Fiona 1, Libby 0

Posted: May 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

First, Fiona is our cat and Libby is the dog.  We’re still getting to know Fiona as the year goes on, since she’s an adult cat I adopted around last Halloween.  But if you read the last post, Spring brings us moths the size of eagles and I was hoping this would awaken the hunter in Fiona.  Thankfully, I am happy to announce it has!  She even jumps up to catch them, then in 2 bites they’re gone!  I couldn’t ask for more from her right now! 

Now Libby is our dearly beloved dog (1/2 yellow lab, 1/2 Rhodesian Ridgeback, we think).  I adopted her in 2006 several months before I met my husband.  She is certainly the hunter and used to have a sweet tooth for squirrels.  She used to catch them pretty regularly at our other house, not so much at this one.  She even let a bunny continue to eat its grass breakfast this morning!  Unless of course, she’s actually gotten smarter and knows she won’t outrun them anyway…. who knows?  At least I didn’t have to pick up a bunny carcass this morning.  I’m not sure if the bunny has seen the raised garden beds yet, but I’m sure it would rather be eating lettuce than grass.  Now that we’ve gotten some cooler weather, the lettuce we planted is finally not so droopy. 

Which brings me to another topic… our garden.  Our thoughts about the garden is that this year will be a “plant & see” year.  We have no idea what plants will like the soil we’ve added, or the full sun in that part of the yard (even if their tag shows, “Full Sun”), or children poking around them the entire time.  We have tried to plant those that will have some height to them as they grow towards the back, and the smaller vine plants as southernmost as possible so their sun isn’t obstructed.  So far the peppers have stayed strong, the broccoli seems content, the watermelon is struggling, the lettuce seems happy for today (it’s overcast outside), and the flowers… well, we can’t please them all… some droop when it’s cloudy, some droop when it’s sunny.  This is really our first garden so hopefully it will get better with each growing season.  Some days I’m just as impatient as the kids though… “It’s been 2 weeks!  Why aren’t there any strawberries!”  The entire garden was planted with plants that had started in the nursery, just to be on the safe side.  We would love to get to a point where we could plant by seed some day.  Since we don’t have green thumbs we might be dreaming, but I would have to think this would bring down the cost of actually planting a garden.  Like I said, it’s all new to me, but we’re not the type of people to aim small.  Someday I may even start that composting I’ve wanted to do.  One outdoor project at a time though is all I can handle!

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Spring brings…

Posted: May 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

Springtime in Colorado really puts a spring in your step and a smile on your face.  The patios are bustling with activity, the sun is warm on your skin, and the fragrant blossoms on the neighborhood trees can bring you back to a place long forgotten.  But just when you open the windows for a gust of warm air and a cool refreshing evening breeze, a gigantic moth comes out of nowhere to swoop in on the fun!  I really can’t even believe how enormous these things can get— and I’ve lived in a lot of places!  Each year all I can think of is the movie poster for Silence of the Lambs; where their wingspan is a good 4 inches.  Bugs in general disgust me, but moth season in Colorado takes it entirely to a new level.  When we moved into our house 2 years ago, it had been vacant for several months beforehand.  I think the moths must have made it their home that summer because the next spring had a thawing of moth nests that brought in moths by the dozens at nighttime.  I never wanted to sun to go down each evening.  I felt trapped like Wil Smith in “I am Legend.”  (I never usually reference movies but in this posting it’s too apropos not to.)  They would appear out of no where and surround the lights and fly into the walls.  Thank goodness my husband isn’t as creeped out as I am.  We used to have a cat that enjoyed the hunt once we went to bed, but Mr. Bailey had to be put down in 2009 after 15 good years.  He lived during our pre-new house years though.  Then last fall I adopted another cat from the Denver Dumb Friends League— Fiona.  She probably wasn’t the smartest cat in the litter, but she makes up for it in sweetness.  I am hoping she can take over where Mr. Bailey left off.  We used to find moths scattered about the floor the next morning, but I would rather pick up a dead moth with handfuls of paper towels than have to swat them out of the air after they’ve buzzed my ear!  Time will tell, I suppose.  I’m rooting for you, Fiona!

I have say though, all in all, this is really the only drawback to living in Colorado.  Generally we don’t have many bugs.  The dog and cat don’t have fleas, I don’t get eaten by mosquitos when I sit outside in the evening (and yes, I have the type of blood they usually seek out), and even on high humidity days around here, there aren’t gnats sticking to my skin— things are pretty tolerable.