Sunday, 29 June 2014

stole Christmas in July!

Well folks, it's lookin' like the Grinch went and stole Christmas.  Christmas in July, that is.  MOUSES!

A couple of weeks ago, I was out and about, padding around on the deck, checkin' that everything was in order and whatnot when I happened to notice that there was a flower bud on the peep's amaryllis.  Of course, my first thought was that Seville had been messin' about with whisks and had somehow screwed up somethin' in the space-time continuum...  AGAIN. MOUSES!

I mean...  Everyone knows that amaryllis bloom at Christmas.  Don't they?

I immediately went inside to tell the peep about her plant bein' all messed up but she told me that I shouldn't blame my brother on account of his not havin' done anything to the space-time continuum...  THIS TIME.  She said that the amaryllis peeps buy at Christmas are forced to bloom for the holidays and that under normal circumstances, that's not their usual bloomin' time. Interestin'...

Ol' Peepers went on to explain that she had grown these particular amaryllis from seed and this was gonna be what's called, their first bloom.  She was super excited.

To tell you the truth, I was really excited, too.  I was pretty sure that the flowers would still be bloomin' in July and that with the peep bein' so happy 'bout them blooming and all, we'd be able to celebrate in style.  Perhaps we could celebrate Christmas in July.  That would be fun and I've never done that before.  It would be especially fun if there were nip mice to be had.  I mean, what's Christmas without a new nip mouse?  You know?

So I started plannin' the celebrations.  I figured we'd keep things small and fairly low-key.  Just the fur-family, the peeps, the amaryllis and the nip mice.  Even though it was gonna be a small event, it would still be special on account of the nip mice.  I mean...  amaryllis.  MOUSES!

Then disaster struck.  All my celebratory plans came to a screeching halt on Friday mornin' when Peep #1 discovered that someone had gone and gone all berserk and bent the amaryllis' flower stalk all out of shape and chewed up its flowers, generally makin' a right ol' mess of the whole thing.  Made a mess of my plans for more nip mice, too.  Again I say...  MOUSES!

I know what you're thinkin'.  You thinkin' that one of us cats chewed up the amaryllis but truth be told, none of like amaryllis.  No, the damage done to the amaryllis - not to mention my plans for new nip mice in July -  was done by that marauding gang of rocky raccoons.  It's the season for babies, you see, and baby rockies get into EVERYTHING!  They must have thought the peep's pot of amaryllis was a jungle gym or somethin'.

As you can imagine, I was pretty distraught.  I was all set on celebratin' Christmas in July when all my hopes and dreams had been dashed.  But then I realised that even though there were no amaryllis blooms left for this year, there would always be next year and maybe I could convince the peep that a celebration was still in order.  Maybe there was hope for a nip mouse or two after all!

Then this mornin' arrived.  I think it's pretty safe to say that after this mornin', there will be no Christmas in July for me, this year.  No new nip mice.  No nothin'.

THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS IN JULY.

I went outside onto the deck this mornin' and saw the unthinkable.  The un...  the unseeable.   The un...  the un... the undoable!

That maraudin' gang of rockies had been back and this time, they were after the peep's plumies.  That's right.  They manhandled and rockypawed Peep #1's Plumeria seedlings.  A couple were out of their pots, lyin' there on the deck, roots exposed to the heavens.  She was able to save those ones.  The largest of her seedlings was kind of askew and she says she's gonna re-pot it tonight and that it should be okay.  But the best-lookin' Tahitian Sunset seedling was...  was...  it was...

IT WAS SNAPPED IN TWO LIKE A TOOTHPICK.  MOUSES!

I don't think that that baby Plumeria is ever gonna recover.  I think it's lost, for sure.  Peep #1 was super sad about that 'cause she had fallen in love with the name, Tahitian Sunset, and loved the idea of havin' a plumie bred from a plant with such a pretty name.  She's really upset, folks.  REALLY upset, for sure.

But I have a plan!  In order to cheer Ol' Peepers up, I'm gettin' ready to search the planet for some more Plumeria seeds for her.  I'll do some searchin' on the Internet, lookin' for ones with pretty names and whatnot or maybe with white flowers and strong scents 'cause I know she loves those.

And if the if my Internet search fails, I'll just have to teleport to wherever peeps might have a tree or two growin' in their gardens.  Either way, I'll find the peep some more seeds, soon.

