Stitch-wise, not much. I merely resumed stitching Monty & Binky:
I didn’t post about Monty & Binky before, because it’s supposed to be a surprise for someone. But I couldn’t finish it on time (as usual) – so had to surprised him with something else… ;D
The pattern is from the Spring Cuties charts of 4, which I have previously made: Binky & Chick. I have all the floss needed for all the patterns, so it was the easiest to start off. I only managed to resume a few of the backstitches:
Well, last IHSW, we were away from home. My whole family, including my Mom, flew to Kuala Lumpur on Friday to witness the wedding ceremony of my brother-in-law which was held on Sunday. We went back to Kota Kinabalu on Monday. It was a short trip – couldn’t stay longer as one of my kids is having exams this week. It was a lovely occasion and made more joyous with the attendance of friends and family.
We get to take home the above cake, it was one of the gifts from the bride to the groom. It was made by the bride’s friend, at her home. She also supplied hundreds of deliciously gorgeous red velvet cupcakes – all baked at her home. Sorry, I was too busy gobbling cupcakes to take even one nice shot.
We are also housing a stray and her kittens. We call the mother cat ‘Miao’ (how ingenious?). Miao placed them in front of our front door a day before the trip and Hubby nearly stepped on one. So, I put them in a small basin lined with newspapers, for their safety and left them there. When we left for KL, the kittens wobbled when they moved and were timid.
When we returned on Monday, the kittens were gone. We assumed that Miao has placed them at another home. A few hours later, Miao placed them on our front door again but the kittens have gone wild. They ran away from us and when we tried to pet them, they hissed threateningly. Luckily, they don’t know how to scratch yet. They stayed under the shoe rack and when it started to smell, I knew I had to do something.
Though I am not ready to commit to any pets, I am concerned that the kittens will not survive outside on their own, especially when Miao still likes to leave her kittens for hours at a time. So yesterday, I bought kitten food and kitten litter. We already have a litter box and kitten bowls from our previous experience of caring for orphaned kittens. We place the kittens in a huge laundry basket lined with newspapers and whenever Miao drops by the house, we will place her with her kittens in the basket. When she starts to make a noise, we will let her out of the house but keep the kittens in the basket.
Frankly, I am not ready to adopt them, but I can’t let them die either. So, I’m planning to care for them until they’re a bit bigger. Probably get them spayed/neutered as well, if the kids are willing to commit to helping me care for these kittens.
I used to feed more than 10 adult ferals in my backyard during weekends but now, less than 4 drop by. I suspect that the feline population in my neighbourhood has dwindled by more than 50% compared to 3 years ago. Probably due to the extreme weather -when it shines, it’s too hot and the rain usually falls in the afternoon till night. It’s a hard life for any stray.
I really hope this arrangement will work well for all of us. The kids love them, of course.
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