A Little Bit of This and That

 

Computer Maintainance

Saturday (04/22/2017) morning I was going to get on the computer to do a few things. When I got over to it there was a note on it saying that the anti- virus program needed to be downloaded. I knew it would be ending soon. I clicked on the program button in the tray. It said it needed reactivated. Now this is Nick’s ( my son) laptop. I knew he did not want to renew the paid subscription. So the reactive choice seemed ok to do. I thought this would just revert it back to the free subscription. I pushed the reactivate choice. It loaded and of course the program needed to do a restart. I let it do that knowing I would not be doing any computer stuff. Nick has his laptop set with a password. I was not going to wake him at 8 am on a Saturday on his day off. So I had to find other things to do until he got up.

When he did get up and he put in his password.  I was concerned by reactivating it I may have actually bought the subscription again. When Nick checked the virus program it had just given a free 30 trial. So I was happy that I had not accidentally bought a subscription. 🙂 Whew!

Sully’s Saturday and a Photo Shoot

Well Sully had been begging at the door all morning. So one thing I could do was take him out for some outdoor time. I walked him around the house and then clipped him to the deck rail. He was able to eat his grass and sniff some catnip under the steps. While he was doing that I decided to take some snapshots of me modeling the new hat I finished crocheting the night before.

I did my modeling by the back of BOB. I took a few with my glasses on and some with my glasses off. The glasses off ones I am doing a whole lot of squinting. I was facing east. 🙂

 

After the photo shoot, I decided I would move some stuff out-of-the-way to get this flowerbed ready to dig.

When I took the picture I had already moved the window glass out of the bed. I then moved the lawnmower. Well after I did that I looked over at the deck. Sully was up on the deck scratching the rail support. Then he was at the door telling me that he was ready to go back in the house.

The Spring Cleaning of BOB’s Loft and Living / Dining Room

After I let Sully in I had lost my motivation to dig the flowerbed. The wind was a little chilly yet. I thought we were going to go fishing later in the afternoon. So I thought I would spend the morning cleaning up BOB. I started by taking down the curtains in the loft bed, the living/dining room and the storage area for fishing gear. I got the extension cord and the vacuum out. I vacuumed the loft bed. I put a queen sized fitted sheet over it. The curtains were now washed and dried so I began putting them back up. The loft ones are always fun. I tend to forget the low ceiling and bonk my head scooting around  to each window. The front window in the loft is on two rods, one that goes through the top of the curtain and one that goes through the bottom. I got them onto the rods and was trying to clip them to the brackets they would not connect. I had put the top rod through the wrong pocket on the curtain. So I had to take them off and rethread them through the smaller top pocket.

I then put all the extra bedding up on the loft. I stowed some other extra bedding under one of the bench seats and some extra dish towels and dishcloth. I was then able to get the sheet and pillow cases off the couch and took them in to wash. While those were going I vacuumed the couch and bench seats.

Oh, by the way when David got up at 9:30 I realized that this job was not going to be done by the afternoon. It turns out that was ok, because David told me we were not going fishing until Sunday. I guess I picked the right day to Spring Clean BOB!

I had an old sheet of plexi- glass that I broke to fit over the flow through in the storage area. I cut the extra bin lid to fit in the bottom of the storage area. I now had a neat tidy place to store all the pole holders, fishing net, fish stringer, tackle boxes, branch cutter, 3 pound hammer, flashlights and umbrellas,  and shovel. We use the branch cutter later in the season when our favorite spots start to get over grown. The hammer is for pounding the pole holders in the ground. We use the shovel to level out spots for our chairs or dig steps down the steep banks. I thought you might be wondering what we used those strange items for when we went fishing.

Now that all that was safely stored I went about putting the living/dining room curtains back up. My plan was to use some old plastic plumbing tube as curtain rods like I did for some of the other curtains. It was a fail as the windows were to long and the plumbing tube would sag down in the middle. 😦 So I had to put them up like I had them before with the rings placed over the end of the boards that use to hold the blinds.

I next vacuumed all of the carpet. I put the rug back down in front of the door and put the cooler back down on it in front of the storage area. Again, I did not get before photos as I had not planned to do this it was just a spur of the moment thing. I did get afters though.

The coach made up and the curtain up.

Update on the Moonflowers

They are opening up their leaves.

 

Skrappy Skarves Hired a New Model.

I have not fired adult styrofoam head, her job is secure. I was over visiting The Wee House of Crochet complimenting on one of her toddler hats. She told me that she had just ordered baby and toddler mannequin heads for displaying hats and help with sizing her hats. This reminded me that I was […]

via I Have Hired a New Model. — Skrappy Skarves

We Made It This Time!

No planning, just spur of the moment, throw stuff in BOB and go!

 

I am happy to report we made it over to the ponds and the 2017 Fishing Season is offically started.

