... and have hardly posted this week. My sincere apologies. There has been a lot going on, and not all of it is good. First off, thanks to everyone for the well wishes for my kitty. The surgery seems to have gone fine, and her stitches look great. They removed a tumor caused by some extremely toxic bacteria that was attacking the fatty tissue just under the skin. Apparently this nasty bacteria can quickly get to the heart and kill little kitties. So, for once I didn't overreact in getting her to the vet immediately! My only worry is that she's gotten really sniffly in the past two days, with lots of sneezing. I'm hoping that she doesn't have another (sinus?) infection or kitty pneumonia or something like that...
In other unpleasant news, my mom called me yesterday to tell me that my grandfather (who will be 86 in December) is not doing well. He's had chronic back pain from an old WWII injury for quite some time, but it's apparently gotten much worse this past week. He's no longer able to get in and out of bed very easily and is not showing any interest in eating. This has hit me like a ton of bricks... I'm the only grandchild (Brynne the only great-grandchild), and I have a very close and special relationship with my grandparents. Of course I'm aware of the inevitability of death, but hearing this news of his worsening condition has been very tough. Making me even more nervous is that we're supposed to leave on Thursday (US Thanksgiving Day) for a weeklong vacation in Mexico with Jerry's family. We've been looking forward to this trip for a long time, but I *really* don't want to be in Mexico and get a call to tell me that my grandfather has passed away. My mom seems to think that nothing is that imminent, but I'm a bit apprehensive all the same.
So, the stress of a sick kitty and grandfather, getting ready for a trip to Mexico, and an incredibly huge workload is really getting me down. I'm trying to remain positive, and I had a great chat with my grandparents yesterday. Brynne has been pretty good this week, all things considered, and that helps a *lot*! Being so busy, I haven't been able to do the things that really keep my spirits up - like blogging and reading about what all of you are up to. Don't be surprised if you catch me commenting on something you wrote a week ago - I've gotten really behind!
On a positive note (and so that I can post a pic!), I had the first session of my knitting class this morning. We learned to cast-on, the knit stitch, and binding off. It may not be pretty, but look:
I'm knitting! I'm really looking forward to practicing a bit before our next class on 12/3, and hopefully I won't forget everything I learned this morning! The instructor is great, and I'm afraid this might just become the next addiction! Does anyone have any recommendations for beginner books/patterns that are fun? I know I'm probably just stuck with scarves for the moment, but I'd love any suggestions for a place to start!