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!
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!
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!
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).
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!
I think they even like each other now!
Thanks for walking down memory lane with me… and happy Monday!
I recently had three finished cross stitch projects professionally framed, and finally felt like I had enough of a collection for a collage wall.
The big blank wall has been begging for art ever since we moved in. In all its glory:
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.
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.
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:
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.
I even found a place for the little wooden house I painted the other weekend:
Do banners and thread count as collections too? Because I also have some of both in the guest room too, above the sewing table.
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!
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!
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.)
It’s so funny to watch them investigate something new… they are very suspicious at first, but warmed up eventually.
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.
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.
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.
More on the fun stuff in the foreground later, but for now… cats, cats, cats in the background!