Yesterday was a no-sewing day. There were eggs to pick up, letters to mail, medicine to pick up, and groceries to buy. When I got home, I packed up all the sewing stuff I'll need for my class. Since I haven't take a class since last year's go-round in the same class, a lot of the stuff I'll need was still in my sewing box where I left it. That made it easy. Also, I didn't have to go shopping for some of the specialty items I would need, such as vellum, a mechanical pencil, and a black pearl eraser.
As it turns out the black pearl was kind of important. I'd never heard of these before last year, and I had a really good eraser in my previous fave, the Magic Rub. As it turns out the black pearl is the only one that doesn't smear graphite all over the vellum, and so I went and purchased one right after last year's class. Actually...three, as I recall. Don't you hate it when you can't just buy one of the product you're looking for? I complained mightily to the guy at Staples at the time. I'm guessing it was one of the worst days of his life. Either that, or he went into the back room and said, "What is it with the bitchy old ladies in this store?"
So anyway...all of that to say that I made sure to get in some hand stitching time this morning. Millicent has gone begging...in more ways than one. Today I stitched most of her below-the-belt parts.
The purple polka dots on her dress are going to take some time. At first, I thought I might be able to do them with a large lazy daisy stitch, but I'm afraid they are too large for that. Now I'm working them in back stitch. I've hooped her up again, and I'll take her along when I go to Vancouver.
Aside from running errands yesterday, I got out to feed the birds. You might remember this picture I posted yesterday, showing the tracks of some critter walking along our sidewalk during the night.
When I got outside, I was kind of amazed at the animal activity in the night. I suspect that it's partly because a couple of the poles that hold our birdfeeders have fallen over from the saturation of the ground they're in, and the critters were making hay with the bird seed. I was motivated to get out because the suet feeder was empty, despite having been filled just a day or so ago. When I saw all the animal tracks, I became suspicious that more than just birds had been feeding on it.
I'm pretty sure these are raccoon tracks. They have five toes and claws, so definitely not a rabbit.
The fact that they're side by side like this is pretty telling. Also, notice how one is smaller than the other? The smaller print is the front foot, while the larger is the rear foot. Here's an example I found on the internet:
These in the image below led away from the bird feeder and toward the fifth wheel, which is where some squirrels take up residence. I have seen some red-tailed squirrels out on sunny days, and so they might also be responsible for these tracks.
They don't actually look a whole lot different from the raccoon tracks. Here's an image I found online of squirrel tracks.
Then there were these that came from the north side of the field, completely circled around the pole of the bird feeder and then headed off in a different direction.
The ones below looked like a dog or a coyote. A friend from high school said that a dogs tracks would leave a more circuitous pattern, whereas these go in a straight line. They could have been left by a coyote or a fox because the wild animals walk more efficiently to save energy.
Hard to say. We've never seen a fox in our field, but we have seen some crossing the road near our house.
These next ones, though...these are from the Resident Bag Lady. My friend Marei suggested she might be lost, and that's a pretty sure bet. The Resident Bag Lady often gets lost just walking around her own driveway.
So there you have it. Today I got an early start on laundry. I need to pack up my clothes and personal care items, but that won't take too long. Also, I need to water the tomato seedlings and feed the sourdough starters I have in the refrigerator. Both will be fine until I get back on Sunday. There should be some time left in the day for sewing, and I'll try to get the remaining square-in-a-square blocks finished for the "Welcome Home" mystery quilt. Also, the next block for the Solstice Challenge is out now, and so I'll try to get that one finished. If I have time, I'll get a start on "EI-EI-OH" for And on that Farm. I've been saying I'll start on it for about six weeks now. Maybe today will be the day.