Friday, August 29, 2008

What Did You Do With Your Friday?

I had the day off from work to extend my Labor Day Weekend, so I thought I would catch up on a couple things around the house and get some baking done.

This easy to do project involved cutting and installing a peg board organizer at the end of one of our cabinets in the kitchen. I wanted a place to display some of the blue kitchen tools from the Martha Stewart Collection. I still have to do a bit of finishing trim and paint it along with painting the display cabinet. Both will be Bedford Grey, which will match the cupboards below. I couldn't wait to see what the blue tools would look like all organized and on display. I love it! Yes.. I like the blue spatulas!

Next up was a bit of baking.. 40 cupcakes baked and cooling, ready for decorating tomorrow. My ex-boss (and now good friend) Mary Rita is celebrating her birthday and she loves my cupcakes. These are coconut and chocolate. Each will be piped with frosting and topped with a small daisy flower.
Lastly, meet Maxwell. Now, Maxwell isn't a 'project' really.. but in some ways he is. Maxwell is the newest addition (sort of) to our family. Maxwell is a stray that has lingered in and around the neighborhood for months. Since I first saw Maxwell I was concerned. He was very skinny, runny eyes, and seemingly very weak. Two weeks ago, I found Maxwell laying on the side of the road. He was so weak and basically was starving to death. I scooped him up and brought him to my potting area just off the main patio. Using a syringe, I gave him some nutritional supplement for cats and fed him moist cat food from my fingers. I did this for several days until he started to feel a little better and could stand on his own. I would go outside early in the morning, come home at noon time, and rush home after work to feed him, sometimes by hand until he gained strength. Slowly but surely Maxwell has put on weight, is actually playing, and is eating like a horse! I don't advocate dry food for cats but for now, he's getting a mix of wet and dry food until he's back to a healthy state. He's very loving and very appreciative of someone saving his life. For now, Maxwell is an outdoor cat. He's going to his very first vet appointment next week to get his shots, get tested for FIV, and get his boy parts removed so he's not creating baby Maxwells in a world far too full of cats already. His eyes are clearing up slowly (I have to apply an ointment to them daily) and his true beauty is showing through. He's a gorgeous hunk of man cat!
While I have been forbidden to bring Maxwell in the house, post surgery, he will have to remain indoors for a while. He'll be tucked away in the project room away from the others. Who knows.. he may just stay inside.. we'll have to wait and see.
Happy Labor Day weekend, everyone!


Elaine said...

Well, I'm glad to see you actually labored on Labor Day weekend, unlike me. :-)

I love the pegboard and your display looks beautiful. The cupcakes look so good and I am sure will look fabulous with the piped frosting.

Congratulations on the new addition to your family! I am so glad that you were there to save little Maxwell's life.

mike said...

Cupboards, Cupcakes and Cats.

You never cease to amaze me. I can't decide which I like the best. :)

Great work!

Bridgette said...

What a great thing you did for Maxwell. Cats are like potato chips, just can't have one.

Love the peg board!

John said...

I'm loving the peg board idea. Just may have to borrow that idea from you!
I do hope you will be sharing your story about Maxwell with Tracie, if you haven't already!

As for my Friday, I had to work, but have Saturday off and plan on attending the Michigan Renaissance Festival early in the day, with a friend, and then it's tomato time!!