My Cats

This week has been tulmultous to say the least!  I finally started nursing school and while I am so happy that this time has come it was a little shocking.  I have finally come to realize there is no way that I will be able to work 40 hours a week and be able to get through nursing school maintaining the level of learning I would like.  With that being said I am moving back in with my parents!

This is going to be quite a change for everyone involved, especially my little sister Hillary since I will be sharing her floor of the house.  I think it will work out though and it will definitely save me some stressing over the next two years. 

The sad part is that I will be leaving my wonderful house (the one I just put a huge garden in of course!) and I will be unable to take my 2 fabulous cats with me.  Milo and Nola will have to be going to a new home which really upsets me because they are wonderful, wonderful cats.  Everything bad you have ever heard about cats does not apply to them.  Both of them greet me at the back door every time I come home and actually want to be touched by people.  They love little kids and adore my dogs (just ask Frank!).  I will be looking for a new home for them and I am kinda picky about where they go for the following reasons:

1.  I want them to go to a new home together because they are very tightly bonded.

2.  The house doesn’t have to have a dog, but if it does I need to know that the dog likes cats because these two have absolutely no fear of dogs.

3.  I want to know that if there are ever any problems then the new owners will call me and give them back to me rather than taking them to the pound or putting them outside.

The cats will come with all of their shots updated, two litter boxes, toys, cat palace and outdoor toy.  If you or someone you know are interested in my cats please let me know.  Here are some pictures of them:

Milo

Milo – He is the bigger cat of the two and I would estimate he weighs around 11 pounds.  He believes that he is a dog in his heart and greets me at the back door every day when I come home.  Milo loves to sleep near the foot of the bed at night.  He adores all of the kids in the neighborhood and loves playing with his toys.

Nola

Nola – She is the much smaller of the bunch weighing only about 4 pounds.  Nola is much more introspective that Milo.  She loves to lay in her cat tree and look out the window or even more to be in her cat pen in the backyard listening to everything.  However, with saying all that she loves humans once she gets to know them.  She greets me each day at the door and loves a quick cuddle.  She sleeps each night with my lab Frank.  She also likes to be held and will play with toys when thrown by the neighborhood children.

If you are interested in Milo and Nola please let me know!

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A NEW Post…Finally ;o)

I know that several people have probably passed out upon seeing my blog load and not finding the picture that has been there for almost 5 months, but hey you know what my life has been like the last few months!

I have started a new project that I am entranced with.  It is the Kimono Shawl by Cheryl Oberle out of her fabulous Folk Shawls book (seriously there are about 10 shawls I want to make from that book…my sister thinks I am crazy…like that is news to anyone that know us!).  I am triple stranding Jaggerspun Zephyr (2 burgundy strands and 1 black strand).  I have completed 1.5 pattern repeats so far and I am loving the ease of the pattern and how the colors are melding together instead of just clumping.

Kimono Shawl

Kimono Border

Kimono Closeup

 

 

Study/Hemlock Ring Blanket

I completed and finally blocked my Hemlock Ring study blanket a few weeks ago.  I adore this blanket!  It was a fabulous, quick knit and the yarn is scrumptious…Debbie Bliss Superchunky!  When I get the Derby desk in the room I will take a pic of it on the chair in it’s new home, but who knows when that will be!

Hemlock Ring Blanket

Hemlock Ring - Folded

On another note, I just about had a heart attack when I opened up my Oprah book club and found out she had picked Pillars of the Earth as her book club selection.  WOO HOO!!!!  More people to adore this book.

 I also finished another fantastic book by one of my favorite authors:  Helen of Troy by Margaret George.  I didn’t read it, but listened to it and it was divine as all of her other books are!

Chevron Scarf

I have been oogling the Chevron scarfs on Ravelry for awhile now and finally decided to break down and order the STR to make it.  I chose Farmhouse and Watermelon Tourmaline (I know I have a plastic baggie obsession!):

Chevron Scarf - Plastic 

It is turning out fabulously if I do say so myself.  It is a super easy project and one of those ones you can just take with you anywhere and use a few minutes here and there.  Here is an in progress pic:

Chevron Scarf - WIP

Of course while I was on the STR website I couldn’t help but buy a bunch of other stuff.  3 patterns, 1 pair sock blockers and 3 skeins of sock yarn later, here I am!

