Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Whining and Home Sitting

I’m home and pet sitting this week in town.

Hubby and I have had to juggle one car but it’s been a nice break to be in new surrounds. The cat is a Bombay. Very interesting: they are pitch black, compact and talk a LOT. Very dog-like, this cat. And fond of waking me at night.

I’ve never worked ft since we were married: always pt and then, since moving to the Great North, working for myself. This flexibility has meant we can vacation together. Hubby gets almost a month vacation! That is why I’ve added home sitting to my repertoire.

Walking this dog in this older area of town is fun. I see the wealth of historic houses, and read their interesting plaques, as we meander. 

Central to town is this cathedral. What you cannot quite see? It is encrusted in ice. Spring is still dueling it out with Winter.

Town has 3 rug hooking groups: the big overly organized one, the casual night group, and the cathedral support group. The support hooks copies of stained glass windows that are in the above cathedral and sell them. I belong to the casual night group but have belonged to the others in the past. 

All this to say that the Big Group is trying to organize a May hook-in and they’re having help issues. The covid years claimed two of our best organizers and the newbies may be intimidated by the former grandiose hook-ins. 

Righty so! I think we’ve gotten waayyy too complicated. 

Former hook-ins are free to the attendees and included a continental breakfast, beautiful luncheon and dessert, multiple gift basket drawings, gifts to everyone for coming, and so on and so on. 

If your groups do hook-ins how are they run? Too much going on? Too little? Any ideas? 

I say bring a bag lunch and we provide dessert and tea. 

And I leave you with the two finished pieces “D”, a wonderful woman in the mental health centre, hooked up in no time from her very creative mind.  


TheCrankyCrow said...

What a beautiful church!! I bet it was magical with the ice coating it. Hmmm...no help here on the hook-in. I've only been to 2 and that was as an "assistant" to my hooker designer friend who vended at them. And, of course, to me the best part was the vendors LOL. Wow, how quickly D hooked those mats! And such an artistic hand. I could stare and stare at a photo of an animal and not come close to replicating it realistically LOL. Never heard of a Bombay cat! But what's not to like about a black cat?? 😻 ~Robin~

Rugs and Pugs said...

I have never heard of a Bombay cat either. How fun you get quality time with some furkids.
If earlier hook ins were free with breakfast and lunch, who footed the bill? That would be a huge guild expense. Just lunch here in northern Ohio for a hook in runs about $12-$15 a person...times maybe a 150 hookers...that is a huge expense. Our guild hook in is to make money. Without the hook ins being a money maker, the guild would have almost no money. I don't understand how your guild/group could fund it.

Prims By The Water said...

Never heard of Bombays. Sounds like they are as vocal as Siamese ones. Love that catherdral. How impressive it is! Janice

kcmrugs@gmail.com said...

The guild asks volunteers to bring in sandwiches, soup, muffins and desserts. The raffle on baskets offsets hall rental. It’s not meant to be a money maker but a way of bringing hookers together across the province. And other guilds host theirs and invite us too. The newer hookers don’t want to bother with all of that. Who could blame them?? If it came to cancelling a hook-in vs making changes to old practices I’d take the changes!!

kcmrugs@gmail.com said...

I love this cat but it’s way too chatty for me! I couldn’t deal. Yes the cathedral is gorgeous. Comes with a parsonage and it’s own ghost across the way!

kcmrugs@gmail.com said...

Vendors and the excitement of seeing other’s work tops my list! I can draw some but with the subject in front of me. Not from my head. We had a black cat named Stella but she was not smart. This cat is smart as they come!

Jo said...

A small group of us has been holding a few hook ins the last year. We ask for a $10.00 fee per day to cover the cost of the rental of the building. The attendees are responsible to bring their own lunch, we provided coffee & a few snacks. Those of us hosting set up a small area & vended our wares. We were at capacity very quick & have even filled up already for a fall Hook in. Everyone brings a project to work on & spends the day enjoying being together. We do a 2 day event, Friday & Saturday, they must register for each day. Make it simple, everyone just wants to gather & see each other & be inspired & motivated!

kcmrugs@gmail.com said...

I am going to copy and send this to the group after the hook-in. I feel like I shouldn’t comment at this point. To me, this is how it should be. Hosting guilds try to top each other. We’ve lost the plot! Thanks much

Julia said...

I'm sorry, somehow I miss seeing this post.
I had a black cat that I called Kitty, she a little patch of white under her chin and she looked just like this black Bombay cat. Very intelligent, lovable, and very friendly. I have no idea what breed she was. She just invited herself in and never wanted to leave. She didn't talk but purred loudly. Oddly enough, she loved to be vacuumed. I've never heard of a Bombay cat either.

I was invited to join a rug hooking guild years ago but just couldn't find the time to join. I always thought that when I retired, I would join, but never did.
The guild usually had a rug show at Government House but since Covid, there's been none. I hope that someday soon, they will have another rug show.

Take care,

kcmrugs@gmail.com said...

Hi Julia- so Kitty adopted you?! I’ve not heard if they will be displaying at Govt House this year. You should join my group , Evening Matters. We meet second and fourth Tuesdays every month , 7-9 pm ,but summer. Email me if you want more info

acorn hollow said...

I do think that some of the rug hooking events have become very expensive and overdone. I think no one minds paying a small fee for the day and bringing their lunch. I have been to them that everyone brings a door prize. It is like a swap we draw numbers you get to pick from the door prizes people brought. and bring a rug to show.

kcmrugs@gmail.com said...

I like the door prize idea! Very cool. I really think things will change now with these overdone hook-ins here: the younger women don’t have time for the overwhelming preparations and covid years have rearranged our mental priorities.
Thanks for the idea