Sunday, March 23, 2008


Life at Chez Zed is pretty easy-going, but in order to maintain some sense of decorum, there are a couple of rules that must be followed. We don't allow any of them to be broken.

1. Yarn is not a toy.


2. If the toy is brought to you, you throw it immediately. Even if it is not brought directly to you, you still must throw it immediately. If the toy is dropped in your general vicinity, it is considered to be delivered directly to you and you are expected to drop everything to find the toy and throw it. If this rule is broken, you will be scolded.

3. No one is allowed on the kitchen counters or any other surface in the kitchen. We keep all two or four feet on the floor.



I'm a bit concerned we might need a refresher course on staying on the floor in the kitchen. Based on the number of kitty paw prints on the cupboard door, I don't think this is the first time this rule has been broken.


Thursday, March 20, 2008

A busy weekend

Last weekend I finally got to show off my new house to some out of town visitors. My mom, dad, older sister, Linda and my niece and nephew, Megan and Noah made the drive from Des Moines to Denver to visit Mary and me. We had a very fun time.

We started out the weekend on Friday at Mary and Phil's house in Boulder with a walk down Pearl Street (with a stop at Ben & Jerry's...yum!) then a gianormous pizza for dinner from Cosmo's. Yum, again. On Saturday after some time in the mountains, we made the trek down to Denver to my house. Sunday was a lazy day, but Linda and I snuck out for a bit to stop by Colorful Yarns to do a bit of stash enhancing. They were having a St. Patty's Day sale where you drew a shamrock out of a bowl to find out your discount. I was very happy with my 20% discount. I brought home some Malabrigo for hats and a couple of skeins of sock yarn. So much fun!


On Monday, we decided to take the light rail to downtown to have lunch at one of my favorite Denver restaurants, Stuben's. They have the best grilled cheese sandwiches and french fries.

Here we are on the light rail (Poor Noah climbed a mountain unscathed, but then took a tumble off a curb in a parking lot. His nose took the brunt of the fall.)


Then we had to take the free shuttle bus through downtown to get closer to the restaurant. Megan took this photo:



The weekend went by way too fast, there were so many other things I had wanted to do, but I'll just have to save them for their next visit. I think the kitties were relieved when the three-year old left. Purl was not this relaxed during the visit.

Notice the belly on this kitten? She's getting a bit pudgy. We might have to start thinking about a kitty diet.

Since the travelers left, I've finished the socks you can see from space.


They started out to be identical twins, but apparently I had an skein of yarn with a mistake in it. They forgot the royal blue in the first sock I made, so I guess I have to settle for fraternal twins. I really love the way these fit. I'm not sure where I'll ever wear them, but they were fun to make. I think I knit faster because I want to get to the color changes.

In other yarn related news, I received my first package from The Loopy Ewe sock club last week. It's not a color I would have picked out on my own, but that's the beauty of a sock club. It gets me out of my color rut. I'm very excited about the pattern. I think it will become a favorite.


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The best seats in the house

It was an exciting day at Chez Zed (thanks to my Canadian friend Mark for the new household nickname!). After almost a month of attempting to unpack without a place to put a lot of my things, our new furniture was finally delivered. I say "our" because it clearly is not just for me to enjoy. The kitties have quickly picked out their favorite places to hang out.

Ashford is fond of the ottoman that came with the new faux leather chair.

And I don't think that Xena is ever going to come downstairs again. She has claimed the new bed with the fancy schmancy mattress as her own. She normally comes downstairs to hang out with me during the evening, but she has refused to move from the bed...even when I was trying to put the sheets on. I hope she'll share it with me tonight.