 

No fish were caught, but we can at least say we have been fishing. David said that we were practicing. It was just nice to get out and enjoy the day and some nature even if the stiff breeze was a bit chilly off the pond.

 

Was not much activity from the other residents of the ponds either. I did see a few red winged black birds squawking about, a lady bug, and a couple of other sort of flying bugs. That will all change soon enough more birds, bugs and the flying biting type bugs will make an appearance.

 

Even BOB was glad to get out of the driveway for a couple of hours.

 

When we do catch fish then it will be an offically, offical start to the 2017 Fishing Season. 😀

Shave and A Haircut, Two Bits!

 

Sunday (03/26/2-17) was time for the Peter Parkers’ and the Shreks’ annual spring hair cuts.
I do this every spring to get rid of the brown tips from the dry winter air on the Peters. The Shreks get trimmed back to their pots other wise they would grow to the other end of the house. The leaves of the Skreks between the pots and the ends usually die off so I have all these rope like vines hanging from the bookshelf and faux fireplace mantle.

The Before Photos

This photo shows Peter Parker with Peter Parker the IV and one of Shrek’s twins Stubby.

I just named him that because he hardly grows past his pot.

This is Shrek’s other twin, Stretch, I named him that because he does grow beyond his pot.

He was quite wilty. I trimmed off his long vine back to the pot and I also added more soil.

This is Peter Parker the II he was in pretty good shape just trimmed a bit of brown tips and added some soil.

Peter Parker the III needed a lot of work. He had many brown leaves.

He also had a son dangling that needed a pot of his own.

I need to think of a name for him as soon as he is on his own.

I can’t call him Peter the Fifth because he did not come from Peter Parker.

Whoa, this means Peter Parker is now a grandpa!

This is Shrek. He likes to take over the book shelf and kitchen window during the winter.

I trimmed the longer vine back to the pot and curled it into the pot and added soil over it.

The After Photos

 

 

Peter Parker the III all spruced up and his son in his own pot. The son will stay attached for a week or a little more so he can put down roots then I will cut the umbilical vine. I will move him over to the video case to sit on the other end with Peter Parker the IV. I was thinking of naming him, Venom.

 

These 3 photos show how I arrange everyone on the faux fireplace mantle. The Shrek twins on the ends with Peter Parker in the middle and all my nickitty nackitty stuff arrange around them.

Now that the house plants are all ready for another growing season I think I will be starting some of my flower garden seeds soon. I need to go through them as I forgot what I bought last fall on clearance.  🙂

Learning with Little Kitty #2: Healthy, Happy, and Home

 

Hi,  You All! It’s me Little Kitty!

I have been with my family now for 4 months as of today! I guess that makes me about 6 months old now too. I have grown alot and I am feeling great. I am all healed up, well except for the new ouchies I get playing with Sully. They are no big deal not like the ones I had when I got here. They are just some little scratches on my chin and forehead once in awhile. I have grown taller, Dad says I am going to be one of those tall slender cats. Mom weighed me on the bathroom scale holding me while she stood on it. I made Mom gain 6 pounds! I have come a long way from that bony, sickly, scabbed up, screaming kitty in The Driveway!

I have been trying to learn all kinds of things.

I have learrned my favorite toy is a pair of shoe laces that Mom tied together. I call it my string. Mom will drag it around on the floor for me to chase. I catch it with my paws. I can also catch it in my mouth. If Mom gets to busy or forgets my string in my bedroom, I will carry it out in my mouth, dragging it behind me. I like to bring it in the kitchen to pounce on it or paw at it under the chairs.

Here are a few photos and a short video of me playing with, and pouncing on, my string.

Mom thinks I am so cute when I drag it around in my mouth.

 

I am having a hard time learning what things it is ok for me to climb around on.

I can sit on the chest freezer to look out the window.

I can sit on the seat of the chairs but I can’t sit on the backs to sharpen my claws.

I can sit on the couch. I also can sit on the cat tower, it is ok to sharpen my claws on it.

I can’t get on the counters to lick the grease out of the pans that were used to cook supper in. I have not decided which is my favorite yet, bacon, hamburger, or chicken grease. Lately though Mom has been making sure to wash the pans before she goes to bed that night instead of waiting until the next morning. This is what lead me to learn that I am a kitchen sink cat. I sit it in now, when I can’t find some pans to lick. I don’t know why, I just like to sit in it to think or stare off at far away places.

I have learned that some of these things are considered being naughty. They will get me squirted  with the spray bottle.  I have learned to run from the spray bottle. Mom doesn’t even have to spray me now. I have also learned I have a nickname for when I am being naughty. Mom calls me Little Stink, but it is still said with a laughing  affection in her voice.

