This morning I decided to go and buy groceries really early. I hate buying groceries when the grocery store is so crowded. I needed a lot of things for Thanksgiving so I decided to head out before it got too crazy. Grocery shopping on the Saturday before Thanksgiving can be a little scary.
At 7:30, after doing a full kitty search inside and outside of the car, I took off. It was a chilly 33 degrees F. I did stop along the way and take a few pictures. It was such a frosty morning it almost looked like snow.
After I got home I put up the Christmas tree but I haven’t added the ornaments yet. I’ll probably do that tomorrow.
Scruffy and I chilled for a bit, I ate some leftovers for lunch and then we went out for our afternoon walk. I worked on a hat and it is driving me crazy. The yarn is a little rough and it is really making my hands dry although that happens in the winter anyway when I knit a lot. But for some reason this has been the most annoying piece of knitting. I have dropped several stitches and even pulled a lot of the stitches out for several rows. I am almost finished thank goodness. I have barely worked on the afghans for my nephews for Christmas. I will get to work on those this week, maybe, probably, I had better or they won’t be ready by Christmas. Oh well I am sure they would make great birthday presents. Mark worked outside most of the day mulching leaves and making our yard look like someone actually lives here.
I made spaghetti for dinner and continued to work on the dreaded hat. I will let you know how it turns out if I ever finish it.
Happy Sunday friends. I know I say this almost every week but how do the weekends go by so fast? It seems like it was ten minutes ago that I was pulling my car in on Friday afternoon with the lovely thoughts of the weekend that would surely last forever. HA!!! Now here I am gearing up for the upcoming week.
The weather here has been wonderful. Cold mornings and cool days. The leaves have pretty much peaked and are falling fast but there is still a lot of color left to see. Sometimes when I am driving down the road and a shower of leaves fall in front of me I am mesmerized by the sheer beauty of it all.
Last week was a bit less crazy than the week before. Our work was not as busy. A few of our team members were out of the office for a few days, attending a gift buying show, so that left us a little short staffed but nothing we couldn’t handle.
A funny thing happened last night. I went to bed around 9:30, I know pretty pathetic for a Saturday night, and I woke up at 10:30, an hour later, and no matter how hard I tried or what I did I could not go back to sleep. I tossed and turned and tried reading, reciting poems in my head, breathing exercises and nothing would help. Finally I was so frustrated I got up at 2:00 AM and went downstairs to watch TV. I just knew this would put me to sleep. It did not. Mark left for work at 5:00 AM and I was still awake. I have never done that before. I am usually a great sleeper and can’t stay awake to read even a page from whatever book I am reading before falling asleep. I certainly hope this doesn’t continue tonight. At 3:00 AM I decided to write a Haiku about it, I titled it 3:00 AM Haiku:
I’ve been up all night Sleep is an elusive dream No pun intended.
I decided to make my nephews afghans for Christmas. They are eighteen and twenty but I know they love snuggling with blankets while they watch TV or do their gaming. I messaged each one and ask what their two favorite colors were. I planned to make each one a two color afghan. Making an afghan all one color is mind numbing. At least two colors will break it up a bit. Can I have these finished by Christmas? Time will tell I will keep you posted. Since this is crochet it does go a bit faster than knitting but that is a lot of crocheting to do between now and Christmas. It also means I will have to pull off of my knitting projects for a bit to get these finished. The youngest chose red and black for his colors and the older one chose dark blue and gray. I went to Hobby Lobby on Saturday and just my luck they were having 30% off on all of their yarn. Of course I had to add a little extra yarn for some projects I will work on some day. Yes that’s my story.
After having no sleep last night today was a bit tiring. I still managed to get laundry done. I also finished a hat I was working on. And I did start another hat. What did I say about no more knitting until I get these afghans finished? The babies and I went for a long walk. Now that several of the kitties have joined us on our walk I am constantly trying to keep all of them corralled where I can see them. Our road is a private road with only a couple of houses but there is still a little bit of traffic. The air felt wonderful. There was a slight breeze blowing and leaves were falling and it was just a perfect Sunday afternoon walk.
