A handful of random

September 13, 2013

Friday the 13th fun!

Milo is doing this crazy thing. He’s running thru the house via open back door, into my bedroom, and jumping out my open window only to run back in and do it over again. He’s determined to win best lap running cat in the lap running cat competition. Morgan runs after him and then turns around short of the 7ft drop and heads back to catch him up again. That got too tiring for her so she flaked out on the top of my chair and is just watching him do his rounds. She’s entering the best cat for chair extension competition. 🙂


I was just telling my friend Celi that nothing apart form herbs, a fig and some roses can grow in a little super-heated, south facing, against the garage, raise garden of mine. So I tend to grow way more herbs than I need. But this week I stuffed a bunch into the belly cavity of a not-so-delicious farmed salmon and it was out of this world good. So hooray for an over abundance of herbs!

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Usually we like to make gifts for family and friends instead of buying things and I’ve been looking at the boxes and boxes of craft prototypes I’ve saved over the years and thinking that I’ll put more examples of arts and crafts with directions in case any of you would like to try something new. 🙂

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Robert and I have been looking at swatches and swatches and swatches….of grey paint variations to paint the new mini. It all gets a bit ubiquitous after a while. Thank goodness for Photoshop! I mocked up three greys: Farina grey (which was the colour of my lost mini), Tweed grey (which I think will be the new colour), and Mandalay grey (which was a contender because it looked good on someone’s car) Tweed grey wins out!


Where would we be without dahlias and hydrangeas in the autumn?

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Linking with Nancy for randomness fun and off to visit all the great gals and guys there. 🙂

Countdown: Make a special sewing basket
Hemming the curtains

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  • Reply Tanya September 13, 2013 at 6:33 am

    oh that is hilarious about milo! have a great weekend 🙂

    • Reply Veronica September 13, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      Thank you Tanya, hope you have a lovely weekend too. 🙂

  • Reply Nancy Claeys September 13, 2013 at 6:38 am

    Our cat Angus does the same thing and runs laps up and down the hallway until he gets tuckered.

    Gorgeous flower photos Veronica. Thanks so much for sharing at R5F this week. xo

    • Reply Veronica September 13, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      What are they like? 🙂 Thanks for hosting Nancy. 🙂 I love my visits with you on Fridays.

  • Reply Daryl September 13, 2013 at 7:32 am

    i think its the change in the weather/temperature that gets my two cats running laps .. that and wanting to be noticed when it gets near dinner time

    • Reply Veronica September 13, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      Oh I know the wanting to be noticed business. Milo’s the king of that manoeuvre. 🙂

  • Reply Christie September 13, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Cats are such great entertainment. I look forward to you sharing some of your craft ideas!!

    • Reply Veronica September 13, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      Oh good Christie, then I will do that. 🙂

  • Reply vastlycurious.com September 13, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Love the randomness of it all , especially your basket of goodies!

    • Reply Veronica September 13, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      I love those baskets and love making them. Super easy. I’ll post the directions tomorrow. 🙂 (Oh, I shouldn’t promise that…hopefully tomorrow.)

      • Reply vastlycurious.com September 13, 2013 at 3:11 pm

        You MADE THEM??? I will order one asap please?

        • Reply Veronica September 14, 2013 at 3:16 pm

          Ack Kathryn! So not ready for production…lol. Maybe I should open that darn etsy shop. (Already started it) 🙂

  • Reply Sara v September 13, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Those are the most amazing hydrangeas I’ve ever seen! And cats running about are hilarious. So much fun at your house 🙂

    • Reply Veronica September 14, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      Hi Sara, I love those peegee type hydrangeas the most. Actually, you know it is fun at my house 🙂

  • Reply lynn September 13, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    we’ve a one year old that drives a 9 and 7 year old mad with his antics-those are beautiful hydrangeas, we saw a hydrangea bush today that would fill the first floor of our house-this is a lovely photo

    • Reply Veronica September 14, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      No way Lynn, I love it when people let hydrangeas or rhodos grow so huge. They are so spectacular then. Shame though, it seems that people rarely have the space any more. 🙂

