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Of Cuteness and Gardening


Okay, I’m back. Mostly. I finally feel human again.

I promised updates on my garden and the story of the orphans my son found last week.

First, the garden. I did take some pics after I rescued the veggies from the weeds. It’s about half the size of my garden last year, so this year it’s about 75 feet (the length of the soaker hoses) by about 16 feet.


Off the near edge of the pic are the two zucchini hills (two plants in each right now), then the green beans and corn.


In the background you can see the tomatoes beyond the corn, and the potatoes.


onions and potatoes

It’s time to do more weeding, but since we haven’t had much rain since I did the primary weeding, the veggies are holding their own. I’ll be able to go out and weed in another week (restriction against exercise, sports, etc for two weeks after surgery). Until then, the veggies are on their own.

I’ve had to replant the kale and cukes. The cucumbers are finally getting going, and I’m hoping the kale’s coming up with the radishes I planted to mark the row.

Okay, on to the promised story of the orphans. Last week, the day I had my surgery, my son called my husband to let him know he’d found a pair of kittens on his way to work at the school garden. He (my son) brought them home and got them set up in a box with a blanket and access to food and water.IMG_0604_cr They were in pretty rough shape.

We figure they were about four or five weeks old, abandoned, since at that age, kittens aren’t going to wander as far as they would’ve had to go to get to where my son found them.

They were litter-trained, or at least they figured out how to use the litter box pretty quick. We only had adult cat food at first, which they did eat, but we got kitten chow and soft food for them.

They practically inhaled the soft food we gave them, so they were pretty hungry. Now, a week later, they’re roaming and playing like kittens do. One is male, one is female. Our adult cats are not enamored in the least, and can’t wait until the invaders leave. We’re looking for a home for them.

Okay, here’s your cuteness:

Keep in mind I suck at taking pictures, and I have pics on my phone I haven’t transferred yet (gawd, I suppose I’ll have to submit to the Apple overlords and install iTunes on my PC. Ugh.) I’ll add more later in my next post.

So there you have it. Now, I just need to get back to my WIP.

Write on, gang!



Author: Julie Holmes, author

Pen names: J. M. Holmes, J. M. Goebel A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for a decade, I've been published in small press magazines such as "Fighting Chance" and "The Galactic Citizen". I write adult mystery with a touch of romance, mystery with extrasensory elements, contemporary fantasy, and epic fantasy, and I'm represented by the fabulous Cynthia Zigmund of Second City Publishing Services. In real life, I am a technical writer with a family of two teens, a wonderful hubby, one cat (what writer doesn't have cats??), two dogs, two chickens, and more chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits than any garden should have to deal with. My garden, our hobby farm, and Nature's annual seasons are some of my muses.

22 thoughts on “Of Cuteness and Gardening

  1. The garden looks great, Julie. No weeds. I’m jealous that you can grow corn and tomatoes. Yum. We are a bit cool with too short a season. The orphans are adorable. Good luck giving them away…I want pictures of them playing under your Christmas tree πŸ™‚

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  2. I soooo want the space for a garden. If we can ever get out of Orlando, I’m going to insist on it. I miss the farm life.

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    • Orlando? Man, I like summer, but not the hot tropics of FL (or MN during those tropical hot and humid days). I love having the room to grow a garden, but the older I get, the less I like weeding. And weeds. And bugs. And the more I need to keep reminding myself why I garden. It’s the veggies! There’s nothing quite like picking corn off the plant, shucking it, and taking it in to cook up. Or a fresh tomato still warm from the sun. Mmmm. πŸ˜€

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  4. I am seriously impressed by the garden. Even if it’s only half the size of last year, to me it’s enormous! Enjoy all those fresh veggies.

    As for the kittens? OMGawd! Cuteness overload. You know I ADORE felines, right? I’m so glad your son rescued them and you brought them back to health. Poor little things. I wish you all the luck in finding them a forever home. I’m such a sucker for animals, especially cats and kittens!

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  5. LOL! I’ve been “catless” for four years now and I think I’ll definitely be succumbing before the year is out. Next week? A tad too early πŸ˜€

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  6. You’re doing great with your garden; it looks wonderful, well done. As for the kittens, well, as had been said, cuteness overload! Fortunately, I’m in the wrong country… πŸ™‚

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    • Glad you enjoyed this, Jeanette! The garden looks pretty good now. Just wait until late July when the weeds go into overdrive. I usually throw my hands up about then, because it’s a losing battle to keep up with them. I’ll bet they have cute kittens in your country though… πŸ˜€


      • I’ve only just seen your reply, Julie. Since they ‘remodelled’ Hotmail, I miss all kinds of things. They do have cute kittens over here of course, but I manage to resist πŸ™‚ In any case, my cats wouldn’t like it! We have a beautiful garden, already matured when we moved here last year – and you’re right, it takes a lot of work to keep it looking as it should! My husband is the gardener, he’s really into growing organic veg. I make a contribute sometimes with the rest of the garden. Try as I might, I just can’t get excited by compost but he’s well into it – and you can take that any way you like lol! πŸ™‚

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  7. OMG, orange kittens are probably my favorite things on this planet. And that includes my own children. Okay, not really. But seriously, Looo-ooove! And, great work on your garden! I wish mine looked as good as yours.

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  8. That is no garden, that’s an allotment!! So neat and tidy and your vegetables are looking great. Fresh cucumbers taste like sweets! As for the kittens…cute doesn’t even come close…I would love to take one and having just shown my son he crumbled as well. Enjoy them whilst you have them. Julie, so happy you’re feeling so much better after your surgery. πŸ˜€

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    • Thanks, Annika! Too bad you’re across the pond; don’t think the kittens would travel well. Just wait until late July when the weeds go berserk. It more than makes up for the faux sense of green control I have now πŸ˜‰ I am feeling much better. Can’t wait until I pass the two-week mark so I can start running again. At least I’m at the point where I can focus enough to dig back into my WIP. We’ve got the long Independence Day weekend coming up. Planning to spend a good portion of it writing. πŸ™‚

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  9. Nice garden and cute kitties. You sure you won’t keep them? πŸ™‚

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    • Yep, positive πŸ™‚ Our adult cats are not happy with the interlopers. We did find the kittens a new home, one with yet another kitten their age, plus a menagerie of chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, peacocks, and even a donkey or two. They’ll have lots of places to explore πŸ™‚

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