Tea Infuser Cup

Vince was off today and you can guess where we ended up bright and early this morning . . Walmart and Home Depot.  I did need a couple of things from Walmart and some fertilizer for my figs so I didn’t complain about going. While at Walmart, Mr. Bargain Shopper found these.

Aladdin Tea Infuser

Aladdin Tea Infuser

It’s the neatest tea infuser! You can buy them at Amazon for about $20, and now that I know how great they are, I would have paid that much, but we got them for . .

$5.00

$5.00

If we had been there yesterday, the clearance merchandise was 1/2 off so we would have paid $2.50!

It has a little tea infuser/strainer in the lid that clicks down into the liquid. In the photo below, I have the lid upside down so you can see it better. You can also see a better photo on the Aladdin website.

Tea Infuser

Tea Infuser

Again, the photo is upside down but the little strainer clicks back into the cap once the infusing is done. I removed the tea bag once I was done with the steeping. You can also use loose tea in it.

Tea Infuser

Tea Infuser

It’s dishwasher safe, the bottom can go into the microwave . . though I will probably do neither.

I made myself some tea this afternoon and it worked great. It will be especially nice for taking my cup of tea to the sewing room and not having to share it with Boots, or sitting out on the porch and not having to fish flies and wasps out of my tea!

Meet Gypsy and Rose

Thanks for the advice with Rita’s bathroom habits. Speck is crate trained and he NEVER has accidents in the house. Rita, on the other hand, totally panics when she thinks we are going to put her in the crate. Not knowing her history and not knowing if the crate brings back memories we’d rather her not remember, we’ve opted not to use the crate with her. She won’t even go near Speck when he’s in his crate. Speck never minds his crate and in fact, when he thinks we’re leaving, he goes to his crate without us even telling him to do it. Speck has learned that when he has something he doesn’t want Rita to get, he goes into his crate with it.

When Speck was a puppy, we’d put a sheet in the dryer, get it warm and toss it into the crate. He loved snuggling under anything warm so he was so happy when we put a warm sheet in the crate that he went right in for the night. When we stayed in hotels, we’d have to find the washer/dryer so we could warm Speck’s sheet before bedtime.  

For now, I think the crate is torture for Rita and we’re not going to use it. We’ll figure something out.

About the cats . . 

There’s probably no danger of these two becoming pets. When I got to the vet’s office, the lady said “These two are WILD!” The vet suggested I keep them in the crates for a couple of days in hopes that they won’t run off to Amarillo (or farther away) the first time we open the crate doors. They aren’t hissing or trying to kill me but the vet suggested I not stick my hand in the crate. I did open the door to each crate ever so slightly and stick some water in there.  At first, the vet suggested I take his metal cages home and bring them back later because he didn’t know if he could even get the cats from the cages into my crates but they tried and they did it.

They’re both girls. They’re both adults. To me, they look awfully small and fragile to be living in the woods but I guess I’m used to Boots being so big.

These are feral cats and there’s a program here where the capture the colonies, check them for diseases, give them their shots, spay/neuter and then provide them for no cost to those of us who need barn cats and will provide food and water for them.

They got their shots yesterday and got spayed yesterday. Maybe that’s why they’re so calm . . they may be medicated or they may not feel so good.

Here’s Gypsy. I think she’s kinda pretty . . as far as cats go!  :)

Gypsy

Gypsy

Here’s Rose (she has a little but of rust/peachy colored fur on her).

Rose

Rose

They gave me their rabies tags but I’m wondering who’s brave enough to put a collar on these two. Not me! In fact, since they’re living in the woods, it’s best they not have collars so they can’t get hung up on anything.

Sunflowers

While I can’t be sure these are technically sunflowers, they look like sunflowers, they have seeds that look like sunflowers so, for today, let’s assume they’re sunflowers. The two larger varieties came from seeds, along with various twigs, bark and other unknown items, that were an off brand bag of potting soil. I had no idea what the seeds were but I was curious enough to plant them. They were coated in potting soil and I really didn’t investigate . . just figured I would plant them and see what came up. Some of the seeds actually sprouted inside the bag of soil once I opened it.

The smaller flowers came from artichoke seeds. I had read that artichoke seeds don’t always come up “true” and I had no idea what that meant. I guess it means you might get an artichoke or you might get something else . . I got some type sunflower. I planted about 20 artichoke seeds and only 2 were these flowers. The rest were artichokes.

Sunflower

Sunflower

The largest flower is HUGE! The stalk is about 10′ or taller. The flower head is the size of a dinner plate or larger. The stalk is quite thick but each plant only produced one flower head. Maybe if I had fertilized it or taken better care of it, it might have done better.

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

The one that produced a medium flower is my favorite. Lots of flowers, not gigantic but and dominating like the huge one, but plenty big – way over my head.

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

The one that produces the smaller flower is plenty pretty but just not real impressive. It’s tall, but more spindly.

None of them got much TLC so they might have done a lot better if they had better care.

I want to save enough seeds to plant more. I’d love to have them along a fence line or even in a food plot for the turkeys next year. 

Some of the flower heads that were beginning to dry out were cut.

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

I tied them up in cheesecloth. Not sure that will be enough to deter birds if they find them but we’ll see.

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

For now, they’re hanging on the clothesline.

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

See how beautiful Texas can be when we’ve had rain! All the weeds are growing, the sky is blue, there are little chicken coops everywhere!  :)

Thees seeds should probably be moved under the porch in case it rains . . slim chance, but you never know.

I’m hoping I’ll have lots of sunflowers next year . . just from nuisance seeds!