August 26, 2010 § 2 Comments
In case it isn’t already apparent, I have a penchant for cats. I love their antics and disposition, so it was just a matter of time that I marry my desire to volunteer and affinity for kitties by volunteering at the local humane society. I’m an advocate of neutering & spaying pets and am very much against purchasing pets from breeders. We have many different dog (and cat) breeds and ages that come through the humane society (including purebreds with papers if you’re so inclined) that I’m sure you can find your perfect pet by supporting a non-for-profit charity.
I currently volunteer by socializing cats at the shelter which means playing with them, brushing, encouraging weight-loss, and keeping them happy in their temporary home. The shelter is very clean and comfortable for animals but simply cannot compare to the attention and stimulation found in a forever home.
I’d like to start a new spot on my blog dedicated to these animals.
Teufel & Moxie
Last night I socialized two new cats: Teufel & Moxie. They are a bonded pair who came in as a result of their owner moving. They’re both 4 years old and may have been littermates. They are both neutered males.
These two inspired this spot when I first opened the door to their cage. I was completely won over by their affection. Within seconds of opening the door I literally had two purring black cat heads in my hands – it was adorable! It took about five minute for them to stop climbing over each other for attention.
Compared to Moxie, Teufel is bigger, fluffier, a bit more forward and more vocal. Moxie is a bit less pushy but has a higher purr potential (yes, this is an official scientific measurement). I could see Teufel being more playful and Moxie being more affectionate.
They both love having the base of their ears rubbed and seemingly cannot do anything apart! At one point they both decided it was time to eat so they left the front of the cage and ate together: Teufel took a bite, Moxie took a bite, Teufel took a bite, Moxie took a bite, etc. It was so cute! The moment I distracted Moxie back to the front of the cage, Teufel was right behind him ready for his attention too.
At CCHS bonded cats must be adopted together with the adoption fee waived for the second cat. Also, adoption fees for cats have been temporarily reduced in the month of August.
In my experience cats do better with another cat rather than alone (ironically, the only exception I’ve found is my cat who has preferred to bond to me instead of the other cats). There are several pairs of bonded cats at CCHS right now. I really like bonded cats because I love seeing two animals get along and care for each other.
If you’re interested in meeting Teufel & Moxie, head over to the Champaign County Humane Society 1911 E. Main St. Urbana, IL (almost exactly one mile east of the Cunningham/Main intersection).
Finally, if you want to meet some kittens this weekend head down to Prairieland Feeds this Saturday from 10AM-4PM for the Kitten Shower! 303 S. Dunlap (south Neil) Savoy, IL
August 20, 2010 § 2 Comments
We bought green beans a couple weeks ago at the farmers market, intending to magically transform them into beautiful jars of delicious dilly beans. They were getting a little old in the fridge, so we’ll try again later with another batch. Instead I sauteed them up last week for dinner.
Quite simple but absolutely delicious!
August 18, 2010 § 5 Comments
Early this year when I bought bell pepper seeds I selected a 5-in-1 packet of green, red, yellow, white and purple peppers. I ended up planting several in hopes of getting at least one green and one red/yellow plant. We ended up giving away four and keeping four for our garden. We’re still waiting to see what colors three of the gifted plants are, but one is yellow. Up until Friday I thought we had three green peppers and one purple.
I’m not sure what prompted this, but when I was watering on Friday I discovered this:
Wha? Where did you come from?
When I looked closer at all of the peppers I discovered that another supposed green pepper plant was turning yellow, two of the purple peppers were turning red, and the jalapenos were also turning!
As for the rest of the garden?
The basil’s getting a bit out of control:
If the planter looks out of control, it is! For the past few weeks it always has ripe tomatoes and green beans.
I love going to the backyard for fresh tomatoes! I’m going to miss these days when the snow falls.
August 16, 2010 § 1 Comment
Back a month ago when we jammed cherries from Michigan we also secretly jammed some blueberries.
This was a straight-forward recipe from the Ball No Sugar Pectin insert.
And, like the cherries, we did a small batch of blueberry basil jam. Unfortunately, I think the basil taste was more balanced with the cherry preserves.
August 13, 2010 § 3 Comments
The bloody butcher tomatoes are ripening by the pound and we can’t keep up! They have a delicious rich sweet flavor though tough skins. Perfect for sauce!
The tomatoes were quickly boiled & iced so the skins literally fell off. We added them to the big pot with a few spices, salt, a little bit of sugar, fresh basil, and slightly sauteed onion and green peppers (from the garden!) and cooked it down to less than half. This sauce is delicious! We were aiming for a great tasting recipe, not a canning-approved one so we’re freezing these.
I’m not sure if we’ll use it for pizza, but it’s perfect for pasta!
August 12, 2010 § Leave a comment
I’ve been a bit consumed by running. In case you haven’t yet discovered my ground-shaking fitness blog I’ve been spending some time over at Canyon Cairns. My most recent post there even has the garden in the background so you can see how crazy our jalapeno, grape tomatoes, bell peppers, and basil have grown.
And just wait for the embarrassing pictures tomorrow….