Category Archives: Yard and Garden

01/31/2018 – Three Words Wednesday

Viola is looking - ©

Viola is looking – ©

Whatcha see, Viola?
Something extra good?
A squirrel, probably.
Glad its outside!

Viola is exhausted - ©

Viola is exhausted – ©

Well deserved nap.
A hunter’s life.
It’s very exhausting.
And very cute.

Mom, go away!
I’m sleeping here!

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A Colehaus Cats flashback:

2017 – No post
2016 – No post
2015 – No post
2014Viola says…
2013 – No post
2012 – No post

01/29/2018 – Around Colehaus

Here at Colehaus, absolutely nothing is happening. It’s January, the month in which we get a LOT of rain and gray days and nothing much happens outside. Which is why Mom isn’t out weeding the garden already, despite neighbor cat J who clearly wonders why not, especially since the neighbor “accidentally” dropped a bag of grass seed in our bark mulch and it’s all sprouting. Grrr…

Neighbor cat J - ©

Neighbor cat J – ©

We had the barest smattering of snow early on…

... 34, 35, 36... Counting flakes - ©

… 34, 35, 36… Counting flakes – ©

… and then, nothing. We were kind of looking forward to a bunch of snow days like last year, especially since the weather people said this winter would be just like last winter. Nope.

Some bulbs are starting to come up. We didn’t have bulb sprouts until late April last year because of record rainfall and then, one extra hot day burned almost everything before anything even had a chance to bloom.

Yay, bulbs - ©

Yay, bulbs – ©

The holly bush is berry-ing like gangbusters. This is a first.

Extra berries on the holly this year - ©

Extra berries on the holly this year – ©

And the last visiting raccoon is excited about that, can’t you tell? Actually, he was pouting because we’re not feeding him any more. Can you blame us? Just look at him! He’s so… so… ample it looks like he doesn’t have legs!

Last raccoon pouting - ©

Last raccoon pouting – ©

Over the past few weeks, we weaned the raccoons off the outside cat food so they can go learn to be raccoons in the wild. They were becoming a bit too comfortable around us and we know they wouldn’t make reliable house maids or grounds keepers, not to mention having difficulty getting work permits. They made good use of all that summer and fall food and are all very, very chubby. They’ll be fine doing all the things raccoons do down in the greenspace behind our development – hunting up grub, climbing the oaks and maples, sprucing up their houses for spring visitors.

Speaking of sprucing up, Mom finished lightening up the Cat Den with cream and ash blue paint. Probably looks like light purple or gray on your screen, but really, it’s soft blue.

New cat den colors - ©

New cat den colors – ©

Sunny wasted no time inspecting that paint ladder before Mom had a chance to use it.

Ladder inspector Sunny - ©

Ladder inspector Sunny – ©

Ladder inspector Sunny on the job - ©

Ladder inspector Sunny on the job – ©

And she didn’t stop with just the ladder inspection. She wanted to know why Mom wasn’t painting out in the hall, too. Demanding girl, Sunny is.

Painting inspector Sunny - ©

Painting inspector Sunny – ©

And that’s all from here. Everyone’s doing well, inside and out, and Mom’s looking forward to her first year of not having to do any major garden work, meaning she won’t be felling any trees this year or digging out tree stumps and yards of dirt to dispose of. Whatever will she do with herself all summer?

Uh, Mom? Remember me? And my painting? It’s been a while…

Patient Quint - ©

Patient Quint – ©

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A Colehaus Cats flashback:

2017 – No post
2016Olivia’s Weekend Plans
2015 – No post
2014For the Record…
2013Ruby Tuesdays
2012 – No post

01/01/2018 – A Look Back at our 2017

Happy 2018 - ©

Happy 2018 – ©

Happy New Year! Happy 2018! We hope you’re looking forward to 2018 as we are and that you celebrated, or are still celebrating, ringing in the new year. Before we jump ahead, we want to apologize for the length of this post and thank you for visiting. 2017 tossed a lot our way – wild happiness and sorrow, smiles and delight and of course, visits to and from you, our friends of Colehaus.

Olivia's watching you - ©

Olivia’s watching you – ©

January 2017 began with our 2016 recap (and what a year that was!), and smoothly slid into tiny winter biscuits, the search for sun amid snow and ice, a 5 year blogoversary recap (whew!), a new visiting kitty, and ended with a Russell Niblet update.

Guess the trouble - ©

Guess the trouble – ©

February saw the bottom of “things,” a sunny update on Sunny, cats on high (again), Monday musings, and Friday Fun. Oh, and Mom started French classes, of which we still don’t understand why.

Sunny and Tessa (in box) - ©

Sunny and Tessa (in box) – ©

Spring weather finally popped up in March but only after more cold nights alongside even MORE RAIN. We had grumpy cats and broken promises, Friday Fun days and a Friday Flub day. March ended with a first 2017 Around Colehaus post with first flowers, first spring cat conversations, first sighting in a long time of old raccoon Happy, and a first contact with stray cat Teese (and you all remember how awesome that ended, right?).

Ruby's marble toes - ©

Ruby’s marble toes – ©

April showers bring May flowers… or in our case, brought even more showers. April 2017 was one of the rainiest months our area had seen in years. So what’s a houseful of cats to do? We had Friday Fun days, Quint painted a bit, and Sunny had another update. We saw toesies and destruction and a weird bird, flowers and old raccoon Happy and we learned more about stray cat Teese. It was a very full month!

