Sunday, May 08, 2005

Kitty in a Basket

Cats have an innate ability to find the softest, most comfortable spot in the house at any given time. I had just folded newly washed bedding and left the room for just a second. In that instant, Big Kitty's comfort radar zeroed in.

This weekend didn't turn out exactly like I had planned. While I was happy to spend all Saturday in the garden, we meant to go for an easy bike ride on Sunday morning and then I was going to stage a little bit of work so that I wouldn't have so much to do on Monday. Nope - it rained all day on Sunday and I had left my keys at a friend's house Friday night so we had to drive back downtown to get them. And since we couldn't ride, we went shopping instead...all afternoon long. At least it included a trip to Rumpelstiltskin's where I picked up 2 skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock. I wish Rumpelstitskin had a website. They have terrific foot traffic and I'm sure they would practically double their business if they had a an internet storefront.

Yesterday, Karl and I tackled the backyard again. We planted garlic, jalapeno pepper, green bell pepper, tomatoes and eggplant. I planted half of the groundcovers while Karl trucked in more soil. We cut back and trimmed many overgrown bushes and flowers. The plantings were mostly an experiment to see what would survive and we learned a lot from last spring. Overall, we have been really pleased. Last spring, our backyard was completely bare. With the exception of the patio we've done all the work ourselves including the sprinkler system and the lighting. Here are the results of the onion experiment. I had almost given up on these sweet reds but they revived over the cold and rainy winter. I'd like to plant them again but I need to have a cool weather veggie box first. Karl has promised to build another one. Speaking of building, I asked if him if he would be willing to get crafty and try to make some circular needles for me out of dowels and weedeater line. He loves that stuff. We're still trying to figure out how to make interchangeable ones. I have a set from Webs but just found out that the joins on #7 are horrible. Wonder if Webs would send me a new pair.

That's it for this weekend. I hope to have more knitting-related news after the Guild's first Workshop meeting on Tuesday. We're going to try different ways of circular knitting - I'm looking forward to learning Magic Loop and knitting with 2 circs.


Rebekah said...

Wow those onions look scrumptous. Cats are funny that way, my mom always says with her cats though they leave the baskets of dirty clothes alone, they only want to lay on the fresh washed clothing. Cats are truly a unique lifeform!

sherry said...

Your kitty sure is a sweet one :-)
miss mine.why we never replaced him, i don't know.. oh well, 2 dogs is a handful.. LOl. the scotty would relentlessly tease a cat. You let a lil rain stop you from a bike ride???/LOl just teasing you. your onions look scrumptious!

Stephanie said...

Sounds like you had a nice weekend, despite the rain. Your onions look yummy and Big Kitty is such a cutie (and seems to know it) :)

Birdsong said...

Yep, I'm tired of the rain disrupting my plans too! Don't you just love Rumpelstiltskin? It has been my favorite yarn store for years, even though I live too far away these days to get there very often (grew up in Sac).

Cyndi said...

Cute kitty! Have fun at the workshop on Tuesday. Wish I could be there, it sounds great. I really want to learn the magic loop and 2 socks/2 circs techniques. Unfortunately I will be in exam preparation hell instead. Thanks for your encouraging comments! :)

JoanM said...

Send some rain my way please. our cats always roost right in the middle of our craft work too. Well done in the garden