Angel – Life Updates

This is the post I promised back in my It’s been a while post.

Back in 2004 – yes, 2004, I had her for over half of my life! – my dog brought me a present.

My dog brought me a kitten. We still don’t know where she came from for sure. This is when we first met! We had her in the back of our truck.

Here is the dog who brought me Angel. Her name was Grunt. (Don’t let five-year-old me name animals, okay? πŸ˜‚) Not long after she brought me Angel, she got hit by a car. I was crushed. But Angel helped me get through that. I thank God for bringing me Angel. ❀

Getting back on track, my parents said no animals in the house – that lasted a whole three days. πŸ˜† It started raining so we brought her inside, only until the rain was gone. And she never went back outside again. πŸ™‚ Here, you can see her on dad’s back. One of her favorite places to hang out. πŸ˜‚

She was officially an indoor kitty! And she made herself right at home. πŸ™‚

After we found her, we no longer needed to put a star at the top of the Christmas tree – we had an Angel up there. πŸ™‚

She had her crazy moments. Here we destroyed a paper sack and a newspaper. πŸ˜†

She had such patience – she put up with younger me. In this photo, she let me bury her with my plush animals. Can you find her?

She had favorite places to sleep. On top of this TV was one of those. πŸ™‚

Mom cleaned out the cabinets and started reorganizing and afterward, we couldn’t find Angel. Here is where we found her. πŸ˜‚ After this, Angel wasn’t allowed in the kitchen much unless we were present.

Mom washed the towels and put them back in the drawer and here is where we found Angel. πŸ˜‚ She started opened drawers and cabinets and emptying everything – or sleeping on stuff we didn’t want her on. πŸ˜‚ My parents bought baby locks for the drawers and cabinets after this.

If we couldn’t find her – she liked hanging out on top of doors. Just had to be careful when closing doors. Didn’t want to accidentally smash a paw or knock her off the door. πŸ˜‚

One of my favorite photos of her. Makes me laugh every time. πŸ˜‚ I caught her mid-yawn.

These two are two of my other favorite photos of her. πŸ™‚ Those eyes!

 

I thought making this a collage of the two of us over the years might cut down on post length. πŸ™‚

The avatar I’ve used for the past few months, this photo, is the last photo we took together before she died. It was New Years Day.Β  Yes, that is the same shirt I was wearing in the first photo of this post. I found it and thought it would be fun to have our photo taken together with it for nostalgic purposes. I didn’t realize it would be our last.

She will be missed. I treasure the memories we made together. ❀

It’s been a while…

Hello there! πŸ™‚ Hopefully I’m actually back this time. πŸ˜…

It’s been too long since I last posted. Thought I’d start us off with some photos I took on the 27th of the sunset and silhouettes of some type of grass. πŸ™‚

And pine tree branches. πŸ˜€ Haha.Β  I had a lot of fun that night.

Anyway…

A lot has been happening. I planned to have a short Thanksgiving break and it turned into three months.

My uncle came in from Texas and he stayed for almost two months. We got a lot of stuff accomplished while he was here, such as a new driveway put in. (I was very tempted to title this post “It’s the end of the road” because we live at the end of a dead-end road and a lot of these photos are about the new driveway. And I like puns. But I didn’t want people to see the title and think I stopped blogging. O.o)

Yeah, it was so needed. Mom and I almost got stuck in her car a week or so before we had this done.

We had the gravel hauled in and well…

I had fun in it. πŸ˜…

Mom snapped this one of me. XD

And this one too. Mom found a baby turtle!

He was cute but shy!

After I released him in a safe place, the gravel mountain was smoothed out.

And no more giant hole! But this also means I lost my tadpole pond. πŸ˜… πŸ˜… πŸ˜…

I helped get all the water out of the hole. I wanted to help with the driveway, but I also volunteered because I grabbed an old strainer and had every intention of saving the tadpoles in the mudhole. πŸ˜… Why a frog decided to lay eggs in late November is beyond me. Anyway, I didn’t count them all individually but I estimated how many I had in my strainer each time and I estimated I saved about 300 tadpoles in all… O.o I moved them into a cooler no one was using. I accidentally let it fill with water over the summer; I wanted to drill holes in the bottom and use it as a planter, but it became a tadpole habitat instead.

