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The Tale of Two Tails Part 2

The Tale of Two Tails Part 2

So where was I… Oh yes, so this cat seemed really hungry and seemed to really enjoy being around. This cat helped me somehow feel a bit better. My kids started to notice their mom talking to something.  I told them this cat must have been eating Lucy’s food I was putting out.

The cat came to visit daily. It was such a sweetheart! We began to call it a she. My daughter even named her Tulip.  I thought we should name her Faith. Because she seemed to have this amazing amount of faith to win us over and make her our own! The kids absolutely loved this cat!  What a great change! We actually had a cats affection and she wanted to hang around us!

We put an add in a few garage sale sites in our area to see if Tulip belonged to a family already. I even stuck a note on her collar. We never heard from anyone. So we pretty much decided we were going to keep Tulip. So guess who decided to show back up? Yep, one day I heard a whine that sounded vaguely familiar. I looked out the window facing the cornfield and see a wee little face peeking through! It was Lucy! Thank God my Lucy was finally home! We were all so excited to see her! But what about the new cat we just about entered into our collection of pets? The kids were a bit disappointed now. The two cats didn’t get along. I should say Lucy couldn’t get along! And now we got this great experience of having an affectionate cat!

Now please remember, I am from the suburbs near Chicago. So if this cat of ours was going to come back in the house and lay on my bed etc., she was going to need a bath! So we gave her a bath, got her nice and clean. Now we need to figure out what we are going to do about these cats!

We decided to take care of both cats.  Since Lucy was our cat, after all, she would come back in the house and stay. Tulip would be well taken care of outside. She seemed to survive alright outside as a farm cat. There were farm buildings she seemed to somehow get into if she needed to get away from the cold and wind.  We would take Tulip to the vet and make sure she would be healthy and safe to be around! We didn’t pick her up or get too close because we didn’t know if she had something we could catch.  So I was anxiously awaiting to be able to cuddle with this cat!

A week before or so we took Tulip to the vet, a neighbor of mine who I hadn’t met yet came over.  We talked about how we were homesteading, her horses, flowers and etc. Then Tulip comes out and we introduce her to our neighbor who was visiting. She commented how nice it was. Then I can’t remember if I asked her to check Tulip’s private area or if she just said it. But she said it was a Tom Cat!! A male cat!

Oh man! We call this poor cat a girl’s name! Now, what do we do? The cat actually comes to his girl name! What do I tell the vet that his name is? I was feeling pretty stupid!  After going through some alterations to fix his name. We finally came up with Tu. I know it kinda sounds weird! But it has character! Right? I felt a little better after his vet check, the vet said he was neutered. So not too weird that I couldn’t tell!

As of today both cats are now outside barn cats. And both Tu and Lucy have adjusted themselves around each other. We had some more behavioral issues with Lucy and no one wanted a mean cat in their houses. She comes twice a day to my door and eats her food. She too sneaks into the farm buildings or our greenhouse. She has actually become a tad nicer and is a great mouser. Tu is a great cat! This past fall we had a huge scare! He was peeing blood! We took him to the vet and found out he had crystals blocking near his urinary tract. It was so scary! We thought we were going to have to put him down. Thankfully, we tried this food that is supposed to help. It has been an answer to prayer. Since we started the food there has been no more frequent urination and no blood. Praise God!

Tu hangs around when we are doing chores outside, comes to greet us when we come home, hangs on our window screen if he wants our attention,gets along with the chickens, ducks, and dogs! And he is good with the kids! He is also a great mouser.  Its pretty funny when I am gardening and he jumps on my back and just lays there on my back! He sneaks into the house a lot and tends to make himself comfy! I’m telling you must be that faith!

I hope you enjoyed this two part story blog of The Tale of the Two Tales! Its always an adventure here on the homestead!

The Tale of Two Tails Part 1

The Tale of Two Tails Part 1

Things on the homestead have been pretty busy. Puppies are doing good and growing so fast already! For this post though, I would like to tell you about our two cats on the homestead. I hope you enjoy the story!

