Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Fence project 2013

Mystery solvedBeforeBefore - side viewFence assemblyAssembled, but incompleteHighbush blueberry bed
"Applying rust"Front-of-fence bedBlueberry bed, bee boxesSuperMaxx BlueberriesFront-of-fence bed, Aug. 5After -- for now.
Fence, first winter

Fence project 2013, a set on Flickr.

We had a pretty dusting of snow overnight, and I was able to get a picture of our new-ish fence in winter conditions.

I designed this fence in the spring to divide our front yard from our back yard. My father fabricated it, we installed it as a family, and then I installed the new beds with my mother.

Eventually, we want to put a single panel of fence off the corner of the house. Seen parallel to the front of the house, it will still be very open, a gap of about 14 feet from house corner to the long fence, but from the road, it will make the back yard look more enclosed, and provide screening effect when sitting on a yet-to-be-built deck.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Still going

I thought I should update my blog, since I didn't realize the last post I published was about the imminent death of my dear cat.

Though Livy is spending the afternoon in semi-comatose state (she discovered a Christmas present for her in a gift bag this morning and spent an hour in ecstasy and excitement before my mother figured out what was going on and hid the present a little better), she is still kickin'. I don't know why, I mean, her health is still precarious in that she has very little heart function and the diuretics are still needed to keep the fluid off her lungs, but she still has quite the verve for life and is a daily delight. She's skinnier, she's fussy as all get out with her food, she can't jump as high as she used to, and her cataracts continue to get worse, but those are the complaints of any senior cat, and she's still utterly devoted to sniffing out rodent activity a total sweetheart.

(PS: sorry for the bad image quality, it hasn't really been bright enough lately to get clear pictures on my phone's camera)

Saturday, March 09, 2013

For now

This is my first animated .gif attempt. I thought Livy's twitchy tail would be fitting, since it's a common attitude for her. She is actually dying of heart failure, and some evenings when she is feeling really unwell, she doesn't move her tail at all, just lies there with her eyes glazed over. So, when Livy is feeling well enough to stare out the window and swish her tail around, it's a welcome sight.

I don't mean to invest this .gif with sad thoughts! I was content when I took the video, and am very grateful for the month I have had with her since her diagnosis, especially since she never responded to treatment. Though she is slowing down day by day, she is quite dedicated to keeping up with her daily mouse patrol and bird-watching duties. She will tell me when it is time to go.

P.S: Sorry if the .gif is so big that it takes too much time to load. I decided to risk a huge .gif in order to capture the full tail swish, and also because I intended it for my computer dashboard, not optimal web use.