Soooo... I've spent the past few days getting ready.
First of all there's the Gray Boy.
I haven't managed to photograph the Gray Girl or Little Blackie yet because they're both really spooky, but the Gray Kitten is pretty friendly, and very bonded with her daddy (I'm assuming it's a girl, might be a boy.)
Anyhoo... I'm not sure where they all sleep, but being the cat lady that I am, I couldn't stand the thought of them out there in the wet and cold, so I now have a little kitty village on my back patio, complete with heated houses. I guess I found a use for Princess' heating pads.
OY! Well, you know what they say, in for a penny in for a pound. I think we're gonna be visiting the alley cat folks for some neutering and shots soon!
But the outdoor kitties weren't the only ones who got some heating pads. The first morning that it was in the 60's inside, I woke up to find Jasper huddled in his bed looking decidedly miserable. So he got a heating pad that goes under the top layer of blanket in his favorite cubby, and he's much happier now.
And, I dragged out the attic fan cover to make it warmer and less drafty in here.
Last year I made a few improvements to my original design and I'm quite pleased with it - much less droopy.
So... then there's the garden. I harvested everything that I could.
|What's left of the basil|
And then I put up the cover on the hail house/greenhouse.
To tell the truth it was a bit of a challenge to get the cover on and I'm not entirely sure it was worth the effort since most of the stuff inside is pretty much done anyhow. But hey, it was good practice, and now I'll get to see how warm it stays in there.
Besides, I was under doctor's orders to use my arms a lot - well, nurse's orders actually, because while I was prepping for the winter I decided to prep myself as well.
Yup... flu shot in one arm, tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis in the other.
So that's what's been keeping me busy around here... well, you know, besides trying to fix everything that's broken lately. Speaking of which, the kitchen was apparently feeling left out because when I went to turn the light on yesterday... nothing.
Fortunately it just needed new lightbulbs so it wasn't a huge deal, but it did require another trip to the hardware store because it's a funky fixture that takes special fluorescent bulbs.
This curse has got to be over soon... doesn't it?
Anyhow, that's what I've been up to. How about you? What have you been doing to get ready for the coming winter?