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I happen to have 2 cats that would have nothing to do with catnip, until the new homemade toys.  Their minds were changed by the catnip ball and they have been having a blast ever since.

What you will need:

yarn

pair of socks – for a small child

dried catnip

Doing the deed:

Take one sock and stuff the toe with catnip until you have enough to form a ball with the sock, about the size of a golf ball.  Once you have the ball size, twist the sock tight and tie the twist with yarn and cut off the extra yarn and sock above the tie off.  Next take your second sock and  put your catnip ball inside the toe area, making sure to put the tie off of the ball into the new sock toe first.  Twist the new sock tight again above the ball, tie off with a 6 foot piece of yarn.  Trim the extra sock hanging and trim the yarn.  Leave enough yarn to have a string to pull, to play with your cat on the floor.  I have 4 of these on the floor right now and the cats love them!  They will do anything they can to avoid loose catnip but these toys they attack and play with.  Happy catnipping 🙂

Finished catnip ball.

Finished catnip ball.

Mr. Tom guarding the toys from Miss LuLu Bugginsworth. She takes them and hides them from Mr. Tom, so in turn, he tries to guard them from her.

Mr. Tom guarding the toys from Miss LuLu Bugginsworth. She takes them and hides them from Mr. Tom, so in turn, he tries to guard them from her.

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Projects & Recipes

If you are new to ducks or ducklings and you have little ones, here is an easy cheap duckling pond for them.  You have to be careful with ducklings, the bigger ducks don’t mean too but a lot of times the ducklings are drowned by the adults.  The adults get so busy in the water cleaning, mating and flapping around  that before they realize baby is missing, baby has been drowned.  All you have to do is dig a shallow hole, line it with plastic(we used a heavy-duty garbage bag) and line it with rocks and dirt.  The rock hold the plastic and the dirt pack on top will grow grass in the future.  We placed ours 2 feet from the ducks pool so the overflow of water, goes into the duckling pond and cleans it out for them.  The little ones enjoy the pond without being trampled.  It also got us to thinking, maybe next year taking out the pool and duckling pond and make one big one for all the ducks, with a slope for the little ducklings.  Also, this year I tossed a handful of lettuce seeds in the grass of the duck yard.  Anytime the water overflows from the pool & ponds, it waters the lettuce.  The ducks just march down the hill and munch on the fresh growing lettuce.  So much easier than planting a small garden for them and I water the ducks everyday anyway, mind as well grow their veggies in there with them.

The main duck pool for the adult ducks.

The main duck pool for the adult ducks.

The new duckling pond.

The new duckling pond.

 beyond the duckling pond is grass and this year I threw a handful of lettuce seeds out there. This way the overflow from the pond waters the lettuce.

Beyond the duckling pond is grass and this year I threw a handful of lettuce seeds out there. This way the overflow from the pond waters the lettuce.

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Everyday dose of Reality

Sometimes the things you see as a parent are strange and scary.  We have a boat load of kids so rest assured I have seen more nakedness than any strip club in the world.  There are times that not only what children say makes you shake your head, but what you see forces you to do a double take.  The other day I was standing out in the kitchen doing dishes and walked out into the dining room to get a forgotten cup on the table.  Amethyst, our deranged fairy came into the living room playing with her remote control car.

The deranged fairy loves her remote control car and plays with it a lot. Once again I had a "moment".  I never thought to question the contents of the car and after all these years, I should have.

The deranged fairy loves her remote control car and plays with it a lot. Once again I had a “moment”. I never thought to question the contents of the car and after all these years, I should have.

Look real close at the car.  Can you see what doesn't belong?

Look real close at the car. Can you see what doesn’t belong?

Yeah, it's not every day you see a toad drive by in a neon pink & yellow car in a living room is it? I can only hope our daughter will get to expeirence the joy of toads driving in her house one day :)

Yeah, it’s not every day you see a toad drive by in a neon pink & yellow car in a living room is it? I can only hope our daughter will get to expeirence the joy of toads driving in her house one day 🙂

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Projects & Recipes

Macgyver had a slab of wood from a tree and I suggested he turn it into a temporary shelf for my birds.  I wanted them closer to the wood stove and on an inside wall.  Living in an old school made of brick and concrete, the outside walls tend to be much colder than the inside walls.  At least for now, until we cover them, but that will take time.

The wall next to the wood burner is the perfect spot and it is in the corner. Bonus for the birds, this spot also gets a ton of natural light.

The wall next to the wood burner is the perfect spot and it is in the corner. Bonus for the birds, this spot also gets a ton of natural light.

Macgyver cutting the shelf so it is flush to the wall. He better do a good job, Orthos is supervising the job.

Macgyver cutting the shelf so it is flush to the wall. He better do a good job, Orthos is supervising the job.

