Ginger bug, skunk visits, and progress!

Ginger let me take his picture this morning! 🙂

Then he promptly tried to catch and eat my phone. 😀

I’m happy to say that, for a past couple of night, we have not been closing the other cats out, and have found Ginger curled up and snoozing with other cats. He’s always been more laid back about accepting other cats, and now it looks like the other cats have gotten used to their new family member. 🙂

Unfortunately, other critters are getting used to things.

When the girls went outside to drop the bags of litter into a bin we have for them, they found THREE skunks in the kibble house! If things were warm enough to have a hose out, we would spray them with water from a distance, but that is not yet an option. My daughter tried to shoo them away with a stick, but they just ignored her. They didn’t even threaten to spray. The little one even ignored her when she actually poked at him with the stick!

We’re going to have to leave less kibble out for the outside cats, since they’re not finishing it all during the day, and the skunks are starting to rely on it as a source of food.

Oh, my goodness!!! I just got interrupted while writing this, and I am so excited!!!

I called about the garden soil this morning. I was expecting a call back, to arrange for one of the guys to come by and figure out where to drop the soil off. Before then, I’d called to have our septic tank emptied, and the drive wanted to do that right away, while the ground it still hard, so I had gone ahead to open the gate for him. Instead of the septic guy, we had someone else come knocking on the door about the garden soil.

We walked around and I showed him the easy one, first; in the outer yard, near where we will be building the permanent raised beds in the future. For this year’s garden, however, I was right. They won’t be able to get their truck under the tree branches to where I had hoped the soil could go. I showed him an alternate area I was thinking of, and that one works out perfectly. There is a gate to the garden in the fence there, and they can use our secondary driveway to come right in to it.

Then he said they could deliver it today.

!!!

The ground is still frozen, which makes it better for the trucks.

When I mentioned I didn’t have cash on hand to pay for it, he brushed it off and told me I could swing by and pay for it later.

!!!

So we now have both gates open and waiting for very large trucks to come through! 🙂

I am just thrilled!

Okay, back to topic. Where was I?

Ah, the skunks. LOL

When I headed out to do my rounds this morning, I saw the skunks had been after more than kibble.

This is near the kibble house and cat shelter. I’m not sure what they were digging for, this early in the spring, but I guess they found something!

I’m a bit disheartened by how dry the soil is, though, even with most of yesterday’s snow melted away.

Heading into the outer yard, I was watching the large numbers of birds in the pile of branches when I noticed a patch of ground that looked different.

Here, at least, the ground is a bit moister. There used to be a large pile of snow, pushed up by a tractor when our driveway was kindly cleared for us. That snow finally melted away only recently.

Well, that area now has a pile of soil beside it! The first load was just delivered!

The next load should be here in about 20 minutes, so I’d better get my butt off the computer. 🙂

The Re-Farmer

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