Woke up thinking about my baby girl, who I lost in May of 2015 to renal disease at the all-too-young age of 11. She was the only survivor of an abandoned litter and was hand raised by a shelter lady. Consequently, she was a lot more snugly than cats, especially female cats, usually are. She was Stormalinda Phogg-Phoote, the name was bigger than the cat. Stormie was never very big, always slender and graceful, agile, gracile, and quick. She was a climber, and could leap highest of any cat I’ve had. Sometimes, the (cat) boys would let her up on the bed at night and she would creep into the hollow between my stomach and my body pillow, curl up and sleep there. I remember how privileged I felt when she did that, and tears slide down my face. I’m down to one now, the fat(cat)boy, and I wonder how long I’ll be able to keep him before time and the world steal him away from me. He turned 10 this August.
You may or may not have noticed the Mary Oliver quotation from her poem, “Starlings in Winter” on the sidebar at right. Doodlemum is participating in “Inktober” a drawing challenge to post a drawing every day in October, and the picture above was her post for today. It resonated with me on umpteen levels. There are days. . . there are days. . . .
In addition to being “Inktober” it’s also “Pinktober,” breast cancer awareness month. I’m already very aware of it. Four of the ladies in my knitting group are survivors, all of them have had mastectomies, one of them has had her third recurrence and it is in her bones now. She’s done a third round of chemo, and now she’s doing radiation therapy to the lesions in the bone. Three of them have gotten the monster to leave them alone for now. One of them is still being stalked. Some of us knit because it keeps us from screaming. . . .
Also in the knitting news, I finished a Little Twisted Hat in fuchsia glitter yarn in honor of Pinktober, and I’m futzing with a mistake in a Carrie Fisher Memorial PussyHat which I have put aside until I simmer down. I’ve revised the Little Twisted Hat pattern to do the decreases differently, and I like the way it “points” the cables better.
Last night when I got groceries, I got a Super Saver Jumbo skein of Red Heart PINK yarn to make some more pink hats for “Pinktober.” I went looking for clear glass beads at Michael’s but didn’t find any. Did find colored star-shaped beads, though and in a way that’s even better. I have plans for a pink hat with star beads. There will be a pattern published on my knitting patterns blog . . . eventually. I’ll have to find one of my small crochet hooks to put them on with.
I’m going to finish that one Malguri Morning shawl today if it harelips the governor, and get both of them in the mail to Spokane ASAP. I also need to wash a load of clothes. The first item will get done. The second item may get done. What I should do is go sit and knit on it in the living room where I can hear the washer and dryer*, start a load of clothes, and knit while I wait for it to be time to put the clothes in the dryer, and then time take them out of the dryer and hang them up. I should eat something also, so I can have a personal pie** for dessert. I got two apple ones and two cherry ones when I shopped groceries last night. Decanted into a dish and zotted in the microwave. . . but apple or cherry? . . . decisions, decisions. . .
* The living room is beside the dining "area"; and at one end of the dining area is the kitchen, and at the other end is the laundry room. ** A two crust fruit pie made in a 5-inch aluminum foil pie tin.