Sunday, 5 December 2010

Meet the new arrival

The months following the loss of my dear friend were difficult and many tears were shed.

But gradually with the passing of time my thoughts turned to the possibility of offering a home to a new furry friend.
I started looking on shelter websites and in the small ads and although there were a few cats that sounded like they might fit the bill I did nothing to pursue them.

Then one week photos for a pair of torties appeared on the site for a shelter a bit further afield - there was no information about them but they were pretty little kittens

A few days later I was sitting in a coffee shop and I got a strong feeling that I should phone the shelter - and guess what! - they said that the torties would both be suitable for an indoor life!

The next day I went to visit and see who came home with me!

This is ROSIE - a 6-month old tortoiseshell tabby mix - who is the sweetest bundle of fur you could hope to meet! And getting into all sorts of trouble already!

I am waiting to see if she has any interest in patchwork or crochet by she certainly like playing with balls of wool

I always said that when the time was right my darling Millie would send another cat in need of a home to me - and I like to think that is what happenedit was her telling me to phone the shelter that day - so thank you my sweet!

Thursday, 26 August 2010

RIP Patchwork Puss

oday my beautiful friend passed over and my heart is broken.  After holding her own through her illness for several months she finally took a turn for the worse on Tuesday.  She was not eating or drinking and her breathing was difficult.  So it was with a heavy heart that I helped her move on this morning.  Even shortly before we were due to leave for the vet she was happily purring away as I petted her and giving me a nudge if I dared to stop.  I like to think that this was here way of telling me that it was alright to let go.

I shall miss you dreadfully my sweet.  You helped me through some of the most difficult times of my life and I will always be thankful that you chose to come home with me from the shelter.
Sleep well my love.

Millie, the Patchwork Puss
26 November 1995 - 26 August 2010

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Flea Market Fancy Giveaway

I've been spending far too much time lately blog browsing - I can't help but shake the feeling that I would get far more quilting done if I didn't spend quite so much time reading about other people quilting! Anyway I've been adding a few new blogs to my Google Reader account and one of those was Flea Market Fancy Freaks. Pay a visit to check out the fantastic give-away on the go at the moment, although I feel like I shouldn't be saying this as it will only reduce my chance of winning one of the lovely goodies.

Friday, 13 November 2009

A Patchwork Puss update

Well it's eight months on since the Patchwork Puss was found to have liver disease. Since then we've had a number of medication regimes with varying degrees of success. At the moment we are on steroids which can do wonder for aging cats ... when you can get them down their throats, which is another matter ... and an alternative remedy to promote liver regeneration.

Her last set of blood tests showed marked improvements in her liver function but she is not eating enough food to maintain her weight so that is a worry. At the moment we're on a low steroid dose and I'm hoping that the vet will increase them on our next visit. When she was a higher dose she ate ravenously and got back to her normal weight.

In the meantime I try to enjoy every day that I still have her, as that is a blessing. Thank you for all your kind thoughts.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Jacob's Coat Quiltalong

Have you been reading Don't Look Now? I'm continually astonished at the beautiful applique that Kellie does. The colours sparkle with life and just make you want to smile. A real tonic for these dark winter nights.

Well Kellie is now hosting a quilt along. Why not drop by and join the increasing number of people that will be quilting along. We're told to expect a fail safe way of doing Jacob's Coat and I can't wait to find out how she will be doing it without using needleturn. I'm still debating whether or not to dive in ... after all it's not as if I've nothing to do! I've always admired the pattern and I have some reproduction style fabrics that might do. But I'm so drawn to the clear, bright colours on display on Kellie's blog and some of the other bloggers taking part! I just don't seem to have the knack for buying bright fabrics. If I'm going to do it, I will need to get started this weekend. I've no fixed plans other than a couple of days of patchwork pleasure accompanied by some good food and good TV.