Pledge For Pets Fundraiser – 10 Days Left to Donate

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Fundraising for a good cause is never easy, but it is worth it. You spend lots of time telling your story over and over again to everyone you meet. You tell them that all donations, no matter the dollar amount, DOES make a difference. It makes all the difference in the world to help save an animal who is suffering. No animal should ever have to endure abuse, neglect, and sorrow by any means. For some of the animals who arrive at the APL, it is the only human kindness that they have ever known.

The Pledge For Pets Fundraiser has approximately 10 days left to collect online donations. We are so proud that this is our fourth year participating in this fundraising event for the APL, as we truly know that all of our efforts do make a huge difference for the animals welfare and helping them find their “forever homes”.

We also want to thank those of you who have already made a donation and wanted to help change an animals life and give them a chance for a happy future. Your generosity is much appreciated! Listed below are our supporters:

  • Deodand
  • Michael, Karen, Christopher, & Harmony Kieszek
  • Nikita
  • Bella
  • Paul Brehun
  • Dan Suyetov
  • Deborah & James Kennedy
  • Tillie McMullen
  • Blanche B.
  • Uncle Eddy
  • Paul @ PNC
  • Im Feelin Crafty Blog
  • Gardening Nirvana Blog
  • Ken (our UPS guy)
  • Murphy the rescue dog
  • Timm & Becky Kalep
  • Auntie Rene
  • Dennis (our postal carrier)
  • Tim from FedEx
  • Simpson Huston
  • Annette Yarris & David Gonzalez
  • Karen & Ross Revay
  • Jim Hollerbach
  • Sherry K. Spickler
  • Loretta Sabula
  • Maggie Layne
  • The Renegade Seamstress Blog
  • Allison Collins – Diamond Dance Center
  • Debbie Kean
  • Dave S.
  • Ruby, ZuZu, Chubbs & Roma
  • Scott Labuda
  • Julie & Shawn Miele
  • Farmer Steve, Nurse Allison, Mollie & Kai
  • Olive the People Blog
  • Dave Reeves
  • Grandma & Grandpa
  • Roy & Valerie

If you would like to help make a change in an animals life, you still have time to do so! Any donation amount will help, as it all adds up! Head on over to our donation page! Your generosity is much appreciated! Tell your friends, your family, your neighbors, your co-workers too, post our link on your social media sites and help spread the word that we have ten days left to collect donations for this worthy cause to help those animals who need our kindness, and end their suffering.

Oh Deer!

No matter what time it is that I head outside, they are always lurking somewhere near. I came around the corner of the house yesterday and what did I run into? Yep, you guessed it – DEER!

I ran right into a Mommy and her not so small baby standing there looking at me right in our neighbors backyard.  I turned around immediately, and ran into the house to grab my camera.  I helped our neighbor a few weeks ago clean out their flower beds from the winter, and she had asked “I wonder how all of my solar lights got broke?” Well, dear Julie, I got living proof for you by this photograph!

DEER SNIFFING SOLAR LIGHT

The deer in our area are so used to seeing humans, that they don’t get scared off when they see you. This little baby deer just stood there minding its own business and was checking out what Julie had in her flower bed.

DEER IN FLOWER BED

In this photograph, the deer looked at me with a ‘what’s up?” look and even as I walked closer to her, she never ran.

DEER CLOSEUP

I got so close to her that I felt like I could have reached out and touched her. I did have to remember though, to look over my shoulder to see where her Mommy went, just in case she did not charge at me!

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All I can say, is that I hope we can hold the deer off from getting into our garden. That would make us very happy campers gardeners!

Nothing But Blue Skies

Last week was pretty much slow going because I was under the weather. I have to laugh because I made it through all the winter months of frigid temps, to only get sick when the weather got warmer, go figure.

 

GARDEN FENCE

Anyhow, I have been slowly plugging along trying to clean up the yard, fix all the pee spot damage, clean out all of the flower beds, lay mulch, and get the garden fence up to keep the deer out. I had to put the garden fence up early, because last year I uncovered our strawberry plants to only have the deer walk in and start eating them, so this year, the fence went up first! (when gardening, you always learn from your mistakes!)  

