It kinda makes you think Barbie and Ken are inside, doesn't it? So, it still needs top-stitching, and then I'll be stitching in stems for the flowers, a pole for the flag, and a line where the window is divided. Also, I'm going to put a couple of small hotfix nailheads in the flower centers for a little "zazz". Do you see the cat?
While I was working on this, these two were playing. They have become good friends. It's hard to get an in-focus picture of them when they're playing.
Yesterday morning I looked everywhere for Sadie. I shook the treat bag, and that will get her to come running every single time. And that reminds me...do you remember the character of Kramer on Seinfeld?
Remember how he came through the door and skidded to a stop? That's our Sadie. She runs everywhere she goes and always skids to a stop. So funny.
So anyway...I shake the treat bag and I put treats out into her bowl. No Sadie. I went through the house, all three floors of it, calling her. And I was getting a little panicky. Did she get out last night somehow? During all of this, I was thinking of you, dear friends. I'm thinking...I can't get on the blog and tell them we've lost yet another cat. Geez. So finally, I'm downstairs and I hear her little peep. Which reminds me of something else. (Eventually, I'll get to the end of this story, I promise.) Do you know the muppet character Beaker, and the "meep, meep, meep" sound he makes when he talks? That's our Sadie.
So anyway...I find her sitting and gazing revealingly at the space between the wall and the piano. This can only mean one thing: a critter. How it got into the house, I have no idea. And here I thought the Catio would put an end to a certain kitty bringing critters into the house.
As it turns out, it was a little shrew. Let me tell you, those things run faster than lightening. You absolutely can't catch them...unless you're a cat. The two of them worried that poor thing to death yesterday morning, and I'm not sure if they ever caught it. We've chased enough of them around the house to know that it's best to just let the cat have at it. If it's still around, one of the kitties will catch it. Eventually, they both came upstairs. "Now about those treats..." says Sadie. Not sure about the shrew...haven't seen it. Haven't seen any evidence of it. Maybe it was an appurrition.
When I picked up the CSA share yesterday, I was delighted to find these shishito peppers. They're about the size of a jalapeno pepper, and wrinkly. I got some at the farmer's market the other day. The first time I saw these was in last year's CSA share. The farmers tell us to heat an iron skillet with some olive oil. When it's good and hot, plop those babies in there and blister them. It takes about 10 minutes. Then salt, and a little lime juice, and yum. They're a mild pepper you can eat right off the stem. So when I got home with yesterday's share, I wasted no time, and those puppies are so outta here.
There was no chard in our share yesterday, and so I'm making good on my plans to head down to the Newberg farmer's market today. I have some errands to run anyway, and so it's a good excuse to make the drive into town. (It sounds as if it's forever away, doesn't it? It's about 15 minutes, including the time it takes me to find my keys.)
This morning I'll get stitching on Block 12 for the Bee-utiful Quilt-A-Long. Block 13 is out now. Look at how cute this is:
This quilt was designed by Pamela Morgan and Block 13 was inspired by her own wedding day. For an uplifting read, check out her blog post on the Moda Bake Shop page.
My color printer is acting up, and I need color to print out these pages. The help page on Canon advised us to turn it off for 24 hours and see if that helps. The Resident Engineer and I are both skeptical that this will change anything at all, beyond delaying repair for 24 hours. Nevertheless, the Resident Engineer can attempt the fix if the 24-hour time period doesn't work. I've spent some time scolding it this morning and urging it to think about it's recent behavior and what can be learned during this timeout. We'll see if that helps. As you might guess, I was a fearsome mother.
So off I go. There's stitching and watering to do this morning before I head to the farmer's market.