But now we have a new driveway! πŸ˜€ Mom got this photo of me dancing on it. πŸ˜…


Another thing that happened is this lovely new (to us – it’s a 2008 model) Impala. Which means I get to study for my driver’s license and practice driving with the new car! πŸ˜€

So I didn’t have a lot of time for blogging. Most of the time was great. There were a few days where it wasn’t so great though. I lost two of my cats. One was from the feral cat population (but wasn’t a wild cat anymore!) and the other was our 15 1/2 year old Angel. (You may remember her from her 14th birthday post. I was going to do a 15th birthday post this year but she had some medical problems and she looked like a shaved rat. So I was waiting for her fur to grow back out.) I’m going to do more detailed posts for these two gifts from God later. πŸ™‚

Be on the lookout in an hour for a new poem – I scheduled it for 9AM CST – and hope to see you around! ❀

My October in Photos – iPod Edition.

*Tuesday was busier than I expected and I didn’t get to post, so that post has been moved to next Tuesday. (Because it is the start of a series for Tuesday.) However, here is the one scheduled for Wednesday!

Surprise #1 for this post, my uncle gave me an iPod for my birthday! Here are the photos I took with it during October – and a few from November because I can and it relates to surprise #2. 🀣 And I’m sure you will be flooded with more of surprise #2 in November in photos so I think it’s okay to share some of them now. Because I can’t really contain my excitement…

Cucumbers! They are now pickled.

Autumn leaf!

The same wildflower as Monday’s post – I wanted to see the comparison in how well the iPod captured the flower in comparison to my camera. This thing doesn’t do too bad with macros…

Really freaky looking cucumber.

Mushrooms!

…okay, I can’t take it any longer. The next surprise… I HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THIS SURPRISE OR I WILL BURST.

Meet Thaddeus “Jumping Jack” Braveheart – he is surprise #2! 😁 A feral cat showed up under my dad’s shop porch and the kittens were so hungry. I felt bad and tried to feed them, but they were too scared. Except for this one.

The next day, the mother had moved them, and I haven’t seen the mother or the other kittens since. But this little fellow was hiding in some leftover drainage pipe that we’re storing at our storage barn. Abandoned! I thought about leaving him to see if the mom would come back, but I heard the coyotes and I was afraid the neighbor’s dogs might get out again…

Plus, he did this when outside. He wrapped around my leg, not wanting me to leave him. And he followed me everywhere. My heart melted…

The plan was to get him weaned and litter box trained so we could give him away, but…

I think I can speak for all everyone when I say that we fell in love with him. Besides being cute (LOOK AT THAT BLACK MUSTACHE ON HIS NOSE AAAHHHH), he is a handful, curious, gets into everything, and is very entertaining with his playful antics.

Unfortunately, he thinks that my hands and feet are also toys to be played with. We’re breaking him of this habit. We hope. πŸ˜…

He discovered chairs last week. This is him in the chair.

He is so lovely. Most of the time. πŸ˜† Sometimes he has more energy than he knows what to do with. I’ve seen him try to climb the walls. And try to eat his own tail.

Here he is in my sandals. 😍

Sorry for the blur, but he was very active. 🀣 He has my turtle, Speedy. And my iPod cord…

A quick break from the kitten because I’m trying to post these in chronological order. πŸ˜‚ My mom and I grabbed a burger at McDonald’s, and she spotted this. The sign says, “DO NOT BLOCK FIRE EXIT.” Someone decided not to heed that warning, it seems… O_o

Praying girl on Sunbeam bread! I heard from a friend that this was a thing this time of year. Never noticed it before. But there she is – praying. It also had the caption, “Not by bread alone” I love Sunbeam even more now… πŸ’œ

Now, returning to Jack…

Jack trying to eat my stuffed dog. It’s a cat-eat-dog world out there, folks… πŸ˜‚

I don’t usually post photos of me, but here we are. We’re on my bed. I was playing with the filters and Jack came along and fell asleep there beside me. 🀣

Jack trying to attack the people in the TV screen. 🀣

In my lap again. Refreshing Spirit called him, “An early birthday present from Jesus.” Refreshing Spirit and T. R. helped name him. Thaddeus came from Refreshing Spirit and Braveheart came from T. R. πŸ™‚ His nickname is Jumping Jack because he has this weird thing where he jumps out of stuff like a Jack in the Box. And he jumps in general. It’s very amusing. πŸ˜†

Sprawled out on my electric throw. He really likes my throw. And my mom’s electric throw. And my dad’s electric throw…

HE IS SO CUTE. He almost blends in on my zebra print though.

And here is why I am 4K words behind in writing my NaNoWriMo novel… 🀣

My October in Photos will be concluded next Tuesday! See you guys later! 😊

My October 2018 in Photos

(Somehow the post posted back in time to the 14th, so I updated it to today. Sorry if any of you got this post twice!)

