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17 Nov 2007


Meet Edgar, one of our furry children that we got from a shelter in Vermont many years ago.  Edgar comes and goes when he pleases; he's a stealth little guy, a prankster too. In his days of youth, he reveled in depositing dead mice on the front door step, sometimes arranging them in a neat little line as if to say, "Ma, look at all this loot I brought you! I'm contributing to the family!"

He's lost his collar a number of times over the years, and we replace it when we think to do it. (We live in a very quiet area.) Sometimes I don't see him for a couple of days, and when he returns, he's spent–– curls up on an upholstery chair in the kitchen and is out cold for hours. I have often wondered what exhausts him so much and what he's been up to in my absence.


Yesterday morning when I opened the back door to let the dogs outside, a rush of black fur whirred past me to jump onto the countertop for the cat bowl. Except this particular bundle of black fur was making a jingling noise. Funny…I don't remember getting him a new (pink) collar with a clanging bell. I looked closer and saw not only did he have a new collar, but a new name ("Blackie"), a new phone number, a new address…a new family!

I have no idea how long Edgar has been cheating on us! I find this funny, but yes, I'm embarrassed I haven't made better efforts to make sure he's always wearing a collar. (Lesson learned.) I've since gotten him a new collar (a respectable black with fleur-de-lis designs) as well as a nametag with his proper name. I'll call the number on the pink collar, but frankly, I'm a little nervous.

In other home news,  I've started breaking down my studio, throwing stuff out, and planning the redesign. I drafted a little survey yesterday—a beta version—of one we'll be putting on the Quilting Arts site in a few days. I would love your input.

Happy Thanksgiving,  everyone.  May your home be filled with lots of love for this special holiday, and may your entire clan—people and furry—be together.


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Lemon Tree Tales wrote
on 17 Nov 2007 6:42 PM
Great survey questions. I can't wait to find out how you re-do your studio. Lucky, lucky you! :-) --Tami
Sue McG wrote
on 18 Nov 2007 12:41 PM
LOL about 'Blackie' - cats do love to two-time you and get extra food at their alternate home, leading a double existence!
Michelle DC wrote
on 22 Nov 2007 6:59 PM
I wish there was an in-between option for #16 -- somewhere between letting it all hang out and tucking it all away . . . . The chaos of all my stuff being visible makes me both inspire AND overwhelmed, so I'd love more balance and organization so I can find what I'm looking for. It's not the fabrice that's tough, but all thouse different types and sizes of embellishments and other embellishment making tools and apparatus!
Mim Stella wrote
on 25 Nov 2007 8:21 PM
If you live in Stow, near Delaney Project ...I think I've seen Blackie! He comes by our house alot, but we didn't adopt him!
Patricia Bolton wrote
on 26 Nov 2007 4:34 PM
Mim, I don't think I live near the Delaney Project (I had to look that up on the net), but I wouldn't be surprised if Edgar is taking hikes behind my back. If indeed, it is one and the same Blackie, I thank you for being kind to him. (And what a small world, I didn't realize anyone from Stow was reading this blog!)
Melly wrote
on 29 Nov 2007 9:49 AM
The story of two timing Edgar is fantastic. I wonder what they feed him in pink collar land. As for studios I like things to be able to be tucked away and neat but I like to be surrounded and in a mess when I create. create and clean, that is my creative need in the studio. Ikea has helped with great storage options.