Careful what you wish for . . .

Posted by on Sunday, November 9th, 2008

When last we spoke, I mentioned how worried I was about my trouble-making cat.  Yarrow is healing well and getting into lots and lots of trouble already, even with a (kitty-sized) fentanyl patch, three doses of another opiate every day, and what must be a rather upsetting wound and, er, absence of an old friend.  Friday, he tried to get the e-collar off when we got home from the vet, got just his lower jaw out, and had a complete meltdown.  We went back to the vet for a new collar option and to allow them the distinct pleasure of pilling and collaring a very upset young athletic cat.

Saturday night he got out of both the soft and hard e-collars and cleaned his wound.  Lucky for us and him he didn't pull out any stitches or mess with the wound after cleaning it.  Saturday afternoon, I went to check on him and could not find him anywhere.  This door-opening cat doesn't generally close doors after himself, and hasn't yet learned to open locked doors, so I was very confused.  The door to the garage as still closed and locked, and I had opened the door to the laundry room to go see him . . . a minute or two of looking behind and between everything on the floor ended when Scott started laughing and pointed upwards. 


Nice, eh?  I'm not sure how high up that is, but I sure can't reach it.   We have since packed he shelves so he can't repeat that feat.  We have to take him on longer and longer treks around the house every few hours because, even stoned and wounded, he cannot bear to be alone and bored.  I'm working from home on Monday and have Tuesday off for Veterans' Day, so he'll be well tended for the next couple of days.  But that fentanyl is wearing off and the patch comes off Monday or Tuesday, so the excitement is just getting started. 

And now . . . proof of creativity!


This is what I've come up with for the linen quilt (it's not all sewn together yet–just units pushed together–so ignore the messiness).  I made the four-patch blocks ages ago and got stuck for a sashing idea.  I finally settled on that navy linen/cotton blend, which I already had in my stash.  The cornerstones are a mix of burgandy linen scraps.  That stripe makes up about half of them, and then I also have two different solids for some.  I'll let the cornerstones fall randomly, just to keep this from being boring.  I really, really wish I had a serger right now, what with all of that linen to overcast.  But considering the cat's vet bills, I don't see myself buying anything frivolous for quite some time. 

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8 Responses to “Careful what you wish for . . .”

  1. anjon 10 Nov 2008 at 12:28 pm 1

    how? on earth?

    did he levitate?

  2. megon 10 Nov 2008 at 1:12 pm 2

    Uh, it’s good to see he’s up and around … hooray for troublemaking fuzzles.

  3. kon 10 Nov 2008 at 5:09 pm 3

    An enterprising young lad, he is.
    I suspect being that stoned he didn’t realize he couldn’t do it.

  4. Junoon 10 Nov 2008 at 5:50 pm 4

    I love that cat. He has all the best and most obstinate qualities of his species.

  5. naomion 10 Nov 2008 at 10:36 pm 5

    What a bouncy cat! Does he do that kind of thing when he’s not injured?

    I really like the burgundy stripes with the rest of that block.

  6. mapgirlon 13 Nov 2008 at 11:12 pm 6

    I’m baffled. Where does all this linen fabric come from? Surely not from all your friends who outgrow their old dresses? You must be buying it, but from where?

  7. lellaon 29 Nov 2008 at 2:43 am 7

    Yarrow. I missed him, too, way up there, because of always looking at the pictures first, he looked like a vase or something on the end of the shelf. What a magnificent fellow is your Yarrow. That’s bravado and maybe meds, but he is truly amazing. I’m sure he was happy that you found him and helped him back down. Glad he’s well.

  8. rachelon 03 Dec 2008 at 9:42 pm 8


    I have to admit that I stared at the photo for a really long time before I realized what was “wrong” with the picture. I’m so glad he’s all better now.

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