November 16, 2014
Good morning. It's looking a bit cloudy and cold outside, and I'm going to leave it out there. Today I will get caught up on my laundry. Plus I want to work a bit on winterizing the tote that I bought to make a house for Blackie.
A video on the web showed how to insulate the tote by using a Styrofoam cooler to line it with, but I'm having a difficult time finding a Styrofoam cooler the right size. Today I will try to think of ways to improvise.
When I was a very young mother, we lived in a summer cottage for a while. When the cold weather started, I tore up the flooring and insulated the floor boards with tar paper and newspapers. Then I replaced the linoleum flooring. It helped quite a bit to keep the cold from coming up through the floor.
I've had a couple of requests for the crocheted kitty toy, so I'm posting it here. I have not tried this pattern yet, so if there are problems with it, do let me know and I will check it out. (scroll down to yesterday's post for the photo)
Medium weight yarn (#4), crochet hook size H
Toilet paper tubes - a half roll for the small toy and a full roll for the large toy.
A bell, needle and thread, a darning needle to weave in ends, and scissors
Abreviations: Ch - chain, sl st - slip stitch, dc - double crochet
1. Ch 20, join with sl st to form ring (keeping tension firm but not tight - you want both ends to be a little tighter so they hug around the toilet paper tube). Make sure to not twist your stitches.
2. Ch 2 in first chain and then dc in each remaining stitch in round. Sl st in last stitch in round to join. Repeat for 7 rounds for the half paper roll size toy, or 11 rounds for full size toilet paper roll.
3. Finish off last round with 1 sl st in each stitch and join.
4. Ch 30, then make 2 dc in the 3rd chain from the hook. (If you'd like a longer curlicue then make the chain longer).
5. Make 3 dc in each chain until you get back to the start of the chain. Sl st to join. Fasten off and weave in ends.
6. Sew bell on end of curlicue. Fit over toilet paper roll.
Good luck, and I hope your kitties like the toy. I'll be trying this pattern soon to make toys for Sunshine and Blackie.
A friend sent me an email with pictures of products from the past. One of the pictures was for Evening in Paris, a very popular perfume from 1940's. It was my mom's favorite, and every year Daddy would buy her the whole set (perfume, powder, cream) for Christmas. I loved that smell. It held such wonderful memories for me.
Last year, I found some Evening in Paris cologne in a catalogue, The Vermont Country Store. It was a lot more expensive that I remembered, $50 for a small bottle, but I bought it any way. I could not wait to open the bottle and smell that wonderful fragrance again.
Well, let me tell you, that it just wasn't the same anymore. I could barely smell the fragrance, and it brought back no warm happy memories. Hmmm, I wonder. Why is this? Ah well, at least looking at the bottle takes me back in time for a minute or two. It's rather sad how some familiar things can be so different to us as adults.
Yesterday, Dwarf Helen went shopping with me to buy more Christmas wrapping paper and a few other small incidentals. Then last evening, I spent some time working on the lavender afghan, and it should be finished soon. I have only about thirteen more rows to go. Woo Hoo!!
Well, that's about all my news for this morning. Now I'll start some laundry. So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.
Hugs, Edna B.