Tweety birds are back

The finches have returned to my backyard. They are fun to watch and we like their sweet little tweets. There are 3 birdies in the photo, but I’ve seen 6 birdies at one time!

Finches at bird feeder

For more than a year, the finches have been chased away by the obnoxious Scrub Jays (they’re the west coast version of Blue Jays). We removed the jays’ nesting places and enclosed the blueberries so they can’t eat them. We also stopped using feeders that the jays can get seed out of.

We purchased another pretty feeder like the one on the left. We’ll put it up and move the mesh bag feeder to another location so the birds will have lots of places to feed in my yard.

Welcome back little birdies! You are my favorite bird tv channel.

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Supervising housework

I helped Mom do some cleaning in my bedroom. She said you have to remove the heavy drawers from the dresser before moving it, and I agreed that was a good idea.

Raven in dresserI couldn’t supervise her vacuuming the living room because I refuse to be near the noisy sucky monster. As you can see, she forgot to put my crinkle paper back on the floor next to my scratcher. I had to sit under the table to rest on my crinkle paper pile. She fixed the problem (after taking my photo).

Raven under table

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A Day of Good News

I had the 3-month recheck of my thyroid hormone levels and I’m happy to report that my hyperthroidism has been cured! The radioiodine treatment I had in March was stressful, but it worked. Now I just need a regular annual recheck to make sure my thyroid stays healthy.

I got nervous today when Mom put on her shoes and walked towards me. Since I’ve taken too many trips to the vets this year, I feared I was headed there again and ran under the bed. Mom felt awful because she only  wanted to say bye to me before she ran some errands. When she returned, I greeted her at the door with lots of love and meows.

To reward my bravery and forgiveness, she took me outside. I wandered a bit, saw some birds, and then lounged in the shade. Here I am relaxing in one of my favorite spots.
Raven lounging outside

I had fun getting topsy-turvy and rolling around a bit. Raven lounging outside

In other good news, the cat next door has gone to live at the Mom’s house. She’ll be much happier there without a dog sibling. That worked out well.

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Gifts for our new kitty neighbor.

cat perch and toys

We left some gifts on the porch for our new kitty neighbor. This is a strange situation but let me explain.

The 18-year old who just moved in next door asked us if we wanted her cat. We declined because Raven will not appreciate a kitty housemate.

You’re probably thinking, “Your new neighbor asked if you wanted their cat?” Yes, and No. This family lived next door when we moved here. When she was young, the girl used to come over and play with our dog, so she know we love pets. They moved across town, some life stuff happened, and now they’ve moved back. The girl and a college girlfriend are living there until her Mom can join them – maybe – part time.

She’s trying to do the right thing by keeping the indoor/outdoor kitty inside and safe. But kitty is afraid of the exuberant young retriever dog (the favored pet) and the gal thinks it will be best to find kitty a new home. I sigh, but my husband thinks she’s overwhelmed and trying to be a responsible almost-adult without quite enough support.

So, we’re doing what we can to offer support and encouragement. We visited kitty, who is stressed at having been in a new home for less than 24 hours. She’s safe in a large master bedroom/bathroom with her food & water, litter, a kitty bed tucked in a corner, and a few toys. Kitty is very friendly and ventured out to visit us. The room doesn’t have any furniture so we helped move an existing perch into the bedroom so kitty can get off the floor.

We went to the pet store and got another perch, a cardboard scratcher, and a wand toy. We suggested the gal hang out in the bedroom a few times a day to play with kitty, and maybe get a radio to play some music.

It’s been only a few hours, and she’s already sent me some photos of kitty in the new perch. She looks like she’s enjoying it and it’s much better than cowering in a corner.

kitty on perchkitty on perch

Whether everyone adjusts to their new home or kitty finds a new family, hopefully everything will turn out ok. We’ll continue to be available to lend an ear and offer support. And the window in the photo looks across to one of our windows, so we may be able to see kitty if she’s sitting in her perch. It will be interesting to see how Raven reacts if she sees kitty in the neighbor’s window.  I’m guessing there will be a very loud kitty meeeyyooooowlll.

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