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Random Plants and Cat

May 12, 2012

A few weeks ago, I noted that I learned a lesson when I moved my seedlings from the comfort and ease of the house to the harsh reality of the real world (well, a greenhouse-d world, but still, it was outside).

I wasn’t sure that all of the little tomato and pepper plants would make it, but I continued to tend them the same way I tended those that were thriving.

Today, I have 16 tomato plants and 8 pepper plants. All survived. What’s more, all are thriving.

Who’d have thought?

Clearly, I didn’t. I have room for — at most — 6 pepper plants and 6-7 tomato plants. Now, I need to find good, new homes for my remaining little seedlings. I’ve already tried my sister-in-law and one neighbor. There was no room at either inn. And I’m beginning to feel a little like I have a litter of puppies that no one wants. Maybe I should take them to the local shopping mall and try to give them away …

Speaking of animals (like the transition there?) …

My neighbor’s cat has apparently decided to take up permanent residence on my front porch. During the depths of winter, she showed up only infrequently, wanting lots of loves and a little food. I indulged her, first because I thought she was another cat that had been dumped in the neighborhood and I was going to find her a good home, then because I knew she had a family, but she didn’t necessarily like the family’s house.

Through some random questions to the mother of the family, I found out that they consider her an indoor-outdoor cat who prefers to be far from their toddler and they feed her by leaving a bowl of food out. Of course, the neighborhood has its fair share of feral cats that can and will steal her food. I also know that the family has a tendency to leave for several days at a time (over Thanksgiving weekend, during spring break) and simply drop some food outside, thinking that’s enough.

My porch, it would appear, is a little more stable. She has a little more reliable access to food and loves. And, as a reward, she rolled over and showed me her belly yesterday.

4 Comments
  1. Meaue permalink

    If you’re still looking for homes for the pups, I’d love to take something off your hands…. I’m in the Chehalem Mt/Sherwood area…. 😉

    • I might have found homes for all of them. I won’t know until the weekend is over. If I haven’t, I’ll let you know!

      • Meaue permalink

        OK. Thanks. Just don’t want all that loving care to go to waste…. Keep us updated as to how yummy the plant fruit turns out.

      • I appreciate that! I don’t want it to go to waste either, so I’m happy that you’re willing to take in a couple. My parents are going to take a couple, as is one of my neighbors. Once they pick them up this weekend, I’ll know if anything still needs a home. 🙂

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