Elizabeth at Pigtails and Snails is giving away a stunning autumn colored quilt. Take a bit of time to stop by and browse. Admire her photography and her quilts. I did.
Today I brought home a new cat bed for Dex. The old one had seen better days, and was tainted by the sickly and not-so-fresh-smelling Sarah-cat. The cushion could be washed, but the outer portion of the bed could not, so I opted for a new fresh one. This one came with a matching furry blanket and a catnip-filled mouse.
I think he likes it. He crawled inside immediately and has not left.
For those of you who noticed that my floor is not spick-and-span clean, ignore the lint on the rug. I am supposed to be vacuuming, but I am blogging instead. I should get busy, I have company coming this weekend. Eeeks! I must clean! And bake!
I am sad to say that our Sarah-cat is no longer with us. I came home from work earlier this week and she was in her kitty bed, crying pitifully. I could not stand to see her suffer any longer, and when my husband came home we took her to the vet. She was down to a mere 2.5 pounds, though she had been 6 pounds the week before. So sad. I do not miss the sick, crazed, and demanding cat that she became (she would try to eat anything, from pillows, to feet, to pantlegs, and even her own feet), but I do miss the sweet Sarah-kitty that she used to be.
Dex, our boy cat, had developed an intense dislike for Sarah after she became ill. In the old days, I would often find them curled up together sleeping or cleaning one another. As she became sicker, he would not even tolerate being in the same room with her (though over the weekend I found him curled up in the cat bed with her on two different occasions.) Usually when she entered a room, he would not even stay around to compete for attention. Instead, he would hiss, and run away growling and find somewhere to be alone. One sound that always made us laugh a bit was the sound of a slamming door. When Dex could take Sarah-cat’s presence no more, he would hiss, trot quickly from the room, go into our bedroom and – no joke – slam the door behind himself. It was the funniest thing. When he was finished sulking, he would open the door and come out again.
Now I think Dex is quite happy to be an only-cat. He follows me around constantly, sits in my lap whenever there is an opportunity, and even sleeps with me. His is quite demanding now in his quest for attention, and purrs eagerly with every pat, scratch, or belly rub.
It seems that fall has finally arrived! I am very glad for the cooler temperatures and crisp autumn nights. We are actually planning to light a fire in the fireplace this weekend! Remember my red sofa? Though I will be curled up on it and enjoying the fire, I have also decided that I need a nice throw to ward off the chill that is sure to come shortly. When I saw Amy Butler’s Brick Path quilt, I knew I just had to make it. I love the clean lines of the the design that will allow the fabrics to take center stage. I just need to find one more print….
In celebration of the advent of autumn, I also purchased a new pair of shoes. Something about fall always makes me want new shoes. Maybe it is a lingering bit of nostalgia for the old back-to-school days when my mom would buy each of us a new pair of “school shoes.” I remember my favorites from first grade: a pair of navy blue mary janes with an eyelet pattern cut into the toe box. Ah, childhood…the biggest decisions I had to make back then was whether or not I should wear a jacket when playing outside after school…whether I wanted grape or wild cherry Kool-Aid…whether I wanted the glittery rainbow stickers or the iridescent teddy bear stickers. I would come inside from playing on the swing set with tousled hair, a Kool-Aid mustache, and my jacket hanging askew. Mom would clean off the red mustaches, brush our tangled hair (ouch!), then send us to hang up our jackets and wash our hands for dinner. What memories a pair of shoes brings brings to mind.
This pair is sporty, and comfortable like a pair of sneakers, but so much cuter. They will be perfect for walking through the autumn leaves or chasing after kidlets. Oh, by the way…I got a new job caring for three kids part-time. This is to free up more time in my day so that I can spend more time sewing for my etsy shop. Grand reopening coming soon!