I am pretty good at parkour.( wikipedia link for those not in the know 🙂 ) I can run across the freezer, jump from one kitchen chair to the other. Sometimes I will run through the kitchen, jump onto the cat tower, leap off of it, knocking it over. It makes a cool thump noise which scares Mom. I continue running into the living room jump from the big chair to the couch, then run to the other end of the house, just to do it all again. Mom says I am doing laps.

I will somtimes jump off the cat tower onto my brother, Sully’s head as he walks by. This is the start of some great wrestling matches. He will eventually hold me down to give me a few bites, but I get my kicks in. He will wrestle and play for a while then he likes to lie in the big chair to rest. I will go do other stuff for a bit, then I get bored and want to play with him again. So I will go over to the big chair and paw at him around the arms. He wakes up and paws at me and makes this really strange noise. I think he likes me pawing him this must be his way of saying to keep pawing my head. I keep at it, but then he gets up and runs away. I give chase the whole time he is running and making that noise. Mom will say he is being grumpy and having a hissy fit. She aids in his escape from me by letting him in her bedroom and closing the door so I can’t keep pawing his head or attacking his tail. I really like to get his tail.

Oh well, I guess I will go do something else until he decides to come back out to play again.

Now where is my string!

See you all later and keep on learning!

Little Kitty

A Nice Day for A Photo Shoot

 

It was so nice yesterday, I decided to do a photo shoot for two new hats. There was just enough breeze to play with my hair, no wind machines needed. lol I used my usual backgrounds of the two trees and the bush. Today though I decided to use BOB as a background he was getting lonely as no one visited him all this winter. 😛

First up is a pale yellow and dayglow stripe skull cap of my own design. The photos framed in yellow are my favorite and were used in its Ebay listing.

Here are the stats for this cap.

Project Name: Pale Yellow Multi-colored Dayglow Stripe Skull Cap
Pattern Used: Double crochet Striped Skull Cap
Designed by: Arlene K. Didier from Skrappy Skarves
Started on: 02/06/2017
Finished on: 02/07/2017
Hook Used: J/10 – 6.00 mm
Stitches Used: Single crochet for brim Double crochet
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight In 0322 Pale Yellow and 3934 Dayglow
Measurements: Circumference of 20 inches . Crown to edge measures 6 1/2 inches when laid flat.
Size Made: Teen/ Small Adult

 

The next hat is a dark rainbow slouchie beanie. My favorite ones are framed in dark red and were used in its Ebay listing.

Here are the stats for this hat.

Project Name: Multi-colored Dark Rainbow Slouchie Beanie
Pattern Used: Rainbow Slouchy Hat
Designed by: Maz Kwok from Be a Crafter XD
Started on: 02/01/2017
Finished on: 02/05/2017
Hook Used: J/10 – 6.00 mm
Stitches Used: Single crochet for brim Half Double crochet and Single crochet 2 together
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0311 White, 0365 Coffee, 0254 Pumpkin, 0886 Blue, 0406 Medium Thyme, and 0322 Pale Yellow
Red Heart accent in 0361 Putty Red Heart Jumbo in 0356 Amethyst
Unlabeled Scrap Ball of Red
Measurements: Circumference of 20 inches . Crown to edge measures 11 inches when laid flat.
Size Made: Teen/ Small Adult

A New Toddler Crochet Item Available on Ebay

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I started with the brim first. I like these ribbed brims. You can start with them and then crochet the beanie part directly to it by doing several rounds then do decreasing rounds to close up the top. I have also seen patterns where you start with the beanie then do the ribbed brim, but that involves working the ribs into each round of the beanie using a stitch I am not familiar with. So I did the brim then the beanie then matched them up and single crocheted through both. That is the dark pink round between beanie and brim in the above photo.

This was supposed to be an adult size beanie, but it didn’t work out that way. Most adult beanies are 60 stitches around. I made my brim piece 14 single crochets across then did 59 rows. When I joined the ends together with single crochet that gave me my 60 stitches that I could match up to a beanie. I like these ribbed brims because they are pretty stretchy. I tried it on, it was just a bit snug, that was ok not to tight, not too loose.

I then moved on to the beanie.

I was using Front Post Double Crochet and that tends to be a tighter stitch. I should have actually done a few more rounds to get the adult size. I also think I should have used my J/9 – 6.50 mm hook.

Oh, well! It still made a cute little beanie.

