Jake and Bathsheba

A blog by two cats who used to live in the same house in Northern Virginia. Unfortunately, they are both no longer with us.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Saturday Scavenging

Mom worked in the yard this afternoon. Before she tackled the leaves, she replenished the suet for the birds. She set the empty plastic container down on the edge of the deck, and I spied it.

Mmm, this suet stuff isn't half bad. 'Tis a pity there isn't more for me.
Mom decided to use her mulching lawn mower for the leaves, so it was noisy outside. She used the bagger attachment and emptied it onto a big tarp she put on the driveway. She has a big shredder machine, but decided not to use it because it is very hard for her to start. She likes to compost all our leaves, but the compost area is way at the bottom of the yard. She drags the big tarp down there and dumps it.
Daisy had asked if we could just wait for the leaves to blow away. Unfortunately, the answer is no. We live downwind from neighbors with many big trees and all of their leaves blow our way since they almost NEVER rake. We have lots of plantings, rocks, and shrubs in our front yard so they catch the leaves that fall. Most of the trees are oaks and they continue to drop their leaves all winter long. Leaf-raking and collection is a long-term activity in our yard.
Tonight Mom had phone calls from her two bestest friends. She was going to help us blog more, but we know that those long phone conversations were important for her.

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At Sunday, November 18, 2007 12:20:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I am sorry that your mom had to spend so much time in the yard. That doesn't sound like much fun for you guys. I am happy that she got to talk on the phone to her friends. That must have been real nice.

At Sunday, November 18, 2007 4:01:00 AM, Blogger Christine and FAZ said...

I love our compost heap, that's where the hedgehogs and the luscious little mice live. I leave the hedgehogs alone (they hibernate this time of year) but the mice are fair game. FAZ

At Sunday, November 18, 2007 10:12:00 AM, Blogger Parker said...

Suet sounds like it might be yummy. It's something I have not had the pleasure of checking out. Maybe Mommy needs to get some for our birdies!

At Sunday, November 18, 2007 11:01:00 AM, Blogger Honey P. Sunshine said...

leaves look like fun to play wif

At Sunday, November 18, 2007 12:24:00 PM, Blogger Daisy said...

I'll bet suet does taste a little bit delicious. I am not sure though.

The leaf-raking project seems like a lot of work. I am glad that your mom got to have some good phone calls.

At Sunday, November 18, 2007 3:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It does seem like lots of work to rake. I mean, leaves are such fun to play with. I think humans should play more in leaves. With us.

At Sunday, November 18, 2007 8:48:00 PM, Blogger LZ said...

Oh yes, those oak leaves make the beans say bad words. We've noticed this year that the leaves aren't falling as early as they usually do. My beans are lazy and usually rake all the leaves on Thanksgiving weekend but there aren't even that many to rake. You're mom must be really smart knowing how to work that stuff!


At Sunday, November 18, 2007 10:28:00 PM, Blogger michico*Adan*Lego-小芥*阿丹*樂高 said...

I think that is really cute of you :)

At Thursday, November 22, 2007 9:15:00 AM, Blogger Forty Paws said...

Maw can totally relate to your Mom's leaf woes. Our neighbors don't rake either, and the way the wind blows down the alley across the street, many oak leaves accumulate in our yard from the other yards. So Maw rakes all winter long. She also used to have a shredder that was VERY hard to start. Finally sold it in a garage sale. Now we get compost from the city for free. We have to buy the paper bags to put the leaves in for pickup though.

You have a beautiful yard!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We hope your Mom will feel like having a fire soon even if your Dad is not there.

Luf, Us

At Thursday, November 22, 2007 9:54:00 PM, Blogger Toffee K. Ripple Fuzzypants & Feline American Angels said...

Happy Thanksgiving to your fambly! Eat as much (burp!) turkey as you can manage!
DMM and the Feline Americans

Jake ... I saved you some turkey, so please teleport over right away before it gets cold ... I only took a couple of nibbles (alright ... I ate half ... well, most of) your share.


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