Saturday, November 27, 2010

I will NOT be the cat lady!

I am writing today to say... THIS IS IT! NO MORE! I'M DONE! I'm talking about the cat situation. Let me give you the back ground of this story.

Once upon a time we had two female, kitty cats. And then we moved and had to fly with one of the kitty cat (the other kitty is another story). Which then turned nutzo after the flight and hid in my parents garage and would not come out! Needless to say, my parents kept the cat. Then years later, we came back from another trip. When we came home, we found a little, teeny-tiny, female, kitty in the corner of our back yard. Poor thing was beaten pretty badly. She had broken ribs, tail, missing claws and her bottom lip was pulled up under her chin, her chin showed through with no skin to cover it. She was a mess. We took her to the vet and the vet told us, if we were going to keep the kitty, the vet would do the surgery free of charge. All we would have to do is pay for the meds and the anesthesia. So we decided to keep her. A few years later, we had to move overseas. So, we put the kitty on the plane and when we got to the other end of the flight.... We had another nutzo cat. We found a home for her where nutzo was okay. And at that point I decided that Army life was not conducive to having cats. Then we ended up (many years later) with our yellow tabby. Let me just say, it was all my hubby's fault! HE WANTED the cat! Unfortunately, the cat turned out to be a MAJOR MOMMA'S BOY! The GOOD thing was that he travels VERY well! I have been happy to have a cat again. But I kept telling hubby that this was it! For real, we will only have dogs once the cat is "no longer". And then it happened, a friend of ours moved away and left her cat. IT was an outdoor cat. It had never been indoors for longer than a few hours. And our friend couldn't take her with since she already had an indoor cat. So... we ended up feeding her. Outside. Then one day she got hit by a car and... we took her to the vet and they fixed her up (thankfully she had very minor injuries) but still needed medication. So, we decided to try to turn her into an indoor cat. Evidently we were successful because now, she stays in when the weather is yucky.

Where once, she was a wild and free kitty....

Now she is...

A spoiled kitty.........

But THIS is IT! NO MORE KITTIES! I don't care who moves, I don't care what the circumstances! NO MORE and that's final!

The End!

Sheesh, have a good day folks. ;-)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Busy pretending....

Oh my goodness! Hello every one! My apologies for having been gone for so long! I've been busy pretending. Yes, pretending. I've been pretending to be like the Yarn Harlot! Okay, not so much knitting in her style (have you SEEN her actually knitting?) or even in being as prolific a knitter as she is. But in my head (I'm knitting like the Yarn Harlot who knits like the wind blows here in Nebraska!), I've been knitting up a storm! In the last nearly three weeks I've actually knitted FOUR hats! Did I mention I did that in nearly three weeks?! FOUR HATS! Oh, and I should probably mention I even started and ripped out (at least a couple dozen times) a pattern for (knitted) fingerless gloves. But, alas, they have yet to be made. I did find a pattern for fingerless gloves that didn't call for a definite left or right hand. But, so far, no luck in getting those completed.

I did, however complete one pair (of crocheted gloves) that I complained about a while back. I say, "completed", did not say "completed correctly". You can see that the thumb gussets
do not match in shape and the cuffs are different.
The gussets were a problem for me. One that I could not figure out where I was going wrong. But, the cuff I know exactly what I did wrong. (Yay me!) The one on the left I crocheted in each of the chain stitches, the one on the right I crocheted around the chain stitch. So, now I know, I will not be lazy and and crochet around, I will always crochet through each chain. The good thing is that they are wearable. So I've been wearing them. I just don't let people look at them too closely! ;->

So, there you go. I've been busy pretending. In my head, I was pretending to be the Yarn Harlot and it worked for me. I actually got quite a bit accomplished (for me, that is) and I hope to continue in this until I get all my knitting and crocheting completed! ;-) So, it's back to the needles for me! But, after I'm done with all my projects for the holidays.... I'm going to SERIOUSLY work on how to ACTUALLY knit like the Harlot! It's amazing! Someday I'm going to be a cottage style knitter! Oh yes I am!

Have a great day! ;-)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

First snow!

Hello everyone! Last night we had the beginning of our first snow fall of the season! It snowed off and on for a few hours and we probably got about a half an inch. But, it is warm out so it's melting rather quickly. And by warm I mean it's 39 degrees outside. ;-)

But that's okay. Because this is only the beginning. I don't know if ya'll remember, but last year we got our first snowfall on October 10th! THAT was early for us. This year it's still a bit early but not overly unusual. The thing I truly love about this place is that for the most part we have white christmases. And I absolutely ADORE that! The only bad thing about snow around christmas time is that fact that the roads get rather icky and I worry about baby girl and her fiance driving up from Kansas.

Anyhow... I've been keeping busy. I've been doing some knitting and I'm getting better all the time! (what a surprise huh?) I've actually finished the fingerless gloves, although, they didn't turn out quite as well as I would have liked. They look good, but I have issues with the cuff on the right hand and the gusset on the left. Blah! But when I actually put them on they aren't half bad. That was a crochet pattern. I think I'll look for a knitted pattern and see how that goes. I even finished three other knitted projects for gifts! And those took about three weeks! See? Getting better! ;-)

The guest bedroom is nearly done. I ended up picking up another project to do for the guest bedroom that I hadn't planned on doing. But, it's a needed item so.... And... my honey put up the shades we bought at Lowe's and they look fabulous in the sun room! Not only do they look great, but they also help keep the room a bit warmer. The windows in that room are OLD! They are so old that they have the wavy glass in them. And I know that they are not economical as far as keeping the cold air out and the warm air in... but, they do LOOK wonderful and I love looking through them. The room is on the North side of the house and it can get pretty chilly in that room. But these blinds help minimize the chill in the room. And with my new japanese kotatsu table, it's quite nice to sit there! And that is where I've been doing most of my knitting.

So, as you can see, I haven't been a total slug. I've been keeping busy and getting a few things done around here. I PROMISE to have a little show and tell of the rooms once I'm done.

I apologize for not having touched base with ya'll sooner. Have a great weekend everyone!

Oh by the way... I had this picture of our little grandson that I just had to share! We just think he's too darling for words! ;-) And when we get new pic's we like to share, as you have seen!

And on this note, I will leave ya'll to have that wonderful weekend! Catch ya'll later!