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The Mesker Zoo and cat poo…

The Mesker Zoo and cat poo…

There is cat poo behind the front door again, thanks a bunch Hailey! She has been pooing back there for a week, for nothing other than the enjoyment of pissing me off. Both the cat boxes are clean and I have been scrubbing the poo area to get the smell out like every day.

I am thinking about just setting her free outside that way she can poo anywhere she wants. Anyone want a carpet pooing cat? Just kidding.

Enough about the cat poo. We are supposed to get some rain tonight here in Evansville. For the last few weeks we have heard nothing but whining about how dry and hot the weather has been. Every night when I switch on the news to see N’s report I hear about how hot and dry it was again today.

We think it has been just fine weather, minus the blood sucking mosquitoes. It has been much like Phoenix, AZ weather- hot and dry (but not nearly as hot as Phoenix). We are used to hot and dry and now that we have a house with AC (unlike Flagstaff, AZ) no heat or humidity is too unbearable for us.

Yesterday we went to the Mesker Evansville Zoo yesterday and had fun checking it all out. There were so many great animal exhibits and plants to view. Our favorite was the Amazonia exhibit because it was so beautifully landscaped and it allowed for great access to the animals.

After visiting the Amazonia exhibit I was really wondering how all the tropical plants can survive in this climate. The zoo had so many cannas, elephant ear and other tropical plants that shouldn’t be able to live year round here. So many businesses and homes in the Evansville area also have these same tropical plants everywhere so how is this possible?

According to the national gardening association our USDA zone for Evansville is Zone: 6A so plants that can’t handle cold winters shouldn’t be growing here. Unless everyone rushes out and digs them up and stores them during the cold weather.

Now these tropical plants are EVERYWHERE here in Evansville and I just can’t imagine that everyone runs out and digs them up before the first frost. That is just too much work and hassle and I just don’t believe that is what people actually do.

Well I better get going now. N has been anticipating seeing the fall decor go up and I have been putting it off for a while now. Over the weekend we visited Rural King and snagged some clearance mums to make our doorstep too like fall. Now I need to dig out the rest of the fall decor and get things decorated!

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  • Neat slideshow. I couldn’t figure out what that first thing was.

    witchypoos last blog post..Aftermath

    September 30, 2008 at 5:39 am
  • I’m wondering what that first one is too.

    About tropical plants growing in strange places, I asked my sister about that when I visited her in Scotland. They have tropical plants all over their backyard and it gets very cold there. They are far enough north that they have only 6 – 7 hours daylight in the winter.

    Her helpful answer was she had no clue! The plants were there when they bought the place and they had done nothing except trim a few back in the 3 years they’d lived there.

    If you find the answer to that, let us know!

    September 30, 2008 at 5:18 pm
  • I think you are going to have to ask someone in the area about the tropical plants. I’d love to know what you find out. The zoo pics are great. I also have no clue what the first thing was but hey it’s cool looking! 🙂

    September 30, 2008 at 9:36 pm
  • I love going to the zoo. Your pictures were great! Sorry to hear about the whole cat thing that you’re going through. I love to decorate my house for fall. It covers Halloween and Thanksgiving…fall colors are so pretty, and it just so happens to be my favorite season!

    Beckys last blog post..Unique Qualities

    October 1, 2008 at 7:34 am
  • I love the zoo. I wonder if you could ask somebody at the zoo or the city chamber of commerce how they keep the tropical plants alive. Or maybe this winter you’ll drive by these businesses and there will be empty spots where those plants used to be–because they’re repotted and indoors for the winter!

    Hyphen Mamas last blog post..Crab Apple Betty Ala Mud

    October 3, 2008 at 5:35 am

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