I just realized it’s been nearly 6 months since I updated the blog.
I apologize for that everyone! It’s been a really up and down several months. I thought I’d update you on some of the larger points.
In January, we unexpectedly lost one of our furbabies.
Shadow – my 17 ½ year young studio cat AKA the Jester – suddenly went from an unbelievably healthy cat to terminally ill. We ran the gamut of anorexia, constipation, heart problems, and finally pleural effusion in the space of 8 days. We had to make a decision when we found out about the fluid against her lungs that was causing breathing problems. At 3am when the Emergency vet dropped the “probably cancer” bomb (along with the “poor quality of life” bomb) on me, I derailed. I came completely off the tracks. I couldn’t think at all. He said we could drain the fluid and see what happened. I could see she was suffering and I didn’t feel it was right to try to prolong that just because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye. I cuddled her while the vet gave her the injection and told her how sorry I was while I watched the light go out of her eyes.
Knowing what I know now, I might have saved her. 5 minutes after the injection, I thought about the subQs. I believe the fluid was the subQ fluids we were giving her on the advice of the first emergency vet. We’re well versed in subQs with Stormi but something appeared to have gone wrong with Shadow. They would have also taxed her heart – that I think was already weak – if she wasn’t absorbing them correctly. There were other signs I didn’t know to look for at the time. I still feel the guilt of giving up on her too soon and it’s definitely affecting my motivation these days.
RIP my wonderful sweet little lady.
At the beginning of March, Ryan went in for what we think will be his final surgery from his accident nearly 2 years ago. This surgery was a resounding success and his doctors are thrilled with how well he’s progressing. He’s still got a long way to go though – he’s still in physio and has regular chiropractic appointments for problems that originated with the accident. He’s not allowed to twist that leg and can’t bear much extra weight. All of this is precluding him from many of his regular activities at the moment.
Before he went in, he picked up my new Janome MC8200QCP SE (tax refund treat) and set it up for me. He wanted it set up before he went into surgery because he knew I’d try to get it downstairs into the studio with or without his help. I wasn’t with him to pick it up that day because I was entering week 2 with bronchitis and didn’t feel like sharing that with others. In fact, there was a fear for a bit that I would disqualify him for surgery if the bronchitis was bacterial – and I was on antibiotics as a precaution as a result. Luckily, he wasn’t disqualified and surgery went ahead.
I passed out on the couch the day it came home and when I woke up, all that was left was to lift the machine into the table. He put the table together and moved it into position while I was unconscious. He may be a keeper. 🙂
I love this machine. I’ve been using it a lot less than I’d hoped but that’s more lack of time and motivation than a lack of its ability. I may even see the sale of my Pfaff 6122 in the future. I’d originally kept it because I was so bonded to it (and because it has memories tied to Shadow) but I haven’t used it since late February.
The vintage scene:
- This year already, I’ve taught the vintage maintenance class 3 times. I love spending my time this way! Possibly more than working on the machines themselves. The “ah ha!” moments and the empowerment that people get out of it make me grin like the mad hatter. 🙂
- In February, I taught it to a full class of fabulous gals (and one great guy) here in Morinville, AB.
- Since then, I’ve taught it privately in my studio. I really loved this too. I thought I would feel crowded and a little invaded (the studio is my sanctuary after all – even though I share it with all of you) but I didn’t. It was a nice cozy atmosphere and I had all the props for any off topic questions too! One of the private classes also included the tension class first then the maintenance class. Now both of those classes in a day wiped me out but they went together really well and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
- I left the Quilting Board. I used to hang out there in the vintage section but politics being what they are, it was no longer fun. I changed my signature on the forum to reflect my absence but the moderators deleted that as well. So if you’ve tried to message me there and I didn’t respond, this is why. There were a group of us who had constant problems with the moderators so when Steve started up the Victorian Sweatshop, a lot of us headed there. I haven’t been at VSS much lately because I’ve been busy and a little overwhelmed but I will be there more often as things slow down here.
- I managed to get 2 more videos up to YouTube. Filmed in January, they finally made it up there in April.
On the May long weekend (May 23rd was Victoria day in Canada), Stormi – our nearly 20 year young girl AKA the Queen – went into the emergency vet with anorexia and possibly a bladder infection. She showed signs of improvement even before we left the vet and before we started the7 day course of antibiotics. 9 days later though, she was suddenly worse – vomiting and constipation. I was having flashbacks of January and was an emotional wreck. A second visit to emerg and a different vet on duty and she’s on the mend. The first visit was likely a misdiagnosis – probably not a bladder infection – there was no bacteria in her sample – and the antibiotics probably helped loosen the constipation problem that was likely the original issue. (They both have similar symptoms in cats) Once she was finished the antibiotics, the constipation problem returned. We’re now managing her with diet, laxatives and supplements that are keeping this from repeating itself but the every 2 hour feedings are running me into the ground. I’m slowly getting her used to a longer period between feedings which means I get more sleep and more opportunity to step out of the house to detox a little.
As to her quality of life: She’s purring and trilling and playing with her catnip toy (and my slippers…). She even asked me for food a few hours ago. 🙂 🙂 🙂
- At the beginning of May, I moved the Archaic Arcane website to a hosting company. I realized I was spending too much time fighting spammers and hackers and that I was really not enjoying it. Additionally there was a bug on the blog that I couldn’t find that was resulting in up to a minute to save or switch screens in the admin areas which lead to me getting distracted and walking away. With the site hosted now, those distractions are gone and hopefully, I’ll get to post more.
- Another Featherweight related pattern release! I’ll detail more about that hopefully tomorrow.
- One of the suppliers I buy from has just become an Genziana supplier. That means that I can buy their thread at wholesale and should be able to sell it to others. For years, I’ve read/heard that Genziana is the same thread as Aurifil. I don’t know for certain if it is or not but it sure handles pretty much identically. This news makes me so happy. The company sent me some samples of the 50 and 40wt threads and I have been testing it as time permits and providing feedback to my rep. I will be detailing some of this on my blog as well soon. He also sent me 2 spools of their wool thread. I’m trying to come up with some sort of project to test that out. Any suggestions?
- I’ve begun knitting again. I learned (poorly) as a child but took it up again relatively seriously this year. It gives me something to do with my hands when I can’t be in the studio – like sitting in a doctor’s office, etc. I’m currently working on this shawl and this afghan. What I didn’t realize is that knitting would let me exercise my budding wood working skills too! Now I just need more yarn to wind on my homemade yarn swift. 🙂
I think that’s it. Now that I look at it, I guess I’ve been accomplishing more than I’d thought. I’ll try to post shorter posts more often for a bit and see if that gets me back in the groove here.
Today’s post title Richie Sambora – 7 years gone.
“The hour glass is broken
Sand is slipping through your hands
While you’re chasing what’s been stolen
Change is making, making other plans
Like the moth dances with the light
Sometimes a shadow burns too bright
Shattered silence in the night
You wake up, all gone”