  Tough as nails.  Grow out of cracks in the sidewalk even.  Must be a different breed than the ones that grow indoors and just look for an excuse to die.

I raked under the apple trees and hauled the last of the rotten apples to the "compost" pile. Just the back yard left.  Well manicured lawns are not a big thing here as they cost money to maintain while flowers take only work. We bought some grass seed a couple years back and spread it in the back yard.  Slender wheat bunch grass as it turned out.  But better than weeds.

The guy who was supposed to come and work the kitchen garden over may have found his way to a bottle of vodka but he didn't find his way here.  Maybe next week.

Tanya bought 8 litres of light grey paint for $40 and today she grabbed a wallpaper paste brush and painted ALL the masonry trim around the house.  I did it last time, five years ago and it took me a week.  Rome wasn't built in a day but Tanya wasn't in charge.  She may have added some water to the paint as it seemed to go a long way.  I only hope she doesn't have to repaint for all her thinning.  At least this time she didn't spill any down her front so I didn't have to help her make a clean breast of it.

The kittens continue to grow and are becoming a drain on their mother.  We noticed today, she got them to sleep and then she slept outside their bed on the carpet to get away from them.  One little guy has an infected eye so we are treating it with tetracycline ointment.  The first time we took all the kittens to the kitchen and washed their eyes with a disinfectant.  Krasotka just stayed in their bed and waited until we brought them back.  Next time we took only two kittens and she came with us to keep an eye on them.  Today Tanya just brought the one to treat and the cat jumped on the counter, grabbed the kitten out of Tanya's hands and took off for the bedroom with it.

They are getting quite playful, though still a little wobbly on their legs. They will be climbing out of their bed tomorrow I am sure.


Little grey kitty is most brave

B&W kitty climbed back in with help from his mother.
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12 comments:

  1. Thanks for my morning "Aaaaawwwww!" I just love kittens, but nearly 20 years of kitty companionship, I'm past the point where I want pets in my house. But I love watching them in somebody else's!

    I envy you your yardwork - it's snowing here today... again... *sigh*

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    1. Sask got another load too I hear and snow is forecast for next weekend too. We have pictures of snow in the tree rows along our grid road in very late May 1966. I think it was all gone by June 1.

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  2. Here in the NW we have the battle with moss. I just finished spraying it all with white vinegar but didn't have enough so scraped it by hand. Fifty pounds of moss later the parking area looks good until next spring.

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    1. Moisture and humidity? I have never seen that kind of moss that grew thick enough to scrape off.

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  3. Do the cats understand Ukranian and English? Oh, wait, cats don't really need to understand humans, they expect it the other way around.

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    1. They get cussed at in several languages but to no avail.

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  4. My favourite line, "Rome wasn't built in a day but Tanya wasn't in charge.".

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  5. I never do anymore yard work than I have to.

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    1. Me, neither. I hate it. But if the job is heavy and too small to hire out, I will help. I am not allowed in the flower garden or kitchen garden which I much appreciate.

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  6. Now I remember why I "couldn't" find homes for any of the kittens. But they're not as cute now.

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  7. Ours are not quite at the awesome cute stage but in a week or two they will be fully mobile and full of mischief.

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