Cats and Cookery Happy Thanksgiving

Who knew cats could cook?  Not that Boris cooks.  He expects to be waited on and is the type of cat who would have all the best take out places on speed dial if we let him have a phone.  Which we don’t for obvious reasons.

But our bridge kitty Plumpton was quite a cook .  In fact, one of this recipes was published.Feline-Lcookbookcover

Here is the recipe

Plumpton'ssalad

I have never tried it and never made it for Boris.  Even though I have an adventurous palate, I find some of the ingredients, well, a little off-putting.

We will not be making a turkey tomorrow because we will be delivering a cookbook to Boris’s penpals with whom we will be spending the day.   Here he is posing with the cookbook.

On this Thanksgiving, Boris is thankful for friends, (especially his young penpals),  for a safe and cozy home, and people who love him (even if we don’t feed him as often as he would like).   What are you thankful for?

 

Boris Dream of Drumsticks

Boris (dreaming of drumsticks) wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving,

Happy Holidays

 

I am busy working on the quilt.  I have to make 11 more blocks and then I sew the quilt top sections together.  In the meantime,  enjoy your chocolate bunnies and your matzoh brei!

 

Plumpton Easter Cat

Plumpton is really hunting for field mousies.

Happy Thanksgiving from Plumpton

Plumpton 2013

This year I broke down and agreed to let Plumpton prepare the Thanksgiving dinner.   Here he is following a recipe and stuffing the turkey.  Are those empty tuna cans I see?  What’s he putting in that stuffing anyway?  Maybe this was not such a good idea after all.    Looks like peanut butter sandwiches for Thanksgiving dinner this year!

Plumpton wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving no matter how you stuff your turkey.

Lessons Learned from Tiling a Backsplash

The tile comes in pizza boxes!

The tile comes in pizza boxes!

Preping the wall

Before any great endeavor, you must prepare the substrate.

before

Tiling  a back splash is messy

in progress

A promising start is just a promising start and not a prediction of what will happen down the road

Popsicle sticks

You can always find a use for popsicle sticks

Tile cutter

Simple tools will do the job

Backsplash

Here are some “after” pictures

Tiles3

I am glad it’s done.  I can see every mistake, but overall, it’s not bad

Tiles2

And I did it all by myself!

To much work makes you mean

Installing tile is hardwork and can make you mean

Plumpton

But Plumpton will always love me

Happy Thanksgiving from Plumpton

Happy Thanksgiving!

It looks like Plumpton had a good time!

Plumpton Says Patina

I have been experimenting with patinas on metal. You can buy patina chemicals, but you can also use things from around the house, like salt, rust, and ammonia.  My feline companion Plumpton  and I sometimes collaborate on artistic projects.   Here are two examples of copper buried in Plumpton’s litterbox.  

Why buy iron oxide when it grows wild everywhere? Yes, iron oxide is another name for rust. Take a rusty object and put in into a plastic bag with a few drops of water and the metal object you want to have a rust patina. Here is a what a steel washer looks like, before and after.   

The next items are salt and ammonia and the process is called fuming. I cleaned brass and copper with a wire brush and wiped it clean with alcohol. Then I filled a small jar with white ammonia and put in inside a big jar. I sprinkled salt in the big jar (not in the ammonia), put in the metal, and screwed on the lid.

At first, the brass started turning black from the edges and I didn’t think anything interesting was going to happen.    

Then I got this.  Kewl!

Here is the same process repeated on copper.

More experiments to follow . . .

A final note – I took “Forming Lasting and Meaningful Attachments” with Robert Dancik last weekend with the Philadelphia Area Polymer Clay Guild last week. The class covers cold connections and is one of the best classes I ever took. I didn’t make a thing, but I don’t care. I learned so much it will take time to process it all. Take this class if you have the chance.