I couldn't resist getting Angel Kitty again when she lay down on my lap desk this morning. In the mornings I sit on HER chair to write. She looks for opportunities to get me back (smarty cat!), like when I put my lap desk on the bed turned cushion side up or even desk side up. Sometimes I forget what's mine and what's hers!
I've been holding back. I love to take pictures of my Angel Kitty, even though she HATES to have her picture taken. I got her last evening on the couch. She was awake but didn't see it coming and, judging by the indignant look on her face, she did not appreciate it. She immediately jumped off of the couch and went to my (her?) basket in the corner where she tried to hide. Later, when she thought the camera was safely put away, she returned to the couch and fell asleep all scrunched in the corner. Of course I just couldn't resist getting yet another picture!
Not enough snow for our preference but we'll take what we can get! The snow seems to be flying back up into the clouds before much of it hits the ground. The patio table at the gazebo looks out of its realm all covered with snow. That is where I spend many warm days reading and writing. My two lavender plants in the rock garden bloomed this summer for the first time. The oregano looks pretty with a touch of snow on it.
Khan is our neighbor's black Lab. He is full-blooded. He is six months old and 60+ pounds. He'll be huge when he grows up. His owners let him run around and sometimes he follows us home when we are on our walks. In order to keep him from going into our woods and getting lost or hurt (he was a very expensive dog), we tie him and then take him home a little while later when we get the chance. Today he was content (for awhile) with a bone we gave him.
Our closest "neighbor" is an old (built 1939) rundown house which is about a football field distance away from our house down our lane. The owners, who live in another state, visit it once in awhile. It has no plumbing or heat. Note the outhouse to the right of the house. It has a root cellar in the hill to the left of the house.
At least two baby squirrels are living under its metal roof and when we take our walk, they look out at us. Sometimes they both peek out at the same time, but I managed to get the picture of one of them checking us out.
Inky Bear, a black (actually he's rather brown) lab mix, is a neighbor's dog. He's very friendly.Nacho, the donkey, belongs to another neighbor. He loves our morning treat of apple or carrot. He is lonely, though, since his horse companion Early Girl left, and needs a friend. We're hoping the owners, who don't live here full-time, will get another donkey or horse to keep him company. My DH tried to get him to smile by tickling his nose . . . oooh, watch that finger!!Angel is my calico cat who is an indoor cat but I walk her on a leash and she is tied out on the line when she wants to go out (when I don't). She doesn't like it too cold, though, and in this picture she was patiently waiting for me to let her in.
The winter rye grass we planted in the garden is a thick and luscious carpet of green. I took a picture one morning of a heavy frost on it and one several days later with snow. I'm wondering if we could plant the winter rye grass in the spring around our vegetables to keep the weeds down, or will it only grow in the winter?
We have wonderful neighbors who are always ready to provide a helping hand. My husband is doing some work on the supporting structure of our open-faced garage and neighbor Al came over to help. In the pic, my husband is on the right and Al is on the left.
Rabbits cookin' coffee -- that's what the locals call it. But here in this little hollow in East Tennessee, when the hills surrender their misty hostage to reveal the stalwart cedars growing by the stream in our pasture, I know there is no place on earth I would rather be. The welcome mat is out! Come and sit on the porch and chat with me awhile!