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Update on 9/5: Six weeks after her accident, Ella is now wandering the house and leaping up on beds and bunks and other things that need cat hair on them. She has a limp, which is probably permanent, but she's not letting that stop her. Read the full update here.

Update on 8/1: Ella is doing well! Anne got a second opinion from a surgeon, who said this type of pelvic fracture would heal better without surgery than with surgery. Ella's leg has moved back into the correct alignment, and she's getting feeling back in the leg. Anne is keeping Ella confined to a large dog crate during the day to prevent her from leaping or running and worsening the fracture. It will take four to six weeks for Ella to heal, and she'll need several more vet visits, but if things keep going as they have been, she won't need surgery.

I'll be posting Anne's updates later today. For now, you can read them directly on her Facebook.

The amazing outpouring of support you all have shown Ella enabled Anne to get a second opinion that she otherwise wouldn't have been able to get. She says, "I don't have to go with 'if it was my cat I wouldn't bother.'" It's also covering vet visits, painkillers, and all the other things that an extended injury brings. Anne isn't going to make a final reckoning until Ella is well and truly out of the woods, but right now, it looks like your donations will more than cover the rest of Ella's care.

Thank you all so much. Your generosity on behalf of Miss Ella is wondrous and staggering. As a personal friend of the little grey lady, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

This is Ella.
Ella in the fullness of her dignity

More pictures of Miss Ella. )

On Thursday night, Ella came home dragging herself by her forelegs. Anne rushed her to the emergency animal hospital. This is Ella's pelvis...
Ella's pelvis

...which is not supposed to look like that.

It will cost $1500 to $4500 to get medical care for Ella's broken pelvis--$1500 to amputate her leg, $4500 to pin the bone and save her leg. Anne just got hit with a ton of bills and doesn't have enough to cover either operation. Please, donate whatever you can to help save Ella's leg. (Or send a check if you don't want to use Wepay. Message me for the name and address.) Every little bit helps.

And if you can't donate, please repost. Friends-of-friends have already been a huge help.

Donations are now more than enough to cover Ella's medical expenses. Thank you all so, so much.

If you want to link to or repost this from any other platform, please do. Thank you to those of you who are getting the word out, and many, many thanks to those who have donated.

Send questions about donations to [ profile] morgansong, who's handling the fundraising for Anne. She can no longer accept Paypal donations because Paypal is having issues. Crisis averted.

Updates on Ella's condition and photos are in the comments: Sunday evening, Tuesday morning, and Tuesday evening. She's hanging in there. Brave little kitty. We've raised $1,548 $2,178 so far*--and by "us," I mean all of us, those who've donated and those who've spread the word. Thank you all so, so much. The kindness of strangers has been wonderful. The Internet has made the world a smaller place, and sometimes, it's a smaller, better place.

* $1,771.45 from Wepay and $406.16 from Paypal.
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It's been a craptastic day, starting with lousy donuts and finishing with an emergency vet visit (for something which turned out to be nothing at all - except the vet's fee, but there's a bright spot.)

In the middle I drove from Tucumcari, NM to Cochita Lake, NM (near Santa Fe) while J dealt with work crises and was on the phone to the point that when we got close to where we needed directions, which normally the passenger provides, we had to pull over onto an offramp so I could look up how to get where we were going. Where we were accosted by a homeless guy who wanted a lift "uh, sorry, no" (but was grateful for the sandwiches I made for him when he asked if we might have snacks to share - there's another bright spot.) I made sandwiches for us too and we ate them while J was on the phone. Still. Again.

We got to the campground,spotting the turn at the last possible second. We didn't have reservations, the sites which were supposed to be open were booked, there was only one site available and it took two tries to get in, and then about 15 minutes after we got in and I was reviewing a fic for posting and thinking how much everything I write sucks (that's stress, it'll pass) there's Mister Guy staggering along the floor looking like he's having a stroke while Mercedes pukes. Four times (the puking, not the staggering.) So, fast Google search, vet 40 minutes away, called, made appointment, stuffed the now perfectly nonchalant cat back in his carrier, and drove to the vet.

Where Mister Guy charmed the nice no-nonsense lady vet and acted like a perfectly healthy cat.

One more bright spot: the campground is absolutely stunning. Which I will appreciate tomorrow, I am sure. Tell me something good that's going on for you.
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...on a cool winter's day in Louisiana.  Left to right, Lilibelle, Mister Guy, and Mercedes.

