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07/14/2017 – Around Colehaus

This is not our cat - © Colehauscats.com

This is not our cat – © Colehauscats.com

First off, let us be clear about one thing: This is not our cat. More about Sweet Teese to come.

No more dirt covering sidewalks - © Colehauscats.com

No more dirt covering sidewalks – © Colehauscats.com

While we were on hiatus and away from the Internets, Mom finished her long, three year project of removing yards and yards of extra dirt from around Colehaus. The extra dirt came from years of decomposed bark mulch of which she used to be a huge fan. No one tells you you’re actually adding mountains of future dirt to your plot of land, dirt that will rot fences and foundations, slide down to cover sidewalks and bury plants and bushes and choke tree trunks. And the bark slivers embedded under the skin! *shudders*

Mom's 3 year dirt removal project done - © Colehauscats.com

Mom’s 3 year dirt removal project done – © Colehauscats.com

Along the way however, earthworms will love it and earthworms are much appreciated around here. The native soil has vastly improved away the original century-old, overused cow pastureland, to workable and almost loamy in spots. Roots are protected from drying out and from freezing completely in the winter. Weeds are suppressed (for the most part), and bark mulch adds a finished look to the beds that would otherwise be sun-hardened, clay-packed dirt.

Mom asks, “But did we need so much of it?” No.

Enough yard work babbling. On to the interesting stuff, already!

Not our cat - © Colehauscats.com

Not our cat – © Colehauscats.com

Did we mention this is not our cat? Yes? Okay, good. Just wanted that to be clear.

Old Happy looking better - © Colehauscats.com

Old Happy looking better – © Colehauscats.com

Old Happy is still around and looking better every day. We are certain she is partially blind and mostly deaf and we feel so lucky to be able to provide food and a safe haven for her…

Patches' babies 2017 - © Colehauscats.com

Patches’ babies 2017 – © Colehauscats.com

… especially because Happy is a four times over grandmother this year! Say hi to great, great, great granddaughter Patches and her three babies.

Raccoon Patches and one of her babies 2017 - © Colehauscats.com

Raccoon Patches and one of her babies 2017 – © Colehauscats.com

We’d wondered if we’d see babies this year. Mom had noticed a raccoon that had ratty-looking fur with a section missing on her back hanging around during daytime hours over a month ago, which means nothing but can also mean it’s a pregnant female looking for extra food to help supplement her diet. So far, we’ve been right five years running!

Patches is a gentle mama and her babies are roly-poly fur balls. And yes, Mom keeps forefront in her mind these are wild animals. She’d never stick her fingers out there, no matter what.

Elusive kitty still elusive - © Colehauscats.com

Elusive kitty still elusive – © Colehauscats.com

The new-ish kitty with the pretty fur is still coming around occasionally and still just as elusive as ever. We’ve yet to get within thirty feet of him and we’re not sure if that’s ever going to change. We don’t know that it is a him, exactly. We’re just running with the notion that it is, kind of like running with scissors – we know we shouldn’t but sometimes the thrill of doing so gets the best of us.

Visiting boy cat - © Colehauscats.com

Visiting boy cat – © Colehauscats.com

Here’s someone new, walking along the back fence. Um, no mistaking what gender he is.

Another visiting boy cat - © Colehauscats.com

Another visiting boy cat – © Colehauscats.com

And another visiting boy cat. Yes, it’s a he and he’s marking our back bushes as his. Thanks, gray guy.

Visiting feral boy - © Colehauscats.com

Visiting feral boy – © Colehauscats.com

This boy showed up about a month ago and while his fur doesn’t look bad, he is every bit as skittish as any feral we’ve come to know. We’re also wildly happy to report he’s staying, on and off, in one of the feral shelters (Spitty’s Place), and seems to really like it.

Visiting feral boy - © Colehauscats.com

Visiting feral boy – © Colehauscats.com

Notice his round face and beefy jowls? That apple-shaped head is usually a sign he’s unneutered. Thankfully, there doesn’t seem to be many females around; non-spayed females, that is, but that won’t stop Mom from trying to gain his trust. Perhaps a snip might be in his future. And a name, too. Let’s call him… Mac.

