Saturday, May 19, 2018

Introduction Update - Two Weeks Later

Introductions with Wedgwood and Mabel has gone really well.  No whirling balls of fur, a minimum of screaming and chasing.  Mabel is the most laid-back newbie I've adopted since Boadicea.  She doesn't constantly run and hide, she's not tense.  She's made herself at home. 

That nose was way over the edge - she's so curious about everything.

It took Mabel a full three days to attempt leaping to the second level (most other pigs tried it out within minutes).  Now that she has, I see her upstairs and downstairs all the time.  Her favorite places to hang out are in the bottom corner on the first level and in the tunnel on the second level.  Wedgwood no longer guards Mabel constantly, although Wedgie doesn't like Mabel sleeping in her favorite corner.  I often find Wedgwood sleeping near Mabel on the first floor.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Adding Some Color

Still working on the grey layout, but I am much happier with the blocks I replaced.  Now I need to add some color.  I like the fabric I've selected for the diamonds - but where to put them?  I started laying them out from blues and greens in one color to orange and red in the other.

Now with a few pieces in place, I'm not so sure.  I'm thinking maybe I should place them randomly.  Or maybe radiating color from the center?  I guess I'll be moving around fabric for a while.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Meet Jewel... um... Mabel!

I liked Jewel's name and figured at five years old, she deserves to keep it.  But I kept tripping over saying it, for whatever reason.  We chuckled that as an old lady, she needed an old lady name.  Mabel was one of the first names we tried on (along with Bossy, from her black and white cow markings, and Bessie).  Mabel seems to be sticking.  So say hello to Mabel.

Mabel is a sweet, loafy pig.  She's curious and not afraid to strike out and explore.  But she tires easily and is a very sound sleeper.  I can't tell how much of that is just her age, or how much was from her previous living situation.  Her tendency to stay in one spot and some old wounds speak of small living quarters with another pig.  Her nails and leanness suggest she wasn't well cared for before she was surrendered.  She sucks down hay with abandon, so her teeth are in wonderful condition.  Her fur is soft and thick, so I'm thinking any neglect was recent.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

On the Design Floor

Homebase is on the floor.  This is exciting, because once I make a few more decisions I can focus on assembling the top (which should go pretty quickly).

When I went to buy fabric, the plan was to do two different color squares.  But as I started gathering fabric I nixed that idea - couldn't decide on a pair of colors that worked.  I love quilts that shade from dark to light across the quilt but have never tried one myself.  So here we go:

Friday, May 11, 2018

Introduction Stress

Have I mentioned I hate guinea pig introductions?  I do.  Passionately.  Wedgwood being a neurotic butthead doesn't help.  If things don't work out, we've threatened to bring Wedgwood back to the shelter and keep Jewel.  We've also threatened to make sausage out of Wedgie (we're skipping Bad Pig Stew entirely).  Wedg!  Be nice!

Big pen to little pen to the cage (or being a good-sized pig, Jewel is good at hiding!).

Thursday, May 10, 2018

I Like Thursday: Chocolate, Mint Green, and Grey

What a week.  Last week was quiet.  This week was not.

Friday's contra dance featured a silent auction for baked goods.  I tried a new recipe:  Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart.  It's intended for a deep tart pan, which I do not have, so I ended up with extra crust and ganache.  I made myself a mini version, although it was missing the caramel layer.  I salted the caramel layer instead of adding it to the top because I thought it would dissolve and look ugly (which was the case with my mini tart).  I liked the recipe.  Needs a bit of tweaking, to fit my tart pan if nothing else.  I suspect that instead of salting the caramel, I could add some pretzels to the caramel layer, which would add some nice texture to the whole thing.  Maybe next time.  I missed what price it fetched, but the winner stopped by to tell me he won it.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Rough Start

This Homebase quilt has been more of a struggle than I anticipated, even before a stitch was sewn.  Pattern picked, fabric purchased in March (March!) and I started cutting pieces weeks ago.  But as I took a closer look (and feel) to some of my stash, I realized it wasn't the quality of the rest of the fabric I purchased.  I swapped them out; that's when I started to falter.  I liked the replacement grey fabric, even cutting it all to length, and then wasn't happy how it looked together.  This is a first for me - cut a bunch of fabric I won't use in the quilt and then going out to purchase replacements.  Usually I make corrections before I cut.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Return to the Potter League

One pig enters... two come home
Petfinder popped up with a single sow at the Potter League for Animals.  I called on Saturday and discovered five-year-old Jewel was still there.  Sunday morning we packed up Wedgwood, some treats, the extra carry case, and headed to the shelter.

Jewel is a pretty black-and-white Abyssinian.  She came to the shelter two weeks ago with her cage mate.  From what I've been told, they were brought in because they could no longer be cared for.  Jewel had curled toenails, a sliced ear, a large old wound on her back; gut issues and slightly underweight.  That's a first for me - every pig I've adopted before have been "slightly overweight" on their charts.  She's gained a little since being at the shelter.  Her cagemate wasn't as lucky:  her necropsy revealed a large cyst in her abdomen they believe was cancerous.