STR - Complete Package

Hard Rock STR

Titiana

Fire on the Mountain STR

I have to tell you about a squeal worthy moment in my book (remember we are talking about me here).  I was in Books a Million with Hillary on Saturday browsing before dinner and I actually let out a shriek when I saw sitting on the table a Ken Follett book.  At first, I thought it was just the hard cover version of Pillars of the Earth, but upon closer inspection it is the sequel.  After reading his intro to the new version I thought it was a couple of years in the making…APPARENTLY NOT!  I was absolutely thrilled.  Then on Monday I log onto Audible to use my monthly credit and I find out there are audiobook versions of both books, read by none other than John Lee (Agent ZigZag and White Fang).  I am so buying them as well.  Can’t you just tell how much I heart this book?  If you are interested Ken Follett just gave an interesting B&N Meet the Writers interview with Steve Bertrand.

Fave book now in trade paperback

I was in Barnes and Nobles to get a pattern from a book that I have but can’t find anywhere (I can’t stand that!) and on the table I saw my favorite book in trade paperback, Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.  If you like historical fiction you have got to give this book a try.  I have read other Follett books and have never really been impressed with them.  This was a pure fluke, but as he explains in the introduction of this edition you can see the long love he has held of cathedrals and that love is reflected in his characters.

I’ve really gotten into audiobooks this past year and have had a run of bad luck with them recently, but suddenly my two of my last three have been fantastic and the third was good.

1.  The Great Gatsby read by Tim Robbins – He does an amazing job at bringing this book to life.

2.  To Kill a Mockingbird read by Sissy Spacek – This is one of my favorite books of all time.  I read it at least once a year and get something from it each time.  Have you ever read a book and had a soundtrack going in your mind for a particular character.  Spacek embodies Scout in my mind.

3.  The Historian by Kostova – this book was merely good in comparison with the others, but compared to most it was pretty good as well.  I read this book awhile ago and felt that the back and forth was a little hard to read (nevermind those italics throughout the book) so I gave up about 100 pages into the book.  So many people told me what an amazing audiobook this was that I decided to give it a try.  It was very good and the audio does such a good job sorting out the different voices.

The Clap

I have loved Kate Gilbert’s Clapotis from Knitty for awhile now and it was one of the first projects that I looked at on Ravelry.  I was inspired by everyone’s version of the Clapotis and decided I would finally make my own.  I did it out of Laines Du Nord Mulberry Silk in a color combo that reminds me of smores.  While I was happy with how it turned out and it was fun to purposefully drop the stitches, I will never make another as I can’t take doing it again!

 Clapotis

Clapotis - Stitch detail

State Fair Mop Up

Sadly I was only able to spend one day at the fair looking around, so I didn’t get to see everything I would have liked to have seen.  Here are some miscellaneous things I found especially beautiful.

Hand Painted Wooden Screen

Hand Painted Gourd

Paris Pillow

 

Let Them Eat Cake!

One of the most beautiful exhibits at the state fair was the the Cake exhibit.  Here are some of my favorites:

Stripe and Dot

Pink and Cream

 Flowers

Loop de Loop

 Chocolate and Cream

This was my favorite cake.  The detail on it was amazing!

Muppet Cake

Wood Exhibits at the State Fair

It was absolutely amazing to go through the Wood exhibit at the Kentucky State Fair.  I wouldn’t have thought it was possible to do some of the things that these people did.  Here are a selection of my favorites:

This picture does not do this piece justice. 

Eiffel Tower

This was so gorgeous!  I can’t believe it didn’t win first place, but that tells you about the level of competition.

Tower

This could hang in the Cathedral it was so detailed and beautiful!

Pieta

This chest was absolutely amazing.  I love the look of the quilted blocks that adorn the top.  I wonder if he is interested in selling his pieces.

Treasure Chest

Quilts (not my own I promise!)

I love quilting and I even tried my own hand at it recently, disasterous hand it should read.  I may never be a quilter, but I will always be a quilt lover.  There were some gorgeous quilts at the state fair.  Here are some of my favorites!

Dresden Plate?

Blocks

Circles

This was a quilt done by the VA Hospital.  Each department did a block of the quilt.  It was wonderful to see the thought some of them had put into their departments block.

VA Hospital 1

       

 This quilt was absolutely incredible.  She embroidered each President of the United States and several buildings on to each block.

President Quilt 1

President Quilt 2     

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