the sticker

My cats are obsessed with stickers. Just like a lot of other pets, they don't need fancy toys. Empty boxes, paper bags and apparently stickers are good enough for them.

I think it started last year when we had gotten a Bike Fed sticker and for whatever reason, Eric placed it [with the backing still on] between the mirror and frame in our spare bedroom. Herbie did not like that the sticker was there so he'd grab it with his mouth or paw at it until it came down. 

This became a game. 

Herbie was obsessed. Not only with the new game, but with the sticker in general. He started to carry it around the house. We'd find it all over, including the basement. There'd be a long stretch of time when we wouldn't see it. I'd ask Eric, "have you seen the sticker lately?" and he hadn't. And then later that day it would just appear. This happened more than once. 

You can imagine how torn up and disgusting this sticker looked. Herbie has since been through a few Bike Fed stickers and when I threw the last one away I wondered what we could use next. 

Well, we needn't worry - I have a BOX full of old stickers. We are set for a very long time. 

Maude now likes playing the mirror game, but she could care less about carrying a lame sticker around. She's above that. 

dairy farm tour

I am fortunate to have a good friend back in the area for a year while her husband is deployed. Since she has been out of state for so long, it is nice to be able to see her and her kids more than just once, maybe twice a year. 

Last week I went with them to visit my cousin's dairy farm. Before they got there, I went out to the barn with Katie [my cousin] to see the kittens. They are not so little anymore, but they are crazy hyper and fun to play with [even if they sneak up on you, crawl up your back and chew on your hair]. 

Upon arrival, the kids seemed a little shy. The cows were not that interesting and they wanted to see the cats. The farm was stinky. But given a little time, they warmed up - especially when Katie got the Ranger out for us to drive around in. 

Towards the end of the Ranger ride around the farm, the kids helped deliver lunch to Katie's father-in-law. Afterwards, we went back to the house for our own lunch. 

As soon as the two older kids were done eating, they went straight to the cornfields to look for cats. Surprisingly they found Lily Bean and followed her around for a bit.

It seemed as though everyone had a fun day. So watch out Katie, we may be back!

old signs / new signs

Many years ago I found signs that my grandparents had used at their wedding. I wish I would know more about the history behind them - who made them, where they were made, what do some of them mean [ie: "the bunch"?]. Unfortunately I don't have many answers, but I can show you how neat they are!

I enjoy that the menu was written in pencil on the Dutch Lunch sign.

I also enjoy that I can't take pictures without two certain cats trying to steal the spotlight.

For our signs, I kept the original idea, but used the fonts from our invites. I only made three signs since they were the only ones that really made sense for our set up.

Even though it was a small decoration that some people may not have noticed, it was a favorite of mine because of the meaning behind it.