There is always something new going on. I have been sending out applications to try and get a full-time job, last week I dyed a cotton as well as a bamboo warp and weft with the Enchanted Mountains Weaver’s Guild (which was a ton of fun), and yesterday I had to put down my cat one month shy of 21 years old.
Despite being a long haired cat my Dad, who was extremely allergic to cats, just adored her. He would sit on his chair in the living room and tap the arm with her brush, Precious would leap on his lap and start purring like a motorboat. When he passed she was beside herself, didn’t know what to do. After a while she realized he wasn’t coming back, but she had mom at home to dote on her all the time. For the past few years Mom and I suspected that she was going a bit senile, in addition to her progressive kidney failure and the heart problems we found out about spring of 2018. The vet tech said that if we started giving her medicine for the heart troubles she might live to see 20. We decided against the medication and Precious lived almost a year past expectations. I am lucky that I had her when Mom passed in October of 2018, however for the past three months she has been getting progressively worse. Between missing the litterbox, yowling half the night, and just lately not eating as much as usual, it was time to let her go. Now I get to spend the weekend trying to clean up all of the stuff she left behind and figuring out if I can salvage the bathroom or if I am going to have to invest in getting it completely retiled in the future. I’m not mad about any of it, I appreciate the time I had with her and I am sorry that I had to let her go.
I have done some spinning for Tour de Fleece, however not nearly as much as I would have liked. There have been opportunities for me to work on different crafts, just today I am receiving supplies to see if resin casting is something that I can reasonably do at the public library I work for. One of the trees, a choke berry tree I believe, had to be cut down outside our library. The director was very opposed to this action, however we needed a new storage shed. The maintenance person managed to salvage several of the berries and now I have the opportunity to play with resin as well as creating a keepsake for my Director. Win-Win!
I have made considerable progress on my Furls Crochet Coffee Cup Sweater, right now I am working on the body and hope to start the sleeves mid august. The only problem I have with it is, I will need to either wear something underneath or the yarn had best full quite a bit and close up some of the gaps. I knew that this was a possibility when I saw that I would be using double crochets for part of it. This might give me opportunity to bust out my t-shirt collection to wear as a layer underneath. I Have started knitting my third quarter poncho pattern from Jimmy Beans Wool and look forward to seeing the finished product.
I guess I have been busier than I thought. I will either be starting back up at the University Library I work at or be starting a new job. If the former I will have more time to blog, if the latter it might be a little while until I get into a rhythm again. If I obtain a new job I will post notification of a hiatus.
Until next time, remember to live life A Little More Abstract.