Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Weekend

Hello All,

Catching up on some blogs earlier, seems like everyone had a nice weekend.  Ours was quiet, tiring and relaxing all at once.  With Colin and Mailing out of town, Fletch and I are on cat feeding duty.  Once in the morning and once in the evening.  It's not bad (about 40 miles round trip), but Saturday we added grocery shopping into the mix after our morning run to feed Marcel & Talbot.  We weren't familiar with the store (meaning I found more than was necessary to buy) and the store was huge compared to our regular place.  We didn't get home till 1 p.m.  Had some lunch, took a nap, got up and fixed dinner and then it was time to go feed the cats again.

Marcel has been misbehaving!  He escaped Friday night when we arrived.  Luckily Fletch caught him before he wandered too far.  Every time we unlock the door and start to open it he is right there anxious to get out.

Fletch is on his own for feeding through tomorrow morning as I am back to work and planning to go to yoga tonight.  He called me this morning to let me know that Marcel had not escaped, but that he discovered they had used the floor behind the sofa as a litter box instead of the real litter box.  Geeze!  And yesterday we found Talbot in a storage room downstairs that is always closed.  Not sure how he managed that Houdini trick.

Meanwhile, I was at work by 6:45 this morning!  Yikes.  I was expecting a pretty hectic day with a number of financial reports to get out before an 8:30 conference call.  That all evaporated about as soon as I walked in the door.  It's been a busy morning, but not in the way I had expected.

Anyway, finally a breather to post.  Last week Bonny had a fun post about keys.  Old keys.  And locks.  I love old keys and years ago my mother-in-law took keys from the farm house (her parents house) and mounted them on burlap and framed them.  We now have that piece.  Sometimes we hang it vertically, but currently it is hung horizontally over the dresser holding my stash of fabric.

That is a stuffed calico cat underneath the keys...Fletch gave that to me because it looks like our cat Maestro did.

I didn't get as much knitting done as I had hoped for (of course).  I did work on the socks and am almost done the leg of the more pattern repeat and I think I'll be ready for the heel flap.  I forgot to take a picture.  Usually I work on Sigla on Sundays, but since it was in the mid-80's, it was way too hot for Icelandic wool!  Instead I added in the red (which arrived Friday!!) to Match and Move.  I'm really loving this.

Next up after the red will be a very pale grey.  Then the sequence will start again with the dark grey for the last half of the wrap.

We'll be on vacation the first week in May - I need to figure out what to take to knit while away.  Nothing too bulky and not too much (I always take a million projects and maybe work on one).  Probably just a sock project (or 2).  Maybe some sock yarn scraps to start a blanket?  I also have some old, old patterns for lace edges (that folks used to attach to pillow cases and the like).  I have some very thin yarn and thought it would be fun to fool around with some of those patterns.

I'll let you know what I decide.


  1. Dee's started such a lovely sock yarn scrap blanket. It will be very fun to see what you decide.
    I had to get a spray bottle to keep Fezzik from darting through the garage door. he learned real fast!

  2. I have often used a plastic grocery bag to shake/rattle at a cat to prevent it from darting thru the door. They usually hate the noise of the plastic bag.
    I love the key collection.
    You'll have to let us know what you decide to take on vacation with you. Have a good evening.

  3. Oh my! Those kitties certainly keep you on your toes!

    Have a good vacation.

  4. Oh, I love your keys and the great way they're displayed! I may be looking to frame some some of mine now that you've shared yours. That is a lot of driving to feed Marcel and Talbot; I hope they both realize what devoted "grandparents" they've got!

  5. Daughter's cat is an escape artist too. I hate to babysit her because I don't want to be the one to lose her.

  6. Ah yes, feline escapees - we have a couple who always want to make a dash ...

    Sounds like a good weekend. Where are you headed on vacation? (Who cares, actually - you won't have to be at work!)

  7. Sounds like the cats are up to no good!

  8. those cats clearly don't appreciate the sweet deal they've got! planning the knitting for vacation is always fun - if I'm driving, I will take a coffee/thinking project (maybe lace, or a sweater) and something brainless (socks or something like the Churchmouse Bias Before & After Scarf) ... flying - maybe just the brainless one (or two!)

  9. another key person! Sounds like your Easter was calm and relaxing, just perfect!! Cats seem to like to have adventures...