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Meow Monday: Works in Progress

I’ve been on a crafty roll lately and have a few works in progress… and the cats are never far away.

There’s the Once Upon a Time sampler, of course.  September’s block is Rapunzel… I just started working on it this past week and so far I’ve got happy little trees (and a lot of Madden in the background).

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

I started a couple mini cross stitch projects for some bookmarks inspired by Hey Porkchop.  Can’t wait to put them together and share… so cute! Plus, it’s fun to have something completed in a weekend.

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

 

 

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

I’m still reading lots of books for the Nerdbery Challenge.  I’ve collected some through Paperbackswap.com and visited the library for the first time this weekend for more.  I love having a big To-Read pile!

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

I’ve also finished up my UFO pile that’s accumulated since 2010… such a good feeling!  I have to take more pics but I’ll share more soon.  I’m brainstorming ideas for my next quilt… I’d like to do something with the hand dyed fabric I made with my guild.  Maybe something with stars?  Planning is part of the fun… but right now I’ve got too many ideas to get started on any one thing.  So we shall see!

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Happy Monday!

 

Meow Monday: Inside/Outside

The cats have had three homes now in their short little lives (not counting their extended visits with hubby’s Grandparents!). They used to have free reign inside and out when we lived in MS.  There was a park nearby but they mostly hung out on the front porch… wait, scratch that… Cora mostly tried to get herself killed by getting stuck in trees and caught by animal control.
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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
When we moved to CA, they were suddenly inside-only cats with about 600 square feet of space to share. They tolerated each other pretty well, but the confined space led to plenty of spats over territory.
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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
Now in TN, we have a bit more space but the most important improvement (for the cats, anyway) is the screened-in porch.  It keeps them contained with plenty of people/dog/bird watching to keep them entertained.  But really, all a cat needs is some sunshine and a human or two.  I suppose they’re technically still indoor-only cats, but that patch of porch has made all the difference for these outdoor-loving kitties.
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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday
It’s a win-win compromise for everyone, human and feline.

Meow Monday: Cats of Instagram, Part Fifteen

Another Instagram update!  This batch is from April – May as we settled into our new apartment and I started my job.  Time flies!

 

Stitching on the porch with my buddy Cora

Stitching on the porch with my buddy Cora

 

Keeping a watch in all directions

Keeping a watch in all directions

 

Such a helpful thing.

Such a helpful thing.

 

More stitching, more sunning

More stitching, more sunning

 

Cora claimed the new table right away

Cora claimed the new table right away

 

Tali blends right into the furniture!

Tali blends right into the furniture!

 

Two levels of napping.

Two levels of napping.

 

Bath time.

Bath time.

 

April stitching.

April stitching.

 

Cora's view of the "design wall"

Cora’s view of the “design wall”

Meow Monday: Stitching Buddies

The cats love it when I sit down to stitch, and they settle down close by as soon as I get started. That’s why you see them in every other progress pic of the Once Upon a Time sampler monthly updates.

This weekend was no exception…

 

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Tali enjoyed the sun on the porch, until the rain drove us inside.

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Meow Monday: Watercolors Part Two

Still loving the Waterlogue app these days, so here are a few recent-ish pics of the cats in watercolors…

One of these days I might print a few to hang up somewhere.

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

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And a couple other random pics from my camera roll too…

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

Meow Monday: Snuggle Buddies

Cora and Tali are expert cat nappers.  They could be professional nappers.

This weekend I started on the August block of the Once Upon a Time sampler.  I was surrounded by cats when I took this pic…

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But within a couple more moments, Tali moved over for more snuggles.  Cora must have been in a good mood (or just sleepy) because she tolerated the snuggling and even moved in closer.

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It’s pretty rare that the two of them nap together, so it was obviously worth snapping a few more pics.  I just can’t help it, I had to document the historic moment.

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Meow Monday: Kneady Kitties

Here’s a blast from the past… I dug up this video clip from deep in my drafts folder… and I have no idea why it was sitting there all by its lonesome!

I wrote this in 2012 when we were still in San Francisco:

Cora has mellowed quite a bit over the past couple years, but she’s not always very affectionate.  She doesn’t like a lot of touching, and she’s only recently (within the past couple months) started purring.  She rarely starts kneading and preparing to nap beside us, so… that’s why I felt it was worthy of video.  Yep, I’m that kind of cat lady.

She tenses up in the first few seconds because Tali comes into the room.  Don’t worry, Tali gets a cameo!

I love how big Cora’s paws get when she flexes her nails!  I think it’s so cute!

And here’s Tali getting cozy and kneady, too.

Meow Monday: Lazy Weekend

The cats had a pretty lazy weekend.  While my parents visited and the humans visited the farmer’s market, browsed antiques at The Factory, hiked around Radnor Lake, and listened to music at Third and Lindsley, the cats mostly sat around.

In exciting cat news, Tali has a new bed:

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And Cora likes to watch us leave for work from the window each morning.

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Exciting stuff!

There wasn’t much time for taking pictures of the cats, but I have plenty to share of our weekend adventures… coming tomorrow!

 

Meow Monday: Cats of Instagram, Part Fourteen

I’m at the beach for a few blissful days, so blogging lite will commence this week.  Here’s another batch on Instagram pics – I’m finally catching up, bit by bit!  I was mostly unpacked by the time the cats joined us in March, so we all settled into our new routine together.

 

Tali enjoying the view from the porch.

Tali enjoying the view from the porch.

 

My cross stitching companion is back!

My cross stitching companion is back!

 

 

My favorite cross stitch

My favorite cross stitch

 

Familiar scene in a new apartment.

Familiar scene in a new apartment.

 

Sweet Tali

Sweet Tali

 

Tali loves the sunshine!

Tali loves the sunshine!

 

So does Cora.

So does Cora.

 

A dog!

A dog!

 

Learning to use the new cat door

Learning to use the new cat door

Meow Monday: Cats of Instagram, Part Thirteen

Nothing new to report on the cat front, so here’s another batch of Instagram pics!  These go back a few months to our move, when we shipped the cats by airplane to MS and brought them to our new home a couple weeks later.  It’s crazy how time flies!

Cora's very favorite game in the old apartment: If I ever left this cabinet door open, she climbed in and peered out waiting for me to chase her out again.

Cora’s very favorite game in the old apartment: If I ever left this cabinet door open, she climbed in and peered out waiting for me to chase her out again.

Packages for me = present for Cora!

Packages for me = present for Cora!

Cora loves the Olympics too!

Cora loves the Olympics too!

Valentines

Valentines

Exploring the new boxes.

Exploring the new boxes.

Cora is so helpful packing

Cora is so helpful packing

On the way to the airport... so stressful for everyone, humans and felines!

On the way to the airport… so stressful for everyone, humans and felines!

Missing our kitties but we found a new neighbor kitty who said hello!

Missing our kitties but we found a new neighbor kitty who said hello!

Reunited with the kitties, bringing them home in our brand new car.

Reunited with the kitties, bringing them home in our brand new car.

Exploring the new apartment!

Exploring the new apartment!

 

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