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Keeping busy…

My baby kittens are having surgery today.  They aren’t really babies anymore, they are nearly six months old but still they were so tiny when we got them.

It’s time for their spay and neuter surgeries and I am a bit nervous. 

I shouldn’t be nervous, I worked at three different veterinary hospitals over the span of seven years.  I know the protocol and procedures, I scheduled appointments and calmed down pet owners on a weekly if not daily basis.  Still when it’s my pet, I am just as crazy as every other pet owner.

Boo and I dropped them off this morning at 6:30.  The staff was really nice and I felt very comfortable with the kittens being well taken care of.  They do their surgeries early in the day and we were told that we should expect to pick them up between noon and 3 pm.

We spent the morning working on school and I concentrated on straightening up my craft room.  The school room and the craft room are one and the same, so it was easy to keep Boo on track with school while I worked on the craft mess.

The office called around ten in the morning, both Pippa and Scotty were out of surgery and were doing fine.  We were told we could pick them up at noon.  

They were still a little groggy when we picked them up.  We left them in their crates for several hours and then kept them in the bedroom overnight.  Scotty recovered pretty quickly, which is to be expected since his surgery was less intrusive.  Poor little Pippa was not a happy camper, it took her a bit longer to be back to normal.  She was still hissing at Scotty Wednesday morning but relaxed a bit by the middle of the day.  

**Update**

I am happy to report that both babies are doing well and are back to full activity.  They still love us, I am so relieved.  

 

Scotty and Pippa catnapping on Friday.

 

 

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Feeling better…

Finally, we all woke up feeling better this morning.  Boo still has a bit of  a cough but I think we finally have gotten to the end of things.

I have two and half days to get my house together.  I spent most of the day working on laundry, folding towels and clothes is so not my favorite thing.  It felt great to get something done, anything beyond just feeding the animals.

I really hope that I can get back on track.  This was supposed to be my year to get so much done and it’s been one thing after another.  It’s making me crazy.  The garage is a mess and my Spring Cleaning is about three months behind schedule.  I don’t even want to talk about the editing that was supposed to be done in January.  

Ugh, I think I am depressing myself…

Alright, I am just going to plan for this week and we will see after that.  At least I am on the road heading towards my destination.  I might have to make a lot of stops but I will get there eventually.  Right? 

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Full circle…

Back on Valentine’s Day, I posted a picture from my wedding. I think it’s fairly obvious from the picture but we had a Renaissance themed wedding. It was a lot of fun and I could talk about working on all of the costumes and decorations, but I will save most of that for another day. Today, though, I want to talk about one of the table decorations. Sully’s mom, Martha made beautiful wedding favors. I looked at baskets, bowls and other containers for the favors to sit on the table. I like the looks of the grapevine wreaths, and we worked on some different ideas.  I have some pictures that I will add later.  Here is a quick description, we wrapped metallic gold ribbon around the wreaths, we glued cake circles to the back and added decorated paper butterflies and dragonflies to the front.

They looked really great with the favors in the center.  I have pictures of their awesomeness somewhere, I will add them when I find them.  We thought people would take them home but hardly anyone did.  I ended up taking home about twenty of the wreaths.  The next Christmas I used them to make wreaths for Sully’s parents, my parents, my sister’s family, my brother’s family and Sully’s grandparents and a Christmas wreath for us.

When Boo was a baby I made one that matched her nursery colors and hung it on the outside of her door.  Now it hangs on the outside of her bath room doorI like the idea of using the wreaths from the wedding, so I found a great spot over our pantry door in the kitchen and there is always a wreath hanging there now…

  
  
 
                
This is my wreath for St. Patrick’s Day.  I mentioned working on it in another post.  This is a slightly better picture.
 
 
 
This is my Spring wreath…
I started this one last year, I wrapped the cool butterfly ribbon around the wreath.  I hung it up to get a feel for what else would look good.  Stuff happened and I never got back to it.  I found these great flowers at Michael’s and then added the butterflies, also from Michaels
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My Summer sunflower wreath…

 
 A few years ago, I found this pretty blue fabric ribbon, the flowers are probably daisies.  I had already bought the sunflowers for another project.  I really liked how the sunflowers looked with the blue in the ribbon and how it brought out the yellow in the flowers on the ribbon.

