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May. 9th, 2011 09:36 am
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Laura came over for dinner on Saturday evening, and we spent much of the evening chatting out on the back porch. Around 8:30 or so, a very vocal kitty showed up on our neighbor's back steps. We couldn't see the cat, so Brent ran and got the flashlight. Once we could spotlight her, we were sure it was Bubbles. We tried to nab her, but she's skittish and hates being cornered, so she ran a couple houses down. We decided to go the trapping route then. A little while later, just as Brent was coming back from getting some wet cat food at 7-11, Bubbles showed up in our yard. He put the food in the trap and she went in to eat it, but she didn't set off the trap. Brent scared her away when he tried to manually spring the trap.

Since then, we've set the trap twice (once each night). The first night we caught an orange tabby. The second night (last night), a baby raccoon.

It was such a relief to see the kitten puff and know she's not hurt and she hasn't gone far. I'm sure it will just be a matter of a couple days to nab her and get her back inside where she'll be safe and well fed.

In other news, I worked on the yard all afternoon on Saturday and all day yesterday. It's looking pretty good. I planted a ton of flowers, some strawberries, watermelon, and zucchini. I wanted to plant catnip but I didn't see any plants or seeds at the nursery we went to.

Brent got the free mulch from the park, and we've got it around all the plants now, in the south flowerbed, and also in the space under the tree where not much grows. Also, Brent planted some boxwoods out in the front yard to line the sidewalk. They're pretty cute.

In turning news, I started a really interesting off-center shell shape on Saturday and will finish it at home one day this week. Brent has some interesting shapes he's supposed to work on too (tadpole, i hear). We have two more classes in this session, then a private lesson after the last class for me to learn deep hollowing.

Today's a busy day. Later this morning some lady is coming to appraise the house for a re-finance. It doesn't need to even appraise at what we bought it for in order to get approved. I think the target value is somewhere around 150k. We'll see how that goes. There aren't a lot of comps in the area for houses like this. The only one for sale currently that is somewhat similar is across the street, where nothing has been updated or redecorated for 40 years at least. It's listed at 100k at the moment. A steal, actually, if anyone is shopping for a big old house to thoroughly redecorate.

This evening I'm going to some dinner/recital thing for the AGO. Then we're having a post-recital reception/party at our house for the organists. This is their last meeting of the season (they have summers off), so it seemed appropriate to have some kind of festivities.

Date: 2011-05-09 02:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nastyboots.livejournal.com
yay! so glad you at least have an idea of where the cat is!

catnip seeds & plants are usually with herbs. I haven't been having much luck with seeds this year, but I picked up some plants at the MOBOT herb sale last weekend.

Date: 2011-05-09 03:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zinniz.livejournal.com
I did see catmint in with the herbs, but I wasn't sure that was it. Now that I have googled, I can see that it's the same thing, so I know where to find it.

Date: 2011-05-09 05:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aimsmiff.livejournal.com
i'm so happy to hear about the bubbles sighting! it gave me warm fuzzies...

Date: 2011-05-09 11:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zepgoddess.livejournal.com
I'm glad you've at least located her!

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