Jake’s birthday was earlier this week. He always wants funfetti cake for his birthday. Some years I make cake (which isn’t one of my strengths), and some years I make cupcakes (which is more my speed). Usually I buy a box mix, but I made cupcakes from scratch this year, largely because a standard box mix make two dozen, and I really only wanted one dozen.
I made the original funfetti cupcake recipe from How Sweet It Is. I made a half batch of the frosting (and still didn’t use all of it) because I’m one of those weird people that doesn’t like super sweet desserts or tons of frosting on cake or cupcakes. I think that the cupcakes taste very similar to the standard box mixes but even better because hello, from scratch with fresh buttercream frosting. Jessica also has an updated version that she made into a super cute mini cake for her son’s first birthday in December. Go start your weekend off right and make a funfetti dessert.
As of a couple weeks ago, Hobbes has been in our lives for a whole year. A lot has happened this past year, and Hobbes has such a dynamic personality that it’s actually hard to believe that he hasn’t been in our lives for more than a year. Of all the cats I’ve lived with over the years, Hobbes has definitely challenged me the most, especially during the first couple months. He was often way too excited to sleep during the day unless he could calm down on someone’s lap (which made it…tough to get anything done), he frequently got into the garbage and any food item sitting out (i.e. a bag of pretzels on the counter), and he constantly chased the other two cats around the house.
Hobbes is really lucky that he’s so cute.
It’s hard to stay mad at that face. (And yes, he’s sitting on a suitcase.)
Thankfully Hobbes has mellowed out quite a bit over the last year. He still has a lot of energy and loves to play with us and the other cats. But he’s much less naughty and has learned how to calm himself down independently, even when there are people around.
Today I’m sharing just a few highlights of the past year with Hobbes.
We purposely adopted a young male cat because we thought that he would be a good fit with our two slightly older male cats. While it’s always a transition bringing new cats together, these boys have all done amazingly well together.
Hobbes is just as snugly as he is playful. He loves to curl up right next to or on me or Jake for minutes on end and is happy to tuck in with us at night, too.
Like many cats, Hobbes loves to “help” with jewelry making. He actually usually does pretty well settling down and not attacking everything mercilessly.
In recent months as I’ve picked up cross-stitch again, Hobbes has also discovered the joy of “helping” with cross-stitch, especially the pattern.
Hobbes thinks that laundry days are the best days ever. He loves getting wrapped up in sheets and placed in a laundry basket, and he almost always insists on getting under the fitted sheet when I make the bed again.
And he has no fear. About basically anything in the house.
Hobbes is extremely active and frequently requests to play fetch with toy mice. When he’s in the right mood, he’ll fetch a couple dozen times in a row.
Finally, one of the joys of moving and working on painting projects in two houses has been having a ladder in the house. Hobbes loves to the climb this step ladder and will do it on command for company (don’t judge).
We love you, Hobbes! We can’t wait to see what this next year holds for all of us.
After a ten month blogging break, I’m back blogging at a brand new site: roseclearfield.com. I blogged regularly at randomcreativeart.com from late 2008 through mid 2015. By early 2015, I was really ready for a break from my regular blogging routine. Then in late 2015, after spending nine days with my family during my grandma’s final days, I found out in the same hour that she had passed away and that I had failed my final fertility treatment. I was preparing for a big trip with my husband, and we were one week away from closing on a new home. I made the blogging break official and spent the first half of 2016 enjoying a fresh start and working on a lot of home and craft projects without documenting every bit of my progress.
Earlier this month I decided that I was ready to get back in the blogging game and take the plunge and move to WordPress with a new blog that better fits my current blogging goals. randomcreativeart.com isn’t going anywhere any time soon, and I’ll still be referring back to posts there from time to time. The break from blogging was much needed and helped me come back to blogging with a fresh perspective. During the past ten months, I’ve been brainstorming lots of post ideas including home updates, Milwaukee and other southeast WI events, craft tutorials, new Etsy happenings, and all things photography related.
I’m excited to be back to blogging and blogging here at roseclearfield.com. If there is anything you’d like to see here, please let me know.