Abigail makes four



On Monday evening last week, I stopped at PetSmart to get cat food and flea stuff. I also stopped to look at the cats and kittens in the adoption area.

I looked into each cage and read the tag describing each cat. Abigail came to the front of her cage and looked at me with her big eyes. I kneeled down to get closer, and she gave me her neck to scratch.

I was a goner. The eyes, the purring, the soft hair, the tag that said she is a "cuddle bug" sold me. 

I missed Cleo so much. I need a cat to hold and cuddle with. Jasmine is Bill's cat, Mia is mine but she doesn't like being held or sitting on laps, and Maya is skittish and hasn't chosen a person yet.

I cried the rest of my way through the cashier's line, to my car and home. Bill saw I was distraught and wanted to adopt 9-year-old Abigail, and so he said "What's one more!?"

Abigail came home with me Friday evening, two nights ago. She's still getting used to the house, the sounds, and the other 3 cats. She's friendly to Bill and me, and she purrs a great deal.

So far it looks like Mia is intimidated by Abigail (which is surprising since nothing bothers Mia), and Maya thinks Abigail is her BFF (best friend forever) and follows her from room to room.

The photo is her "mug shot" from the PetFinder.com website. Big eyes! And a big stomach—as in overweight. She weighs only 14 pounds, but to me she looks bigger and feels heavier (my Mom thinks I'm just used to Mia and Maya who aren't large). Abigail waddles and sways left and right when she walks. We're working on her weight issues.


Hi, just came across your blog today and wanted to congratulate you on your new family members (although they are not so new now lol) and to offer sympathy on the loss of Cleo. But what spurred me into writing was your feelings of guilt in trying to help Cleo by surgery instead of letting her have her remaining days at home and loved and cuddled. I understand your feelings of guilt, but look at it this way...if you had ignored the problem (she was already off her food), ignored the lump once the vet identified the problem...when she passed, you'd have also been racked with guilt for not having tried to do something...anything...to allow her to stay in your life for longer. Hindsight is 20/20, with the info you had at the time, you made the best possible decision...for that you cannot feel guilty...and having had cats for years, I know when they are seriously ill (which Cleo was), they go downhill really quickly. It's quite likely that she would have died around the same time even without the surgery. The Vet said it had already started bleeding...so it was already advanced. If left alone, without surgical treatment, it would have bled, caused lots of pain (she was already off her food so it's likely there was pain there already), and she would have gone down hill quick. You did what you did for the best, you had the best intentions and Cleo knew it...but she's not suffering now, and she's still with you in your heart. Please don't let your feelings of guilt over-ride the fact that you did what you did to help her...if you hadn't, it's likely she would have suffered much more. I hope the other kitties have helped you get through much of your grief (as an animal lover, I'm owned by 2 cats and a dog, and have experienced death of my beloved pets in the past)...the loss never goes away and never gets filled by another animal...each one is unique and holds a special piece in your heart...but you can get through the roughest and most difficult part of grief. I love that you adopted animals from a rescue centre, rather than going out to buy a pure bred kitten as so many do...and I really love that you've also adopted an older cat who will reward you enormously! I hope you are doing well and that your family has settled into a happy, well loved home, humans and furbabies!

I really meant to respond on your page about knitting, but had some difficulty. I posted a request in 2009, I believe, about an afghan pattern I was looking for called The Laplander. I noticed just now that Kathy Cochran responded in June of 2010. She has the pattern! I was wondering how I can get in touch with her. Please help me out as I still want to make the afghan. Thank you! Pam

Please please also let me know how to contact Kathy Cochran about The Laplander pattern! I have been searching for it for decades. I have a partial copy.
Lisa The Laplander Hunter

Love this!

I work with AllFreeCrochet and have been trying to contact you. Please email me if there is a good way to reach you. Thanks!

Adam Kaplan, Editorial Apprentice

Thanks Cheryl I had a swatch of this pattern many years ago and couldn't remember how to do it. I am going to make a full afghan now thanks to you adding this pattern.

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Enjoys crocheting, gardening, cats, NASCAR (especially Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch!), reading, photography, snorkeling in Kailua-Kona with sea turtles, Sizzler's Mega Bacon Cheeseburgers, hot and iced decaf coffee, dark chocolate, color (yarn, fabric), playing around with web technologies - not necessarily in that order! Still very much a beginner with quilting, knitting, and sewing. Donates crocheted lap blankets.

List maker, detail-oriented, organized, leans heavily toward perfectionism. ISTJ. Libra.

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