Being outside today with all the babies and the beautiful sunshine and falling leaves made me realize, it’s the little things in life that are so very precious to us. I never want to forget that.
Sunday greetings. When I left you on Friday, during the Friday Favorites blog post, I mentioned that I was a little worried about how I was going to corral all four kittens together and get them to the vet. It was time for all of the kitty babies to get their first series of shots and get weighed and determine when we could get them spayed and neutered. I took Friday off so I had a long weekend. We were also celebrating Mark’s birthday over the weekend and I decided to take an extra day. As it turned out Friday was a crazy, rewarding, busy, exhausting, fun day. It all started on Monday.
The entire week was filled with appointments for the babies. Scruffy had developed some kind of skin rash on his lower belly. It was driving him crazy and poor baby was pulling hair out it was so itchy. I called the vet on Monday morning and they said they could get him in on Wednesday. I had to work on Wednesday and so did Mark. The next available was Friday which I was planning to take off anyway. I agreed to Friday and then knew I couldn’t make the poor baby wait until Friday. I called back and said I would do the Wednesday, it was at 1:30. I told them I would also take the Friday and use that for Molly to get an allergy shot. They said “oh you can bring Molly anytime for an allergy shot because she doesn’t have to see the doctor for that” So I quickly made the decision to keep the Friday and take all the kittens for their vaccines and Mark could take Molly the following day on Tuesday to get her allergy shot. I would take off during lunch on Wednesday to take Scruffy for his skin problem. Are you with me so far? I know!!!!
Mark took Molly on Tuesday for her shot, I took off an extra hour at lunch on Wednesday to run home and get Scruffy and take him to get checked out. I am about twenty five minutes from my work but the Vet is just down the road from us. I knew I could do it if everything fell into place. Turns out Scruffy has a bacterial infection on his tummy and has to be on antibiotics. We were in and out of the vet in about twenty minutes. I was making great time. Of course Molly had to get in on the action. When I returned Scruffy to the house I took Molly out to use the bathroom. Molly loves to wander off in the woods when I am in a hurry. I grabbed the leash and put it on her, smugly thinking to myself she’s not getting away from me this time. As she was using the bathroom I noticed the leash was twisted and I bent down to untangle it. The leash popped off and before I could get it back on her she took off. She may be old and arthritic but she can move when she wants to. Off she went into the woods. I went back in the house and waited for her to come back. In the meantime the kitties had started to climb all over and under my car. Let me just say by the time I headed back to work I was a bit frazzled and contemplating the sanity of having eight fur babies to take care of.
Early Thursday morning before work I got a much needed hair cut. Work was not bad I just had a lot of stuff to do to make up for the three day weekend I was taking.
On Friday I was very nervous about getting the kittens together. Buster and Sadie are still a little wild. Their appointment was at 9:00 AM. I got up at 5:00 AM I drank some coffee and tried to devise a plan. I was nervous, I was sweating. I drank more coffee. I paced a little. I decided to start gathering them early. I hated to trick them but I didn’t know how else to do it. I gave them just a small amount of food and while they were eating I walked over and Picked up Milo, Buster and Izzy one by one and just placed them in the crate and shut the door. Wow!!! I couldn’t believe how easy it was I only had Sadie, the solid black kitty, left and she is the most nervous of all. We have only been able to pet her a couple of times and she darts away from us whenever we get close to her. I decided to put her in a different smaller crate. I put the crate in the garage and put some tuna inside the crate and went back inside. When I looked out she was in the crate and I hurried and shut the door and loaded both crates in the back of my car. WHEW!!!! I zoomed off to the vet listening to Sadie squall her displeasure all the way there. Once I was there the techs came out and got all the babies. They got their shots and their first series of flea meds. The largest of the kitties was Buster and he weighed in at 5.5 pounds, Milo was next at 5.2 pounds, then Izzy and Sadie each at 3.5 pounds. Buster and Milo will go back in three weeks to be neutered and Sadie and Izzy will be spayed when they get a little bigger.
