Saturday, October 31, 2015


Below is one of the last truly happy photos we have of her during the party. 
It's hard to be two.

Miss Moppet was really impressed with her doll carriage. 
So much so that she wanted to get in herself. 
And was prevented:

She blew the candle out halfway through "Happy Birthday to You", 
so I decided she might like to blow it out again and relit it. 

However, we thought the taste of cake would cheer her up. 

She might as well have been singing, "It's my party and I'll cry if I want to." :)

She got many lovely presents but being in a bad mood (and 2) she wasn't able to appreciate them all at the time. She's spent the evening playing with her toys and having a good time though.


 I got bored while standing in line at the grocery store this morning. 
I looked down and saw this sign...

...advertising this candy.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Recent goings on

This past week has been mostly about finishing up projects and orders and trying to sneak in a few other things I needed wanted to do.

Last week I got an order from St. Tikhon's Monastery/Seminary Bookstore for some toy censers! I mailed them five on Monday: 1 with bells on the outside, 1 with bells on the inside, and 3 without bells. People who visit the monastery should be able to buy toy censers right in the bookstore soon! Very exciting. :)

I wanted to make some more tiny hats to send to my friend Michelle at Common Care for her to distribute to grieving families. I mailed these on Demetrius's first birthday. May his memory be eternal!

One of my current charity projects is knitting eight inch squares to be made into blankets to help refugees from Syria (and other war-torn areas). The link to the page is here. I only have six so far, but they're very fluffy! They can't accept any more squares until the second week in November so I have a little time to make a few more.

Miss Moppet's second birthday is coming up this week and I decided to make her some doll clothes that she has a chance of being able to put on and take off herself. These are extremely simple. I got the idea from a friend's blog here. The set on the left is larger to fit her two larger dolls and the one on the right is smaller to fit the two smaller dolls. I'll probably knit a couple hats to go with them.

The latest offering in the shop is this reversible, cotton canvas tote bag. I enjoyed my new knitting bag so much I decided to make something similar for the shop. This one has a button tab (also reversible) to close the top if desired. I think eventually I'll make some zip-top bags but only after I have a source for reversible zippers. I like the reversible aspect and the method of construction means there are absolutely no raw seams exposed! 

Father has been at a deanery meeting for the last few days in Shreveport. While there, the priests visited an art gallery and museum and saw a 15th century Book of Hours they have in their collection. The origin of this rare book is quite mysterious: it was found inside a cigar box in the basement. Period. No other clues! 

One of the guides at the museum showed it to the priests of the deanery and admitted she didn't know what it was other than "a prayer book". Father explained what the Book of Hours is and translated some of it for her. She was delighted, to say the least. :)

Next up (along with the usual business): making a baby quilt to auction to help a friend with medical expenses.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Baby Squirrel Update

Well, we're still hanging in there. He's eaten twice today, pretty well each time, and his urine is lighter in color so it looks like we're past the dehydration. The local animal hospital said that they didn't have any antibiotics for squirrels (not too shocking) and suggested washing any cuts and putting antibiotic ointment on them. I did that yesterday and once today so far, so I guess I'm doing what I can. They also felt obligated to pass along the information that it's illegal to have squirrels. Yes, I know that, but with no wildlife rehabilitators in the area, the fact that this is a squirrel, not a bald eagle, and the additional fact that we're living in rural south Mississippi, no one cares in the least. Our personal vet's office referred to them as "vermin" (to which Father heartily agreed).

Further updates as events warrant!

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Sunday morning update: I checked on him and he had died in the night. Not shocking really. Yesterday evening I had had a feeling he was quieter and fighting infection. I sat up a bit and held him to make sure he was thoroughly warmed after eating before putting him in his nest. We did all we could.

Friday, October 23, 2015

All creatures great and...


Our cats strike again. This time Smokey caught a baby squirrel. He looks to be about 5 weeks old and was actually pretty responsive despite some minor bites. Sadly, if he doesn't have antibiotics in 24 hours he'll likely perish from overwhelming infection. We were unsuccessful finding help this evening but I'll start calling around in the morning to see if any vets can provide antibiotics. There are no wildlife rehabilitators in the area but I raised some baby squirrels during my senior year in high school so I have some experience.

I ran out to the local pet supply store and got some dog's milk which I fed him (watered down) with a syringe. He had about 5 cc - all he could hold, I suspect. I cleaned him up and put some antibiotic ointment on the three wounds before putting him to bed in some fleece scraps next to a warm rice bag in a shoe box. Miss Moppet dearly wants to hold him but I haven't let her touch him. I have emphasized to the children that he is NOT a pet and will likely die within the next 24-48 hours if not given antibiotics. At least in the meantime we can keep him comfortable, fed and warm.


Monday, October 19, 2015

Another Toddler Sweater

Just listed this new toddler sweater in the shop. It's size 2T-3T and the yarn makes it look like a Fair Isle sweater!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

First Year

On October 19th Cozy House Curios will have been open for a full year! It's been quite a learning experience and I'm grateful to all of those who have shared the shop with their friends.

I'm offering a coupon code worth 15% off any purchase over $10 good from tomorrow (October 18th) through October 20th. Just type in 1STANNUALSALE when you make your purchase.

(Not everything pictured is currently available, but many, many more things are!)

Friday, October 16, 2015

New Cardigan Sweater

 This cozy little sweater is now in the shop! 

Underneath the sweater, Miss Moppet was sporting a vintage toddler dress and was seated in a vintage wooden high chair. :)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

In memory...





The Narrow Path vs. "Inclusivity"

This article by Matt Walsh is quite excellent:

It’s difficult to have grown-up conversations these days, because people like yourself see every mention of moral truth as either a personal attack or a statement of superiority. This is the real damage you cause in the Faith. It’s not that you’re sinful — we all are, to be sure — it’s that you want to be coddled. You want to shut down professions of Truth that are inconvenient or uncomfortable. You want to modify Christian teachings not because you tried them and found them wrong, but because, to paraphrase Chesterton, you found them difficult and don’t want to try them.

I have many sins, but I will not tell you they are not sins. I come to Christ a sick and broken man looking for healing. You apparently come a sick and broken man looking to be assured you were never sick and broken to begin with. That is the only real difference between us. Or I should say, it’s the only real difference between Christians and “progressive Christians.” Both groups are sinful, both groups are weak, both groups need Christ desperately, but one wants — though they may so often fail — to go Christ’s way, and the other wants Christ to go theirs.

This is only a short excerpt. I encourage you to read the whole thing.

October 15th: International Wave of Light

 (Posted on Lost Innocents)

October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, the day set aside to remember those babies who died before birth or shortly after. In every time zone across the world candles are lit at 7 PM, and kept lit for at least an hour, in remembrance of these sweet souls. As the day progresses a "wave of light" sweeps slowly around the globe.

Join me and millions of others today in remembering our lost babies. Light a candle at 7 PM, no matter where you live, and say a prayer for the souls of these departed children and for the grieving families who love them.

May their memory be eternal!