So… here is another installment of a month in photos so you can find out what I’ve been up to! Because obviously blogging hasn’t been something I’ve done much of lately… πŸ˜… (As for November, what I’ve been up to can be summed up in just one sentence: National Novel Writing Month and I’m behind… πŸ€ͺ)

This isn’t all of it – the post was so long, I decided to split it into multiple posts. If you are wondering about these other surprise things, some will be talked about tomorrow and two surprises will be talked about on Wednesday, to save you guys from a post that goes to the moon and back. I’m going to make up for not posting much for two months by burying you guys this week.Β πŸ˜†

When trying to hook up the garden hose, I came across this web. I don’t know how well you can see it, but there are actually two large spiders in the photo. One is in the web and the other is above it.

Here is a close up of the one inside the web. Needless to say, I decided to wait until later to use the hose. πŸ˜† They were gone, web and all, the next day.

Wildflowers!

More wildflowers!

Mushroom! The outside was very hard like plastic. Didn’t expect that.

Two feral cats. There is a feral cat population down the road, and when the neighbor’s dogs got out, these poor kitties must have run down here for safety. I’ve seen them hanging around every once in a while since then.

I think these are azaleas. Which is weird because I thought they were a spring blooming plant…

Other mushrooms I saw over the month! Thought they might look good as a collage to cut down on the already super long length of this post…

We got lost a while back when taking my grandma to the doctor and stumbled upon a Western Sizzlin.

I approve of most of the decor. Some of it I could do without, but I’m going to show the fun stuff first. πŸ™‚ This scarecrow and the one at the top of the page were both from the same place. I put it up there so that the first image people see won’t be the spider…Β πŸ˜†

The bullhorns were cool. It gave the place a very… western feel. Which is to be expected out of a Western Sizzlin… 🀣

My favorite of the bullhorns – sweetheart of the west! 😍

And of course, boots, lassos, and the like.

An old record! I don’t know how well you can read it, but it says, “Gone But Not Forgotten – Patsy Cline / Johnny Horton / Cowboy Copas.” I’ve never heard of the last one.

There were so many things to look at.

And they had so much food. This is actually misleading because on the left is a mirror and it reflects the number of food bars there, making it look like more than there is. This introvert kept avoiding whoever was following me, trying not to get in their way, and once I thought I was going to bump into them, I almost apologized – until I realized it was my own reflection. πŸ˜‚

They had little autumn decorations everywhere. It was lovely.

I was nuts about this one! 🀣

And the western theme was cool.

Me in the mirror. πŸ˜…

The chandelier was made out of antlers. Very crafty and unique, though I doubt they got the antlers from the deer after they dropped the antlers naturally… 😝

A waterfall! Hard to see the water in this image though.

Even more decor.

And even fun decor in the bathroom! I didn’t realize the bathroom stall door was open when I took this – sorry for the reflection of the toilet. πŸ˜… But I like the mirror. Very crafty!

Now for the decor stuff, I didn’t care much for… and I mean that literally. Stuffed.

Yup, there we go. I don’t know what a few of those are. I know the deer. Looks like maybe a fox and a bobcat? 🀨

Let’s end this on a better note. Flowers I saw at during the month that aren’t wildflowers! 😍

Hope to see you tomorrow for the next installment. Hope you all are having a good November thus far. πŸ™‚

My September 2018 In Photos

Welcome to another edition of My Month In Photos life update! πŸ˜€ Here is my September in photos…

A day at my grandmas – it was a beautiful day. πŸ™‚

I saw a grasshopper that day and it was fun to try to get a photo. Not many came out because the wind blew the grass around, which caused him to blur.

I like strange and unique trees and limbs and found this one when walking to her lake.

I found this snake in the woods near our house. πŸ˜„

Blake! (Black rat snake.) He seems to hang around our yard a lot. And he is very patient with me. πŸ˜†

These are some of the best photos I got of him this time.

He posed for me. 😁

In this last one, I was trying to show how long he is because the others are headshots. He’s long!

Praying mantis! He was on top of my mom’s car when we were trying to leave one day, so I moved him to a stick and got photos while her car warmed up.

I visited Narnia. It’s a lot more… modern than I thought it would be. πŸ€ͺ

Mushroom!! 😁

Made enchiladas (recipe by T.R. – click here to view) and they were so easy and good! I added extra sauce and cheese because I like extra sauce and cheese. πŸ˜‹

Purple wildflowers! Not quite ready to open yet. They close at night and it was nearing dusk when I took this.

Wild berries! πŸ˜„ Probably poison…

Hot peppers!! 😁

My newest lemon tree had a friend for a day. Then it died. Whatever kind of mushroom this is, they are there one day and dead the next. Crazy.

