RIP Neo

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2 months after losing Skippy, we lose Neo. He was close to 15 years old. I’ll always remember when we first got him, I think it was in 2000. We were supposed to get his sister too and was going to name her Trinity. We never ended up getting the sister (they lived in different places) because Yves got freaked out by Neo. He never grew up with cats so one day, when he came home from work, he found Neo on top of the refrigerator and he scared the shit out of him. LOL. Plus Neo slunked around so quietly and all of a sudden, he was right there, which also freaked Yves out. We put a bell on him for that reason. After awhile, he got used to Neo and we took the bell off. During his last months, he started losing weight. It seemed like all of a sudden he was all bones. When he started to poop outside his litter box, I knew it was time to get him to see the vet. We stopped taking him after the first couple of years because he needed tranquilizers before he could go. Even on tranquilizers he was still crazy. It said that in his chart! Crazy cat! So I made the appointment for a Tuesday (it was Saturday.) On Sunday afternoon, he was looking really bad, so I called the vet back to see if I could bring him in on Monday instead. I was able to change the date but then later that evening, he had what seemed like a seizure. The vet was closed at that point so I ended up taking him to the emergency animal hospital. It wasn’t very far away. While driving there, I could hear him breathing, albeit very shallow. I pulled right into the parking lot and as soon as I did that, I couldn’t hear his breathing anymore. It was as if he was saying “Fuck that shit, I ain’t seeing no stinking vet!”

I’ll miss him, especially during the cold months when he would actually act like a cuddly kitten and sit in my lap. Him and Skippy were never the best of friends but it seemed like he was tolerating him more and more during the last year or so. I wonder if he actually missed him. Now they are together.

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Showing an interest in my food. He never gave a damn before! An indication of his downward spiral.

NeoSkippy2013 circa 2013 and now they are together again.

Father’s Day 2014

Happy Father’s Day! Sienna got him a mug from her school sale!
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Sterling Forest State Park

Hiking at Sterling Forest State Park . We’ve been here a few times. We tried a different trail this time and it was a lot more bushy. It was hot during this hike and I was whiney and getting bitten by bugs so there are not many photos. Sienna ended up with a tick but we found it in time! Whew! Thankfully, our friend Brian told us that there are a lot of ticks there, that is why we checked. Now we check after every hike, no matter what.

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Wolfe’s Pond Park

Some hiking on Staten Island.
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My week of solitude

During spring break, Yves and Sienna went to Jamaica for a week. This has been the first time I have ever been alone in my own house for that long! I was giddy and nervous about it. Mostly giddy! For reasons I’m sure you can figure out. I was nervous only because Sienna has been back and forth with the separation anxiety. It wasn’t as constant as it was when it first started but did still rear it’s head occasionally. Even the morning that they were leaving, she woke me up by saying that she wasn’t looking forward to going on the trip because I wasn’t going. I told her it was okay to be sad and it was okay to miss me because I was going to miss her too. But know that when she comes back, I will be here waiting for her.

Well, things were smooth sailing as soon as I dropped them off at the airport! Amazingly there were absolutely no issues, at least that is what Yves told me but I believe him. We made sure we didn’t Skype because I’m sure that would have set her off. Since Skippy had just passed, I was a little sad and out of it. I was still looking for him at his spot whenever I walked into a room. I busied myself with cleaning and a bit of purging. I took some photos of some items I wanted to sell. The first thing to sell was my beloved Nintendo DS and all the games. Honestly, I thought that wouldn’t sell at all! Then I had seller’s remorse especially after the woman who bought it told me how much it was going for. Boy, she got a steal for it! But I keep reminding myself that I haven’t played it in years and at least now it is getting some use (from a 4 year old boy!! WHAT?!) Anyhow, during this week besides cleaning, I went to the Museum of the City of New York, met up with Joy and Pete for dinner, finally went to Mistuwa in NJ and went to see The Grand Budapest Hotel with Starr.

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The museum had a graffiti art exhibit, which I really enjoyed. The peacock fan was in the Gilded Age exhibit and Gay Bob was in the Activist New York exhibit.

The museum had a graffiti art exhibit, which I really enjoyed. The peacock fan was in the Gilded Age exhibit and Gay Box was in the Activist New York exhibit.

