Saturday, November 16, 2013

Kitty needs a home: Sep 23, 2013

I used to have a problem with feral cats. I say problem because caring for them became to emotionally heart breaking. I fed them and befriended many of them. This resulted in finding homes for their kittens. One kitten had an injured leg, the human society found a vet who would removed the leg at a discounted price so that the kitten wouldn't have to be put down. I also know that the vet that performed the operation eventually adopted the kitten. But caring for them was also very hard. Most of the cats passed away, disease, malnourishment, and getting hit by a car. The last straw was the day after a major storm. The storm brought with it lots of wind, rain, and a tornado that went through parts of town. Though my house was fine, my yard had become a mud puddle. The morning after the storm, I dug a kitten out of the mud. He seemed fine, just dirty. But within days it's mother had abandoned it.  I called local shelters, trying to find one that wouldn't just put the kitten down.  Before I heard back from anyone, the kitten had died.  I regret not taking it to a shelter or to KSU vet school even if they were just going to put it down.  I assuming that it had internal bleeding which lead to it's passing.  That's when I stopped putting out food.

Fast forward to early September 2013; a white and brown spotted female started hanging out near my porch. She was friendly and affectionate but malnourished with some kind of eye infection. Up until now I could resist, but for some reason, with this cat I couldn't help myself. I had to feed her and give her clean water. Since then she has gained weight and looks much healthier. Her eyes still have some problems but are not as nasty as they were. I've decided that she needs a home before she gets pregnant. Now, I can't afford another cat as a pet, I also can't afford to take a feral cat to the vet. So I'm asking for your help.  
I have a friend who can't take the cat in but is willing to help with vet bills. So I'm posting these pictures, hoping this cat will find it's forever home.  If you personally can't take the cat, please pass this on so others can see it.

UPDATE: Nov 16, 2013
A cat sanctuary might be able to take her in but will not be able to house her IF she tests positive for feline leukemia.  IF she does, no shelter can take her.  My husband and I have talked it over and decided that we can't expose are current cat to this cat if she is sick, even temporarily.  Being in contact with the sanctuary has given me hope, so I decided to name her Hope.  Hope needs a temporary home until she's all clear to live in a shelter or move into a forever home.  Please share this!

Catchup And Liquor

I know, I know, I've been gone for a LONG time. . 
I won't even try make any promises to be more consistent. Consistency is apparently not apart of my nature.  But that doesn't mean that I haven't been writing posts!  
Here's one I wrote on OCT 20, 2013 :

So I've learned an important lesson. One that my 2013 New Year's Resolution has tought me. Never underestimate the value of your stash. Most of my stash is sock yarn. I am SOOOO bored making socks. I know. . There are thousands and thousands of sock patterns out there. Earlier this year I decided I wanted to make something big. Something not out of sock yarn. I did accomplish a few shawls out of my very small worsted to bulky weight stash. However, I'm now down to sock yarn and one or two hanks of random "other" yarn. Not a whole lot to work with.  But I'm trying to make due.  

Next year's resolution is going to be project based.  I have several projects in my queue on Ravelry that have been there for YEARS.  So I'm going to make a list of things I'd like to make and try my darnedest to finish the projects on the list.  I will allow myself to stray and make something off the list, but the projects that make the cut are top priority.

 The first project of 2014 is the Evenstar shawl by Sunflower Designs. Lace weight yarn and size 3US needles. I will get to make something big, but not out of big yarn. Oh my, this might take a VERY long time.  I'll give myself until Thanksgiving 2014 to complete it.  

In other New Year's Resolution news: The non-purchaseing resolution has been tested a lot during the past month. My job has become very very stressful. They've compinsated me by giving me a small raise. So I'm stressed AND I have extra cash I didn't expect. So I got myself a gift. 

I promise I didn't break my new year's resolution, I just bent the rules a bit, right?  
Both cones are mystery lace weight. The pink is cotton and the lavender is wool.  I got them because I wanted to 1) work with lace before I started on the Evenstar shawl and 2) wanted to make a Christmas present for my (insert family member here). Secrets will not be reviled here, but hopefully by Christmas 2014 I'll have a nice (knitted thing) for my (family member).  Yes, Christmas 2014, It's lace and I'm not a very fast knitter, that's why I'm not shooting for this Christmas.

The biggest temptation has been the recent news that my LYS will be closing in min-december. I will have to drive to the next town over in order to touch, sniff, and buy yarn. Of course I will still have the internet, but going to a yarn store is an experience all in it's self. The owner is closing her doors because she wants to focus on her pattern writing. I am excited for her that she is getting do do more of what she wants to do. Because isn't that what we all want anyway?  
Wildflower's yarn and knitwear, you will be greatly missed.