Finally got a photo of the purple wildflowers above with the petals open. πŸ˜€

Puffy clouds! 😁 I like how the sun was shining on them.

A different kind of grasshopper. Or something. The one above is green and this is brown. So it may not be a grasshopper at all. But it hops… 🀣

Autumn is coming…

I met a snail! And it was friendly. πŸ™‚

Ripe tomatoes! 😍

My newest sweet potato plants – and the frog guarding them. 🀣

Went outside in the middle of the night and took this. πŸ˜€ I didn’t expect it to be this clear.

Went out again in the morning and took this. Not as clear as it was at night but it still came out.

Pine cones! 😁 When they start falling, I’m going to gather some and paint them. Then it will start to feel like Christmas is coming…

My August 2018 In Photos

Welcome to another edition of My Month In Photos Life Update! πŸ™‚ Here is my month of August in photos:

How on earth are you supposed to obey this sign?! Are we supposed to yield to people walking out of the sky – and do it upside down? o_O

I really liked these flowers outside my grandma’s doctor’s building. πŸ™‚

My feet. XD This was supposed to be a bit of an artistic shot.

When taking my grandma grocery shopping after the doctor appointment, we saw this sign. If you look closely, you can also see me in this photo… XD

Mushroom! πŸ˜€

Boy did I have a surprise the next day. This is the same mushroom as above.

Almost missed this moth – he looks like a leaf!

I found this snake in the mud hole one day. I hope he wasn’t eating the tadpoles for breakfast…

Looked out the window of my grandma’s doctor’s building, and saw this picnic table on the roof of the next building. Scary place to have a picnic…

This was also inside the doctor’s building. Kind of random and fun. XD

When we got back to my grandma’s, I visited the lake. And while taking a walk, it started to rain. XD

Stopped on my way back inside to photograph a flower. XD

And then stopped on my way back inside to get a photo of the storm clouds. XD

Some birds made a nest in one of my mom’s hanging baskets. I meant to get more photos as they grew, but I didn’t and then they flew away. πŸ™‚

More mushrooms! We got quite a bit of rain at one point in August, and mushrooms were everywhere.

My uncle and mom took my grandma out to eat for her birthday. These signs were hanging in there. Kind of random to have these hanging together like that, but I approve. XD

Another mushroom! It rains, we get mushrooms! XD

Pink sky! πŸ˜€

You know it’s going to be an interesting day when you go out to check the mail and almost step on Blake. This is a far off shot of the ground where Blake was. Don’t see him? Neither did I. XD Here is a close up:

Yes. Blake is a Black Rat Snake. Fairly large one in fact, haha.

Pink flowers at my great aunt’s house! Wish I knew what they were; I’d like to have some of these…

Mushrooms at sunset. πŸ™‚

When I went to check my squash plants, I got this treat – watching a bee pollinate the flowers. πŸ˜€

Eggplant bloom. πŸ˜€ I really like them.

I put some food my cats didn’t eat out in the woods in case someone else wanted it. I expected feral cats and opossums. But when I checked back that night, I found raccoons instead. o_O

Blue wildflowers at my grandmas! πŸ˜€ I love this shade of blue.

Lots of mushrooms. I know, I’m showing a lot of mushrooms. These weren’t even the half of them. My dad can attest to this fact – he sat through all the photos when backing them up on his computer and saw every mushroom shot I took. XD

My mom gets a special mention – she made pickles! They are SOOOO GOOD. ❀

My July 2018 In Photos

Hello, everyone! Before we get into pictures, I want to quickly address the lack of Wonder Wednesdays… for two Wednesdays in a row…Β πŸ˜… I didn’t intend for that to happen, and the series should resume next Wednesday. πŸ˜‰ I’m trying to decide among three topics. We’ll see which one I go with.

Back to the post at hand. I finally have the July updates put together. It ends on a sad note, I’m afraid. But first, here are some happy pictures. First, is a dragonfly that I’ve seen around.

I think this is some sort of butterfly. In this head-on shot, it looks more like a flying alien.

Some of my favorite fruits are back in season – the plumcot! It’s a natural cross between a plum and an apricot. It’s a real treat when these come in season.

I had an idea that an old HUGE cooler that my parents didn’t want anymore could be salvaged and converted into a planter if I drilled holes in it. However, before I got around to it, rain collected in it. I was going to dump it, but then saw this leopard frog having a good time in there. So I put some sticks in it for her (so she could get out easier – but leopard frogs have sticky pads and can climb out with no problem) and a little grass to make it seem more natural, and let her have it. (At least, this year… she won’t be around this winter and I can convert it before she returns. πŸ˜„)

And as if watching the frog play in there wasn’t enough reason to leave it alone, she laid eggs in there. Here, they are almost ready to leave. Now they are gone. I’ll miss them.

