We had pretty much the same weather as we've been having...80's-90's during the day, 31-33 most nights, except for two which were warmer. I see no rain in the forecast.
My zone detectors and game cams have revealed the 'Secret Lives of Cats' around here. I spent a looooong time viewing and deleting the original disk from a game cam at the end of last summer. Now that's a good way to invite carpal tunnel into your life. My wrist and elbow hurt after that, but it needed doing. The video clips were only 30-45 seconds each, but, there were 281 of them. Yikes!
That was back when the chickens were still down there. (I am thankful all over again that they came up here before the tree hit the coop.) So, Ds set the cam off at least once a day when he fed them.
Meanwhile, there were lots of shots of the cats, before they came up here, setting it off. What I learned was that there was a (is?) cat trail/path - like a deer trail, that all 4 cats followed every day.
At first, I saw almost all Tux. He's obviously a creature of habit. He went down the cat trail, then made a turn, went behind a palette, and over something else, to go under the house. Every. Single. Day.
Eventually, about halfway through the disk, Mamou began to appear almost as often. Then, a little bit of Uhura, and even the Siamese - who I haven't seen lately - a few times. Although, Dh saw a cat with white on him, this past week, when Mamou was in the house. So, I'm not sure who that visitor was.
It was fascinating to watch their activities.
The polliwogs are still in their little pond, and growing each day. I have interesting photos of them eating at the 'bank' in a row. The hotter it gets, though, without rain, the harder we are working to keep water in there for them. I'm sure enjoying having them here, though, along with the adults, of course.
In fact, the adults are very tame. They don't leave when you walk up to them, and in the evenings/at night, when Dh goes out to where they are, they croak very loudly. Either they are happy to see him, or are threatening him, I don't know which, but it isn't usual wild frog behavior. Wild frogs general fall silent when someone goes near them.
The 'Gang of Three', as Dh calls the little grouping of does that come around most days, have made themselves right at home. And, like the cats, I know where they are when they set off one of the sensors and it rings next to me. I'm hoping to see their fawns one of these days soon. There's also the lone deer, a buck, who comes around regularly now.
I'm still adding information to my 'Almost Everything' book. I've added my website information, and even more importantly, my ftp info. There are specific #'s that you need to access it, and I don't know them by heart. So, those, along with my ID etc. were entered.
I haven't put in all of my passwords yet for around the web. That will be coming up. But, I've got various phone #'s, from the markets, to the buffalo ranch - which is a difficult # to get - to where I get my oats, cocoa, and masa. I get them at specific places, and talk to specific people to get my orders, especially my cocoa, as they have to specially clean the area, and pack it at the beginning of the day, to not cross-contaminate it.
Anyway, they are needed, and while I have that in a computer file, I might need the information when I can't access my computer. So, I'm glad that's done. Actually, I used it 2 days ago, when I wanted to pay my satellite bill with a different card - normally it's autopay, and I wasn't on the computer. I had the phone #, customer #, etc. at my fingertips. Nice.
This week we finally began taking full inventory of things, from food to soap and aspirin. I don't want to run out of something, and I definitely don't want to think that I need more of something that I have plenty of. Plus, it's made more complicated by some of the items being Ds's. Mostly, he take his items home, but not always, as there's more room here. So, this was the beginning of inventory week.
So many items come here from companies like Chewy - for us, and also Ds - etc. that it's time to go through the boxes again and decide which will be recycled, and which will be useful for bringing things up from the house. I know that we *just* did this, but it needs doing again. Hopefully, this weekend.
I'd also like to do some hand washing this weekend. Small pieces of clothing, my camera strap and bag, and a few of the baby's toys.
Those, plus the usual dusting/washing things off, and going through a few more disks that have appeared, should keep me busy when I'm not doing other things. I prefer to be productive, if possible.
My hope is that we can make a dent in both the indoor, and outdoor projects, though they do seem a little never-ending.
I've got my seeds sorted and ready to plant, and have gathered plastic kiddie toys, like beach toys for really little ones. I am hoping that the guys can build the baby's sandbox in our back area. It's just using decking material, and other items that we have here already, and I am pretty sure that it will go together rather quickly - but after the water projects...and the living things such as trees and seeds - and after the battery bank...sheesh, she may be in college before it gets put together! But, if it does, I now have the shovels, a little watering can, a little dump truck, some sea critters, etc. in one place.
We are finally seeing butterflies. I imagine that those coincide with the blooms being out. We have many flowers blooming right now, including the deep pink, and pure white apple blossoms. They are fragrant and large for what they are.
It's warm enough for me to have to use a fan the past couple of days. You can really feel the seasons changing, because in past months, the heater would go on between 5 and 6, at the latest, but this week we haven't had to turn it on until somewhere between 11 P.M. and 1 A.M. It's getting hot earlier, and cold later.
Well, that's about all from this neck of the woods. How was your week?
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