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When my darling cousin Bebe came to visit me last month, she insisted I come visit her in return the second I got a chance. It had been quite some time since I last took a trip out of town and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with all my precious kittens! While I ended up bringing several of them along, there were a few older cats that stayed behind to guard the house with my trusted catsitter, Daria. Truthfully, I wanted to bring them all, but I couldn’t figure out the right vehicle logistics for all those cats. Although, I knew once we got there space definitely wouldn’t be an issue since Bebe lives on her very own farm!
I really hoped that this would be a fun trip for all of us, but I wasn’t sure how my babies would handle all this time away from home. I knew as long as I had an ample amount of snacks they’d be purrfectly content in the van, but there were other things I considered, as well. Since none of them had ever been out of our neighborhood, I wasn’t sure what they’d think of all those different animal faces. I imagined how strange all their new friends would look to them at first–like visitors from another planet!
Much as I expected, the cats were totally blown away by their new surroundings once we arrived! Our first night there we spent outside camping under the stars. I didn’t notice how secluded Bebe really is until after sunset, when the night sky seemed to go on forever. I had so much fun staying up late with her, swapping spooky stories and sampling all the goods from her garden. She seemed to fall asleep pretty quickly, but I had a hard time doing the same. I kept hearing things outside and wondering how delicious my cats smell to predators.
Fortunately, I did eventually get to sleep. However, it felt like no time had passed at all before Bebe woke me up for some early morning fishing. I don’t go fishing very often, so I felt a little rusty but I was very determined to catch something good. I just knew that if we hit it big, my cats would see me as the greatest huntress in the world! After all, a lucky cat is one with a fish!
Sadly, the weekend came to a close all too quickly. After such a picturesque holiday I thought, what better way to take home than the scenic route? Honestly, I thought the cats would be far more interested in the view, but they were all quite happy to sleep in the sun from the windows. No matter, I had fun admiring the beautiful country the whole way home.
I think the other cats missed us while we were out, though they didn’t really show it. I am so relieved to be safe and sound in bed after our little adventure. Actually, I’m hoping that we can all go out soon and have some quality family time together one day. Though, with so many loved ones I’m not sure how!
Until next time,
— The Cat Lady
Let me start by saying this week was one of the longest ones I’ve ever felt! When my darling cousin Bebe let me know she was in town, I immediately asked her to come stay at my place! Truthfully, it had been far too long since we’d last visited and I just had to see Bebe, but I also knew we had a problem: Elvis.
I have never written about Elvis because I have only seen him on a few occasions and every previous time has been pretty rotten. He smells. He’s loud. The sound of his jaunty gallop around the house sets me on edge. While Elvis is definitely not my ideal house-guest, Bebe is truly one of the kindest souls I know and I really don’t get to visit with her often enough.
The night before they were due to arrive, Bebe called me to ask if there are any off-leash parks in the area. It wasn’t until after we said goodbye that I started looking around at all my curious cats. Not only did I have to clear them out of one of the bedrooms, but I was also springing this rambunctious personality on them out of the blue. I started to get nervous thinking about how my sweet kitties would react once they met Elvis.
Naturally, they were right on time the next morning. Just as I anticipated, Elvis had no problem making his presence known. Within two seconds of his booming entrance, a flurry of fluff flew across the room as a herd of my kittens scrambled to get under and over the couch. The cacophony of hisses and cries from my cats were quickly drowned out by deafening barks from an excited Elvis. Bebe and I could barely hear each other over the chaos! I tried to be a good sport about everything, but I kept wondering why I thought this visit was a good idea in the first place!
As the noise slowly died down, Bebe and I finally began to catch up in the kitchen over some strong coffee. It didn’t take long for me to remember why I missed her so dearly! She is so easy to talk to, we’d been laughing and carrying on for a spell before I even realized I was starting to warm up to Elvis. He is awfully sweet and I have to admit his big goofy face makes me smile. Eventually, my adorable cats started slinking out from their hiding places to inspect the situation. It took a little longer than I expected, but soon Elvis and my babies were mingling just fine.
I guess my cats and Elvis learned that they have more in common than they initially thought. After all: they all walk around on four paws, they’re all covered in fur, and none of them speak any human languages! Not to mention the fact that they are all extremely loved by their roommates…even if our styles aren’t always the same.
