Festive & Frosty

Festive & Frosty

Sunday evening rolls around quicker than…well, something that rolls around quickly!  I don’t know where the year has gone – it’s flying by, and each week seems to go quicker than the last.

Still very sad about Boyo.  So I won’t make this a long post – I know I get overly dramatic at times and I don’t want to do him a disservice by doing that now.  We loved him very much and now he is gone, and we are so very sad.
That’s all there is to write.

I will say that being creative is as good a way as any to take your mind off sorrow and loss. Today I spent a day at home with Mum (she stayed with me all weekend so she wouldn’t have to be in an empty house) and we crafted and read, drank tea and spent time in the garden together.  I made a few more Christmas cards (trying desperately to get enough done for Christmas and my sale in a couple of weeks) and was fairly happy with the results.  It was nice to have someone with me to bounce ideas off.  Sometimes you just need another pair of eyes to tell you if the red button looks better than the green one, if  the card needs lace or ribbon, or if a background would be better in cream or white.

So here are a selection of some of the cards I created today.  What do you think? 🙂

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Goodbye Sweet Boy(o)

Goodbye Sweet Boy(o)

A sad weekend this one.  My Mum and I had to make the difficult decision to have our beloved Alexander (Boyo) put to sleep.  He had developed cancer in the roof of his mouth which was spreading to his nasal passage and sinus area, and behind his eyes.  He also had a newly-diagnosed thyroid problem and a heart murmur.  It broke our hearts.  He has been such a special little man, seeing us through times of sorrow and stress, never bad-tempered or spiteful and always loving and gentle.  He has lived with my Mum for the past 7 years so, although he is technically “mine”, she is devastated to have lost her companion.  She stayed with me all weekend so she didn’t have to go home to an “empty” house.

Boyo’s health had declined quite rapidly over a short space of time and, although he was not depressed or miserable in himself, he had lost all his energy and “zest”.  He slept a lot and wasn’t eating, despite us buying him every tempting treat we could think of.  He had lost a lot of weight and, we believe, was starting to feel uncomfortable with the cancer (we imagine he was getting little feline headaches and at least feeling a pressure in his head and sinus).  Although we couldn’t bear to lose him, we couldn’t stand to see him suffer and would not allow that to happen.  We made the decision to say Goodbye to him on Friday night.  The vet was so good, quick and efficient but caring too.  She gave him a quick sedation to relax him and he basically fell asleep in our arms while she administered the fatal dose.  There was no pain or fear, no struggling or distress.  It all happened so quickly and quietly that it was almost a lovely experience.  I think it helped my Mum a lot, though she was absolutely distraught and guilt-ridden.  We stayed in the room with him, crying and cuddling him until we were ready to say Goodbye forever.  He looked so peaceful and serene and beautiful.  I am glad we chose to do it now, rather than allow him to carry on getting sicker and weaker, out of selfishness and inability to let go.  He had given us so much joy and love over his (almost) 18 years of life, the least we could do was release him from any further pain or suffering, allowing him to go peacefully and while he was still “himself”.

I will miss him so much – he was a truly special cat.  I had hand-reared him from a 4 day old kitten who had lost his mother, so I really do think of him as my baby.

We used to say he had invisible angel wings (because he was so graceful when he leapt and jumped) – now he has them for real.

RIP Boyo – we love you and will miss you forever, until we get to see you again x

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My Sunday in Pictures

My Sunday in Pictures

I went over to my Mum’s today with the intention of doing some crafting with her.  Epic fail.  We ended up just spending the day talking and having tea and admiring the cat (it’s what we do).  We looked at some craft magazines so I like to think that counts but really, we didn’t actually do anything constructive.  I think sometimes you just need a day like that.

Mum is trying to get her tiny little art/craft room organised and kitted out.  She doesn’t have a lot of room and so she has taken her time getting furniture in there and deciding on what kind of storage unit she wanted.  She’s making it look really pretty though and a lot more inspiring than my craft room (which is basically a mess all of the time).  She’s good at arranging things and grouping “like” things together in an attractive way (instead of my method of just cramming stuff wherever it fits).  She uses bought pieces and items she’s made to decorate and create charming little nooks and spaces.

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We visited a local scrapbooking store because I needed some glass slides to use with some memory frames I bought.  I came out of the store $47.00 poorer and still with no glass slides.  Oh well…I needed more paper and stamps and embellishments, didn’t I?

During my visit, Alexander, the very spoilt and gorgeous love of our life was a cheerful and attention-seeking companion, never far from where we were sitting.  He does, however, enjoy a nap in his “boudoir” which is actually Mum’s spare bathroom.  He has a whole set up in there.  A bed fit for a king in the bath tub.  Mum worries that he gets cold but he goes in there by himself and looks perfectly content to  me.  He gets to sunbathe as the sun filters through the big window and he feels safe and secure within the confines of the bath tub.  Sure, it’s a little bit odd but he likes it.  He’s 16 years old so we figure he can do what he likes.  Although he is a naughty boy and will scratch at Mum’s brand new couch.  He gets away with murder because we love him.  It is impossible to get photos of him – not just because he camera-shy but because he is very black and the camera doesn’t pick up his features very well.  He is the sweetest-natured cat we have ever had.  Never bad tempered or spiteful.  We raised him and his siblings from when they were only a few days old so I guess we brought them up “proper”.

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The “King” in his “boudoir”.  Comfortable much?

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I don’t know what he was saying here.  Most likely “Get that camera away from me!”  Look at those perfect teeth!  Not bad for an old man.

Mum showed me a couple of the things she’d been painting this week.  She thinks her painting is getting “terrible” as she is getting older.  I think she’s crazy.  If I could paint half as well as her, I’d be happy.

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Pretty little country scene on a Christmas bauble.  These are big sellers for Mum at our Christmas craft sale every year.  She never has any left by the end of the day.

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This “Frosty” bauble not finished yet but he’s cute.  I like the little robin too.

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This is going to be a brooch – it’s painted on a wooden “slice” from a tree branch.  I’m going to do some brooches with these too but Mum beat me to it.

So, not the most productive day (and of course, now that it is late, I am suddenly filled with creative spirit and want to do something…) but a nice, chilled one and no stress.  Back to work tomorrow.  Had an awful time at work this week just gone so I am hoping this week will be better.  Hope your week is great too 🙂