Every morning Ivy and/or Charlie wake me up. I let Charlie out, then Ivy is waiting with a swirly toy in her mouth ready to play a game of fetch.
It is so funny to watch her. She backs up and her eyes grow wide with anticipation. Just like a dog would in the same circumstances. She gets really still, waiting for me to throw it down the hallway.
Playing Fetch With Ivy:
I throw the swirly toy and you can’t imagine how fast that big cat can move. She often slides into furniture, but nothing deters her from getting that swirly toy.
I don’t know how much Ivy weighs now. About a year ago when she got her vaccinations updated she was I believe 14 pounds. I’d say she’s still around that. Maybe 15 pounds.
Above she is sunning herself in the morning sunlight coming through the storm door. Animals seem to love to do that, don’t they?
Charlie never liked to play with toys or play games. So he watches her but does not get into the groove. He probably thinks it’s silly for her to run through the apartment just to pounce on a swirly toy.
I’ve been trying to recall when Ivy started with this. When she first brought a swirly toy to me and I figured out that she wanted me to throw it. It’s been less than a year ago I think.
But now we play 3-4 games of fetch a day.
Cool October Morning:
This morning when Charlie and I went out it was quite cool. Yet it will probably get up into the high eighties if the forecast is correct.
I am looking forward to using my little portable fireplace in the months ahead. It feels so cozy in here curled up in my chair with the warmth it puts out. So pretty with the fake flames, even though they’re fake.
The house plants have all been cleaned up and brought inside. I am turning my attention to them now. They will get me through the winter until I can plant out on the patio again.
One of you asked me yesterday which plants I’ve had the most success with outside on the patio.
Outdoor Plants That Do Well Here:
I’d have to say that the zinnias do very well. As do various types of daisies and morning glories. There’s a yellow rose in a big container that I bought 3-4 years ago.
I believe I added the white clematis the first summer I lived here. Which has now been six and a half years.
Hostas have done great in the blue raised garden I added about four years ago. They are still putting out their tall white flowers right now.
I planted Lamb’s Ear either last year or this year. It has grown to about six times its original size. I think the trick was to get a bigger size, about a gallon container. Before I would get smaller ones and they died.
I plant lots of different types of herbs. And I have two trees on the patio in containers.
Let’s see…I planted alliums this year. I always plant sedums, though most come up on their own year after year.
The veggies that have performed the best in containers are cherry tomatoes, cucumbers from seed and various types of peppers.
I also like to have ornamental grasses in my garden because of the texture they add to the landscape.