Friday, November 6, 2009

Kittens November 6 2009

Photos from 11/6/2009

3 of the 4 kittens, the 4th is snuggled under #3.

Mom Cat Sophia in her Halloween head-dress--that I bought on sale last night...
She is the sweetest mom, kept that silly head dress on for photos which is more than I can say for my cats. I hope she finds a really great home.

And some more photos from last night. Today they learned how to climb out of the play yard so that is now packed up. Time to find all the toys to entertain them.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Kittens October 21

These first 2 are from last weekend.

Here they are today, Oct 21. They are starting to eat solid food!

Sophia and her kittens will be available for adoption when the kittens are 10 weeks old. Adoption info at

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Kittens Oct 12

Kittens are about 4 weeks old in these photos. Mom likes to sit in my office chair and watch them while I'm not in the room.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Kittens Week 2

Last week I got a mom cat and 4 kittens for fostering. Mom was found at the Amesbury Stop & Shop with her kittens in one of the planters. My theory is that she was dumped off, did not know how to find food then had her kittens in the best place she could find. She was skinny when she was found and ate 2 cans of food right off. She is still eating well but will leave some for later now that she realizes it will come on a regular basis.
First are photos from last week when she came to me, the kittens were about 1wk old then.

These photos were taken Sept 27, their eyes are open and they are starting to figure out what their legs are for.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Minute Man National Park 50th Anniversary Gala

Last night, Sept 20 was the Minute Man National Historic Park 50th anniversary gala in Lexington. Great evening with lots of familar faces, some of whom I actually can attach a name to. The night started with snacks and drinks and lots of people

Then everyone moved into the hall with all the re-enactors entering to the tunes of the Middlesex County Volunteers. Doris Kerns Goodwin was the keynote speaker, very dark photo but it's hard to get a photo when there are photographers taking candids of those of us in costume and I didn't want one of me using my camera.

Then there was dancing...

Colors in Spinning

I've found that every spinner has a favorite fiber pusher...I mean vendor. Mine is Sereknity I love her colors, I can't resist buying more even though I have more fiber and yarn than I will use in this lifetime (SABLE-stash aquisition beyond life expectancy). So last year I saw her colorway Wildside and had to have it, my first Sereknity fiber.
I don't like to ply the fancy fiber to itself, I like to ply it with another color or fiber. I spun one bump of the Wildside with turquoise wool and another with white. Boy did I get very different yarns. I'm thinking maybe a sweater with the colors starting dark and getting lighter. We'll see.

Time Warp II: Mr Moose

All those wildlife photos of moose made me long to see a moose, a real moose not just Mr. Moose from Captain Kangaroo who used to like to bounce ping pong balls much to the annoyance of the Captain, but a real moose. I saw a stuffed moose at LL Bean in Freeport and a dead moose on the median of I-93 in New Hampshire while on my way to the 5th anniversary memorial service for the Old Man of the Mountain. (I still miss my Old Man).

For several years now I have been finding moose scat in the yard but never got to see the moose. Just moose manure... Until this July. It was my lunch break, 1:15pm and I came into the living room and looked out the slider and saw a very large land mammal way in the back yard. At first I was wondering what Buffy the horse was doing out there but then remembered Buffy was dead, so what was dead Buffy doing in the yard, wait a minute, wrong color. Must be a large deer I thought, but there was no big black nose just a big round brown nose, round ears and a swishing tail... Well, Mr Moose saw me move in the door and disappeared off into the swamp. I still find vegitation eaten down to knee height unlike the deer who eat it to the ground but have not seen him again. Maybe he'll be back when I can get a photo of him.

Time Warp-What I should have posted in July

I have been quite lax about posting here so now I'm going to try to catch up...
For the past couple of years I've spent the 4th of July with the Island Pond Spinners at Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth NH The program on the 4th is great fun, a really great place to spend the 4th. They start out with a naturalization ceremony, gives you a warm feeling to see people become Americans on our country's birthday. Could have sworn I had a photo of the other spinners but guess I missed that one.

I did get a photo, unflattering though it may be, of one of the costumed interpreters portraying the 1940s. Other's in costume were a Rosie the Riveter look alike and kids in 50's garb playing hula hoop.

And of course my friends Dot and Lee Fisher, AKA Dr and Mrs Jackson and "daughter".

Always fun to meet up with is my favorite basket
maker, Fred Lawson of Wicker'd Good Baskets

I got home around 6 and as promised my wonderful neighbor Lisa had saved me a dish from their cookout. The concert preceding the fireworks looked lame so instead I parked by the golf course and watched the fireworks from there. All in all a great 4th.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sam Whiskers

Sam and his sister Josette came to me in December 1994 when they were about 3 months old, their previous owner didn't want them anymore. Josette was diminutive, friendly and cuddly. Sam hid behind the sofa for 2 days. When I would feed them Josette would push Sam away until she was done, they had come with a double sided dish and I tried splitting their food so each had a side of the dish, Josette would put her paw on Sam's head to he couldn't eat. Sam was the quiet one but so you didn't notice that he had just shredded the multipack of toilet paper until it was just a pile of confetti. Or when he sliced open the bag of birdseed so he could play "hockey" with the sunflower seeds. Sam was afraid of his own shadow, if the neighbors slammed the car door he headed for the basement. For years I tried to get him to sleep on the bed with me and finally last year I found him curled up by my feet in the morning. Cats always start to do something new just before it's time for them to leave us. Sam traveled to the Rainbow Bridge early Monday morning. I will miss him very much.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Spinning Bee Inspiration

To inspire us all to spin...

