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Greetings and Welcome to http://www.crittersgaloreandsomuchmore.blogspot.com/ and also http://www.gardeneroflight.blogspot.com/ From these spaces I want to share my love of animals and Nature and Life in general. So here you will find stories, information, reminiscences, an occasional bit of advice and a recipe or two. Please check them both out!!!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Hermoine was soooo lonely!

   Well I knew the day would come when the old hens would gradually die out, but what I hadn't figured on was how much the LAST ONE would grieve!! 
   Helga the hen from Hell passed in her sleep last week... leaving lovely little Hermoine all alone. And that poor hen was absolutely bereft. She watched as I buried Helga and proceeded to stay near the grave for the rest of the day. Come evening when they would normally go up to roost ... instead of heading for the little coop they had used for months... she tried to go back to the old blue shed that they had all "grown up" in. Was she trying to return to the past to find her sister? Or would she feel more secure there? I don't profess to know how a hen thinks... it was just the saddest thing to see! And the sounds she made! The keening of a mourning hen is heartrending!!!

   Sometime during the second day of her sorrow I came up with the idea to put a stuffed toy next to her at night. She sleeps in an old dog carrier (easy to clean and disinfect) and doesn't actually roost. (All those girls preferred to sleep on a big shelf in the shed.... so I just washed their fluffy butts on a fairly regular basis! 'Cause that's what a chicken-Mama will do for her ladies!) Anyway, the teddy bear didn't go over very well the first night! But by the second evening she was sitting all comfy and cozy next to him!
    BUT during the days she kept looking for Helga and making all these pitiful little cries when she didn't find her in any of their favorite spots. I couldn't take it anymore!  So I took a drastic step...........

1/18/2017  4 little Leghorn chicks are we!

      Meet our latest family members. Haven't named them yet because they look alike to me! They are too small to put in with Hermoine, but she certainly perked up when she heard all the tiny cheeping noises coming from the cage. Now that did my heart good to see! After the first day she even ventured off to hunt bugs, but would return to listen to them. Their daytime cage is up on a small table in the chicken run and Hermoine will sit underneath it and act just as contented as she could be! So hey, I feel like I did a good thing.... even if it means another batch of hens to look after. Hope Hermoine teaches them the ropes this Spring (and Summer). She will be six years old in March.... wonder how old Orpingtons get? Oh well, she is definitely in her "wisdom years" and has a lot to share with the Leghorn gals!

1/21/2017  Fourth day here!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

2016..... Some things change, others not so much.

Mama Roxy will come up to be petted now. BIG change!

Merry Christmas is the new kid on the block! BIG and ENERGETIC CHANGE!

Everett is also letting me pet him..... sometimes! Medium change!

Eleanor is NOT letting me pet her. NO change!!!

Maynard is still his sweet old self. (He is my rock!) Thankfully no change!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

The latest crew!

   Its been a while since I've been back to the blogs and a lot has happened in that time! Tonight I'll just introduce the new crew. Mama Roxy is all ready back outside after being spayed... and she is loving it!  Her last litter is still in here though! (Just takes money. sheesh!)   
   On the left is Archimedes... is he ever a handful!!!  Sleeping right in front of him is Weasley.... At this point in time I'm not too sure about his intelligence level. Sweet though!     In the back is the runt and I renamed her Agatha... she looks a bit like a dark speckled agate! haha 
   But I had named her Sibyl originally since she had a similar coloring to THE Sibyl, who had disappeared quite a while back. I really miss that cat! She was one in a million.  Oh well, she remains in my memory and I've felt her spirit visiting a few times. I will take my comfort there.

    Last but not least is Esmeralda. So sweet and friendly. And I feel pretty confident in saying that I think Merlin is her father! She is a beauty!
    Have had two potential adopters back out due to life changes so far. Guess the "kids" are staying on as yard cats.

   Though Esmeralda would LOVE a home and family to call her own!

    I feel confident that Archimedes will do just fine outside! He is quite the roughneck!
   Of course I'd LOVE to find them all indoor forever homes.... so in case anyone has a lead just let me know!!!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Almost Spring!

What can I say? Hen butts bobbing around the yard make me happy!

So does Trash bag Travis. But he watches the hens with a suspicious eye!
After all, they have chased him a couple of times. chuckle

Mr. Maynard B. Mouth makes me very happy. Such a gentleman! Though a little bit on the crabby side. (He doesn't give a flip about the hens! As long as they don't interfere with his naps...  all is good.)

And this young fellow is Lawrence. He and his sister Sorrel have chosen to make my yard and porch their new home.  Their little half brother Rocco is hanging around too... but he is still pretty feral acting! It will just take time to gain his trust.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Disturbing Ronan's Nap.

   I've never been able to figure out how cats sleep in some of the positions that they do! This being one of them. I was starting to sort through some of my vintage hats when I looked over and saw Ronan stretched out over the cat blankets... sleeping peacefully and accompanied by his usual snoring.

   He didn't seem at all pleased with me taking photos of him.... once he woke up enough to know that's what I was doing.  Maybe it was my muffled laughter that gave me away!

    Only got a few dirty looks before he got up, shook himself off a bit and headed for the bedroom door. What a grumpy attitude! chuckle

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Chillin' in front of the air conditioner.

   Well, the rain has forsaken us again! Its HOT and HUMID! Blossom and Jacob try so hard everyday to convince me that they just HAVE to go lay on my bed in front of the little air conditioner. And you know what? They know a good thing when they feel it!! hahaha 
   I try to join them whenever possible.

   Jake is a real bed hog! He takes up so much space! And he likes to burrow in the pillows like a baby squirrel.

   Blossom has much better manners! She usually takes a corner and stays there. Unless, of course, Jake is trying to annoy her.... which he does.... A LOT!
   Oh well, its a great way to spend time on a hot afternoon. Whether they're playing or napping, its just a joy to be together!    Remember, always take the time to be with your furbabies... you'll never regret it!

Monday, August 11, 2014

FINALLY! Some rain!

    Well, I've been wanting rain. Have been needing rain! Plants are dying out there! Yesterday it clouded up and spit a tiny bit on my yard.... and that was it. Today its as if the heavens opened up!!! We have a lot of run off, and a lot of spots washed out, but I'm pretty certain that quite a bit soaked into the ground too. I am SO THANKFUL for this!   
   Jacob however, is not nearly as appreciative of all of this. Mainly because it comes with a lot of thunder, lightning and high winds. He gets soooooo afraid! But remember, he has a good reason to be this way.  When he was small and still lived over at that horrible place down the street, he and the others had to live outside.  Then came the day that a Tropical storm came through... and most of the dogs were STILL outside. Jake was one of them! How do I know this? Because whenever the rain would let up a little I could hear several of the dogs screaming in fear. Some sounded awfully young!  Their cries really burned into my brain.... it was so heartrending to listen to them.       Anyway, not long after Jacob came to live with us, there were a couple of instances where he became so terrified that he would start crying and screaming... and YES, I recognized that as one of the ones from the storm.    Thankfully he doesn't do that anymore!! chuckle   Now he just tries to either hide under my legs or get me to let him into my bed. If Blossom and I are there with him... then all the better.  
   Today was one of those days... I was doing some preliminary sketches and the dogs were doing what they do the best.... cuddling up and sleeping. And trying to ignore Coco Kitteh. She wanted them to play! And they were not in the mood for that! hahaha

   Blossom has one certain corner of the mattress that she has staked out as her own. And she likes it all to herself!