Graycie’s New Love Nest

Graycie and Manny have been putting the finishing touches on their groovy new outdoor living area.

Welcome to our home.

Welcome to our home.

They have cubby holes for hiding in…

You should see what I've done to the place!

You should see what I’ve done to the place!

And lots of room for running around…

Manny, you've got to see this!

Manny, you’ve got to see this!

Plus they have lots of hay to nibble and fresh veggies for their gourmet meals.

I prefer Italian parsley.

I prefer Italian parsley.

But the best part is that Graycie has a whole new group of friends!  These are just a couple of the new pals she’s met at her new home with her Mama Mary.

My name is Emma.  I am a Dwarf and I was abandoned after my owner became bored with putting me in shows.  :(

My name is Emma. I am a Dwarf and I was abandoned after my owner became bored with putting me in shows. :(

And I'm Count Chocula.  Mamma Mary rescued me NINE YEARS AGO!  I'm still as handsome as ever.

And I’m Count Chocula. Mama Mary rescued me NINE YEARS AGO! I’m still as handsome as ever.

You have a beautiful sanctuary Mary and a giant heart!  Thanks for giving Graycie and all your beautiful creatures a wonderful home!

Apples to Apples

I was feeling pretty smug about my apple trees this season. I have two different varieties and they produce fruit at different times of the year.  This year, one of them has gone crazy with more apples than we can eat and I was pretty proud of our little backyard “orchard”.

Butterfly near the top. :)

Butterfly near the top. :)

That is until Tama sent me a picture of HER apple tree!

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Good Grief!

Then, she had the gall to send me a picture of her PEAR tree!

Sheesh!

Sheesh!

OK, Tama–I get it.  Germania is awesome, your trees are amazing, and my trees are lame and sad.

A POX UPON YOUR TREES!

Oh, here’s a bit of news you might find interesting…

Jim pet GT!!!!!!!

Jim pet GT!!!!!!!

Life is good.

Happy Fall Y'all!

Happy Fall Y’all!

:)

Lions & Hikers & Bears Oh My!

I was curious about how many different critters Jim would see in the Smoky Mountains on his backpacking trip, so I Googled “Animals in the Smoky Mountains” and saw a list with close to 500 different animals.

Jim on the left.

Jim on the left.

I put together a little welcoming committee to greet him upon his return.

Not quite 500, but a good gathering nonetheless.

Not quite 500, but a good gathering nonetheless.

Alas, he said he only saw some bear poop and a salamander. Well, I’m glad he didn’t see any of these…

grrrrrrrrrrrrr...hissssssssss...

grrrrrrrrrrrrr…hissssssssss…

…or these

Howwwwwwlllllllll

Howwwwwwlllllllll

along the trial.

And in keeping with the Beanie theme, I ran across four little guys on Ebay that I could not help bidding on.  The bidding started at $1.50 each so I said “What the heck!”

BEANIES IN SWEATERS, CAN YOU STAND IT???

BEANIES IN SWEATERS, CAN YOU STAND IT???

I was the only bidder and I could NOT believe my luck.  When Jim saw them he told me I should be ashamed of myself for stealing these from some poor soul who either made these custom sweaters, or paid handsomely for them back in the Beanie heyday.  While I do love a bargain, I thought he was right, so I sent the seller some more moolah for which she was very surprised and grateful.

Seriously!  How cute are these guys?

Seriously! How cute are these guys?

:)

Lofty Indulgence

Jim is gone AGAIN!  This time he’s in the Smokey Mountains hiking the Appalachian Trail with some of his co-workers. Am I sad that he didn’t take me?  NO!  I am a big fan of air-conditioning, soft mattresses and indoor plumbing.  He left on Thursday and gets back tonight so I had a long time to feel sorry for myself and think of some mischief to get into.  I got a wild idea that I would take a mini-vacation to a little VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner).  This little loft is above a neighbor’s garage and I’ve seen photos of it online and heard so many nice things about it, that I decided to have a one-woman sleepover there while Jim was gone on his adventure.

The pictures do NOT do it justice.  It's even prettier than this!

The pictures do NOT do it justice. It’s even prettier than this!

The owners have spared nothing in making this not only functional and comfortable, but cozy and beautiful as well.

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My TV viewing oasis.

My TV viewing oasis.

The attention to detail is unparalleled here and I couldn’t stop looking at all the touches that made this loft a perfect subject for COTTAGE LIVING MAGAZINE.

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I actually brought some groceries and snacks to make my stay more fun and I had a good pal over for some wine and cheese soon after I got there.

The kitchen lacks NOTHING!  Some real goor-met meals can be made here.

The kitchen lacks NOTHING! Some real goor-met meals can be made here.

And even later that evening, a gaggle of females busted up in my crib to check out my little pleasure dome.  I had given up on having any company by then so I was wearing my super-sexy granny nightgown when they knocked on the door.  This is a site they will not soon forget, and a great honor that only a chosen few get to witness.

As the night wore on I was getting sleepy and looked forward to crawling into a very comfortable-looking bed.  Pets are not allowed, but I brought Buster to keep me company anyway.  Don’t tell anyone!  He was very quiet and didn’t make much of a mess.

Shhhhhhhhhhhhh.... Clanestine Bunny!

Shhhhhhhhhhhhh….

I slept beautifully,

Who wouldn't?

Who wouldn’t?

