Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday Felines

Somebody is growing fast...
He's now as big as Rupert, and it won't be long before he outgrows his wee ginger brother. It definitely takes more effort to pick him up these days.
Next month he'll be six months old and he's rapidly losing his kitten looks. Except when he plays or gets snuggly - then he's full on squeeeeee!
 All that floof is still soft, but he's getting so shiny too.
He loves to be outside, adventuring with Relic (at least as far as his leash will let him).
But he knows he's most at home at his mama's feet (and in her arms or on her pillow).

Thursday, October 19, 2017

FO: Jaywalker

The second pair of socks for the I ❤ Fall KAL is done!
The pattern is Jaywalker, but the dyeing on the yarn softens the zigzags a little.
 The main yarn is Twisted Fibre Arts Kabam (colour is Netherfield), and I had some leftover Jungle Cat in my stash that was just perfect for heels and toes.
Although I didn't plan it that way the "stripes" line up pretty much perfectly across both socks.  I don't mind mismatched socks, but this was pure luck.
I made a pair of Jaywalkers earlier this year, but even on the smallest size (76 stitches) they were too big for my narrow feet, so for this pair I went down to 68 stitches.
The fit is perfect - and they are done just in time... the cold winds are blowing! Perfect sock weather.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Relic Report

It's been a week since Relic's adventure and I'm pleased to say everything is healing quite nicely. He's been cone-free for a few days and has adapted to life as a house cat surprisingly well.
I was hoping we'd be able to convert him to an indoor-only cat. But with  a boy who's been on his own for at least three years... it's just not to be. I managed to keep him in until Tuesday, but by then he was getting pretty squirrelly.

So Tuesday morning I opened the door and off he ran.
But he was back shortly after, looking for a mid-morning snack. In fact, that's become his thing. Back and forth several times a day, grabbing nibbles and maybe a snuggle.
Come evening though, I shut the door and keep him in. He's not overly thrilled at first... but I think he'll get used to it.
And inter-cat relations are going as well as can be expected. He gets along fine with Burton as long as Burton doesn't get too pushy. A quick yell or light swat usually solves any transgressions. He and Peno mostly ignore each other - except for the other night when Peno came down for her usual snuggle with Dave, and found Relic in her spot. Dave got one heck of a look from Peno and I had to take Relic so Dave could go console the old girl.

Rupert and Relic though... well, I don't think they are going to be best friends any time soon. They can occupy the same room without issues most of the time; there's no real over-the-tip aggression where I have to step in (Relic is a surprisingly mellow cat), but Rupert is fond of a good hit-and-run sneak attack.

And don't let that picture above fool you - Rupert is HALF the size of Relic. Relic is a healthy 13.5 lbs of pure muscle, and Rupert is a dainty little 6 lbs 6 oz. If Rupert really pushes things, he's going to come out on the losing end.

I figure things will settle down in a month or so. And who knows... Relic might even join in on Burton and Rupert's nightly game of chase.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Though we only said our vows two years ago, it's been 15 years since our first date (and that's the day we count our anniversary from). Like any solid relationship, it's not perfect. There are ups, there are downs... there are times you want to walk away and leave it all behind.
But you quickly realize that life just wouldn't be as good without that person at your side.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Late bloomers

I know I probably sound like a broken record... but it's the middle of October and holy gardens batman! Yes, they are starting to wind down, but there's still a surprising amount of colour out there.
Out front those adorable little Toad Lilies have bloomed.
They are so small but just look at those speckles! I definitely need to get more next year.
The Strawberry Mango Smoothie Coneflower (boy, that's a mouthful) I bought this spring finally bloomed. It was considered a "designer" variety, and quite a bit more  expensive than my usual buys, but since I was using PC points, I splurged, and I'm glad I did. The Coneflowers really bring in the butterflies and this one is a nice unique addition.
The Iceland Poppies started using the Winter Sow method this year are still blooming. They've been such a consistent bloomer, and it's always a little extra thrill knowing you started them from seed.
And KathyB - this one is for you. I was so surprised when I looked out my window yesterday morning and saw the Lupin in bloom! It was a coin toss whether it would bloom this year or not and it was looking like it was going to be not. But I guess the gardens are just full of surprises.  These were started from seed too, so I'm extra proud.
And while insect activity in the backyard has definitely  dwindled - there's still a few industrious Bumblers grabbing what pollen they can. I'm glad my little gardens are a good source for them.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Unexpected journey

I was planning on having a nice quiet weekend at home, but Saturday morning, we got a call from Dave's uncle, and next thing I new I was packing up for a trip to Long Point for the day. I forgot my camera, but I did bring my knitting.
And I managed to get half a sock done before it got too dark to knit.