The photo of our garden fence (above) is six feet tall right now, but I am going to add another two feet of black fencing to the top. The photo (below) shows the awesome idea I had on how I was actually going to increase the height of the fence. Since the green metal garden poles were only so high, I had to figure out a way to add “height” to the fence. So, I grabbed some of our scrap white PVC pipes and inserted them into the green metal poles, and they fit. Now, I am going to pick up a few more of the PVC pipes to install another two feet to the height of the fence to keep the deer out. Hopefully, this will keep them out this year!

ADDING HEIGHT TO FENCE

I also uncovered our huge strawberry bed with all the straw that covered them through the winter months, as it was time for them to start rejuvenating in the sun rays. What’s amazing about growing strawberries is that the first year you start your plants in the ground, they do not produce. Then, the following year, they produce small amounts of berries. Now, going into our third year for our strawberry patch, we should see some great results and a huge crop!  I still have to build a frame around the strawberry patch to keep the birds out and the chipmunks away.

GARDEN PATH

With the garden fence up, I noticed that I had a bunch of stones leftover from the flower bed borders, so I decided to lay them on the ground to see if I had enough to make us a brick walkway into the garden. And guess what? I had enough!  Right now, the bricks are just laid on top of the grass so I can see the walk design I want, and once I get the design of the walk the way I want it, I will dig the stones into the grass so I can mow right over them. Yes, this is going to take me awhile to dig them all in, but we will have a beautiful stone walkway in our garden area when done. Every year, I try to come up with unique ideas to beautify the backyard and this will be a wonderful addition to the yard.

ADDING STONE WALKWAY IN GARDEN

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The next thing that I would like to decide on, is how to “light up” the garden area!  I have seen so many unique ideas on Pinterest that have caught my attention that I might want to try. Here are two ideas:

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Our little plants are growing nicely under the warmth of the grow lights and what is amazing, is how some of them were so root bound in their little pots, so transplanting them into larger pots was a must. I get such a kick out of watching them grow every day, giving them the tender loving care that they need. I know that everyone is anxiously awaiting the arrival of our tomatoes, because we shared hundreds of tomatoes with family and friends last year, as our crop was bountiful.

TRANSPLANTING

This is a photo of when I transplanted the seedlings.

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The red peppers before transplanting. Look how cute they are!

BEANS AND CUCUMBERS

These are the cucumbers after being transplanted. They are coming along nicely!

JULIETS AND CANTAOUPE

The Juliet Tomatoes (in the red containers) and our Cantaloupes (in the green ones).

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I am already dreaming of my lunches of tomatoes & cucumbers in the summer!  Oh, the joys of reaping what you sow!  Summer, here we come!

Say it ain’t snow! Winter returns!

We already broke a record over the weekend, at least I believe so, of record high temperatures of 69 for the month of April. It was fantastic to finally be outside and feeling the warmth of the sun on your face, doing a little yard work, and cleaning up from all the winter mess.

THE GARDEN FENCE INSTALLATION

I started erecting our garden fence, trying to think of a new way to make it higher to keep the deer out. Our fence last year was 6 feet tall and a deer got in – jumped right up and over the fence. This year, we are not going to let that happen again! I actually witnessed two deer jump over our neighbors chain link fence like it was nothing. They just walked up to the fence and apparently just levitated right over it with no effort at all. That shocked me, as I never witnessed this before. All I kept thinking was, that if I don’t make our fence higher this year, they will get in again and I am not going to allow that to happen.

RED FOUNTAIN

We got a new addition to our landscaping and picked up a beautiful red LED water fountain that we can’t wait to place out in the yard. We had our eye on it last year, but decided to get it this year.

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However, when we woke this morning, we found the ground covered in snow. Yes, I said snow!  We heard a rumor that it was coming, but we thought “yeah right”. What a surprise though to find that they were not kidding about the snows arrival, and actually seeing it for ourself. It’s 32 degrees here today, and I’m back into my winter coat, hat, gloves and boots, and I feel like we’re going backwards instead of springing forward into Spring.  If this is an late April Fools joke, I am not laughing!

