Thursday, August 24, 2006
We also have a stray who has been hanging around our house. We felt sorry for him and started feeding him. I would have done that anyway because I can't stand the thought of any pet going hungry. Now he knows when breakfast and supper time is because he's at our back door at those times. At first he would just observe us from a distance. In the first few weeks, when I would come home from work I could see him at the far end of the back yard sitting, patiently, watching us. When we first started feeding him, he would run as soon as we came out the door with the food, but after we went back inside he would cautiously creep back up on the back patio and eat the food we had put out for him. Now, he must have decided he can trust us because he'll let us pet him and Eddie said that one day he even jumped into his lap briefly. He's still skittish, but he'll let us pet him now. So, I guess that means that we have an outside cat now. I don't know what we are going to do this winter. A friend suggested maybe getting one of those small dog houses for him. I'll have to look at some and see what I can get at a reasonable price. We don't have a garage or basement or anything like that for him to go into. All we have is a carport, so we'll have to figure out something.
As soon as I can, I'll try to take a picture of him and post it. He's a pretty cat. He's a black and white long hair and Eddie has already named him Spanky after the Spanky the dog that was on the show The Little Rascals. He said his coloring reminded him of the dog. Spanky the cat has a black mark around one eye just like Spanky the dog had as best as I can remember what the dog looked like. It's been a long time since I saw one of those shows.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Last night I finished a quilt top that I'm getting ready to put into the frame to quilt. I'm making it for a friend who has been begging me to make her a quilt. She has offered to pay me to make it, but I'm not going to take money from her. She's out of work and to top everything off, she's been diagnosed with cancerous tumors. I'm giving her the quilt. It's the least I can do.
I have decided, though, that after I finish this quilt and give it to her, that I'm going to start quilting quilt tops to earn extra money to help pay off some major debts that we have. If I have to take a second job to earn some extra money, it may as well be doing something that I enjoy. I can sit in the sunroom with Eddie and watch TV while I'm quilting. I can't think of a better way to get paid for doing something I love.
When I finish a quilt I guess I sort of feel like authors do when they finish a book. Sort of like Joan Wilder did in the movie Romancing the Stone. I want to celebrate. It sounds vain, I know, but there is a joy in finishing something that you are proud of. I just want to look at the finished quilt and admire it and feel thankful that I am able to create something so beautiful. Not because I'm good, but because God gave me the gift and ability to be able to do it.