Friday, September 23, 2011


One cookie missing. Another missing a bite from the edge. Two guesses, and the first two don't count as to who the cookie thief may be.

For months I've been putting up with those lazy contractors next door. It's been one delay after another for them. I heard that the work there is coming to an end soon, so I've not been complaining about their late night sawing, hammering, drilling and occasional swearing. Last night, they were still at it at midnight which annoyed the hell out of Leo. There's light at the end of that tunnel, but fear not, we have our own slew of contractors getting ready to descend upon our own home.

In fact, one is here today.

He--his name is Sean, but for some reason, I keep calling him Matt--is installing a whole house fan on the upper level of our humble abode. Even when it's cool outside, it's always warm indoors. We're hoping the fan will help cool the house down and lower our energy consumption. In the process of this install, Sean is evicting the squirrels rats with bushy tails that have had the gall to set up house in our attic. Prior to this, we couldn't evict them ourselves because there was no attic access. He's also beefing up the insulation while he's up there. As I write this, there are two gigantic holes in the upstairs ceiling and dust is everywhere.

When this project is done, the basement waterproofing event will start and then the real fun will begin. We've had so much rain this month that the ground is saturated. There is nowhere for the water to go, so much like the squirrels, it makes itself at home in my basement. I'm always down there killing spiders, mopping up water and emptying the two dehumidifiers that run full time. In the process of putting in new drain tiles, this group of contractors will destroy drywall, built in cabinets, the shower in the bathroom, the tile floor in the living space, my bank account, and likely, my sanity. Matt, I mean Sean, will put it all back together.

I hope they all work faster than the guys next door.

In the meantime, I'm trying to keep busy with projects of my own. Working with yarn that has no dust on it, yet, I'm knitting a chevron baby blanket. This is Rose's fault. She posts a link and like sheep following the shepherd, I click on it. Before you know it, my needles are busy knitting wonderful things.

This project is just right for warding off the chill of autumn.

If you guessed this is the cookie monster, well then you'd be correct. However, he denies everything and only says, prove it...there were no crumbs leading up to him.


Silliyak said...

Don't make cookies for the contractors, they'll NEVER leave.

Brenda said...

I don't believe it Leo. You look way too innocent. Remodeling is great when it is complete. Not so great while the work is being done. I dread what we have coming up. New flooring means moving everything. Nice blankie!

Denise said...

First, I love that song. It's a better earworm to replace the one I got this morning. Sunshine On My Shoulders. I'm a bit tired of hot sunshine on my shoulders. Will gladly trade you a few days of blazing hot sun, for some cold rain.

Leo took one bite of a cookie and left the rest? I don't believe it. Haha.

Your blanket looks cozy.

sapphireblue said...

Nice blanket!! Now I wish my blanket were that far along. GRRR! Goodluck with the home projects.

SkippyMom said...

OMG you are making your own "Missoni" line. Target thanks you. heehee - pretty colors. They are Wallene's favorite.

We put our cookie racks in the pantry to cool. We have the Scoobers. And he loves baked goods. We learned the hard way.

Dang Leo is cute.

Gail said...

Shame on you, blaming poor Leo, when that was clearly a human bite.
I'm not sure about the missing one, I could believe Leo got that.

Let me know on the basement...I need some product to water proof ours...haven't a clue.

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

i thought of you today when i saw a hand knitted scarf with owls in the lace, it was blue and it was beautiful! it was blocked (?) really well too. loved it!

leo looks innocent to me.

smiles, bee

ari_1965 said...

That second cookie has much too neat of z bite out of it to blame it on a dog. Even one of Herr Dobermann's best. I put the finger on Sean. Or Matt. Or you.

NCmountainwoman said...

I love the blanket! The workmen around here are so bad about keeping schedules that one company advertises their best feature: It says, "We show up." And don't even think of getting anything done when deer season opens.

Rose said...

Thanks for the shout out! Posting links allows me to knit vicariously through you! Happy Weekend!

Finding Pam said...

Beautiful blanket.

Leo looks so cute on the couch and smiling. Just bake him his own cookies next time.

Good luck with your work on your house.

Silliyak said...

Show this to Leo, he too can be replaced!

Miss 376 said...

What a lovely blanket, hope you have plenty of projects like that to keep you sane while the work is done

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Oh heavens Rudee the remodeling is truly great when everything is done. I have missed visiting and glad to catch up with you. I think we all will blog more when we stay inside most of the time in the winter. Stay warm up there next to that lake wind. All that is going on around the Ohio River district is bridge, bridge, bridge. You know election time. Blessings