A sight for sore eyes! = Mickey Blue Eyes

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It has been pretty awful out of late – icy, snow showers, cold etc etc so not at all the weather for cats on my commute but today it was a little warmer and weather perfect for my young friend.

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He is, quite simply put, quite brilliant. Why? Well, he seems completely overjoyed to see me when I arrive in the car and loves a proper picking up and snuggling. He is a purr-er and loves a cuddle ever so much.

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It doesn’t fail to surprise me that his eyes haven’t changed even though he’s no longer a tiny kitten any more. What a sweetie. I always look out for him and sometimes just seeing his little face peeping out through the net curtains does make me smile.

Pandora’s Art Critic

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I was quite amazed when my friend Tracie asked me to be part of a very special art exhibition in October.

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It is called Pandora’s Other Box and we will all contribute one piece to the exhibition after a series of workshops until the show in October.

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Our theme is Maya Angelou’s poem ‘ Still I rise ‘.

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Our first workshop was dipping our toes in and working with collage materials.

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I won’t kid you – I’m worried. I can’t draw. I can’t paint and I’ve not been to art school. Can I do this? I don’t know but I know if I don’t try then I really won’t know if I can or not….

My piece represents the verse:
‘I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise ‘

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Of course, there is always a critic. He’s not been too harsh on the string and rope. But he’s cute so is easily forgiven.

Memories

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I was thinking about how the picture of a coffee and a donut takes me back to Wall Drug and thoughts of my friend Eileen and our long journey together from MN through SD and how precious friendship is to me. It is on that trip when we really became friends with Jeanne and Michael and made new friends with Louise and Bob. I think of that simple breakfast I had moments before the cardiac drama started which set off those events and am so thankful for that journey with time with my friend and then time to solidify friendships and make new ones. We are reading a book about a women with Early onset Alzeimer’s and it strikes me how lucky I am to have my friends and I am so glad that I was able to call in to my friend Anna’s and eat fish fingers and chips with her and her beautiful children. It was a precious and lovely moment.

Dressy progress

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My Saturday class is over now and I almost have a fully functioning dress – hooray!

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I love it – just sleeves left to go.

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Doesn’t it go with Sirius’ eyes? I’m sure he’ll sit on my lap especially. Ha ha ha!!

Muesli bars

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I had a box of muesli hanging around – just unloved, uneaten so I figured I needed to find a way of getting it eaten (although bird feed was tempting!) so I hit upon using it as a basis for flapjacks. It was also a good way of using up some other things that were hanging around.

3 cups of muesli
1/2 cup of plain flour
2-3 tbsps of linseeds (pumpkin or other types would be nice, too)
2-3 tbsps of mixed dried fruit/fruit and nut mix
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp honey
60g margarine/butter
2 eggs, beaten.

Preheat oven to 160C. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Mix together muesli with plain flour. Add linseeds and dry fruit.

Melt together butter, honey and sugar – a quick zap in the microwave will do. Mix these together with dry mix and the eggs.

Bake for 25 minutes – don’t let them get too hard as they will harden as they cool.

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Add a cup of tea/coffee and you have a perfect quick snack!

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Unless you follow a gluten-free diet – here is a cute kitty instead!

Making Monday: Beautiful Betty

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pao is very good at choosing gifts and I really really enjoyed receiving a Betty Mouat cowl kit last Christmas. Here it is unblocked – must get onto that asap now the cold weather has finally arrived so I can wear this beauty out.

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My small friend was enthralled by it – especially all those loose ends. He had fun wearing one of the halves before they were grafted together.

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And that green brings out the colour of his eyes.

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I think he thought the finished object was rather too big for him. Haha.