…and woke the next morning refreshed and feeling very pampered.  I made myself some coffee with the fancy Keurig machine with nearly 25 choices for coffee.  I then made a lovely breakfast and cleaned up after myself.  All this while my poor husband was sleeping on the ground and pooping in the woods.  (I’m so glad he doesn’t read my blog!)  Since we plan to turn our new little investment house into a VRBO, you can bet I was taking notes on how to do things right.  There are so many elements to think about and details to consider and my stay was like having a course in VRBO 101.

Now, if you want to check this little haven out you can go to this site to look at the calendar, check out some more pictures, and see the nightly rates. http://www.vrbo.com/307240

Oh, did I mention that this loft is only 375 square feet???

Thank you Dale & Rita!  I really enjoyed being “Queen For a Day!”

Teddy, Franklin, Eleanor & Me

Jim was gone on a trip for work last week, so while he was in Belgium spending your tax dollars I was home with my critters enjoying a great documentary on the Roosevelt family.  I’m an English teacher by training, but as a homebound teacher I’m usually required to instruct in all subjects for my students.  I found late in life that I have a real passion for history and a mild talent for teaching it.  One of my first experiences teaching history was a project a student had on American presidents.  They had to draw a name from a hat and do a report and an original monologue on their particular prez.  My kid got lucky and drew Theodore Roosevelt. We had a lot of fun learning about this iconic American president and I decided that the TEDSTER was my absolute favorite!  Whatever you can say about him you have to admit the guy certainly wasn’t boring!

So every night for a week, Mulder, Buster, the kittens and I settled down on the couch with a glass of vino (not the animals, just me) and enjoyed the show.  Usually we would all be awake for the first hour.

What's a "Roosevelt?"

What’s a “Roosevelt?”

And then slowly, one by one some of us would check out.

Why are there no kitties in this show?

Why are there no kitties in this show?

Until eventually only two of us would remain awake.

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Buster thinks 4 terms is excessive.

Just sayin'

Just sayin’

The following Monday I had to return my foster kittens so they could be “fixed” and find forever homes.  I will miss them very much.

Can we bring this tree with us?

Can we bring this tree with us?

To console me, I think someone should buy this STEIFF animal for me.

ONLY $250.00!!!

ONLY $250.00!!!

Tama is in Germany, where they make these so maybe she can get a good deal.  Get on it woman!

Chicks and Kittens

My neighbors have some beautiful granddaughters and they enjoy visiting my petting zoo on occasion.  Last week I had three lovely ladies enjoy some foster kitten love.

The tiny tot in pink is having reservations about these little sharp-clawed fur-balls!

The tiny tot in pink is having reservations about these little sharp-clawed fur-balls!

The young lady in Blue is my awesome new pet-sitter. Buster has decided that she’s one of his favorite peeps.

She's very skilled at "raisin" time.

She’s quite skilled at “raisin” time.

“Little Bit”  soon got over her nervousness and had some kitten kuddling of her own.

You promise he won't bite???

You promise he won’t bite???

In Bunny news, Graycie and Manny have moved into their outdoor love nest.  Their human mom, Mary has made them a comfortable hutch with soft ground underneath that they will soon “remodel” with burrows and tunnels.  All bunnies would prefer to live outdoors if they had a safe habitat and a way to keep cool and warm during the extreme months of the year.  Yes, we keep Buster inside, but that’s because he has been raised as a “house rabbit” and he doesn’t have a mate, so he prefers to live with his human family in the comforts of a house.

The problem with having a pet rabbit outdoors is that most people don’t take the pains that Mary does to provide a proper outdoor home for their pets.  It’s a very sad sight to see a lonely bunny living in a cage in the blazing sun, with nowhere to run and nothing do dig in.  If undertaken with knowledge and kindness, pet bunnies can enjoy a wonderful life in the safety of a yard in the care of a big-hearted human.  Such is the case with Graycie and Manny.  They are lucky buns to have found such a human.  I can’t wait to visit and see the bunny village where they live with many other fortunate buns in Sunny Florida.  :)

Graycie has plans for drapes and throw rugs to add a woman's touch to her new bungalow.

Graycie has plans for drapes and throw rugs to add a woman’s touch to her new bungalow.

Thank you Mary for making a lovely refuge for your creatures.  You’re one of the good ones. :)

Update on the Lovebunnies

Mary (Graycie’s new mom) sent me a picture of Graycie and her new beau, Manny, snuggling together after his recovery from his “snip-snip”.

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Seems like these two have made a real love connection and I’m very happy for both of them and grateful to Mary who is an animal lover/rescuer extraordinaire!

These are some of her chickens enjoying a late summer snack!

These are some of her chickens enjoying a late summer snack!

It’s always surprising to me that when I find people who love bunnies, they often have chickens as pets as well.  Great minds…. :)

And if you’re needing an update on some other B’game creatures, here’s a sample of life on the ranch.

Rowdy shows Mulder her best yoga moves.

Rowdy shows Mulder her best yoga moves.

"Sleeping Cat" pose.

“Sleeping Cat” pose.

Sleeping kitten pose.

Sleeping kitten pose.

Sometimes I check for a pulse when they look this relaxed!

Sometimes I check for a pulse when they look this relaxed!

Dude, what's the deal with your tail???

Dude, what’s the deal with your tail???

That’s all for now folks.  The kittens returned to the shelter for some shots and a weigh-in and it looks like I have them for a few more days.  Work on the cottage has halted while Jim is in Slovakia (I had to look it up on a map) and I continue to water the sod so it will survive until Fall finally makes an appearance here in Alabama. (HURRY UP!)