Monday, June 1, 2009

Hello, It's Been A While!

Hey Everybody!

I hope you are all well and know everybody is busy with chores and life in general - I know I have been!!!

I've been working hard for Gail and trying to keep my house and yard in order as well. I'm sure meeting a lot of nice people and enjoying some very interesting conversations with some of them. Some are a little hard to get away from - ha-ha!!!

I'm home today (yippeee!!!!) and wanted to share some pictures with you of my yard and the monster cat scratch post I made.

I have two wing chairs, which are very good even though the fabric on them is outdated. I've tried everything but my cats have absolutely ruined them. I've used the training sprays, sticky paper, tin foil, provided scratching posts - you name it - to no avail.

Diane Knott gave me the idea of bringing in a log or branch for them to scratch on and this is what I made. They love playing with the dangling ball but so far, they aren't actually using the limb to scratch. Gee, if I was a cat, I'd sure like this :) I cut a branch from one of my Mimosa trees and bolted it to a nice piece of discarded counter top from Gail's shop.

Last weekend Alissa and I worked in the back yard and I gave her the job of painting an old wooden ladder I got at the Habitat store.
Here are a couple of my monster hosta I transplanted from my front yard a few weeks ago:
This is the view from my front porch. This was an open field when I moved here almost nine years ago - not even a sapling. The trees in the background (darker ones) are woods around the edge of what used to be a field. Most other trees were planted by little old me.

The weather is gorgeous here today but I am determined to stay inside and finish my wall hanging from Diane's book. I'm about half finished and want to make them all so need to get busy. I hope you all have a nice day/week!



Laura said...

Oh my gosh, your yard is gorgeous - love it! And my hostas are that big too - don't you love hostas! And guess what? I have chairs that look all scratched up like that too - LOL! Darn cats, you can buy all the scratching posts you want, and they still go for the chairs and sofa. Have a fun day! Love the ladder too!

Betty said...

Wow, what a view and what delightful plants you have, including all the trees and shrubs you have planted! What a great place for animals to romp and play.

Your scratching post looks like it may do the job. Hopefully, they will enjoy it rather than enjoying your chairs, eh?

I never thought about painting a ladder; but, yours turned out so cute, I may have to consider it!

Carrie P. said...

What a great yard. Must be nice just to walk around it.
Bad kitties. It is hard to get them to stop doing that I know. We had four cats a long time ago.

Donna at Mourning Dove Cottage said...

Hi Phyllis,
What a great yard you have and such a nice view. I love the ladder you painted! I think I will have to steal your idea and do the same to an old one we have in our garage. Love the color!

Hope your kitties enjoy their scratching post!

Enjoy your day!

nikkicrumpet said...

What a gorgeous view!! Love the the bright spot it brings to the landscape. I hope the kitties start cooperating and scratching the right places soon!

T said...

Wow, I just love your yard. What a beautiful view, and so green and gorgeous!

Good job on the scratching post! Did you try rubbing cat nip up and down the log? Normally that will get the cats scratching on it.

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Welcome back! The scratching post was a great idea. Hope the kitties decide to use it. ☺ Your yard is so beautiful! ☺♥☺ Diane