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.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Almost Spring

Hi! Today is Mom's birthday (I'm not the only geezer in this household!) so I thought that I'd let her post some flower photos on my blog. These are crocus in the flower bed next to the driveway.

And this is a photo of our first daffodils. As you can see from the date, they bloomed March 10. These ones are on the sunny side of the house.
Here are some mixed flowers: snowdrops, crocus, hellebores, and winter aconite. In the warmer parts of the yard, the snowdrops have already gone by. Mom is exasperated by the squirrels. They keep tearing up the crocus flowers. Too bad I'm retired from squirrel hunting.

Mom decided that she'd better get busy cleaning out bird houses. This is the "chickadee condo" that Dad built in 2001.

Mom cleaned out all three apartments.

These are the three nests that were removed.

This was built as a winter shelter for the birdies.

Guess who took up residence in it instead?

Over the weekend Mom noticed that a wren with nesting materials in its mouth kept flying into the yew bush out front. Mom checked it out and found a neat little nest yesterday afternoon.

I refused to pose in the posies as Jake used to do. I decided to hide in the shrubbery by the house.
Happy Birthday, Mom. I'm sorry that you have been so sad lately. I'm not very good at cheering you up.

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At Thursday, March 19, 2009 6:18:00 AM, Blogger Parker said...

Maybe a little Spring outside will come in and warm your Mom's heart a little bit and make her smile. And I am guessing that you are a pretty good cheerer-upper Bathsheba!

At Thursday, March 19, 2009 9:35:00 AM, Blogger Zeus said...

Happy Birthday to your human pet! From my understanding, the humans don't like it when they're referred to as old so you might want to be careful mentioning that too loudly around them. Maybe you could pluck some of those flowers and make your pet purr with delight!

At Thursday, March 19, 2009 12:24:00 PM, Blogger Daisy said...

Hi Bathsheba! It's nice to see you and your beautiful flowers. I hope your mom has a very wonderful birthday!

At Thursday, March 19, 2009 3:28:00 PM, Blogger The Furry Kids said...

Happy Birthday to your mom!!!

At Thursday, March 19, 2009 4:29:00 PM, Blogger LZ said...

Happy Birthday to your mom!! The Spring flowers are so nice, we are still waiting for them up here.


At Thursday, March 19, 2009 7:04:00 PM, Blogger Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Happy Purrfday to your mum Bathsheba. The spring flowers are pretty. We hope they can help your mum feel less sad.
You may feel you are not very good at cheering your mum up Bathsheba, but we are sure you are helping to more than you realise.

At Thursday, March 19, 2009 9:27:00 PM, Blogger Just Ducky said...

Don't worry Bathsheba, your mum is just missing Jake. In time she will cheer up some.

Goodness, the nesting of the buzzy things is not a good thing.

At Thursday, March 19, 2009 10:10:00 PM, Blogger cwcwccw said...

Happy Birthday to your mum Bathsheba.

Joanne, Jane, Jill, Johnny, Jay boy, Jasmine & Capu from Singapore

At Thursday, March 19, 2009 11:54:00 PM, Blogger meemsnyc said...

Happy belated birthday to your mom!! How cool that your daddy built a birdie condo! And so neat that there is a nest in there!!

At Friday, March 20, 2009 9:40:00 PM, Blogger Ivan and Izzy from WMD said...

Happy belated birthday to your mom! Eeeek, is that a wasp nest in the birdie house??? Maybe your mom just needs to put up a little sign: Birds only!

At Saturday, March 21, 2009 12:34:00 AM, Blogger Karen Jo said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom! I love the flower pictures. That is a pretty big wasp's nest in the bird condo. I am sure that you cheer your Mom up more than you realize, Bathsheba.

At Saturday, March 21, 2009 9:27:00 AM, Blogger Teri and her Stylish Cats ~ Coco the Couture Cat, FurryDance Brighton, and Disco NoFurNo said...

Thank you so much for your tender words on my blog. I enjoyed your photo montage...each photo was a nice surprise~~especially the wasp nest!!

I love snowdrops...think I will plant some this year as I enjoy seeing them in everyone else's garden :)

At Saturday, March 21, 2009 3:08:00 PM, Blogger The Island Cats said...

Looks like spring has sprung at your house!!

Happy belated Birthday to your mom! We hope it was happy!!!