Of course, the cats get their fill of playtime with Elvis pretty quickly, so we tried to spend as much time enjoying the fresh air as we could. By the time they were getting ready to leave, I could hardly believe a whole week had passed! I never expected to grow so fond of Elvis, but watching the cats climb all over him was too cute to bear. I could tell they were ready to have free reign of the house again, but I think they’ll miss him. Of course, they won’t miss him for too long because I am already planning our visit to Bebe’s place next month! That’s right, I’m packing up my van and heading out on the road with all my sweet ones–and you, too, Diary!
Until next time,
— The Cat Lady
Chocolate/Hemp/Cream Dreamer Ruffle OTK Socks
I love summer, but I think part of that love is because it makes lakes, rivers and the ocean so much more enjoyable. We have a couple water themed socks that give you a sip of those refreshing aquatic hues.
Yet, there are so many more watery wonders and cooling colours to dive into! We’ve looked at what blues you find in socks, gawked at greens and lamented trouble-making teal and turquoise, but let’s put aside all those definitions, versions and perfect-matching worry to just bathe in their cool tones. . .
There is nothing like a river on a hot day! Playing in the shallows, rafting or fishing—shoot, finding a lazy river and just hopping in an innertube to float the day away is one of life’s joys. The rush of the river keeps that water cold while trees hug the banks, shading your eyes and offering mossy beds to stretch out on.
As great as rivers are, sometimes you want to just get in and swim with less worry of currents. There’s nothing like the clear chop of a big ol’ lake, or the green glass stillness of a swimming hole. The rich mud on the bottom squishes like nothing else between your toes and if you get tired there’s always an anchored dock or raft to sun on.
Depending where you are, they can be harder to find, but a waterfall—with its crashing gouts that send sparkles of cool moisture into the air—is like a dream come true on a summer day. Whether they’re little falls that tumble a river downhill, or deafening beasts with caves behind them, they offer a refreshing oasis with fresh greens drinking in the generous bounty.
With depths so great they demand thundering awe and shallows so sweet they invite playful splashing, oceans can be as refreshing for the heart as they are for the body. With picturesque, sandy beaches, rocky tidepools full of bustling life, or salt-weathered docks to hang your feet off of, every place you meet the ocean offers a new experience and a unique moment to contemplate the wonder and joy of the world.
I hope these little sock slices helped cool you off and that, if you’re partial to taking a dip, you have the perfect spot to visit to take the edge off the harsh start of summer. If you’re feeling it’s too hot for socks, try a liner or no-show to handle the sweat while dialling back the coverage. And always, remember your water safety and respect the stuff that makes up so much of the earth and ourselves!
Sure, if warm weather and summer’s official presence means you turn to footies, no-shows and liners without a thought, then you’ve got socks for hot weather down. But if you like a little more coverage, it can be a little trickier. That’s what our Lightweight category is for!
Though you’ll find some anklets in there, the bulk of the category are options with a little more coverage. Lightweight and less coverage is more of Summer category’s game. There’s also overlap with both the Lace and Openwork categories, but overall we try to keep the Lightweight category living up to its description: “Lightweight styles for when you’ve got to cover up but don’t need to warm up.”
I think the best way to browse this category is through our Advanced Search. Once you have “Lightweight” picked, you can restrict the search by coverage and better pinpoint what you’re looking for. Let’s use this search technique to look at some fave lightweight options!
The majority of lightweight tights are more sheer and the higher coverage styles (more opaque, or visually busier) still show dark tattoos, but otherwise offer a great compromise of modesty and seasonal comfort.
Dense openwork styles act almost like dazzle camouflage on your legs, sometimes creating a more “opaque” effect than solid coloured semi-sheers.
Not as many options as their footed sisters, but there are still some gorgeous styles to choose from.
And we’ve got some basics too, for when even the t-shirt thin and soft, but high waisted, M. Rena are too much.
OTKs and Thigh Highs
Some of the lightweight over the knee and thigh high styles are just leg-only versions of similar tights and leggings, which is kind of rad.
But for folks who find nylon blends and warm weather an unfriendly pairing, there are lovely cottony options too!
