Friday, 13 December 2019

trailcam tales

I'm always surprised when I compare the day vs. night photos. In the 2nd photo, see how the deer keeps her ears down. Sometimes we get deer hanging out in winter, and one, not part of the family, hangs nearby.

I love those selfies!!!

The raccoons are out and about, as well.

I love these twins. One in front, the other trailing behind.

We've been having Lake Effect Snow, ribbons of snow picking up moisture from the Great Lakes. Snow showers, with the sun making the snow sparkle. I just thought this was pretty.

snow from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

We expect some freezing rain tomorrow. Perhaps 25 - 30 mm, although they do tend to overestimate. We shall see.

I'm on the mend, the cough is some better, but JB is still coughing hard. I whipped out to the restaurant and picked up two orders of fish and chips for dinner. (After going to Carleton Place to fetch some supplies, I was baffed.) We saved half of our meal, and have enough for another meal! The tree lights were pretty in the dark. These are photos from my day trip. The first one is from the canoe rental place!

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Wind and weather, the home front

It's wonderful getting up in the morning. Three hungry cats love to lobby for breakfast. I feel so needed! The house is a mess, although I managed to vacuum yesterday. The kittens are getting accustomed to the noise. My priority isn't there. The kids were to come over for the weekend (we haven't celebrated Josee's 12th birthday yet), but we cancelled. We're just too sick.

This morning, Annabelle came into the bathroom with me. She played under the door with the kittens who park themselves outside, waiting patiently. In this photo, Annabelle is at Nutmeg's bowl, Nutmeg (right) is at Annabelle's diet food, and only Cinnamon is at the right spot, eating the rich kitten food.

This is our Christmas tree. The white lights were broken by the cats.

 I bought some $4.99 coloured lights, but the batteries died. I'm so disappointed. What did I expect from the drug store??!! They were fun.

tree lights from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

It's been a bit chilly.

Wednesday was quite windy. I went in for physio, then a quick grocery shop. I was exhausted afterwards. Poor JB has a huge cough, still. Mine is lessening. The poor man had to sit up in the chair for a couple of hours overnight, just as I did a couple of weeks ago. This bug is really awful. He's run through his antibiotics, so it's difficult to tell if it's still pneumonia or if it's just viral. He has another appointment with our GP for Monday.

Last time JB was out shopping, Nov. 20, he bought tissues. We're going through them like mad. Normally, I use handkerchiefs, but tough times call for tough measures!

We had a skiff of snow. The wind just whipped it across the road. This is the dashcam.

windy day from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Today I drive to Carleton Place to pick up some more of JB's supplements. It's a lovely, sunny day. Good thing.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Cinnamon, bucks, raccoons

This is Cinnamon! He's yawning, lying on my grandmother's quilt. It's a tough life.

He escaped into the garage yesterday. I know we have mice in there. Then, trying to get him in, Nutmeg joined him. Later, bringing in wood, he escaped out the back door.

This is before our melt.


Watch for the eyeballs on the left. They have such spirit, climbing just for fun.

raccoons from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Then, all melted in the rain.

They are still after our pumpkins. Two handsome bucks.

Next, a cold front roared in. This was a shock this morning.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Out and about, trailcam

This is pretty normal for November, but it is December!

We had a couple mm rain.
We anticipate snow later, as well as a flash freeze.

We are making progress with our health. We're still not great and we took another week off from volunteering. I had physio for my hip in the morning.
I ordered groceries online, to pick up after physio. Caitlin mentioned, and I'd thought of it, but forgotten about this service. You place the order, and drive up to the specially marked parking spots, they bring your groceries out to you.

I felt so guilty making Cornelia pick my groceries up for me. It's silly. I think we're about the same age. I'm still coughing, and I"m sure they wouldn't want me in the store, though. Plus, look at the nice card! She phoned me around 9 a.m., and clarified a couple of items, one they didn't have. It was such nice service!

Here I am on camera, blowing my nose!

I love the shining eyes in the night.

It's been so mild, the raccoons are awake. They doze in the very cold weather.

Monday, 9 December 2019

Kitten juggling

Sady (2005 - 2015)
Our new kittens look so much like Sady!
 Everyone loves the couch!

I popped into the vet to get some more kitten food. They are hungry critters. The technician told me that the woman who found them said she found them curled up together at the side of the road. She put them in the back of her car, and they curled up together, again. I am so happy with them. We are having fun.

They like the office, too. That's another quilt of my gramma's, on the rocker, where I used to breastfeed my children. My kids are 34, 36 and 40 years old this year!

We had a bit of an incident. I was in bed reading. Annabelle came over for a mush on the bed. She sort of nibbled my hand, which was unusual. She moved to the end of the bed.As they have been doing, the kittens were climbing the mirror in the corner of our bedroom. The wicker is quite compelling, they tell me.

Cinnamon was watching, cheering his sister on, or up. Nutmeg went flying up the mirror, Annie leapt off the bed and went after her. I was worried, but Nutmeg went back to playing. Annabelle took off. I talked to JB about it, and he suggested that Annie thought they were fighting. She loathes fighting and always interferes. She is so gentle, and really could care less about the kittens being here. The last time we took Sady to the vet, she had cancer, Sady fought us. Annabelle came rushing over.

Next morning, we were in the kitchen, waiting for breakfast, and Annabelle head butted Nutmeg. As if Nutmeg would give her food! They are getting to trust Annabelle, the big girl. 

They seemed to want more food. First, Cinnamon held his own. Then Nutmeg took over. Annabelle tried to stare her down. She failed. Nutmeg wouldn't budge. 
(Do you like the magnetic scrabble letters on the fridge? The grandies love to rearrange them.)

I put on our December tablecloth. Nutmeg approves. sigh.

So far, the creche figures are OK. Penguin guards them.

They like their old bedroom window, where they watch the birds. I moved the litter box out of the room, Annabelle was using it. I set it at the top of the stairs for one day. Then moved it to the foot of the stairs. Then, I moved it to where the other little boxes sit. No accidents. All is good.

Meantime, Nutmeg gets right into my plant, again!

Sunday, 8 December 2019

It might be a long winter!

Well, things are easing up here. Our colds are running their course. It's a long, slow process, though, with some setbacks. We're really taking it easy. Any exercise, and my lungs fill up. We've booked off sick next week, too. Hooray for sports and TV movies. Oh, and Angry Birds! My competitors are quite busy these days doing other things. I actually won a game!

I love data. I'm most often 2nd place.

I have to do groceries, but not on the weekend. I have to send some parcels, as well. Monday morning I'll get going. Maybe.

Trailcam Tales

This trailcam has begun to have issues. The button you push to open the battery holder is rusty. Seriously.

I've switched it from video to still photos.

Watch as she gets closer!

The better trailcam captured a doe walking by, closely followed by our buck. I think he is waiting for her to get into heat. Rutting season isn't over, yet! They are in heat for only 24 hours.

buck and doe from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Road trip

I went to the auction house, again. It was Thursday, and I left at 3 p.m. I can't tell you what I bought, but three similar things for our three girls (Caitlin, Josephine –who turns 12 on Monday, and Isabelle). They were open from 4 - 6 p.m. for pick up.

It was a lovely drive, with lots of homes decorated for Christmas, and others that just look interesting.

I picked up a double order of fish and chips and ceasar salad for dinner. It lasted us two days. Yippee!
It's been cold, and getting colder then warmer. Weird weather patterns.

I'm wondering if I should clean off the driveway. There is some snow on the way. It's all going to melt, though. Sigh. I might just save my energy.