Patrol Sergeant Sunny - ©

Patrol Sergeant Sunny – ©

May started with orange and ended with black and white. In between we discovered old girls still play, Viola learned camera skills, and Olivia handed out a life lesson, Ruby made herself understood, and a Patrol Sergeant passed the baton to another. Please have your papers in order.

Time for napping - ©

Time for napping – ©

June. What can one say about June other than it started off icky and got worse. Household things seemed to break left and right. The weather was less than cooperative. Our fountain quit working. So, we took the month off from blogging. Was it the right thing to do? Well, it seemed good at the time.

Chunky - 2017 ©

Chunky – 2017 ©

A bit later than originally planned, July found us deep in the cat days of summer (hush you, who call it dog days). We had flowers for the briefest of brief period of time before the sun scorched them all, more new visiting strays showed up including the next generation of baby raccoons and that other stray, the Cat That is Not Ours, made themselves way, way comfortably at home. We pondered what we did over our summer “vacation,” found a way to lump together a bunch of miscellaneous photos, got our fountain running again, and said goodbye to one visiting stray… whom, we later learned, was adopted by a wealthy woman who fell in love with big Chunky upon first sight.

Curious baby raccoon, 2017 - ©

Curious baby raccoon, 2017 – ©

Our August was the hottest, driest, and smokiest on record, something that just isn’t normal for the Pacific Northwest. We closed up the house and ran air conditioning and humidifiers nonstop and still, cats had coughs, one had a nosebleed, another stopped eating, and we were all fairly miserable. Through it all, baby raccoons and outdoor cat Teese kept us entertained, as did Pia’s fur clipping escapade. August ended with a kidney disease diagnosis for Miss Newton and good news of Teese being accepted into our local no-kill shelter.

Sweet Teese - ©

Sweet Teese – ©

September was still grumpy and hot but we found joy in things like cherries and flashbacks, and then, Teese was officially adopted! No more smoky outdoor air for Teese. The raccoons were practically living in our fountain by this time. And then, autumn finally arrived and before we knew what was happening, sweet mama Zuzu crashed from renal failure and left us to run scampery-fast and free at the forever summerlands beyond the Rainbow Bridge.

Zuzu, mid-September 2017 - ©

Zuzu, mid-September 2017 – ©

Still reeling from the loss of Zuzu, October brought a much needed and appreciated mountain of kind words, thoughts and prayers, cards, email, hugs, love, and understanding. We also found solace in one of the outdoor strays, whom we started calling Pretty Boy Mac for his big, round apple-shaped Macintosh head, and who started to show trust. Inside, there were bossy cats and lucky cats, brave cats and multi-cats. There were reacting cats, napping cats, a bad cat, and costumed cats. We’re pretty sure that last group had nothing to do with that bad cat.

And in between all that, Dad had an accident with his car and our hot water heater and our kitchen wall, and well, Mom didn’t want to say anything about it at the time, and really, who could blame her?

Ex-garage door, cabinet, house foundation, and car - ©

Ex-garage door, cabinet, house foundation, and car – ©

Between a car and a house, the house always wins - ©

Between a car and a house, the house always wins – ©

November started off so well. Behind the scenes, our house damage was almost fixed from Dad’s accident and we had hot water once again when he had a second accident with his newly “repaired” car. This time, in the blink of an eye, he accidently drove through the garage door and smashed into the corner of our house. The cats and Mom both agree that was the loudest noise they had ever heard, even louder than Tessa and Viola during one of their fights. This time, Dad’s car was a goner and because new house repairs required Mom to be on her toes 24/7 with contractors and phone calls, insurance adjusters and car research, this blog was on lightweight/sparse duty for the rest of the month…

Lap Nappin' Pretty Boy Mac - ©

Lap Nappin’ Pretty Boy Mac – ©

… until the fifteenth of December when most of the repairs from Dad’s second accident were finished and Mom could think straight once more. All along however, Mom had been working outside with Pretty Boy Mac to up his social skills. When our night temperatures dropped down into the teens and looked to stay there for a while, Mom brought Mac inside and as luck would have it, a dear friend who loves big-cheeked boys came to visit, fell for him, and adopted him a few days later.

We’re reminded of Christmas miracles we’ve witnessed in the past and we feel this continued in 2017 for Mac and Teese, thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Colehaus, our friends and visitors like you. You helped make possible the adoption and vetting care for both Teese and Mac, and the feeding and warm housing of our area ferals and strays, the cold, outdoor-only neighbor cats, and the occasional happy old raccoon.

Because you helped us get through a tough year, we owe you so much gratitude and love. We’re looking forward to what 2018 will bring and wish for you all a fabulous New Year filled with joy, happiness, and excitement. And most of all, peace and love. Happy New Year!

Thank you for visiting. Thank you for reading us. Comments and suggestions for this blog are always welcome!
– The folks of Colehaus Cats

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A Colehaus Cats flashback:

2016 – A 2015 Recap and Happy 2016!
2015 – No post
2014 – Happy 2014 and a 2013 Recap
2013 – No post
2012 – No post