Hello and welcome to the blog. It’s sure not looking like Christmas in Iowa. We’ve got basically no chance of snow in the next week. I’m not complaining though! It’s been warm enough to work camp even into December!
Well, nothing is decorated at the home base but tonight I had an idea for a tree. The picture above is a green friend named Edna. In the fall of 2017 I rescued a tiny portion of a plant – a stem and three leaves – from deep inside a frostbitten bush at a campground. I rooted the sprig over the winter and planted it in 2018. Before the frost could kill everything this year, I brought Edna in the house. After serving as the “Christmas Tree”, she’ll go back outside in the spring. Edna is one tough little coleus. The next post will feature her adorned for the holiday.
Last Saturday brought a new arrival. While watching TV, I saw a small tuxedo kitty chasing the neighbor lady up and down the street, meowing loudly. I took him in, of course. For the time being the cat is staying in Jenny’s bedroom, quarantined to make sure he’s not ill. But the little guy is tough. He’s also extremely cuddly, climbing my back with razor claws and rubbing a wet nose around the neck, purring, wanting his belly rubbed, etc. He’s taken a liking to me and the house. Not sure what to call him, I chose “Oreo”.
It’s difficult to say where Oreo came from. I suspect he is one of the many T.N.R. cats roaming the area. Strays are trapped, neutered, and released back to the wild in an effort to curb the population. About 1/4 inch of one ear is clipped to identify that it was originally a feral feline. The spay ‘n’ neuter clinic tried to do that to Jennifer and I said “No way!” (She’s got a tattooed back spot on the skin of her ear for that reason.) As of Tuesday night (December 18), I have a home lined up for Oreo unless someone claims him. Based on the description, a close friend said if the kitty is that affectionate, we’re going to call him “Romeo”. In any case, he’s one darned lucky little kitty boy.
The other two fuzzy friends, Duke and Jenny, are doing well as we head into the holidays. They’re both keeping me busy and well taken care of. The holidays aren’t easy for a person who lives alone. But with work and all, the time is passing by quickly. Though the house looks like a tornado hit a Cabella’s clearance aisle, other places are looking more festive… as you can see below.
For now it’s a matter of mulling over plans over Christmas. I have to work on Christmas Eve until 2PM but might spend a night outdoors for fun. A good friend brought a pheasant to McDonald’s the other day. I’m debating roasting it over coals or stuffing and baking it, etc. In any case, there will be a good meal and warm night’s sleep somewhere.
For now it’s off to the evening destination. The work camping is pretty much down to a science now.. I usually watch TV with the propane heater on till about 10 or so and then crawl in the warm sleeping bag. When it’s time to get up in the morning the Mr. Heater Little Buddy is run long enough to warm things up so one can get dressed in comfort. The only thing missing is a cat or two… and yes, it does get very lonely at times. I relish the nights spent with the fur babies at home.
Well, take care and thanks for visiting! I hope everyone has a great time with their friends and family in the coming days. Stay safe!
Brad, Jenny, Duke, and Oreo
Jones County, Iowa
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