No, it wasn’t “Take a Pet to Work” Day!!! That’s JR and the “beast” that he trapped in their attic and he’s off to relocate it to someplace far from where Paula lives. I thought you might like an update. The post sparked comments and stories of similar events. In the original post I mentioned that Faye shared a story of a squirrel in her home and she’s allowing me to print it here. From Faye’s email:
I saw my dog’s plastic container chewed and I just assume there was a mouse
in my house
the next night when I got home I saw another plastic container with dog
biscuits in it chewed more open
I moved something and a squirrel jumped up into an open cabinet over my
I slammed the door shut
then thought –now what?
bought some mouse poison and opened the door quickly and threw it in and
tied the knobs shut
waited a few days–(banging on the doors each night to hear if it was
then one day when I thought it wasn’t I took a giant black garbage bag
opened the door and it jumped out and ran TOWARDS GOING UNDER MY
I JUST FREAKED!!!!
grabbed a broom and hit it on the head and it was clearly ailing–pushed it
towards my kitchen door-opened it and swished it out of the porch onto the
ground where it ran screaming into the bushes
I know it was in pain–BUT SO WAS I
but Paula, I felt guilty for days
how it got in my house I can only suspect
and that is a story for market!!
but I have never used so much Clorox and disinfectant in my life to clean
what he left and what I felt might be left!!
so new jersey hillbillies alive and well!!!!!
It can happen anywhere!!! My niece has a hamster and when he gets loose in the house, my sister-in-law will post on Facebook that she has moved to a nearby hotel until he is found again. I always laugh, but wholeheartedly agree. There’s no way I would stay in a house with a rodent on the loose – yes, even a pet hamster!!!
Quilting update: I decided to make a second little kaleidoscope quilt. It’s made from Paula’s new Companions collection, so I thought we should have one in our booth at Market and maybe Marcus Fabrics would like one also. (Now my real reason/ulterior motive – when we run out of kits – Paula gets one sample and I get the other!!) I started the other day and I thought you might like to see how the pieces look when they are first pieced together.
After this step, I am supposed to “randomly” pair up a light/dark piece with another light/dark piece. Apparently I have an issue with random (just ask Paula, she’ll tell you), so the pieces are arranged on the cutting board next to my sewing machine, so I can practice “Mary Ellen random” or “controlled random”. I pick up the first pile on the left and match the pieces with 1 pair from each of the next piles and I continue in that order until they are all done. I avoid pairing the same prints and the same colors. It’s about as “random” as I can get and even better – it works!!!
Next step – pair up these sets of 4 pieces – randomly. Now this is where the challenge begins. I can pair them up and watch for same colors and same prints, but at some point I will probably have blocks with the same colors and same prints. I won’t be too happy about that, but we’ll see how it goes.
Have to start packing for the retreat soon. I leave on Thursday, but I’m waiting for 2 boxes from Paula with “retreat supplies” – things for us to work on at retreat. Rumor has it the boxes contain fabric for a new basket quilt, a new Lincoln’s Watch and a new Civil War Tribute. Someone has been spending time in the warehouse playing with fabric!!!! Can’t wait until the boxes arrive!!!
Until next time, happy quilting,