Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Thinking In And Out Of The Box

The sun made a return today after days 'n days (or at least what seemed like days 'n days..) of rain.  However it was a weakly sort of sun, tentative even.  It felt rather watered down and seemed fearful that, at any moment, angry hordes of raindrops were going to attack.  I wasn't impressed.  And, quite frankly, it was too little, too late to have any impact on the headache that's been simmering in the back left corner of my brain for the last few days.  (a combination of allergies, low pressure systems and what can only be described as the weirdest sleeping patterns ever exhibited by a human being in recorded history)  

The headache came out to laugh at the sun's attempt at making an appearance.  In deference to its rather cavalier attitude towards what I might want to do with my day, I opted to stay home tonight rather than head down to Chicks With Sticks.  The Summer Of Compensatory Knitting Socialization (S.O.C.K.S.) program is rigid given that it is designed to reinstate social skills lost during the winter months in a relatively short period of time.  But it is not so unforgiving as to disallow sick days.  A little ibuprofen, some caffeine and maybe some hot compresses on the sinuses and I'll be as good as new.  

Besides, I really should be spinning anyway...

There has been a little stash enhancement at Casa de Sheepie, you see.  That Cathy...she's a marvel.  Even while cleaning up the last of the tornado evidence, putting down new floors that are quite impressive by any standards and reinventing the world of day lilies as we know them, she still finds the time to box up some fibery goodness to send eastward!  I don't quite know how she manages it all, frankly.  But, I'm not going to question it too much because I like that she does!

Lookee what I found in the mailbox today!


If that's not an embarrassment of riches, I don't know what is!


There's some of the "Firecat" (Rambouillet) that she is currently spinning and which I admired to the point of drooling on my keyboard when she posted pictures.  She also included some faun Shetland, a Karakul/Rambo blend, a little of that Alpaca/Silk combo that makes a spinner weak in the knees and rounded out the box with a healthy heaping of the Shetland when she feared that it wasn't quite full enough.  Can you stand it?????  Even my headache was impressed enough to fall back a few notches.

Another factor in my Nasty Noggin situation may very well have been the fact that Prometheus, The Absurdly Gi-normous Kitty has been rather "evident" today.  I spent more time than is good for any mother coaxing him out of cupboards where he was playing with the toxic cleansers, gathering up the refrigerator magnets that he thought might look better swept on the floor and hoisting him down from the top of that same refrigerator where he was lurking in hopes of finding someone upon which to pounce.  I couldn't imagine how he might react to the idea of a box in the house...especially one that contained fluffy sheep hair.

True to form, he did caper over to assist with the opening of the package and the fiber was given a thorough examination.  Given his devotion to yarn that is trying to knit itself into The Thing That Will Never Grow Up To Be A Sweater, I had some concerns.  These proved to be very much unfounded.  Sure, he was interested in the wool.


In the end, though...


He preferred the box.

SA

16 comments:

Ruth said...

Typical baby! He's really adorable.

Jeanne said...

He's so cute I wanna smooshy his face!

kmkat said...

Kids: they prefer the box (or the wrapping), at least until they outgrow the toddler stage. Is AGK still a toddler? I would have classed him as a teenager. Maybe he is developmentally delayed due to inadequate exposure to boxes during kittenhood. Glad to see you are taking up the slack.

trek said...

Kids always like the boxes better than the boxes' contents...

Hope the head heals hurriedly.

crzjane said...

Sorry to hear your noggin is bothering you. That fleece looks so soft. That should help you forget about that nasty old headache.
Seeing your big boy in the box reminded us of our cats. They can be so entertaining.

Ronni said...

Nothing like a little fiber goodness to make a headache back down is there?

Cuteness abounds still I see.

Anne said...

Cat in the box! How cute is he? And how nice to get presents in the mail. I hope the barometric pressure or whatever eases up and your headache retreats -- although the forecast for our part of the U.S. is not promising.

Leigh said...

Good cat! He knows a good box when he sees one.

And yes, Cathy is definitely the Goody Lady!

I'm sorry about your headache but so glad it doesn't affect your sense of humor :)

Beth said...

I hope your head feels better soon. Congratulations on the lovely new fiber!

Kath said...

Oooo...hope your head feels better soon! That can really put a crimp in things.

Isn't just wonderful that after we spend time and money acquiring all the best kitty toys, beds, and other accessories - really, all they want is cardboard box? Just the nature of cats!

Have you introduced AGK to the joy of paper bags? That could be highly entertaining for both of you!

April said...

I can't STAND the cuteness. That may be my new desktop.

Mia said...

oh that is so cute! I"m sure he thinks he should investigate the box right away... there will always be time to go back and check out the wool... ::laughing::

Donna Lee said...

One of my cats loves loves loves roving. He leaves yarn alone but seems to love to roll around with roving in his arms. Weird. He hasn't yet attacked the basket that holds the wool waiting to be spun but I think it's because he hasn't found it hiding in plain sight next to the couch.

Cathy said...

I thought of AGK with the "Firecat". I see that he knows what is really important. I had much assistance choosing just the right box. I had to choose between Taz or Aurora to send. You know which won out (slim margin). Taz didn't speak to me for several days but she did rearrange my box stash.

Cursing Mama said...

Cats in boxes...who would have thought ;)

mehitabel said...

Simon has taken over the box my KnitPicks order came in. It's just fractionally bigger than he is! I am sending you sympathies for the headache--my sinuses are hating the humid summer we;re having here!