Monday, April 22, 2024

April 22, 2024 Monday--5am

Good morning!

Let's see...Dagan dropped off some groceries on Tuesday...Keanna had to switch to Wednesday...Thursday Leah left for Sioux Falls for work and came home Friday.  Ian was home from school Thursday...and by the weekend McFamily were all sick again with that cold/cough!  Me--wasn't a good week, but I was not sick-sick.  Have been very tired (even taking naps again), not feeling great, and have had a headache for several days.  So, the week flew by.  I never touched the clothes bins full of summer clothes or got near the art table.  Earlier in the week I did get some cooking and baking done and a couple loads of laundry done Saturday.  Wrote some letters and made plans to alter Miss Allie's life some more--lol!  Explanation will follow.  :)

The grackles are here every day.  As soon as I put out any seed they descend and devour every last sunflower seed--lol!

We had some rain...enough to briefly splatter the screen on the patio door where I tried to get a picture of some red-winged blackbirds who came to nibble.
We could have used a good downpour, but only had occasional drizzle.
Was enough to bring a cottontail out during the day to grab a bite.
Most of the week looked like this, though.  Very pretty--blue skies and white clouds.
Allie entertains me every day...
...with her water antics!
You may notice how the drizzle did green up the lawn!!
How do I plan to alter Allie's life?  Well, Blink uses pine pellets in her litter box.  I have been sprinkling some pine pellets in Allie's for quite a while now.  I made the decision to just take the plunge and order a wood pellet type litter box for Miss Allie.  So, instead of merely sprinkling the pellets over her usual littler...
...I dumped some all over the top of it!  She'll have had about half and half for a couple of days.  The new box is supposed to come tomorrow.  So I will set it up and switch her over this coming week.  Fingers crossed!  When I tried to switch Miss Annie over she would have nothing to do with it...period.  Pooped outside the box and wouldn't set foot on those pellets--lol!  But with Allie, I have been adding them to her usual litter for a good while and she has been okay with it.  I was figuring it will be easier to switch her over before the big move than trying to do it afterwards.  The time has come.

You can get a huge bag of pellets from Fleet Farm for like $7.00.  (40 lbs?)  You only have to scoop the poop out.  The pee goes down thru the bottom and ends up on a tray with a kitty pee pad.  Dagan hasn't even been using the pee pads--says it is just kind of like sawdust.  Kind of like a compost toilet for cats--lol!  No more kitty litter all over the place...or litter dust.  Apparently no more smell--well, except for actual poo smell--lol!  I am really hoping this works with Allie, too.  After all, I am going to be the official litter box scooper and cleaner once I move in.  Dagan will haul it out, but I will scoop and empty the bottom drawer with the pee pad.  I do think I will start with the pee pads that come with it and see how that goes.

Anyways, you may recall the cut up hunks of old memory foam pad from my bed (from when I used to be able to sleep in a bed) that I put under the cat beds all these years.  I had always thought I would sew covers for them or something.  I have wrapped them in towels sometimes.  But then it hit me!  I ordered some cheap orange throw pillow covers!  And they fit!
I think Allie even likes them--lol!  And they look SOOOO much better!!
Meanwhile, I am still battling ants.  But they are not really a problem.  They come directly out from under the baseboard and into the ink bottle boxes and back out and under...all day and night.  Especially where they first showed up in the bathroom.  (Next door apartment?)  Every time I hardly see any ants I put a little fresh peanut butter/borax in the box and there is suddenly a conga line of ants again.  They do love their peanut butter.  I wondered why they weren't dead and gone by now.  Googled and it said to use one part peanut butter and two parts borax.  I asked Leah what she had used  and she said she probably used half and half or maybe a little more borax.  That should be good, but she said she'd drop off some more borax this week.  

I have the feeling there may possibly even be more than one ant nest in the walls.  It's fine with me if it takes a long time to get them all because it's a less toxic way.  So many people have cats and small dogs in these buildings.  The ants are so happy being fed they don't even send out scouts like they were doing--(when they couldn't find anything but dry cat food in my apartment)--and Allie has no interest in the boxes.  There are just a few ants coming under the baseboard in the pantry anymore.  I haven't seen them anywhere else.  So, patience, I guess.  

I did get an assortment of pictures from Leah...hundreds actually--lol!  I'm not even sure where all of them are from, but they are Easter and up to the trip to Ohio for the eclipse.  I want to include some for posterity.  Probably more for feel free to scroll down if you would like to. ;)  I love seeing what they have been up to.
Pretty soon they won't fit into these matching sweaters they wear every Easter...
...and they will feel too old to wear bunny ears--ROFL  
Have to appreciate it while it is still fun times to hunt for Easter eggs.  :)

Easter dinner with Leah's brother, Aaron.

