The Laughing Otter- because life’s just too short

It’s hard to find reasons I otter update.

Posted on: March 10, 2009

I mean, I know that people look at this site, because the stats tell me so. But it’s hard to find a reason to update these days. I have pictures to post, I suppose, but then I get strange looks from people along with the comment “You’re putting your BABY online? >> Well… isn’t that… you know… *whispers* unsafe?”

As if more than five people read this page. And two of them live with me. ><

So, these days my cooking has petered off a bit, since I can’t seem to find my inspiration for new recipes. I have a new recipe box, though, to fill up with interesting ideas, and that may help me feel more … encouraged to cook. I’ve also taken up embroidery again, although I haven’t done it since I was very young and my great-grandmother first taught me the basics of ‘women’s craft’. She made sure I could tell which end of a needle was proper, thread it correctly, how to tie knots of the sewing persuasion (my dad taught me knots of the binding sort) and how to crochet a basic chain. She taught me to sew buttons and how to select scraps of cloth that would look nice together.

My grandmother (her daughter) has taken up those lessons, and now I am old enough to appreciate what I’m learning. Embroidery is so elegant and it’s something I can do in my quiet time… not that there’s much of it! I’d like to learn to sew, too. Patterns are beyond me, I’m afraid.  I’d like to make my own clothes- I think I found the style I like best, and it’s the EGA- Elegant Gothic Aristocrat. And before you get images of great fluffy bustles and yards of lace spilling everywhere, my personal preference is the sleek, delicate style. (I really love the lolita look, with it’s muffin-shaped skirts and delicately embroidered accents, but I am just too old and too big to look good in baby-doll anything). I do admit a weakness for pretty hats, though.

And tea. Definitely tea. Ohhh, tea parties are the love of my life! A hot mug of Irish breakfast tea while I’m nestled into a blanket on a cold, foggy morning in bed… a delicate porcelain cup with rose petals painted on the fluted edges filled with an English black… watching orange pekoe leaves unfurl delicately in the hot but not boiling water… oh, yes, Heaven is full of the best quality teas. And delicate little tables in a sunny corner with a lace tablecloth and a lovely painted teapot.

… and now that I have waxed entirely too poetic on my favorite drink, I shall move on to something less irritating. I’m not sure what, but something.

Ah.

Cocoa’s mange appears to have returned with a vengence, and her vet seems unwilling to give the treatment that served us so well in the past. It will be up to me, I suppose.

My little Bear is doing so well, also! He rolled over all on his own a few days ago, and he has finally figured out how to get things to his mouth.

Orion’s parents came for a visit this last weekend, and I believe they had a good time- I’m not sure, I didn’t ask, but they did seem to enjoy themselves. It was a bit cold for them, though, I believe! It snowed the whole weekend, and we didn’t get to the parks, but we did take a lovely jaunt through the mall and a nice dinner with my mom and dad on their last night in. I didn’t know that we’d be able to, since my mom only just got back from her own vacation, but the timing was impeccable! I’m so glad.

Mom also bought my Bear a bouncy seat, too. He’s just loving it, but it’s definitely not a ‘play alone’ toy… he only wants to play in it if someone is sitting right there to play with. He’s like that, though- he doesn’t enjoy playing alone. I don’t mind… I like playing with him.

Otherwise, it’s work and play as usual. I really can’t wait for the nice weather- my garden isn’t going to get going by sitting there untended! I do need to find planks, though. I’m not sure if mine came over with us. And I need to talk to my grandfather and find how much fill-dirt costs. I’d like to make raised beds to help keep the dogs out of them, but I suppose we’ll see what I can afford this year.

Best of days to you!

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2 Responses to "It’s hard to find reasons I otter update."

I read you! I can’t figure out how to get a feed, so I check you every day to see if you updated. 🙂 Your words are important.. I like reading them! I also love a lovely cup of tea in a beautiful tea cup. My favorite time of day is when I get up before everyone, cuddle up in a soft throw and drink a cup of tea in the quiet. Doesn’t happen very often, but I love it when I can do it. 🙂
Keep on writing… please!

*laughs* We should meet for tea sometime. There’s a lovely little teahouse that isn’t too expensive (although when Mad Hatties closed down, I cried!)

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