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Miss Me In May

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Sometimes I stop to smell the flowers… and just stay there. I think the hardest part of being unemployed and looking for a job is the depression and anxiety… And I get distracted from things I need to do because I’m busy distracting myself from the D/A. I promised myself when I started this that I’d keep going. And I fully intend to! I just had to give myself a swift kick in the pants and hopefully I’m back on course!

Summer has fully set in at the MidMod house and we’ve been putting our alls into the yard and garden! The walk got a fresh coat of paint and, to the our happy astonishment, looks like we poured new concrete instead! (For which I am truly happy seeing as I can hardly stand a painted walk!) What’s more, not twenty minutes after we’d finished and hied ourselves off for showers did it come pouring down!

It was just a torrent of rain. Heavy, large drops crashing down while thunder rumbled and boomed about… all the while it was brightly sunny. We’re very lucky – the heat had already baked the paint and our efforts weren’t for waste.

On and on and on… steam rising and filling the air. Such a nice way to end a hot summers day. We even were the proud recipients of a stunningly bright and dazzling rainbow or two. (I couldn’t get a clear shot of the double rainbow while we were driving. Poo.)

We sure could use that again! Not that yesterday’s windstorm wasn’t helpful for cooling off, but our newly planted flowers in our newly tilled garden could use some hearty rain full of nutrients! The spiderwort is looking rather ragged and the daylillies are displeased with being transplanted on such a hot weekend.

Between planting things and painting walks, we’ve had some pretty exciting weekends this last month, what with the Blue Angels flying over head…

The light was poor but you can just make out US NAVY on the wing. All 6 of them, right over the top of the house in the final formation. Scared the wits out of the cats and sent them scrambling to hide under cars and bushes. We got a few photos, but most didn’t come out – too overcast and too fast moving.

Last week I learned how to make the non-lap cat into a lap cat. The secret, at least with Miss Capa, is give her a bath! She’ll find her damp way into your dry lap and nest there for an hour. Of course, it meant I had to change pants (again) but it was worth it.

Speaking of worth it! The baby blanket finally arrived in Okinawa (a month later than planned)! I think Kassi likes the bunny more than the blanket and I really wish I’d thought to put a bell or a rattle in its head before stitching it all together. (Maybe next time?) She shakes it around until she lets go of it and it flies off somewhere for her to chase. Reminds me of my cat who likes to play fetch… with herself.

I’m looking forward to seeing them in just a few short weeks. Plans are set and lips are sealed. Surprises await.

Also working on a new hooky project in the form of a Catherine Wheel bag…

Something fun for summer and it’ll allow me experience lining a crochet piece.

Yesterday I took some time to tramp through the woods and experience nature, uncultivated. Five miles of happy trailing filled with rocky river beds and some amazing massive sinkholes… (few of which I got photos of because my battery was dying)… and one teeny tiny…

Mini-mantis! And some wonderful areas of where water sometimes moves…

Phew that was a lot going on… Maybe I’m not so lazy after all? Yeah, I don’t believe myself either. Really enjoying my chair and vantage point… especially as I just watched a woman in a silver Ford stop in front of my house, climb out of the car, and steal the local newspaper out of my driveway in broad daylight.

My dog is giving me the nap-time-eyes and I think I’ll join him. Hope everyone has had a happy May!

Warm regards,
Am

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Lazy Lady Living Large

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Say that five times fast. Phew! Must be alliteration day.

Alright, so I thought I’d be better at this than I have been. I didn’t exactly mean to go three weeks without a single post… and while I’ve had time, per se, I haven’t had much to talk about. It’s been rather dull around the Cat House – not that nothing has been going on, but rather it’s just been the same old same old. We’ve planted more in the garden, sealed the drive, and finally finished cutting down the 45-year-old overgrown privet hedge. Nothing to lend itself to photographing or talking about… or things too tiring to have the energy to talk about.

It’s been terribly hot of late – the hottest I’ve seen an April in many a-year. And after many days of overcast heat, muggy and taunting of rain, it finally happened. Watching the steam rise from the pavement was rewarding, even if it was extra humid and still a little too warm.

As well as cooling things off a bit, the rain has given the Yuccas a burst of bloom. Somewhat sad they’ll be moving to a new home here in the near future.

