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Nashville City Sights: WWE Wrestling

Hubby’s recent hobby has been watching WWE wrestling… I think it started as part joke, part nostalgia, but the enjoyment is real. So when WWE Raw came to Nashville… so did we. Quite an interesting show! I didn’t know what to expect, and our seats were pretty terrible, but it was a lot of fun. All the fan favorites showed up… Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, the Bella twins, etc. etc. It actually seemed quieter than TV makes it seem, without the sound effects and constant narration from the announcers.
Small photo dump ahead:
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The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
 More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!

Meow Monday: Snow Days

The ice finally melted over the weekend and the temps are back to normal-cold, but the cats enjoyed the days of snow and ice while they lasted.

Plenty of staring out the window…

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

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Napping on the couch…

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Assisting in the sewing room…

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

And plenty of lounging around, of course!

Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home

While my parents visited last weekend, we stopped by the James K. Polk home on our way to visit family in the area. I honestly barely remembered anything about the 11th president from history class, but we enjoyed a quick guided tour of his parents’ house, kitchen, and gardens. It was a fun stop in downtown Columbia, and since we happened to go on Presidents’ Day weekend, the price was half off…. bonus!
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You know what time it is… time for a photo dump!
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The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
Inside the main house was a museum room, gift shop, and a short video.
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The guided tour through the Polks’ home was interesting, especially with all the  original furniture and portraits.
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The outside kitchen also led to the gardens.
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
I loved the courtyard and gardens best, even if the fountain was frozen and this time of year probably isn’t the greenest.
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The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
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The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
Sam spotted the calico cat, of course.
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
(Mama’s favorite statue!)
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The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
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The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights: James K. Polk Home
To wrap up our Valentine’s Day, we got to see some of my mom’s side of the family who have a farm nearby, then a double date for dinner at Puckett’s Boat House.
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 More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!

Meow Monday: Grandcats

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…

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Cora enjoyed the V Day gifts…

 

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And needed a little extra love…

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(Can you spot Tali?)

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It’s always entertaining with the cats around!

City Sights: Nashville Neighborhoods

We haven’t been doing much city sight seeing lately, but Saturday was warm and sunny and I was finally feeling better after being sick, so of course we had to take advantage! We took a drive over to Nashville to check out some neighborhoods and enjoy being outside after weeks of cold weather.
Around the 12 South neighborhood, we ate lunch and did some window shopping. We couldn’t pass Jeni’s by without stopping for ice cream!
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
Two scoops for me – wildberry lavender and coffee with cream & sugar. Yum!
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
After checking out the neighborhoods around 12 South, we drove through Sylvan Park and The Nations neighborhood, then ended up in East Nashville to check out the bookstore Bookman Bookwoman.
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
Bookman Bookwoman is pretty cool, with long aisles, alcoves, and nooks full of used and new books.  (Of course I can never leave a bookstore empty handed.)
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
The Amateur Librarian // Nashville City Sights
 It was so nice to spend some time walking around outside again, especially since the temps are back in the 30s this week.  More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!

Meow Monday: Cats of Instagram, Part Nineteen

I’ve been sick this past weekend, so I’ve been feeling pretty lazy… and so have the cats! Lots of naps going on lately. How about another Instagram update? These are from August and September of last year… I’ll probably never catch up, ha!

 

Little pawsies

Little pawsies

 

Cora is so helpful!

Cora is so helpful!

 

Nap time

Nap time

 

More progress, more naps

More progress, more naps

 

Tali rolling around in the sunshine

Tali rolling around in the sunshine

 

Familiar scene.

Familiar scene.

 

More sunshine, more stitching, more cat naps

More sunshine, more stitching, more cat naps

 

Stitching outside with the kitties

Stitching outside with the kitties

 

Tali the shadow cat

Tali the shadow cat

 

Besties

Besties

Meow Monday: Kitten Pics

Every year or so I have to share this kitten picture of Cora… how can you resist a face like this?

When we got Cora, we didn’t have a couch or a kitchen table yet… but we were fresh from our honeymoon and knew we needed a cat!

Couch = 0, Cat = 1

Cora has always had plenty of personality to make up for what she lacks in tail.

And now… almost six years old and still plenty of spunk. She’s mellowed plenty too, and only has to be squirted with water a couple times a week (major improvement).

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Tali came along about a year after we were married, the oldest of the bunch at the Humane Society and the sweetest one by far. We don’t have any kitten pics, but look how cute she was five years ago:

And now… she looks pretty much the same! Five years later, she’s still as sweet, and finally trusts us enough to pick her up and cuddle without freaking out. Progress!

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I think they even like each other now!

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Thanks for walking down memory lane with me… and happy Monday!

Collections and Collages

I recently had three finished cross stitch projects professionally framed, and finally felt like I had enough of a collection for a collage wall.

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The big blank wall has been begging for art ever since we moved in. In all its glory:

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After quite a few deliberations, I finally settled on an arrangement. It was tricky to balance out the different sizes, frame finishes, and mat colors while still leaving room to grow if I add more projects later.

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The Amateur Librarian // Craft Storage

I’ve blogged before about all these projects, so here are some links if you want more details: The top left is a cross stitch that used to hang in my Grandmom’s house before my aunt passed it to me as a wedding present. Below that, the Welcome to Gingerbread Lane cross stitch that I finished around Christmas 2013. In the middle, the Once Upon a Time sampler that I worked on throughout 2014 and just finished up. The top right is the Autumn Harvest Festival cross stitch that I worked on last Fall. Below that is a another wintry sampler that I finished in 2011.

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I debated whether I wanted projects that were obviously “Christmas” or “Fall” displayed year round, but I decided the year-long project in the middle tied it all together, and with so many different  finishes going on I decided to embrace the mix and match feel.

Since I had a hammer in the guest room, I also rearranged my collection of mini quilts on the opposite wall. Here’s a look at the bakers twine clothesline (and old storage!) I had up before:

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I got tired of the twine, so I just used push pins to bring the collection closer together. It looks a bit off center but that’s because the furniture isn’t centered to leave a clear path to the guest bathroom. It doesn’t seem too off-centered when you’re in the room, though.

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The Amateur Librarian // Craft Storage

I even found a place for the little wooden house I painted the other weekend:

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Do banners and thread count as collections too? Because I also have some of both in the guest room too, above the sewing table.

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It’s nice to have a few of my favorite things in this room while I sew. And now that the walls are full, I think I’m done for now!

Meow Monday: Water Feature

Happy MLK Day! I do not have the day off… but hubby does… so I’m trying not to feel too jealous. But the most exciting news comes from the cat world: we have a new water bowl. A fancy fountain of a water bowl!

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The old bowl wasn’t up to snuff – it got pretty gross pretty often, and it didn’t seem sanitary. We found this one at the pet shop and figured the cats would enjoy the running water feature. (The green bowl only holds 1/2 cup twice a day, per the vet’s recommendation… but somehow the cats are still fat.)

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It’s so funny to watch them investigate something new… they are very suspicious at first, but warmed up eventually.

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

I’m not thrilled that it has to be plugged in and there’s a “tinkling” sound in the background now, but the cats do seem to like it, so we’ll give it a couple weeks and see how it goes.

Meow Monday: Cats in the Background

The cats are pretty much always around, no matter what I’m doing. And if I’m working on something, I pretty much always try to take a picture of it with a cat in the background… you know, to up the cute factor.

 

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

I’ve been jumping around a lot between projects lately, but I haven’t really settled on anything. It’s fun to dabble every now and then, but I’m trying not to leave too many WIP in my wake.

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

More on the fun stuff in the foreground later, but for now… cats, cats, cats in the background!

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

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