26 September 2007

I had a visitor today...

Today I was shopping in the quilt store when I felt something weird on my neck. When I felt something big with my hand I brushed it away. I found I had this beautiful little bug on me! I instantly recognized it's shape...a stink bug! But I easily picked him up and took him outside. He was crawling all over my hand...super friendly. In fact, I had a really hard time getting him to leave my hand. I wonder if they're all this friendly, or if I'm lucky I didn't get a stinky present!

I am very proud of my friend Marion. She recently saved a lovely moth from certain death! Yay Marion! :)
We also have a fine looking garden spider by our front porch light. She actually chases bugs that fly near her web! It's fun to watch! Careful moths!

14 September 2007

Be careful what you wish for...

Okay, so did I wish that I had a kitty who would hang out in my quilting area? I'd seen pictures of kitties curled around sewing machines...I thought it was so cute. But last night I found Mable scratching at a piece of wool felt on one of my fabric shelves. The exposed part is ruined. All I can say is I'm glad it was the felt and not 100% wool, and it was also the wrong color for my project, so I was going to get a new piece anyway. So last night at about 1 am I finally installed the door on that cabinet. Motivation comes in many forms!

10 September 2007

This Is Your Brain...This Is Your Brain With Kids...

You know, so many times I've thought of something I might like to chat about...and somehow, after 5,000 questions from my darling son, a few dozen screams and wails from my lovely daughter, and a handful of rants and raves from my loving husband, I've forgotten what those things were! Hmm, I wonder why?

Most times it feels as though my brain has been that egg on the drugs commercial. Someone cracks it into a bowl...no not a skillet, a bowl. And then they take their electric beater and scramble the crap out of it. I can only hope that one day in the not so distant future, that person takes that scrambled egg and makes a nice omelet...maybe some ham and a whole lot of cheese. And then I can get back to normal...whatever that was!

06 September 2007


The September online mall crawl is officially on. I can't tell you how badly I do not want to do it this time around. I'm tired...tired of being on the computer so much. But alas, who can resist the wonderful prizes to be won? Not I! *sigh*

If you haven't heard of it, check it out at www.quiltindex.com It's a wonderful way to find lots of great online quilt shops. So my desire to skip the crawl has nothing to do with how I feel about it...but more because it seems that I'm always on this darn computer and never getting anything done!

Speaking of which, I have 2 projects that must get out...in fact, they're late! But I just can't seem to motivate myself to finish them. What's worse, is they're simple! I know I should just force myself to start on them...I'll enjoy myself and I'll feel so good when I finish...but alas, I'm still hiding from them!

Maybe tomorrow...

02 September 2007


Do you like bugs? I do! Yeah, I know, the correct term is insects, as bugs are just a small group of insects, but alas, I shall call them all bugs anyway!

I just walked in on one of my fine cats (Tyrone) eating a spider. My normal policy would be to save the spider, but he was already pretty damaged, so I decided to let nature take its course. Spiders are one of my favorites! We have Hobo spiders here in the Northwest...such a lovely specimen! The exterminators like to scare people telling tales of the Hobo eating human flesh. Yeah, so? I personally would rather have a spider who bit and chewed my leg. Why you ask? I would probably feel it and be able to stop him. Whereas the other spiders, having bit me once, would have excreted a flesh 'melting' substance into my leg, so he could suck out his food.

Moths are another of my favorites. How can you not love them? They have little fur coats!

Now I do have some that I'm not so friendly to... mosquitos. Sorry mosquito. But besides being a fine food for some other fine creatures, I find you to be a great nuisance. If a wasp or fly are stuck in the house, I usually don't use my usual trap and release policy. Sorry guys.

With roaches I have a love-hate relationship. A fine bug...when NOT in my house! Stay away from my house roach! One apartment we lived in in Baltimore had them...and no matter what we did we couldn't rid ourselves of them. A) that area is FULL of roaches. Just go for a walk at the Capitol building at night and look at the ground. Those things running away from your feet...roaches. B) when you live on the 3rd floor and have disgusting, uncaring neighbors below you, you're SOL. Needless to say we got a new apartment! 1st floor...ground zero! No roaches. Okay, except for one. He was a lovely oriental roach, I kept him in a jar, fed him wet crackers and named him Ted. Then I lovingly released him in a field. (oriental roaches don't have wings!) Did you know the american roach loves beer?

Okay, so I figure at least 50% of any who read this will be grossed out. I find there are few people who desire to talk bugs with me. I hope you'll try looking at these fine creatures with fresh eyes. They're really magnificent! (And apparently tasty snacks to Tyrone!)