Thank you all very much for all your good wishes for Lucy’s speedy recovery!
She is, actually, taking it easy. Being the little busybody she is, she wants to be with me whatever I’m doing, so I try not to move around too much so she doesn’t feel the need to follow me. (See? Excuse number 5,742 for not doing any cleaning. It might tire Lucy.) And I try to lift her down from places when she looks like she wants to jump.
Fortunately, most of the surfaces she gets up on are easy climbs for her — my bed is an antique so it’s quite high off the floor, but I have a cedar chest at the foot of the bed that’s an easy half-jump for Lucy, and then just a step-up to the bed. She can easily get up on the seat of the sofa, and from there it’s another easy half-jump to the sofa table behind the sofa.
When I left for work this morning the Little Princess was getting ready to take a nap on her Cozy Cushion on the bed. She is still limping quite noticeably, and I think she’s figured out that it’s best to stay quiet.
We are the devoted owners, no slaves to a calico cat called Patches. In New Zealand of course cats have free range and go outside. You seem to live in an apartment? is that right. [ Just going off your snow pics ] Does Lucy go out side at all? How do you find this? I can’t imagine trying to stop our cat…she is such a good hunter and loves playing in the garden when I am weeding etc. I suppose an inside cat would be used to it. Anyway just wondering??
I live on the 10th floor of a high-rise condominium. Lucy does not go outside at all, and this seems not to bother her a bit. She’s a Ragdoll, a breed known for their sweet, non-aggressive temperament. Ragdolls should never be allowed outside unsupervised, because they will not defend themselves in a confrontational situation. So they are perfect indoor apartment/condo cats.
When I was little, my grandmother had a big orange cat, Max, who started limping. She took him to the vet, where he was given a cortisone shot. He was great for quite a while, but then he started holding his paw up again. Before Grandma Frances could decide if she needed to take him back to the vet, she noticed that he did not limp when he thought he was undetected (he was outside on his leash and she was watching through a window), but if she went outside he would start to limp again (he also made the mistake of sometimes changing which paw he held up–little brain). She had a steroid abuser-wannabe kitty. The vet agreed with Grandma that he did not need more meds, and after a few days Max gave up trying and stopped limping. I know Lucy would never behave in such a nefarious manner, but I thought you might enjoy the story.
I did, so much so that I repeated it here.
And it reminds me of a former cat I had, who was always underfoot. So much so, that I stepped on his tail from time to time. Every time I did, and he let out a yelp, I’d give him a treat to say I was sorry. He quickly learned that this was a fast way to get a treat and started trying to get his tail stepped on. Soon, anytime I got anywhere near him, he’d let out a yelp as if he’d been stepped on, and then look at me pointedly: “Well, where’s my treat?”
I have been admiring the Alpine lace ever since you started it (I have a weakness for leafy patterns). How do you think it would look in black? I ‘rescued’ some black laceweight from my mom, because she will never use it and wanted me to make something that shape. I love the lighter colors though usually, I’d hate to do all that work and have it look bad.
There’s a photo of a black Alpine lace that I found on a blog a while back. After some mad Googling, I found it, here. Gorgeous, huh?
I’m also looking forward to seeing it blocked, but it’s looking pretty huge in its unblocked state – do you anticipate that it will grow much in size when you block? (or were you stretching it out a little for photographing and you won’t stretch it much more in blocking?).
While I do stretch it out a little for photos, I’m betting it’s going to grow substantially when blocked. The yarn is very stretchy and springy and the pattern is quite closed up while being knit. Incidentally, it’s not all that huge in real life.
First sock is done. And is pretty decent-sized. So yes, you can get a reasonably good-sized pair of socks out of one skein of Zen String Serendipity sock yarn. For reference, I wear a women’s size 8.5 shoe and have wide feet.
I have another book to give away. This is Past Reason Hated by Peter Robinson, who is one of my current favorite mystery authors.
Would you like it? Send an email to blogcontestATcomcastDOTnet before noon Eastern time on Sunday April 1, and I’ll use the random number generator to pick a lucky recipient. Once again, anyone with a mailing address on Planet Earth is welcome to enter the drawing.
“Come pet me, Momma. I’m injured, remember.”