A few years back I decided I wanted a cat around the house.  Being on a farm there tends to be field mice! Yuck! So I wanted to make sure we always were on top of not having mice in the house! So I tried to locate a kitten near. I quickly came across one! A few towns over from ours another fellow homesteader’s neighbor had a litter of kittens. The fellow homesteader had already adopted a cute calico kitty from the litter. But there were a few black ones and one black and white one left. I decided on the black and white one even though I wasn’t thrilled with the color. But to my surprise in a later message from the Homesteader, she was having allergy issues and was going to let me take the pretty medium haired calico kitty! I was so excited! It was close to Christmas time so I had planned to gift the kitty to my kids for our family gift. So a few days later or so I picked up the cute little kitty! The kids were thrilled to open her as a present! She was so tiny and precious looking! We called her Lucy after the Chronicles of Narnia!

I should have seen from the signs the Kitty was giving us that she wasn’t going to be a very nice cat! Now may this be an ole wives’ tale, but I later looked up Calico cats and it said they can be known to be feisty!  Lucy became very crabby as she grew and not very friendly! She would scratch the kids, growl, pee in the basement floor (and no, she didn’t have a problem with her urinary tract), and hiss.  Oh, and I forgot to add she scratched up our living room couch and chair! Note to future cat owners ~ Don’t get leather couches if you decide to not de claw your cats!

She would occasionally seek attention from my hubby though! Now I will give her the benefit of the doubt here and say this may be because she was a feral kitty.  But we were so disappointed! I especially wanted a cuddly purring kitty to love and to love me in return. So we dealt with this kitty for almost a year!

And then one day she was no where to be found! We were so worried! Sure she was a bad kitty to us but she had grown on us and we had no idea where she was! Was she hurt? Was she eaten by a coyote? Was she picked up by someone? Or had she been ran over by a car?

We tried everything to get her back and had found out that cats will try to escape and make a family.  And they usually come back. I was really praying and counting on the coming back part! I had tried putting food around the homestead and even putting her own food bowl outside. Thought it might attract her back some how. I was putting food out would somehow attract her back.  One day, I was putting more food out one day and I heard a sound coming from the cornfield. Was it my sweet kitty? Something was making its way out of the cornfield and right before my eyes a big faced cat came slowly out!  Oh, I sighed, You’re not my kitty. I began to lightly sob now. And suddenly I began talking to this cat!                                                                                                                                                    “Have you seen my kitty? She ran away and I’m so worried about her.”

This cat was a lot bigger than my cat. It had almost a lion type of face. And began eating the food I left out. The lion cat had one ear that had some damage to it. I wasn’t sure why.  I was thinking maybe he had frostbite at one time. He seemed like a friendly cat and certainly seemed hungry! Did he run away from his or her house? Did someone just drop him or her off? Or was she or he a distant neighbor cat I hadn’t seen before? Who’s cat was this?

This is the first part of this story. The best is yet to come, so make sure you read my next blog.Lucy

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The Forgotten Recipe Box

The Forgotten Recipe Box

I have fond memories of my mother’s recipe box.  A treasured box filled with index cards. These cards were handwritten or typed on a typewriter. I love to look at my mother’s and grandmother’s hand writing! Long ago a recipe box was a house wife’s go to for dinners, holidays, scrumptious desserts and etc. These boxes were past down to generations. Recipes were shared amongst friends too. They brought stories to the recipes and even different cultures to family recipes. Now a days it seems like the recipe box has been forgotten. A lot of people I know rarely seem to cook from recipe cards. Now and then when they get the urge to cook or bake they go to Pinterest. They rarely actually bake it and if they do they hope for the best.
About a few weeks ago or so I picked a bucket full of dandelion weeds and made dandelion jelly. It was my second time making dandelion jelly. I love it! If you have never tried it before it tastes a little bit like honey. I plan on putting this recipe in my recipe box. I hope my daughter will make it someday for her family too. It’s delicious! Check out my blog post on dandelions.

I recently came across the new crave recipe for Cloud bread. The recipe only has three ingredients! Cloud bread has eggs, cream cheese, and cream of tartar. That’s it! It turned out pretty good! It did however have an egg like taste, but I used a little bit of salt in my second batch. The salt made the bread taste much better. The kids loved the bread too! I was happy because 1) It doesn’t have flour, 2) I’m looking for egg recipes (We recently have been blessed with lots of eggs from our layers.) 3) The bread doesn’t take long to bake! I will definitely be putting this recipe in my recipe box. If you would like the recipe send me an email or contact me on Facebook.  I’d love to share this recipe with you!

I encourage you to try new and old recipes. Baking can be so rewarding! So let’s bring back the forgotten recipe box. And let’s pass these treasured priceless heirlooms to generations and generations!  Please enjoy looking at my photos. God bless!