The Saturday Update: Week 5

I’m back up on my feet again (so long, flu!) and getting stuff done. I managed to run errands, went back to Kaiser for MORE testing, took MacKenzie to the vet again, and managed to cook some yummy meals to set me up for the week. Oh, yeah, I am back to knitting, too.

I’m working on the knitted version of MacKenzie again and I can’t tell you how thrilled MacKenzie is with my progress!
I’ve completed the upper body knitting and I’m ready to put on the ears and the eyes. I’m still debating how to create the furry brown belly of the knitted cat along with the white chin. These creative decisions take a while.
See what I’m talking about? MacKenzie’s belly is brownish and has longer fur then on his back. Somehow I want to create this with the mohair I already have on hand…

My favorite yarn store posted a picture on Facebook showing off the new February yarns… there is a plum that I want desperately and some red looks pretty darn good too. Beautiful yarn. Must have it now!! Tomorrow it will snow, so I should have my yarn, right?!!


The orchids continue to grow their flower stems and some of the buds are starting to look promising. I gave everyone a nice misting and fertilizer this week, so I am counting on them to produce some bloomy fabulousness.

The little white orchid plant is outdoing itself! I’m amazed at how many stems and blooms this little plant is producing. I moved it into the kitchen for the western light and it gets misted almost every day along with the African violet.
Back in the sewing room one of the other orchids has finally opened up a bud. This plant, the most sickly appearing of my orchids, is bravely producing small purple blooms.

One of the other orchid plants is a monster and I need to move it into a better location as the stems carrying the flower buds are almost into the grow lights. I think that this plant will produce rose gold blooms… can’t wait to see them! Next week I will get up some pictures of this plant.

I knitted the cat while listening to the Dutch House. Perfect match!

This week was an audible book one as I listened to Tom Hanks perform the Dutch House. This was a good book, but not a great one. There is this fabulous house that captures, alters, and anchors the lives of generations of occupants. The people leave the house, but they never really ever get away, and even though the story sort of just goes on and on, I was completely captured and my days were filled with knitting the cat and listening to Tom Hanks tell about the families captured by the house.

Author: Midnight Knitter

I weave, knit and read in Aurora, Colorado where my garden lives. I have 2 sons, a knitting daughter-in-law, a grandson and two exceptionally spoiled kittens. In 2014 I was diagnosed with a serious rare autoimmune disease called systemic sclerosis along with Sjogren's Disease and fibromyalgia.

16 thoughts on “The Saturday Update: Week 5”

  1. I was momentarily startled by your life-like version of MacKenzie. My gosh, you’re good at this. I’m glad you’ve finally kicked the flu to the curb. I’m home recovering from major foot surgery so I’ll be off my feet for six weeks. The only plus is more time to catch up on blogs that I enjoy like yours.

    And that look! You know what they about “if looks could kill”: MacKenzie has it down in spades.

    1. Six weeks is a long time! I was once in a walking boot for three months, but I was able to drive and get around for most of it. Heal up quickly!!

      I can’t wait to get the ears and eyes onto the cat; it should really look like MacKenzie then. He is a cat that drips with attitude; you are so right about that look!!

      1. We have three cats, each with a unique personality. I can’t imagine life without them.

        I’ve been in a walking boot for months, but alas, surgery was necessary if I wanted to fully heal. I had two shredded tendons, a collapsing muscle wall and an ankle that needed shoring up. I hope to be back on both feet, relatively pain free, or at least much better off than I am now.

      2. Oh, no. That is one sad ankle!! I do hope that the repair lets you get good function back. It is so frustrating when you can’t walk!!

        MacKenzie is really struggling now and the vet has started mentioning “quality of life” to me. I’m just stricken to be nearing the end of my time with him. It’s so hard to know when when to let go. Like you i struggle to imagine life without him.

  2. I’m so glad you are feeling better, I was worried when you were too sick to knit. Wow MacKenzie sure does have a fuzzy tummy, is that year round or just his winter coat to protect his tummy from the snow? You orchids look beautiful, I’ve not fed the one I got for Christmas so I need to look in the garage for the orchid food.

    1. I was pretty darn sick there for a couple of days, but did better than the last time I had flu. So glad I had the pneumonia vaccines last year.

      I think that his tummy fur is longer for winter but he is brown year round. He had a lot of interesting stuff going on with his fur; so fun to gri to knit it.

  3. Your knitted MacKenzie is amazing! Real MacKenzie is adorable as always, if a little indignant looking 🙂 Your orchids are so beautiful! You really have a magic touch with them 🙂

    1. Thanks! The real MacKenzie was grumpy with me because he can’t nap on my legs while I’m using the computer. He figures that I live to serve his needs which includes being a full time cat bed for him.

      I’m finally getting good orchid results after keeping them for years. The big improvements happened after I installed grow lights on a timer. Getting them to bloom is more chancy as it requires big temperature swings in the fall. This year i got lucky as we had warm days and cool nights.

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