It hurts me so to tell you all we lost our beloved kitty, Tuxedo. His disease was fatal and the vet said it was cruel to continue force feeding him until his pain was unbearable. poor Tuxedo and his deeply hurt grieving parents had to take that horrible last trip to the vet. It's so very devastating and deeply depressing. When the blood work came back we then knew a lot more about his disease. It was actually something he had from birth and the only good thing I can say is that we gave him an extra year of life that he would not have had left in the wild. He was only 2 years old.
I'm telling you all this because he was my quilting companion for the last year and a half. He also brought out the cat person in me. I never knew I could love a cat, but Tuxedo was not any ordinary cat. He was more canine than feline. Even the vet and her assistants said he was extremely special. Even while he was devastatingly ill, he would purr for us and them. They all gave him extra special attention because of his awesome personality. He is very sorely missed and I cry as I write this.
Wwhile grieving I thought some quilting would keep my mind off our loss. However I wasn't sure if it would help or hinder my grieving. I thought perhaps bringing out the big quilt may be depressing because he was always wrapped up in the fabric at my feet. I thought my loss would be multiplied because he wasn't there to help me make all those stitches. I reluctantly pulled it out and began stitching while watching cheesy hallmark Christmas movie all alone in the big living room.
i wasn't alone for long
Our new pup, Opal, whom Jim rescued from across the country moved right in. She even blends in to my backing fabric just like Tuxedo, black and white. Opal has blended into our family just like she and Tux did into my quilt. She is a great addition to our family and I don't regret one thing about going to get her.
Then our Angel, the husky mix, who is always Ms. Buttinsky as we call her, moved in for the photo shoot.
Even Day-z got into the cheer mom up mood. Here she is getting Jim's camera attention as they all converged on me to make sure i was okay. Day-z has a perpetual smile and you can't help but smile back. She's the sweetest little girl and is always cheering me up, and always the ball player. I'm sure her ball isn't far from this photo the way she's looking at Jim it's probably at his feet.
What you don't see here is Lucy our Jack Russell sitting under all that fabric by my feet.
While I didn't get much sewing done, I did get moral support from my family and even some smiles and giggles as they all visited and cheered me up. We all miss our Tuxedo dearly. Even Opal who has only known him for a week seems to understand our sadness and loss. As I write this she has moved right back in to Her spot on my quilt fabric after being distracted for a few minutes before coming back to quietly sit here while I set down the iPad and begin stitching again. I just had to let ya'll know Catless quilting can be accomplished with a little help from our friends.
sew, till next time...