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NOTE: WE HAVE ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT TO COLLECT DONATIONS FOR THE PLEDGE FOR PETS FUNDRAISER! IF YOU CAN FIND IT IN YOUR HEART TO MAKE A DONATION (IN ANY AMOUNT) IT WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED! 

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Cleaning Up After Old Man Winter

With fingers crossed, I think we have finally seen the last of Old Man Winter. This had to be one of the worst, longest, and coldest winter we have seen in years, and I am glad to finally say good-bye.

Now comes the all the work in repairing the damage that Old Man Winter has done to the yard. I gathered my supplies of garden gloves, my edging shovel, bags of topsoil, black mulch, and my rake. (and my camera too!)

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Our flower bed behind the house was created a few years ago. Once there was nothing there but grass, but I decided the backyard needed to be spruced up a bit, and now, it is a flourishing flower bed that has matured quite nicely. For starters, I wanted to remove the curve I had in the flower bed so the flowers have more room to grow & expand.

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I started off with temporarily placing my garden bricks in a straight line to see how the bricks laid out. They fit in place nicely, so I set them aside and started to cut out the grass that was in that little curve spot with my edging shovel. This is a MUST do for a flower bed – - remove the grass first before you fill with topsoil!

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Once all the grass was removed, I started laying the bricks to complete my straight line flower bed border. Brick by brick, I over-lapped each one until the border was complete. Then, I filled the flower bed with bags of topsoil, then mulched the area. Mulch is needed in a flower bed because it helps hold in moisture for your plants.

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I noticed that a lot of my perennials were starting to emerge from the soil from all the sun we were having lately. I was pleased to see this as it tells me that our nicer weather will soon be here.

The dogs enjoyed the day outside basking in the sun and kept a watchful eye on what I was doing, just in case they wanted to help Mommy out.

BELLA HEY WHATS UP MOMMY

Bella is always silly and has to stick her face right in the camera!

NIKITA OUTSIDE ENJOYING THE SUN

Nikita watches everything that is going on & sniffs everything in sight!

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Bella relaxing in the sun. She is probably wondering where it has been all this time!

NIKITA CHECKING OUT THE GARDEN FENCE

Nikita is checking out the garden fence, just to make sure it is safe. Sniff, sniff, sniff!

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Here’s my best side Mommy!

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I love this photograph of Nikita posing!  She is so beautiful and loves spending time outside with Mommy.

We are so glad to see our weather finally coming together and even though we have lots of work to do, we are glad to do it. As for our raised garden, I got the first coat of polyurethane on the wood to help protect it from rotting, and we have our Miracle Gro garden soil & other nutrients ready to be emptied into the garden. I have already turned over the soil in the garden three times, so it is nice and ready for our plantings next month.  It is still not close to the time to take anything outside, as we have to wait for any last sneaky frost warnings in our zone 5 area to pass.

 

 

What Would You Give Up To Save An Animals Life?

All of us at Nikitaland take the welfare of animals very seriously. We cry when we watch the commercials on TV of all the abused and neglected animals in the world. We want to help. We want every animal to find a forever home & happiness that they deserve.

Please consider helping us today & make a donation to help change an animals life today.  Click HERE to make a donation!

YOUR GENEROSITY ADDS UP

To date, we have raised a total of $2,375 for the Animal Protective League and we could not be happier!  Each and every year we have collected more than the last year, as you can see from the graph above, and we are so glad to give back to the community to help those animals in need. We are doing our part to help, and we hope you can help too!

Without YOUR GENEROSITY we could have not made this possible! For the cost of a coffee at Starbucks, you could donate that money to helping the animals who need us. Each and every donation adds up, no matter how much you donate. Every donation helps feed the animals, it provides them with the medical care they need to heal from their abuse, it helps pay for the electricity to keep them warm at night, and in the end, it helps them to have the hopes that someone will walk in and rescue them today and give them a home to go home to.

Would you give up your Starbucks coffee today if you knew you could help save an animals life?

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How to Make A Clay Bunny Bowl

HOW TO MAKE A CLAY BUNNY BOWL

Some times I don’t have enough time to read all of my emails, and you know what I mean. You get busy. But, I am glad that I happened to open one email from Do It And How blog, who wrote about how another blogger made some adorable bunny bowls. Once I saw this post, I had to learn how to make one, and I was glad that I had all the supplies too!

