Aside from teaching and various sewing sessions, I've been knee deep in working with StreetCats. I started volunteering with them when in moved back to Tulsa in 2002 and have been with them ever since. Three years ago, I was asked to join the board and have been working hard on behind-the-scenes work for them ever since. We just completed our 15th annual fundraiser, My Furry Valentine, which I did a figurative song and dance for on the news a few weeks ago. I'll totally embarrass myself for anything craft or cat related. It's how I roll.
Saturday was Valentine's Day and Brent gave me the best present ever - 3 hours at home all by myself! Since we moved, I have been at home alone TWICE so this was a priceless gift. He and Rio had their own adventures and returned with a few odds and ends including the book Holy Cow by David Duchovny. Yup, that guy from the X-Files wrote a book. I flew through it and enjoyed every moment. Some of my reading time was even spent in the hammock in a tank and barefoot before our weather went all crazy, like it does.
As much as I love my time at school, I will never stop loving snow days. Sunday night while my Oklahomies slept, Mother Nature dropped some white stuff upon us. It was pretty adorable seeing Rio's reaction to the snow this time around now that she's older. School was thankfully cancelled but Brent braved the roads to go to work, leaving Rio and I home for the next two days to cause trouble aside the new, crazy kitten.
All in all, I ended up spending four days at home without leaving the house! I loved every bit of it. The highlight of the weekend was baking with the kid for the first time. Sure, she's watched lots of meals being made and has sprinkled some cheese here and there but this was the first time that I felt she was really and truly ready to get her hands dirty with me. I don't think it's a moment I'll ever forget. She loved every moment of it (as did I) and wore her little apron with pride. I grew up cooking right alongside my Granny (and mom, of course) and felt her presence again and again that day. I know her and Rio would have loved each other deeply.