If anyone were to ask me how many barn kitties we presently have, I would have to answer "four and a half". There's Pete, as you well know... who was feral just a few short months ago, and is now our number one velcro cat - stuck to us whenever possible.
Then there are the twins, Bea One and Bea Two -
indistinguishable to most - who were feral kittens three Thanksgivings ago.
Fourth kitty, Moll Flanders, age unknown, is a reformed woman of questionable repute, who found refuge in the barn several years ago and who has become our #1 pig-tender.
So, "what is a half cat?" you ask.
That would be this one... Half-Cat Pat. Hubbs dubbed her that on Friday as we watched her race from the barn across the front pasture and into the woods. For the past several years, Pat (Pat, because... gender unknown) has been living part time in the barn. Pat comes at least once daily and eats. On cold days and nights, Pat finds a cozy warm bed beneath one of the heat lamps. One temperate days, Pat can be seen out prowling the neighborhood. So, you see... Pat belongs half to the barn and half to the wild.
Pat bears a very strange resemblance to Pete... in that her/his white markings are similar to Pete's. We are wondering if perhaps Pat is Pete's Momma/Pappa. Who knows?
Of course we can't forget Bobby. He'll tell you he's not a barn kitty... although he started out as one. Over the years, he gravitated to the garage, where he has a heated bed and his own personal food supply. He still visits the barn every morning, though, just to keep the other kitties on their toes.
We've been quite productive since our last chat. We started our weekend with a hearty breakfast.... sautéed cinnamon, honeycrisp apples...
topped with oatmeal and maple-glazed walnuts - a cozy break from our typical eggs and vegetables.
Hubbs and I headed out into the hustle and bustle to finish up our Christmas shopping.
Driving through the countryside, we passed one of my favorite properties.
I love this little cabin on the pond. It's front porch is a dock. I imagine this is somebody's refuge from the world... truly a perfect, tiny place to get away and unwind.
We also visited some of the quaint little shops that we are privileged to have quite a few of here in the country. I love to visit these shops before Christmas as a source of decorating inspiration.
Christmas decorating will commence just as soon as the turkey becomes leftovers.
We also stopped at our favorite pottery shop, Penn's Creek Pottery ... another local treasure. This pottery studio and showroom are located in a very old mill. All of the machinery is still in the mill, making this a wonderfully interesting place to visit.
I love supporting our local artisans - so I bought this mug which is now my daily tea mug. The colors make me happy... reminding me of my gardens in summertime.
With cold, wintry winds blowing, this weekend was definitely a weekend for tea - tea and the fireplace.
I sat on this rocker - the only piece of furniture currently in our living room - and worked on my Christmas knitting projects. Our couch arrives tomorrow... just in time for Thanksgiving guests!
Naturally, all of our activities are timed around the needs of our animals.
There are set times for feeding and chores here on the farm, and windows of opportunity between those times for other activities.
Jack made big inroads with Chloe this weekend. Normally, when he enters their yard, she turns on her heels and walks away. Saturday, he spent some time scratching Daphne. Chloe was quite curious and stood in line waiting her turn.
She actually allowed Jack to scratch her neck for quite a while, but was really happy when he agreed to scratch her behind. We imagined her thinking, "Now who's the ass?"
I received a few questions about my leather labels. These labels were made by Hubbs' son Ryan. He has a laser engraver and does all sorts of projects with that. If you are interested in getting your own labels made, I can put you in touch with Ryan. He and his wife have considered opening an Etsy shop, but our little Wren Marie has kept them very busy this past year! (Her first birthday was yesterday!)