It has been an emotional adjustment without our sweet Libby for all of us, including Chewie. We've kept busy with hiking, 5K events and a trip to Providence for Halloween.
Upon our return from our trip to Rhode Island and New Hampshire; picking up debris in the yard after the big Halloween storm and looking for one of my garden flags the Hubby spied something in the bushes next to the house. He came into the house and said, "I know I am going to regret this but...grab some cat food and come here."
Hunkered down, next to the house was a little brownish kitten; I didn't see it at first, blending into the dusky shadows. Then it scurried across the yard. It came back when I called to it, a bit apprehensive and then it started weaving in and out of my legs. It was a little scrawny Tortoiseshell, covered in ticks. A Money Cat found us; when we were still aching from the loss of Libby. It definitely has added good spirit to the house!!
Fast forward... she was a 4-month old full of worms from eating in the wild, cleared all other health tests and was spayed in mid December. Meet Ripley, the newest Laney-mal at A Stone's Throw.
Princess Chewie is still adjusting to a kitkat in her realm, but no serious skirmishes, just hisses when Ripley moves too fast in her direction. Ripley wants to play, play, play with her so bad. Chewie continues to be present when Ripley is around and shows interest. They may not ever be snugglely together but I think they will be good to each other. Good thing Ripley is so stinking cute!!
And Basil bird set the Alpha with Ripley soon after her clearance to roam when we were home. He rules the roost!
I was reignited to stitch with a baby gift for a co-worker. A very non-traditional baby gift. She was born in November and I just got it to the framers this past weekend. Took me longer than expected, being over-one and lots of other things and stress going on! Her mother and I hiked Mt. Katahdin together along with a few other hikes, her father is from Millenocket; to keep her inspired to always explore... Adventure Awaits!
And I did pull some loops on my Libby Rug during December's gathering with the Winterport Hookers. My goal is to finish her in January. So grateful I finished the image of her before she passed, only need to finish the sky. And then binding. She will always have a special place in my heart and my breath still catches and tears well up for both Hubby and I. She was such a good hound.