Sunday, July 28, 2013

Today on the Farm!

Good Evening Everybody!

First off I would like to THANK YOU ALL for the wonderful and inspiring comments you left on the projects I did!  Please know how much each and every comment was sooo appreciated.  Thank you, Thank You! 

What a wonderful weekend it's been!  I was able to rest as well as get so many things done!  I love weekends like that!  I however did not make it out to take care of the lawn, but that will come this week!

You may have heard me talk about Buzzy from time to time.  Buzzy is my cat.  A big guy with lots of fur and personality.  I was never raised around cats only dogs.  Each day I learn more about this fascinating species and become amazed at how smart they are.



Buzzmaster spends his nights in the hall bathroom with the door shut.  Why?  I have no idea thinking back.  It's just the way it has been.  His litter box, food, bed and toys are in there and he always liked it.  Lately, I have awoke to find him in bed with me.  I know I have shut the door.  Well, I found out that he can now reach up and turn the handle of the door and get out.  OK, smart kitty me thinks!  I solved that by taking some packing material and wedging it between the door and the frame.  Case closed right?  A couple of nights ago I took him to his room, shut the door, wedged the packing material between the door and went into the kitchen to turn off the lights.  I heard Buzz trying to work his magic with the door knob and decided to watch.  He released the knob from the door jam.   OK...Then the little guy sticks his paws under the door and pulls the door to him causing the packing material to fall to the floor and allowing the door to open!  I just had to laugh! Smart me thinks!

Last night I closed the door, added the packing material to the jam then tried something new.  I had some old foam board and folded it several times and slipped it behind the door knob.  The door knob would not budge.  This morning I woke up to Buzzy on the bed next to me....I guess that means he's sleeping with me!  LOL! 

Other adventures on the farm this weekend....

Late this evening I decided to go check on my honey bees....they live behind my barn.  They were doing great.  In the evening it's so cool to see them all coming back into the hive after a busy day foraging for pollen and I imagine water to cool off the hive.  I have been meaning to move their hive slowly a few yards every week until I get them back up towards the house so I can take better care of them.  If you move the hive too fast, they hate that! 





The area behind the barn never gets mowed so it's like going on an African Safari to get back there.  Today's adventure ended up with me COVERED with hedge-parsley burrs or Torilis arvensis!!!  I HATE THIS STUFF!  Every one of my dogs gets into this and is covered and I have to break out the brush!  The worst is Miss Sally!  She has long hair.  Her face will just be matted with this in a matter of minutes!


 
 
So it's back to my tutorial writing....You all know how much I love that!  LOL!  See ya later...

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter

22 comments:

  1. Jim, sorry I haven't been around to comment on all your wonderful projects you made for CHA, sometimes life just gets in the way. You amaze me, you never seem to run out of ideas, I love them all. I think Buzzy deserves to sleep in your bed, I too am a dog person, but he's earned the spot! My brother, niece and nephew are bee keepers, it fascinates me. I think you need to wear long pants next time you venture out behind the barn, it would save you a lot of pain. Have a great week. Hubby and I are going on vacation Wednesday for 11 days of camping! Yahoo!

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  2. I love cats AND dogs....but seems to me, Mr Buzzy wants to be your best pal! you should feel honored...they are independent little cusses! so if he wants to snooze with ya, you've been chosen!!

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  3. Onya, Buzzmaster! What a clever cat. I think he definitely deserves his own corner on your bed. I agree with Shari about the long pants when you go to tend your bees, though that won't help the dogs. Maybe the mower is the only human/pet proof solution. Glad you've had a wonderful weekend.

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  4. That's a cat for ya! I'm more of a dog person but DH is a cat guy so I've been learning too...I'm still trying to decide if they are smart or just REALLY persistent!

    Ugh the parsley burrs...I always wondered what that stuff was called...if there's a way to get it off that's faster than picking them off one by one please share!

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  5. I am glad that you and Buzzy came to a mutual agreement. When do you harvest honey?

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  6. Clever Buzzy! Yes, me thinks that long pants would be good when you are working in the African safari behind the barn. Sounds like you had a productive and relaxing weekend. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week.

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  7. I just love Buzzy... He has such a fascinating personality! Yep... definately a smart kitty! Love your bee hive... hate those sticky things!!! I agree time to move it slowly!!! Have a fabulous week!

