This photo was taken through the window, and so you can see the reflection of our new living room lamp off there on the right. Our old one quit working, and we were without light in the living room for a couple of months trying to decide which lamp we should buy to replace it. After stumbling around in the dark long enough, Mike finally saw the light, so to speak, and found one exactly like the old one. It works.
Naturally, the morning started out with the usual catalepsy. They will sit and stare at one another until this human is nearly catatonic with boredom.
It's hard to know what Smitty's motivation is. He'll sit outside her door for hours watching and waiting. When he sees her, he can become so excited that his front feet actually leave the floor in a little leap of delight. This morning, he sat for so long that I finally went in with the two of them. We sat like this for the longest time.
After a while, I held Maggie on my lap...and let me say that Maggie can swear like a little sailor too. I'm having to tell her no, and give her a little tap on the head with my finger as extra incentive to be more polite. She complies, and then we sit some more. This morning, I sat and held her and petted her for quite a while. Becoming bored with that, I set her on the floor beside me and reached for Smitty to do the same.
I figure he needs to know he's still lovable even in her presence. But when I did that, the caterwauling started and, naturally, we had to stop for the morning. He'll go take his morning nap downstairs eventually, and then I'll let her out to explore the house for a while.
She is becoming more curious and checking out the house a little more, but she's very timid and her confidence is fragile. One little move from me, or one little noise from somewhere, and she retreats under the couch or back into her room. It's slow-going, let me tell you. I'm hoping it'll be like my experience of learning to ride a bike. One day I couldn't ride it, and the next I could. Maybe one day I'll open the door, and all the bad blood will have disappeared...naturally.
The metallic thread quilting is all finished on the Quilting Snowladies, and I couldn't be more proud of that metallic thread for how it performed. Honestly, it behaved perfectly...far better than cats. There might have been one episode of breakage on the whole quilt, but I'm not even sure about that. Just FYI, this is the thread I was using, and now I'm a Superior threads convert all the way.
It's hard to see in this next image, but it turned out so pretty and gives off the nicest little bit of sparkle.
It's not a very good image. I took it next to the living room windows, where I have pretty good natural light; but I had to stand on the coffee table to get up high enough, and you can see that I was at a bit of a tilt...which is kind of natural for me. Here's a close-up of an individual block, but it's hard to capture the sparkle of the thread in a photograph.
It's looking pretty good from the back too.
When I laid the quilt out on the floor, I thought I might coax my newest quilt inspector out from her under-the-couch retreat, but no dice.
And by the way...I was saying the other day that I wished someone would invent a photo editing red-eye removal tool for pets. My friend Dana noted that with Maggie's blue eyes, the red-eye removal tool for humans would work. It doesn't work in all of my pictures, but oftentimes it does! Very cool!
The four 10-minute bursts on the treadmill helped me to meet my 10,000 step goal yesterday too. Yahoo!
Only, not so fast there, Cowgirl, because when I got on the treadmill this morning for the first of four bursts, my knee was hurting so much that I had to stop after three minutes. I'm going to ice it when I finish here, and I've taken some Aleve. Hopefully, I'm not benched for the day, but it's still a bummer. I'll give it another try again in a little while, and I'll probably slow down with the pace.
Naturally, I spent some time doing embroidery this morning. When I'd taken it this far, it was enough for the day.
And now the last of it is within the confines of this little hoop, so I should have no problem finishing it tomorrow.
The ice still has me housebound, and so there's plenty of time for sewing. I had an appointment in the city tomorrow, but I've rescheduled that. The only other thing on my calendar for the week is my walk with Sue on Friday morning. Naturally, that will all depend on the ice situation.
Today I'll switch off to my "natural" color of cotton quilting thread and start quilting the embroidered blocks for the Quilting Snowladies. I think those will go pretty quickly. It seems like a good day for laundry too, so off I go...naturally.