Met Joy and Pete for dinner at a Japanese place on 14th Street for dinner. I forgot the name and I forgot to take photos! Boo!

I finally went to the Crochet/Knit meetup in Bay Ridge. They meet every Saturday afternoon. Before I went, I had lunch at Paneatico, a place I've been meaning to go to. I had the best salad ever!!

I finally went to the Crochet/Knit meetup in Bay Ridge. They meet every Saturday afternoon. Before I went, I had lunch at Paneatico, a place I’ve been meaning to go to. I had the best salad ever!!


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This is what we ate at Mitsuwa. The food was delicious (marketplace I was not impressed with) and the soft serve! I would go back for that alone! Macha Tea, Madagascar Vanilla and the surprising delicious black sesame!

This is what we ate at Mitsuwa. The food was delicious (marketplace I was not impressed with) and the soft serve! I would go back for that alone! Macha Tea, Madagascar Vanilla and the surprising delicious black sesame!


We saw The Grand Budapest Hotel at BAM (first time there-really cool!) and ate dinner at Chuko. Delish!

We saw The Grand Budapest Hotel at BAM (first time there-really cool!) and ate dinner at Chuko. Delish!

Crafty Megaload!

I haven’t done much updating with my blog lately. Mainly because I was in the process of moving webhosts and wanted to do that before adding more content. There was a bit of a rough patch with the move (mainly with WP) and am now happy to say that everything has worked out! Keeping fingers crossed that they stay that way! So as the title of this post says, here is a crafty megaload! Not posted in chronological order but all done this year. If you follow my flickr/instagram, some of these projects will look familiar. I won’t say that I will try to keep more updated as that is always my intention! LOL

Learned this from Creativebug.com. Such a great site! Very easy bracelets and very addicting! These were made in 1 night!

Learned this from Creativebug.com. Such a great site! Very easy bracelets and very addicting! These were made in 1 night!

Made this for Sienna with jingly beads (that Liz gifted me a couple of years ago!)

Made this for Sienna with jingly beads (that Liz gifted me a couple of years ago!)

I started up with crochet again after hanging out with the Made in BR crafty ladies of FB. I was unsure about these earrings but do look nice on me!

I started up with crochet again after hanging out with the Made in BR crafty ladies of FB. I was unsure about these earrings but do look nice on me!

These were made as part of the Iron Craft challenge #7 (geometric shape)

These were made as part of the Iron Craft challenge #7 (geometric shape)

From another class on creativebug.com on caging pendants. Not bad for the first try but do not more practice! The sphere inside is the resin heart one that I will show later in the post.

From another class on creativebug.com on caging pendants. Not bad for the first try but do not more practice! The sphere inside is the resin heart one that I will show later in the post.

GearsEarringsPennyEarringsConvoHeartsEarringsMMearringsThese 4 pairs of earrings were made for swaps. The gears were painted with Vintaj patinas. The pennies I domed and the conversation hearts are real and encased in resin. It was hard to find good ones to encase! The M&Ms are actually made from resin. Not perfect but still cute.
InfinityBraceletRoseQuartzEarringsResinRing1Jewelry specifically for me! The bracelets photo is posted to show the infinity one with the rose quartz, which I happen to have lost last month! :-( The resin ring was a few months in the making and one of my entries in The Craftys!
Speaking of making something for myself, I decorated the cover of my Ipad old school style! I used vinyl and my Silhouette.

Speaking of making something for myself, I decorated the cover of my Ipad old school style! I used vinyl and my Silhouette.

Also with my Silhouette, I made this pop up card for Sienna's birthday. The file is from the Silhouette store.

Also with my Silhouette, I made this pop up card for Sienna’s birthday. The file is from the Silhouette store.

And speaking about Sienna's birthday, I always make her a shirt!

And speaking about Sienna’s birthday, I always make her a shirt!

Sienna helped me with this perler Ariel. We did a few other perler projects and this one was the biggest. It took quite a few days to finish.

Sienna helped me with this perler Ariel. We did a few other perler projects and this one was the biggest. It took quite a few days to finish.

Back in January, Sienna requested a guitar. Coming right after Christmas, I thought she was crazy to ask for something else! I made her one instead, which she uses often! I have since decorated that last cardboard piece under the rubber bands. (I found this tutorial online!)