  • Reply cecilia September 13, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Oh I am with the tweed too, other than the fact that i like to SAY tweed, it is such a sweet little word.. that is the best grey, it makes the others look muddy.. Your cats sound like my dogs! Quite mad the pair of them! I wonder what a cat laugh sounds like. I bet you were hearing one.. take care honey.. c

    • Reply Veronica September 14, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      Hi Celi, so lovely to see your name here. 🙂 My cats are a bit like your dogs come to think of it; mad as a box of frogs. 🙂

      • Reply cecilia September 14, 2013 at 3:29 pm

        mad as a box of frogs! what a great saying! c

        • Reply Veronica September 14, 2013 at 4:46 pm

          It’s a Robertism. 🙂

  • Reply Robyn September 13, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    It sounds like Milo and Morgan make for some simple entertainment at your house. I hope they don’t knock anything down or break anything.

    It’s fun to see what kinds of crafts people come up with. I don’t consider myself crafty, but like to see the talents of others.

    Your fall flowers are gorgeous, Veronica!

    • Reply Veronica September 14, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      So far they’ve been stealth cats so no knocking down of anything…thank goodness…I hadn’t even considered that scenario…lol.

  • Reply Jim September 13, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Hi Veronica ~~ Your flowers are pretty. Then, do you cats get very active mostly after they eat? Maybe they are getting too much sugar or chocolate?

    My sister made it out of Estest Park today. They had to go through the park, west over the mountain and then north up to Cheyenne Wyoming. Then then headed east and are staying the night in Ogallala, Nebraska.,

    Next time you visit you can tell me about what you do in London. Our daughter works there and the family came to live with here there. The young ones, two granddaughters, are in school there. And Billy is a house husband. I’ve lbogged some about them and will more very soon. We did another cruise this time too, from Venice to Istanbul and then on into the Black Sea (Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria for us), and on to Athens. There were a few other stops along the way.
    Oh yes, my Grandmother was Lucy Roth from Nebraska.

    • Reply Veronica September 14, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      Nice, Jim. I don’t go to London very often – possibly once or twice/year, but I do live in Oxfordshire for several months of the year. My cats are young so probably just acting out of too much young cat energy. I’m glad you had such a lovely trip and cruise. And there are quite a few Roths in the world, aren’t there. 🙂

  • Reply Karen September 14, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Hi Veronica,
    It is so nice to hear from you. Are you back in Vancouver now? Yes, my renos are nearly complete….just a few things (like transitions between three rooms) to do. It is so very wonderful to have my home back. Eventually I will post an after restoration blog. I hope that your new neighbours work out. Hopefully the old ones don’t know that you have a blog. Lol! Perhaps we could meet for tea one day since we are nearly neighbours too. Have a great weekend. Take care,

    • Reply Veronica September 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Hi Karen, lol, I hope not! Come to think of it they call themselves the Hurricanes because their last name is Cane and they acknowledge their loudness. 🙂 I’d absolutely love to meet you for tea. That would be loads of fun. 🙂

  • Reply dawnsrays September 15, 2013 at 4:10 am

    What fantastic bits of randomness. Love the light on the herbs photo — those citrus slices look like jewels. Looking forward to seeing some of your crafty handwork. Happy weekend, to you

    • Reply Veronica September 16, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks Dawn. I couldn’t believe the light when I put the salmon down on the kitchen counter and ran for my camera…lol.

  • Reply Angela September 15, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Your little box of arts and crafts looks very intriguing

    • Reply Veronica September 16, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      I love it, and also love the way it smells with the bee’s wax. It’s one of my favourite scents. 🙂

  • Reply around the table September 15, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Hi Veronica! Thanks for visiting me this morning and welcome back. London must have been fabulous. It’s on our bucket list 🙂 and I look forward to going. Your little Milo is darling:) and I love all your pictures. I’m sure your salmon was delicious. You can’t go wrong with those ingredients! xxleslie

    • Reply Veronica September 16, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      Hi Leslie. I didn’t spend much time in London this time because I had so much business to take care of around home (Oxford) and getting into London is always such a production…lol. Summer is a busy time at West Cottage and also I had the garden design and implementation to do and only two short months to accomplish everything before I had to be back in Van. This winter I’ll make up for that I hope. It’s easier for me to get into London in winter. 🙂

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