Thursday, July 23, 2009

Hey it's a Miracle!

So I can't grow anything. I generally kill every plant I have ever owned. Aaron went to his church reunion and brought home a potted chrysanthemum. It was very cute, and I killed it. So now I have found myself two cute little plants. One is a lavender and the other is peppermint! I have them out on my little back porch and I check them every day like a complete nerd! To my surprise, last night when I was out for a smoke I had a little look at my herbs and voila! My peppermint plant is starting to bloom! I am so proud of this small and feeble achievement that I had to post it! Now if I could only figure out how to get the lavender to bloom that would be fantastic! Blogs - nicole MySpace Blog Blogs - nicole MySpace Blog

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I'm going back to work! I'm going back to work! I'm going back to work! I'm going back to work!!!!!

okay so i am a little excited! I am going back for what looks like 3 weeks, followed by a layoff of maybe 3 weeks and then hopefully I will be back for a while after that! All I want to do is put hardwood floors in the condo, sell the condo, buy a house and now that I have written that out it seems like a pretty tall order! Anyone got a ladder?

Been busy this week! Am preparing the gifts for Rachel's wedding (my honey's little sister). She has 5 attendants, a junior attendant and a flower girl. So we are making 5 boxes for adults and two for the one for Rachel that she doesn't know about...because it is for her!

I have knocked off the following today. Finished the last two spa cloths. Mixed 12 bags of Lavender/Mint bath salts. Made a batch and a half of Lavender/Mint salt scrubs. Tomorrow will be all of the chunk soaps, plus the rest of the kids soaps! Oh and also maybe some votives as well! The wedding is on the 31st of July but now that I am heading to work on Monday (for afternoons no less) I feel the need to get it all done NOW!!! July is shaping up like December! Four birthdays, two weddings, and the finale of Canada's Top Model!

Speaking of December I am already starting on Christmas gifts. Am doing a bunch of my bags up for the crocheters in my life. Gonna have gnarly old hands by the time I am old!

Oh and tomorrow I go and buy new work shoes...learned my lesson last time!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

And the winner is.....

Kim and Victoria! Guys, please send my your mailing information so I can send you your prize!
Also, I would like to thank everyone who played! Have a great weekend!

Monday, July 6, 2009

What's on my Hook?!?

Last week I had a lovely day with my friend Marti. We spent the afternoon chatting and having some cold beers in the sun. Afterwards, we went inside to find her mom's yarn collection! Her mom knits, but hasn't picked up the needles since Marti was little and she said that I could have free run! I was so excited! And some of the yarns I grabbed were pretty old and in some great 70-80's colours! So, from this collection I told Marti that I would make her a scarf! This took me like 3 days. It's double crochet for the whole piece. I made it narrow and long so that she could double it up and wrap it around. (Marti works on a farm with horses so she is outside all year round!) I think it'll keep her warm!

Below is what I worked on while at the cottage! I spent many of my afternoon's on the deck crocheting myself a crochet bag! A special nod here to Cher for introducing me to Tunsanian Crochet! This is a pattern that I altered for a beach bag with matt attached to it. It used one 12 oz ball of Bernat Handcrafter Cotton Naturals...and some white I had kicking around to sew it all together and make the handles!

When I first finished it I was worried about the roll-down factor. Last night I took my new bag over to our friend Jamie's house for a test drive. Turns out the roll-down isn't such a bad thing! It can hold a lot and the roll-down keeps all the yarn in while opening up the bag so you can fish for the stuff you need! I think it's big enough to fit all the yarns for a afghan! Will have to check that one out soon!

Wonder what everyone else has on their hooks?

Saturday, July 4, 2009

An Update on my Little Drama Queen!

Which really is an inaccurate title for my little kitty. She is actually not that dramatic about it at all! (the drama stems from her owners being high strung and bored!)

Took Zoe to the vet the other day. Poor dear was so pissed! She had been hanging out in her carrier all day, so I just figured she'd be fine with going. I closed the door and locked her in. We walked outside and she was fine. I put her down beside the car while I got the door open and she started howling! Damn cat hates the car! She cried the whole two minutes to the vet, and for 15 minutes at the vets while we waited! Kitty was unimpressed! We got into the exam room and let her out of her carrier and I thought it was going to be non-dramatic. She sniffed around and rubbed up against things, you know the usual cat stuff. Well we got her on the exam table and that was that! She tried her damnedest to escape anyway she could. And I don't blame her! Kittie was poked and prodded and had her temperature taken. Dr gave her a two week shot of antibiotic and some prescription food with the advice for lots of water.

We get her back into her case, into the car, and finally home. We are met by a freaked out Phatty who we could hear crying all the way down the hall! (He doesn't like to be separated from his sister). We let our little princess out of her case and the first thing she does is...pee on the carpet.Knew I had that coming! I fed her some food and she scarfed it down which was awesome because she hadn't eaten or drank anything at all. After trying to get her to take some water (with a straw no eyedropper!) I got smart. I was on to her shenanigans! I put a 1/4 cup of water in with her wet vet food...she ate it all up! I will have to keep this up until I actually see her go for the water dish. She keeps looking at it like she wants some but can't bring herself to drink. Thank the Gods I am smarter than my cat! Mostly!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Drama, brought to you by the cat!

This is my kitty Zoe. She has many monikers like Zoesaphine the Drama Queen, Zoester, Princess and Maou. Well my little kitty got sick yesterday. Aaron called me all worried and I wasn't really concerned. Cats have a tendency to yak a lot. But when I got home I noticed that she was frequently in the litter box with no results. So today it is off to the vets. My kitties are indoor cats, so they don't get their shots every year, which I am sure the vet will frown upon. So I am pretty sure that my vet bill is going to be astronomical, which is going to suck because I and Aaron are still laid off from work. Both of my cats are really healthy and at 13 to get sick for the first time is pretty good. They lead a pretty non-exciting life usually. Well except for Zoe today who is going to go for a car ride and get sick to her stomach. Think a cat will drink cranberry juice? Wish us luck and keep my pretty kitty in your thoughts!