Another busy weekend for the humans and a lonely one for the cats. We took Friday off of work to drive to MS for hubby’s 10-year high school reunion, and drove back yesterday afternoon. I’m still wrapping my mind around the fact that we are at this age now, celebrating milestones like this… and in terms of decades, at that. We had so, so much fun catching up with everyone, and the whole weekend was a blast. But my introverted self is wiped out from all the socializing and late nights! My brother is visiting for a couple days too, so I think I’ll take a mini blogging break this week and check in again for High Five for Friday.
But since this is Meow Monday, here are some random pictures of Tali in the new chair.
See you on Friday!
Over the long weekend, we roadtripped to Chattanooga for a little getaway. So much fun (pics to come)! We were only away for two nights, but the cats seemed glad when we got back yesterday afternoon.
I have a feeling that I know exactly what they were up to while we were gone…
A little of this…
A little of that…
And probably some of this too…
I’m just glad the apartment was in one piece when we got back home :)
My parents came to visit over the weekend, which is always a good time. More pics to come tomorrow… for now, another batch of your favorite #catsofinstagram! Most of these are from September/October of last year… which I can only tell because of the Once Upon a Time sampler and Halloween decorations, ha!
I like to listen to podcasts on the way to work, on road trips, when I’m cross stitching or sewing, or on a Monday night when there’s nothing on TV. I usually need to do something with my hands so I can concentrate – hence the driving, crafting, etc. But when I’m not doing any of those things, sometimes I’ll go back to my old favorite Waterlogue app to make some pretty pictures from random photos on my phone…
So today, a few recent watercolors that came about while I was listening to Pop Culture Happy Hour.
And just so we have a few more words too, here’s a list of my current favorite podcasts:
This American Life
Dear Sugar Radio
Pop Culture Happy Hour
The Lively Show
Slate’s Spoiler Specials
The Splendid Table
How Did This Get Made?
(And if you missed the first season, Serial! I will definitely be tuning into Season 2.)
I still haven’t printed any of these watercolors, or the many others I’ve made over the past year or so, but a gallery or clothesline of them all in a row would be so pretty. Maybe one of these days…
Sunday was so warm and sunny after a week of rain that I woke up with the urge to purge – and after enlisting hubby’s help to clean all the nooks and crannies we usually ignore (underneath the couch cushions! The backside of curtains! The window sills! Baseboards!) I turned my attention to the screened-in porch. It still needs a good cleaning (couldn’t quite muster the motivation for that yet) but I knew what it needed most: plants! It may only feel like spring for a moment, but I figured we’re close enough that a frost won’t kill off all my efforts. Off to the nursery we went!
The cats were quite intrigued when we got home again, naturally.
Rosemary for starters, with catnip seeds in the pot below. I’m also starting some seedlings inside for some mint (mojitos!) and more catnip, just in case it gets cold again.
It remains to be seen if the cats will knock over the planters… but after a bit of sniffing around, they seem more interested in the sunshine. I’m crossing my fingers, knocking on wood, etc.!
My procedure went really well earlier this week… everything went smoothly, the results were good, and the anesthesia wore off quickly enough that after a nap at home, I felt pretty much back to normal. And since I had a few podcasts to catch up on, I went ahead and finished up the table runner I’ve been working on while it rained… all in all, a pretty cozy sick day!
I’ve been wanting to make something with low volume fabrics (neutral/white-on-white/low contrast) and I loved having a table runner on the breakfast bar during the holidays (QAYG Patchwork Tree table runner blogged here), so I basically did the exact same project with a new block (the basic Cat block from Oh, Fransson‘s Catvent Quilt-Along). Once again, I used the QAYG technique from Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern by Jera Brandvig to make each block, which resulted in denser quilting that I would usually be able to do (more because of my patience/skill level than anything to do with my home machine). The QAYG technique quilts each block to individual squares of batting, then you join them all together and attach to the backing with a simpler quilting. I just did a basic grid, then finished it up with cheater binding. It was really fun to work with scrappy black and white fabrics, and I’ve got a ton of other ideas in my mind for my next low volume project.
You’ve already seen a few progress pics along the way, and here are a few more!
Cora assisted along the way, so of course she helped with the photo shoot too!
Another card for the recipe box!
I’m linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish Friday!
My parents visited for another infusion and stayed over for the weekend too. We had a fun couple days hanging out, checking out the James K. Polk home, visiting family… more on that tomorrow! The grandcats reacted in the usual ways to having visitors… Tali loved the extra attention and upped the affection, and Cora acted out by running around and causing a few injuries. Ah, cats…
Tali enjoyed the fresh laundry…
Cora enjoyed the V Day gifts…
And needed a little extra love…
(Can you spot Tali?)
It’s always entertaining with the cats around!