Life on the Hot Kansas Prairie

Silly kitties!

The black and white cat is Baybee, a feral kitten I rescued in Ohio many, many years ago.  She's a senior kitty now.  

I think y'all know the white cat -- CiCi aka Seesers who I rescued off the side of a Kansas country road about 2 years ago.  She's always finding trouble.

Lately Seesers has decided that she much prefers Baybee's cat house to her own.  Imagine my surprise to find them BOTH in Baybee's cat house a few days ago!  Baybee was tolerable this particular day, but the next day I watched her cat-swat CiCi right out of her house.  :-)

I didn't think we'd be able to integrate the two cats but over the course of the last year, they've learned how to co-exist in a fairly civil fashion.  The best part about pairing a young kitty with an older cat is that it provides both cats with exercise.  And it provides us humans with entertainment also, especially when the two of them play hide and seek.

Aside from watching the kitties play, I have been busy with a myriad of other endeavors.  Here's a small list....
  • making my own yogurt at home (it's the best, and SO easy!)
  • making freezer strawberry jam this year, in addition to regular canned jam
  • making fried onion strings with fresh onions from our garden
  • making fresh chicken dog food for Tori, who has developed some sensitivities
  • tearing apart the guest bedroom to create a studio for me
  • renewing my Ebay commitment and listing/selling more items
  • attempting to create a new, fresh website which will house my blog
  • fixing an occasional mint mojito with fresh mint from the garden when the above mentioned website set-up doesn't work quite right....
What I like about Ebay is that you're not just recycling items you no longer use, you're also earning some cash.  I've also sold a few unique serial number dollar bills that I've encountered in my turnpike job and let me tell you, THAT is fun!

So, what have you been up to this oh-so-hot summer??


  1. I'm so jealous of you having cats - I can't have any more until our boxer goes to the great beyond! I always think that having two cats at a time is the most fun for everyone, even if they don't always get along. And goodness, you've been busy! You'll have to share a photo of your studio when you're done.

  2. My summer sounds pretty much like yours. Eating corn and tomatoes out of the garden. Watching the birds nesting in our yard. Trying to build a web site for my small floral business, gearing up for the county fair as a 4 h advisor ....

  3. You make me tired just reading all that you've been doing IN ADDITION to working outside of the home!
    Our onions didn't survive the drought :-(
    You make your own yogurt??? I LOVE yogurt!

  4. We've put up 21 pints of diced tomatoes from our garden, 15 pounds of tomatillos in the freezer - all grown in our garden. We also bought three cases of fresh corn and put up 35 bags of 3 cups each in the freezer and 24 pints of blueberries when we found them on sale half price. And I've been making my own yogurt too. I love, love, love it! I'm making viili yogurt, which is incubated at room temp. It's just awesome. And finally, we're building fence to create a backyard...and poor hubby has dug every post hole by hand. It's about 2/3 done and looks fabulous. :D (Cheryl at KC Farms)

  5. The kitties are adorable! And how sweet that Baybee, a feral cat, has been such a sweet kitty. You're a good kitty mama :) Sounds like you've been busy! We've been busy here too - summer seems to ramp things up a bit. Cucumbers are keeping us on our toes, and the tomatoes are just starting to come in good. I make my own yogurt too, and it's just the most yummy, isn't it? Find some time to chill and enjoy yourself girlfriend. It's important, you know? XXXOOO

  6. Funny how cats are. My two rescued feral cats love each other but my pet store senior cat won't give the others the time of day.

    You are one busy enterprising lady! I have a pile o' stuff in my office for a few years now waiting for E-bay, but I just can't get motivated. I have a long list of to do's for the house to be completed after the 2 year remodel and a myriad of unfinished craft projects.
    Thanks for the inspiration to get stuff done.

  7. You HAVE to post a tutorial on how to make your own yogurt! I would love to give it a try :) I've done make your own butter, but definitely not yogurt!

    Love the picture of the kitties ^.^ I'm just a sucker for anything furry and four legged. LOL

    Sounds like you're quite the busy little bee! If there is anything I can help with, you just let me know. I've unfortunately been very sick, so I have a LOT of time on my hands o.O

    Which is what I'm doing with my Summer; a lot of computer-related endeavors.

  8. Suz, I should learn to do the e-bay thing, I think . . .
    I'm sorry you lost your kitty . . . :( That's happened to me a couple of times . . . not here in KS, but in VT. I just always kept hoping that they'd find their ways home.

    Used your onions in my salads lately :) Mmmmmm, thank you! It's been YEARS since I grew onions!

    I used to have a homemade yogurt maker and used to make it in the 70s/80s! It was a wooden frame with a galvanized sheet of metal on one side, and a lightbulb underneath. I'd set a big bowl of yogurt mixture on top of the metal and it would cure after several hours, I think. Actually, I can't remember how long it took for it to cure . . . I wonder what happened to that thing? A friend from college made it. I ate so much yogurt that I couldn't touch the stuff for YEARS!!!

    Hey!! There are LOTS of gray clouds overhead, and I can hear THUNDER!!! It wasn't predicted to rain until late tonight, but I'm so hoping that it rains from now until tomorrow morning with no stopping . . . 'cept to do chores! lol

    Sorry, I've been away so long. My blog hasn't had a post for 2 years . . . Maybe I'll get back to posting again. Lots has happened.
    See you!

  9. Okay. That last part about the dollar bills intrigues me--what are interesting serial numbers on dollar bills?

    You are so right about cats--we decided that farmers kept them around before TV just for the fun of watching them! :)

    You are one busy woman and the part about the frozen strawberry jam made me think of my mother in law who made that each year and then I stored it in our deep freeze for her because she didn't have enough room in her freezer. We got to snitch one now and then. :)

  10. Cute little kitty-babies. They do seem to work it out eventually.