At Saturday, March 21, 2009 8:09:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Happy Birthday to Mom! :)

Those things look like so much fun. Wish I could climb and play on them.

At Saturday, March 21, 2009 10:53:00 PM, Blogger Kaz's Cats said...

Sorry we're a bit late but Happy Birthday to your Mom. We hope that you girls had some fun hanging out together. The flowers in the garden are a great beginning to Spring. Your garden looks like a fun place to be. Big kitty purrs and headbutts to you and your Mom, 'cos we understand that there is still a 'Jake-shaped' hole in your hearts,


Gypsy & Tasha

At Monday, March 23, 2009 10:56:00 AM, Blogger Piggy and Grover said...

Happy birthday to your mom! It sure looks beautiful outside your house - such pretty flowers. Your mom has been busy! Sending love your way and hoping your mom's sadness will lift a little bit each day until she's able to smile again. I'm sure you are a very good cheerer-upper even if you don't think so!

At Tuesday, March 24, 2009 10:24:00 PM, Blogger Mark's Mews (Ayla, Marley, and Laz) said...

Wow, very much same here, We even gots the waspies in the bluebird house!!!

At Wednesday, March 25, 2009 3:27:00 AM, Blogger Skeezix the Cat said...

Oh, krap we mist it! Tell yer mom happy berthday frum us !!!

At Thursday, March 26, 2009 10:04:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How nice of you! And a belated happy birthday to your human.

You look nice in the shrubbery. We like to say that - shrubbery.

At Thursday, March 26, 2009 5:41:00 PM, Blogger Bogdan, the editor said...

Purrs to you and your mommy.

-All of us at "The Scratch"

At Sunday, March 29, 2009 10:27:00 PM, Blogger Toffee K. Ripple Fuzzypants & Feline American Angels said...

Hi 'Sheba! What beautiful flowers you have in your yard. Are those BEES in your nesting box?

Please wish your momma a furry delightful, yet belated, birthday from the Feline Americans, Mom, an' me.

Happy Springtime!

At Tuesday, March 31, 2009 11:34:00 PM, Blogger Rosie & Cheeto said...

we think yer ladys flowers are beeeutiful! And look at the treat hidden in the feeders. How sneeky is that wren!!!

Oh, and B-Sheba, sumthing tells us yoo do a very gud job making yer lady happy. It mite be hard work sumtimes but keep it up!!

At Tuesday, March 31, 2009 11:37:00 PM, Blogger Rosie & Cheeto said...

oh oh oh, and happie belated birthday to yer lady! Yay, have a party, it's hur birthday! Yay!!

At Thursday, April 02, 2009 8:45:00 AM, Blogger Boy n Beethoven said...

Dear Bathsheba's Mom, please do not be sad anymore, we're purring for you and we loves you!
Oh, and happy belated purthday! I is sorry I haven't been visiting for so long, that this purrthday wish is so late in coming!


At Friday, April 03, 2009 9:28:00 PM, Blogger The Cat Realm said...

Happy belated birthday to your Mom! We are so sorry we missed it... We are sure Bathsheba that you are way better in cheering your Mom up than you give yourself credit for! Our maid says if all fails a shot of Vodka is helpful too...? Sometimes we don't get her....

At Thursday, April 09, 2009 11:48:00 PM, Blogger Lux said...

Happy Belated Birthday to your mom! Thanks for stopping by - I loves you all, too!

Yr friend,

At Monday, April 13, 2009 12:49:00 PM, Blogger Shilgiah the Cat said...

Happy belated Birthday to your Mom! It's been awhile since we have had a chance to visit friends and acquaintances. Eeeek! I hate wasps! Were there any still living and how can you keep them out of the winter bird quarters next year? Mom thinks there may be wasps under the eaves of our apartment roof but she hasn't wanted to tell the facility staff because she is afraid they will spray poison or something that will hurt the birdies who like to nest there in the summer.

At Tuesday, April 14, 2009 5:03:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Hendrix said...

We are just checking in to see how you are. Oh Bathsheba, your mommy is just sad. I'm sure you are a joy to her, she just needs time to be cheery again. Maybe warmer weather and pretty flowers will help.


At Wednesday, April 15, 2009 8:37:00 PM, Anonymous Birthday flowers said...

Belated Happy Birthday to your mom.You are sweet Bathsheba's.You mom is very lucky to have like you.Thanks for sharing this wonderful flowers too.


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