me, Mavis

I knit. I garden. I co-manage an eclectic shop. I sometimes work in real estate. I sometimes swing a hammer. I always volunteer in my community. I live in an old house with my nice family of one husband and three beastly cats. I have great friends. These are the things that matter to me, Mavis.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Early Spring Fever at Chez Schavis

Spectacular weather for early Spring here in MerryLand meant that the humans spent the entire day Friday happily working outside in the gardens. We cleared away the remnants of Fall leaves to find crocus, tulips, daffodils, poppies, peonies, bleeding heart, and many others just starting to pop up. DH cut back sod and remulched around a few trees too. We were tired at day's end, but in that nice, fulfilled way.

Meanwhile, the Beasts also enjoyed the warm day, lazing on their Cat Porch while birds of every feather stopped nearby at the feeder or in the big Pussy Willow.

Though we have been seeing the birds all winter, we realized that we had just started hearing them again -- Robin, Cardinal, Red-Winged Blackbird, Chickadee, and Mourning Dove are some of those we recognize by vocalization. After I cleaned and filled three baths, there was an immediate line-up of Blackbirds in one and Snowbirds in another. It is quite dry here just now.

At bedtime, it was still so warm outside (mid 60s) that we nudged open a window in the bedroom. I woke up several times to see a feline outline on the window sill, and when the birds started singing near 6 a.m., it was unmistakably Miss 'Bella stretched out.

So, it seems that the kitties didn't want to miss one second of the outside entertainment and stayed up most of the night. This morning they were definitely sleepy.

I attempted to do some knitting at the kitchen table, but I stepped away for just a moment and this is what I came back to:

A short while later, Beau decided my knitting basket was not so comfortable after all and he moved on. However, before the nest had time to cool, another customer moved in:

'Bella, on the other hand, prefers to snooze on the Cat Porch, stopping in from time to time to refuel:

We're headed back out for more spiritual fuel in the garden today!


  • At 11:20 AM, Blogger Cheryl said…

    I love the cats in the totally cracks me up... we had a big fat cat that no matter how tiny the box or basket was, she had to try to cram herself into it...usually looking like a cat muffin.

  • At 4:56 PM, Blogger Vegan Knitting said…

    Oh, that is so funny!!!!!!

    I'm glad you had nice weather for gardening. Here it alternately hails and suns within 5 minutes of each other. Not the best for my poor herbs.

  • At 7:46 PM, Blogger Yvonne said…

    Great pictures!! I'm glad to hear you started cleaning out the gardens...I was looking at our front area yesterday, and thinking that I need to whip out the rake and stuff...and today it just poured, so there went that idear.

  • At 11:19 PM, Anonymous Marie said…

    The cats and open windows thing went on here over the weekend too only our little beasts were watching the squirrels. The squirrels figured out long ago that there's an invisible forcefield between them and the bad kitties so they come pretty close to the bow window. Makes the kitties crazy!


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