Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Hope you are all staying warm. It's been cold here and I have a dusting of snow on the driveway. The news reported the blizzard didn't pack a punch like "they" thought - it's only 3 feet of snow falling - and how is that not a punch? I haven't done much except homework and housework since school started so I don't have any fun pictures or restaurants to show you. My husband has been traveling a lot and has eaten at some fun places but I didn't save the pictures. I do have one more square done on this wretched fruit bellpull and a start on the third square (apples)
I do have two truly terrible stories to tell you - fun right? ("truly terrible" is a matter of perspective - worse things are happening in the world as I type this but these things were pretty gross) Sunday morning I went downstairs with a huge basket of laundry and I almost stepped on the dead but not eaten mouse and vomit the cat left me- how sweet. Now when I come downstairs in the morning I carry nothing and turn on every light as I go - can you imagine if I would have stepped on or in ..... yuck. I did screech like a girl when I saw the mouse laying there - blah!! I bought an Aspen Bistro portion control pet feeder which does not work. I set it up for two meals 1/4 a cup each. It only feeds him about a tablespoon so I set it up to feed 1/4 c three times a day but I think he is still not getting enough food. He is always messing with it. I guess it will have to go back - bummer.
See the water thing - that's new too but two days after I set it up it smelled like sour milk which may be why he is throwing up. I washed it and put in fresh water and he knocked it over - so it's also going back. I was hoping this system would work for when I travel but I don't see much of that in my future so the old system will work. He is obnoxious when it comes being fed so I was hoping this would keep him from staring and meowing at me from 2 in the afternoon until 5 when he gets fed - annoying.
he doesn't look like a mouse killer

Finally - story two!! (Sorry I veered off course there) Monday morning in front of the school - in the near dark - I swerved to avoid hitting what I thought was a dead cat - I DID NOT hit it - the whole car filled with the strongest skunk smell I have ever encountered - like it was in the car with me!! The banana I was eating turned into a skunk banana and I gagged!! I rolled the window down but it was in the air outside too - must have just happened. All day all I could smell was skunk The girl next to me in my first class said she drove by it too and that was all she could smell - hope it wasn't coming off of me!! When I got home I parked in the garage - wrong - I could smell it in my kitchen so I had to move the car outside - when you open the car door  - it's unbelievable. I hope I don't smell like skunk when I go to school tomorrow - e gads.
Look at the size of this Red-Bellied Woodpecker that has been coming around - not as big as the Pileated but still impressive!
I know it's hard to see it but you can see the tilt of the feeder!
As for school - I don't want to jump the gun but it may be getting a little easier. I feel like I understand things a little better and I'm learning their computer system so it's not all foreign to me now. I'm afraid if I say it's easy then I might be missing the point and fail my classes - yikes!
Stay warm folks and thanks for stopping by


  1. Beautiful stitching!
    Wondering about skunk smell :) Can only relate to Pepe The Pew on TV :D

  2. I heard on the radio it is skunk mating season and if a female is being pursued by a male and is not in the mood she sprays him! Yes, there have been times I thought the skunk was in the house or car with me. My cat would sit in the garage for hours catching lizards and when he had accomplished the task he would bring them and drop them at my feet. The poor have dead lizard would run away and I would be recovering for a mild heart attack. I feel your pain

  3. Ewww is right... skunks, mice, and cat "gifts" -- bleh.

    Good luck!!!!!!

  4. Oh i have had a dog.. a Basinji. That was cat-like and use to bring me dead mice and lay them on my bed... it didnt happen all the time but when the cold weather would set in... i would find a few.. omg... it was so discusting. So i totally understand. Oh the fruit bellpull is just Amazing!!!! Stay warm... and have a great day.

  5. I'm saying EWWW right along with you. I hope you find a way to get rid of the skunk smell, although I know it's hard to do. The stitching looks good to me.

  6. I don't know who I feel worse for - the dead mouse, the puking cat, or the person that cleaned it up!

  7. The fruit piece looks like a LOT of work, but it will be so pretty when done.
    Ewwwwwwww is right, I would've went right back upstairs. lol
    Cats have a mind of their own, don't they?
    They don't like people messing with their food. lol
    Ewwwwwwwwwww on the skunk too, it takes awhile to get rid of the smell.

  8. I get freaked out of dead mice, too! Live ones don't bother me, lol. But, I do 'scream like a girl' when I see dead ones.

    Eww... dead skunk smell is terrible.

    You're at the halfway point of the bellpull. So, that's a bright spot. :)

  9. Well Jamie, it's hard for me to decide which is the worse thing. I think for me it would probably be the mouse/cat episode!! How horrid!! I don't think we have skunks out here. Yea!!!!! Again, good luck at school. It does take some doing after you have been away for awhile. I do love the bell pull. It's going to be so pretty!