It’s been a while since I had a whole crowd of cats and kittens following me around in the mornings, but now that Potato Beetle is back, he does tend to join me.
After breakfast, of course.
I was quite tickled to go into the sun room this morning and discover not only the adult cats waiting for me, but Broccoli and Chadicous, too! Even Junk Pile’s kittens were hanging around, though they kept running off anytime I came near.
Potato has a habit of trying to climb me when he wants attention. I managed to dodge him while opening up the trail cam to switch the card, so he climbed the post, instead.
The photo was taken the moment before he leapt onto my shoulders.
He did it again from the saw horse next to the summer squash, and the garden cam!
I have no idea where he’s been for the past few months, but he does seem happy to be back!
While checking the remains of the purple corn, something odd on one of the deer chomped cobs caught my eye, so I took a closer look.
A corn fungus had set in. I’ve seen a few people posting photos on gardening groups of this, asking what it is. Others got very excited about it. Apparently, this stuff is edible and very tasty.
I have no intention of finding out. 😀
Then there is something I checked on that I actually discovered yesterday.
The old kitchen was tacked onto the log cabin portion of the house at a later date. It has it’s own foundation with a crawl space under it, and it the only part of the house that is not on a basement.
That foundation has cracks in it. One of them is on the North side, near the septic tank.
Yesterday, I spotted wasps all over the area and realized they were going in and out of the crack.
Of course, getting picture of the actual wasps didn’t work out too well. LOL There is one in the shot, crawling through, where the arrow is pointing.
Last year, we had issues with wasps in the corner nearby, under the eaves where the old kitchen and the rest of the roof joined. It was bad enough to pick up wasp killer to get rid of them. So far, this nest hasn’t been a problem, but we will probably have to get rid of it before we get the septic tank emptied for the winter.
What this does tell me, though, is that the crack is open all the way through to the crawl space.
Which also tells me the old kitchen is sinking.
We did sort of know that already. We have seen that the sun room is shifting quite a bit, too – enough to affect the angles of the door, and crack windows.
There is so much major work that needs to be done on this house, it’s pretty discouraging. What should be done it to get it all fixed before things get worse and end up costing more, but we’re still looking at repairs and renovations probably costing more than the house is worth. Even if my entire family pooled our resources to fix up the home we grew up in, we couldn’t come up with enough.
We’ll just take care of what we can as we go along. I must say, though, a lottery win would sure come in handy right now! 😀