The shelf is roughly a three inch thick slab, so long heavy selfving brackets will have to be used. I'll have to paint them later once I have some spray paint.

The shelf is roughly a three-inch thick slab, so long heavy shelving brackets will have to be used. I’ll have to paint them later once I have some spray paint.

1 doggie supervisor, 1 macgyver, 1 heavy wood slab & 4 brackets later ... and the birds have a new home.

1 doggie supervisor, 1 Macgyver, 1 heavy wood slab & 4 brackets later … and the birds have a new home.

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Adventures of Orthos

The new chick on the block is not a chick, she’s a dog and we don’t live on a block.  We actually live out in the country, woods or better known as the sticks.  Ok, anyway, the new female dog that came to live with us, her name was Jett.  What kind of name is Jett for a dog?  I have heard the kids I live with talk about a Jett before, and they pointed up in the sky.  The new dog does not live in the sky, she lives here with me in the house.  Well, and the cats who by the way have been helping to bring this little girl out of her shell.  Or should that be fur?  Back to Jett.  Her name is now Jez.  Mom gave her a new name to go with her new life, at least that’s the way she put it to me when she told me not to eat her.  Why does everyone think I’m going to eat her?

Jez is my age and I have to say she is teeny-weeny for a 3 year old.  Now, I have never seen another dog like me, I think mom calls it the German Shepherd breed.  I have no clue what this “breed” means or is.  Anyway, she does not look like me, HA HA HA, no sir-E.  When we stand next to each other it looks like a bull next to a lamb.  And can I just say, for the first 3 or 4 days she was a timid little thing.  The very first day she was here and stayed, that girl tried to bite me. I don’t know who she thought she was messing with but my mom has taught me manners and this chick needed to learn some.  I’m sure she used to run her old house, but this is my place.  I am accountable for every thing and living person or creature who lives here!  I told her that if she is staying here and running with me, she is going to be running (cause mom has a LOT of kids)and working.  She gave me attitude!  She gave Mr. Tom attitude!  And we put her in her place!!  After a few days I started her training and when she is wrong, I headbutt her.  Jez gets raight back on track and follows.  I know it is going to take some time for her to get it and fall in line with our job, but we have to start somewhere.  She is smart and learns quick, just still a little shy.  Each day she gets better and more outgoing, which is what she needs to be around here.

She is pretty, but she came with this cage. I have only seen birds in cages.

She is pretty, but she came with this cage. I have only seen birds in cages.

Look at that goofball face. I told her we are protection dogs, we are babysitters for the kids and farm animal protectors. How the heck is she gonna do that from a bird cage? Needless to say from the moment her cage was set up, she has not been in it. Dad needs to take it down now.

Look at that goofball face. I told her we are protection dogs, we are babysitters for the kids and farm animal protectors. How the heck is she gonna do that from a bird-cage? Needless to say from the moment her cage was set up, she has not been in it. Dad needs to take it down now.

Jez has been here for a week now and she only has a few flaws that I have found so far, other than that, she is moldable.  She loves water, loves to swim, but her choice of what water leaves a lot to be desired.  Mom took us on a walk down to the lake and Jez jumped off into the marsh.  The stinky, swampy, gross marsh and then she rolled around in it splashing! I barked at her once and walked back to the house growling about how she was going to get my house all smelly.  She came  in the backyard with leaves and twig stuck to her back, girl has no shame when it comes to water.  And holy cats (no offense Mr. Tom & LuLu) she smelled to high doggy heaven!  Now when she goes to the lake, if she marsh jumps, she swims in open water before she is done so she doesn’t smell as bad.  See she is teachable 🙂

Yesterday mom and dad were tired of walking Jez on her leash to go to the bathroom and were hoping it has been long enough to try to train her without the leash.  The goal is for her to stay in the yard, not like we don’t have more than enough yard or woods to run in you know.  Jez did well, but dad made me stay inside while he trained her.  Once again, worried I’ll eat her.  I bet she is gamey tasting, cause she is smaller and bony.  When she first came the lady that brought her said “she doesn’t eat much”, boy was that lady WRONG.  Turns out Jez doesn’t just nibble, this girl will eat the entire bowl of food and the flooring.  I have high hopes she will fill out like me.  Jez will work out just fine here with me, and she thinks I’m sexy, which is always a good thing.  This morning mom and dad took us out together in the backyard for a run.  Boy she sure can run!  Not as fast as me, but it is nice to have a friend to play with and RUN!!!!

Me and dad.

Me and dad.

Jez on the left, look how small she is compared to me HA HA HA

Jez on the left, look how small she is compared to me HA HA HA

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Running freeeeeeee

Running freeeeeeee

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Someone said smore's right?

