Sunday, January 08, 2006

A little kitten to make a home

Spirit has been home for about 2 weeks now. I brought her home with me on the plane from Nova Scotia. At first she seemed decidedly less than thrilled with the fact that she was in yet another unfamiliar environment, but Spirit has always been wonderfully adaptable. By the end of the day, she'd discovered the incredibly thick and soft sofa back and has made it her home inside home. 'Having her here definitely makes this place feel more like home. I always look forward to coming home from work and being told off by her from the top of the stairs for being gone all day. : )

We're a little concerned about her weight, though. She hasn't been to the vet yet this year, so I don't know her official weight, but she's definitely beginning to show it. I can't set up limited feeding times like you're supposed to with cats, because she has a tendency to stuff her face all at once and then throw up when the dry food expands inside her stomach. I have, however, severely limited the amount that I give her each morning and I don't feed her any more during the day. We're also trying to get her to exercise more, which is a real effort on our parts because she's an indoor cat. Luckily, she got lots of cat toys for Christmas from my family, including a laser pointer, so hopefully she'll start to get trimmer in the upcoming months. If anyone has any advice on how to get a cat who's at least 12 lbs (but probably more like 13) down to a healthier weight, feel free to post a comment.


Sunday, January 01, 2006

A little knittin' to pass the time

I've been trying to be really productive today and get lots of work done, but I seem to be ever drawn to my knitting. This is welcome, because I haven't actually knit anything in a week or so and I ran the risk of going through withdrawl any day. I'm re-knitting one of the Knit For Kids scarves that I didn't get finished in time for the deadline. I had knit it in stocking stitch with a few inches of ribbing at either end and sewn two of Nicki Epstein's knit roses on either end, but I didn't like the way the roses sat when the stocking stitch caused the whole scarf to curl. They looked like the bloodshot eyes of a very skinny lizard. I guess two inches of ribbing isn't quite enough to combat that tendency to curl. So I frogged it and am re-knitting the entire thing in ribbing so that the roses will lay flat and nice. I'm just a little worried that they may look like a pare of breasts at either end of the little girl's scarf. Oh well, never too early to learn about anatomy. And isn't the flower metaphor the classic one, anyway?