Project Name: Toddler Pink Ribbed Fold-up Brim Beanie
Pattern Used: Improvised
Designed by: Arlene K. Didier from Skrappy Skarves
Started on: 12/31/2016
Finished on: 01/01/2017
Hook Used: I/9 – 5.50 mm
Stitches Used: Single crochet, Single crochet Back Loop Only, Double crochet, and Front Post Double crochet
Brim: Row 1: Chain 15, Sc in 2nd chain from hook. Sc across, ch. 1 turn. -14
Row 2: Sc Back Loop Only across, Ch. 1 Turn. -14
Row 3 – 59: Repeat Row 2.
Put ends together Sc through back loop and front loop -14
Turn work Ch. 1 Place a Sc in each end row. -60
Fasten Off Weave in ends.
Beanie: Rnd 1: Ch. 3, 10 Dc in 3rd chain from hook. -10 Slip stitch to Join Chain 2 at the end of each round.
Rnd 2: dc and fpdc in each Double crochet around. – 20
Rnd 3: dc, 2dc repeat around. – 30
Rnd 4: dc, dc, Dc and FPDC repeat around. – 40
Rnd 5: dc,dc,dc, DC and FPDC repeat around – 50
Rnd 6: dc, dc, dc, dc, DC and FPDC repeat around. – 60
Rnd 7 – 12: Front Post Double crochet in each stitch around. – 60
Match up beanie and brim slip stitch to join. Sc through both around. Fasten off, weave in ends.
Colors Used: Unlabeled Balls of Pink
Measurements: Circumference of 17 inches . Crown to edge measures 8 inches with brim down and 6 inches with brim folded – up when laid flat.
Size Made: Toddler 1 – 3 years

The Ebay link for Toddler Pink Ribbed Fold-up Brim Beanie

and you can view all my items.

A Camera Case for Nick

 

I like to make things for my kids, Kay, Justin and Martin are easy they like hats so I can always find a new style that they may like or sometimes they request one. Nick is not much of a hat wearer so whenever I find a project I can do for him I do it. I decided to make a camera case. He did not get a case and his camera was getting all dusty just sitting on his desk. So I whipped one up for him. He also has a Canon Powershot camera similar to mine.
I used a different technique for his though. I used rows and in the round crochet to produce his case. It was done in green of course because that is his favorite color. I will be posting a photo tutorial of the pattern in the future. So stay tuned for that. For now here are some photos of his camera case.

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Got A Red Hot, Hot Red Skull Cap Here!

I finished this little skull cap up the other day. It was a front post double crochet pattern that I wanted to do. I need more practice with this stitch and this was a cute little cap. It worked up well except when I  missed a double crochet way back in round 3, I did not notice it until I had finished round 8, and had to pull it out back to that mistake. Then later on during the rework I missed a front post so had to pull it out again. I really should not try to do this stitch when I am tired or have other things going on around me. Lol 😛

The photo shoot was easy enough just one items to get in the picture.

Here are the Particulars and the item photos. You can find it on ebay here.

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Project Name: Hot Red Skull Cap
Pattern Used: Red Skullies Hat Pattern # 15
“24 Hours Crochet Hacks: 25 Fast and Easy Crochet Hat Patterns for Beginners” Ebook Location 368
By Emily Rohan Copyright 2015
Started on: 12/17/2016
Finished on: 12/21/2016
Hook Used: J/10 – 6.00 mm
Stitches Used: Double Crochet, Front Post Double Crochet, and Single Crochet
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0390 Hot Red
Bernat Christmas Sparkle 97% Acrylic 3% Metallic Thread Knitting worsted in 3300 Red Tinsel
Measurements: Circumference of 20 inches . Crown to edge measures 6 1/2 inches when laid flat.
Size Made: Adult

Mamma, It Was Cold Outside!

 

As many of you know the Midwest had some pretty damn cold weather last week. We knew it was coming so Milly the Shed Cat got to come in the house. I went out several times on Friday the 16th she was not coming out from under the house into the shed where I could get her. She was up in the sublfoor of the bathroom staying warm. I went out around 3 pm and she finally came out to me. I put her inside my coat as I was walking to the house she got a little freaked so I let her poke her head out. She didn’t know what to think about that cold wind and snow.

She came in and started running around checking things out. She wanted in the spare room as in previous years that was her room, but this year it is occupied by Little Kitty. So we set Milly up in Nick’s bedroom. I took her in to show her that is where her belongings were( food and water bowls ). She was satisfied with the arrangement.

Well with all three kitties in the house they had to take turns getting to run around. Sully is ok with the girls, but the girls are not ok with each other. So really the girls had to take turns being out of their rooms.

Milly still hisses at Sully, but he is big enough to handle her. Milly hisses at Little Kitty she just doesn’t know any better and thinks Milly is trying to play so she runs up at her. Milly is not playing and gets a bit rough. So nope can’t have them out at same time.

Well Milly did fine. She got comfortable with being in again. She found me one afternoon. She wanted some pettings and a cozy lap. I had to take some photos of her. I just love it when she has her winter floof, it is so soft. She discovered me taking photos and had to get her nose all up in the camera. LOL 😀

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The weather has warmed up now to above freezing, so I put her back in her shed yesterday afternoon. She was ready to go back, she gets a bit of cabin fever in the house. I opened the door and she jumped right out of my arms. She ran over to make sure I had returned her food and water bowls. She then settled down to eat.