I don't know why I always associate rainy, inclement weather with handwork, but I think it goes back to my days in theatre. On rainy, horrible summer days in the wardrobe workshop we would put on old jazz cds to drown out the driving beat of rain on the corrugated tin roof above our heads. We listened to everything from Cole Porter to John Coltraine while we stitched away, and to this day I think of a rainy day as an 'old jazz day'.
I think he's annoyed with me that he is wearing a girly pink and brown collar (I used one that I already had on hand until I can go pick up a suitably manly replacement for the one he lost earlier this week), but with Oliver, who can ever tell? At least he got the blue catnip mouse... I'm going to make a pink one now for Sophie Puss.
If anyone is interested in crocheting a cute mousie toy for their feline companion, here is a whole page of links to free patterns.