Tigger Update

It seems that my postings on this blog always goes in threes πŸ™‚ So, for my third, and final post of the day, here are a couple of images of Tigger πŸ™‚

Tigger chilling

Tigger contemplating his next move – will she squirt me if I do that, or not? Hmmmm

pre-pounce Tegger

She doesn’t know I am in here! Hmmmm, her toes look good enough to pounce on!

Tigger is settling in well, he just has this propensity to pounce on my feet when I am walking. No matter what I do, it doesn’t seem to decrease the pouncing instinct (and he has plenty of toys). Thoughts anyone? The water bottle doesn’t seem to hold his attention as it once did…

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Forest Update and new projects!

I know, I know, I have no time to stitch on what I have already πŸ™‚ However, two correspondance courses in my embroiderer’s guild chapter are being discontinued, so I had to go ahead and sign up so I could at least get the materials.

Forest Progress (Shadow Work)

First off, though I haven’t had a chance to work on it for some time, this is the current state of Forest, my first experiment in shadow-work. I think it will be impressive when it is completed, assuming I don’t mess it up TOO much πŸ™‚ Please note that this is the back of the project, not the front side. The next time I take a picture I will get both sides (information added by Orthstitcher)

You might want to check out theΒ  the stump-work project Summer Dream here. The 17th Century Sampler is officially discontiued and is no longer available for viewing online. The sampler is just what, with a nice variety of stitches. I do not typically go for samplers, but this one is beautiful and I like the array of stitches used in it. Heaven knows when I will have a chance to actually work on either of them, but I have the instructions, and that is all that really matters.

Favorite Biblical Dictionary

I’ve never actually HAD a Bible Dictionary … and while I am quite happy with the new full Orthodox Study Bible (knowing that it isn’t possible to have a “perfect” translation), I am thinking about finally getting a dictionary.Β  A good single volume dictionary would be good, and probably the most affordable.

The thing is, there are so many to choose from. Do you have a favorite? I’ve heard that Thomas Nelson has a good 1-volume that has recently been updated – check it out here.Β  What would be a good choice for an Orthodox Christian? Can there be, (say it isn’t so), confessional differences between bibical dictionaries? It is a pity that the question even needs asking…

I am looking forward to seeing what suggestions others may have.

New Year…New Cat

Ok… I am allergic to cats. However, most of my adult life since age 27 I’ve had a cat or two around, and there have been few problems. A few years ago a dr. convinced me that my cat was the cause of some problems and I got rid of her. That didn’t take care of the problem because it was actually side-effects of steroid inhalers.

It is now 2.5 years later, and I am succumbing… I will try it one more time – I really miss having a cat around.

So…. here is his picture from the shelter’s site. He is FIV+, which means he has to be a single cat – but that is all I can have anyway. He deserves a home too, and isn’t he sweet! They think he is a Russian Blue mix.

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Some children in my parish have made the following name suggestions – the ordering does not reflect preference on my part:

1. Man of Paws (I suspect adult women would get a kick out of that one – say it quickly πŸ™‚
2. Topaz
3. Velvet
4. Sapphire
5. The Russian words for “dark cat”

How about:

Velvet Smoke?
Smokey Velvet?
Gray Velvet?
Velvet Paws?
Velvet Topaz (what does that even mean?)
Gray Ghost?
(see a theme here? I am trying to work at least one of the kids names into the 10-month old kittens new name. His current name is “Vinny” and that just won’t do).

Suggestions, anyone?