A few weeks ago, I entered a drawing on the blog Molli Sparkles - he had just purchased some cool magnetic clips and I won the drawing. In today's mail pile, I found the envelope at long last (had to come all the way from Australia - was a bit battered, but intact). I have been a reader of his blog for some time - I find his views refreshing and often giggle-worthy. :) Thanks for the pretties, Molli!!!
Today I did indeed take my cat to the vet (we go to West Friendship Animal Hospital). Our appointment wasn't until 1 p.m. so I did manage to do some things before that. The major item on my lets-do-it-right-this-minute agenda was giving my son a haircut. He is not the best at taking care of himself and his hair gets long/straggly ... every once in a while he has to submit to a trimming from Mom (he hates hair salons and barbers). It took me about 20 minutes - picture us sitting on our front sidewalk (near the house, not out by the public street:), him in a chair with salon apron around him, me with sharp hair cutting scissors, hacking away. Grin. The hair I cut goes to fertilize our flower beds and he is cooler (and neater) for summer. Win-win all around. :)
I refrained from taking my son with us to the vet - though he did capture, box and carry the cat to my car. Poor Cocoa ... she's 12 years old now and has lost quite a lot of her body weight. Used to be 7 pounds (yes, she's a small kitty), now she's down to 4.2. Sigh. The vet took blood tests and urine tests and such ... trimmed her nails and gave her a rabies shot. I'll take her back in a month to get her distemper and feline leukemia vaccinations (I get the latter for her, even though she is an indoor-always creature, just for safety) ... the vet should get her blood test results back on Thursday. Don't know if she has kidney failure ... has become hyperthyroid ... or is just suffering stress from all my away time (she is my cat and barely tolerates my husband and son). Hopefully she will be ok.
After I brought her home, Hugh (my son) and I went out for lunch. The weather is lovely today - mid80's, sunny, gentle breeze. Even so, the humidity and pollen levels are both high and I was tired by the time we got home around 3:30. I had hoped to work in my front yard weeding and such in the late afternoon ... but instead I stayed inside in the a/c and worked my way through the accumulated mail pile. (Hence finding my goodies from Molli:)
In addition to about six quilt magazines, several issues of Science News (weekly), and Cloth/Paper/Scissors most recent issue, there were two boxes of things I'd ordered. One box held things I intend to give my Sew'n'Tell buddies for Christmas. The other one was from Connecting Threads - I bought a wooden stand for my Clover mini-iron and a copy of an applique book:
I've looked at this book several times since it was published ... and put it back each time. There is only one design in it I _really_ like enough to make (though I do like almost everything this design team creates:) and I usually won't buy a book unless it has two designs I like or covers a new-to-me technique I want to learn. At half price, I gave up the battle though and bought it. This is why:
I have seen several versions of this design and have loved every one of them. I am officially putting this pattern on my 'must make' list .. and hope to mean it. :)
The book is also filled with pages and pages of what is probably good advice, great photographs and teaching about doing applique ... however I've been doing several different kinds of applique since the late 70's ... so all that great knowledge is kinda redundant. Sigh. I might copy out the pattern I love and find someone who could use the instruction to 'pay it forward' to with a gift. :)
Another book that landed in my mail pile is pretty exciting to me:
This is self-published book by a truly worthy craftswoman, Kathy Shaw. I've been a follower of Kathy's blog for years and have bought at least one other book from her. I've tinkered with silk ribbon embroidery before ... and made projects ... and even taken classes. But I know Kathy is thorough and an excellent teacher ... and I decided that I'd like to support her as well as have a definitive text on hand. Worth the money, from the quick thumb-through I've given it this afternoon. Can't wait to find my ribbons (somewhere here amongst my mess:) and turn my hand to this embroidery again!
So, on the whole, a happy day at home. Got to spend some time with my son and managed to slowly but completely wade through seven weeks of mail. Tomorrow will be a new day.