March 2017.

March 31, 2017.

It is warm and no snow. We’ve had it as high as 60 degrees! Of course it did not stick around for long, but the fact itself is pretty amazing 😉

Of course now I am kicking myself for not starting the seeds sooner, as it appears that we might have an early spring after all. On the other hand, it is nice to feel that you are doing something when you are ready,  and not because you have to. And I do have a feeling that I am getting very close to catching my tail after all. It is still too far for comfort, but I can see it getting closer 😉

One of the nice things that happened this month is that we bought a new couch and an armchair. Here is Phoebe on the chair, she likes it a lot. wp-1490730610644.jpg

It gave the whole living room a nice old english feeling with wood paneling abd ceiling beams. And added bonus is that Alice does not have to take allergy meds any more when she stays over, as leather does not get as dusty as the fabric. It feels nice to buy something new, we have lived off of Craigslist for so long!

So as far as seeds go, I started tomatoes, peppers, some herbs and flowers. Seriously downsizing this year to concentrate on other projects. It was heartbreaking not to sow all the tomatoes I wanted. And it will be more so not to plant all that came up.

Bees.  Please click on the link for an update.

It was nice today. I filled the pools for the ducks and threw the rest of our pumpkins for the piggers to play with. Circe liked it , I think.

And here is the bathroom wall being put up. Like I said, the tail is getting closer. We started making a short list of projects for every weekend we are off together, and were able to stick to it pretty good. The key word is ‘short’, so it is not overwhelming.wp-1489352658822.jpg

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The Doll page.

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February 2017.

February 28, 2017.


Since I don’ t like cut flowers, my dear husband got me this pretty little hyacinth for Valentine’s day.  I will try again this year to replant the bulb. Don’t have much luck with bulbs. Someone told me squirrels probable eat them. Well, it that case i don’t mind, but just in case I will put more food out for them, so my pretty little flower can grow 😉

As I was really sick on Valentine’ s, the only thing I was able to make for dessert was chocolate chip cookies and even they burnt a little. We had them warm with ice cream and fudge wp-1487124381473.jpg

wp-1488898181012.jpg Meyer lemon tree bloomed. The smell is unbelievable! It is very small and it seems to be wanting to make up for that with the wonderful scent 😉



This is our Nice jar. Every day we put a piece of paper with something nice that happened for the day. I think we’ve been keeping up pretty good since the first of the year.





Don’t recall the date, but here we are, cleaning the driveway! Well, here I am with the snow blower. Funny enough, we still don’t regret the move to Minnesota 😉


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January 2017.


January 31, 2017.

And here is the first month of the year already gone by. I would like this to be a positive blog post.

Alice turned 22 this month. As I was snowed in a few days ago and could not go to the store to buy ingredients for the cake she wanted (raspberry lemon), I had to make do with what we had. As the result we ended up with a very tasty and pretty looking three layer cake


As usual, we went shopping for her birthday. It has been the tradition for a long time . We usually do dinner as well, but this year we were all so tired, that were perfectly content with lunch and ice cream. When we got home we made Lazy Lasagna and had cake, of course



Apparently, on January 16th, 2011, we came out here to look at the house for the first time. There was someone’s car was stuck in the driveway and we had to walk up to the house knee deep in snow. The moldy carpet stank and bare logs in the basement ceiling made my jaw drop.

Frank said…well…I can’t put it in writing what exactly he had said about the house…But we ended up buying it after all  😉


The days are getting longer. It will be time to start the seeds soon. I must remember not to do a whole lot of them. This year should be a year of improvements in the garden, shed and fence building, project finishing and general betterment (is it a word?) of the property.


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We are responsible forever for what we have tamed.

The Little Prince: Chapter 21

So the little prince tamed the fox. And when the hour of his departure drew near–

“Ah,” said the fox, “I shall cry.”

“It is your own fault,” said the little prince. “I never wished you any sort of harm; but you wanted me to tame you . . .”

“Yes, that is so,” said the fox.

“But now you are going to cry!” said the little prince.

“Yes, that is so,” said the fox.

“Then it has done you no good at all!”

“It has done me good,” said the fox


The Little Prince: Chapter 21

“Goodbye,” he said.

“Goodbye,” said the fox. “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”


The Little Prince: Chapter 21

“Men have forgotten this truth,” said the fox. “But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.


We had to say good bye to Tess. Because we are responsible.wp-1482551796707.jpg

Love and Sid to all

Tat and Frank

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The Doll page.

Doll page.

Please click on the link to check out my Doll page. There isn’t much there yet and I will work on it as time and inspiration allow.


Kidz n Cats girls


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More pictures.

Alice’s concerts.

In 2016 we were able to attend two concerts where Alice performed. The Christmas concert of St.Thomas University at the Concert Hall in Minneapolis and Guitar Ensemble’s performance at UST. Here are some pictures.


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Pictures for December 2016.

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December 2016.


Merry Christmas every one!

This is Phoebe. She joined us on December 13. She was very skinny and timid.


This is Phoebe three weeks later. She is fatter and bright eyed. Be like Phoebe !

Amazing what a bit of food can do. And she got a voice, quite shrill in fact, and not timid at all. Sleeps between our pillows, not quite like Sid man used to sleep, but close. She is as soft as him. So Sid’s spirit lives on!

We also lost Mossy. He was 12.5 years old and appears to have had a stroke. He died at home within a couple of hours. He will be missed.20160812_155204.jpg

In memory of the Blue Catwp-1482172588849.jpg

As the year draws to an end, those who passed on to the Bridge are remembered with love. Those who live on are appreciated. Many of them are quite old and heart aches at the thought of how many won’t make it till next Christmas.

The happiest of Holidays to all

from our Home of Many Tails

Love and Sid forever


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November 2016.

November 16, 2016.

It is rather warm for this tome of year. Nice actually. I can get used to the idea of being eased into winter. The bees are still busy on warm days. Good thing I have some calendula flowers left.

Speaking of Bees. …please click on the link to read about our Bee adventure.

There was sadness at Home of Many Tails at the end of October. We lost two of our tails.

Blue Cat, who terrorized the surrounding woods and property line for 5 years, and Sweetheart have joined the crown at the Rainbow bridge. They will be missed. 😦


On the positive side, Zombie Cat got another lease on life. She had a tumor removed from her ear and doing pretty good.20160909_132959.jpg

And we almost finished the attached greenhouse. Just one side with the door is left to put up. Considering that we did not know what we were doing, it turned out pretty good. Oh, actually, on the picture the far wall isn’t finished, but we did put plastic on it and framed it.


Garlic. This year I planted Chamisal ( saved from last year’s crop),

Music, Chinese Pink and Russian Giant. All hardneck.


I got some Kidz and cats dolls!!! I have been admiring them for years and finally got some. Not one, not two, but three beautiful girls! And one more girl and a little boy are coming from France. Looks like I need a doll blog 😉 This is Alice doll, who came with terrible wig and got a new hair style. I think she looks pleased. 😉

Dolls make me happy!

And we finally were able to go out to celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary. Here we are, fat and happy at Red Lobster.


And here is the Child, adulting at St.Thomas. My, how time flies…


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