Someone said smore’s right?

Time to get my smore on, bring out the kids!

Time to get my smore on, bring out the kids!

Now that Jez has loosened up, time to teach her how to partol the yard & woods.  She is doing pretty good in the house with it, but we have a lot of yard to check.

Now that Jez has loosened up, time to teach her how to patrol the yard & woods. She is doing pretty good in the house with it, but we have a lot of yard to check.

 

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Adventures of Orthos

The other day my mom and dad had some friends over for a cookout, that is what they called it anyway.  Dad wheeled this big silver thing from the back patio to the front yard, because it is closer to the kitchen.  I love the kitchen, all the yummy stuff is kept there like all my Orthos treats.

grill

This is the big silver thing dad drug to the front yard.  It has a HUGE mouth on it!  Also, the thing crackles and sizzles, but doesn’t smell too bad.  OK so I was drooling.  Here’s the thing though … dad opened its mouth and there was this meat inside of it.  I ran around the yard looking for Buck.  The way I figure it is the meat had to come from somewhere, right?  After I found Buck, I counted all the kids and none were missing.  All the ducks were accounted for as well as mom.  If you notice, this thing has legs and wheels.  I’m guessing that big silver sucker can move pretty darn fast if it was hungry.  It is still in the front yard and near the door my parents take me outside to do my business.  They open the door and I stop to eyeball its closed mouth, it appears to be sleeping.  I just know that when it wakes back up, it’s going to be super hungry.  Granted I am a fierce, big but oh so handsome puppy boy, I am not about to be its next snack.  So, I creep around it.  Sniff the ground a few feet away, and nothing.  It just sits there.  That’s right, the thing is messing with my mind with its evil games.

This morning my dad took me out the front door and there was the silver thing, just standing there.  I should also tell you that about four feet away from it is our dog kennel.  Yeah, we have one of those fenced things too, thanks to BUCK!!!  All brawn and not a single pea sized spec of a brain I tell you.  So, out the door I went and backed myself up to the kennel, more to brace or fend off the silver thing should it attack.  I slinked along the fencing, sniffing the ground near its legs.  Had my butt up in the air and nose to the ground and then dad jumped to scare me.  I about jumped out of my fur coat!  Now I should tell you that since I am such a very handsome puppy boy, I am also very attached to my fur coat.  I almost knocked the entire kennel over and I took off across the yard, I just knew the silver thing was trying to eat me.  So if you drive by my house and see the silver thing smoking and my tail hanging out the side, please stop and help me cause my fur will singe right off.  You wouldn’t want me walking around smelling like BBQ sauce with singed hair would you?

Mr. Tom the firece hunter my tail!

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Projects & Recipes

It has been a number of years since I have made a pet bed from an old sweater, but I made one today for Mr. Tom.  See, Miss LuLu sleeps in her cat clubhouse and Tom is not interested in it at all.  Today I decided to make something just for him, so I hit my pile of old sweaters waiting to be recycled or upcycled into something new.

first pick your sweater out and sew a circle in the middle.  Remember to leave an opening to stuff the circle. You c an use stuffing, batting, an old pillow or fabric pieces.

first pick your sweater out and sew a circle in the middle. Remember to leave an opening to stuff the circle. You c an use stuffing, batting, an old pillow or fabric pieces.

Now take your cuffs and sew them together and then stuff the middle.  close off your circle and we are ready to handle the outside ring.

Now take your cuffs and sew them together and then stuff the middle. close off your circle and we are ready to handle the outside ring.

Once the cneter is stuffed and closed it is time to make your outside ring.  Lay the seam of the sleeves to the side seams of the body of the sweater and sew them.  If you follow from one side to the other sewing, try to place your wrist cuffs in the center of your waistband of the sweater when sewing them together.  This will give you almost 2 inches between the sleeve seam and center pillow seam.  Pleanty of room for a fat cat to sprawl out.  I leave the neckline open to stuff the sleeves.

Once the center is stuffed and closed it is time to make your outside ring. Lay the seam of the sleeves to the side seams of the body of the sweater and sew them. If you follow from one side to the other sewing, try to place your wrist cuffs in the center of your waistband of the sweater when sewing them together. This will give you almost 2 inches between the sleeve seam and center pillow seam. Plenty of room for a fat cat to sprawl out. I leave the neckline open to stuff the sleeves.

Stuff the arms and sew the neckline closed.  I used a slip stich for the neckline on this bed.

Stuff the arms and sew the neckline closed. I used a slip stitch for the neckline on this bed.

Grab cat or small-ish dog for a test run on their new pet bed.

Grab cat or small-ish dog for a test run on their new pet bed.

It has now been Mr. Tom approved!

It has now been Mr. Tom approved!

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