Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Knitting and Miscellaneous Other Stuff

I'm so excited! When I first learned to knit, I wondered if I'd ever find a project I could do with my very beginner skills. Well, I found a scarf pattern, learned to cable without a third needle (but I think it might be easier for me with a third needle), and figured out all those lovely knitting pattern abbreviations that are so different from crochet abbreviations. And the best part is that I finally finished putting the scarf together last night! It's far from perfect and (to me) it looks like a beginner made it, but knitting that thing is a great accomplishment for me. I wasn't sure I'd ever get it finished (I started the "weekend" project a couple of months ago), but now I have a scarf...just in time for the warm weather of spring. Ah, well, it will be good to have when the weather turns cold again.

Now, I must apologize for my long absence from this blog. March was a rough month for my entire family. Those of you who have been reading for a while know I was excited about my unborn nephew. Well, he had severe health problems no one anticipated and only lived for two days. It's been hard on us, but life is slowly getting back to normal. I'm still trying to get back into the swing of things, and now I have another difficult month ahead.

Anyone who knows me knows I'm an animal lover through and through. My cat, who is seventeen and a half and I adopted when he was five weeks old, has a massive, fast-growing tumor in his abdomen. There's nothing we can do other than keep him as comfortable as possible. It's been a struggle, and still is, but I've finally accepted that my cat is dying. Now, I know some of you are wondering if I should take him to the vet and have him put down. Trust me, if he starts suffering too much, I'll definitely do it no matter how hard it is. But for now, he's still my happy kitty. He stretches out on my lap (curling up is physically difficult because of the tumor) and purrs. He still tries to steal anything I eat, especially cheese. I'm praying for a quick end with little suffering for him. I hate to see any animal suffer, but one I've had this long and has been through so much with me...well, he's a member of my family.

Okay, that's enough sad stuff for now. On a much happier note (because my optimistic personality won't let me be down for too long), my story Dreams Do Come True has a coming soon page at White Rose Publishing! I don't remember if I mentioned it here or not, but the release date for Dreams Do Come True has been moved from July 1 to April 24. So, regardless of whatever else happens in April, I know the 24th will be good...I'll have a published e-book with an wonderful publisher!