Life in a Catio

My kittens are nearly 9 months old and they are certainly enjoying my catios. They race in and out of the big one all night long, chasing each other. Oh, to have so much energy! This morning they were sitting together watching the birds, Emmett on the left and Ghost on the right. They look so sweet. It really makes me happy to see them enjoying themselves.

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New Catio

My second catio (an enclosed patio designed for cats) was built yesterday. It’s quite a bit smaller than my first one (which I’ll post photos of in another post) and this one was designed for my sweet Foxy, being located off her purple alcove. The two people building it arrived yesterday at 8:30am and didn’t finish until after 10pm, so it was a long and noisy day, but this morning, my kittens, first Emmett and then Ghost, checked it out and then I was thrilled to find that Foxy came out to examine it thoroughly. This was her first venture into one of my catios, although she’d enjoyed the catio at the shelter where she’d lived for two years before I adopted her. You can just spot her near the top of the photo below, just to the right of the pink tunnel. You can also see Emmett off to the left in┬áthe tunnel, returning back inside.

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Kittens at Play

My two kittens, Emmett and Ghost, provide a seemingly endless amount of entertainment. Earlier today, they wrestled, as they frequently do, but with a twist. Emmett managed to get under the fabric covering one of my couches (notice all the wrinkles and bumps) and Ghost pounced on top of him. There really are two kittens in the photo, even if you can only see one. Life certainly is never dull with the two of them stirring things up.

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Watchful Kitten

I woke up this morning as sunrise and opened my eyes to find one of my sweet kittens, Ghost, staring at me. It was a very lovely way to begin the last day of my spring break. Today I finished piecing the quilt top for the graduation quilt I’m making and now I’ll spend my afternoon quietly working on a shaped dolphin puzzle before making I hope an early night, so I will be ready for the start of the last nine weeks of the school year.

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Quilting Anniversary

Today is my 8th anniversary as a quilter. Eight years ago today I walked into Island Quilter and said, “I want to learn to quilt.” I needed an artistic outlet and I’d been inspired by a quilt exhibit I’d seen at the library. The lady who ran the store, someone who has become one of my dearest friends, named Anja, told me that she was planning to offer a beginning class soon. But I said, in my usual way, that I wanted to learn right then and there.

Anja smiled and soon I’d been set up with a simple pattern along with some great fun fabric. Over the next few days, I completed the steps along the way, went back to the store for more advice from Anja and her partner, Paul, and finally had my first completed quilt.

Currently, I have now completed 338 quilts, most of which have been donated to islanders in need or Children’s Hospital in Seattle. I also give quilts to my students when they graduate. Quilting has brought me great joy, and it also introduced me to Anja and Paul. I can’t imagine what my life would have been without them. So I’m very happy to have discovered the love of quilting.

My photo shows the quilt I made for my bed, along with two of my cats, Emmett on the left and Calliope on the far right. And today I will spend time piecing the top to the graduation quilt I’m making this spring, thankful that this year only one of my students is graduating. Last year most of my students graduated, which is always bittersweet–happy for their achievement, but sad to see them go. This year, most of my students will be returning.

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Recycled Fountain

Today’s bright spot is a new planter with five neon pink petunias in it. Last winter one of my fountains started leaking badly. I replace it with the smaller fountain shown in yesterday’s post, taking the pump from the leaking one to use with the smaller fountain since its pump wasn’t doing the job.

Then I got bags of potting soil and filled the leaky fountain so that it could serve a new function. It’s a bit early for planting, but I also found five neon pink petunias, and I planted them in the newly created planter. I’m very pleased with the results and it felt good to plant flowers again.

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Spring Break

I am so grateful for Spring Break, which now is a bit more than half done. I’m a volunteer tutor for our alternative high school, tutoring 34 hours each week, if everyone comes (thank heavens for cancellations!). I was really ready for Spring Break and I’ve spent the week mostly puttering on small projects, moving slowly and at my own pace, playing with my cats, and working puzzles. I even got to have lunch with a friend yesterday. Today there was a break in the rain (didn’t last–it’s now raining again) and it was not bitter cold, so I worked on getting my small outdoor fountain working again. I had to unplug it last winter when the pump became clogged with pine needles. The pump was really too small anyway. I’ve now replaced the pump with a bigger one, which I’ve put inside a screened basket to keep it free of debris, and plugged it back in. I can see it from my kitchen window (as well as from the yard) and it’s brightened my day to have it running again.

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