Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Rainy Day

It rained a lot today, the temperature has fallen into the 40s and we have a freeze warning for late night today and early morning tomorrow, yikes! So, today being the 15th of April (the Titanic sank 102 years ago), I spent the afternoon watching two old and very different from each other Titanic movies while framing my flowers.


The change in weather makes me very tired and unmotivated, I hope the sun will return soon, as do my cats.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Stacks of flowers

I wanted to know how many flowers I can make out of one ball of yarn and surprisingly I get one more from the pink yarn than from the purple one.They work up quickly and the pattern is easy to memorize. Perfect project for watching movies.


It's official - I hate ants!

The little stinkers got into the cat food container, freshly filled with cat food for at least 3 weeks. All lost. And we ditched the container as well, it is no good if it does not keep out the ants.
There are times when I am really thankful that the stores here are open on Sundays. We got new cat food and a new ant proof container and now there is ant bait everywhere, homemade, peanutbutter and borax. We always have ants in the house when it gets warmer but this year it is extreme, I think they want to make up for the long Winter. I really try to, if not like, at least respect all living things, but they have gone too far, now the war is on.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Meet Violet, the happiest bunny in the meadow

She was part of a fun sew/quiltalong hosted by sigisart in Germany. A lot of work, but such a cute result. I am happy that I took part and that I was able to finish in time.

Violet in the shade
Violet in the sun

Around the Garden

Lilac 
Roses
Herb Garden (Rosemary, Lemon Balm and Oregano)
Strawberries

Friday, April 11, 2014

A new project

The lovely green yarn and its friends have joined up to make squares for a new blanket. The pattern is called "Maybelle Square" and can be found here: My Rose Valley
This will be a long time ongoing project with squares added whenever I feel like a little crochet with worsted weight yarn instead of thread, like I use for my curtains.


Feline Friday


Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Critter Problem - Solved!

When I got up this morning I noticed that two of our doggie pools had been dug up, one of them already had seeds in it. My first thought was that it was one of the neighborhood cats being happy about the new cat boxes, but the big paw prints and the absence of any kind of evil smell made me think that it might have been a dog.


Friends suggested to use cayenne pepper to keep critters away from the beds, but I do get a reaction from it myself so I did not want to go that way. Del had the afternoon off and so a trip to the blue home improvement store was in order. Here is what we came up with, a little more expensive than cayenne pepper, but reusable and sure not to give me hives. I also replanted radishes and spinach.


We also made a little detour to a store I don't like because of their really poor yarn selection and inflated prices but I did find some yarn to keep my pretty green one company, a new project is on the horizon.




Monday, April 07, 2014

Rainy Monday

We had some very heavy rain this morning and it was a good test to see if the drainage holes in the doggie pools are big enough. I am happy to report that the soil is wet but there is no standing water in any of the containers. Unlike the rest of the garden, where the ground is so saturated that the water has nowhere to go.


It is also rather cool again and I brought the heater back out, much to the delight of the furry ones.


I baked bread which also helped warm up the house a bit.


I am contemplating what to make with this lovely green yarn a friend sent me.  That picture was taken just seconds before Mr. Leo snatched one of the skeins, you can see his nose in the right bottom corner.


And because it is "National No Housework Day", I did exactly that - no housework. All remaining spring cleaning has been postponed until Spring comes back.