Tuesday, May 24, 2016

This or that: A meme (with garden pictures in between)

I've been busy cleaning my way through vacation so far, and it doesn't make for great blogging, so here's another meme from Kathy B...
Do you love Noro or not so much? 
I like the long colour runs but that's about it. I hate the quality of the yarn and the many knots. So now if I want a long color run, I dye it myself using blanks, or I go with Crystal Palace. Their Mochi line is divine (though you still get the occasional knot)
The prettiest Lilac ever!
Are you more likely to wear a poncho or a shawl?
I love both, but I find ponchos more practical. With shawls, I'm constantly adjusting, and sliding and rearranging. A poncho is actually next on my to-knit list.
Which brings you more joy,Casting on or Casting off?
Casting off, hands down. Oh, casting on is nice, and there's always the excitement of a new project, but there's nothing like casting off and admiring you work.
Dianthan season!
Are you more likely to knit a baby a hat or booties?
Tough one - I'm not really keen on either. When knitting for babies, I prefer to knit cardigans or toys. But if I had to chose... let's go with hats!
Wee English Daisies
Does anyone in your family fall asleep in a chair or do they fall asleep in bed?
My grandpa was terrible for it. He'd fall asleep watching his hockey game, and as soon as you changed the channel, he'd wake up and yell at you because he was watching that dontchaknow!!! On the rare occasion, when we've had a very long day, Dave will fall asleep in his chair. But as soon as I notice, I boot him up to bed.
Salvia starting to bloom
 Would you rather win a hot air balloon ride or a dinner cruise? 
Hot air balloon. I went on a dinner cruise in Toronto once and it was horrible. Over-priced (I didn't pay but my poor date was out a pretty penny), crowded, terrible food, and bugs everywhere. Swarms of little black midges.
Lots of strawberries coming
Do you watch the awful news or do you avoid it?
I'm a former journalist, so it's hard for me to avoid it. Though I don't watch it. I hate video news*. I read it. Lots and lots and lots of it. I read the awful news and the good news. The boring news and the fun news. As long as it's well written, I eat it up.
I think reading about the awful things helps you understand the world a little more, and appreciate the good news a whole lot more. 
*I find video news far too short and seriously lacking in information and balance. Generally, they only have a minute or two to tell the story, so you know you're not getting anywhere remotely close to the full story.
My Columbine finally bloomed. Such a pretty colour!
Do you go to the movies or wait for them on cable?
We  watch at home. I enjoy the theatre (if not the expense) but Dave is not a fan of crowds. The last movie I saw in the theatre was Dark Shadows (I went with Aneesha), but the last time before that.... Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets... Dave and I had only been dating a few months, so I could still get him to do things he didn't really like...

Monday, May 23, 2016

Little stitches

Despite all evidence to the contrary lately, this is still a knitting blog. And I have been knitting
Not a lot, but enough to finish the leg, turn the heel and start on the gusset of the second Johnny sock. Today is a holiday in Canada, and I'm on vacation for the rest of the week; I got most of my outdoor work done yesterday, so that means I should be able to find time to finish up a project or two while I'm off. After all the chaos lately, it will feel good to clear a few cobwebs out of the closet...

And thank you for all the great name suggestions. I'm keeping the contest open until we have him home and he can try on a few of our favourites... so if you want to add some more... enter as many times as you like.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Who's that kitty?

After the last Friday Felines post, some of you have may have guessed (and some of you may have seen it already on our facebook page)... but yes...
... we won't be a one-cat household for much longer. Yesterday, Mom accompanied me to the shelter to see if I could find a new companion. No one will ever replace Tux or Rocky, but this little sofa lion should help fill the hole in my heart a little.

He's very timid - not completely terrified like Peno was - but it didn't take long for him to realize he could get a good ear scratching from me. He only eight months old and was a stray, so I don't think he's had a lot of positive human contact. Once he's out of the shelter and into a big, comfy home, he'll warm right up.

I can't bring him home until he's been neutered, but that should happen sometime this week. But in the meantime... he needs a name! So we are taking suggestions. If you have one, leave it in the comments (or on our facebook post). If we choose the name you suggested, we'll send you a skein of yarn!

And meanwhile, I'll be counting down the days until he's home.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Instant gratification

Next time I go crazy with the flower seeds, please remind me that I'm really about instant gratification, and seeds are not the way to go for me....

