Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!

The Australopithecenes' family is growing, and with the arrival of Düssel the Neanderthal, they now have fire!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Today Sis and I had lunch at Goldberg's and exchanged handmade, non-Christmas presents.  Sis made me this lovely scarf!

And I made her this cross stitch for next Halloween.  (Design by Laura Rimolo (Little Stitcher.))

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The start of Christmas

Losing the cats is sad, but it means I can get out all the things we haven't used in years because the cats would spoil them.  Or dress up in their clothes.  So Muffy and Hoppy have finally emerged from the closet.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What we saw at the zoo yesterday

The fox and my friend Pam

A pool full of feathers from molting penguins.  The penguins looked really ratty.

A dead bear.  Actually, this is Denali, the more laid back of the 23 year old grizzly twins, enjoying a nap and a soak in the pool.

A dead goat.  Or Albert enjoying a snooze. 

Shadows in the forest -- beware of the tiger!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Too much sadness.

Friend Steve has just lost Dreamer, his third cat in less than 6 months.  It's just not fair.  Steve, we will have to get together soon for a kitty wake.

Dreamer (left) with Charlie, the last cat.

Monday, June 26, 2017


Minkie would have loved this.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Farewell to Buster

We've lost another one.  Today was Steve's cat Buster's last day.  At least Steve still has Charlie and Dreamer.

Charlie comforting Buster last night.

Here's Buster (on the left) with sister Hetty.

And Buster (at the head of the food line) with the other boys.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Whimsy in the garden

Pam has a rabbit in her garden!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


No bees this year, but a mama duck brought her ducklings through our yard to Valentina's garden, and then all the way back through our yard to Claire's yard.  If you click on the picture, you can see them up close.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Goodbye to Jack the Cat

'A young man in the dark am I
But a wild old man in the light
That can make a cat laugh, or
Can touch by mother wit
Things hid in their marrow bones
From time long passed away,
Hid from all those warty lads
That by their bodies lay.
                                                          Day-break and a candle end.
William Butler Yeats

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The rest of the Puyallup sewing expo swag

This came today.  It's a gorgeous blend of viscose and wool from Louise Cutting.  Instead of hauling tons of fabric across country, Louise brought extra large swatches.  After pouring over all the luscious choices I ordered this, and she mailed my order when she got back home.  I'm really going to like working with this!  The color isn't accurate in my picture.  It's more of a red, with a blue undertone.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

I've got my own pussy hat!

Made by my friend Pam!  I am very proud to wear this hat!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Goodbye sweet Hettie

2000 - 2017

These are Steve's cats, Buster and Hettie (she's on the right).  Hettie made her last trip to the vet this morning.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Oh! Lucky me!

My new Australopithecus afarensis

This is Susan, Lucy's sister.  Chewing on the leg of some stripey creature that she probably scavenged.  I think she's beautiful!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

My new toys!

Düssel und Dorf

They only took two weeks to arrive from Japan.  The man is named Düssel, and his cat is named Dorf.