Friday, April 9, 2010

Buzzy Bees, Curious Cats, Gardening Mamma's, and the CatBoy.

Spring has found it's way to our home and the insects are bursting with enthusiasm for yummy pollen. There's nothing like fresh flowers and warm temperatures to make the bees giddy with excitement. They have been harvesting furiously at our buck brush (Ceanothus sp.) for the past two weeks. They just can't help themselves.


Meanwhile, Bingo has been making the rounds on our property checking out those things which require investigation. He decided he wants to be a driver, but I told him he can't get his license until he's 16. I guess that means next year in cat years. . .


There was a sticky break peddle which Bingo wanted to wrench on. He's also an aspiring mechanic. That cat thinks he can do anything.


Progress on Bingo's Book is steady. I just got InDesign by Adobe so I can "properly" set the text on the pages. I had no idea that the fonts in Photoshop Elements are not the same quality as the fonts you buy for InDesign. And that you have to buy individual fonts... The things I have learned in the past few weeks about the font in print make me blink my eyes really slowly. I can hardly believe all the details. After I get the text on the pages using InDesign, I can send off the files to the printer next week. Scary!!!

But in the outside world, I've been working on our little planter box garden. I love using the raised bed since I can sit on the edge and pull weeds. Sitting on the ground is not my favorite.

So after hand rototilling two tractor buckets of composted manure and smoothing out all the bumps, we planted radishes, carrots, broccoli, squash and snap peas. All the seeds are peeking from the earth with their first baby leaves.


While I was busy making my lower back sore, Ella waited patiently to plant her petunias.


And in Wyatt's world he was busy pretending he was a cat. And basically scaring the the real cats, making them run for their lives.


But he always tries to make amends in his own special way. Lucky-cat is very patient and obliging.


And that's all for now at Our Simple Life.

14 Comments for OSL:

Sara said...

The pictures are amazing! The bee picture especially. Sounds like life is good at your house. Love it!

Pricilla said...

Oh, I just love those photos!

I am VERY excited for you. Just let me know when to start spreading the word!

Doris Sturm said...

Thanks for sharing, Julia. I always enjoy reading your posts. That bee photo is so clear and sharp, I envy your camera! That bee is loaded up with pollen, it's amazing! Your black cat's fur looks so shiny as if it were coated with some kind of gloss or shallac...have fun gardening.
Hugs and kisses to the munchkins.

jane augenstein said...

Julia, the bee picture is beautiful! Boy, that guy is loaded!
The car driving kitty is too cute and your daughter, cute as a bug!!!

Cheryl said...

Should you tire of Bingo I'll take him! We always need someone to help out with the cars.

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

When I did my first book, I had my human learn InDesign too. She found a website that helped quite a bit, lynda.com. It has fantastic video tutorials for lots of different programs, including InDesign. It charges a monthly fee and you can take as many tutorials as you want. If you just need it to lay out this book, it's still a really good one or two month investment. Another thing you might want to do is have an editor, or at least a friend who is great at English and spelling look at your text in case there are any mistakes. My human has written professionally for over 20 years, and she still has an editor or fellow writer friends proofread her work!

Good luck on the book - it looks like Bingo has a really interesting life!

Captain Dumbass said...

Some people are very very fanatical about fonts.

The Mind of a Mom said...

Since Bingo is way more mechanical then The hubster I was wondering if I can trade The hubster in for Bingo?
Just a thought... LoL

Life Ramblings said...

love all your captures especially the cat driving shots.

Snappy Di said...

Hi Julia. It's my first visit to your blog and I enjoyed this post. Isn't springtime just wonderful and sooo filled with exciting activities outdoors?

Love the shots of Bingo in the car. Love the car for that matter. As I said, I'm new so not familiar with the book you spoke of. I assume you are writing one? About Bingo? Sounds exciting!

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

Julie Harward said...

Sounds like a wonderful day...the kids, cats and soil...lovely! Come say hi :D

Sharkbytes said...

Another bush I've never even heard of! Love the gardening pix. I'd need a prison to do a garden here- rabbits & deer salad bar

Ratty said...

I love those cat pictures. Very funny, including cat boy.

Ms Snarky Pants said...

Lucky cat is sooo pretty. :-D I love raised beds. I love them here especially where we don't have dirt...only rocks. hehehe Yay spring!