Oohhh...  I just thought of somethin'.  If I can find the seed soon enough, I might still be able to pull off Christmas in July.  YES!  Might just get myself some new nip mice, after all.  NICE.

38 comments:

  1. Loved Christmas in July Nissy.

    Head bonks (((Shoko)))

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  2. Those raccoons are so destructive! They get into our should-be-catio sometimes and wreak havoc. Hey, you don't think it's the same ones who destroyed your human's plumeria and amaryllis, do you? It's kind of far for them to travel, so maybe not.

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    1. MOUSES! What if they have access to teleportation technology?

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  3. Oh Dear Nissy those pesky Racoons,sorry we've been a bit MIA but the internet has been on strike lately,xx Speedy

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  4. Oh dear. Those little rockies sure messed up your plans! We hope you're able to get your Peep (poor, sad Peep) some new Plumeria seeds.

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  5. Fortunately, we don't have raccoons here ! Bad guys ! We like your idea of Chrissymouse in July : maybe we could celebrate twice a year, in July AND December ? Purrs

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    1. Those rockies are really cute but SUPER naughty. MOUSES!

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  6. Maybe you witnessed the aftermath of the baby raccoon's 1st Christmas in July. We're sorry they are such wild partiers. We think Plumeria seeds will make a perfect Christmas in July gift for your peep, and she will surely reciprocate with a big pack of nip mice for you.

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  7. It sure sounded grreat with Christmas in july !
    To bad the evil Raccoons made a mess out of it :(
    XOXO

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  8. Good grief, Nissy! You've started a great discussion in our house with regards to your peep growing Plumeria when you are like in Canada and everything???? We can't grow it here apparently. maybe she grows it indoors? Sorry about the Rockies wreaking havoc though the blooms, though :( xoxoxox

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    1. You're absolutely right. Canada is far too cold to grow them outside all year. Peep has 'em in pots and they go outside for June, July, August and part of September but then they have to come back indoors. Not THAT big a deal though 'cause they drop their leaves in the winter so they don't need to be in bright windows or anything, then. purrs

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  9. Well darn, that is horrible. Those darn racoons need to be punished. Poor Peep. That is so sad. Hope she can grow some more. Have a great evening.

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  10. I think we need 2 Christmases . . . . . Hailey

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  11. We are so sad to hear what Rocky Raccoon and his gang did.
    We know they make a big mess and trash things.
    We have seen Mr Big, but not the Mama and little ones yet.
    Purrs for your Mom and to you for the spoiled plans.
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

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  12. Nissy our Mom has nearly 100 amaryllis planted all over the yard with exotic names and colors and what not. Well this year she didn't know it but before the buds were going to bloom she started seeing an oddness and "HOLES" in the buds before they had even bloomed. Mom was so bummed when she realized she had a full blown invasion of SLUGS. First she tried the beer trap method, but she thinks the only thing that happened was the slugs told their cousins to come on over to their yard because well FREE BEER. After that Mom broke out the awful stuff. Slug bait -- professional strength. That did them in but they had already done their damage to the amaryllis and also to a few other of Mom's prized plants. BUT she managed to hold them out of Abby's garden. Wow Mom was like a General of the Army or something with holding the front line in protecting Abby's Garden. Slugs ... Mom hates 'em. Nasty little buggers.

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  13. Oh NISSY! What a sad and terrible thing to happen to your Peeps Amaryllis! I can understand her win because I have heard my mom get very upset at the raccoons destroying her tomato and pepper plants. They didn't bother the flowers but the broke mom's hummingbird feeders too. Now we never have anything because the deer and raccoons destroy it all. They even ate all the birds' seed so now mom quite spending 10 dollars a week thinking it was the birds when the deer were in the years eating the seed. :-(

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  14. That is very sad and we are always ready for Christmas.

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  15. Nissy we are very sad to hear what Rocky and his wild cousins did to your Mom's pretty flowers. We know how much she loves them. Hope your Mom can figure out a way to get those nasty little bandits to move on and quit destroying everything. Paws crossed for you man!
    Marty

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  16. Nissy, you got raccoons, but you oughta see what the bunnies and the vishus deers do to the mom's flowers and plants in our yard. The vishus deers nearly killed a tree in our yard. Yikes!

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  17. Um. Can you get Seville to TURN BACK TIME and save the plants from the rockies?

    Just a thought...

