Friday, October 8, 2010

Pffffffttttt on Friday

Whatever happened to TGIF?  That sort of applies today, but it has really been a little like a Monday.  

Yesterday, during the boat loading, the front door got left open and there ensued the "Great Kitty Escape."  They are sneaky.  Did not realize that at least one (Sophie) had escaped until last night when she was spotted slithering under our porch.  She is such a funny one...apparently she has no clue what to do when nature calls and she has made her escape.  First thing she does when back in the house is to high tail it to the litter box.  DO NOT get in her way!  I was so tired last night that I failed to notice that we were still one kitty short.  

This morning, Ashley was spending an extraordinary amount of time on the sleeping porch.  She normally is a scaredy cat and hides all the time, but something had her attention.  OOOOHHH look!!! another kitty sitting on the rocks.  It was so cute and was just staring at us.  Hmmm, I can always use another kitty and this one looked a little like Norman and Amos, only darker.  So, of course, out the screen door I go calling kitty kitty kitty. It came to me.  What a sweetheart.  I leaned down to see if it would let me pet it.  Awwwww, so sweet.  Picked it up, it started purring, noticed it was already declawed (YES!) and then...
yep, I'm not that alert without morning caffeine...noticed, well no wonder this one looks like the other was Norman, but he was covered with dirt...hence the darker appearance.  Back inside, it seems that he also has no clue what to do outside.  Never knew he could run that fast!

Loaded up all of my bags and left for work.  When I got almost to the shop, I realized I got everything except my purse.  Yay, no wallet, no credit cards, no shop credit cards, no checkbook.  For some strange reason though, I had grabbed a handful of coins from the change jar...thank goodness for Taco Bell.

The highlight of yesterday was the Cardboard Boat Race.  

Unloading at North High School

Chris and Clayton

Just a small sample of other competitors.

 Waiting their full "Castaway" costume.

Checking the waterline.

 And off they go to navigate the required travel course.


Yay, no waterlogging...

Success.  No problems at all. (Except for maybe their paddling skills)

Waiting for the multi-boat race.

 Faster! Faster!

Oops, someone capsized.

Overall, came in second during the race (again with the paddling skills), but got an A+ on the assignment.  Way to go boys!!!

I now have a new job.  I have been reassigned from Cardboard Procurement Officer to Cardboard Recycling Delivery Officer...
Sadly, this is not all of it.

And now, on to needle bits...

 First scarf for Super Scarves.  Second one has been on and off needles 6 times now, as I keep changing my mind about the pattern.

This is done.  Still needs to be blocked and think I am going to gently hand felt it to tighten it up just a smidge.  Used 7 mis-matched buttons to mimic what I have seen in several boutiques lately.

In my last post, I had mentioned the detergents we were making and loving.  I have been contacted by several people asking for the recipes.  There are a bajillion of them on the internet, but this is what we are using.  Super simple, inexpensive, no funky chemicals, fresh smelling, and most importantly...effective.

Powdered Laundry Detergent

2 cups Fels Naptha Laundry Soap (or Ivory)--finely grated
1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup Borax

Mix well and store in an airtight plastic container.  Use 2 tablespoons per full load.

Use white distilled vinegar in place of fabric softener.

Dishwasher Detergent

1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup Borax

Mix well and store in airtight plastic container.  Use 2 tablespoons per load. 

Use white distilled vinegar in place of “jet dry”.

Happy weekend!  Let's hope all the kitties stay inside for a few days...  Be sure to pop on by Tami's to check out the FO meme.


  1. YAY! The boat did great! Congrats to them!

    Thanks for the recipe! 2 tablespoons is enough?? WOW!

    The sweater is beautiful!

  2. Yes 2 tbsp is enough. And it is good for the machines too. Both my washer ( front loader) and dishwasher are cleaner. The washer doesn't have that sorta musty smell that front loaders can get anymore. Also we have noticed that clothes are drying faster probably from no softener build up yet they are softer now wit the combo of vinegar and dryer balls.

  3. I really like the cardigan! Thanks for the recipes too.



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