feline friday says happy halloween!

Anyone who knows Luna knows that it would be a death sentence to dress her up. So instead, here’s a crocheted kitty to wish you Happy Halloween! Hope everyone has a fun and safe night!



fall cleaning

When I think of doing major, whole house cleaning, I usually think of spring. But since the bathroom debacle started, it feels like life has spun out of control so I’ve taken advantage of the unseasonably warm days we’ve been having to throw up the windows and clean out.

One of the hardest things about working full time is finding room in a busy schedule for things like this. I haven’t come up with any revolutionary master plan, so don’t get excited. Even though my friends sometimes joke and call me Martha Stewart for my baking and crocheting, I haven’t become a guru when it comes to making cleaning quicker (or more fun).

I think when you have a room under construction, keeping the house clean becomes even more stressful. While I once felt like my house pretty much always looked put together, it now feels like utter chaos. Things that were in the bathroom or linen closet are now in the guest room, the hole in our center hall seems even more apparent, and the dust kitties seem to be multiplying.

Yesterday the Man and I spent a good six hours outside, trimming trees, pulling ivy, cleaning out the flower beds, and beginning to put our summer stuff up in the loft of the garage for storage. While I might be sore today, I’m really grateful to look out the window and see a nice, tidy back yard. Today has been spent switching over from summer to fall in the drawers and closets and vacuuming all the nooks and crannies on the first floor.

I’m sure when today is over, I’ll look at the first floor of my house with a sense of peace, but right now I just want to curl up on the couch and crochet. Anyone else tacking their fall cleaning? I could use a support group 🙂

feline friday ruffage

I was going through some old photos and found this classic one of Loki and just had to share.  He was always our plant muncher. Real plants, silk plants, the fake Christmas tree… You name it, he tried to eat it.

Well, I came home one day and went upstairs to the bathroom and found Loki with the most panicked look on his face. He was caught.  What had been a huge, beautiful house plant was now reduced to nubs. He didn’t even mind standing on the tub edge to eat it.

IMG_20140502_231108_128That’s not half as bad as all the things Abby has eaten, but that will be for another post 🙂

Hope everyone is enjoying this gorgeous, warm, sunny feline friday!

feline friday is just a little bit older…

A few weeks ago, the Man and I celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary. Celebrations have been kept a little low key the past few years as we’ve renovated the house, struggled with opposite work schedules, and focused on getting ourselves to a good place with our house, our jobs, and life in general. Presents have been practical instead of frivolous, and thoughtful rather than spur of the moment. Most of the time, the presents are just giving of ourselves, which is something I think we take for granted way too often.

The Man escaped to do some last minute shopping and said he’d pick up dinner from a local fast-food place and I was totally fine with it. Yes, it was our anniversary but just having a night together was enough for me.

Lo and behold, an amazing dinner was prepared in the kitchen while I was up in the attic working from home. And of course, in typical Luna fashion, she made herself known by deciding she was going to eat dinner with us.


I’ve been a little lenient on Luna regarding her behavior of late. While I typically hate for her to get on the counters in the kitchen, she now has her own counter space with her food bowl so she can escape Abby.

She has also lost a lot of weight in the past few months. Part of it, I suspect, is that she is mourning Loki. Part of it (or most of it) is probably because she’s constantly running away from the crazy dog. So I wasn’t shocked by her behavior.

And part of it, is that my little girl is eleven this month. It’s hard to believe that she’s getting up there in years, but she is a little lazier, and a little more cautious before she jumps on to anything. But of course, she is still my kitty.

So happy belated anniversary to my amazing husband, and happy birthday to my kitty. Hope you all have a lovely feline friday and a gorgeous weekend ahead of you!