Real Life.

Crashed the heck out in my lap.

I share so much of the everyday regular-old-life stuff over on Instagram and Twitter that I really neglect it here. If you’re one of the few readers that I don’t know for real or that I chat with on either of those places, I suppose I’m just a never-ending stream of half-finished projects. Which I kind of am. But there’s other stuff sometimes too, and these last two weeks have been a bit of a doozy.

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed a lump on the back of my darling Oscar’s (pictured above) back. I didn’t worry about it too much right away, but I knew I had to keep a close eye on it. When it didn’t disappear after a week or so, I thought he better get it seen to since I’m going to be going away for a week and didn’t want to leave it until after that. I dreaded it though, because we’ve come to not really trust our usual vet, suspecting him of tacking on costs that aren’t really necessary, or put your little creature under too much stress, taking advantage of your concern.

As predicted, that vet did exactly that, so we took the estimate away and decided to get a second opinion. The dear Mrs. Suzy Sewing gave me an awesome recommendation for a new vet who I felt immediately comfortable with.

So my gorgeous little bear had surgery on Monday and since he’s an older gentleman – 16 this spring – it’s always a scary thing. Oscar’s been with me for so long, I can’t bear to think about life without him – we do everything together. He sleeps in a ball next to me, sits on my lap while I knit, waits for me at the door when I come home. We’re inseparable. But he did great! He’s remarkably healthy and strong and came through the surgery like it wasn’t no thang, and is now recovering with barely a change in his normal behavior. What an amazing boy. (The photo above is him totally crashed out last night, getting good rest in after a long couple of days.) It was a terrifying few days that I’m still exhausted – physically and emotionally – from. But so so so relieved. I wish I could just spend the next three days scratching his brave little head and giving him snuggles.

At the same time, I submitted two knitting pattern proposals to be considered for publication! Eep! I don’t know how it’ll really feel if they are rejected, but at the moment I’m thinking it’d be ok. If they are, I’ll keep working on them and stick ’em up on Ravelry anyway. But I had to just jump in and give it a go, because if I stick with the crafty world, there’s going to be submissions and that sort of thing in my future and I can’t get anywhere being afraid of them. I don’t know if the pattern ideas will be what they’re looking for at all, but I can at least say that I’m really proud of the quality of my submission itself, and that’s something, right?

Phew. So how have you guys been?

8 Comments on Real Life.

  1. Caroline
    March 27, 2013 at 17:50 (5 years ago)

    Oh, my goodness! So very pleased he came through it okay; I know how animals tend to become part of you, and it’s so awful when they’re unwell. Big hugs to both of you (extra gentle ones for Oscar!). And huge congratulations on the submissions – sometimes you just have to take that leap!

    • julie
      March 27, 2013 at 21:53 (5 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Caroline! I’ll pass on the gentle cuddles to my little guy. :)

  2. Kathy W
    March 27, 2013 at 18:43 (5 years ago)

    I’m so glad your very beautiful kitty is OK. When my cats were still with me (many years ago now) we had a couple of those scary medical things. It’s even worse when it’s a pet than when it’s me. Hope things continue to go well for both of you. And good luck on your submissions!

    • julie
      March 27, 2013 at 21:55 (5 years ago)

      I know! I’d much rather have dealt with the surgery myself than put him through it – I hate the idea that they don’t really know what’s happening and are all on their own in there! On the other hand, they bounce back a zillion times faster than us – Oscar’s already moved on like nothing happened, and I’m the one worrying over his every move. I think he might be in better shape on this one. :)

  3. Stitched Together
    March 27, 2013 at 22:20 (5 years ago)

    Glad to hear your guy has bounced back. It’s always good to get personal recommendations for a vet as it’s as personal as a doctor I think. You have to really trust your vet when you put your companion in their hands.

    Well done on making your submissions. I have never been brave enough to try that, mainly because deadlines are pretty much impossible for me to meet. I’m glad you are going to proceed with self publishing if the submissions don’t match up with the theme the magazines have in mind. Self publishing is pretty rewarding.

  4. Sarah
    March 28, 2013 at 21:57 (5 years ago)

    I’m really happy to read your furbaby is feeling better and everything went well for him.

  5. Sandy
    March 29, 2013 at 03:08 (5 years ago)

    All good news! Give Oscar a little ear scratch and a kiss for me. New designs, patterns, submissions, woohoo!

  6. lilirious
    March 30, 2013 at 10:10 (5 years ago)

    I’m happy Oscar is feeling better! It must have been very hard for you too! hope your designs will be accepted!


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