Apr 12, 2015

The start

of weekly posts.  Sundays would be a good day to recap the week.  If there is breaking news, a new find, a dilemma, need for a rant, advice needed, or happy dance, I doubt I could wait but we'll see.  And I do have something important today. 
Do you remember Squeak?  The skinny cat that took me two years to approach and finally saw great improvement in his health?  The last time I showed him was in December during the Yellow Cat fiasco in this photo, the last time he was here was mid January.  We never saw him again and thought he was gone.  No way he could make it through that horrible winter, especially with heartless neighbors.  Guess who came to dinner last night? 
Well OK it was midnight, not dinner, but I was so excited to see him!  He devoured two cans of food while I stood watch for the big coons, and then ran back into the woods.  I don't know how, but he made it through.  Go Squeak!
Today was also the first day I was able to leave the house, and the start of floral dreams.  Some people like to put on the ritz, I like to put on the rust.  Waiting patiently to be brightened with color.  I drilled holes in the bottom of several old aluminum pots with handles for flowers. 

And the start of Sally did not go well.  Instead of coming down three stitches from the top border, I came down four.  Wasn't going to attempt moving the eyelet or the borders so the second alpha row is up one - good thing there was room in the design. I'm questioning my usual method of completing the left border and using it for row placement since it's such a large sampler. 
Hope you all have a great week.
Thanks for visiting.


Primitive Stars said...

So happy Squeak made it, yay Marly. I am a lover as rust myself, loos great in the gardens. blessings Francine.

Rugs and Pugs said...

So happy Squeak came for a visit!
Love all your rusty stuff. It has so much character.
Your sampler will be wonderful and don't fret over a couple threads.
Hugs :)

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Marly,
So very happy to hear that Squeak made it through the rough winter and actually came home!! He knows where he is loved!
Your rusty accessories look so good in your garden! I love that look too!
Also agree with Lauren....your sampler will be wonderful like everything else you stitch!
Warm Hugs~

susiedele said...

The news about Squeak returning makes me feel very good. Thanks for caring about the critters!!!

Annie said...

How wonderful to see an old friend again!

P.J. said...

Yeah Squeak! Hope you see him soon in the light of day. I will enjoy the spring sprucing on your posts...at least another three, four weeks before I can safely put out the potted flowers. I can't wait to play in the dirt. The eyelet border on Sally is very pretty.

C. M. Designs said...

I guess that Squeak knows how to be a survivor. Bless his little kitty heart. I'm happy that he came to see you and was treated to such a good "midnight snack". I hope he'll come back again and again.
I love your rusty pot of pansies. Such a nice idea to hang them on a shepherd's hook.
Your sampler is going to be gorgeous.
Enjoy your week. Am glad you are feeling better !
Charlotte in Va.

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

I am happy to know Squeak made it through the winter :) He's a beautiful cat. And your puttin' on the rust is going to be gorgeous! :)

Vickie said...

Go Squeak is right! Yay!
Puttin' on the rust! Hey, hey! ;)

Mary said...

So glad you saw Squeak again. I had a little long hair tabby " Maggie" adopted from a shelter stayed with us for a couple of years that would disappear for months at a time. At first we would scour the neighborhood and near by woods..nothing. Then a child would shout " hey maggie's back" this went on for year and years..She either had another home or loved being a hobo cat. Everytime she appeared she was off to vet for shots and check up, always in good health. She would stay for a few weeks and then off she went!

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

YAY Squeak!!!!!!! happy dance here :)
can't wait to see your rusty treasures filled up with loverly blooms ~

Penny said...

You must have been sooooo happy to see your friend Squeak!! I'm thrilled to hear about it... and I know Squeak was happy to have that food!
Love your rusty pots.... I think I have a few in the shed that I could use like you have... a great idea! And Sally is looking good!
Hope everyone is getting better with each new day!

Melissa said...

I'm glad you got to see (and feed) Squeak again. Kitties can certainly make imprints on our hearts!

I like your new start on Sally. She's going to be gorgeous, I can just tell.

Looking forward to seeing your spring planting. You always have such nice displays!

backporchcarver said...

Great news about squeek, what a nice way to start my week with good news. I love what you've done with the aluminum pot and the wheel barrow and milk can, looks so inviting!

Pam in IL said...

Amazing how the cats have a way of surviving! Glad that you've been able to see & feed Squeak.

Sally looks great!

laceystitcher said...

I am so happy the Squeak made it through the winter; glad you saw him and gave him food! Happy stitching..................

Anonymous said...

Ahhh, good to see the update on Squeak. Bless his heart.
I love how you garden & love even more how you share.
Always a pleasure reading your blog.

Anonymous said...

Marly, We're so happy for you regarding Squeak's survival and safe return. What great news to share!! Beautiful photos!! Have fun with the flowers!! SAH

Margaret said...

Hooray for Squeak! I hope he continues to come back for visits and stays safe. Good to hear you are out and about again. Hope the stitching goes well. Fudging up or down by a row is a great way to compromise. Using the border as a placement guide makes sense to me. I just check periodically with motifs and border around what I'm stitching and it generally keeps me in line. If I forget to check, that's when it's time to frog. ugh.

Mary A said...

I have been reading your blog with the hope of some mention of Squeak. Good for him! How does he look? Doing the left border of a sampler is a great idea. I may give that a try! I always learn from you, Marly. Love the garden shots. If we weren't in the midst of a 1,000 year drought, I would have good garden shots too. Hey ho!

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