Friday, September 20, 2013

A Bit Of A Catch Up

It is a bit sad to do so but I refer to the year of 2013 as the year of the plague, sounds horrible but with five deaths in the family one begins to wonder.  Last week dare I say but great aunt Lorainne passed, yep that makes an even six....ho boy!  Aunt Lorainne was well into her 90,s maybe even 100 I just didn't have the nerve to ask.  Our immediate family are all doing quite well, the Little Terrorists all starting school except Lucifer....I mean Lucy.  Dear sweet Little Lucy who started her "terrible two's" at about, she will be two this Christmas.

Yes, that is our Lucy on the right

School makes it hard for MeMa and I to see much of the five grandchildren, but we still have soccer filled Saturdays and MeMA watches or chases Lucy every Thursday.
MeMa and my father are driving to Phoenix Arizona this Saturday as my twin brother is having the mass and celebration of life after for his late partner Tony.  Since I spent the week with him just after Tony's passing I decided to stay here.
The creatures here at Menagerie Manor are all doing fairly well.  Maxwell the cat is fifteen and unfortunately is on the downside of age and health and I fear one morning soon we will not be greeted by his insistence for his morning bowl of meat.  We try to make him as comfortable as possible until that end.  The "Little Nazi" Sophie still chooses to ignore the rules of the house, especially the one of no dogs on the furniture.......
"I am invisible"

Miss Betty is doing great and zooms everywhere in her splashy red cart and wheels with Popeye close by.  Popeye always a brick short of a full load still finds Betty's cart fascinating as though it was a new and amazing thing.


When he gets a bit out of line Miss Betty sets him straight.
The canaries are finishing with their moult and starting to sing again

With the approach of fall weather the koi are getting fat, ready for their long winter hibernation.

 Though the gardens at Menagerie Manor are looking a bit sad due to our absence, the greenhouse occupants are flourishing from the large orchids...... the little cacti seedlings.
Soon we will be filling all available space in the greenhouse with winter tender plants such as everything below in the "Yuma Garden".


Our banana pathway sports some real giants this year, it will be a shame to see them die down in winter but with next springs arrival they will be even larger.

The chicken house has now been turned solely into a garden house and with the addition of this very sturdy steel shelving unit and MeMa's supervision it is quite a tidy outcome

 I even made use of the old nest boxes.

So even with all the adversity that life can throw in our path....we carry on.


  1. In wet weather, it must be odd having paw prints and wheel marks around the house!

    1. It is the skid marks and the missing paint on every corner and every doorway as she speeds through the house.

  2. nice to hear from you Doc. sorry to read your year of sorrow but I see life is giving you a lot of joy to make up for it.

  3. Phew, we did have a lot of catch up to do. Now let's settle into a nice winter.

  4. Your photos are wonderful. Sorry to hear about another loss in the family.
    *hugs* ♥

  5. PLEEEEZE tell me you tidied your shed just for the photo; you make me feel very inadequate!

    I'm so pleased to hear of Miss Betty's progress. I send her a few tickles and strokes.

    1. Miss Betty was sitting next to me as I laughed at the first part of your comment so I gave her your tickles and strokes. Sorry Crow the shed has looked like that for two weeks now, I am married to a neat freak and I guess it has rubbed off on me after the last 40 years.

  6. It has been some time since I dropped by Doc. I am so sorry to hear of the sorrows you have had in 2013. I lost my Great Aunt just last week. She lived a long life, at 98 she saw more than most of us will.

    I enjoyed seeing the pics of the menagerie you have! They do keep you smiling, I bet.

    Have a good week Doc!