The lower we go, coverage-wise, the more fun lightweight options there are! There are some lovely lightweight trouser and dress sock options:
Along with OTK styles that also work as knee highs are some short versions of taller and tights styles, like the Doris Crochet Trouser Sock, plus a couple casual cotton options too!
Midcalves and Anklets
There’s a nice selection of shorter styles in lovely light weights. The Sockling styles, in particular, are a great basic for warm weather socks.
Unfortunately, there’s a sadly small amount of truly lightweight midcalf options for larger feet. Luckily, I do think the three styles that qualify are utterly fabulous to wear.
Arm and Leg Warmers
We have a LOT of lightweight arm warmer options, thanks to the dream fabric that Una makes their arm warmers out of. But we’re also fans of a good long, lightweight arm warmer and have several styles that you may love.
And thanks to the simplicity of some sleeve styles, there are lovely leg warmers that are breathable enough to deny their name when it heats up.
So, if you want to keep covered but don’t want to overheat, check out our Lightweight category for some summer-ready styles! And of course, if you ever have any questions, drop us a line and we’ll do our best to help you get a handle on what will work for you.
Clearly set to coincide with end of the year field trips and the start of vacations, June is National Zoo and Aquarium month! Now, what you might not have known is that we have quite the menagerie of critters in the aptly named Critter Socks section! Let’s take a tour through land, sea and air. . . have your cameras ready, because the animals are shy and we may only get peeks at them!
The Woods and Field
Though not unfamiliar animals to those of you who’ve lived in rural areas, they’re often cunning, curious and associated with myth and fairy tales—none more so than the crafty fox!
In contrast to the fox’s trademark swiftness and smarts, brother bruin appears less agile and wise. But bear in mind all that fur and big paws hide a muscular wall of an animal who will surprise you in what they can do.
If we’re quiet, we might spy a majestic buck (larger male deer are called “stags”), a creature connected to forests but actually a habitant of the transitional area between forest and field.
Jungle and Savannah
Ah, now here are the beasts you’ve been waiting for! These beautiful creatures are what you traditionally think of when you think of going to the zoo, like the majestic elephant. We’re lucky enough to have one of the rare pink varieties, we used to have a white elephant, but we finally traded it out for something that suited us more.
And here’s that other fun favourite, the playful monkey!
Less forward are the shy skyscrapers that are giraffes. Their distinctive patchy spots help them blend in the best they can amongst the foliage they delicately nibble.
Speaking of camouflage, can you “spot” this master of stealth? For bonus points, what cousin to this creature often gets credit for their distinctive design?
Ocean and Lakes
Dramatic and dangerous beasts of the sea, I have to say this is where most of my favourite animals live! Our aquarium center is quite large, as we pride ourselves on sharing all the fabulous fish and curious cephalopods as we can. Speaking of which, here is our star species, the octopus!
The jellyfish and tidepool room is a family favourite. The hypnotic and calming movements of jellies is always a wonder.
And the tidepool lets you see denizens of the sea up close and, if you’re gentle and respectful, give them a touch.
This popular fellow can be a bit reluctant to come near, but you can always spot them by their distinctive fin.
Oh goodness! Well, I’m glad it wasn’t an adult shark. Well, if you’ll follow me, we’ll exit the aquarium and move on to the aviary . . .
What? No, that’s not a locness monster, you must be mistaken. We pride ourselves on being a learning facility, with animals solidly set in scientific seriousness.
Birds of Land and Air
Our collection includes majestic flyers, perfect hunters and birds you might not consider important members of the avian world, because of their regular integration into daily life, like the crow. A valuable member of the animal society, crows are a protected species as a migratory bird.
From a bird you may see every day to a bird that is a bit more rare, the curious kiwi bird, layer of large eggs and national symbol of New Zealand.
Another land bird is the ostrich, which is a much better runner (and fighter!) than the adorable kiwi. Beautiful and terrifying, ostriches are birds that definitely remind you of their dinosaur history.
Speaking of beautiful, efficient birds, there is nothing like the owl. Silent fliers and smart hunters, in some places they are around us as much as the crow, but they’re less forward about it.
We’ll end our tour on a tropical note, with a particularly curious species of macaw, known for being even more big-mouthed than than the rest of these talkative birds.
We hope you enjoyed your tour of our Critter Socks collection, don’t forget to stop by the gift shop on your way home!
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