Halloween 2010

We took the kids to our 3rd annual Microsoft Halloween Trick-or-treating and party. It is the way to score bags of candy in comfort: temperature controlled buildings and friendly offices. Too bad I always make the costumes warm for the ACTUAL, cold night of trick-or-treating, and the kids sweat to death running up and down the halls. Henry’s face was red and his hair was soaked with sweat when we were done!

The Cat in the Hat and Thing 2 (“cause Thing 1 hasn’t come out yet” was the perpetual joke, ie: unborn baby) were a big success. Eleanor would disagree though. I’m not sure she likes to be called out to a thousand times over the course of the event. She started rolling her eyes after the twentieth time. The party at Microsoft Commons is HUGE and packed with people. I must have heard “The Cat in the Hat” in 5 different languages. (Microsoft is a very international company) I never knew Dr. Seuss is an international character!

“Haven’t they ever seen a cat-in-the-hat before?” Eleanor whispers in disgust. She actually had children run up to her and look at her expectantly. Like they thought she was going to take them away for a fun adventure. She’d look at me in panic.

Henry didn’t mind it one bit. He shouted “THING 2!”  at everyone. And his feather hair kept us laughing all night.


Here’s a video of them in candy-looting action. Note the feather hair. Isn’t it great?


Outdoor Cat Condo

My husband was a general contractor and framer for 5 years. Now, he is a software test engineer. Since he sits at the computer all day, he told me he missed working on a building project. So, being the accommodating wife I am, I gave him one!

Our little kitten, Permy (short for Permanent Marker), was moved outside last month due to indiscriminate urinating throughout the house. Yeah. I have no patience for that. But, he is a sweet kitty. We didn’t want to toss him. 🙂 How about a cozy cat house to sleep in, Permy? And you can pee in there all you want, too!

Its made of Cedar, plywood and plexi-glass so he can look out. Designed by my other half, inspired by this and this.

Baby Quilt for Lorna

It is my tradition to make a baby quilt for each one of my kids. Eleanor’s quilt was the ABC’s in Bears cross-stitched on each square. You can read about that huge undertaking here. Henry’s has appliqued airplanes for the squares. For Lorna, due in a few months, I wanted something simple and vintage. A friend of mine gave me her grandmother’s stash of fabrics from the 80’s, so I combined some of those prints with my own stash.

The front is patchwork squares in blue, red and pink. The back is cream linen with a strip of patchwork off-centered. I machine quilted in the ditch around the squares, because I wanted that old-fashioned puffy square-quilted look. We have a few vintage books laying around, and that type of quilt seems to be the most prominent in baby quilts.