After I got home from the vet I met my friend Lorie in Sweetwater and we drove to Athens for lunch and a little bit of shopping. We didn’t have a lot of time because Lorie had a Doctor appointment and I had to walk my sister’s dog for her. We did find some time to go to Hobby Lobby and Cato’s. We had such a fun time. After I dropped Lorie off I went to my sister’s house to walk my little nephew dog Maxx. I picked up groceries on the way home. Mark wanted a Butterfinger Cake for his birthday. They are very easy to make but of course I had forgotten one of the ingredients and I had to drive back to Madisonville to get it. Mark went with me and we decided to just grab a pizza on the way home. I made the Butterfinger cake, gathered some laundry to start on the next day and crashed into bed. Friday was a bit of an exhausting day.
Oh what a beautiful day Saturday was. The temps here have been really chilly in the morning but warming up nicely in the afternoon. Mark and I drove to Tellico Plains and had dinner at Iron Works Grill. They were packed as they always are on Saturdays but we snagged a prime table right at the window overlooking the river. We had the trout and it was excellent. If you are ever in this area stop and get lunch or dinner. They also have a killer cheeseburger and amazing barbecue.
And then Sunday, lovely, quiet, extra hour of sleep Sunday. A wonderful way to finish up this crazy, blessed, Birthday celebrating, week. I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Cool mornings, leaves falling, wood smoke in the air. Fall is my favorite time of year. I may have mentioned that a few hundred times. I want to grab every day and cling to it and savor it. The colors here are changing but not as quickly as they have in past years. We have had really warm weather so we still have a lot of green on the trees. This week the temps are supposed to be cooler so maybe some color changes are coming.
Saturday I went to an estate sale in Madisonville. I love these sales. The location of the sale is in the same place each time. The items from the estate are brought in and the sale starts on Thursday with everything being full price. On Friday everything is 25% off, Saturday 50% off and on Sunday some items are 75% off. I usually go on Saturday because I am off from work. Although I have gone a few times on Thursday just to scope it out and see what treasures might be available.
I saw lots of things that I was interested in. I always walk through the entire building several times. There are several rooms within the building. There is also a bid box. If you see something you want but don’t want to pay the asking price you place a bid in the box along with your phone number. If the item is not sold the highest bidder will get the item. Of course when you do this you are taking a chance on losing out altogether.
I try to reason with myself that bringing items in only creates more clutter. But I also promise myself to continue with my decluttering that I have been working on. Yes I know not bringing it in to start with would technically kill two birds with one stone but what is the fun of that. I also got a couple of old books. One of them has a stamp on the inside with a date of 1916.
Sunday was the usual laundry, cleaning and taking care of all the fur babies. Molly and Scruffy both needed a bath. I made banana bread and cooked dinner both Saturday and Sunday. Spaghetti on Saturday night and then a rice and grilled chicken bowl on Sunday night. It was delish. I also got a little knitting in and finished painting my pumpkins.
I gathered these rocks out of the flower bed last week. As I saw one that I thought would make a good pumpkin I would add it to the collection I had on the entry table near the front door. Mark kept asking what I was going to use all the rocks for. I said they’re not rocks they’re pumpkins. I had to put numerous coats of the orange paint on them and let them dry in between. I think they turned out pretty well, just time consuming.
So I gathered the rocks:
I put the first coat of paint on them and I was pretty discouraged.
So I added SEVERAL more coats of paint. Letting each coat dry in between applications. Luckily they dried fast. They were starting to look a little better.
And this is the way they turned out.
So back to work today and a busy week ahead. How are you? How was your weekend?