Sunday, April 10, 2011

Bad news and other things

Get the bad news off the table first - our Suki cat is dead, Esme's kitten that we kept and was now a cat. She stayed outside last night - which isn't that unusual for her, and we think the dogs chased her into the fence and then who knows what happened. We heard something about 4 am in the morning but it seemed they were chasing a squirrel and none of the dogs acted funny when they all came back in after the howl. Maybe they were chasing something else and she got in the middle of it unexpectedly. She wasn't torn up, just dead, as if they cornered her and frightened her to death. I'm pretty sad about it - and don't want to tell Esme about it.

Suki and Esme together post

We're getting ready to plant and fence the garden. I reached the end of the yarn I had for the hooded scarf and am back on the blanket until new yarn comes. I've also finished a few of the Swiffer mop covers in dishcloth yarn and should scrub the floors somewhere with them to see if they work.

Esme is begging to go outside now - getting ready.

LATER: Esme is still outside, enpinkenating in the sunshine. We have run the fence the rest of the way around the garden and hooked up the gate to working condition. Three rows of corn are planted with space to plant another three rows in a week or so. We marked out the space for the green beans and carrots, then decided where the tomatoes will go when they are big enough to be transplanted. When it is a little cooler outside we will plant the green beans, carrots and I'll make the hills for the zucchini and squash seeds. I hope to sit down and make Esme a few more pairs of shorts - or start on it. Also, the skirt and tanks I made last month are doing well outside in the hot weather! Just corralled Esme in from outside to watch the movie she hugged and kissed earlier this week. She saw Barbie's Swan Lake on the shelf when shopping with Daddy and would not let it go... yeep! didn't expect her to be a Barbie type of girl!

EVEN LATER: Did the plumbing project in the wellhouse with Mark's help. Then it burst. Then we did it again. And then, it held. Planted the green beans and carrots and zucchini and pattypan squash and watered them all down. We are planning to put in more later - the cucumbers and gourds and pumpmkins and 'meat' squashes (Jarrahdale and Turk's Turban). Then, when the tomatoes and green peppers are at a good size, we can transplant them into the garden. I've also ordered a packet of heirloom indian corn which we plan to plant in between the other corn for a chance at some cross-pollination.

So - we did a LOT today, fence, planting, plumbing!


Jaime Mclean Dalrymple said...

This is terribly sad. I hope that you can find a way to tell Esme. I know it is a had thing to do.

RheLynn said...

Thank you Jaime. I think the thing she'll understand is that the 'brown bears' got her kitty... I'm not sure when she will even notice she is missing because she is calling Mitzi's babies by Suki's name. She knows we are sad, but I don't want to go and make a big deal out of it and MAKE her cry by trying to make sure she gets the point.

ElizabethEK said...

I am late to reading this -- so sad. I am so sorry -- I know this must be hard.