So, been a while since I posted, but I have been very busy in a new role: being a kitty foster mommy. I have been hand-feeding newborn kittens and let me tell you, no human mommy can say that it is less work or care. Tinies have to be fed about ten times every 24 hour period. Everything has to be meticulously clean, use only boiled water to mix their formula and their crib liners have to be changed daily, if soiled… and they are usually soiled when I see them every morning. When I say crib liners, these are just squares of old bath towels that are excellent for a myriad of uses around the house and the workshop. They can be used, laundered (and bleached, if necessary) and used again and again. I tend to not throw stuff out like so many people like to do. Re-purpose and recycle are words to live by, in my house. But, that's just me: I tend to hang on to things when I can re-purpose them. Why spend money to buy things you already had in the first place?
The first five weeks of a kitten's life are critical: every care must be taken to provide a clean, warm and safe environment for the little nugget to grow. Sadly, there are hidden dangers, viruses and bacteria that have already invaded a tiny, defenceless body and erode its ability to get further in life. I didn't see that coming and sadly, made the discovery a couple of days ago. However, the three little amigos (as I have come to call them) look like they are surviving and thriving. A quick visit to my vet two days ago resulted in their being given subcutaneous fluids and they are now on a (really nice smelling... tropical punch?) antibiotic for the next ten days to clear up sticky eyes and hopefully, the systemic bug that has caused it.
Added to this new caper, I am happy to say that my creativity levels have spiked somewhat and I have been working most vigorously on new creations in the shop. They say that if you want something done, ask a busy person? Well, that's me right now. I am thriving on a busy daily schedule of jewellery designing, workshop, home duties, neo natal care, cooking and six hours’ sleep.