Coop Girl Dorilla

Jack & Cait


Coop Girls Hattie, Deb and Stephanie

Coop Girl Allie

part of this week's collection

Winter has definitely arrived.  We woke Saturday to a mix of sleet and rain. While the temp's rose to eventually melt the sleet, we have finally arrived to consistent daytime temps in the 20's and 30's.  Sweaters, scarves, the pellet stove, and hot coffee are on the "favorites" list these days.

I've spent all week fighting off the various bugs and such that circulate most offices this time of year.  And after an absolutely horrible day at work on Friday I decided to work at a bit slower pace on Saturday at home.  Sometimes you just need to re-charge, don't you?

The Coop Girls are downright miserable.  It's just too cold for them.  I think they got a bit too used to the warmer than normal temps and now, well, they aren't happy with average.  At all.  Speaking of the girls, I must say that Allie is looking pretty old these days.  Poor thing.  I'm hoping she makes it through another winter.  At 8 years old, she's the oldest of our flock and at the top of the pecking order.  She has definitely earned her spot!

Oliver and Emerson are still touch and go as far as getting along.  We are trying to work Ollie out of his mood which seems to be at it's highest point during mealtime.  It's challenging to say the least.  And speaking of challenging animals {you know where this is going.....}, I swear we were about ready to give Jack away this week.  If it hadn't been 3:30 in the morning when he was pulling his nonsense, his bags would've been packed and he would've been sent on his way.  I was too tired to get up and do it all though.

Ollie was having a rough night Tuesday night - no idea why.  He would go to the bottom of the stairs every half hour starting at midnight and give one woof.  Of course, this meant I woke up just as I was falling asleep each and every time.  I checked in with him the first couple of times but after that I chalked it up to he was just having a rough night.  Finally he stopped, his last woof being around 2a.m.  I had just gone into a deep sleep when I awoke to screeching and crying and thumping and stomping.  It was Jack.  He decided, apparently, that it was now too quiet in the house and he would cause havoc.  He tore through the house screeching and crying at the top of his lungs.  Then he would chase a sleepy Caitlin up and down the stairs where he would perform a superman leap and attempt to tackle her.  There was a lot of yelling on my part, including a few expletives, before it finally stopped.  When I got up to my alarm at 5:15, I walked downstairs to find the devil-cat laying on the kitchen island {a HUGE no-no} where he arrogantly glanced up at me as if I was bothering him.  As if I was the one who kept him up all night! This is exactly why one of his nicknames is Jerkson.

It's hard to believe it's mid-January already.  The year is already zipping by.  I must remember to place both my veggie seed order and chick order this week.  And order 2 more Asian Pear trees and another Paw Paw tree.  I want to get everything ordered before they sell out.  Besides, Spring will be here before we know it!

Hoping you had a wonderful weekend!


Bobbie said...

Why is it when we are not feeling well, totally exhausted and in need of sleep, our "children" have to act up? I'm sorry you are under the weather and dealing with a mis-B-hav'n kitty.

We are dealing with constant rain and heavy fog, here in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon). It's dreadful and makes for long, dark days. I'm keeping myself busy catching up on some crocheting but would much rather be outside working.

How about if you just rest and get well before you start worrying about ordering seeds, trees, etc.? Letting your mind rest helps your body to heal.

I sincerely hope you feel better soon. I'm a new follower and enjoy your blog so very much.

Sharon Sweeney-Russell said...

Good luck on integrating the ones that don't get along! While I have had success in the past with Feliway (plug in pheromones for cats-spray did not work...) it doesn't seem to work as well with the present crew. Two cats have one room/side of the house, one cat has the main portion, another cat has the other side/room. And we rotate 2x a day. The oldest cat just doesn't like the younger ones chasing him. He wants to play but when they chase..llano heck breaks loose. Something that has worked well to stop bad behavior (or break up cat fights during rotation/breakouts....) is Stop That! Amazon.com. Just wish they made a bigger can! It works so well the minute they see me with the can 90% of the time they stop! There are canine versions of all of the above. Royal Canin makes a feline calming food (may have a canine version...)---minimal results. Good luck!