Thursday, May 17, 2007

Miss Poo has lived up to her name!

I just got a call from the vet. She ate. She pooped. She is being a pain in the ass. Time for Kate to come home. Weeeeee!

Oh, and they still have no idea what she was passing, but the new x-ray shows that she is free and clear.
Sick Kitty :(

Kate had been throwing up a little bit for the past couple of days. Yesterday morning I had the pleasure of stepping in, and cleaning up, mucous and blood. Since this is never good, she had to go to the vet ASAP. She is passing something, they don't know what from the x-rays, but ti is irritating her insides as well as blocking up her whole GI tract with fluid. The X-rays also showed that my attempt to get her to stop eating the weather stripping from the back door was in vain. She had to spend last night and tonight at the vet. she is hooked up to an IV to help hydrate her in hopes that the hydration will help her push through the poop. I went to visit her last night after work. She was all meows when I got there. When she realized I wasn't there to take her home, she started to blow air out of her nose like a bull. She's so cute. Keep your fingers crossed! I need Miss Poo to come home!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Weekend Pictures

Ok, I really did do stuff this weekend, and to prove it, here are some pictures of sewing. First off, the office. Steve was nice enough to let me add my craft/sewing table to the room, as well as move the bookcase. The bookcase was looking cluttery, so last month I made some curtains for the middle shelves and hung them with tension rods. Gotta love those Joann coupons! Then the table was looking cluttery, so to dress it up I made a skirt for it this weekend with some Amy Butler fabric. I love this stuff. The only thing I love more is the light fusible webbing that I used to hem the sides instead of actually sewing. Then I used 3M adhesive strips to attach it to the table.
The other thing I made with the same curtain fabric (some sort of Liz Claiborn stuff) was some spring pillow for the sun room. The other pillows are old ones.And of course, the bird update. Look how big they are! The mom leaves more now, so it is easier to get pictures.

Monday, May 14, 2007


Already I couldn't meet my goal of posting every day. Whatever. Like I was really going to do that. Actually, we had a busy weekend of bowling, planting, sweating (it is already in the 100's), napping, sewing, and yogaing. There would be pictures, but the light is bad in the house at night, and obviously really bad in the yard. Oh, and bird watching. There are TWO babies.They have doubled in size since I took this late last week. It's hilarious seeing all three of them shoved in one nest.

Thursday, May 10, 2007


Today I had meetings all day at one of the mines. I can't say which one, probably, or why, but I took a few pictures of things that were cool that aren't significant, legally anyway. I figured some of you might be interested since not everyone gets to go to a mine.

Here are copper plates. After a long process involving cool stuff like acid, starter plates of copper are set in a solution that has copper dissolved in it. An electric current is run through the whole thing and the copper in the solution sticks onto the starter plates. Each of those pallets are about up to my waist.Here is a SMALL haul truck. The tires are taller than me. I caught this when I was leaving, which is why it seems far away. I have no idea why it was in black and white, but it looks kind of cool.
And the best part.....take a look at my thermometer at 3pm. In May. Blech.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007


Thanks to a tip from Kali, last month we joined a CSA. It stands for community supported agriculture. Basically, a farmer near phoenix has a bunch of different land at different elevations and farms a bunch of different things. Steve goes every Monday to a place near the university to pick up our shares. We never know what we are going to get for the week until pick-up day. This is cool because we have to be creative, but can stink because we can't buy everything we need for the week at TJ's on Sunday because we don't know what vegetables we need to incorporate. At least we are forced to try some new things. On the menu this evening were purple carrots (they taste like regular carrots, but are much more fun to look at)....... .......and Russian kale. the kale was cooked with a yellow onion and garlic, both also from the CSA.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Sweater? I don't even know her!

Well folks, here is a sweater that I recently finished. I used some sort of cheapo cotton yarn from Joann's. I originally bought it for a sweater for my nephew, but it was a bit too thick and crappy. I decided to try out an idea I had, which was loosely based on the Glampyre mini sweater. At the risk of looking like a lard ass, here it is.

Pattern: General idea of Glampyre minisweater on top, minus the poofy sleeves, plus a k2 yo lace on the bottom. Knit in one piece.
Yarn: Crappy Joann cotton, maybe Peaches and Cream?
Needles: #8 Addi Turbo circulars
Date Started: April 27, 2007
Date Finished: May 5, 2007
Comments: I didn't do a swatch first. I thought that the cotton would shrink, so I made it a little big. It didn't shrink. Next time I will throw it in the dryer. The cotton SUCKED to knit with. I still have a blister on my right pinkie. I think I will make something similar in wool, but with long sleeves for the winter. Also, wasn't sure how I wanted to close it, so I didn't include a button hole. I currently am using a dancing cat pin, but that is so cliche/creepy with a hand-knit sweater. I need to find something better, like stick or a cocktail sword or something. I don't know. Obviously.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Speedy Delivery!

Look what I got in the mail today! Two new bras and an Interweave Knits (complete with a WARNING THIS IS YOUR LAST ISSUE notice). Either this is terribly exciting, or I need to get out more.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!

We got up at the butt-crack of dawn this morning for Steve to run a 10K. He came in 10th overall and first in his age group.Normally he doesn't stay around for awards, but his was a Cinco de Mayo race, and Rey REALLY wanted a prize. Reymod Alehandro on his sombrero.Oh, and we have babies! Looks like the dove must have had them a while because they are grey and furry already. You can see one at the bottom left of the nest. Again, I'll try to get some better pictures.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Am I up for the challenge?

I started this blog to keep in touch with friends and family. Unfortunately, I have been bad about posting consistently. To overcome the hump, I propose a challenge to myself. I am going to post every day through the end of May. The only exception *might* be when we are in San Francisco at the end of the month. I don't know what the internet access will be there. So, let's get on with it then!

We have been busy with the outside, mostly. We spread 5 tons of gravel in the front yard to fill in the bare spots. We also moved about 2.5 tons of river rock to make a dry stream bed in the front and rock borders in the back. Not sure how I feel about the rock borders yet. The eventual plan is to fill them in with gravel and have decomposed granite for the rest of the yard instead of dirt.
Good news is, everything is growing except for the penstamon. I don't know if it is too much water, not enough light, too acidic of soil because they are under the Aleppo Pine? Whatever it is, they are not happy.
We are also battling leaf cutters. Those little assholes are doing a number on our redbud. We have tried diatamaceous earth, flooding with water, flooding with vinegar, and busting up their house. They keep coming back. I HATE them. They are fascinating in and of themselves, but they piss me off when they eat our plants. Steve wants to get a blow torch and burn them. I don't think I will go that far.
In other animal news, we have a vermilion flycatcher somewhere in the front yard. A neighbor pointed him out to me last week, but I have not seen him since. We also have a nesting dove in the pyracanthus in the front yard. I just saw babies this morning. I will have to try to get a picture of them soon.
Oh yeah, and by better half turned 30! He got jokes about being old all day. Payback is a bitch :)

Until tomorrow!