Here is the wreath that I hang in the fall…
I made this several years ago.  I bought two bunches of flowers and a couple of acorns and just stuck them in between the grapevine pieces. 

This hangs in the kitchen during ‘ordinary time’…

 Our kitchen has a Mickey Mouse theme, the main colors are red, black and white.  I would like to add a Mickey or Minnie to the wreath but I haven’t come across anything that will work.   A few months ago, I decided that it would be nice to have a wreath for non holiday time. Both Sully and I were raised Catholic and so we jokingly refer to non holiday time as ‘ordinary time’.

I have a Christmas wreath, actually I have two since we inherited the wreath that was given to Sully’s grandparents.  They are packed away in the garage, I think I know where they are but I want to get this post up on my blog before Easter.

 

I have more wreaths out in the garage, I will probably decorate more of them for other holidays.  I could use a non Christmas winter wreath, and Valentine’s Day is an option.  I saw a cute idea for a Mardi Gras wreath last week.  I could make a patriotic one to put up for the 4th of July and other national holidays.  I could make a separate Halloween wreath or one for Easter.  What about Earth Day?  Columbus Day?  Arbor Day?

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Don’t pinch me…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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A week or so ago, Boo and I were in WalMart and we saw some very cool St. Patrick’s Day t-shirts. I love the design on mine but I am not fond of the regular men’s collar.

 

 

 

 

I decided to cut off the collar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little research online led me to a few websites and some groovy ideas.  I finally settled on using embroidery floss to make a decorative edge.

Blanket stitch with black embroidery floss around the neckline.  It turned out really well.  It didn’t really take that long to do and I like that the stitch goes along with the Celtic knotwork on the shirt.

 

I planned on getting Bangers and Mash for dinner but our grocery store apparently doesn’t carry the meals anymore.   I was pretty bummed about it but next year I will figure out how to make my own.   We had a good dinner and a fun night.

 

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Making the best of it…

It was another long Friday.   Boo and I left the house around eleven  to spend the day with Martha and then transport T.W. from dialysis back to the care center at around 9:00 PM.  We drove to Martha’s house and then all three of us went to visit T.W. at the care center.   I am going to say that the visit was interesting and leave it at that.  We left there and went to lunch, we had a great time.  Martha and I even dissolved into a fit of giggles a couple of times.  Boo thought we were nuts but honestly, we really needed a good laugh, with all of the worrisome stuff going on lately.  

After lunch we did some shopping, Boo and I ran into the mall while Martha rested in the car and did some reading on her Kindle.  We checked out the newly remodeled Disney Store it is very cool.  Our vacation savings plan was started, I finally put some money on a gift card.  My plan is to put at least $25 on the gift card every paycheck.  I figure by October I will have at least $400.  Is that right?  Uhmmm, that’s eight months (if I include October)  multiplied by $50, so yeah, holy crap.  That’s $400!   Fantastic, I wish I would have started it in January.  Maybe I can add some extra money each payday to make up for the $100.  Hmmm, I will have to think about it and post an update.  

Meanwhile back at the mall…Boo and I stopped at Build A Bear so we could get a cute dress for her new Lucky plaid bear.   Molly looks quite spiffy in her shamrock dress.  I will have to add a pic.  We finished up shopping at Michael’s.  I found a great St. Patrick’s Day bow to add to the wreath that I hang in the kitchen.   The St. Patrick’s Day decorations were 50% off so I also grabbed some sparkly green fake carnations and some stickers.  There were some great looking Gerbera Daisies that were 40% off so  I grabbed a few of those too.  I got a few more things, most of it was on sale and I used a gift card, so it was a good trip all around.

Here is the wreath with the new bow.  I got the shamrock garland that is wrapped around the wreath a few years ago out of a clearance bin.  I think it cost me a quarter, look at me, such a big spender.  I love the new bow, the shamrocks are perfect, the white ribbon lightens up the wreath and bow itself really adds some dimension to it all.  All in all I am really happy with it all.  The lighting isn’t the greatest, I will try to take a better picture tomorrow when there is more light.