BT - The Crafty Gardener: The Daily Life of a 'Blow In' to Ireland from the UK, how we try and tame 5 acres and live with the weather - plus my family and crafting exploits.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Poorly BlackJack - Poorly toe.
BlackJack and Sandy Playing and Fighting in the garden.
Poor BlackJack has a suspected urine infection. I took him to the vets yesterday and they injected him with some antibiotics and gave me some to take home. Today he's been crying on and off and trying to wee but just leaves little drops of blood around so I rang the vets. I took him straight in and they kept him there overnight. Were going to catheterise him and test for the bug so they can treat it. Poor little thing. I told them to be very careful with him. Every time I picked him up he started purring straight away.
I went up to the shed in the dark 2 nights ago and smacked my big toenail really hard on the top step. I thought it hurt and when I looked it had torn the top of the nail away from the toe. AAAAH! I even took a photo of it for you all!
I have since managed to soak it and cut the nail a bit so it is less vulnerable. Today it hurts slightly less and is less swollen too. I have been wearing socks with sandals - not a cool look but needs must!
Cat Update BlackJack is back from the vets. He makes crystals in his bladder and they bung it up. Have to give him cranberry juice every day for the rest of his life and antibiotics now for a while. If it clears the crystals, all ok. If not it's very bad. I have bought pure cranberry juice for him - only half teaspoon a day so good if it works. Fingers crossed everyone. New Rag Doll
I took Bridget, the new rag doll I've made, up to Ann Brodericks. She just loved her. I had tea and fresh brown scone with cream cheese and smoked salmon. Lovely! As the sun was shining when I left, I walked over to Ann's car parking area and took the following joiner of the view. Do click on it to enlarge for its full potential.
On the Milliande Art Community for Women we have a section which is called RAAKs (Random Acts of Kindness). You can add your name and be sent/send a piece of art to anyone or all on the list. I received my first RAAK a few days ago and it's a lovely Valentine's ATC (Artist Trading Card).
This lovely ATC is from Rainbow Painter in the USA. She is trying to send one to everyone on the list - and it's a long list! I have since received some more things but haven't photographed them yet. I shall have to send some off myself.
We have had quite a lot of heavy rain recently and on the way back from Gort, I stopped and took this photo of one of the rivers in flood:
It has subsided a bit today.
Both happily asleep on our bed. Bad cats!
Sandy just looked at me and stretched. 'Nice here isn't it BlackJack'!!
I soon chased them off.
Visit to Daughter
On Wednesday I am off until the following Sunday on a visit to see my daughter and family in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. I'm looking forward to seeing them all again.
I am in a rush to make another 'Archie Doll' for K and so far only have a head and body!
His face is rather cute though! He has odd ears.....!
Before I was indisposed with my toe (which bled again this afternoon), I started doing the back yard and have taken a little collage of photos for you to see:
The wall you can see has been made good on the right and then there will be a rockery which will go round the other side too. In front of the wall will be a gravelled area and we will move the bird table there and the bird bath. The rest will be grassed to tie in with the lawn you can already see. The left of the wall needs making good for a couple of feet. I think it'll look great when it's done. I'll have to wait until I come back from K's I think when my toe should be all healed.
That's it for today. I'll try and do another post before I leave for the UK. Must get Archie finished...
I have had a varied and at times wild life of loves and marriages, children and grandchildren. I am currently living in County Clare, Ireland, with my husband Jim. We have 5 acres of land and a traditional Irish Cottage. I love gardening and always have, even as a child. I enjoy photography, crafting, rag rug making, ATCs and fun on the computer