Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Spring Has Sprung (Nevermind That It's Still Technically Winter)

What a beautiful day. It was in the high 60's, and the only thing that would have made it more perfect would have been more sun. It was kind of cloudy today, but still, it felt wonderful. Tomorrow is supposed to be even better, with highs in the 90's. Dusty wanted to go out this afternoon, but I hated to not let him out. Our backyard is like a bog right now, and I can't deal with the mud that would be all over him, and the house, too. And, he had his eyelid stapled this morning, and he was still a little groggy for the rest of the day. He's had a scratch on his cornea, and a fungus that has kind of thickened the skin around his eye, which makes his eyelashes turn down a bit. Unfortunately, they turn down right on the scratch, which keeps irritating it. So, the short term solution is to staple it up. Last week, the vet put a couple of stitches in it, but Dusty kept fiddling with it, and snapped the stitches. Reminds me of when we had one of our cats spayed at a spay clinic about thirty miles away. They gave me detailed instructions on care of her stitches, and how to remove them myself in about a week from surgery (I can handle that). However, by the time we were home, she had nibbled one of the stitches out herself.

I'm still looking for a fabric for the other half of the "birds in air" quilt blocks I found. I have a couple of fabrics I really like, and would like to use, but alas, I have less than a yard of each of them, which is nowhere near enough. I went to the Quilt Barn today, and looked through all the fabrics, and found one I sorta liked, and bought, but I'm not sure I'm going to be happy if I use it. I think I'm going to break down and order fabric swatches from Keepsake Quilting in NH, and see if they have anything I like. In my mind, I know what I want to use, and I have a feeling I'm not going to be happy unless I get that look, and I don't want to put a lot of time into sewing something that is not going to make me happy. Not to mention all the time I'll have to waste picking it out after I've already wasted a ton of time cutting and sewing the material.

In the meantime, I'm still working on the gray afghan. I have 11 of the 20 blocks done, and I'm halfway through a 12th block. I was working a lot last week, so I didn't get as much done as I wanted to, although I am making progress on this. More than halfway through the blocks now; all I have to do is put them together and add the edging. Oh, yeah, and finish the other 8 blocks, too.


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