Life is interconnected and so are the topics on this blog. It might be cooking and gardening one day, yoga the next, knitting and sewing, or hiking and then bird watching followed by recycling or composting. They are the parts that bring humble joy to my life of voluntary simplicity in Montana.
Ginger and I have found a new way to spend time together--sewing. Well, she doesn't exactly sew, but she does keep me company while I sew. This makes an already enjoyable activity even more so!
Ginger now curls up on my lap while I sew--or on the sewing table if I am, say, ironing or cutting things out on the floor. It is so darn nice. Oh, how it fills my heart with happiness. Ginger is not exactly a cuddly cat. Playful, yes. Cuddly, no. She rarely seeks me out to crawl up in my lap. This makes the newly found past time a really treat for me. We're averaging a couple times a week and I adore every sweetly curled and purring moment.
Well, there was that day she started shredding the pattern pieces for the apron I was working on. I had to put the kibosh on that and gave her a new pattern of her own so she'd leave mine be! She loves shredding paper.
I think I have Johnny to thank for my new-found sewing buddy. See, we're in the process of adopting a new cat--Johnny--from a friend who couldn't keep her anymore. It has sort of turned Ginger's world upside down. Johnny loved our house, us, and Ginger from the get-go. Ginger was not impressed and was quite resentful of Johnny's presence. I've never before seen such malevolence in her beautiful eyes. For a while they had me thinking, "What have a I done..."
Its changed the household dynamic for sure, but hopefully in a way that, in the end, will be positive. Ginger really is coming around, recently letting Johnny lick her on the face once even! (Though Ginger did flee afterward, giving Johnny a "What was that about?!" sort of look.) I think she is having to learn that other cats can actually be cool. She's never known another cat, so far as I know. They're working it out. I hope Ginger gives us the green light. Matt and I both like Johnny a lot, but Ginger gets the final say. It will take time, but as long as progress is being made I am willing to keep trying.
I think all the uncertainty has made my sweet little scardy cat want to be in physical contact with me more though. I am her calm and adoring protector. I helped her get past Johnny on the stairs (the bottleneck of our house). I let her outside when she's had enough of that other cat following her around the house. I hope she doesn't start ditching me if she and Johnny become best friends. I've grown used to her on my lap at the sewing machine already.
(and I am still surprised that my jumps-when-Matt-sneezes-terrified-of-the-vacuum-cleaner kitty doesn't mind being right next to my noisy, ol' sewing machine.)