Back in January, Sienna requested a guitar. Coming right after Christmas, I thought she was crazy to ask for something else! I made her one instead, which she uses often! I have since decorated that last cardboard piece under the rubber bands. (I found this tutorial online!)

Made this bracelet for a swap. The bracelet is kumihimo, the left charm made with jewelry clay and the right charm is metal stamped.

Made this bracelet for a swap. The bracelet is kumihimo, the left charm made with jewelry clay and the right charm is metal stamped.

Also for a swap, a fox swap, I made these fox related items. I did a variety of things. Cards with the Silhouette, a perler bead fox, a carved rubber stamp, a pendant, a felt stuffie and some stamped stickers. I love being able to make everything!

Also for a swap, a fox swap, I made these fox related items. I did a variety of things. Cards with the Silhouette, a perler bead fox, a carved rubber stamp, a pendant, a felt stuffie and some stamped stickers. I love being able to make everything!

Coptic stitch journal made with watercolor paper and cover made with canvas. For a swap!

Coptic stitch journal made with watercolor paper and cover made with canvas. For a swap!


And finally, some resin pieces I’ve been working on!
An experiment with a sphere mold. Inside is an image of a anatomical correct heart. Next time I need to make the image smaller as the resin magnifies it.

An experiment with a sphere mold. Inside is an image of a anatomical correct heart. Next time I need to make the image smaller as the resin magnifies it.

I colored some resin with white inside this bezel and placed a water transfer inside. I love how it came out!

I colored some resin with white inside this bezel and placed a water transfer inside. I love how it came out!

Playing with resin and alcohol ink. I love how the colors swirled around.

Playing with resin and alcohol ink. I love how the colors swirled around.

More resin coloring. The fox was stamped on glitter tissue paper.

More resin coloring. The fox was stamped on glitter tissue paper.

I love the Brooklyn Bridge. This is a stamp, also done on glitter tissue paper and placed on a piece of sea glass.

I love the Brooklyn Bridge. This is a stamp, also done on glitter tissue paper and place on a piece of sea glass.

And finally! This photo I took from the Mystic Aquarium was printed on water transfer paper and placed (crookedly!) on sea glass. sll Sea glass kindly given to me by my pal Ingrid.

And finally! This photo I took from the Mystic Aquarium was printed on water transfer paper and placed (crookedly!) on sea glass. sll Sea glass kindly given to me by my pal Ingrid.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Skippy: in memoriam

My dear Skippy passed away 2 weeks ago. A week prior to that, he really started to show some signs. He wasn’t eating much and when he did, he threw it up. He was starting to get thinner. He had trouble walking up the stairs to the point where I started carrying him up and down. He didn’t want to go for walks. He didn’t even pay attention to Neo’s hairballs (which he previously would gobble up!) I knew something was wrong. The day before I took him to the vet, he started to do a sort of howling/yelping noise. The vet said that it was most likely kidney failure and he was dehydrated (he was drinking less and less water.) He gave me choices and I knew the best choice for him was to put him to sleep. He wasn’t in pain but I knew if he kept on, he would surely start to feel some pain. I was a mess at the vet’s office. I probably used a whole box of his tissues. They were going to do 2 injections, the first one puts him to sleep and the 2nd one does the job. I had the option to stay through the end or just to through the 1st injection. I opted for that because I knew I wouldn’t be able to handle staying to the end. He fell asleep in my arms as I held him in my lap for the last time. He has been in the family since he was a puppy and I have been taking care of him since 2005/2006 when he came to live with us. He was close to at least 15 or 16 years old. He’s at the Rainbow Bridge now.

This was sometime in 2000 in Queens, before he lived with us.

This was sometime in 2000 in Queens, before he lived with us.

Skippy and his daughter Rozie (who also passed) probably in 2007.

Skippy and his daughter Rozie (who also passed) probably in 2007.

On his way to Brooklyn, coming to live with us permantly!

On his way to Brooklyn, coming to live with us permantly!

July 2007

July 2007

March 2007 at my baby shower!

March 2007 at my baby shower!

2007, guarding Sienna!

2007, guarding Sienna!

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dealing with the snow!

dealing with the snow!

Wearing a Jamaica shirt.

Wearing a Jamaica shirt.

Red Hoodie!

Red Hoodie!