We’ve got more to report but this post has already gone long so, we’ll save some things for later. In the meanwhile, here’s some photos from around the garden. Thank you for visiting us and reading!

Blueberries - © Colehauscats.com

Blueberries – © Colehauscats.com

Blue Hydrangea - © Colehauscats.com

Blue Hydrangea – © Colehauscats.com

Pink Dianthus - © Colehauscats.com

Pink Dianthus – © Colehauscats.com

Red Strawberries - © Colehauscats.com

Red Strawberries – © Colehauscats.com

Wild Daisies - © Colehauscats.com

Wild Daisies – © Colehauscats.com

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Previously on Colehaus Cats:

2016 – No post
2015 – Ruby Tuesday
2014 – Who’s Knocking?
2013 – No post
2012 – No post

04/28/2017 – Around Colehaus

Our old visiting raccoon, Happy, who is partially blind and mostly deaf, is looking much, much better than she did a couple of weeks ago and we think that’s due to having access to good kibble. Sure, the food is out there for the daytime visiting strays and ferals, but we’re okay with her chowing down if she’s hungry.

Happy at lunchtime - © Colehauscats.com

Happy at lunchtime – © Colehauscats.com

A couple of weeks ago, we were certain Happy wasn’t going to be around much longer. She was sneezing horribly and looked so ragged and thin. And she walked so slowly, it was painful to watch. Now, she’s no longer sneezing and she may even have gained a pound or two! She still walks slowly, but not as slowly as she did weeks ago. Maybe she has arthritis and if so, the cold, wet weather can’t be doing her much good.

Happy at Dinnertime - © Colehauscats.com

Happy at Dinnertime – © Colehauscats.com

After months of whining about how our area is breaking all kinds of rainfall records (yet another record smashed for the month of April just this week), last week we had one and a half sunny, warmish days, in a row, and half of the flowers in the garden seemingly opened all at once.

Our east side backyard - © Colehauscats.com

Our east side backyard – © Colehauscats.com

In our backyard, on the east side everything tends to bloom at once. About three weeks later, things bloom along the back. Lastly, about three weeks after that, things bloom over on the west side. It’s all about sun exposure, someone once mentioned. Okay… we’re just happy everything doesn’t bloom all at once, even though it might seem like it is.

Bright Tulips - © Colehaus.com

Bright Tulips – © Colehaus.com

Azalea Crater Lake - © Colehaus.com

Azalea Crater Lake – © Colehaus.com

White Trillium - © Colehauscats.com

White Trillium – © Colehauscats.com

Pink Rhododendron - © Colehaus.com

Pink Rhododendron – © Colehaus.com

Soft lavender creeping phlox - © Colehaus.com

Soft lavender creeping phlox – © Colehaus.com

Creamy Pink Rhododendron - © Colehaus.com

Creamy Pink Rhododendron – © Colehaus.com

Though possible, we don’t get too many rainbows during the winter months – not enough sun. But during spring, our weather goes from sunny one minute to a downpour the next and a brilliant rainbow after that. Sometimes, two or even three rainbows are seen.

Double rainbow from a back window - © Colehaus.com

Double rainbow from a back window – © Colehaus.com

Our squirrel feeder hangs on the fence and if, from inside, you lean over the corner kitchen sink and look though the west side window, you can see whether the feeder is occupied or empty. If a squirrel is just sitting there looking at you through the window, you can bet the feeder is empty. Okay rodent, we’ll get some nuts out there soon.

A curious squirrel - © Colehauscats.com

A curious squirrel – © Colehauscats.com

Oh yeah, this is supposed to be a CAT BLOG. Okay, we’ve had three new visitors this month.

1 – A solid gray tank of a cat, we suspect a true feral by the looks of him(?) and how terrified of people he is. We’ve yet to see his face but could identify him in a lineup by his backside alone.

2 – A gray and black tabby with white socks cutie who we think is less than a year old. It walks our fence occasionally and we’ve yet to get out there in time to call to it.

3 – This black and white fluffy one who sadly, we have only seen once and couldn’t get within twenty feet of.

