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More Kitties May 3, 2011

Filed under: kitties — Piper Long @ 5:48 am

Bobcat is skinny again.

Skinny and happy.

It all happened this past weekend. My little tow headed boy informed me Bobcat had a kitten.

“One?”, I asked.

“Yep!”, he exclaimed.

Judging from Bobcat’s belly the day before, I wouldn’t have been surprised if she would have had 20 kittens. But her only having one surprised me.

So I set out in search of kittens.

I found two.

Then I got a little worried thinking maybe a coon had snatched up the other 17 kittens.

So I decided to check on V’s litter. To my relief, they were all present and accounted for… and then some.

Apparently, V’s been doing some cat-knapping.

I returned the day old kittens to their rightful mother and went on about my day.

When I went back to check the kittens, not only were Bobcat’s kittens with V, but some of V’s kittens were nursing Bobcat.

So once again, I separated them. And again, they swapped kittens. I explained to them the possible ramifications of cat-swapping and that if they were going to proceed with this, then I would have no part in it.

I don’t want to get in the middle of any cat fights.


Kitties in my planter March 16, 2011

Filed under: Country Life,kitties,Uncategorized — Piper Long @ 11:05 pm
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When I moved into the apartment above the dairy barn, I decided to add a few planters to the edge of the balcony. I researched and shopped around for the ideal plants, careful to chose the right ones.

I looked into cascading plants, tall plants, different textures and colorful annuals before deciding what variety I liked best. I further narrowed my selection based on drought tolerance as I realize that realistically, I’m not very consistent at watering my container plantings.

Ultimately, I settled on the plants that would be most comfortable growing in the confinement of the shallow planter.

I’d envisioned beautiful, abundant cascading flowers dangling off the side of the balcony, full of life and vigor. It would make my dairy barn apartment feel welcoming. Like home.

A bit like this picture from

What I didn’t consider is how comfortable the planters are for my kitties.

Apparently, these planters are ideal for watching the sunrise.

And napping.

And lounging.

And the best part of all….
They are perfectly situated just out of the dog’s reach, making it all the more appealing.

While the kitties are not what I had planned for the planters, they ended up fitting the part of life and vigor to a tee. Maybe not so much cascading. And come to think of it, not always vigor. But welcoming all the same.


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