December 2013

December 2013

Using Sienna's bean bag chair! January 2014

Using Sienna’s bean bag chair! January 2014

Sienna reading to Skippy in January 2014

Sienna reading to Skippy in January 2014

Carrying him downstairs with the laundry. Can you notice him? March 2014

Carrying him downstairs with the laundry. Can you notice him? March 2014

One of the last photos I took of Skippy. April 2014

One of the last photos I took of Skippy. April 2014

March, what a month!

What a great month March was for Sienna! Besides turning 7, she found out she made student of the month for February and her science project got into the fair! And that’s not all! After the fair was over, she came in 3rd place for her grade! She was very happy about that. Also in March was the show her class did for assembly (which she very much enjoyed doing, future on stage, perhaps?). It was called “Adventures in the Land of Video Games.” You can guess what it was about. It was really cute. I was able to get a really good copy of a video of the whole play from another parent.

Team Menou working on the science project!

Team Menou working on the science project!

Posing at the fair with her project.

Posing at the fair with her project.

Her 3rd place certificate and ribbon.

Her 3rd place certificate and ribbon.

Everyone on stage! Her class and a kindergarten class.

Everyone on stage! Her class and a kindergarten class.

With her first grade teacher. I tried to get her other best buddy in (Emily T) but she is shy.

With her first grade teacher. I tried to get her other best buddy in (Emily T) but she is shy.

Student of the month!

Student of the month!

Grandpa got her a cheesecake per her request.

Grandpa got her a cheesecake per her request.

Vanilla cupcakes for her class party.

Vanilla cupcakes for her class party.

Goody Bags for her class party!

Goody Bags for her class party!

An ice cream cake to celebrate (again!) Starr's birthday is the day before Sienna's.

An ice cream cake to celebrate (again!) Starr’s birthday is the day before Sienna’s.

The cake, pre-blow.

The cake, pre-blow.


Here’s a video of the family singing to Sienna. I love the big, huge smile on her face! Password is birthday.

Happy Birthday Sienna Family from Lisa on Vimeo.

Mystic

During mid-Winter break, we managed to get away for a night. We kept it a secret from Sienna until the night before we left but we didn’t tell her who we were meeting up there! What a big surprise to have Sylvie and her family pull into the parking lot after us (timing was a mere coincidence!) She was extra excited when she found out they were also staying at the same hotel as us and we were having dinner together too! I don’t know why having dinner all together is extra exciting. LOL.

Anyway, we left Brooklyn at the insanely early hour of 6 am. I was in the minority about the time so I had no choice but to go with it! We picked the perfect day to go! It wasn’t snowing and the sun was out! None of us have been to the Mystic Aquarium before and it was nice to get there early. The price is hefty compared to the New York Aquarium but there is more stuff there AND there are people stationed by each exhibit to spew out facts about the animals! I loved the Beluga Whale exhibit. I’m sure I could have stayed there all day or at least go between them and the jellyfish and seahorses.
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Love the photobomb!

Love the photobomb!

I could stare at them all day!

I could stare at them all day!

Love the tail grabbing the plant.

Love the tail grabbing the plant.

So calming

So calming

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Turtle photobomb

Turtle photobomb

Stingrays!

Stingrays!

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They had a very interesting exhibit about the Titanic. I tried to get the girls to do the scene from the movie. LOL

They had a very interesting exhibit about the Titanic. I tried to get the girls to do the scene from the movie. LOL

We brought lunch with us and ate at the picnic tables outside surrounded by snow. Yves has a photo on his instagram. After some pool time at the hotel (Hampton Inn), we headed to dinner. Dinner was at the Dog Watch Cafe, a real cute place. I got some New England Clam Chowder (it was ok, the best one is still the one I had in New Hampshire!) and a fish sandwich.

The next day was rainy. After checking out of the hotel (photo here just so you know Nico was there too!), we stopped by the Mystic Seaport but didn’t stay because of the rain. We’ll have to go back there because it sounds like fun. We did a quick stop at a nearby cemetery for some photos and then headed to New Haven to have pizza for lunch! MMMM!

Sienna picking out her slice.

Sienna picking out her slice.

Thumbs up for anchovies!

Thumbs up for anchovies!


We went to Modern Apizza and it was delicious!! It was then time to part ways although the girls were begging to go over to each other’s houses. LOL.

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