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  18. Mom loves plants, but they don't survive in pots and the weather here is soooooo hot!

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  19. Oh Nissy what a crying shame:( we don't get naughty racoons here down under but the roos have been eaten my Kangaroo paws....maybe because they are named after them...grrrr not much i can do about it..i would need awfully big fences!!! hope that you can slavage some or at least get seeds and start again...hugs Fozziemum xx

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  20. Nissy, that is downright awful that peep#1 lost that special plumeria. Wish I could send her another one...but the nasty border police wouldn't let it across...sigh

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  21. What? Christmas cancelled by the Grinch Raccoons? This is just wrong.
    Disappointing when you wait and wait for something to bloom too.

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  22. The weather is terrible, so Christmas in July, would be fine to us too, Nerissa :) I'm sorry for your mom's plant. It's such a beautiful plant. Pawkisses for a Good Night :)

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  23. Oh those rockies are smart devils and have good taste in botanicals. If anyone can outwit them you can. We miss our Rockies. There were always some around until one got hit by a car, dragged itself back to our porch and I called animal control foolishly thinking he might be saved. They grabbed him to the driveway and shot him dead. What remained of the rocky family left and never came back.

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    1. That's awful! AWFUL!!! They're pesky, sure but... but they're also really cute. And the fact that the family never came back shows they understood what had happened. They understood... Oh Layla... I feel so sad for that little Rocky. And for you, too. You should never have had to witness such cruelty. purrs

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  24. Maybe...Christmas in July 2015. We sure hope your peep has moved any seedlings and plants remaining to a spot where those awful raccoons can't get them. We've had problems with those guys in the past. Last year one would climb the screen on our catio efurry night to the open upper deck where mom had her potted plants. He'd eat the flowers and then poop in her pots! We haven't seen him this year. We really hope you can find some plumie seeds for your peep. Those flowers are so beautiful and smell so, so good. Maybe while you are searching the internet for the seeds, you can pick up a couple nip mice for yourself. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  25. Aaaaw Nissy dat be so sweet of yous. Yous can get seeds and plants of da plumeria on ebay,com. Theys out of ow pwice wange, but they hav sum gweat ones. Even da tahitian sunset. Yous can also get dem on qvc.com fwum Roberta's gawdens. Again out of our pwice wange but not tu spensive. Good luck.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi

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    1. I do have some money in my froggy bank. Might have to go into that although I WAS savin' up to invest in nip futures. Hmmm....

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  26. With your peep being so upset I recon Christmas in July may be exactly what she needs to cheer herself back up?! Just a thought ;0)

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  27. Yow dem Raccoonz were bery bery bery notty!!! Mum sayz dey do nott mean to do stoopid stuff; it iz just what dey do :(
    It still doez not make yer Peep any happier n we iz bery sad dere iz no 'NIP mousez fer ya...yet...if anyone can pull off Catmess in July it iz you Nerissa!!!
    Guud luck findin dem Plume-aria seedz too!!!
    Lub Nylablue n Sherriellen Mum too
    x0x0x0

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  28. Oh no, those baby racoons are just like baby marmots who eat everything! We hope you can get some seeds to cheer up your Peep and get the flowers going again, we know she is disappointed for sure. We have a baby marmot in our back yard who figured out how to get under the cages of the garden and he just ate everything this weekend. Happy Canada Day folks, we hope you all had a really nice holiday day!

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  29. Raccoons!!!? EEK! We don't have any where we currently live, but a few years back, in our old house, they got into our attic! And made a home there, till we noticed!!! Our ATTIC!!!!! Sheesh!!! I mean, mouses! BOL!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  30. Kids will be kids but it is always better when they visit the neighbors instead.
    Sigh
    I sure want to see those Nip Mice so wish you well on the endeavor

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  31. Holy cat, COONS? We have vishus squirlz over here. They strip the humans trees of all their fruit, too. Of course WE don'tr care for fruit ourselves but it puts the humans ALL outta sorts to have their fruits stolen like that. *sighhh* (Pee Ess, thanks so much for visiting while our humans were in Texas [with nooo cell signal except for the wifi in the hotel late at night!]. Our grandhumans are sorta moved in - much box-stacking but no UNpacking yet - and the house is um, halfway to being ready to put on the market. WAAAAAIT, does this mean another TRIP?!? Nooooo!!! *wails*)

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