Sunday, May 22, 2016

Saying goodbye to our kitty Bella


So for the last couple of weeks we were noticing that our kitty Bella was losing weight quickly and occasionally vomiting. This week she wouldn't eat and would only drink if the water was running from a faucet.

I talked to one of coworkers on Friday about it and he said it sounded like kidney failure. We were going to take her to the vet on Saturday, but my sister found a vet in town who was open 24 hours so we took Bella on Friday.

They ran tests and found that Bella did have acute kidney failure. We opted to try treatments even though it was a 50/50 chance. This afternoon the vet called to tell us that Bella wasn't improving and that we needed to let her go.

We went to vet and spent a few minutes with her. I couldn't stay to watch her go and went out in the parking lot and cried while my mom and sister stayed with Bella until she was put to sleep.

It's amazing how pets can claim your heart. I don't think any of us have ever regretted adopting Bella 6 years ago. She has given us crazy moments, funny moments, and unconditional kitty love. You can't ask for more than that.

I found a cute picture of Bella that I had posted on my blog a while ago. She was always patiently putting up with our crazy nonsense, including posing with my amigurumi.

We will miss you little Bella!!!

Sunday Baking - Chocolate Cherry Cookies


While going through and cleaning the kitchen cabinets yesterday, I noticed I had several bags of flavored M&Ms. I decided that I needed to use them in my baking before they went bad.

This morning I pulled out the bag of chocolate cherry flavored M&Ms and used them to make cookies. They are delicious, especially if you love chocolate covered cherries like I do.

Next weekend if I'm not too busy, I'll make another batch of cookies using M&Ms again. Take them to work so I don't pig out on them :)

Until next time >___<

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Sunday Baking - Swedish Apple Pie! ♡


I had a bag of Granny Smith apples at home that I needed to bake with. I had made the mistake of picking them up at the grocery store....thinking I could eat them for snacks during the week......they were so sour that I knew I'd never eat them all.

Last weekend while I was at the library, I was browsing the baking book section to see if I could find any books with good apple dessert recipes. I ran across a book on Scandinavian baking and there was an delicious looking recipe for Swedish apple pie.

So this morning I made it..........this recipe is a keeper. Sweet, but not overly sweet. And the topping!!! Oh, my....the topping.....crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside.

My sister said I had to make it again for Thanksgiving. Now you know you have a good recipe on your hands when someone recommends making it for the holidays.

I will say that this is a great pie recipe for beginners like myself because it doesn't have a crust, just the topping that bakes over the apples. So if you are afraid of pie crusts, this is recipe to look up and try until you master your fear of pies. O_o"

The book is called Scandinavian Baking by Pat Sinclair. If you can find at your local library, I definitely recommend picking it up.

There is another recipe for baked apples that looks scrumptious. I might have to try it in the future >___<

Until next time ^____^

Book Sale Finds


Yesterday I went by the Mobile Public Library's annual book sale. It was quite busy this year, which doesn't surprise me as the weather was great.

There was an interesting display of pulp fiction novels. I've never seen a pulp fiction book in the 'wild'. Usually I only come across them online so it was neat to see so many. It makes me wonder who donated them to the sale because they were in great condition.


In the vintage/antique book section, I bought two books with the hope of donating them to my local university. The first book is on Arctic exploration in the 1880s and the other is a book that was published in 1906 after the earthquake in San Francisco. It has eye witness accounts of the disaster.

I figure if the university doesn't take them then I'll keep them for myself.



In the travel section I found several books on Japan, including an odd comedic take on Japan by Dave Barry.

I can't wait to read The Heart of O Sono-San by Elizabeth Cooper published in 1917.

In the Kyoto travel guide, I found another bit of ephemera, a man's plane ticket from the 1985 flying Northwest Orient.


I bought one of the pulp fiction novels, A House in Peking. The cover art is interesting, I especially love the fact that the book pages are green colored on the edges.

Until next time ^___^

Sunday Stitching - Sampler 4 Saisons


My stitching this month for the Friday Frolics is the Sampler 4 Saisons. I am slowly working on the tree branches. This might take me a while, but at least it gives me a break from crocheting.

Until next time ^____^

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Book Shopping ~ Vintage Finds!


I was able to make a trip to the Book Nook last Saturday. I came away with a few books.

1. The World of Dew by D.J. Enright - a book about the author's observations of Japan while living and working there in 1956 as an English professor at an university.

2. Billy Bunny and Uncle Bull Frog by David Cory with illustrations by Hugh Spencer - a series of children's books published sometime prior to 1920. The edition I have is from 1920, but I think the books might have been published prior to that as it makes mention in one of the stories that a boy is leaving his family to join the war.....assuming they are actually talking about WW1....the books would have been published between 1914-1918.

