Here is my cat, Cocoa, looking like a blob of black fur, asleep on her favorite fuzzy surface in the middle of my bed. :) She had more adventure today than she really likes - her semiannual vet visit. :) She is getting rather elderly (she's about 12 or so years old) and has been in precarious health while I've been away. She has always been a small cat - I think the most she's ever weighed was 7 pounds. (Normal cats weigh anywhere from eight to twelve pounds though we have had ones that were over twenty.) She started losing weight last winter and was down to about four pounds by early summer this year.
She really is my cat - she follows me around the house like a dog, most days. :) She tolerates my son pretty well (mostly because he also feeds her, I think) but is somewhat frightened of my husband who has a deep voice and is only around in the evening and on weekends. :) I think she was unhappy that I was away and began to pine. She did come down with a really pernicious bladder/kidney infection that took daily medicine for more than a month to cure. She also appears to have become hyperthyroid - a common ailment in elderly cats (that or kidney failure). My husband has been feeding her special thyroid diet wet and dry foods and she seems to be recovering. Today was her third vet visit since last May, to follow her healing progress, and the first one where I've been home to take her.
Since I have been home, I can see an improvement in her physical health - her fur is sleeker and she is grooming herself well again. She eats happily and has gained weight (at least I can no longer feel her ribs right under her fur, poor thing). Good to get a doctor's opinion, though. Also we needed to buy more special diet for her as she only had one can left.
Usually when we put her in the carrier she howls with vigor, protesting the break in normal routine. Today she was fairly subdued as she and I drove to the vet's office (about 20 minutes away from our home). She meowed at me occasionally but not nearly as much as usual. Maybe she is getting used to the trip? Ordinarily she only goes to the vet every other year or so for vaccination renewals and such. She is always very quiet on the way home which always makes me laugh. She knows by then that we are on the way home and doesn't complain at all. :)
After I dropped her off at home I went back out to run two errands. I have gotten the 'bug' and want to sew on the new Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt, En Provence. I've dithered for days over whether to do this - her quilts are always lovely and also always full of many, many tiny bits. Gotta love piecing to do them. :) Last night I decided to fall off the fence and commit to the project - I found a piece of purple batik fabric with an orange maple leaf print that I bought while in Kansas (at Quilter's Haven). Surprising (at least to me), I decided not to go with a magenta as the 'unifying' color/fabric but chose to do orange instead. That meant I needed to go find a nice orange.
So off to my local quilt shop, Springwater Designs, I drove. The place was hopping with people - there was a machine quilting seminar in progress and plenty of other customers besides. I found an orange I really like and also picked up five or six (fabric is downstairs at this moment:) 'neutral' black-on-white or black-on-cream prints for background. I decided to buy some fat quarter packets in lavendar, yellow and green also - so I don't have to dig into my stash with too much energy right now. :) In addition to all that, I found one fat quarter of a pretty gray solid (Kona? Moda? didn't pay attention) to use in making my pin loomed bicornu.
My weavie squares are drying out and blocking as I write this so more on that project another time. I do like the way the process of weaving turns fine yarn into a fairly substantial fabric:
After my fun trip to the LQS I went grocery shopping. I have three holiday pot luck parties to attend in the next two days and needed to get goodies. Luckily, I found everything I wanted to get pretty easily. Then I hied off home to eat lunch (a bit late) and watch my husband play a video game while soothing my kitty for a while.
I completely forgot to tell you about the lunch Barbara and I enjoyed when I posted about yesterday's outing. We went to the Akbar Palace in Randallstown which serves Indian (subcontinent) cuisine. I don't know a lot about Indian food - have been to the Royal Taj in Columbia several times and to Indian Delight in Catonsville twice. Much of south and central Indian food is quite spicy - no surprise as the climate is tropical there as I understand it. :) I like most of it and I must say the food at Akbar was higher quality and tastier than I have had anywhere else. It was fairly quiet for lunch on Friday - the food is served buffet style - and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's a little like eating sushi for me - I don't really know the names of the dishes or quite what I'm eating but I like it. Grin.
I've been knitting on my grandson's Nemo hat this evening and watching episodes of TV shows (Agents of Shield and Penny Dreadful, mostly). Quiet and cosy here. Tomorrow is the monthly meeting of my Sew & Tell group - I am so eager to see them all! Haven't been at a meeting in months and months. I think I am going to take my En Provence fabrics to cut for the first two clues.