If you head on over to Alice and Lois, you can see their tutorial on how they created a bunny bowl.  But I wanted to show you how I made my very own! I was just glad that I read this particular email post today!

I got out all of my supplies after reading their tutorial, and was glad that I had everything that I needed. Sculpey clay was used in creating my Bunny Bowl.

GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES

Gather your supplies of Sculpey clay in white and hot pink (for the nose). I also cut out a little template of an ear to trace on the clay for the ears.

CUT OUT A CHUNK OF SCULPEY CLAY

When you work with Sculpey Clay, it is somewhat solid, so you need to work it in your hands to soften it a bit to get it ready.

ROLL IT INTO A BALL

Once the clay is soft and in a nice ball, it is time to work with it.

ROLL YOUR CLAY NICE AND FLAT

Use a rolling pin and roll your clay out nice and flat.

USE SOMETHING TO CUT OUT A CIRCLE

If you have a circle cookie cutter you can use it to cutout your bunny, if not, just use something round like I did, by using this little metal bowl.

CUT OUT TWO EARS AND A NOSE

I used my little ear template to cutout two ears from the clay, and then I attached the ears to the bunny by smoothing the clay over the seams, then I added a pink little bunny nose that I cut out of the pink Sculpey Clay.

CAREFULLY PRESS BUNNY INTO SMALL BOWL

Now, carefully pick up your bunny and press it into a small oven safe bowl and press it into the bowl. The ears will want to flop over at this point since the clay is soft.

PLACE IN OVEN

Place in a 275 degree oven for about 15 minutes, but watch it carefully. I placed another pan behind the ears so it held them up a bit while it baked. I thought that the ears would look adorable if I flopped them over a bit too.

COMPLETED BUNNY BOWL

If you notice the tip of my bunny ears, you can see that they started to get a little burnt, but I can just lightly sand that off. I took the bunny bowl out of the oven and let it cool completely before I attempted to remove it from the little bowl. Sculpey Clay is not food safe, so please do not place any food on it!  But this is how you can make your own bunny bowl to hold perhaps your rings on your dresser! I will be adding a clear coating to the bowl too, so it will protect the clay from getting dirty.

So, what do you think? Do you have any Sculpey Clay to make your own Bunny Bowl? Just think of all the crafts projects you are missing too by not reading your emails! I am sure glad that I read mine today!  A great big thanks to Alice and Lois for showing me how to make this awesome Easter craft!

Our Gardening Adventure Has Begun

With the hopes that all of the snow is now behind us, and Mother Nature cooperates and allows Spring to finally arrive, we have started our adventure into the wonderful world of gardening.

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We are still in a thawing stage right now here in our area, and actually had a nice warm day yesterday that melted all of the snow we received over the weekend. I actually had the chance to head out to the garden and turn over the soil for the first time this year, in preparation for our 2014 gardening season.

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I am not sure if most of you know, but this will be our third gardening season. We learned a great deal of advice from our neighbor, Steve, who has grown the most incredible gardens that we have seen, and we have also learned a lot from trial and error. All the things we did wrong in our first garden season in 2012, we corrected going into season #2 in 2013, so we hope that this year we can once again produce lots of veggies.

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We have started our seeds already in the basement under the warming grow lights, but we started them a few weeks later than we did last year. (this pertains to the trial and error part I was talking about) Last year, for instance, we started our tomato plants too early, and by the time they were ready to head outside, they were already too tall.  This year, we want a more manageable size heading out to the garden. This is all a process, but a process that teaches you all about gardening and what “works” for you.  Some people do things differently, and that’s fine, but we are finding our groove of what works for us.

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We know for a fact, and if you did not know this you’ll thank us later, but tomato and pepper plants need Magnesium. If you have ever grown a tomato plant and noticed your tomatoes splitting at the top, or had a dark color bottom that looked like it was rotting – - well, that is a sure sign that your tomato plants were lacking in Magnesium.  By sprinkling Epsom Salt around your tomato and pepper plants once a week, and watering regularly, you will provide your plants with the much needed Magnesium that they require. You will not see any more split tomatoes or bottom rot on them, and your pepper plants will grow bigger and produce nice sized peppers. (you’re welcome!)

