Just Crochet/Craft Idea's: It's been a very long time since I have posted anything to my Blog. Due to family and life in general, I got a little detoured. I will try to get time to type up some new entries. I have created a lot of items, gave them away and did not take pictures or type them up. We lost both of our boys this year. Jiggy in March and Stubby in July. We have a new friend her name is MayBee (due to the fact that we weren't quite sure about keeping her). She's 4 years old and full of energy. I make her Kitty Strings with yarn, it was such a hit, I donated some to the local animal shelter. I'll try to put them on the Blog next week. As usual, if you have questions about crafting or crochet, I will answer them under the post where you leave the comment. Thanks for stopping by. Birdie

News of interest and/or Fun:
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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Stories from the Cat-lopedia

Maggie Mae at 2 months.
 It all started with Maggie. While working at my desk in 2003, our local police came to me with this little girl-kitty and asked me to foster her. They found her in a culvert going into lake Magiorre, starved and diseased. After about $280 in vet bills feeding her through a tube filled with whey protein (my husbands idea) and a week of constant care, she was the light of our lives. A Sweetheart and full of energy. She left us in 2005 and we moved on. I mention her because she was Jiggy's partner.

Maggie Mae & Jiggy at Play!
Maggie Mae & Jiggs.

When Maggie (Calico cat) was 2 weeks old we adopted Jiggy to keep her company. They really loved each other and when Maggie passed, Jiggy (Russian Blue cat) went into a full-blown depression. He dropped from 12 lb. down to 7 lb. and wouldn't eat. With help from a wonderful Vet named Dr. Anthony, my husband and myself; and after 1 year of feeding him through a tube into his stomach, all kinds of drugs and 3 surgeries; we got him back. He's healthy, eating and fat again.

2 years ago Stubby (Japanese Bobtail) appeared in our bushes outside. He was so skinny, you could count his ribs and had several cat fight injuries. It took my husband almost the 2 years to get him where he could pet him. He's a big cat, 16 lb. now and highly intelligent. Petting and attention is all it took! He's now indoor with Jiggy and other than a few hisses and swats, they're doing great. As long as he bows to Jiggy and lets him take charge!

My tip for all of this is, (1) Don't give up on pets (2) Have a lot of patience (3) Above all, love them, love them, love them. Just remember pets are like children and require the same care, of course children are a little smarter, except for Stubby.


  1. I like your patterns. Thank you!

    1. You are very welcome. I am having another Great Grand Child in April and am typing up a Granny Square Baby Blanket & Bear. Will post soon, Enjoy!

  2. Hi Birdie, Are you sure your gorgeous Stubby hasn't had a bit too much Cat Nip?? You are so very right, our pets need lots and lots of love. We had a little cat Belly who came to us Christmas Eve just over 5 years ago. She arrived sick and then developed a rare illness that took lots and lots of daily care and medication. Thanks to our amazing compassionate vet Dr. Darren C. she led a comfortable life but left us in January of this year and crossed the Rainbow Bridge. We miss her so very much every day. Thank you for sharing your pictures, stories and patterns with us.