Boston News-Letter and New-England Chronicle February 16, 1769

NEW-LONDON January 7.
On the 16th Instant; the Wife of Mr. John Vaughan of Lebanon, agreed upon a spinning Match with a neighboring young Woman; they began their Work three quarters of an Hour after Sunrise, and left off at Nine o’Clock in the Evening of the same Day; in which Time Mrs. Vaughan spun seven Skeins and two Knots of fine Linnen Yarn, each Skein containing 15 Knots; The other Person spun 6 Skeins and 10 Knots, the Skeins of equal Bigness with the first mentioned.—[Would the Sex in general apply their Hands to the Distaff, instead of the idle Apparatus of the Tea-Table, perhaps we need not always be beholden to Asia for our Food, or Europe for our Cloathing.]

How much is that? A thread of linen is 2.25 yards and a knot is 40 threads. A skein may contain any number of knots just like a modern skein may contain any number of ounces. So a skein containing 15 knots has 1350 yards (I think-math isn't my strong point even with a calculator)

We may not get that much spun on Sunday since the spinning matches of the 1760s lasted from dawn to dusk and we'll only be spinning from 1-5.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Spinning Bee Buzz

The New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival was this past weekend and I again had a booth to promote the Colonial Spinning Bee. Quite a few people expressed interest so here's hoping they will join us. The long range weather says it should be in the 70s. Here's hoping for a good event.

Pot luck lunch starts at 11:30, spinning follows, stash reduction sale and swap all day.

For details see

Friday, May 1, 2009

from The Boston Post Boy April 22, 1765

It is with the greatest Pleasure we hear of so many of the principal and other inhabitants of this Town refusing to purchase what little Lamb is brought to our Market. We cannot but hope they will continue in this good Resolution, not only as there is such a Plenty of other Provisions, but take into Confidensideration the many Advantages which must naturally arise on having a large Quantity of Wool among us, the Produce of which for one Season only, will be so great as to carry on a considerable Manufacture, at least of necessary Wearin Apparel for ourselves and Children: and we hop(e) in a few Years it will be accounted a Virtue in the Ladies to wear a Garment of their own Spinning.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Starting Late Again

The Colonial Spinning Bee is a little less than 3 weeks away and I have done very little to advertise it. So, today I will send out emails to all the appropriate lists and beg you all to forward the info to you chat groups and generally talk it up. It really is a fun event with a pot luck lunch and a beautiful site with lots of parking. As of last year there are flush toilets available instead of the out house which is a really great addition! We should have a general fiber vendor and we might get Wicker'd Good baskets this year.

I would like to promise that I will post a bit of historical info and updates on a daily basis but that may not happen but I will post more regularly with info on the spinning matches of the 1760s that the Colonial Spinning Bee is based on.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Getting Started

I've been running the Colonial Spinning Bee at the "Old Chelmsford" Garrison House in Chelmsford, MA for the past 8 years or is it 9 years... When I started it I was really hoping that by now it would be this really big and anticipated event with lots of spinners and vendors. The whole idea started more than 30 years ago when I first heard of the "spinning bee's" that were held in colonial New England at which "huge" numbers of women gathered to spin and make their policial statement against the importing good from England. I tried to organize one at the National Park in Concord one year but couldn't get enough re-enactors who could spin and had period correct wheels so the "bee" had to wait 25 years. When I tried again I thought I'd make it an event that would welcome spinners from both modern and historic backgrounds. In the beginning I got mostly 18th century re-enactors, the year after that the numbers were more balanced and since then it has been mostly modern spinners. Actually, the last few years it has been only a few modern spinners. Several things happened, to bring in spinners you need to have vendors and once a vendor gets known they don't do small events like mine-which is understandable. Another problem has been rain, it has rained 3 of the past 4 years, 4 of 4 if you count the sprinkles for the last hour of the event last year. There is also the fact that it is the weekend between the NH and MA Sheep and Wool Fests. This worked to it's advantage some years and against it others. Being a glutton for punishment I'm trying again this year, May 17

The concept is a good one and the historical significance in a year of cut backs is appropriate. So, I figured I'd start a blog to keep up the interest and share some of the information I've found out about what were really called "Spinning Matches" and were made up of about 20 girls and the occasional older woman.

Here is a poem from 1750

The Loom, the Comb, the Spinning Wheel, Would much promote this
Country's Weal If we could wear more our own Woollen:
We should have kept our Coin and Bullion.
For sending of the Coin away,
Has made all Sorts of Trade decay;
How shall poor Tenants pay their Rent?
Now all the Coin away is sent.
How shall Folks live and Taxes pay,
When all the Money's sent away;
Let Merchants then join Hand in Hand, To bring in Money to our Land.
But if this Counsel they dispise,
And their own Interest only prize
They will bring Ruin on this Land;
As quickly all will understand.
For now the Money is so gone,
That there is little to be done.
And more and more trade will decay,
As all will feel from Day to Day.
O that a way they would find out,
To make this Trade to face about;
And bring the Money here again!
But I'm afraid I speak in vain.
Therefore I now conclude and say,
Pray let 'em send no more away;
But keep in that which does come in,
And never send it out again.

The Boston Gazette, or Weekly Journal
issue 1568
April 3, 1750