Live from the Katnip Lounge, The Kat Pack!
Starring: KonaKitty * The Baby * Grayce * Tiny Johnson * Felix * Rupert * Scouty * CC * Sweet Pea * Maui * May Ling * Salem * Sylvester

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Crafting Trauma


KonaKitty here, reporting on Mommy's Right Wrist.

It's a long story, better settle in with a cuppa nip tea and tuna treats...



A looooong time ago, back in Illinois, before I had so darn many brothers and sisters, Mommy used to do a lot of sewing and needlework.  She had a room all set up for crafting and used to get together with friends once a month to work on mutual projects.  Then we moved into 1) a much smaller house in Nevada where 2) Mommy didn't know anybody crafty and 3) there were suddenly 13 kitties in residence.  (The largest and most significant impediment--ed.)  Mommy's crafting sorta fell by the wayside.  Then, she started working evenings instead of days at work, and there was a paradigm shift in how her work time was organized--the majority of the actual "labor" was concentrated into the first two and last three hours of her 10-hour shift, leaving a pleasant gap between in which to eat her dinner, read blogs and screw off on the internet monitor the system.

Now, Mommy is easily bored an antsy person, so keeping her hands busy actually helps her concentrate on her job (unlike us kitties who can stare at stuff for hours), and after a few weeks she realized the gap was the perfect time to take up some small crafty projects crocheting.   It was an elegant solution; Mommy could make things without elebenty cats "helping" her, while staying alert at work.

One Monday afternoon one of her work buddies, Gil, stopped in to chat at shift change.  Gil makes all-organic lotions, balms, and soaps for local craft fairs and he saw Mommy's crocheting and wondered if she could make him some bath scrubbies to include in his gift packs.  Mommy said "of course" and over the next few weeks they settled on how many, the pattern, and what she'd make them out of: a nice sturdy hemp twine.  Naturally there were balls of leftover hemp discarded from the trial scrubbies, and Mommy, being the OCD frugal soul that she is, cast about for some use for them.  (She already has enough proto-scrubbies to scour an army!)  She decided to make a couple of large doilies for the two round end-tables...and that's what did her wrist in.  The first doily was made out of hemp cord, which, although rough, was pliable.  The second doily was made from hemp twine which is stiff stiff stiff--the same stuff she made the scrubbies out of but of course the they were much smaller and took less time.  And that's the thing--time.  Mommy worked on the second doily for nearly three hours straight (at home) last Thursday evening and the pressure from twisting the crochet hook did her in.  By Saturday afternoon her wrist was so hurty she could barely wave at a parade, let alone type!

Stoopid Mommy.  At least we got a good story out of the deal.

Anyhoo, 48 hours of wrist-rest and aspirin appear to have done the trick, as evidenced by her taking my dictation and typing this blog post--Mommy's Tale of Woe--for me.  The doilies turned out beautifully, and I'll make sure we post a couple photos for you to see.

Kitties, make sure your humans create safely, or they too may suffer from the Dreaded Crafting Trauma.

Happy Tuesday!

XX  KonaKitty  XX

Monday, September 1, 2014

An Announcement


CC Says:

Happy Labor Day!

and Happy Monday, too!


pee ess:  Mommy jacked up her right wrist (and is not saying how--typical) so our commenting is gonna be a bit sparse for the next little bit.  Hopefully by Friday she'll be back in action!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sheebie Snax

Friends and Kitties!

My folks bought me a Kitchen-Aid stand mixer last year for my 50th birthday, and I absolutely love it.
 I bake about every ten days, keeping us in bread and cookies, rolls and challah.

Recently I made a batch of bagels, and they were delicious--but ugly as sin--I had some engineering hurdles to leap with forming the little suckers.  The second batch turned out way prettier, and even better tasting.

I made both plain and poppyseed.

Scott claimed to be uninterested in my bagels, but he changed his tune as soon as he saw the fresh cherry-blueberry jam I had made to go on top!  I made 16 bagels and they didn't last out the week...and I'm here to tell you that I was not the lone consumer...turns out Scott was more bagel-friendly than he thought!

I used THIS BAGEL RECIPE borrowed from my friend Patty over at Broken Teepee.  She blogs quite a bit about food--and books!--and I've yet to make something from her site that's been less than wonderful.  I made her Pretzel Rolls last Thursday for sandwiches and they were gone before I could get photos!  No worries though, I'll be making them again, and soon.

I have a mixer, and I'm not afraid to use it.

Happy Sunday!

XX  Sheebie  XX

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Bum's the Word


Today we have a grey Mystery Bum for you.
Can you tell to whom it belongs?

It's Rupert's hiney! 
Rupert: My tail has stripes...

...and I'm larger than Grayce.

Happy Caturday!

XX  Rupert  XX

Friday, August 29, 2014



My name is Sylvester and I am a plastic bag-licker.
It's one of the most satisfying activities in the world!
Shopping bags, bread wrappers, those little jobbies filled with screws that come with DIY furniture...I'll lick 'em all.

Recently Mommy brought home a nice thick plastic shopping bag, which I cat-mandeered right away. 

It was Most Excellent.
I love my hobby.

Happy Friday!

XX  Sylvester  XX

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sensitive Boy



*Lickety lick lick lick*


Even fast asleep, an Ornj Cat can sense but one fur out of place!

Happy Thursday!

XX  Felix  XX

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wordless Whitesday

::love eyes::

Happy Wednesday!

XX  Bibby Bibberton  XX