Mister Guy licked Mercedes very thoroughly, even going so far as to nibble an ear.  But she wouldn't move off his blankie (she was sound asleep) so eventually he just nestled back down.

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I am very much done with hot, as are all of you, no doubt. It’s been hot and sunny, hot and rainy, and just plain hot since we arrived in Florida (really since we arrived in June, and not just in Florida.) I’m staying denned up in the rig other than for brief forays to do the laundry. I finally got the wii fit going again this week and am starting back into what I hope will be regular exercise. J and I are also taking short bike rides around the campground in an attempt to raise the general movement level, but those have been curtailed by the.. say it with me.. HEAT!

Castillo with cannon.. )
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Much progress on Sea and Shore, with much recourse to the seam ripper. Moreso than usual, which is probably due to the fact that the blocks are set every-which-way, and the fact that there’s no sashing on the outer edge of the central block set. So the last row of six? Which got sashing on the bottom all the way across before I looked at the remaining sashing strips and said “hmm, that doesn’t look like enough to finish”? Got taken apart and fixed. I thought about swapping the blocks in rows 4 and 5 (not yet sashed at that point) but between the pesky orientation issues and the fact that I had these blocks right where I wanted them and didn’t want to change, just picked up the little scissors and snip-snip-snipped.

All the blocks are sashed and sewn in rows, and two of the six rows have been sewn together; four more seams will make a center. The border blocks are largely framed with setting triangles (six more to set) and need to be laid out in sets of eight and ten to make pleasing borders. After that, it’s just a matter of measuring and cutting the blocks to finish the pieced border, while crossing my fingers that there will be enough background fabric left (maybe, maybe, I hope so) for a final narrow border. Almost done, all in all.

It would be further along but I got lured away from the main project by my leader ender project, because it was going to be so fast to finish. That’s the nine-patch just visible at the top of the photo. That will be a bureau scarf, once it’s quilted.

Everyone's a critic: Mister Guy looking at my border with a jaundiced eye.

See what everyone else is up to at Judy Laquidara’s Design Wall Monday!
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We’re on the Outer Banks for vacation, but the last few days the wind has been blowing so hard that going out to the beach is like stepping into a sand-blasting cabinet. Thank goodness this is the second week of vacation, and we got a lot of swimming time last week when the weather was perfect. It’s not a complete loss; we went sightseeing instead of beach-going and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, and we’ve been staying out of the heat in the RV so I have plenty of quilting time.

Sea and Shore (the obvious project for the situation) is almost ready to put together. Only five more blocks to finish, and then I can do the major layout thing. I was laying out blocks for assembly on the design bed (no room for a design wall) and had a lot of ‘help’. That’s Lilibelle in the photo above. She looks so innocent, doesn’t she?

I am thinking about quilting this with just a flannel backing as a summer spread, but I am a bit concerned about all those lumpy seams with no batting to pad them. J says it won’t be a problem, since we lie under quilts, not atop them. What do you think?

See what other folks have going on in the summer heat on Judy Laquidara’s Design Wall Monday.
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It’s an overcast and somewhat blustery day in Wylie, TX. We’re camped at East Fork Park, a beautiful Corps of Engineers park on the south shore of Lavon Lake. We left Livingston, LA earlier than planned, headed for Texas for J’s work. Unfortunately Lakeside RV doesn’t give refunds, so we were shorted four days we’d prepaid. Not a big deal, but something to keep in mind when making our Mardi Gras plans going forward.

Mardi Gras and back )
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Long time no updates! Sorry for the extended break; I hope to be getting better at communicating this year.

Big changes are afoot! )
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From Nashville we drove pretty much due west to wind up near J’s sister’s place, at a little campground in Kensett, a little town in central Arkansas. The campground was a bit run down but the owner was very friendly, and recommended a place he said served “the best catfish in Arkansas!” There was just enough time to get there for dinner, so we piled into the van and drove east to an even tinier town (pop 132.) Georgetown is literally the end of the road; the tarmac just suddenly ends in the woods. The restaurant looks like someone’s house, and we were worried we’d walk into a living room and surprise the owners watching TV when we pushed open the door. Instead we walked into a homey, cheery dining room with white laminate tables and walls covered floor to ceiling with snapshots: winning high school teams, fishermen holding monster catfish, various record bucks or sometimes just the one they got that year, homecoming dances and so forth.

