Thursday, October 28, 2021

Goodbye, Tarbaby

Only 20 days after discovering Tarbaby's severe urinary tract infection I had to let him go. He spent 12 days in the kitty hospital and was medicated, pampered, adored, and loved. He got to come home for a few days but could not overcome his body's tendency for the urethra to clog, a common problem in older boy cats. He would only be eight next week, not so old, but I could not put him through any more painful procedures. Even though he was skittish around strangers, he charmed both vets and the techs who took care of him. He was more like having a toddler in the house than a cat--lovable, demanding, talkative. He will be sorely missed.

He loved to hang on the back of my office chair; he also liked to lie on his back with me supporting hi head so he could stretch out his long legs and groom himself. A favorite sleeping spot was up against a pillow on one of my quilts. When there were other voices in the house, he often retreated to a high place of safety. His shiny, solid black fur made him hard to photograph but I never quit trying. The girls, Elizabeth and Rahrah, are unaffected by his absence, enjoying their elevated status in the pecking order. Goodbye, Tarbaby.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Loving this Fall Weather

After my week in Gatlinburg I have been enjoying walking in my neighborhood. There are persimmon trees full of fruit, an early azalea, purple ?. My persimmon tree only grows beautiful leaves, no fruit, but it is in full shade. I have several Mexican Heather plants that seem to do well no matter the heat or cold. I discovered a little cascading stem that looks like redbud in my flowerbed. This angel-leaf begonia is lovely from the front or from the back with sun shining through the leaves.

Monday, October 18, 2021

A Week at Arrowmont

 I just returned from a week at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains for a free-motion quilting class at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. Paula Kovarik is an inspiring individual and teacher, and my fellow students were amazingly talented also. This area is a huge tourist destination, but we didn't hike or shop, preferring to spend our time inside stitching. My lodging was up a steep hill, an easy walk down before breakfast, but quite challenging walking up at the end of the day. My walk down the hill was interrupted by stopping to photograph leaves on the path. The food was creative and delicious. I came home eager to get to my sewing machine.

Road from Bill May Hall toward dining and classes

Mural depicting classes 

Large sycamore leaves

Large sycamore leaf

Dining Hall and fall display

My section of the design wall