Spring cleaning

As the pollen begins to abate and the end of spring ushers in the beginning of hurricane season, I start to come out of my allergic malaise, and today, that manifested itself in an overwhelming urge to tackle the jumble of food and other items that had accumulated in my pantry and bring them to order.

I started with the middle shelf as it required no bending or reaching to remove items. As I pulled out item after item in an attempt to clear the shelf so I could clean it, I found packet after packet of Kool-Aid.

When I finally had the shelf cleared, I sorted like with like (just the way Hellen Buttigieg advises), and I found that I had (over time) purchased a veritable stash of Kool-Aid to be used in the dyeing of wool I had reclaimed from my ever changing “big rug” project.

Here are some of the packets that were in the pantry:

The wheel of Kool-Aid

and here are some more:

More packages of Kool-Aid all in a row

In just under two hours I had my pantry cleaned out and organized, leaving me plenty of time to track down the wool that had inspired the purchase:

Reclaimed wool in need of more color

And while I did not get all of it wound into skeins and ready for dyeing, I did get this much done:

Reclaimed wool in need of more color

By early afternoon, I was ready to depart the kitchen and relax with the lemur-to-be that was waiting to be finished.

I attached the second ear, then fixed the head to the body. From there, I sewed on the tail and the four paws. Before it was time for dinner, the lemur who has (up until now) been known as “Lemur Redux” was finished:

Zoboo the amigurumi lemur

However, now that the lemur was done, I was bothered by the lack of a name, so I searched for “famous lemurs,” and was reminded of Zoboo of Zoboomafoo fame, at one time a favorite character of my youngest son which is how this lemur got his name.

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