Monday, July 14, 2014

So Much News!

Wow, things are moving so fast lately!

You may have seen that I am starting a new job soon. I found a position at a company I used to deal with when I was a Vet Tech. I'll be doing sales support in the Veterinary Equipment department. In the time I've been away from Vet. Med, I'm sure there are a bajillion new pieces of equipment being used, so I'll have quite a bit of homework at the start. But I'm excited about this new job, although full time with a 25 minute commute is going to take a while to get used to!

The kittens are growing so fast, they're already 4 months old! The foster kittens are also getting in to the swing of things, pretty soon they will be busting to get out of their room and explore the rest of the house.

Katrina is teaching herself to play the ukelele, which is an adventure. So far she is playing by ear. I've ordered a book and CD for her to use. Hopefully, I'll be hearing a new song or two soon. Her trumpet lessons are going well, and I don't seem to have to nag her to practice as much as I did during the school year.

And once again, a kitten is climbing my bare leg as if it was a tree, so I've gotta run!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A quick note

I sincerely apologize for my absence, but I've been busy: new kittens, gardening, LMS gigs, hand surgery, more foster kittens, and more!

The new additions are fitting in great. Their names: Augustus Waters and Captain Raymond G. Fuzzypants. Old Braxton is getting used to them, I even catch them playing together occasionally.
Gus on the left, The Captain on the right

The garden is looking good, the chickens are keeping their lawn relatively mowed. The raspberries are starting to ripen (yum!).

I'm knitting away on another super-awesome project. but it's a gift for someone, so I can't say what it is. I did enter a sweater in the State Fair. Judging is next week. I'll be sure to let you know how I did. (not good, I'm sure - my seaming is sub-par).

The new fosters arrived yesterday: mom and 2 babies. Mom is super sweet and purrs like crazy as soon as you come in the room. The kittens are about 5 weeks old, and crazy! In fact, one of them is climbing my leg right now! Ouch! Gotta go!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

I'm Baaack!

WOW!

It has been weeks and weeks since I've been able to sit down at the ol' computer. The room was full of rambunctious kittens who would climb your leg in 2 seconds (it didn't matter if you're wearing long pants or shorts - those claws could penetrate hardened steel if needed!). So to avoid unnecessary lower-limb injury, we pretty much avoided the desktop computer at all costs.

But now the babies are all grown up, getting fixed tomorrow, then getting adopted out to great people. They were so sad when I left them at the shelter this morning. But I was strong. No tears were shed, because I know 4 of the 5 already have homes waiting for them. And the 5th kitten will get adopted lickety-split because he has such good manners.

 The house seems so quiet without them. 

Not for long because 2 little orange dudes are coming right back here to be ours forever! 




Sunday, April 27, 2014

Mini Post

I'm doing some experiments today. First and foremost, I'm composing this post on my handy-dandy tablet to see how it goes. Secondly, I'm doing a test-run with my yarn dyeing. At the moment, the mini-skein of yarn is soaking in water and vinegar. Let me tell you, the smell of wet wool and vinegar is not pleasant.

  Last night LMS played at a benefit dance for a Veteran's organization. It was a good gig, we've done it twice before. I had a last-minute solo. Normally, this would rattle me, but last night it was fine because the solo was not on my trumpet. It was a whistling solo. Making the jump from trumpet to whistling isn't easy, so I'm not sure any sound came out for the first few measures, but by the end, I was cooking!

  Oh, there's my timer. Time to dye some yarn!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

My Sincerest Apologies

  I have been remiss in blogging lately. Mainly because I can't sit down at the computer without 2 kittens climbing my leg, another sneaking onto the chair and up my back, and two more wrestling with my feet. This morning they all (Mama included) settled in on the desk chair, and I didn't have the heart to move them. I squatted at the desk for half an hour.

You can't find us because we're hiding!
 We're having trouble deciding which one(s) we're keeping.


Big mean Karl hates kittens, can't you tell?
So, as we head in to the Mother's Day flower rush, I hope I can find a few minutes to complain share my feelings about life in general here at the ol' blog.


PS - STILL NO ENGINE!!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Yay!

  I'm starting another new knitting project today, and I'm excited. I'll be excited for about the first three inches, then it may turn tedious. But I will persevere, for these are Birthday Socks! For my favorite husbeast. The dude has big feet, which makes this a bit of a rush job. His birthday is quickly approaching. But fear not! I have a full workweek coming up, which means plenty of knitting time. 

Colors of the German flag for my favorite sour Kraut!
 I hope he likes stripes.

  Spring appears to have sprung, the back yard is muddy and the daffodils are poking their heads out of the ground. It's almost kitten season, and I'm making the leap (again) to start fostering kittens. We just need to get the bicycles out of the office and cover up all the computer cables, and we'll be good to go. There's nothing better than laying on the floor and being covered in kittens!

PS Still no engine (Boo!!)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I Can't Read

  Last week I was raving about how I ordered some really great sock yarn for a project. I guess I didn't read the description very closely, because it's not what I thought. The yarn is spun onto three pound cones, but is sold by the pound, not by the cone. So, when I ordered "1" I got one pound, which is not enough for a blanket. It's still a really good price for sock yarn though, so I went ahead and ordered 2 more pounds. (comes out to about $4.50 per pair of socks, which is much less than the $20 I usually pay for hand-dyed yarn!) So I'm still excited about the purchase.

  And I've decided on a color scheme and dye pattern. Now, I just need the snow to melt and the weather to warm up so I can work outside (that way I don't have to worry about dripping & staining anything!)

  In other news, it's Spring Break for Katrina, so yesterday we drove down to Chicago to the Field Museum. They have an exhibit about the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago - one of Karl's favorite subjects. They were exhibiting some artifacts from their collection which were also exhibited at that World's Fair. It was pretty cool to see those things - some were shown in their packing crates because they were too fragile to remove all the way. We were disappointed that there wasn't more about the actual fair itself. We did learn a few things, so it wasn't a complete loss.

  And today's Spring Break activity? Shoe shopping with my mom! (YAY!)