Saturday, November 29, 2014


We have two cats, Arnold and Fervor. Arnold is a black cat who is definitely showing his age. Fervor is an orange and white cat who doesn't seem to age. Arnold is friendly and Fervor is afraid of his shadow. At night Arnold wedges himself right between Hubby and I, Fervor likes to sleep either on Hubby's chest or on either one of our thighs. It makes rolling over tricky.  Yesterday I put up the Christmas tree. Under it I have a skirt that I embroidered.  It took me ages.  Arnold ate some of the palm plant and decided that the skirt was a good place to barf. Boy did I move fast.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

This year Hubby and I are spending Thanksgiving by ourselves. Hubby , as usual, is doing the cooking. Since neither of us particularly like turkey, we are having a roasted chicken with all the trimmings. Hubby just announced that we will have dinner early so that we can eat pumpkin pie all evening. We watched the Detroit parade on TV this morning. A nice quiet day.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Mary Anne's Quilt is Done

I finished Mary Anne's quilt today. It is a Hunter's Star pattern.  She has requested apple green, yellow (not gold), and teal.  She wanted a Florida quilt so I used a low loft batting.
 I did the border in a sea shell pattern.  It really turned out nicely.  I hope she likes it.  I used the Rapid Fire template for the Hunter Star and it was wonderful.  I highly recommend it.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Getting Used to Not Having a Dog

On Wednesday we returned Mindy to Leader Dog.  The house seems awfully quiet. The dog slept in her cage next to my bed and now there is no snoring. Dick has taken down most of the gates we had through out the house. Thursday we cleaned up what seemed like bushels of black hair.  This morning Dick chopped the walnuts for his oatmeal and put them on the window cell, like he usually does to keep them from the dog. When he turned around Fervor, the cat, was eating them. Fervor stayed pretty well hidden while we had the dog.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Raking Leaves Indoors

Now that winter is here all the indoor plants have been sprayed and brought in the house. When we took the Master Gardener class we were warned that if having a plant that drops its leaves bothers you, don't get a ficus. I have a ficus. The other plant that drops leaves in great profusion is a Boston Fern.  I remember my grandmother had a wicker basket planter in her living room filled with Boston Fern. It brings back fond memories.  All summer I keep it out on the front porch but now it is in the house. It is a terribly messy plant.  The ficus will eventually adjust to the change in temperature but the fern doesn't really.  I keep rotating it and watering it and misting it but nothing really helps. Oh well it reminds me of Grandma.