Thursday, September 25, 2008

Cuteness Overload!

Okay so this isn't exactly "Dogs" on Thursday today, but it is just so cute, I don't think the girls mind sharing the spotlight today.

I got to be a foster mom for about 8 hours to a little bitty kitten someone dumped and a co-worker found on his truck tire when we came out to work Tuesday morning.
He couldn't keep it so he brought to the office and somehow it found its way to my office.
She is so small and you can feel every little bone she has, her eyes still have some blue in them so she can't be more than 8 weeks old I would think. She isn't the least bit afraid of people either or at least all the people who came in my office to see her.

She was our mascot for the day, one of the secretaries went to the store and bought her some food and a proper litter box. She was starving poor thing and ate six times. She played and played and slept and slept. One of the engineers came down and baby sat her while I had a meeting with my boss for an hour and a half. So sweet to see a grown man sitting in the floor playing with her.

And as luck would have it, a dear friend and co-worker had a very special birthday Tuesday and needed a little cheering. We took the kitten down to her office to cheer her up and it was love at first sight and just like that, kitten had a home!

Isn't she precious?!


Sunday, September 21, 2008

Things I Learned in the Bathroom

Ripping down wallpaper in the guest bath has been the baine of my existence all summer. I only have myself to blame, I started that project thinking it would be easy, just a steam iron a putty knife and that wallpaper would jump off the walls. Wrong!
Steam didn't work, the wallpaper was from the 1970's it had been up there a long time. Long enough for that paperbacked mess to become one with the wallboard. So I started and found that fabric softener was the only thing that was going to coax this baby down, so I mixed fabric softener in water and applied and applied and lost interest and had no real motivation since the bathroom is rarely used and no guests were expected this summer.
But then this weekend a change of events prompted my motivation and I finished bring it all day today! The hubby applied some spackling in a few needed places and then I scrubbed the floors and cabinets. It will be ready to paint in a day or so and fresh paint it shall have.

So lesson 1, extra strength fabric softener will bring down that stubborn 1970s wallpaper, with help from a 3 inch putty knife.

Lesson 2, a toothbrush is invaluable when it comes to cleaning tile floors, you know the ones with the little bitty tiles.

Lesson 3, bleach will clean anything but it is important to rinse it aftewards so that it doesn't then eat it. That includes the rings you forgot to take off before you plunged your hand into the bucket of bleach water, delirous from the fumes of fabric softener.

Lesson 4, it is possible to paint over wallpaper, and if possible I highly recommend it. Note to self, never attempt to remove wallpaper on your own, paint over it instead.

Lesson 5, choosing to paint over the wallpaper does not make you an underachiever, on the contrary you are quite smart!

Lesson 6, the smell of bleach repels husbands, dilute accordingly.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Private Label

Despite Tropical Storms that cause us alarm for no reason and a tempatures that are now going from the 70s to the 90s just to make us keep our summer and fall wardrobe handy, we did manage to get our wine bottled.

I present to you, the Stitches and Stories private label. Black Currant Merlot...


Saturday, September 6, 2008

She is on her way

The winds started to pick up a little bit around here at 4:30 this morning. It is now nearly 9am and the rains have started and the winds are stronger, from some of the outer bands.

The clouds moving briskly from east to west.

Rain dripping off the roof

Tomato plants weighted down by rain.

Tree tops blowing a little.

Hanna is schedule to arrive the same time as high tide so this could be interesting.

Everyone hold on and stay safe!

Friday, September 5, 2008


We have made all the preperations I think we can make. Water, food, batteries, supplies for the girls.
Now we wait and hope for the best.
Please everyone on the east coast be safe this weekend.

Will return as soon as we can, our substation tends to flood and they have to shut it down.

Take Care All!

Thursday, September 4, 2008


I hope everyone on the souther eastern seaboard is ready for Hanna, she is headed our way, but luckily it looks as though she will be a weak storm. But, even a weak storm can cause headaches. So hang on everyone and Hurricane Party at Stitches and Stories!


Monday, September 1, 2008

A Weekend Well Spent

We spent a lot of time in my grandmothers kitchen when I was a child. She had a large kitchen with a sofa at one end, corner cabinet, table and chairs, in addition to the cooking area.
When you went to mammow's house you went in through the backdoor, there was even a doorbell for visitors. The front faced the water so the street and driveway were in the rear. So you walked right into the kitchen. At our house, it was much the same way, everyone came in through the back door which led straight into the kitchen. In my house our front door enters into the foyer and to the left is the kitchen, so most people come into the kitchen.


This weekend my hubby and I spent so much time in the kitchen it reminded us each of years past when we spent time in our grandmother's kitchens.
We spent two days canning tomatoes for the winter and some we added some of our hot peppers to a few chairs for chili sauce one day.

We also bought our first pressure cooker. i read about using one on a boat to reduce heat in the cabin and increase cooking time. I thought why not to that in my kitchen on land. So far we have made a tasty roast and some chicken.


If you are on the Gulf Coast, you are in our thoughts and prayers today.