New entry in my Kilt blog 9/21/2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

Old Fools Journal: Damned Cats or Fertilizing the earth with cat turds.

Slavery has never been abolished from America's way of thinking. -Nina Simone
We should be ashamed. -Tom Swaim

It was warm but the pot and the kettle were still cool after an overnight low of 74 degrees F. Apparently the kitten is quite comfortable wedged in there because she is sound asleep.

These cats are climbers. They climb the chain link fence around the house then stroll down the top pipe.

There were two kittens at the top but even though I am a pretty fast draw they live in a different time scale (much faster) than I do so I missed that. I'm looking forward to the day when medicare will install a camera in one of my eyeballs.

That is not a fence but is instead the trellis for the berries that are planted there so that in the future they can be bulldozed up in the name of progress. If we live long enough there will be a thicket there. Uncle Remus would call it a Briar Patch and I have already started doing so.  I do wish he were here as I could use some of his wisdom. If you don't know what I am talking about see the movie "Song Of The South".
The grass hides the berries that are busy doing their work. We have found that the berry plants survive better with the grass to protect them. Besides it's a cat playground. Look in the left lower corner of the bottom photo and you will see a kitten waiting in ambush.
It's only 10 AM but I'm in already and dripping with sweat. I couldn't be wetter if I had jumped in the drainage ditch.  It was only 85 degrees F, degrees earlier so I thought I would clear some brush around my pet worms and then salvage some dirt that something might grow in.  Between last evening and this morning I managed to do just that. It's labor intensive work so I didn't last long.
Last evening I re-potted a couple of tomato plants for this fall in spite of the help (see photo above).
Due to the State of Florida's condoning and practicing of slavery plus the fact that they grow even more tasteless tomatoes than California I don't buy tomatoes at the grocery store. For more about that  Go Here.. Sometimes our local market has local tomatoes and the vegetable stand does also so I will buy them. Mostly I do without unless I grow my own. These should be producing in November.  One year I had tomatoes until March. I'm the only one that eats tomatoes here so two plants are enough. Fried green tomatoes in early November already sounds good.
These pots are made from a 30 gallon drum cut in half. They will each get a gallon wine jug for drip watering and will be mulched with leaves to keep the water in. Right now everything is plenty wet and we are expecting rain at the end of the week.
The tomatoes are some kind of hybrid but the stalks were so thick and healthy I just couldn't resist. I had absolutely no luck at starting tomatoes from seed this year.
It's not even noon yet and it is 94 degrees F. so in the interest of trying to make it until my seventy third birthday I think I'll stay in. Now for glass of iced sweet sassafras.  Taste like root beer without the fizz.

"My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I’m happy. I can’t figure it out. What am I doing right?" -Snoopy -Charlie Brown’s Dog,


Dizzy-Dick said...

I can't click to leave a comment, it just clicks and does nothing. Today I finally tried to "right click" and then click on "open". That seemed to work, that is if this comment gets posted. BTW, we could all learn a lot from Snoopy.

Oldfool said...

It's just blogger doin' it's thang.
I never identified with Charlie Brown although a good friend pointed out that my relationship with my second wife reminded him of Charlie and Lucy when she held the football for him but I did identify with Snoopy. His daydreams and philosophy run parallel to mine.

Steve A said...

Cats occupy an importent ecological niche. They provide food for hawks, and would similarly tide dogs over until the dogs relearned how to hunt after people disappear.

Oldfool said...

Yeah Steve, too many people think of cats as a nuisance but they keep the rats out of my shop, entertain me at cocktail time, taunt the hawks, make a nice hat if you hollow them out, provide taco meat, keep the dogs exercised and piss off some people that I like to see pissed off. Best of all they come and they go. I've been up to a 30 or so on a farm and down to zero and I didn't have to lift a finger.

PaddyAnne said...

I still miss my cat. I have dreams of her every so often.... I too like / prefer home grown tomatoes. I am visiting my self-propelled (aka neglected) garden next week and hope to see some red stuff peeking out amongst all the green foliage.

Chandra said...

Cats can be great companions. One has to clean the litter box, if they are indoor cats, but they are totally worth it.

sassafras is a great way to cool off. I love that stuff!

Peace :)

Jerry said...

I miss my cat too,but I can't find it now:)