Day 334: Camo Cat

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Had to share this picture because it was too cute. The background is a bed sized bean bag (yes, it’s awesome), and the kitty on top is a tortoiseshell cat named Ivy. The same one who acted as my movie watching companion a few weeks back.

It may not be a perfect match but she is blending fairly well. Maybe this breed of fat faced cats was meant to lurk in furniture and skulk beneath shadowed loveseats.

She nabbed my seat when I went to the bathroom and since it is a bean bag the weight tends to droop to the middle. There was lots of adjusting before I got my seat back and she was lying on top of me.
Oh, cats…

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Day 333: Raffy Bat

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This is the Rafenesque’s big-eared bat at one of the cave entrances. Hope this helps: Raw-fin-nesk. If you think the Raffy’s common name is a mouth full then go ahead and Google their scientific name. I have a scientist buddy who spits them out without hesitation. Oh, to be a bat scientist.

I was ecstatic that I got to see him/her because I hadn’t seen one on person.

I have several awful pictures of me grinning widely just below him. Typically, me and self-portraits don’t have good results.

Even though four tours have been passing by this bat daily, he can’t be bothered.
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Here’s a close up of the little beauty. He has one ear unfurled so he can listen to the world turn. You can see why they are called the big-eared bat.

Day 332: Buzzed Kitty

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Went to visit my mum and take pictures of her ridiculous cat. Apple is a longhaired cat that had collected some nasty matted hairballs in her fur. She went to the vet to be groomed.

My mom’s definition of grooming is a little different than the results pictured. From here on out, Apple will get twice daily a brushing to try to keep the tangles out. The hard part will be getting her used to the attention and feel of brushing.

Apple does love perching on laps and adores the attention so maybe she’ll take a shine to at home grooming. She definitely hated her trip to the vet so maybe that will encourage her to appreciate her home.
Apple’s hair on head and tail are normal but her body is shaved. It was too comical not to share.

Day 331: Coral Cactus

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While wandering the many aisles of Lowe’s looking for wire shelving, I found some freaky cacti. For some reason this coral cactus threw me for a loop. I was so shocked by its shape that I questioned it rhetorically out loud.

The helpful Lowe’s employee wanted to engage in my wonderment. He didn’t seem genuinely impressed by this wild plant. Come on, people, when did this plant make the evolutionary jump to being wibbly shaped?

Maybe one day the cactus council got together and heard the young rebellious cacti in their plea. The young and restless wanted to become weird, memorable and badass.
True story.

Day 330: Toilet Paper Roll Seed Trays

Last week, Kit and I made a seed tray out of empty toilet paper rolls. Much like the expensive peat pots, we will plan these directly into the garden. We bought a five dollar plastic box and cut each roll in half.

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Next, we took out the rolls and put in several inches of dirt. We pressed the rolls down into the dirt, like cookie cutters and filled some of the rolls with more dirt as needed. We left some soil in between the rolls to help the moisture travel between cells when we water them.

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They are doing wonderfully now and almost all the cells are up! We planted San Marzano paste tomatoes, oregano, dill and basil in this tray.
We need to get proper plant markers or popsicle sticks and we need more TP rolls to start another tray!

Day 329: Shelving

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Aside from demolishing the house and rebuilding there isn’t much I can do to fix our weird partitioned house. One thing that Kit and I constantly struggle with is finding space for our dishes, cookware and food. When we married we combined his fully stocked house and my half stocked student housewares.

A nice fix for now is just throwing up some wire shelving. I didn’t time us to see if we took the advertised “less than 20 minutes” to assemble, but it went together pretty well. The most distracting aspect was my beagle wanting to climb in our laps.

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Kit and I excitedly ran around the kitchen tossing things on the new shelving. Most of the things are the things we use frequently or need to use soon (bread/fruit). There are also a lot of items that float around the kitchen but do not have a home. One step closer to a more organized kitchen!

Day 328: Braided Back

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Over the last few days I have been practicing the herringbone braid and I see some very big improvements. The braid is less messy and much tighter all around. I also like to think it looks good with my uniform and big flat hat.

This style of braid tends to sit lower–at least how I do it–so it ensures my flat hat fits better,  my hair stays out of my face and off of my badges. All around it may be my regular hair style this summer.

I doubt that my explanation of how to accomplish this will help you. I suggest looking up proper how-tos and videos.
However, I will offer how I do it anyway. Brush through hair and split onto two bunches (instead of three for a regular braid).
Take a small amount from the outside of one bunch and pass it over to the other bunch. By outside, I mean the hair furthest away from the center part you have made. Repeat from the opposite bunch of hair.
The smaller amounts of hair you pass over means it will look more complex and cool. Once, I did this braid in such a way it looked as though I use three bunches of hair just like a regular braid-Oops!

I’m a long way from French braiding but I’m loving this for now :-)