me, Mavis

I knit. I garden. I co-manage an eclectic shop. I sometimes work in real estate. I sometimes swing a hammer. I always volunteer in my community. I live in an old house with my nice family of one husband and three beastly cats. I have great friends. These are the things that matter to me, Mavis.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Chocolate and Cats and Hummingbirds

Here I am on a lazy Sunday morning, enjoying my blog reads which feels like catching up with friends. Some of my non-blog friends don't seem to get my enthusiasm for this game, but I do truly enjoy it.

As a matter of fact, I find that I have really missed the adventures of Vegan Knitting which seems to be having some technical difficulties.

The Vegan Knitter (or "VK" as I call her) has been an active participant here and has touched my heart with her thoughtful and knowledgeable comments on my Beasts while she suffers from allergies that keep her from a closer contact.
While I'm allergic to cats, I love them, and I love to read about them on people's blogs. Why is it that cats and knitting always seem to go together? (Or not, if you know what I mean!)

Wally, Beau and 'Bella all strut by tails held high when they see VK's logo on my screen (and they would LOVE to dig through your yarn stash VK!).

Not totally smitten by those cute feline faces, VK also asked in the comments:

Have you picked a winner yet for the Damn I love chocolate contest?
Ah, another subject that touches my chocolate-loving heart! Yes, I have picked a winner. Though I truly enjoyed each and every entry pulled together by my Secret Pal, (notice the use of the past tense here?), I have to award the Gold to ....

Ah, yes, it's those wacky Dutch all decked out in their bright orange apparel. Don't let the fashion sense speak the whole story! Those folks sure know how to craft the chocolate. The little Pastilles are the perfect shape, size, and blend of luxurious meltability. I was entranced.

So much so that I was forced -- with my blood level nearing toxicity -- to purchase another flavor from the "Pastilles" line -- ummmmmm, Coffee Cream!

In my defense, I did not set out to buy more. No, I was minding my own business there in the Giant store -- actually, I was searching for treats to stuff the goodie bags for DH's 40th Birthday Bowling Party which is another matter entirely, but does point to my unselfish frame of mind --

ANYWAY, there I was totally naive to my fate, when I spotted them: the familiar by now, uniquely-shaped package with the fake official seal and smart gold lettering -- but wait! there are several varieties -- and one of them is ummmm Coffee Cream -- my fate was sealed, they came home with me. Doncha think I really must try each of the varieties?

I'm also excited these days by the fast-approaching SPRING! Birds are singing and early bulbs are popping up all around. I was delighted this morning to see entries on the Hummingbird Migration Map. Unfortunately I didn't note the exact date they first visited us last year, but I do remember that I put the feeders out just a day or two after the first of April, and we spotted a visitor within a week or so. Those little fellows kept us constantly entertained. I sure hope to have some entertaining stories and photos to share this year.


  • At 2:44 PM, Blogger DesirĂ©e said…

    Funny, I just bought a Droste chocolate bar yesterday. It took me awhile to find one that didn't say: Cholesterol...less than 5 mg. Huh? Where does cholesterol come from if there are no animal ingredients on the label?!? That confused me. So, if you're that strict of a vegan, double check!

    I haven't opened mine yet, but now I'm looking forward to it. Tropical Source is my fav chocolate still. They have vegan facilities right here in Cali.

  • At 6:44 PM, Blogger Vegan Knitting said…

    Awwww - I'm so touched!

    Just for the record, I would post much more often on your blog if blogger didn't have problems with the comments window.

    Glad to hear about the winner! I'll have to check those out. Desiree - if they are Dutch labels, perhaps they have different laws that are less stringent. Like >5 mg or < 5 mg.

    I am totally smitten with your feline friends (esp. that photo of Beau in the green cat bed snoozing away) but that doesn't prevent me from talking about chocolate.

    I don't know what is going on with my website. Other Blogger members are posting comments so obviously some people can see it. When you do see it, you'll notice some unfortunate template changes but I can do nothing about them as the HTML is correct but shows up wrong. ACK!

    I recently had a yarn disaster where I ended up cutting out some yarn that I needed from a horrible snarl that was really big. I threw it out but I guess I should have wrapped it up and mailed it to you as a present for the beasties!


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