Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spring has Sprung a Leak!

It seems like I haven't written in awhile and I missed hearing from my dear blog friends.  Life was feeling so good here as my  income taxes had just been compiled and given to the accountant.  When, ten days ago, my husband and I were sitting and chatting in the evening when we received a phone call. . . one of our rental homes had a dreaded slab leak.

Sadly, here in southern California with the new home subdivisions, slab leaks are a common thing.  We had just gotten a quote the week before from the plumber to repipe the house in order to avoid damages from an unexpected leak.  Unfortunately, we were too late.  It's now been ten days and the home is gradually being put back together.  Lucky for us and the tenant, it affected only the main floor area albeit the kitchen.  And, my muscles are still recovering from pulling up the soaked wooden floor from last Sunday (the flooring people couldn't do the job on time so I ventured forth and got it done!)  It really felt good to come home after a long day working.  I haven't worked in my rentals for a few years now.

But, I'm not going to let this get me down as we are so fortunate that we can remedy the problem.  And, our property manager has helped my husband to find the right contractors.  The repipe for rental home number two starts tomorrow morning.  Hopefully, this one will be smoother sailing as we don't have any leaks to our knowledge.  The beginning is each day can still start off beautiful . . .

 I just completed knitting my Ft. Myers Shawl, aka Nurmilintu Shawl.  You can find the info here on my Ravelry page.  After blocking it, I really like the way the lace section turned out.

On my needles at the moment, is a simple bias scarf using Lang Jawoll Magic Degrade' yarn.  I like the way the yarn is self striping.  It's going to be a long, bias scarf with beaded edges (you can probably see the provisional cast on I used).  Really simple, no brainer knitting on this one . . .

Speaking of that, Lilly and I are enjoying our quiet afternoon here at the house.  I'm going to do a bit of ironing and maybe watch an old British black and white movie on You Tube.  Rest of the family decided to venture south to the casino for the afternoon/evening.  I hate losing my $30 or so on the slot machines as I always come home and think that I could have bought the most beautiful yarn instead of losing my money!

I feel myself gazing out of this cave onto the beautiful sea . . . my traveling spirit is calling to me again (the painting above was done by my daughter, Heidi).  I will keep you updated on my travel adventures via another post.

That's the end of my update as to what has been happening around here at Lilly My Cat.  I hope that each of you are doing well and enjoying the start of Spring.

With my best wishes,



  1. Glad to hear you'll have that leak fixed shortly.
    Your knitting is so beautiful, I just love the colors in both pieces.
    Enjoy your week,

  2. there is always something, right? :) I hope this is easily fixable - sounds like a lot of work was/is needed to get to fixed! Glad you had the strenght to do much of it yourself! I hope you have a good week! thanks for your kind words on my blog! It really does take time to get used to a new place and find one's place!

  3. Glad the leak wasn't too awful and you were able to remedy the situation in time. Good for you for being 'hands on', but it sounds like hard work! Your knitting is always so beautiful and the painting by your daughter is lovely. I actually thought it was a photo at first! Gazing at that would give me the wander-lust, too! Glad that you and Lily are enjoying some quiet time. Sending hugs xo Karen


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