yes you can have thanksgiving without turkey

Our turkey disguised himself and got away.

So we had a pork roast instead. Mmmmmhhmmm! Okay, the truth is Damon doesn’t particularly like turkey and since we were staying home this year he requested the pork roast. It was a good choice, and frankly it made my day really easy.

We also had the best dang carrots ever! I made them with brown sugar, agave nectar, (I was low on honey and it was a fantastic substitution) butter, and vanilla. I’ll never make honey glazed carrots with honey again!

It was just the three of us, simple, quiet, and lovely. A day to be thankful for.

Did I just hear a collective “awwww” 🙂 or was it just me?

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! xoxo

all i want for christmas is a craft store gift card

The obsession continues.

I think I pulled a muscle in the back of my left hand, and yet I continue to crochet.*

The good news is, not only did I sell the burnt orange hat/scarf set to a bloggy friend, but I brought some things to a real life craft show and sold 3 hats and 6 scarves. Woohoo! I have the Christmas money I was hoping for!** And yet I continue to crochet…

Let’s just say a few of Josh’s teachers are getting scarves for Christmas. 🙂 And maybe a few other people too.

Here’s a couple of lap blankets I made for the craft show but they didn’t sell. I’m not sure I’m happy or sad about that, especially since the orange/brown one matches my bedroom and I could, ya know, keep it. Both are a bit over 3 foot square.

Can you tell I like burnt orange?

I kinda like purple too, especially mixed with gray:

I swear I work in other colors besides purple and orange!

Like red. I love red.

Somehow this scarf ended up 8 feet long. No joke. I might not have been paying attention when I started it, I just kept on crocheting…

*I really do have other stuff going on besides crocheting and dealing with George. It’s all just too boring to write about. More boring than yarn and a cat? You know that’s pretty bad.

**And it’s quite possible I might spend it all on yarn at Michael’s and AC Moore’s Black Friday sales!

poor poor pitiful George

It’s been a crazy couple of days around here. On Monday morning I was getting ready to go to the gym (really, I was!) when I noticed George looked a little a lot wet. I knew Damon had just let him inside (he’d only been out for about half an hour) and I figured he had played in a puddle. Except he wasn’t wet with water.

It was blood.

Now George does tend to be pretty territorial and I’ve found other cat’s blood on him a few times over the years. But this time it was his own and more than I felt comfortable handling.

As soon as I got Josh on the bus to school I was on the phone with the vet, and they got us in right away. (Love them!)

I’m so glad I took him in. He had two very bad puncture wounds. One on the top of his head that went down to his skull (but luckily did not break his skull) and one all the way through one cheek to the inside of his mouth. Poor George!

I have no idea what bit him, but the theories range from another cat, to a fox, a fisher cat, a dog, a raccoon, or even a hawk. I’m leaning toward a neighborhood cat. I’ve seen quite a few around my yard lately and they’re pretty big and aggressive. Anyway.

So the darn cat is on liquid antibiotics and a painkiller, plus I have to flush his wounds twice a day. That’s just as much fun as it sounds. Not.

He follows me around even more than usual and gives me pitiful stares. The first day he just slept and I had to carry him down to his food and water and the litter box when I thought he needed it. It was pathetic.

Yesterday afternoon I noticed his cheek looked a little puffy and red and I was afraid it was getting infected so back to the vet we went. It was actually fine and I felt a little silly after but it was worth it for the peace of mind that he wasn’t going to die overnight.

He’s feeling better much now but looks just awful! And he desperately wants to go back outside. Not a chance. The little dude may never go out again…

Did I mention they had to shave the wounded areas so they could clean them?

I’m not sure if he’s mad or embarrassed about the reverse mohawk!

Then there’s the cheek:

See? Longing for the outdoors. Dumb cat. Yes, he is missing his eyebrow whiskers. They were victims of the vet’s clippers. Just like his dignity.

George, darling, you’re 10 now and can’t fight with the other kitties and win anymore. It’s time to learn to run away!

Or just take a nap.

crocheted hats

I’m still crocheting. Crocheting is the new blogging you know. 😉 Last year at this time I was writing daily (NEVER AGAIN!) nablopomo entries. This year I can’t stop buying yarn and dreaming about what I can make out of it.

I decided I needed to add some hats to my collection of scarves. I think I’m getting pretty good at them (especially since I’m winging it – I never learned how to follow a pattern!) and they’re so much quicker than scarves.

I took photos of a couple of them so you all could see samples of what I’ve been doing. (Okay, so do you know how hard it is to take a picture of yourself? Really hard!)

I love this burnt orange yarn. It’s similar to a set I made for my MIL for Christmas last year. The yarn is a super soft suede. It’s Lion Brand but unfortunately it’s being discontinued so I’ve been buying it in every color everywhere I can find it. I made the same set in black suede too.

This is Lion Brand Homespun in two different purples. I didn’t have very good lighting – trust me, it’s purple! I kinda wanna keep this one!

Seriously – I stink at taking my own photo! Do you see the “I feel ridiculous” look on my face? Oh yeah. And it might have been a little better if I’d thought to put on some make-up first. Oops!

Anyway, I have some lap blankets in the works too, and I think I’m going to try a shawl next. I’d really like to learn how to read a pattern so I can make socks and stuff. Of course, I’ve been saying that for years, I’m just too lazy to do it!

just another Halloween recap!

Okay better late than never, here are the promised Halloween pics!

Josh and I both loved this costume but hardly anyone “got” it. What can I say, we like the obscure Star Wars references! (Note the one black glove for after Luke had his hand cut off!)

My favorite part of Halloween wasn’t the candy.* It was getting proof that my boy still likes to hold my hand.**

We were fortunate to have gorgeous weather for trick or treating. I’ve never seen such a warm Halloween! We had a perfect beautiful spooky moon too.

I hope you all had a great holiday weekend too! xoxo.
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* but thank you to whomever gave my kid Heath bars cause I’d forgotten how good those are!
** even if he won’t hug me in front of his friends on the bus anymore!

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