Easter egg cake!
Car packed on the way to Ohio.

Dogs love Dagan, too!

I remember when Dagan and I petted rays swimming by in Florida long ago.

Looks like a lorikeet came over to visit Liam at an aviary somewhere.

When you see dinosaur skeletons...another science museum, I assume.

A surprise from housekeeping!  A towel folded to look like a pair of swans on the bed at a hotel.

Ian--his towel creation--and a note for the housekeeping staff.
The note says..."Thanks for the swans.  Do you like my cute little elephant?  Ian" cursive!!  That makes Gramma so very happy!

Anyways, that's a smattering of what they've been up to.  They're all sick again now.  I am still in very low gear, but not sick-sick.  Allie is parked in the chair next to me at the table.  Grackles are squawking on the patio.  Have the door open because it's 65 degrees right now...supposed to be close to 70 tomorrow.  

The main project this week is that I need to pull all the dead flowers out of the planters.  This coming weekend we are tentatively planning on Leah bringing over a hose so we can really clean down the patio and the planter that we can put them up for sale.  Once the patio is all cleaned off, no more seed for the critters until the planter boxes are sold and gone. 

Other than that, it will all depend on how I am feeling.  Hopefully will have more energy and be less achy.  Regardless, I know Allie and I will have an adventure with her potty changes that are coming--lol!   I hope McFamily will all be feeling better.  Hope you all are doing well, too.  
Until next time... :) :)


David M. Gascoigne, said...

To live with you as a cat is to live the high life, of that there is no doubt! That is one pampered feline!

DJan said...

Loved all the pictures, and I do hope Allie will be fine with her new setup. And also hoping you don't get whatever bug they all got!

Sandra said...

When you say packed car you are kidding! I used pellets for the horse stalls for a few years. When wet they turn do the dust material. I haven't heard of this for litter boxes. Something learned. Those are some cute kids! The elephant towel is so cute!

Jim and Barb's Adventures said...

Good luck with Allie, it should be interesting. Hope everyone feels better soon.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

The cost of the pellets seems cheaper, but not if they have to be shipped. I wish Allie luck with them.

Loved seeing th8e boys in their bunny ears. SO cute. Hope McFamily is soon well and you gain your strength.

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Sickness often feels never ending, it comes, it goes it returns just like tiredness.

We have galahs, cookatoos, rosellas and doves around here each day and i do enjoy watching them.

Allie is so damn cute

Great family photos

Deb J. in Utah said...

I read about your changes to Allie's kitty litter with interest because we are thinking of getting another kitty when we move. Looks like McFamily had a fun trip. Great pictures. Sorry you are feeling a bit under the weather. I hope that this week is a good one for you. See you again soon!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Sorry to read that illness has once again hit McFamily, Rita, and hope you will remain well. Fingers crossed that Allie will not object to the pellets as Annie did and your idea of introducing them slowly was a good one. Seems the ants are liking the oeanut butter too much😋 Nice to the return if the rabbit and green grass too.

jinxxxygirl said...

Same here Rita... cold, cough, runny nose....for about 3 weeks then i feel good again for 3weeks or a month then it starts over... so odd... no fever.. If i don't watch it , it will get down in my chest then it lasts longer.. uuugh.. Glad to hear your doing well even if you are tired... Much love,and hugs..deb

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Rita - thanks for the visit ... and all the best with your various projects ... lots going on - take care - cheers Hilary

Juli said...

We've had some better weather lately, but tonight it's supposed to get down into the high 20's so some of the warmer weather plants will be tucked in for the next two days. The day's of 60 degrees are nice though, we've had a TON of rain.

I messed around with Miss Keeks cat tower. I found an old solid wood sofa table on the side of the road and am slowly converting it into her play center. She's so wild at least she won't knock this one over when she comes in HOT. Lol.

Love the idea of pine litter. Keeks is super messy with her box, so sure that woudl help or not. Right now it's in the basement out of the way so it doesn't bother anyone, but it's good to keep in mind if that changes.

Far Side of Fifty said...

That is a great towel elephant! The boys are so creative, looks like they had a fair amount of fun! Hope they feel better soon and you too!

Rosie said...

Gresat photos of family and cats too. When I see your photos it reminds me of the cats I have had over many years, they are such fun to have and watch their antics. Hope you have a week feeling better.

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

Kids grow so fast. They are adorable!

Jeanie said...

Eagerly following your litterbox escapades. Good luck. And I hope you're feeling a bit perkier in the coming week,or actually, since I'm so late visiting, that you feel better now! And I loved the family photos!