Saturday, September 24, 2016

It's fall....

.... but this is not quite what I had in mind....
Friday morning Dave and I awoke to the sound of rain and chainsaws. I'd forgotten that a neighbour told me they were going to be removing 22 trees in our complex (probably about a third of the trees). I don't know the reason, but I'm guessing they weren't in great shape. And sad as it is to see them go, it's better than letting them fall on their own.
The street certainly looked different when they were through. Every one of those lawns had a tree. Luckily, it looks like we get to keep ours.

While being serenaded by chainsaw and wood chippers,  I spent a good chunk of the day contemplating a new fall project.
I've settled on designing a pair of boot toppers for the green leather boots I got this spring. I ordered them online, and when I got them I discovered they were just a touch too narrow in the calf. I can get them zipped up all but one last inch. They are leather, so they will stretch eventually, but until they do, boot toppers will provide a nice bit of camouflage.
The yarn is a skein of Alley Cat I stole from the dye studio a few months back. I'm pretty sure it was one of Mom's but we have a hard time keeping track nowadays. It's a nice mix of muted green that match the boots perfectly.

I'm thinking of some sort of lacy leaf motif... because... what else?

Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Felines

I know it's been a week of almost nothing but felines... but what's one more...
 .... or two.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

No kitty for me....

About four hours after I got the collar on him, his owner texted me. His name is Ollie and he lives on the other side of the complex.

While I'm glad he isn't lost or abandoned, I'm also kind of sad. I was kind of hoping we would be able to take him in. I told his owner that Ollie is welcome to come visit my yard any time he likes. (I suspect he won't be around as much since now we won't be giving him food).

But he can still come for the catnip. And the sunflowers
The foxglove
And the Delphiums...
The lavender...
And the roses.....

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Still here...

This big, beautiful boy continues to grace us with his prescence. Yesterday, I got home from work and he'd already been here for an hour. Dave gave him something to eat, any they were hanging out in the yard BBQing.

After dinner, I sat in the yard with him and watched him chase one of Rupert's sparkle balls for a bit before he got bored and wandered off.  Today, he showed up around 2 p.m. Sitting at the back door, waiting for me or Rupert to notice him.
While he was eating, I was able to get a collar on him (with only a little growl). Taped to that collar is a note, asking his owner to call/text/email me and let me know he has a home. If I don't hear anything, or he comes back with the collar still on, Friday I'll get him in the carrier and up to the vet for a microchip scan.
He's far too lovely to be left out on his own.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

All natural

In between playing with stray cats and lounging around, I managed to finish up one half of the Hallowe'en project.
I've wanted to design a lacy, fold-over cuff ankle sock for years, but this year's costume finally gave me the push to do it.

I'm using natural Alley Cat, which is always a pleasure to work with. And there's just something about a white, lacy sock!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Look who's back...

Yep. Sunday night, right around dinner time, he sauntered up to the back door and let me know he was looking for a bite.
And yep - I said "he". I got a better look at his floofy back end this time, and I'm 99% sure she is a he (but boy is there a lot of fur back there!). This time around I was allowed to pet him, and even got some purrs.

After dinner, it was time for some more nip
And some belly-showing
And despite how inviting that belly looks...
Don't fall for it!
He hung out for about half an hour before wandering off.
 After a good stretch and scratch on my fence.  I went back inside to finish cooking dinner, but soon enough, my attention was drawn to the back door once again.
Visitor kitty REALLY wanted to come in, but as you can see, someone wasn't going to let him pass.
While I finished dinner, Dave went out to make friends.  (he ended up with a scratched hand too, despite my warnings.)
I finally spoke with my neighbour and their cat is safely inside, so I'll have to keep looking.
Such a gorgeous kitty definitely belongs somewhere!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Local Lynx

Friday night, not long before bedtime, the temperature dropped and I went to close the back door. Naturally Rupert was there and making quite a scene, but that's not unusual - he loves to talk to the moths.

But it wasn't a moth he was talking to this time.
This beauty was in the garden, having a good roll in the cat nip. She came right over when I called her, but was still pretty nervous. I wasn't allowed to pet her, though she was happy to rub up against my legs.

I brought her out a dish of food, and though she sniffed it, she didn't eat it. She did have a few cat treats, but she was far more interested in the nip patch. After about half an hour she went on her way. While she was beautiful, I didn't think much more about her. It's not unusual for neighbourhood cats to wander through.

But the next morning, I went out to pick some raspberries for breakfast, when all of a sudden I turned around and there she was again...
 This time she gobbled down some wet food, and about half of the dry food I'd brought out the night before.
In the light of day, I could see she was in immaculate shape, with a beautiful long coat that had obviously seen regular grooming from a brush.  I started to worry she was someone's house cat who got out. While she ate, I checked all the local lost pet listings. No one had reported her missing. And as much as I wanted to, I couldn't bring her in the house.
She was still too nervous, and there was no way Rupert was going to let it happen. I decided I'd keep food out for her, and come Monday, if she's still around, I'll get her in a carrier and to the vet for a micro-chip scan.
She didn't come back for dinner, and we haven't see her today. Hopefully she was just pulling an all nighter and is back home curled up in a nice comfy bed like the princess she is.