03/11/2016 – Around Colehaus

The crocus are up! - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

The crocus are up! – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

If we hadn’t already said, “Spring is here,” we’d now say, “Spring is here!” Because these crocus say so.

Lily, the raccoon - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Lily, the raccoon – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Over in the side yard, we had a brave daytime raccoon visitor. Usually, the raccoons around here show up during the day hours only if 1) They are really, really hungry, 2) They are pregnant and need the extra food (a wee bit early for that situation here), or 3)…

Cocoa says, "Excuse you?" - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Cocoa says, “Excuse you?” – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

… If they got word there are some really cool feeding stations they simply MUST check out. Waiting patiently at the fence opening, Cocoa says, “Um, stripy one, you’re in my spot.”

Someone has moved into feral shelter Spitty's Place - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Someone has moved into feral shelter Spitty’s Place – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Farther down the row, someone has moved into the feral shelter Spitty’s Place. Can you see the tamped down straw? We bet this is a great cozy spot to spend the chilly night…

Fresh straw for all the houses! - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Fresh straw for all the houses! – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

… especially since we just cleaned out the shelters and stuffed them full of new, fresh bedding straw.

Who is this? - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Who is this? – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Maybe this mystery cat has staked out a claim on Spitty’s Place. We have no idea who this kitty is. Very skittish. Very intense eyes.

Neighbor cat Reenie - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Neighbor cat Reenie – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

We know who this cat is, though. This blurry photo is of Reenie, who lives at Momo’s house up the street. After three years, Reenie still won’t let us take a good photo of her.

Stormy Sky - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Stormy Sky – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Just so we won’t think winter is over yet, we still see stormy skies. Looking out our north-facing, upstairs window in back, looks like someone’s got rain coming.

Windy Squirrel - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Windy Squirrel – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

We just had wind on that day, hence, introducing Windy Squirrel.

Lounging Squirrel - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Lounging Squirrel – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

And his late-to-the-nut-box, Windy Squirrel’s slacker brother, Lounging Squirrel.

Northern Flicker - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Northern Flicker – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

And finally, just because, here’s one of our Northern Flickers, a bird Mom calls “eatin’ size” because they are as big as pigeons.

Primroses - 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Primroses – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Lastly, here’s some more purple flowers. Mom might have gone a *teensy bit* overboard on purple-y plants last year. But it ought to all even out once everything else pops into bloom later in the month. That’s about all that’s going on around here. Miss Itty says Hi! Have a good weekend!

26 responses to “03/11/2016 – Around Colehaus

  1. We love the purple flowers. Looks like the feeding stations are getting a lot of business. And that is a good thing. Pretty soon, you will have lots of little raccoons. You all have a great day.

  2. We love your purple primroses – the yellow ones should be coming out about now too (according to Mum)!!

  3. The more spring flowers, the better!

  4. eastsidecats

    OH! Do I know the joy of finding tamped down, lived-in straw! A happy dance ensues…

  5. Katie Isabella

    Is there any possibility of setting up your camera to see who is sleeping there? Enjoyed each picture very much.

  6. Love the raccoon pics, but a little scary, no?

  7. What a fun packed beautiful post. Those flowers are stunning
    Hugs madi your bfff

  8. be careful with that raccoon! they are MEAN!! catchatwithcarenandcody

    • We are very careful around raccoons in general (because they are wild creatures) and the strays and neighborhood cats are cautious as well. The raccoons that visit us are very meek and shy and only act mean when they have their babies out with them here from June through October. This one is one of Lily’s three babies from last year and whom we hope will bring her babies back to visit as the fourth generation to learn they are safe and unbothered in our yard.

  9. guys…ya noe……thiz post was goin total lee total lee grate…..we waz reel lee N joyin it……then…..

    knead….we…..say….mor. ~~~
    🙂 🙂

    waves bak two ewe miss itty !!!

    heerz two a crevice kelpfish kinda week oh end ♥♥♥

  10. manxmnews2014

    OH the flowers are so beautiful. It is hot already here in the mid 80’s. *Sigh*
    All those beautiful kitties!!!

  11. There is LOTS of activity going on at your house!

  12. You have such a beautiful garden with beautiful creatures. We still have lots of snow up here in Quebec.

    • We wished for a lot of snow this winter but the fact is, we hardly ever get any. Snow brings it’s own set of worries so we’re thinking we’re pretty lucky not to get any. Stay toasty! Spring is coming!

  13. These are all such wonderful pictures. I love seeing what all critters your shelters draw in. I think your raccoon friend is pretty cute. It sure beats the possum that keeps showing up at my outdoor cat shelter. Happy Friday, and purrs!

    • We miss our possum friends from the old rental house we lived in across town sixteen years ago. We’re lucky if we see one every other year here. Too many coyotes we think.

  14. Our mom just posted a very similar crocus photo on Instagram that she took earlier today. She says spring is almost here. You sure have lots going on at your place with critters. Have a great weekend. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  15. It definitely looks like spring is springing. We’ve been having some warmer weather, but we’re still waiting for the flowers. 🙂

  16. Those are lovely photos of the animals and flowers.

  17. The lounging squirrel is so funneh!

    Emma and Buster

  18. Those are all great photos.

  19. Our crocus are about ready to bloom as well. Happy spring, color back in the yard.

  20. Those are lovely spring photos ! We enjoyed the pictures of raccoons, it’s very special for us (we don’t have raccoons in Switzerland). Purrs

  21. What pretty flowers! Thanks for sharing.
    Have a super weekend…

    Noodle and crew

  22. meowmeowmans

    Those flowers are so beautiful! And it makes us so happy that the feeding station is so popular. 🙂