May 9, 2011

Monday, Monday, Monday

Good morning, my friends!

I hope you all had a lovely Mother's day!

We had a nice, lazy day doing not much but watching movies. It was a very nice day. We don't usually lay around like that on Sundays, but it was much needed this week since Ben is still working 10 hour days, 6 days a week.

We had waffles for breakfast and Sunday chicken for dinner. I spent the day just doing normal things - tidying up, washing dishes, etc (plus the movies). I think the best way (for me, at least) to spend Mother's day is just by being a mother. And that includes the usual daily activities.

Today is cleaning and laundry day. It's too cold today for clothes on the line. Well, ok, I could probably get away with it, but today I feel like getting the laundry done quickly.

I have to tell you all the story of our cat, since I haven't done that yet. It's a good one too.

Photograph by my sister.

This is our cat, Stan, a few months ago. We got Stan from some family last August, since they were trying to get rid of the kittens and Ben loves grey cats.

Well, about three months ago I see some neighborhood cats doing... well, some "unsavory" things to Stan. I was horribly disgusted about it. I thought our cat was... confused. Ben told me, after talking to someone at work about it, that sometimes these happen in order to establish dominance. That didn't make me feel better at all. We talked about getting rid of the cat.

During this time, we notice that our cat is eating more. And getting fatter. I mean, really fat. And staying home.

And we start thinking... Maybe Stan's not a Stan. Maybe Stan is a girl. A few searches on the internet and a trip to the vet tells us that:

Baby belly.

Stan is indeed a girl, and we're pretty sure she's preggo. I laughed so hard. All this time, we thought Stan was a boy, but things didn't make sense. We kept waiting for "him" to spray things (since we hadn't gotten around to getting him fixed, obviously). He was not manly at all. And the yowling... Oh gosh the yowling should have been a big sign. Well, now we know for sure.

So now we're on kitten watch, waiting for her to pop. I figure this will prepare me for birthing larger animals later, if we ever get any. And no, we're not changing her name! She knows her name to be Stan, we're all used to calling her Stan. So Stan she shall stay, but now it's short for "Stanalina". ;)

The Garden groweth! I'm putting up wide shots today so you can really see how things are growing. In this bed we have beans on the left (green and pinto), corn in the middle and squash on the right (zucchini, spaghetti, and yellow). Canteloupe is in the bottom right corner, and there's spinach sprinkled in the bottom left. I need to do another batch of corn and replace some spinach and didn't sprout.

This bed has our tomatoes, which are surrounded by crushed eggshells to prevent blossom rot. I'll be getting some more for the rest of the squares in the front. You can see the onions going crazy in the back too. My basil isn't coming up (I think it's too cold still) and cilantro is the in back two corners, but it hasn't sprouted either.

And our lettuce bed! It will be our lettuce and potato bed eventually, but right now it's just lettuce. It's going crazy too! I'm very excited about lettuce, since I love salads almost as much as I love butter (I know, extremely different foods). I've reseeded any bare spots, so hopefully we'll be swimming in lettuce soon!

Things that also need to planted, which I'll buy plants for, are peppers and we're thinking we'll make the little bed a purely berry bed and get more blueberries and boysenberries. They seem to be quite happy there. I'm even getting more blooms on the boysenberries!

I have shawls, shawls, and more shawls that I'm working on. But that will be a different post!

Happy Monday,


Kessie said...

Ha, I've been hoping for some news about Stan! Or should I say "Stanielle"? She looks very pregnant. When is she due?

Your garden looks really good! I'll bet this warm weather made it grow like gangbusters.

Allison said...

So Stan is not the transvestite you thought him to be! :D I'm laughing so hard. Good for him/her! Can't wait for pics of the tiny kittens.

Meg said...

Kess: I have no idea when she's due, but a cat's gestation period is about 65 days. So based on that, and the general time I saw the "event", my guess is mid May.

no spring chicken said...

Love the story about Stanalina! Live and learn, right?

Your garden beds are lovely. I have some volunteer spinach up which tells me I may be able to get going here soon!

Blessings, Debbie

Farm Girl said...

Wow she is huge!! I can't wait to see her kitties. Your garden looks wonderful. I love that story, and I have laughed and laughed.

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