Signs of spring

(This afternoon’s view of the pond.)

We’re having a gorgeous day here in the Bogs.  It is so nice I put down the spring cleaning gear and went out for a walk around the pond and up to the garden.

The ground is muddy and mushy (boggy) with plenty of water streaming into the pond and keeping the water level higher than usual.  I saw a couple of frogs, a turtle, and lots of fish.  I was on the lookout for snakes hanging around on the sunny side of the pond but didn’t see any.  I heard a red-wing blackbird (a sure sign of spring in this area).  Didn’t see him or her, though.  There are bluebirds flitting around and robins pulling up worms from the ground.

And the flamingos are finally free of the snow they’ve been trapped in for most of the winter.  😉

The daffodils and tulips are shooting up green leaves and the crocuses are blooming full force.

The garden is still looks pretty mushy so I didn’t go in.  It’s supposed to stay sunny and nice over the next few days.  Hopefully things will dry up enough that I can get in there and work on the asparagus.

In other news…

We are trying to figure out what to do about Barney.  She (since M has decided — without proof — that Barney is a she) is still hanging around, eating the food and drinking the water we put out.  But she won’t come anywhere near us.  We will probably have to trap her (we have one of those “have a heart” traps that don’t cause injury).  The problem at that point will be:  What do we do with Barney?

I’m not sure we’ll be able to tame her which leaves out finding her a home.  Our local Animal Protective League is full up with no room for additional cats.  Judging from the looks of her, she’s not doing well outdoors.  She was obviously in a scrap of some kind.  She has a gash on her left side but I can’t get close enough to see how bad it is.  I think it may be just a scratch with a big chunk of fur missing.  Whatever the case, leaving her outside as a barn cat might not be the best thing to do.

That leaves this:

While it cannot be said that the ASPCA is “for” euthanasia, it recognizes the inevitable necessity for euthanasia in certain circumstances. In many areas of the country there are more pets than there are appropriate homes. The ASPCA believes that unwanted pets deserve a dignified, painless death rather than suffer from such cruelties as malnutrition, disease or trauma, outcomes commonly associated with an unwanted and/or uncared-for existence. Similarly, long-term housing of individual dogs and cats in cages without access to exercise or social activities is not an acceptable alternative. Euthanasia must be understood for what it is: a last-step, end-of-the-road option to spare animals further hardship and suffering.

From the ASPCA website

That’s the last resort and I don’t even like contemplating it, but have to look at the possibility.

I’m open to any and all suggestions.

Anyone want to come tame and adopt a cat?