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Friday, July 2, 2010

Gardens, cont + dog, dogs, dogs

Hey Anonymous: gardening in cascade shores is such hit and miss, you hate to invest alot of $$ when you don't know if it will even thrive here! Sooo, I would love to start a "free nursery" for neighbors to share cuttings of stuff that works! (god know my vinca is taking over, and the ajuga).
Want to start a campaign with me? Call me at 265-8680.
First day at shelter, and heard/saw some heartbreaking stories. The beautiful little sweet pit mix left behind to fend for herself when the family moved to Hawaii. A concerned neighbor came in to tell us all about her, how sweet, loves to swim, loves children. No shots, not fixed. Most loving little thing. If interested, go to shelter and as for "rosie." Shelter will take care of her needs, spay and shots. You can adopt her for $80. Most of my best friends cost me alot more than that! Also, shelter is full up on kitties. Is it time to adopt?
Scooter's Pals rescue needs volunteers to got to Incredible Pets ""adoptathon" on Sat. July 9th and just hang out with pups so people can come by and meet them. Call Sally at 268-3557 if you would like to help. Good community service for something to do for the teens.

Thursday, July 1, 2010


As I was meandering around my garden today, (which I must say is lookin' good) I began thinking about how peoples gardens mimic their personality. I admit, I'm a kinda willy nilly, haphazard, "good enough for government work" type. So goes the yard. A little of this here, that there, no real composition. I like to think of it as English style, but I don't think it's even that organized. Then I go to Kent and Anna Rees house (a/k/a Little Sweden). They are very precise, organized perfectionist types. Their garden is organized, color coded, and I think the plants discuss amongst themselves when to bloom so the whole thing looks picture perfect all the time. Carol and Bill Carter = perfectly groomed/no weeds allowed/minimalistic but classy. My theory is, if you want to know what type of person lives inside, just take a peek a the yard. It'll give you a pretty good idea!
While on the subject, my friend Lynn Donald of "Plant Parenthood" flower gardens gave some really good advice about deadheading that I never forgot. She said a plant is like any other mother. Once she has given birth (flowers have appeared) and they mature, she feels her job is done, and she just goes to sleep for the rest of the season. So if you want your plants (or in this case, the mother) to keep on producing well into summer and fall, keep removing the babies (in this case withering flowers) and she'll get off her butt and reproduce again! A mother's work is never done.
Tomorrow I start my volunteer service at the Nevada County Shelter, who is as of 7/1 being managed by Sammies Friends founder Cheryl Wicks instead of county employees. Cheryl is a animal lover extraordinaire, and I expect big improvements in the quality of care all will receive in the shelter. Already they have cleaned the place up, are creating a "play room" for kitties, and planning to provide more flexible hours of operation. They can always use more volunteers if you have a desire to improve the life of a shelter animal. Cross your finger I don't come home with more. We're at 3 right now, and Phil says I'm "pushin it."

Monday, June 28, 2010

Looking for a cute little dog to love?

My current "foster pup" is a darling young (between 1 - 3yr old) mini-pincher. For lack of a better name, she is Minnie. Friendly, smart, quiet (till you leave her behind) and soooo loving (sweet little kisses). She gets along with everyone and everything, but likes to chase the kitties (hasn't caught one yet, and I guess like car chasing, what do you do when you catch em?) She belongs to Scooter's Pals, but if you want to meet her, call me!
Firehouse movie this Friday is "UP." That's a great animated movie, family friendly, but adult friendly too. Should be a nice warm night.
Did you notice someone added the word "KILLS" to the 3x4 or so Marlboro poster by the store. And they left it. Kind of an anti-smoking ad. I personally thought that big sign was kind of "overkill" (pardon the pun) for ciggs. Why not glamorize something healthy?????? Thought Joe Camel was dead. (died of lung cancer)
It's HOT, but not as hot as in town. I love coming home to 10 degrees cooler.
Huge raccoons were having a little argument in my back yard a 2am. Woke us all up, but the dogs declined to go have a chat with them about the noise. Anyway, warning, don't leave pet food outside. Everyone has awoken, and they're hungry!