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Archive for the ‘Cats/Kittens’ Category

Clearing Spaces

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on May 31, 2011


A shot of Downtown Fort Kent

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In preparation for a move, we have been clearing spaces. First, I have been going through things and deciding what is no longer necessary. It is not always easy to get rid of things, but it becomes necessary over time.

It took us two days to clear and clean the garage at my sisters, upstairs and down. There was a lot to be done, but we managed to finish everything as we all worked together: My sister and I, my daughter Zowie and Sheila’s two sons. All of the work has paid off, and I now have a place for the belongings that I will bring with me, as well as an office area to work in and a place for all of my gardening stuff.

The current project here at the trailer is going through all of Skye’s stuff, and packing what she will bring up to Fort Kent. She will be picking all of this stuff up this week. She will also be bringing her cat up there with her. I will miss Zander, but he will be fine with Skye.

So this means that I will be bringing just 5 cats with me when I move.

Shannon

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Mini Homestead Happenings for 11/07/2010

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on November 7, 2010


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Yes, I have been away a long time. In all honesty, I really wasn’t following my homestead goals here in 2010. Thus far, anyway. I had been ill, for about 4 years. This year, it all caught up to me and I had a much needed surgery on August 4th. And I feel 100% better now. Yay!

There was then a recovery period, that I got through with the help of my daughter (Zowie), my neice (Carlee) and my mom. I cannot express my appreciation to them fully, because I just do not know how.

Now that I am fully recovered, and have had time to catch up on some things financially by working my butt off as a freelance writer. I am back here on this blog. I have missed it.

It is time to begin again with the homestead learning process, to be prepared for when I am able to acquire a piece of land. This is where I am right now:

  • Hanging from hooks in my living room and kitchen, I have three types of herbs drying: Rosemary, parsley and sage. These smell divine, and will soon be placed into small canning jars to be used in cooking this winter.
  • I have some garlic stored.
  • I have cleaned out the candle jars of their wax, in order to make the recycled candles for people. These are gifts that I give at the holidays. The jars themselves need to be cleaned.
  • I am now feeding the cats solely human food. No cat food for them. They are much healthier now. Tigerr, who was always so sick, is rarely ever sick any more. And Fae’s skin has cleared up most of the way.
  • My nephew Isaiah, who is now 13, did some yard work for me a couple of weeks ago, and organized the shed pretty well. I have a few things to put away, and I have an area of banking to fix on the trailer, then I am set for winter.
  • I have acquired a NuWave oven and a Juicer so that I am eating healthier. This, on top of surgery, has allowed me to lose a significant amount of weight. And I am still losing.
  • I updated the side bars and pages to this site yesterday, to give my readers an idea of how my life has changed over the course of this year.

On a professional level, my career is going well.

  • I am still writing for Demand Media Studios, which brings in the bulk of my income.
  • I have updated the Frugal Recipes blog to better reflect how I am currently eating, and concentrates on a healthier diet. I now write the Frugal Food column on Experts123 as well. Currently, I have also authored 4 eCookBooks, the links to which can be found in the right side bar.
  • My articles can be found on eHow.com, GardenGuides.com, Suite101.com and Assciated Content. I have posted some as links on the left sidebar.
  • I also have 3 housekeeping books that I am selling. Again, look in the right sidebar for more information. And I have numerous eBooks, Mini eBooks, Special Reports and eCourses that I am offering to those desiring freelance careers of their own. These can be found on my storefront.

Wow! It has been a crazy two years building this freelance writing career. I enjoy every minute of it.

Anyway, be expecting new posts now that life is back to normal. It is time to start planning for next years’ garden, and to learn about ways to preserve the bounty that I will harvest.

Shannon

 

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Cats’ Stew # 2

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on January 30, 2010


This is the second stew that I made for my cats, and they loved it as they did the first recipe. I do not really measure ingredients. I just sort of throw everything into a pot. and boil for 45 minutes to an hour.

Ingredients:

water

liquid from a roasted chicken (we made the chicken for our dinner yesterday)

2 celery stalks, chopped

chopped tomatoes

1/2 bag frozen carrots

1 leftover potato, chopped

leftover chicken and chicken skin

  • Just throw everything into a pot.
  • Cook until celery is mushable.
  • Take the potato masher to it some, but not completely.
  • Allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Serve in a big bowl or two.
  • Refrigerate the rest.
  • If the cats won’t eat it in two days, freeze the rest.

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Cats’ Stew #1

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on January 23, 2010


This is the first stew that I made for my cats, and they loved it. I do not really measure ingredients. I just sort of throw everything into a pot and boil for 45 minutes to an hour.

Ingredients:

water

vegetable stock

2 celery stalks, chopped

some mashed sweet potato

some mashed squash

1/2 bag frozen carrots

2 tbsp olive oil

leftover chicken and chicken skin

  • Just throw everything into a pot.
  • Cook until celery is mushable.
  • Take the potato masher to it some, but not completely.
  • Allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Serve in a big bowl or two.
  • Refrigerate the rest.
  • If the cats won’t eat it in two days, freeze the rest.

