That’s the sound the last few weeks made as they flew by.  Holy Cow, it’s been crazy here and I’m looking forward to Easter just to catch my breath!

Last weekend, we had a flyby driving trip to Dallas and then back a longer way through Oklahoma — I should maybe back up a little.  A few months ago, TheSecondChild moved back home while he looked for a new job.  That was around the time that MeMum had been sick with pneumonia, so when she got out of the hospital, we moved her in with us too.  We have plenty of room for both of them, but their “buddies” made it a little extra interesting.  MeMum brought her cat Sally (she’s made appearances on the blog before) and TheSecondChild brought his two cats with him.  For those of you keeping count, that’s five cats (and according to Anne five too many LOL).  That’s too many cats to referee!

Fast forward a few months and a lot of poop-scooping, and TheSecondChild found a great job back in his favorite town of Dallas, so we packed him and his kitties up and took a roadtrip.  One 15-hour drive day, one unload the truck and drive to Oklahoma day, one quick visit with family and 5-hr drive with a fly-by to The Mercantile, and one 9-hr drive day back home.  Whew!  Before we left, we tried to get a Five Cat Family picture, but it was impossible.  We were throwing treats here and there to get them all in one shot, but it was a no-go.  Poor little Sally hates all the other cats, so she wouldn’t play at all.  The other four aren’t all that crazy about each other either, so they weren’t exactly co-operating.

Here’s a shot with Scruff and two black cats.

Thimbleanna: Cats

And here are three black cats.  They must have some rule that 4 cats couldn’t all be in the same picture at once.

Thimbleanna: Cats

Scruff was feeling very outnumbered — four all black cats and his little ol’ gray and white self LOL.  Anyway, the trip was quick but a success — TheSecondChild now has his first week at the new job under his belt and it looks like it will be a success.

THEN, three days after we got back, our little cherub FinallyAGirl brought her parents for a 4-day visit.  We had a great time — what a little doll!  She wore us out though — she doesn’t sleep much and she goes a mile a minute.  We had several days of pretty weather and we took her for her first wagon ride (in her daddy’s wagon ;-D) — she LOVED it!

Thimbleanna: Pixie

I made her the little Pixie hat — the pattern is The Jovie Pixie Baby Bonnet.  I made the largest size (and sized up the crochet hook by 2 sizes) and I won’t even tell you how many times it took me to get the right size — but it was lots of crocheting and ripping out and it may or may not have been more than three times!  ;-D

And finally, in the middle of it all, lots of new fabric arrived in my little etsy shop.  Lots of Atsuko Matsuyama prints from both Yuwa and Lecein …

Thimbleanna: Fabric

Thimbleanna: Fabric

and this super cute little kitty and macaron print from the Yuwa Live Life collection.

Thimbleanna: Fabric

Ok, I’m tired and off to bed! I’m hoping to get caught up on blog reading this week — have a good one!

24 Thoughts on “Whoosh!

  1. And I’m tired just reading about all your recent adventures. Yes, five cats is a few too many, ha! Although we used to have two cats too (because my daughter loves them) but I’m more of a dog person. Congrats to the secondchild to the new job. And that little cherub is the cutest in her wagon wearing the pixi hat her grandma made for her.

  2. On My! That is a lot cats in one house. It sounds like fun to me and my daughter would be in feline heaven!
    Congrats on your sons job and wishing him the best.
    How lovely to have a grandbaby visit. She is darling in her pixie hat!
    We have a similar wagon here :)

  3. nice for your son to find a job and get settled again and that you got a chance to see the grandchild looking so cute in that wagon. How did you like the Mercantile? you are second blogger recently that said they visited it. I am about 4 hours away and haven’t been – special trip or not – doubtful will probably wait until I am really near it to stopl

  4. Jewels on April 10, 2017 at 8:49 am said:

    OMGosh! I am tired just reading about your adventures but smiling. The mercantile? How fun! Details……. Love all the kitty cats!!!! Your Granddaughter looks so cute in her lovely little hat, you are awesome. Loving you

  5. Yes, definitely too many cats!! Cute baby, cute hat and cute wagon!!

  6. Wow, you have had a lot going on lately. I’m so glad you were able to support your son’s situation while he found a new job. That is a really caring thing to do. I can’t believe how big Finally a Girl has gotten! Oh my goodness, she’s growing up fast. Her hat is so adorable. I would love to crochet things like that for a baby. I’ll put it on the ever-growing list of things to make for someday (far, far away) grandchildren. :)

  7. That’s a whole lot of driving you’ve been doing – and an even whole-r (!!) lot of cats! :oD

  8. Goodness, you have been busy! Glad your son’s job is working out so well. And FinallyAGirl is such a cutie, particularly in that hat!! Hope you get to do some relaxing over Easter – enjoy xx

  9. Frances M Fimbres on April 10, 2017 at 8:41 pm said:

    Sorry….that darling Grandbaby is the wonderful story….She is adorable. Enjoy that cherub!!!!

  10. Busy, busy, busy daze!!
    Your baby girly is just so so sweet! What fun to have her with your for four days.
    Wishing you Easter joy and rest.

  11. did your mum go on the road trip, too? so you’re back to 3 kitties? ;p

    that little girl is adorable and the hat turned out beautiful

  12. good grief no wonder you’re tired. ! five kitties in one house, wow, I can barely cope with two…..

  13. Yes how did April get here so quickly……
    Omg you got to go to Rees so jealous of that…. It was wonderful want it…….

  14. So busy… But better that way than to be bored I guess! Your littlest little girl is so cute in her bonnet and I love that macaron fabric.

  15. Sounds like just the right number of cats to me! I’m jealous. And yes, F-A-G is supercute!

    Regarding your comment on my blog about wanting to be me…! you’d find you were a lot less talented all of a sudden, so I wouldn’t recommend it.

  16. Wow! That’s some seriously quick road tripping. Glad you made it home safely! I too would like to read your thoughts on the ‘Mercantile’. It is on my list when we head to OK to visit my sister.
    We once had three cats when both of our daughters moved home temporarily and I think that’s my limit! And I love kitties ?
    Grand Girlie is adorable in the pixie hat!?

  17. FinallyAGirl reminds me of Melissa when she was little – except that Melissa was not just a Non-Sleeper, she was a Screamer, too … my ears ring just thinking about it … but she grew into a sweet little girl who stopped screaming and started sleeping when she was about 18 months, so maybe your little one will, too … five kitties – whew! that’s a lotta meowing…

  18. Oh my goodness, what a little dolly and did you make her hat? It’s just darling!

  19. Sarah on April 13, 2017 at 9:50 am said:

    Awww what a fun post–and no wonder you’re pooped out! Beautiful pix, as always, and what a cute hat on the super-cute little one!!

  20. Wow! I’m exhausted and I didn’t do anything but read! Glad that things will be back to “normal” for you! Hugs!

  21. Your granddaughter looks adorable in her little bonnet. And haven’t you been busy? Good for you.

  22. If you take vitamins would you please share what kind? Your energy and endurance levels are amazing. And just imagining the scene at your house with all the cats and family guests – sounds like it could be a good sitcom. So happy your son is settled again. That is always such a relief eh? And the little cherub – SO adorable. Love those baby cheeks!!

  23. Such an interesting post! I knew you made the hat even before I read that part. I’ve as always wanted to make one of those. It’s perfect for sweet Caroline, and isn’t that just the perfect name, it even comes with its own song! I want to know about the mercantile. Frannie dreams of going there some day (me too). She is a huge fan of the Pioneer Woman, and even dresses like her, hence the new cowboy boots. Please tell us about it.

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