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Kitty Time and Other Things

20120611_023Toby and the girls

Toby pictures posted at last!!! The first one he is about 3 months old and the other two are later at about 17 weeks (4.25 months)
The 2 dolls are Hypermaniac Ishta and Muse - each sporting a fresh faceup from Emily.

I have not posted in nearly a year!! I am still doing the IVIG antibody infusions. While my energy is still very low - I have had far fewer infections this past year. I think I only went on prednisone once. That was shortly after my second or third infusion and I waited too long to call the doctor. She put me on a short burst of prednisone for all the asthma and coughing, and it helped and made may next infusion symptom free. However I could sleep for only 45 minutes at a time. It was pretty surreal.

I saw the hematologist yesterday for my 1 year check back. They are pleased that my immunogammaglobulin levels,have come up to a low normal level and stabilized. My red count is still low and slowly dropping again. Not clear why - I may need another round of iron infusions I suspect. There are some forms of immune disorder where red cells are damaged by the immune system. I can't get any confirmation on this from my doctors.

So I sleep and nap and doze - turn on some british detective show like Miss Marple and drift off. I especially adore the Inspector Lewis program. The 90+ minutes stories are complex and full of twists and turns and gentle wit. The Oxford location and homes are a delight - Armchair traveling at its best.I only wish there were more of them. The Inspector Morse set is a treasure too - we got it from Amazon UK at a MUCH lower price than the american version. We picked up an inexpensive "all region" DVD player and that has opened up a whole world of great things to watch.

In other realms - our dear kitty Shadow succumbed this Feb. to several health problems including irritable bowel disease. The poor baby got so little nourishment from her many feedings that she wasted away to just a little over 4 pounds. We tried for months to help her with limited ingredient food in many small feedings, and pre and pro biotics - lots of TLC and trips to the doctor. The last few months of her life were tiring for us all. At the end when she withdrew emotionally from us, we spent a last cuddling session with her purring in my arms. We all said goodbye to our sweet gentle friend of nearly 16 years.

Em had researched various breeds of cat and found a well respected breeder of Ragdoll cats right here in our area. In April we went to visit the kitties and test the allergy reaction. Amazingly neither of us got itchy or wheezy at all. One little mostly cream colored male kitten seemed very taken with Em. Long story short - We adopted him and named him Toby. He has been with us for about a month and a half now. He is seemingly ecstatic to live here in our family. He is growing faster than any kitten I have ever seen. He plays like a maniac for long play sessions - leaping and summersaulting and "killing" his toys with such energy and delight. Yet he is gentle with us - using soft paws and kissing our faces and arms with love. What a dear, dear fellow!

Tip your head to the right side...

Hey at long last I have something to post! I finally finished the quilt top I have been working on so long. I began it last summer and spent ever so long trying to find fabrics and patterns that let those pretty peonies really sing. The Michael Miller peony fabric and the deep rose batik were the inspiration fabrics for this quilt. Funny that there ended up being more hydrangeas than peonies. I am really pleased with it though. The basic pattern layout idea I found in a Kaffe Fassett book. It is called Magic Carpet. But my fabrics while spring vibrant are very different than the Fassett fabrics. I did use one of his prints in the center of the pieced squares. It is a green paperweight print.I especially love the large checked border in purple and lavender. The 2 fabrics for that border looked so close in color until I stitched them together into this sort of medium contrast check. It feels sort of beach house glam to me.
It came out huge - 73" by 97". Bob photographed it for me by pinning it onto his seamless black duck (fabric - not quacking). It was too big to put it vertically on the background. The top is actually on the right hand side - not a huge difference though - mainly the red hydrangeas have a direction.
I know I will never be able to do a good job on my home machine and besides my shoulder aches just thinking about it...
So I will hire a longarm quilter to do the quilting for me. It will add at least 3 weeks to the process, but that is fine.The next thing to do is figure out what sort of quilting patterns I want.

Here is a lovely video with a message from the Hopi Elders


And here is a call for quilts to send to Japan.


Wonder if I can get something done before April 30th??

The Weather Report....

I do hope you will enjoy this great oldie.


Tea Party

Quite belatedly I posted Emily's meetup pictures from Nanna Rossa's. Yea for tea parties.
I wish I had taken photos of Emily though. She wore an Edwardian tea gown she got on ebay. With the lavender sash she looked a twin to Rose and Sarah!

The photos are on DoA at http://www.denofangels.com/forums/showthread.php?t=356742

Here is a teaser though.