Sammy and Charlie sharing a sunny spot on the bed this morning. "Oh Charlie, tell me the story again about how Mom sprung you from the cage you were in and drove you here from Staten Island. I don't like the part about the dogs barking but rest is such a good story." "OK but you have to tell me about the stars tonight." Said Charlie. "Well, it started when Mom saw my picture on the internet..." "Charlie, do you want me to start with the Fish or the Big Cat Food Dipper?"
Sammy taught her new brother, Charlie, how to drink water out of the Christmas tree stand. Charlie can't see it but he had no trouble finding it. But he didn't drink the water. "Yuck!" Good move Charlie! So I wrapped up the base and added a bowl of water. Most of the decorations are off. Sammy undecorated it as fast as I decorated it. Fortunately it was before I hung the glass ones. The first morning after the tree went up there were more ornaments on the floor than on the tree. We eventually stopped hanging them up. We went to see Dickens' Christmas Carol radio show at our library. It was a redo of the Campbell Soup show that aired with Orson Wells and John Barrymore. What a hoot! I thoroughly enjoyed it and we got to sing Christmas carols during the show. Tess & Hannah, Phil's daughters, came to visit on Christmas Eve. Jimmy, Tracy and kids were going to come but Jim was sick and had to do some certification work before the new year and I did the mom thing and suggested they don't come. I missed them but I'll go down to NC to visit soon. Jimmy's god-mother and my good friend Louise did come and stayed a few days and that was lovely. We ate lobster cakes. Bake Brie. A big hit! And Cinnamon French toast. Among many other things!! Like the eight batches of chocolate chip cookies...that's approximately 400 cookies! Breezy got a new bird feeder right outside her window perch! Sammy & Charlie were discussing who was going to get the feather toy. "I'm the new cat," says Charlie. "I must be for me!" Sammy didn't think so and helped the decision by heading off with it. Hey guys, I didn't even wrap it yet! Maggie, older and wiser, was willing to wait till Christmas morning for her treats.
There are so many more pictures to post and things to say but it's New Year's Eve and there are a few things to do before tonight. I'll just say it was a great Christmas. I enjoyed it as always!
Yes, I know Easter was yesterday but it has taken me a day to fight off the sugar coma. A delightful basket from Jim and Tracy, Michael and Hannah, and Jodi and Puddin'. What fun! Home-made hot crss buns. So good. One for breakfast, one with tea, a bite or two before bed. Carrot Cake, the perfect thing after the ham and mashed potatoes. Just a sliver, well...maybe two slivers. A nibble here and there. And I wasn't the only one down for the count. Lots of cat treats and catnip may have played a part.
Oh no! It's my birthday! I've never had one before, I wonder what will happen. Mom got me this great box with paper in it. My sister Maggie likes playing with it, too. Mom likes it when I share with her. I like to share everything except the red dot, but Maggie and Breezy catch it sometimes, too. I also got a new feather toy and some catnip treats. It was all very tiring... Maggie and I needed a nap. Birthdays are really tiring but very neat and I hope I have lots more of them.
Phil has laryngitis, he can barely talk. It would be funny if he didn't feel so bad. He has a sore throat and aches all over. He has all the flu symptoms mixed with a couple of upper respiratory thrown in to boot. As you know, if you have ever had a sick husband, they don't take it very well. Orange juice, hot tea, Aleve, chicken soup, tissues, sympathy, more chicken soup, etc. But nothing works as good as a snug from your favorite kitty. Within minutes they were both sound asleep.
I'm making an effort to rearrange my stash and wash all of my fabric so that it is ready to go! "Fold fabric? Why would you want to fold the fabric? I just got it arranged to my exacting specifications and I'm comfortable." You can't really see the two bottom shelves but you get the idea. And of course, there are several piles that haven't been integrated yet and a few (maybe 8) boxes (large storage containers) in the basement. Some of it falls under "what was I thinking when I bought that?" Hawaiian shirts? I do love bright colors! And some will be quilt backs or get dyed and painted on or donated. There is also the boxes of civil war and historical reproduction fabric for repairing older quilts. And a large box of silks for repairing vintage crazy quilts. I'm working on a stunning one now that is almost finished. More on that soon.
For now I'm just putting a load of fabric in the washer with some "color catchers" and keeping Sammy in nesting material.
This is the view out my bedroom window just as the sun is coming up on a cold and cloudy day the week after New Years. I spent three days in bed with the flu and a week getting my energy back and the next week catching up. It's amazing how far behind three days can put you.
There is a poem about a young boy who is sick and has to stay in bed and how his quilt becomes his playground. I can't remember the first lines or I would put it up here. I'll ask Phil tomorrow.
Anyway, I am recovered. And so is Sammy who was spayed a week ago Friday. Phil and I pick her up last Saturday after her over night stay at the vet. We were so glad to get her back home, we have been doting on her ever since. Well, let say even more than usual. You can see her little shaved tummy. I'm typing one handed because she is snuggled in the crook of my other arm. Oh, how we cater to our fur children. Today it is snowing again. Mrs. Cardinal had to hold on to the rhododendron branch to avoid being blown around. You can just see the fine snow blowing sideways. And the goldfinches were chowing down by the dozens. I can see them out my sewing room window. I try to have my tea there every morning.
There is more to tell but it will have to be tomorrow...