Saturday, April 4, 2009

April Bluegrass Team Giveaway!

This month's Bluegrass team giveaway comes to us from Sara at The Savvy Stitcher.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle!

Attention coffee lovers: Help save the planet by using this cute fabric coffee cozy every time you get your to-go coffee!

This fabric coffee cozy will keep your hands cool while drinking your favorite hot beverage.

Each cozy is approximately 3 inches (7.62 cm) wide and will fit most to-go coffee cups. The elastic band keeps it snug and secure around your coffee cup, while allowing it to be adjustable to fit different cup sizes. (Pictured on a 16 oz cup)

Fun, designer fabric is used outside, and I have lined the center with cotton batting for extra comfort and thickness! A fun and funky button is used on each of the adjustable cozies to keep them closed. The others simply slip on the bottom of the cup, but still fit most coffee cups.

Rolls up nicely to keep in your purse or car!

Fully washable. Lay flat to dry.

*See my shop for more choices of color and pattern!*

To enter the April drawing, please visit our Ky Bluegrass team blog!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Wild Kingdom in Our Backyard

If you refer back to my post from January 23, you can read about the large koi that go missing from our pond each winter. We tried to figure out what was eating them and having such an expensive meal, at our expense! There are so many possible culprits and we never saw anything around the pond. It seems that all the activity happens at night or when we are not watching!

We borrowed a motion sensor camera (that hunters use) from a friend and mounted it to a tree near the pond. Then each morning we would review the pictures to see what happened during the night, or during the day while we were at work.

We captured images of many interesting critters, from doves, blue jays, a neighbor's cat at 4 am, a rabbit, squirrels, a couple hawks and finally a raccoon. While a hawk could be a predator, we figured it would not dive into the water. So we are thinking that the raccoon is our man. Plus, the fur on his belly was wet so we know he was wading in the pond.

On March 27, he walked into the live trap that contained fish flavored cat food. Did we actually trap the same raccoon we saw on the camera on March 21? Who knows! There may be a family. We will be setting the trap again to see what happens. We are hoping that we don't catch a skunk by accident. They've been seen in our backyard too!

In the meantime, we hauled our pal Rocky Raccoon to a rural area about 45 minutes from home. Hopefully he will like his new country environment a lot better than our suburban neighborhood! And as for the pond, we will be buying some cheap goldfish this year and will pass on the expensive koi for awhile.