A quiet week... )
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Boy, am I glad that’s over. Short form: we took the latter half of June to make our way back up to PA, weathering a broken leaf spring, a tire blowout, and the summer heat wave(s). MIL had her surgery at the end of the month. Based on her experience I must caution anyone who is considering abdominal surgery not to schedule it just before a major holiday, but eventually she made it out ok. The family reunion for my father’s side of the family was delightful and I got to see cousins I hadn’t seen in over a decade. We were back at the house for seven whole days after the Fourth, during which I went to quilt guild and met up with my crazed quiltr grrls as J calls them, and also brought home MIL’s new cat, who has not yet been introduced to the cats-in-residence but is settling in quite nicely by all reports.

Long form: )
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Easter and company and more travel days as we made our way to the DC area slowed down the work on the two baby quilts. The cats didn't help..

In Georgia, Mister Guy took over the sewing machine for a comfy nap when I stepped away from the quilting for a bit.

In Charlotte, NC, I was ready to get going again, but both of the cats found the wrapped quilt to be a wonderful place to snooze in the sun (I went out and ran errands.)

In Henderson, NC, Mister Guy waltzed onto my lap and nestled under the quilt as I was removing the paper pattern. He seems convinced it's all for his special benefit.
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Pink Petals I Workspace

It was a quiet week last week in Natchez State Park. I’ve been working on the baby quilts and not much else. It’s been cold; Friday was the first day it was nice enough to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. The cell signal there was barely enough to get email, so J’s been going down to another site closer to the road to get his work done. On Saturday we moved to Vicksburg, MS, where the connectivity is much improved, and found a very nice quilt shop (Stitch and Frame) which had the perfect flannel for backing for the baby quilts (depending on prewash shrinkage I may need to edge the backing but that’s ok) along with friendly staff with good advice.

Ruminations on quilting in an RV )

These quilts are moving right along, thanks to the weekly (more or less) progress reports for Design Wall Mondays. Head on over to read up on what everyone else is working on.  Judy L is working on the same basic block that I am; must be a good one, there are three of us doing variants of this!

Pink Petals

Mar. 2nd, 2010 03:12 pm
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Here's a belated photo of my design bed, complete with quilt inspector.

This is the first of two baby quilts; the second will be almost the same with slight color variation, for twins. I'm amused by the fact that it's almost the same block that Judy L is working on. The quilt is all laid out in small patches so that the colors could be adjusted as needed before sewing the blocks together.

The post is late because our internet connection is almost non-existent at the current campground (I am typing this from the parking lot where we went grocery shopping.) We get email and that's about it. But it's a nice campground just north of Natchez, MS, and we've been having a good time in Natchez.
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Well, we knew this day was coming, but that doesn’t make it any easier.

Minnie, our little-old-lady cat, has passed away. )


Mar. 30th, 2009 09:21 pm
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J and I are in Vidor, TX.  We got the RV out of the shop in Baton Rouge today and we’re on our way to San Antonio.

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We're spending a quiet evening at home.  Well, more correctly, our activities -- surfing the web, reading, working on the computer -- are low key; the wind is whipping around the house, sounding the chimes, banging the windows, and forcing the cats to take shelter under the radiators.  I was alarmed the first time I saw a cat with paws and head actually under the steam radiators, but I've since come to realize that it doesn't really bake their tiny brains.

I hope your festivities are appropriately festive, and wish you all peace and prosperity in the New Year!


Jun. 29th, 2008 10:35 pm
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I participated in the Quiltathon inspired and directed by Judy Laquidara this weekend. It was a fun time, working on the Hawaiian quilt. My aunt and uncle went to Hawaii last year and kindly brought me a sample pack of fabrics from the islands. I thought about what to do with them for a long time before seeing someone’s 30’s jewelbox quilt. It would be a great pattern to showcase the fabric, and I had some white-on-white fabric that I had purchased for a backing and not used, which would make the perfect background. The squares were 4.5 inches, so there was no waste at all if the blocks were 7 inches across, with half-square triangles made in the square as it were and trimmed to size.

Before this weekend, I had the quilt pieces about half-cut. All the small pieces were cut this weekend, and all the triangles sewn. A few blocks were pieced and I got the border started and put a sample set on the design wall. I’m glad I took the time to do this. It was a lot of fun and got me to a good point on this quilt. Now comes the tedious trimming and pressing, which can be done little by little in the spaces of the day. Once the triangles are trimmed and the four-patches pieced, the blocks go together very quickly. I’m happy with the way the border is going to work. A very good weekend.

The sample on the design wall:

Halfway through, Saturday evening:

Sunday evening after a bit of clean-up, with a helper (someone has to hold those triangles down):


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