1. Yes, English ivy is poisonous for cats. Respiratory difficulty, coma and death in the worse cases.

  2. Very nice photos of the two fur babies. Charlie looks so pensive and I like how Ivy is looking directly into the camera. Beautiful creatures, both.

    I’ve never had any luck with English Ivy as a house plant either. Have you ever tried Swedish Ivy? I have had a plant for over twenty years. It is much more forgiving than the English. It looks quite different, though, with brighter, shiney scalloped leaves. It will tell you when it needs water as the leaves will look dull. I don’t know, however, whether it is poisonous to any pets. Mine has always been up out of the reach of the cats we’ve had.

    Snowing here tonight. Pretty flakes floating down when I came home from the library. Don’t know how much we’re supposed to get. Guess I’ll see in the morning!

    Does Charlie have a Winter coat? If you got him a really warm one he could wear that and his little socks and go riding with you and stay warm. Just an idea.

  3. I think I mentioned the Acorn TV and it sounds as if you like if for the same reasons that I do, quality drama with actors who don’t look as if they came from a cookie cutter, normal looking people. I am watching Heartland, which I’m sure you recommended and am really enjoying it. Again, a quality show. I stopped watching regular tv completely.

  4. Ivy is such a beautiful cat! My Athena does the same thing, although she picks and chooses her toys, favoring her ball that jingles and mousies. She must just dip her paw in and scoop out what she wants to play with!
    She is roaming the house right now meowing and meowing for all she is worth!
    I’ll have to check out Acorn! I look forward to your updates on the English Ivy, I can’t grow it worth beans-that and sage.
    Blessings on the rest of your week, stay warm…it’s 30 degrees here in North Texas, brrr!!!

  5. Maybe you should get Charlie a warm sweater to wear when he has to go out in the cold temperatures. Just an idea.

  6. Every ivy I have tried to grow inside ends up with spider mites. I sometimes wonder if they don’t come with the eggs in the soil. Outside the house is another matter-we need to constantly keep it cut back because here in wooded South Carolina the roaches like to live in it. It’s changed my perception of ivy, to be sure.

  7. I love this post! and the pictures of little Charlie and Ivy.
    they just make my heart feel happy! xoxo

  8. Our Heidi Belle was a night owl too. I tried to keep her awake during the day so she would sleep at night. Have you ever tried to make a cat do anything?

    I can’t grow indoor English ivy either. . I can’t grow Maidenhead fern which is my favorite. Pretty bad for a Master Gardener. . . .

  9. Good for you, Brenda, walking around the plants would lift anyone’s spirits. I had a good time in Trader Joe’s last week. Got a paper white in an hourglass glass jar. I am not a fan of the smell but they are pretty. I was wondering if I could use the glass with other bulbs. Any ideas? I want to take all the plants home with me. We live in Southern Maryland but in the colder months when we are lucky enough to take a trip to Florida that is where I but a bunch of plants. I am having bad luck with my peace lily. It makes me laugh to read up about it because it is supposed to be such an easy plant to grow. I’ve never had an luck growing mums either! I will check out the grocery stores for the reduced priced perennials that are done flowering. You need patience but I usually have good luck with them.

  10. Brenda I had the same problem finding Capo’s V. last month which I have always gotten at his vet, after checking with Chewy’s & Pet Med 1-800 to no avail I called Wal-Mart Pet RX. . They had it in stock at a lower price than at the vet. Great customer service, free shipping…I ordered a 3 month supply.

    1. This time I ordered the size that is twice what I need and it was in stock. I will cut them in half. Cheaper that way by far.

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