What mother doesn’t know, won’t hurt her. There’s a special reason why I was so intent on getting the guest room turned storage room back into form – other than the obvious one of needing craft space. Indeed, unless the unforeseen happens we will be having guests next month! And for a whole month at that! But it’s hush hush. Loose lips sink ships and while Bev couldn’t manage to surprise Mother for her birthday, I’m a secret keeper and good at it.

Now that I’ve set up the (temporary) crafts room I just had to make something! And what better to do as a one day project than to make a cover for my new Tablet! I should really say that it technically took more than one day (and more than one try) to get the design down since I had to make it up… no Burda or Butterick patterns here.

I had a lot of fun with this, picking the fabrics and putting it together. One try got scrapped, one turned out slightly too small before I had gotten very far and became a pillow cover instead (up-cycling for the win)… and well they do say, third time’s the charm. I do love the colours and I have plenty of scrap to make some other fun projects with – now if I can find that vintage macramé book I know’s around here somewhere!

And lastly… we’ve made headway on the stained glass project! This was a commissioned piece, my first working faux stained glass – and let me tell you, it’s fun and frustrating all at the same time! I’ve had the designed laid out for a while now and was slowly magpie-ing the supplies necessary to get it started. The hardest part, I discovered, is keeping my hand from shaking while squeezing the lead-look stuff out of the bottle. We’re certainly getting there! It’s definitely something I have to work on in spats. I made the mistake of spending a while day lining it and my back and hands paid for it later. I’m really excited about it – the craftiness is one thing, but actually working on an art piece is something I’ve missed… even if I’m not designing jewellery and wielding a torch, it’s still very rewarding to think this will be displayed in someone’s home.

Today, though, it’s planting (potting some palms for the patio) and dentist… hopefully the last I’ll see of him until I get my bridge done in December. Getting rather tired of having a case of numb-face once a week.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Warm regards,
Am

Whew, what a week!

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It’s been busy… Between stormy, hooky Thursday (complete with bowls of warm cawl and spongy bread). Super frantic family Friday (filled with homemade blueberry muffins, happy hooky flowers, and bubbling lasagna). Springtime retaining wall building Satruday (boy am I sore!). And lazy antique hunting Easter Sunday (few open places, but we managed a couple hits). I’m pooped! I can hardly believe it’s been four days since I had a moment to sit down with this thing. (I’ll admit to being a little distracted anyway. Half napping, half watching NCIS while my Mam snoozes on the sofa – though she’s the one who suggested we needed a bit of Jethro.)

Despite the rain, we had some pretty mornings. (Missy kept me company in the sitting room as I hooked away. She matches the tea set rather perfectly, I think.)

And some dog-day afternoons. (Indy snuffled around while I took a break to feel the sun on my face.)

And I even managed to sit down and finish the hooky blankie project. All that’s left is to attach the flowers and put it to post! Six plus balls of yarn, 1.200 plus yards, thousands and thousands of stitches, more hours than I bothered counting, and lots and lots of love… all for my darling little niece.

She really is a spunky little thing! Check out those shades! All dolled up for Easter (which was yesterday for them) and crawling through the clover. So serious too! It’s mean business, crawling. I think she’s mad she’s not running yet.

Speaking of running, I best do so myself. Happy holiday!

Warm regards,
Am

Can We Do It?

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How do you do this again? Well I suppose it’s best if I start by introducing myself. My name’s Am, nice to meet you all. The sun finally is burning away the morning haze and I’m thinking: now what do I say? I’ve never been good at keeping a journal – even the pink monstrosity with the silly little lock and fake gold lettering I had as a child ended up more as a scribbling place for random things instead of thoughts and the marbled composition book I used in school held little more than angsty poetry. The funny part is: I’ve never been short for words. Mam insists I was born talking and haven’t shut up since. I suppose if I manage to keep this up (as is my goal this year, and perhaps I’ll succeed) you’ll find that out.

Most of the blogs I read are the stories of stay at home mams crafting their way through domesticity and the raising of children. (I have 3 8 cats, does that count?) I love it. I want to be part of it… even if it is sans children (of the two-legged variety) and sans husband (you know that spinster cousin who never married but has all the cats and the weird house and smells funny and everyone thinks is a witch? Yeah, that’s me in 15-20 years). Despite those minor deficiencies (does it help that the ‘children’ have four legs?), I’m sure one can find a certain amount of domestic bliss. Find it with me?

Warm regards,
Am