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Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Tricksters are at it

I got a rare moment at my sewing machine and Koki and Raven conspired against me.  They were into everything, grabbing my spools of thread to bat back and forth.  Anything was fair game as they came after more stuff they could seize with their teeth or paws.  Maybe I would do the same thing if I was a cat.  Who knows?  But they love to get into my stuff.

 Raven is one of the tricksters and of course he has a partner in crime.

Koki's always ready for an adventure and mischief
They make themselves part of any kind of project I get into. 

It’s funny to think that when Raven was little, Koki wouldn’t have anything to do with him.  Now they chase each other every day and get into mischief all the time.  I wouldn’t have it any other way though.  I like to have them near me, even if they are grabbing at thread and anything else they can get a hold of. 

 It started out with swiping one spool of thread to bat about the room

I took up some shorts today and these old eyes have trouble threading my machine with black, or any dark colored thread.  It’s disgusting to get so old that you can hardly do that anymore.  I finally grabbed the needle threader and had trouble using it too.  I decided I would sew anything I need to in that color so I wouldn’t have to tackle that again for a while.  That’s pathetic, isn’t it?

 It evolved into more.  They get bored easy and come after new "toys."  I had to hide the elastic, buttons  and pins.

After all my sewing machine work was done for the day, I sewed some buttons on that I haven’t gotten to yet.  We try to buy all of our white shirts for work at thrift stores because they get messed up so fast.  There’s no use in spending a lot of money for them.  Why we have to wear white tops is beyond me.  I had a blouse that was missing two buttons and because it was I got it for cheap, so I changed out all six buttons today and have a brand new blouse for work.  It’s a miracle it has no stains, not yet anyway.

Before I knew it, the time said 3:30 and I was bound to get the table cleared off today before hubby got home.  We changed out the gas cook top and had to move all the stuff out of that cabinet so the guy could cut the granite to have a bigger hole so the new cook top would fit.  We’ve had it in there but not hooked up for a couple of weeks.  It was no big deal.  I have my electric skillet and the oven and I’m not so hot on cooking anyway.  We eat a lot of salad around here, especially in the summer.

So that’s how I spent my day off this week.  Of course it was beautiful and sunny and about 80 – perfect weather in my eyes.  I had the windows and the skylights open to let in any passing breeze.  I wish it would stay like this all summer but it will be triple digits before I know it.


  1. Sounds like a nice day, cats and all :) I was at Costco yesterday and saw all the samples being presented; thought of you :)


    1. Awww...Betty, how nice of you to think of me. I hope you had some good samples to pick from.

      Thanks for reading.


  2. SOunds like you were busy- and the cats were too :)

    1. Pilch,

      I try to make every minute count, but sometimes it's difficult. I love how the cats follow me around though and wouldn't have it any other way.

      Thanks for reading and your comment.


  3. Yes, cats get into everything. It's great to get all the sewing done at once. Sorry you're having trouble threading the needles. Is there any way to put a brighter light there so you can see it better?

    1. Liz,

      I tend to save up a lot of things that need mending, etc and try to do it all at once. One reason is that I really don't have time to get to the sewing machine that often. The other is everything takes a different color thread so threading the needles are tedious, especially with dark colors.

      I have a lamp on my sewing table so I turn that and the light on my sewing machine on, but I think it's the glare from the light shining on the metal parts of the sewing machine and the metal needles.

      I learned a trick from my grandmother years ago about using a white scrap of cloth, or paper, and putting that behind the needle. It actually does work fairly well. For some reason the eye shows up better.

      Thanks for leaving a comment.



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