And to all a good night…

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly. ~Andy Rooney

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5:30am may be too early to get up for school, but not for Christmas!!

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!! I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful day surrounded by family and friends and furry ones, too!

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Christmas afternoon nap among friends.

 

Happy Day!

Well, there goes time, getting away from me once again. Is it seriously mid-December already? I obviously have not been paying attention. Again…

I am currently baking cookies for school parties, doing laundry, crocheting a monkey (or at least I was until I started typing) and rubbing the dog with my foot, so I have my hands (and feet) full at the moment. And I absolutely love it. There is no possible way to complete everything on my list today, but I sure am having a good time trying. If I can manage to save enough cookies to send to school tomorrow, I will consider the day a success! (Om nom nom…) I just wanted to stop in to wish everyone a Happy Day!!

I hope you all are ready, ’cause Santa Claus is coming to town! Better keep your eyes open. 🙂

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Finding Anna

About a week ago, we were startled by a loud thump that came from outside. A few minutes later, we heard what sounded like crying. We went outside to check it out and were very surprised to find a cat howling under our RV. Rob had caught a glimpse of her in the past, but she was very elusive. I had never seen her.  It had been extremely cold (only a high of 2 degrees that day) for the few weeks prior and she must have had all she could handle. She was nervous, but after some coaxing, Rob was able to pick her up.

DSC_0029-1We ran down to the shop to get a cage for her because it was way too cold to ignore her plea for help. We got her all set up in the shop for the night with some towels and a bowl of food, which she scarfed. It was much warmer in there than outside and she was out of the wind. Perhaps it wasn’t exactly what she had in mind, but she was probably warmer than she had been in weeks.

DSC_0023-1We were not exactly sure what to do with her. Unfortunately, bringing her in the house was not an option since she is very much wild and we weren’t sure what would happen with our other cats. Putting her back outside didn’t seem right since she was not spayed and would just end up having multiple litters of kittens. I called the Humane Society but they would most likely have to put her down since feral cats aren’t really adoptable.

DSC_0025-1We decided the best thing we could do for her was get her spayed and then make a home for her so that hopefully she would never be so desperately cold again. She wasn’t overly impressd with me when I took her to the vet, but I promised her it was for her own good. She got herself a rabies shot while she was there. Rob named her ‘Anna,’ from the movie Frozen. (Redish hair, almost frozen, seemed fitting.)

DSC_0037-1Rob build her a beautiful house, complete with arctic entryway. It is insulated and carpeted and should be a nice place to spend those cold winter nights. After he placed it outside, the kids filled the wood rack around it. Our hope is that the building and wood will add extra warmth and help block the wind.

DSC_0039-1We waited for a while to see if she would come out, but she was not interested, at least not while we were standing there. Eventually we all left, figuring she would come out when she was ready. I had really hoped to see her so I could get a picture of her out of the cage. Rob went back to check on her a little while later and she was gone. We were wondering if she would ever come back, if we would ever see her again, and figured only time would tell.

DSC_0064-1Last night we got a fresh new dusting of snow, and we were pretty excited this morning when we discovered that Anna had come back, leaving her little kitty prints in the snow. Perhaps she was not overly impressed with her stay with us, but I think she must have forgiven us. And I cannot help but think that she is happy with her new set-up. I am not sure what made her choose our house that bitterly cold night, but I am glad she did. I just wish there was more that we could do for her.

Slippers

Alright, I admit it, I am a slacker. My kids go off to school everyday, my husband goes off to work, and here I sit, twiddling my thumbs. So, why, you may ask, has it been almost a month since I have updated you on… well, anything? There really is a logical explanation. You see… ahh… I um… Okay, so maybe there is no good excuse save for my aforementioned statement: I am a slacker.

I assumed that when the kids started school, I would blog everyday simply because I would have nothing else going on. That has not been the case. Then I started the Photo 101 program back in early November thinking that it would get me back into the habit of blogging again, but I was bored after the first week. Then I planned on posting on Thanksgiving, which I never got around to doing. Apparently I was too busy eating pumpkin pie and cheering for the Seahawks. (Who won, by the way, just in case you missed the game…) Then I planned on posting every day in December, which I have already failed at since yesterday was the first, and, obviously, I forgot to post.

The funny thing is that I lay in bed at night and have all these ideas and thoughts running through my head. And I think to myself that first thing in the morning, l will share them. But once morning comes, they are gone. Well, not technically gone I guess, the ideas are still there, I just cannot seem to remember exactly how I wanted to share them. If I were a smart girl, I would either a.) get out of bed and write my ideas down before they get lost in my sleep, or b.) I would simply blog at night, when my mind is most active. The problem with getting up to write down my ideas is that I am already so warm and comfortably snuggled into my bed. And the problem with blogging at night is that once my kids head off to bed, my brain turns to ‘read mode.’ I am very much a night-owl, so I used to be able to do both, but now that I have to get up 5:30am to get my kids off to school, I turn into a pumpkin around 9ish.

Truth is, I am absolutely amazed at just how fast the days go. In theory, I should have time to clean the house, shower, blog, work on a project or two and still have time to spare before the family comes home. But I really don’t. I usually find myself rushing around at the last minute trying to put my stuff away and figure out something to make for dinner. If I am successful, I have my act together before anyone gets home, if I’m not, (which is more often the case) well, I am sure the other four members of the family are wondering the same thing as you: What on earth does she do all day?

Many moons ago, I enjoyed making crafts, but with three kids running around, there was not much free time for such things. Until last summer, it had been years since I had really picked up a project. You see, my very dear friend had a birthday coming up, and it just so happened that we were going to be back in Idaho for the occasion, and I wanted very much to make her something. I did not have time to make a cross-stitch picture, so I decided to learn how to crochet. I was a master at making chains (very, very long chains), but my skills ended there.

So after much snooping, I came upon a pattern for some slippers. Now that I think about it, I am not sure how many people actually want crochet slippers for their birthday, but that is what I made for her. I used all of my very limited skills to put together a pair of slippers that fell off her feet. But I had so much fun making them for her.

If fact, I had so much fun that after I finished her slippers, I made a pair for each of the kids. I even put little pom-pom’s on Catheryn’s to turn them into Tinkerbell slippers. When I ran out of people to make slippers for, I ventured into the world of granny squares. I made what felt like a million and a half squares and then crocheted them together into my very first afghan. Then I found a pattern for a Care Bear and I actually was somewhat successful at making Catheryn a Grumpy Bear for Christmas. Now I am making snowmen, just because they are cute. I have made toy nets and scarves for Care Bears and a snow hat for Nathan’s favorite CowCow. I have learned so many new things in the last few months.

And I have loved every minute of it. I had forgotten how therapeutic making things could be. How good it feels to make something with your own hands. How nice it is to give somebody a gift that you put your heart into. And to think, it all started with a pair of slippers for my favorite curly-haired friend…

Of course when the kids come home and ask what I did all day, I can’t very well tell them that I have been making them gifts for Christmas, so I just smile and say, ‘Ah, not much.’ And then we sit down to the meal that must have taken me all day to prepare…