Monday, July 12, 2004

Been playing around with the template but the old orange one keeps showing up, maybe it needs a little time before it pops up. I'm hoping to add more links if I can ever figure out the whole html thing again. I guess I need to play around with it more often so I don't forget how to do things and how to write html.

Well here's what I've been doing the last couple of days:

I want to make a funky, bright granny square afghan. Most of the ones I've seen, the blocks are connected together using black, navy, white or dark brown. I wanted something bright and happy so I've been playing around with various colors of yarn and a couple of bright ombres I've had around the house.

What have I learned from this experience? That I should never ever trust my own color choices. Truthfully? I think these blocks look fine and all go together but I know there are some color savvy people out there that are going to be saying to themselves, "What in the hell is that chick thinking?" The ombres I'm using are Red Heart's Pinata and Starbrights. They both seem to work with the yellow I'm using as the final round on my squares. I thought at the start of this project that I had a pretty varied Red Heart collection but boy was I ever wrong. When we made a Walmart run the other day I thought I might be able to add to the seven solids I had on hand and unfortunately these are the only colors my Walmart has in stock that come close to matching the Ombres. Guess a Hobby Lobby or Micheals trip is in order for next weekend as my JoAnn's only has about three skeins of yarn in their total inventory. Yes, it sucks.

Over the last few weeks I've been trying hard to get a cross stitch swap item finished and in the mail. I finished it this weekend and then completely destroyed it trying to turn it into a needlebook. When I measured my fabric I seriously miscalculated, I tried to compensate, then managed to cut right through the stitching. So I'm going to restitch something else, super fast and make a scissor fob. I"m so disappointed. I had wanted to make something extra special, but I attempted to do it making up directions as I went along and sometimes that just doesn't work.

After I screwed up the piece, I decided to lose myself in my yarn and play with granny squares. The squares comforted me and hopefully by Wednesday I'll feel like picking up the cross stitch needle again and get this piece for this swap finally finished. The fob should stitch up quickly.

Meanwhile Back at the Ranch

We've acquired another kitten. She just showed up on our doorstep at 2am one morning. We fed her and couldn't let her go. She's the sweetest little thing and because I kept trying to tell DH that he didn't see a different kitten and that of course we don't have five cats now, he must be seeing a hologram, she has been named Holly. Even he hates the thought of letting her go.

Caught my male cat, Got Milk, making sweet love to our momma cat this morning. She's in heat and since we took her and her two kittens in I've been dreading this moment. Someone told me I couldn't get her spayed until she was out of heat and up until this morning my male cat didn't want anything to do with her. Quite shocking since she's really been putting on a show for his benefit over the last two weeks. Of course the 8 yr old comes running into the living room screaming, "Mom you told me to tell you if Got Milk ever got behind Crystal, well he is, he's behind her and on top of her! Does this mean they are making sweet love? Are we going to have more kittens?" I go and break up the cats' afternoon delight, much to my male cat's disappointment. Here we thought he needed viagra because he's so old. DH gets a bonus check next week, guess I'm taking $250 of it and getting Crystal fixed. ASAP.

DH's only comment was that apparently the cat is getting "it" more than him these days.

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