Friday, April 13, 2012

Crazy Cat Mom

Percy's spring coat is starting to come in, and his mane is clearly showing. This makes me happy, because he's a gorgeous cat. And do note that he's MAYBE a third of the way grown in. But I'm rather afraid to see what he'll look like after his next shave on Saturday. He's in the early stages of kidney failure and has lost a lot of weight. (Almost a quarter of his body mass.) I'm afraid he's going to look like just skin and bones :( :( :( But the vet agreed that since it's his "normal" we should go ahead and do it. It will also (hopefully) prevent any extra throwing up from hairballs. We have enough of that from the kidney failure. Poor dude. But he is 17 years old and in fantastic shape otherwise. We're trying to prepare ourselves for what we know is coming, but it seems like he's got a while yet. The prescription food has helped a lot, hopefully he'll manage to put some of that lost weight back on!

Sunday, April 08, 2012


So... Brian and I made a most awesome thrift store find this week. An apparently fully functional, in cabinet, OLD Singer sewing machine. For $30! SOLD! My "new" machine was made sometime in early 1910! It had an electric motor added at some point (possibly the 40's from what we've been able to find out), but the wiring is in such bad shape you couldn't pay me to plug it in.

While online trying to find more out about it, I came across a twin, fully restored, functional twin. On eBay, but the seller was here on Long Island. A few emails later, and Brian and I drove out the North Fork and brought home the twin. I now know someone who fixes them as a hobby, is a wealth of information, and REALLY helpful. She also had the treadle base for the machine (the wood cabinet was severely damaged), and sold us that for a song. All I need to do is build a top for it and I will have a treadle machine too! I am truly spoiled!

In return, Brian got a stop at his favourite pie place in the world. That particular pie was peach, and so fresh we were warned to lift the lid once we got it in the car. :) Two other frozen ones also came home with us!