Saturday, March 16, 2013

Don't Say That!

Several weeks back Jody said something about ain't it great that the cats haven't had to go the vet recently.

Why in the world would you say that?

Me and my boy
On cue, several days later, Funnyface got in a fight and had his ear punctured by another tom cat.  A trip to the vet and antibiotic shot followed.  The ear is healing nicely and you would think we learned our lesson.

This week we had temperatures of 10 degrees celcius and plenty of rain.  The lower garden looked like this on Friday morning.


I was so excited thinking spring was here.  I toured the garden, envisioning the projects I was going to get up to in the weeks to come.

At work someone mentioned to me that we were still due for our St. Patrick's day storm.  In response I noted that although everyone TALKS about a St. Patrick's day storm, in the almost 4 years that we've been living here there has never been one.  That was dumb of me.

Here's what the lower garden looked like this morning.



Apparently there's more on the way too.  

I think I've learned my lesson now.

33 comments:

  1. Hey, singing the same song here in Niagara too. Each day is new snow, but I hear we are headed to the 40's from the low 20's. But like your area, we could have snow in May, so Spring just might pass us by this year, and it wouldn't be the first time! I did see some iris greenery just peaking through, so at least the plants want a spring.

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    1. Donna, I desperately want spring too. While I didn't mind winter I got a taste of spring this week and I want it back! This teeter tottering up and down the thermometer just isn't for me.

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  2. We had an ice and snowstorm yesterday and last night here in Pennsylvania. I have never heard of a St. Patrick's Day storm but I guess we are joining the tradition.

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    1. Apparently the St. Patrick's day storm is a frequent occurrence here. Just when you think you're out of the woods there's that one last storm that gets you.

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  3. Too funny!! Happy St. Patrick's day!

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    1. Happy St. Paddy's to you too Brenda!

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  4. Oh my, glad Funny Face is ok. Sorry about the vet bill though. Funny Face has big paws. Does He have the 6 toes that I have seen some cats have.
    I have seen St.Patty's Day storms but the biggest storm I remember was the April 1 storm back in 2000. I just picked up my Honda the day before and it was a beautiful sunny day, the next day it was totally buried and all I could see was the antenna. It was nice to see the grass the other day. We have some mice damage but not as bad as some years. Three more days and Spring officially arrives.:)

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    1. I agree, that cat has the biggest paws I have ever seen. When he's happy he spreads his toes out and flexes them - although there are only 5. They're just so big you think there should be more.

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  5. Oh, no! We usually have our last cold spell right at Easter. Not always, but I never feel safe to put out tender plants until after Easter. Not as bad as your storm, though, of course! I hope now that the St. Patrick's storm is over, spring will be headed your way!

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    1. At least one more hit of snow before we're out of the woods I believe. They're predicting some ugly weather later this week. I'll have to learn to be patient.

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  6. Marguerite girl you are not alone .. we still have snow and more on the way too ... this is one long winter to survive without getting batty!
    Poor Funnyface .. and yes !!! never say anything like that statement again!! haha
    My Golden Spirit smoke bush is a beauty as is the Royal Purple .. when I move Golden Spirit I think I have to get another one to keep in that spot because it is so gorgeous with the Royal Purple so close to it .. the two colours are a wow factor when they are in their glory.
    The Autumn colours are so pretty and I hope the new position will show that off even more because it will get more sun on the other side of the garden.
    Fingers crossed for the transplant !!
    Joy
    Happy St. Patrick's Day girl !

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    1. Joy, I'm thinking more and more about colourful trees and shrubs to add some pizazz to the native groupings I have planted. I've always liked smokebush but your Golden Spirit really sounds interesting.

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  7. no you should never tempt fate, I'm glad funny face is better though your bank balance is probably dented, I fully understand about the ups and downs of the weather, everytime we get a good day I start planning for the garden, then find myself having to plan things to do inside! last week was half and half for us, Frances

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    1. We were lucky Frances. Although it's never easy going to the vet (especially with a semi-feral cat) the damage was fairly clean and the remedy not too expensive. Now if I could just get the weather to cooperate.

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  8. Oh dear. And it was all looking so very green and ready for planting and border-creation fun... This is a very fickle time of year, isn't it. Poor cat, no more mention of vets in your household for a while!

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    1. That was it Janet, I walked around thinking about extending some of the garden area around the garage, clearing away dead perennials. I had that moment of 'okay I'm ready to GO!'. Now I'm stuck back indoors again. Fickle indeed.

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  9. nope .. don't think, as yet, there's anything we can do about the weather .. how wonderfull, though, it must have been to have a walkabout your garden after so many months of not being able to .. although i love gardening in british columbia, i think how different it is to garden, say, on the east coast .. or the prairies .. or england .. but i think wherever we are, it's so pleasurable to walkabout our garden .. dreaming of what's to come ..

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    1. Jane, it was indeed wonderful to walk and be able to 'see' the garden again after so many months. I suddenly felt very energized.

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  10. Hello there Marguerite: Lucky you to get one walk around your garden..mine is still buried deep in snow and more coming this week..our in-laws on the island told us they got more snow and Frank "doesn't want to talk about it!..twice this week we had more snow and next week we are getting more..I have to keep reminding myself, it's still only March and It has snowed here in May..thank heavens for gardening magazines! I get a lot of joy now too from granddaughter Claire who was here today..Keep warm, keep your gardening dreams alive..Lannie p.s. glad your cat is okay..

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    1. You're so right Lannie, it is only March. I need to keep that in mind too. It's just that break of sunny warm weather got me thinking winter was over.

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  11. Well, you have plenty of company in the weather department. Our low temp this week is supposed to be -9 C.

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    1. I feel that pain. We went from +10 to -10. Minus ten has never felt so cold. I really wasn't ready for that.

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  12. When I was growing up, my mother always talked about the great St. Patrick's Day blizzard of her childhood. We didn't get snow today, but it's coming tomorrow. Let's hope this is winter's last blast and then we can get on to spring. -Jean

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    1. One more storm on the way Jean (we're due Wednesday) and that should be it for the season. At least that's what 'THEY' tell me around here :)) This time I'm listening to the advice.

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  13. Interesting...we currently have snow and it is expected to continue into tomorrow....a St. Patrick's Day storm. :) I hope your little one gets better soon. Such a sweet photo with him looking a little sad.

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    1. ah Michelle, that cat has everyone fooled. He always looks so sad and slightly dopey looking (where the name came from actually) but he's probably the happiest cat I've ever met. Life as a part-time housecat is suiting him just perfectly.

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  14. Snow is so depressing at the end of March, isn't it? We have snow and freezing rain forecast for today. Glad Funnyface is okay and on the mend.

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    1. Had it stayed cold and snowy I think might have been able to handle it but it was that sudden high in temperatures that suckered me in. My body suddenly went - no spring now! I'm done with March.

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  15. It snowed a lot in Ky yesterday too - insanity! I hope you had a great St. Patrick's Day!

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    1. It was a lovely day thanks! Despite the cold we still managed to get in a hike. Can't let winter blues set in :)

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  16. Snow and ice here, too, which is really odd. So glad your cat is okay. It seems like whenever I think, "Hey I have a bit of extra cash!" something breaks or a dog gets sick. Such is life!

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  17. Oh no and the first day of spring is in a couple of days.:) Although The calendar never gets it right were I live either :)

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  18. Oh crap, what a difference a day can make. At least this time of year you know it won't last long:)

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