Monday, August 28, 2006

When cats and yarn go missing

Ash did his disappearing act again on the weekend. He got out when I was bringing in the washing and I didn't see where he went. I called for him for ages but he didn't come!! Then I walked around the nearby houses peering in to people's yards like a weirdo.

Eventually reinforcements were called in and my mother talked to several of the neighbours, who were very kind and helpful, but no luck. After sitting all afternoon with the door open waiting for his little face to appear, I had to give up and close the door on the dark and the spitting rain.

I moped across the room with all kinds of terrible scenarios running through my head. Then guess who wanders out of the bedroom yawning and stretching and looking completely innocent??! I swear, he can't keep this up, or I will go prematurely grey.

On the knitting front my knit mojo and my pink alpaca are still MIA. However, this lovely rustic has finally arrived!! I'm going to make a simple stocking stitch jumper with a ribbed shawl collar from a Bendigo pattern.

In other good news, I have finished all my major assignments and only have a dull, but straight forward, Occupational Health and Safety thing to do. Then in a couple of weeks the school holidays arrive. So much knitting time!!

Fifi and Ash-in-disgrace

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Wok & Roll

Recently I added a couple of cook books to my collection. I tend to buy them like certain women buy shoes. My collection keeps growing even though I have never used quite a few of the ones I already have.

Anyway, I've set myself the goal of cooking my way through Kylie Kwong's Simplified Chinese Cooking. Except for the squid recipes, despite the helpful step-by-step illustrated instructions on cutting its head off and so on. Miss Darkside has kindly offered to assist in the adventure by eating the results. Always so generous! So here are my observations so far.

Mongolian Beef
This one I will be making again and again! It uses mince so it's economical, and it makes the house smell like chinese take away. Yum! I liked it so much I made it for the parental units for Sunday lunch. It seemed to go over well, although my father had to smother it in salt and pepper before he had even tasted it. He does this to everything.

Stir Fried Chicken Fillets and Cashews
I added some bok choy. Dry sherry and boatloads of garlic make for yummy vegetables but Miss Darkside thought the chicken was a bit bland. She was placated with some soy sauce. We both agree our mother will love it.

Stir Fried Beef with Oyster Sauce
This reduced Miss Darkside to incoherant noises so I think it's a hit.

Stir Fried Chicken Fillets with Honey and Ginger
Sweet and spicy, this is better in small doses I think, but Miss D liked the bold flavours.

I'm also finding you can never have enough ginger, spring onions or sherry. Must start buying the really BIG bottles of the latter from now on.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

The Great Escape

Ash got out yesterday. He has always been an indoor cat, because we live on a very busy road. At first I was not concerned. He seemed to be just creeping about and sniffing at puddles and invisible things on the ground. I'd just ambled over to catch him when he spotted a gap in the fence and suddenly he was off!!

"Ash! ASH!" I call in my best 'I'm not mad, I'm not mad at you at all. If you come back right now, you won't believe how Not Mad I'll be!!' voice. He is GONE without a backwards glance. I crawl under the straggly trees in the corner to reach him and now I can hear a dog barking right next to me. I can see him peering through another gap in the next door neighbours fence. And then a huge snarling snout pokes through and just about takes his whiskers off. There is hissing, there is a bottle brush tail and then he's galloping down the driveway towards Very! Busy! road.

Now I might have paniced a little, because I try to squeeze through the gap. I don't fit. In fact, I'm sort of stuck and I can hardly breathe. Ash has dissapeared. Common sense kicks in and I extract myself and run round via the road and charge into nextdoors yard. He's right there hiding behind a pot plant. When I pick him up he clings onto me and stays still and quiet while I walk him home. I put him down and he trots off and rolls in a patch of sunlight and squints at me like nothing happened. Typical cat!

Friday, August 11, 2006

Busy Bee

Some lucky members of the Fifi household get to do this all day.

I really want to make one of these felted cat beds, there are some great examples, but I suspect he wont use it. It's his mission in life to find bizarre places to sleep. In a drawer, on top of the monitor or squeezed in to a little cardboard box on the fridge.

Alas, I don't have a feline schedule at the moment. I have four assignments to do over the next two to three weeks, plus my weekly accounting assignments. However today is my day off school, and no work either this week because my boss is in Hobart. I've almost finished mum's first sock and hope to get it done tonight.


p.s. Alpaca is still not here. Woe.

p.p.s Despite this I'm about to order more yarn.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Stash enrichment...almost

Today a parcel from Bendigo arrived. I was very excited until I opened it and my alpaca was conspicuously absent. They are out of stock so I have to wait for it! Miss Darkside ran off with her loot which I'm sure she'll tell you all about soon enough. However there is some lovely blue to start some 8ply socks for mum. They will be quick and I'll get to try my new pony pearl dpns.

Also, this is why I don't do these stupid quiz thingos. I always get results like this. There is something very wrong here.

Your results:
You are Robin

Young and acrobatic. You don't mind stepping aside
to give someone else glory.

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Quiz

Thursday, August 03, 2006


Here's one I prepared earlier. I'm going to try and get the ribbing on the second sock done tonight.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

What I've been up to...

So far this week I have:

1. Finished one sock (photo soon)
2. Done one accounting assignment
3. Watched 11 episodes of the West Wing season one
4. Done a spring clean of the entire house in time for a rental inspection this Friday.

Well, ok I haven't quite finished the last one, perhaps due to number three. I finished hoovering half an hour ago and Ash has only just come out of hiding. Still to do: trashing all the junk mail that seems to congregate on every flat surface and stacking all the books that don't fit on the bookcase. I tidy the books regularly but Ash likes to hurtle around and take flying leaps off them.

My Bendigo shade card turned up the day after I whined about it on the blog. I am so impatient some times. After much debating I have ordered some alpaca to make my jumper and some blue 8ply to make socks for my mum. Back to obsessive checking of the letter box!


Fifi and Ashley