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« on: March 20, 2014, 01:28:28 PM »

Yes, I know there will still be snow and cold to come.  BUT!  Yippee! It's Spring!

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.  ~Proverb

Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"  ~Robin Williams

It's spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!  ~Mark Twain
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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2014, 03:22:30 PM »

It feels great here today ! Unfortunately expecting more snow next Tuesday  Angry Sad.
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2014, 03:22:48 PM »

Yay, Spring!

I saw the feral tortie yesterday, and it wasn't the same feral Tortie that I used to see back in the ground floor apt.  So it might have been last years kitten.  She was HUGE!  And very long haired. 

Then tody, I saw a smaller long haired black  kitty ducking into the old skunk  hole near the mailboxes. 
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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2014, 05:16:25 PM »

Welcome, Spring at last!  Well, at least it will feel like it for a couple of days, but now there is hope for more better days to come.   Smiley  Of course it is going to snow next Tuesday - it is my birthday, and SNOW is just the present I want!   Roll Eyes   Roll Eyes  (NOT!)   Tongue
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« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2014, 05:28:21 PM »

We are actually supposed to have a WARM day tomorrow (high 56!) before it gets cold and below normal again. But with the strength of that sun, the snow is melting (official snow depth is 0 but there is still a lot of it around in shaded areas and the giant, although diminished, mountains where it was piled by the plows.) There's hope!

It's wonderful not to have to hunker down into the heavy-duty squall commuter coat when I go to work in the morning. I can actually hold my head up and look around!  The redwing blackbirds came back on Wednesday, always one of my favorite signs of spring. I've been hearing geese returning for at least a week, some of the seagulls are back so there must be open water, and a couple of mornings ago, I thought I heard a sandhill crane.

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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2014, 03:36:00 AM »

A bit off topic, but I hope someone is doing TNR with your feral family so there will be no more kittens.

That's the 'downside' of spring, unfortunately . . .
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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2014, 02:56:37 PM »

According to my fave weather website, our neighborhood is at 81.9 degrees right now, with a Winter Storm Watch alert on the same page for Sunday.  Ah, Spring!

I have the windows open and the birdies are really active right now.  Kozy just had a close encounter with a noisy (nosy?) bluejay. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2014, 03:26:09 PM »

The girls are on "bunny rabbit watch" in the mornings, they sit glued to the windows facing our back yard. Besides the usual birds and squirrels I think there's a family of rabbits living somewhere out back.
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« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2014, 04:57:53 PM »

Another sign of spring--the mice are on their bi-annual trek into my house from somewhere.  Tongue The cats have caught three this week. They are teaching Cara to hunt, even Linley. He brought a half-dead one to Cara for her to finish off the other day. Too bad about the lesson; I scooped it out where it could pass away in peace.
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« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2014, 08:37:12 PM »

catbird,
I thought the mice should be going OUT of the house in Spring, and they come IN in the Fall!   Cheesy  With all of the cats you have, you sure have stupid mice to even think about venturing in your house!  I always heard that cats in the house would keep mice from wanting to come in.  Seemed to work for me!  Never saw a mouse in the house for 44 years of having cats here until after Mandy passed away.  But, I still have had only one since, so maybe I just don't have many in the neighborhood, although my neighbors tell me about mice in their houses.   Undecided

How sweet that Linley brought his "girlfriend" a present!   Grin   Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2014, 04:57:21 AM »

LOL catbird!  I don't blame you for interferring but Cara needs to learn too.  Good boy, Linley!
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« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2014, 08:01:01 AM »

Lol, catbird.  Good for Linley!  But it's not so good for the mousie Tongue

Last summer we were saddened to see a robin hanging around the house with a twig embedded in his side.  It didn't appear to bother him, though, he was bathing and preening, but we worried about him.  Guess what, he's back!  He was in the bath yesterday and looked quite healthy, twig and all!  We're happy to see him and a little surprised that he remembered us, lol.

Our forecast today?   6-12" of snow.  A lot of it will likely melt since it's been so warm.  Hopefully it doesn't hurt the trees in bud and leaf.  Poor birdies!
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« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2014, 02:20:23 PM »

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I thought the mice should be going OUT of the house in Spring, and they come IN in the Fall! 

For whatever reason, they seem to come in during the fall and spring. Maybe they are looking for a cushy place to have their spring litters--remember, it's still pretty chilly here.  All except one seemed to be small.

We have been getting rain most of the past 24 hours, and the grass has suddenly turned emerald green!  But they are forecasting the white stuff for overnight--ugh! That will make getting up and going to work the Monday of all Mondays.
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« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2014, 02:36:56 PM »

Way too much snow this year . . . we even went below freezing the other night. The violets have come out big time and some have now gone, others are blooming now. One of my favorites! Trees are leafing out.

I always feel sad for the mice when the cats get them, too. Amazing, though, how the other cats just naturally teach young Cara to hunt.

This was taken a few weeks ago, about an hour's drive away, when you could just see the foliage beginning to emerge.

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« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2014, 03:29:57 PM »

That is a lovely picture, catwoods!  I feel the serenity, and I can almost hear the birds singing!
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