I also sweet talked Dave into a quick side trip to Port Dover. There's a really big Lens Mills there. I needed a washable pen for my quilting, but they also have  a HUGE selection of fat quarters.
I didn't have a lot of time, but a few pretty pink prints, as well as the Hello Kitty fabrics jumped out at me. Mom and I have plans to go back soon... I need more time to sort through the selection!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Oh my stars!

Even though I was on vacation this week, I kept my commitment to try to make at least one star block every day!
And I'm pleased to say... all 16 blocks are completed.  My original plan was to just line them up and sew them all together, but they are no where good enough for that... there would be a lot of mismatched points.
So I bought this lovely chunk of blue-green batik which will become so nice sashing. I still need some other sashing fabrics to make this big enough for a queen-size bed, and of course binding and backing... but it feels good to have all those blocks done!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday felines

Friday the 13th... a day for superstitions! So I thought we'd take a look at black cats...

But instead of ill-luck... let's discuss their good luck!
An old British superstition says that giving a bride a black cat on her wedding day will bring her good luck in her marriage..
The Japanese believe that black cats bring luck and prosperity... and ward off demons and evil spirits!
In some theatre circles, it's believed that if a black cat joins your audience, your play will be successful.
French peasants long believed that if a black cat was released at a crossroads where five roads intersect, the black cat would lead them to treasure.
In the south of France, it's believed that those who treat black cats well  will have good fortune.
 British sailors thought black cats would ensure a safe trip home.
And we all know how lucky I am to have this little dark shadow in my life!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

It's official...

This big, bouncing, no-so-baby boy...
is officially part of the Wandering Cat clan. Tuesday night he had to stay in with us for the whole night....
And you can see just how thrilled  Rupert was about that...
But we had to be up bright and early to the vet clinic.
Where he was check, vaccinated, micro-chipped and neutered.
Unfortunately his FIV test came back positive.  It could be a false positive, so we'll have him tested again. But it just means we have to take a little extra care. Which we are more than happy to do

Welcome Home Relic.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

I ❤ Fall KAL prize

As you may have read on Dee's blog a few weeks back, I'm offering up another prize for the I ❤ Fall KAL.

I finally got back to the dye studio the other day, and my plan was to dye up something in traditional fall colours (orange, red, brown)... but as you may have noticed with the KAL entries, everyone has a different idea of what fall means to them.

So I decided to dye a skein of yarn that hold a special fall meaning in my life...
My Chicago Peace rose is beautiful all year round, but as you know, come fall, she really seems to shine...
So I give you "October Rose", a beautiful blend of soft butter yellow, pale apricot with a swath of bold blush.
It's on Alley Cat, an 80/20 blend of Merino and Nylon - perfect for socks.  This skein will be sent to one lucky winner at the end of the KAL... so get stitching!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Last dance with berry jam

I mentioned the other day that I'm on vacation this week. And for the last month or so, I've been saving up the raspberries from the yard...
And  I'd finally gathered enough for a batch of jam, so yesterday morning, I got cooking.
 Admittedly, it feels weird to be making jam in October... but through the magic of science, I have ever-bearing raspberries bushes. And the fall crop is much more robust than the summer crop. So we've still got fresh berries until the frost hits...
And a sweet taste of summer for when the snow falls.

Monday, October 9, 2017

October roses

It's Thanksgiving here in Canada. While Dave and I have no grand plans for the day, I always like to take a little time to count my blessings.

Of course, I'm grateful for Dave. He manages to drive me crazy, and drive me to giggles all at the same time. I've got two fantastic parents who've really made this whole "carless" thing a heck of a lot easier too. In fact, they've just made life a heck of a lot easier in general.

Then there's my furbabies. From the little black kitten who crossed my path, the the ginger boy who soothed my soul after loss,  the Torti with the attitude who just keeps on keeping on, to the new garden tiger who's reluctantly considering life as a house cat.... my life is truly full of precious purrs.

I've got a job I mostly love, that not only keeps a roof over our heads, but allows me an incredible amount of felixibily, but also the ability to work from the comfort of my own home.

And I'm thankful for my gardens. Especially my roses. We don't usually get REALLY cold weather until November, and the roses just seem to shine after the humidity passes.
You don't think of roses when you think of October.
And though it's been three years since I planted my first one...
It never ceases to amaze me how beautiful the are in the fall.

I really do have a wonderful life.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

On my soapbox

I've said it before... my bloggy pals are the best pals
This lovely little package of goodness arrived on Thursday. Many of you will recognize it as the work of Araignee. Not only is she incredibly talented, she's incredibly generous with the fruits of her labour.

I'm on vacation this week and I can't wait to take some time and give my feet a little pampering with her foot fizzies and lotion.

The soap is already on the side of the tub... making bathtime soooo much sweeter!

Thanks Araignee!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Garden close-ups

 Iceland poppy
 Peach Foxglove
 Blue Anemone
 Mauve Delphinium
 Blanket flower
 Double-bloom Susans
 Chicago Peace
 Pincushion plant