Someone new - © Colehauscats.com

Someone new – © Colehauscats.com

Someone new close up - © Colehauscats.com

Someone new close up – © Colehauscats.com

Sweet Teese still visits twice a day, once in the early dawn hour and once later in the afternoon. The thing with Sweet Teese is… she’s a drooler. BIG TIME drooler. Just say her name twice and she gets all lovey-dovey and slobbers all over the place. Could this be why she’s an outside cat and not an inside cat? Could be. If she were our inside cat, we’d have to mop the floors hourly… but we’d take her to the vet first to make sure some condition wasn’t making her drool so much.

Petting Sweet Teese - © Colehauscats.com

Petting Sweet Teese – © Colehauscats.com

Lastly, if you remember, we took down our bird feeder in late January because there are just too many outside cats in our neighborhood now. Cats plus birds at feeders equals bird feasts. Most of our regulars have flown the coup permanently and other than the occasional blue jay fly-by, there’s not many birds out there now. But that’s not to say we don’t notice an odd one every now and then. Like this…. this… thing that we think might have been a turkey vulture. Eeks!

What is that thing? - © Colehauscats.com

What is that thing? – © Colehauscats.com

What is it? - © Colehauscats.com

What is it? – © Colehauscats.com

It was sitting for over an hour on a skylight at a neighbor’s house and we took these photos from our kitchen window (which was as close as we could get). The good thing is we saw Happy and all the new visitors after we saw this bird-thing so we weren’t worried too much about what or who it might have been eating. Even so, people, keep your pets INSIDE. Turkey vultures are about!

That’s about it. Have a great weekend. See you again in May!

04/17/2017 – ManCat Monday with the artist Quint

We were hoping to have lots of photos of Quint taking his first stroll in his garden today, and even after a first (first!) warm-ish dry weekend, but it seems Ms. Rain Showers and Mr. Chilly Skies will be with us for a while longer. We’re barely into fifty degree (F.) daytime temperatures here, too cold for Mancat walks outside just yet. Yes, we are officially tired of the cold and rain. We love cold and rain, but enough is enough already!

Quint watching the rain - © Colehauscats.com

Quint watching the rain – © Colehauscats.com

Quint’s been spending a lot of time up in the windows, looking for his flowers to start blooming. Sadly, the rain wiped all the Star Magnolia flowers away before they could be enjoyed and all we have thus far are a couple of sad daffodils keeping all the moss company.

The mini daffodils survived all the rain - © Colehaus.com

The mini daffodils survived all the rain – © Colehaus.com

This double rainbow brightened our day, however, and made us believe our garden will soon be bursting with color.

A double rainbow - © Colehaus.com

A double rainbow – © Colehaus.com

Quint’s not waiting around for a reason to paint.

Sure, I miss my flowers but a boy’s gotta march on forward when tough times call for it. My flowers will come along. I’m sure of it!

And then, he got to painting, using the colors he’d been watching all spring. You might remember at the beginning of the month, he spent a lot of time painting this and that, most of which is still waiting for those pops of color that he won’t add until his garden flowers arrive.

Quint painting spring - © Colehauscats.com

Quint painting spring – © Colehauscats.com

But he did create some pretty paintings given we’re still in our Pacific Northwest (Northwet?) gloom. We bet you’d like to see what he did with that navy blue and lavender, huh? Introducing Quint’s Pop of Spring 2017.

Quint's a Pop of Spring 2017 paintings - © Colehauscats.com

Quint’s a Pop of Spring 2017 paintings – © Colehauscats.com

And because sometimes, Quint likes the softer colors of spring before all the flowers go wild and bold, he created this second one called Spring Fling 2017.

Quint's Spring Fling 2017 - © Colehauscats.com

Quint’s Spring Fling 2017 – © Colehauscats.com

In both you might be able to make out just a little bit of daffodil color. If you know Quint and his color leanings, you know he really wanted to slather on the yellow. Good thing our outside moss isn’t all yellow, right?

You can bet he’ll get something all yellowed-up later in the year, and in the meantime, please visit his art shop to see his newest offerings. He’d love to know what you think of his latest efforts (and your thoughts on the color yellow), and hopes maybe, one of his works will find its forever home with you!

The serious artist Quint - © Colehauscats.com

The serious artist Quint – © Colehauscats.com