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Mini Homestead Happenings for 1/16/2010

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on January 16, 2010


Just wanted to note that we are researching natural cat care in an effort to take better care of our fury family members. All 6 of them. If anyone has any tips, we are open to hearing about them.

I have made two stews for the cats, which I will post one per week over the next couple of weeks. I hope your fury friends enjoy them as much as mine do.

Shannon

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Mini Homestead Happenings 11/29/2009

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on November 29, 2009


I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. While my daughters and I do not celebrate the old Thanksgiving, we do celebrate all that we are thankful for: Food, shelter, warmth, family and friends.

We have spent some time preparing for winter. We cleaned out much of the junk from under the trailer, left by previous owners, cleaned up the yard, banked the trailer and closed up windows.

Oil has been delivered, and we have a little food stocked. Not a lot, as funds have been limited this year. But enough to feed us a couple of weeks.

Moxie kitty has gone home to her mama. My friend was able to procure a small apartment, and she brought Moxie home to it last week. We miss Moxie, here, but she is safe and well cared for.

Our cats have their winter coats, and they are settled in for the winter. The two who go out during good weather, but do not like winter.

Zowie needs boots, and we will get them next month. We are all set with coats and such. I purchased us gloves last month.

The furnace runs at 65* during the day, 70* in the evening for showers and such, and at about 55* at night. This will take place all winter, and we will turn the furnace off as soon as we can next spring.

Zowie is doing just fine in school, and has her college applications and essays in. We are hoping for a good school. She wants to major in Psychology, and eventually work with adolescents.

I am working at my writing career, and building it up nicely.

How do homesteaders prepare for winter? I am interested in learning about all of the necessities involved. I will add this information to my homestead notebook for future reference.

Warmest Wishes,

Shannon

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Just Sharing

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on October 19, 2009


Hello! Just wanted to share my The Green Mom column articles with you.

Happy Reading!

Shannon

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Mini Homestead Happening for 8/3/2009

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on August 3, 2009


I just want to reiterate that I am so happy to have my water back! I cannot tell you how much easier it makes things, especially when cleaning is involved.

I used to have to wash clothes by hand because I couldn’t afford to use the Laundromat. I can still do this, and had to while there was no water, but it is one of least favorite things to do. I love having my washing machine!!!!

Zowie is back from Upward Bound for the rest of the summer. She starts school, her senior year, on September 1st. It is good to have her home now, as we won’t see her that much once she starts school again.

Yesterday, she and I went for a walk. She took some photographs of me. I need a few ‘professional’ profile photographs for my writing sites, and I think that we got a few that will work.

My friend is going through a divorce. Right now she is staying with family who do not want animals at their place. her husband agreed to keep her three cats there until she found her own place. He was neglecting them, and had them living in gross kitty waste surroundings, which (naturally) upset her. He gave her two weeks to get her two cats out. She took all 3 a few days ago, and either he doesn’t care that Peanut Butter was taken as well, or he just hasn’t noticed yet. Oh, well. He wasn’t taking care of them anyway, and it was gross.

So, one friend took Peanut Butter and will keep him, and I agreed to take the other two until she can afford her own place. She is buying their food and litter.

Of course, I already have six cats of my own, and we are living in this trailer, but things are working out just fine.

Shannon

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Mini Homestead Happenings for 3/21/2009

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on March 21, 2009


I have been working both inside and outside of the home, helping a friend organize her home, helping another friend move. I have been very busy indeed.

Zander (another cat) is back home with us. We are thankful for that. We missed him while he was living with his mom. She had to move into a place where she can’t have him, so we get him back!

I am busily trying to build this freelance writing career, so I am absent from other computer stuff on occasion. Never fear, I will always come back!

Zowie may need a diet change due to health issues. I will let you know more about our concerns after her next gynecologist visit.

I still haven’t found the time to make my curtains, but I am holding out hope.

Hope you are all doing well.

Loving the weather!

Shannon

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Mini Homestead Happenings for 3/9/2009

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on March 9, 2009


Do you have cats? We have five. We love them like family, rather than pets. We spoil the heck out of them. Often, I have 5 cats sleeping on my bed with me, and they will even cuddle up with us when we are watching a movie.

These cats come in handy when there are mice about. Even though they are indoor cats. When a poor little mouse enters the trailer, it is tortured and killed. The cats are very happy about this torturing of the poor little creatures.

They will make great barn cats some day.

Of course, it is not always easy to work.write with 5 cats around. When they are in the mood for attention, they will not be satisfied until the get the love they are looking for. This means that they will sit directly on my keyboard when I am trying to work.

I am working on getting 10,000 or more steps in a day. I managed to do this three out of the last five days, by walking double the miles that I usually do. I have lost 50 pounds so far, figuring that I will be able to work a homestead better if I lose some pounds.

I have been eating a lot of salads and fruits, and less carbs. Carbs are not my friend.

Shannon

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