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§ May 22nd, 2006 § Filed under quilting § Add a comment

Here’s what happens when you go to a getaway weekend, a long stretch of time to work on your own projects, without any idea of what to work on. There is no way to pack when you don’t have plans or a goal or two. So you bring a lot of stuff and hope that something you bring will be usable. There’s no starting point. You sit and wait for inspiration to strike… ha!

Yeah, you come home with 71 72 two inch squares that have silk strips through them. Yeah. I either need a whole lot more of these OR I need to have my head examined!

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§ May 14th, 2006 § Filed under quilting § Add a comment

The cats and the kits are all snoozing away this long rainy afternoon – seems like a good idea actually. But while they’ve been occupied, I’ve gotten my new quilt all sewn together. One little spot needs some fixing and the first seam needs a little un-doing where I changed feet and had to restitch to make the seam allowance the same size.

It’s always exciting to see the top finished — does it look like I thought? does it work? How will the next steps work? All I can say right now is that I like it – it sort of glows in an earthy kind of way. Just like spring!

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§ May 14th, 2006 § Filed under quilting § Add a comment

Heard in passing on TV:

“…the incredible ceiling was painted by faux artist, **name deleted**…”

OK, but given that it went with an “old tiffany pattern (china) but it’s fun”, I’m guessing he makes good money at being a faux artist!

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§ May 13th, 2006 § Filed under quilting § Add a comment

Life’s pretty good at

  • the Louvre – 7.5 million visitors a year.
  • Disneyland, Anaheim — 13,360,000 (2004)
  • Magic Kingdom — 16.2 million visitors, making it the most visited theme park in the world.

In other news, more kitten butt-sniffing, this time from Gus! And from Deirdre, some ear sniffing and well, a few ear licks and maybe a head-butt or two. Gus and the two kittens and I played “lets catch that weird birdie thing that keeps whizzing around overhead”. A little catnip, a new rotation of toys (old ones back into the catnip jar), some scritching.

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§ May 11th, 2006 § Filed under quilting § Add a comment

Almost the end of week one:

Well here we are on the eve of week two already and what progress I have to report. First off, in the quilting arena, I am very slowly and determinedly sewing together the rows of my new quilt. This is where the persistence pays off. I get rewarded each night with a little more of the coming quilt revealed, which is quite an incentive. But it is, as I like to call it: my life, an inch and a half at a time.

Then there’s the whole cat v kitten thing. There has been a huge amount of progress here. Yesterday I observed a small amount of what we in the cat field call “butt-sniffing”, specifically Deirdre (aka boss lady cat) sniffing the butts of the youngsters. Now this alone is good because earlier behavior was to hiss and puff at every near occurence of the youngsters. But socially, this is a significant sign.

This morning, yesterday’s butt-sniffing had moved into sideways-body-rubbing with the occasional but very casual (I might not mean this yet) head butt. Voila! That’s great. Deirdre now spends time sitting somewhere in the middle of a room watching all the tumble and jumble of two kittens whirling around.

Gus is still keeping his distance; not abnormally since male cats do tend to be more wary of young kits. I do notice that he doesn’t exactly flee every scene containing a small furry bundle, but there’s no physical contact yet. Yet.

For myself, other than the 5 am flying lessons I was giving kittens this morning. Off! Off! Off! I can honestly say I haven’t laughed so hard or so often in a very long time. Kittens are r’][[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[+————- really bad assistant typists. But they are really good at putting on acrobatic displays that defy physical laws. They do incredible feats of daring like leaping to the top of the very tall scratching post. Or walking up it and then flinging themselves off at the passing brother. They achieve amazing speeds while whirling dervishing themselves in an attempt to catch their tails. And then they collapse in a little kitten heap on my lap while serving up an apparently restorative purr. Deirdre looks like just watching them is exhausting! Now if there was just a reset button on that 5 AM wakeup call they seem to have…. Off! Off! Off! No snooze button either….

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