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If you have followed along with our gardening adventure last year, then you know that we had a deer jump our fence and ate half of our garden one night. It was devastating to see. So, with the start of a new year of gardening, we have that high on our priority list to put up another high fence to keep them out.

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What I find truly fun and intriguing too, is watching our seeds germinate and grow each and every day. They have needs. They don’t complain. But they need tender loving care a few times a day. They make me smile. And, one day, I will be enjoying my tomato and cucumber salads for lunch every day. We actually picked over 1,200 Juliet Tomatoes last year alone! (and yes, I will be counting every tomato I pick this year too, just to see how it compares to last year)

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We are so happy to have started our journey and adventure again into gardening, and as you know, we always keep you up to date on what’s happening. We’re far from being experts, we’ll take any advice we can get, but we love the experience of gardening and working in the dirt.

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We hope you will enjoy following along with us and watch our progress on how we setup our garden and it’s growth.

We Need Your Generosity

PledgeForPetsRadiothon_SquareLogo-1024x1003Not a day has gone past that I am not working continuously on collecting donations for the 2014 Pledge For Pets Fundraiser since March 1st.

I email everyone in my contact list to update them on my progress and the total donations that have been collected. I stop people driving past our house and give them a donation slip with instructions on how to donate. I have placed many phone calls to organizations in our community. Every UPS or FedEx truck that passes our house, I talk to them too, and even the garbage man and I had a great conversation this week. To date, we have collected $845!

This is what one does when they are collecting donations for something that they truly believe in. Something that DOES make a difference. Something that I am passionate about. And in the end, what we get are happy animals who get the help they need, they get saved from a horrible life on the streets, a life of abuse & neglect, and they find the happiness that perhaps they never knew existed. These animals find a “forever home”. A place where someone gives them love and attention that every animal should have each and every day.

I AM PLEADING TO ALL OF YOU READING THIS RIGHT NOW…. PLEASE CLICK ON OUR DONATION LINK AND MAKE A DONATION!  EVEN IF YOUR DONATION IS $5 OR $10, IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  IT CHANGES AN ANIMALS LIFE FOR THE GOOD AND GETS THEM THE HELP THAT THEY NEED.

We would appreciate it a bunch too, if you can share our donation link with your friends, on FB, and anyone who is an animal lover, as we need your help to spread the word about this fundraiser!

PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION TODAY, AS YOUR DONATION DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE. IT GIVES AN ANIMAL A CHANCE AT LIFE & HAPPINESS.

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Hello Spring

Welcoming the arrival of Spring is so much fun! And even though our weather has not yet started to cooperate, I came up with an idea to at least make me smile.

I purchased some really awesome “leather look” shelf liner contact paper at a great price at KMart for sprucing up some drawers, and I have been thinking that I could use this for something else, not sure as to what, but today I got an idea!

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I opened up my Publisher and scrolled through all of my fonts, and finally chose the “Grand Hotel” font and sized my text box font to 300. Yeah, I know that sounds really large, but the Grand Hotel font is smaller in size than other fonts. Since I found the font I wanted, I typed the word “Hello” and then printed it out on a piece of card stock paper.

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Next, I got my very sharp x-acto knife out and carefully cut out the “Hello”.  This card stock hello will now be used as my template for tracing it onto the leather look contact paper.

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Make sure you have a steady hand and hold down your hello template onto the contact paper, then just trace around it with a black Sharpie marker.  (note: the piece of contact paper that I cut out kept trying to roll up, so I just laid something heavy on top of it to flatten it)

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Once I traced the “Hello” onto the leather look contact paper, I used my x-acto knife again and cut out the “Hello”.

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You’re almost ready to welcome the arrival of Spring… all you need to do is pull off the backing on the contact paper and carefully place your Hello on your door!  Make sure you line it up straight too, if not, you can just carefully pull off the contact paper and realign it.

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Now, every time I head outside, I smile!  And, when your guests come over, they will be greeted with a nice friendly “Hello” even before you open the door!

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You can make your own “Hello” greeting for your door today by printing out the HELLO PDF template I made for you!  I just hope you have some adorable contact paper to use!