But, in the mudhole, there are new batches of tadpoles! These may be toads, not frogs. Or maybe some of both. I guess I’ll find out when they grow up. πŸ™‚

After exiting the grocery store one day, we had this view.

Ah, I’ll never tire of seeing how the heavens declare the glory of God. πŸ™‚

This is a view of the pond behind my grandma’s chicken house through what looks like a window opening.

I had a lot of fun playing with angles.Β πŸ˜„

This little guy somehow got into my cat’s run. Gabby stalked him and Sparrow had her eyes on him and I knew if I didn’t catch him first, they would – and then they would make sure he had an early death. Fortunately, I caught him first. This is him saying thanks before flying away. πŸ™‚

(Sorry for the mess, but gardening gets messy. πŸ˜†) You’ve probably seen me talk about this before, but I’ve been experimenting with growing trees from seeds. I had about 20 apple and pear seeds that had sprouted after spending six months in the refrigerator (when they were only supposed to spend three… my mistake).

The aprium (a natural cross between an apricot and a plum) box (and the plumcot box under it) has my tulip bulbs in it – something came and dug a bunch up and stole them, so I decided that if they want the remaining ones, they would have to really work at it and get through the plastic containers. Anyway.

They looked surprisingly healthy for having a “winter” that long, and I was excited to watch them grow up. But the very next day, something dug up every single seed and ate them. And left me the shells. I was not happy. Even though I was sad that that happened, I’m not short on trees so I still have an experiment:

These are from the last three years of experiments. There are lemons, oranges, pears, apples, and peaches shown here. My plan was to give some of the citrus ones to my uncle and aunt who live in southern Texas so they can grow in a climate that is suitable for them because Arkansas winters are too much for them. As for the others… I’m going to plant some outside where they can grow into normal size trees, plant some of the citruses in large pots so that I can carry them indoors, and then bonsai the others.

These are two lemon trees (Aida and Agnes) that I’ve already planted as bonsai trees. πŸ™‚

Two mandarin orange trees (Mandy the Second and Wren – get it? MandyWren? Mandarin? I know, I’m terrible…) that are now planted as bonsai.

Currently unnamed apple tree. This will not do, it must be named…

The one in the yellow pot is either one of the Five Boroughs of New York or Frank Sinatra. I think. The labels washed off. I think I’ll call it Frank Sinatra and the others that I plan to plant outside in the ground will be the Five Boroughs of New York. The way this one leans, I’m tempted to rename it to The Leaning Tower Of Pisa and start naming the others after famous landmarks. Who knows – it might happen yet.Β πŸ˜†

And now for the sad ending…

One of my cats, 9-year-old Simone, passed away on the 23rd. It was very sudden. I didn’t even realize she was sick. If I were to guess, I’d say it was something like a heart attack because she seemed normal that morning, except she didn’t eat much. But then, the others weren’t eating as much during the day either because it was so hot.

Here she is as a baby! Gabby chose a cardboard box on our front porch to have her litter in. Simone is the one on the left in both of the photos above. (The other two were Scout and Puma; they passed away years ago.) The plan was to have two of them named after characters in the Lion King movie. Timon and Pumbaa. But what happened was, Timon turned out to be a girl and by the time I realized that she already was getting used to the name. So I changed it to Simone which is similar as to not confuse her and changed Pumbaa to Puma to cover up my error.Β πŸ˜†

This is my favorite photo of her.Β πŸ˜‚ I had been gardening and you can see my gardening stuff behind her. She was in my way, so I thought it would be fun to take photos. This is the only one that came out.Β πŸ˜‚ I caught her yawning.

(Sorry it’s a little blurry – she wasn’t a fan of having her photo taken, so it was hard to find a good one of her as an adult.) She loved rubbing against my legs but was very feisty otherwise. I could pet her twice, and then the paw would go up, daring me to try it a third time. She never did claw me. In the photo above, you can see her raising her paw at me.Β πŸ˜† She was also the smallest cat I’ve ever had, weighing about four pounds. For some reason, she never grew past that.

She was the fifth cat I’ve lost this year. (I made a post for three of them – the fourth one, Jay, ran away last spring.)

Butterfly! πŸ˜€ The post was originally going to end with Simone, but right before July ended, I met this little fellow. They like the mudhole. This one was very hard to photograph because he wouldn’t stay still. πŸ˜…Β And I really wanted to include him.

And this concludes my July in photos. πŸ™‚