The skies have darkened and the weather has turned cold and rainy here in this little valley, and I find that my thoughts shift constantly to warmer, lazier days spent sipping cool drinks on the porch of my house by the river.
There is something magical about a hazy summer morning by the river, watching the sunlight sparkle on the shifting surface while the garden flowers turn their happy little faces toward the light for a day of sunbathing.
Sadly, I can't find an inside shot of the porch here in summertime... but suffice it to say that it holds a very fond place in my memory, and I would love to spend a few hours curled up in a chair there with a kitty in my lap, dreaming away the afternoon.
Wherever you find yourself on this rainy day, I hope your day is filled with warm thoughts and happy memories!
It's a cold, grey, rainy day here and the general blah-ness outside has spilled inside--everyone's mood seems to match the weather. On days like this I find that time spent with the furry ones always revives my spirit, so I give you a cat in a christmas tie. This is Bazzy Puss in feline dress-up...
Does anyone ever really get a perfect shot of their pet? I have a variety of furry friends, and as gorgeous as they are in reality, it never seems to translate true to form in photos. It could be that they squirm about so much, making it difficult to capture a good shot.... or maybe the true magic of the furry ones can never be fully captured in photos and exists only in the moment.
Ah well... even if the photos aren't portrait quality, Basil Vince Noir Schwartz is rockin' his Christmas tie!
The Westerly Trench by Rover Dog on Etsy
In perusing the pages of Etsy I often run across fun items that inspire me--everything from felt owl ipod cases to amazingly creative jewellery pieces that have me rummaging through my crafting drawers for a rainy afternoon project.
Considering my absolute adoration of all creatures furry, my search words often include 'pet', and I've found a few beautifully made items that are both whimsical and functional for your furry friends. Now just to clarify, I don't normally dress up all of my pets--the kitties find it particularly stressful and I respect their wishes in the matter... but Charlie Dog, he is surprisingly okay with it.
As you can probably imagine, the weather in Florida is generally hot and humid, and doesn't lend itself to the necessity for canine couture. There are times, however, that we get a cold front (yes, it really does happen!) and everyone goes running for sweaters and cool-weather accessories. Quite comical really as those periods usually only last for a few days and then it's back to tank tops and shorts.
It was during one of these cool swings that I noticed my Charlie Dog shivering on one of our neighbourhood walks. The poor little guy is a 25 lb Schnauzer that found us when he was a hungry, dirty, frightened stray--we brought him home and he has been with us for over a year now. We have no idea where he came from or what he had been through, but the vet said he was around 3 or 4 years old when we found him, and I like to think that the love and care we have given him during the past 15 months has made up for his 'unknown' years.
I took a look online and found inspiration in a few different books, and ended up drafting my own pattern for a doggie coat. They all have the same basic shape, so it wasn't really all that difficult to take brown paper and make a rough mock-up on Charlie to make sure I had the right dimensions.
A few scraps of fabric, some bias binding, two buttons, and lots of love... and Charlie is the cutest doggie in the neighbourhood. He gets a lot of attention on cool mornings when walk our usual route--the security guard even leaves the gate and comes to say good morning!
As I sit here in Canada four weeks to the day since my hometown flood, I miss my Charlie Dog almost as much as I miss my husband. Charlie would love running along the trails here with me--sniffing everywhere, drinking from the little brook that runs beside the trail, watching ducks and squirrels scamper along... and he would be too darned cute in his Scottish doggie coat--because he sure would need it here!
Happy weekend everyone!
These are some very simple things in life that make me happy... the favourite things that don't involve a lot of expense or glamour but that give me a lot of basic enjoyment. Everybody has them---what are yours?
COOL, CRISP PILLOWCASES
There is nothing more appealing than settling into bed and laying your cheek on a cool, crisp pillowcase. The bliss is doubled if it's fresh off the clothesline and still bears traces of the smell of sunshine and summer breezes.