My new banner is a photo collage of what I've been up to in April. Yesterday, feeling a bit sorry for myself, and wondering just what I've gotten accomplished lately, I decided to look back on the month via photos I've taken. Beginning with the snow on April fool's day, ending with the bread from my class yesterday, I see I really have gotten some things done in the past 30 days. (The crow applique is one of the quilts we saw at the show in Sun Prairie. I have a thing for crows and bought a pattern to adapt to wool applique. Hope to get to that one of these days.) Though I still pine after all I did not do, I can now easily see what I have done. Sorry I've been absent from this post so long. I'll try to be better in the days ahead.
One year ago today I brought Mya and Dovey home to spend their lives with us. They were being housed at ADOPT in Naperville, Illinois, a no kill animal shelter recommended to us by Phil's friends Chrissy and Jeff. We are ever grateful, as our lives have been deeply enriched and we cannot imagine life without them. I believe it is their company that truly makes this separation from each other at all possible for Jerome and me.
Here are photos of my two sweet girls, taken within a couple of days of their arrival with us.
Mya, pictured first, is the deep souled cat, thoughtful and patient. She has a habit of looking right into you keeping eye contact until you look away.
Dovey, the scamp, is a big personality. She is NOT patient and is quick to jump into whatever it is you're doing. Life is one great adventure for Dovey.
While they were new to our home, it was especially good for Mya to have Dovey as a big sister to learn from, though Mya is actually 2 months older. I have often observed her studying then copying Dovey's activities. Extremely timid and not a cat to make friends quickly if at all, Mya really did have her way eased by Dovey's presence.
From the very beginning, Dovey liked being where the action is. And that usually meant wherever I was. And little Mya would tag along, watch and learn. Here they are watching through the screen porch window while I worked in the garden. Looking out the windows side by side continues to be one of their favorite activities when they are together.
Dovey is back at the farm with me after her vacation to the city house for 6 weeks while we were having work done on the farmhouse. Though I have worried about splitting them up, they do seem to enjoy each focusing their attention on just one of us and then enjoying brief and temporary times of being with each other whenever I go to the city. And since Dovey travels in the car well, I see lots of road trips in our future.
Well, it is May. April 2011 has been the coldest, greyest April in 70 years. I'm glad it wasn't just that I'm a bit of a whimp. There was a real reason behind the grey feelings.
Now on to spring!