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  8. Cats are Smart. And you don't chose them they chose you. And to have a cat feel that relaxed to sleep with his human is like cloud nine in my book. To close them up in a room to themselves is to tell them you don't own this home. Good for Buzzy to take a stand. LOL. By they way can you tell I'm a cat person, and finally after 20 years my hubby is now a cat person. Yeah. Hey Jim did you make your bee house that's a nice one, I don't think I could handle the bees but just thinking, a bee hive craft item with lid off, and where the sections you would pull out to get honey a small mini. Just saying!

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  9. Yep, you don't own cats, they own you. You already know Buzzy is related to our cat Lilly. They are very smart....when they want to. Our cat can open the door out to the garage, but she can't open the bedroom door. Same scenario, I just think she wants in the garage more and tries harder. You are lucky Buzzy sleeps through the night! Lilly wants out at 11:00 p.m. every time we let her stay in, so needless to say she doesn't get to stay in at night. She's a party girl anyway. I hear her on the roof running around - she sounds like an elephant. Would love to know what she does at night. Maine Coon cats have the best personalities, you have a new buddy whether you want to or not.

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  10. Love the cat story. Yes, I would agree that is one smart kitty!

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  11. I have a tale/tail about my cats for you. We're staying with a friend for awhile. He has 2 cats... we have 2 cats...so there are now more cats than people. 1 of mine and 1 of his don't get along. So my girl (who is 12 or 13 now) stays in our room. So I feed and water her there and she sleeps on top of my chest of drawers. One night last week, she decided she was coming off the chest, the easy way... by jumping on the bed. Well, ok...except she landed on my head! My eye to be precise. Her claws sunk in a bit in 3 spots, lower lid, left of my left eye, and the upper lid! She weighs about 8 pounds... so the question is "What can give you a black eye, besides running into a door?" Yep it was black about half way down my cheek! So here I am...at 63 with a black eye. Every one sees it, but no one asks. lol But you know they all want to!
    I love my cats. And they are all smart. One of mine is afraid of loud noises. So the first thing she did when we got here...figure out how to get into a cupboard for a place to hide during thunder storms. Enjoy sleeping with Buzzy, you are lucky to be chosen by a cat. Hugs, Jess

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  12. Here in Arkansas we call those sticktights. Because they do! I think you are destined to have a cat in your bed.

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  13. Awwww...sweet Buzzy!! You know how much I love that boy. Yep...he's a smart kitty for sure. My 2 cents...don't close the door to his "room". He's decided it's not where he wants to be. Life will be much easier for both of you if you understand that he will not give up. I love kitties and puppies and think it's great that you have so many pets that love you. I agree with the others...wear long pants when you go hive-en. Love your tales of the farm!

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  14. I am a HUGE cat lover- I have 6 cats all indoors. They are all unique and smart. The youngest one is a brat. He knows how to open doors also. He is always picking on the other cats as he is still a kitten and the others are much older so I try putting him in the bathroom for a timeout and he always gets out. He is really cute and has a lot of personality so what can I do? I need a farm so I can have more cats-lucky you to have one that wants to sleep when you sleep.

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  15. I had my cat Emily for 13 years. She always won, and always outfoxed me. I think they are very smart, and love sleeping buddies. I am in NYC, so the idea of a farm is just so cool, and gosh, your adventures sound great. I am not sure I would do a beehive as I am afraid of them. Do you get a lot of honey?

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  16. Home, Sweet Home... right, Jim? Such an emotional snuggle to get back to that comfort zone even with all the excitement of having had new adventures and seen new places.

    We have thought about having bees. Is it terribly difficult or time consuming? I've looked on line and just got confused. Never actually talked to someone who had them. Got any words of wisdom on this point?

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  17. Hi Jim, Buzzy is one smart kitty... did'nt you know we live in their house they always get their way...she just Loves you & wants to spend time with you... Lovely post about your day at the farm... Hugs May x x x

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  18. Long Pants, for sure! And maybe a hacking session for those pricklies! I know they will just grow back, but it might take a day or two! It must be difficult getting them out of the dogs' coats!

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  19. Gotta love that cat!!! LOL

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  20. Love your cat story. I have four, at least three sleep in the bed. If number four wants to join us, the oldest one glares a lot and hissing ensues. Not great for the sleep!

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  21. I just love Buzzy--LOL. Cats are like monkeys, always doing something funny and they have a way of getting their point across and wedging their way into our hearts don't they. Lillybug

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  22. I love that your Buzzy didn't give up! So sweet! (My cat teddy looks like him! Though she's anti-social and no longer sleeps with me as the hubby won't allow it... )

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