3. The Magic Garden by Gene Stratton-Porter - a book published in 1927. I had picked it up because I loved the illustrations which are printed on the sides of each page.........but sadly, the book has mold on the back! I didn't notice it until I got home.....so I had to make a book cover for it out of a Target paper bag. I really wish I could keep this book, but with mold on it.....sigh.....I'll have to see if it possible to clean it.

Now on to the best part of my book finds......


The Billy Bunny book has some lovely illustrations by Hugh Spencer. One of my favorites is this one of Billy Bunny and his dapper looking uncle named Lucky Lefthindfoot.

After reading the book, I had to text my friend Amanda about it and send her the picture of Lucky. Wouldn't he make an adorable plush doll with his cute little top hat, coat, and striped pants?!!??!

This is one of those times in my life where I really wish I knew how to sew well. I can make straight lines on a sewing machine......when I'm lucky, but that's the extent of my sewing skills.

If I knew how to sew, I would definitely make a Lucky plush doll! He's so adorable!!!!

Yes, I know.....I'm a dingy bird......what can I say, I love bunnies.

Until next time ^____^


Country Cottage Needleworks Strawberry Cake ~ Happy Dance!




I was able to finish stitching my Country Cottage Needleworks strawberry cake design on Thursday night as my 'Friday' Frolic project.

I have the other three designs in the series, but I probably won't get to the next one until the beginning of the summer as I want to get back to my Sampler 4 Saisons.

Until next time ^____^

April Amigurumi Roundup


So many amigurumi..................I think my wrist might fall off by the time the summer gets here......

My favorite amigurumi is the little grey Totoro! You can never go wrong with a Totoro....he's so cute!

The amigurumi that gave me the most trouble was the Captain America doll (to the right of Totoro). I always have trouble with making doll hair. So my Captain America is no exception. He looks like a boy, but the hair looks like Bucky Barnes instead of Steve Rogers......lol.....

I was complaining to my friend Amanda about the horror that is making dolls hair. It is so nerve wreaking. If you cut too much, you have to pull out your stitching and start over!!! She suggested maybe I should see if I could find a hairdresser who crocheted and asked for lessons. Sounds like a good plan.......though my hair stylist doesn't crochet......darn!

Looking online you can find dozens of amigurumi hair tutorials, but they are almost always for girls hair.......does no one make boy dolls?!?!?! Ugh.....am I asking for the impossible? Knowing my luck, it's quite possible.

Until next time ^____^

April Recap

Read:

1. Nutcracker Nation by Jennifer Fisher
2. The Exploits of Brigandier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle
3. American Notes by Charles Dickens
4. The Talking Totem Pole by Lurline Bowles Mayol
5. Billy Bunny and Uncle Bull Frog by David Cory
6. The World of Dew: Aspects of Living Japan by D.J. Enright
7. The Magic Garden by Gene Stratton-Porter

Crafts:
1. Deadpool amigurumi
2. Captain America amigurumi
3. 2 octopus amigurumi
4. Sailor Uranus amigurumi
5. Totoro amigurumi
6. Ness amigurumi
7. Goffing amigurumi
8. Eevee amigurumi

Finishes:
1. Country Cottage Needleworks Strawberry Cake

Hi, everyone! It seems a great night to blog as it is raining cats and dogs outside. It's been a crazy month of amigurumi making, but I did make time to finish the strawberry cake design from CCN this month for my Friday Frolic project.

In terms of books, I think my favorites were American Notes by Charles Dickens and an adorable children's book from 1920, Billy Bunny and Uncle Bull Frog by David Cory.

American Notes was a travelogue that Charles Dickens compiled after his travels to America in 1842. I have been wanting to read it for ages and finally find a copy of it at the Book Nook last year.

(Yes, it took me this long read it.......I get easily distracted by books and usually have a pile or two (or three O_o") of books that I need to read. One of my resolutions this year was to read more from my 'unread' stacks before buying new books.)

My goals for May will, of course, be more amigurumi making and I think for cross stitch I will switch gears and stitch on my Sampler 4 Saisons again for my Friday Frolic project :)

Until next time ^_____^

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Cherry Cake Progress ♡


Hi, everyone! I can't believe I haven't posted since the beginning of the month!!!! Where has the month gone?! Seems to have flown by.

I stitched all day today on my CCN Cherry Cake pattern. I should (fingers crossed) finish it this week as I only have the cake plate to stitch :)

I hope you guys and girls are enjoying your weekend :)

Untol next time >___<