After planting all the seedlings, bulbs and picking up a few small items last week, I told myself there was really nothing more I needed for the gardens, with the exception of a tomato plant.

But, just before I left for the garden centre to get that tomato plant, I took a peak at the back garden. The squirrels ran off with all but one of the sunflowers, and as I predicted only about half the other seedlings took... and everything was just so small.....

So. I got my tomato plant but....
I might have got a few other things....
I adore irises, but all the gardens centers around here only seem to carry are plain purple ones.  I was very excited when I found this red one
... and it won't be too long before I see it in person.
Bee Balm was on my "to-get" list this year, but I was having trouble finding it. I had to search through almost every pot in the garden centre... but there it finally was! It's suppose to attract hummingbirds - I really hope some find their way to my yard.
This pin cushion flower was right beside it, so it found its way into my cart.
And then I came across these red Susans. I love Susans because they bloom right into fall. It will be nice to have these on the opposite side of the yard.
This Salvia was almost ready to bloom... and the garden needs some colour.... so along theycame.
and these little English Daisies were just too cute to walk by.

Some more poppies and a Liatris plant might have followed me home too.
... that's better. And by the end of the summer.... it'll be amazing! And sine the bee balm, pincushion flower, milkweed, and salvia all attract butterflies too... I think this will be butterfly garden!

Oh - and I did get that tomato...

Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Felines

"You know... I'm starting to think this cat couch might be a little big for just one...."

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Little things

Thank you once again for all your kind words and thoughts. We're coping, and I don't like to dwell in sorrow, so like I said when Rocky passed, you've got to focus on and enjoy the little things to get you through.

So yesterday afternoon, I dried my tears, wiped my nose and laced up my shoes to go for a walk. There was a parcel waiting for me at the post office...
I'd ordered these sandals two months ago. They took forever to arrive, but the timing couldn't have been better. And as for little things...
I didn't notice they had little stars in the centre of the flowers when I ordered them.(stars are my favourite!)  (I may have a few more pairs of shoes arriving in a few weeks... I cannot be held responsible for the things I buy when I'm grieving.)

On the way back from the post office, some very little things caught my eye...
These little crocus-like flowers were growing randomly throughout the lawn of a local church. So I picked a handful and brought them home.

And at home...
 One of the turkistan tulips has bloomed.

As have the irises I planted last year...
I love these - they are such a deep dark purple.

Any day now, the lilac will pop....
And it's such a pretty lilac when it does.

And look....
 Blue Girl is working on being the first rose to bloom this year.

They are very little things, but they make me smile through the gloom.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sir Tuxedo Thunderpaws 2004-2016

I appreciate all your well-wishes, but last night it became very apparent that Tux wasn't going to bounce back. I spent the night sleeping fitfully on the couch with him, and at 5:30 am he woke me up again. So I bundled him up in his favourite blankie, and we sat in the yard as the world woke up around us, waiting for the vet's office to open up.

Dave drove us up first thing, and together we said a final goodbye to our dear sweet Tuxie boy.
It's very hard so soon after Rocky, but not really unexpected. I've been preparing myself for this since before his surgery... three  years ago. Every day of those last three years has been a gift.

You can read the full story of how Tux came into my life here... but suffice it to say... he chose me.
And while he was my best buddy from the start... 
He and Dave had some territorial issues to work out
But they soon settled things, and while they weren't best friends, they coexisted pretty well (as long as I let Tux sleep on Dave's pillow when Dave wasn't home.)
Tux was full of catitude, but at the same time was absolutely the sweetest, snuggliest boy. And he had a silly side too.
He had no problem letting you know what he wanted...
or taking it either, when the occasion arose...
It's going to be a while before I can eat icecream with out missing him sorely (or a cheeseburger, a sandwich, chicken, bacon, pizza, a piece of cheese, a bowl of cereal, a cookie....)

And while his amputation slowed him down a little bit...
It didn't change his outlook and attitude one bit!
Like Rocky, he loved to be outside, soaking up the sun...
And as sad as I am, at least he's with his best bud once again.
 He was the most amazing cat who left his mark on me in more ways than one...
He will always be a part of me...
and thank you to all of your who helped give us an extra three years with him. I treasured every minute of it
Buh-bye Big Bear. We will miss you.