Discord and MSAL Update

I have Discord now! That’s right! Now, if you like, you can talk to me on Discord! I’m in the United States, Central Time, and I have it up most of the day as I work on things. If interested, here’s the link:

https://discord.gg/P8NtNMhQ

The above will take you to my server on Discord: B.K. Griffin, Author

I look forward to chatting with you all in real time!

MSAL

Here is what my version of the Linens and Threads Mystery Stitch A Long project looks like. This is January through March. April’s new arrival is the block on the top right. I’ll post a picture of it when it’s done. 🙂

If you’d like to join me and others in stitching this wonderful pieces based on Talavera Pottery, the link is below:

MSAL

In other news, my Mimi has been very ill and to pay for her vet bills, I am raffling off a handmade throw pillow. It’s crocheted using 100% acrylic yarn that is machine washable, won’t shrink, bleed, or fade. It’s very soft for being acrylic. A single entry is 50cents American, and you can use the donate button below to enter. I will do a drawing in two weeks. Mimi and I will appreciate any help you can give us.

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The receipt you will receive will be linked to my author site, Griffin’s Nest on sitey.com so don’t be worried you’re being scammed. I also have Paypal, but you’ll need to message me to get that information.

Thank you so much for your help with Mimi and her vet bills. She means the world to me!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

My Stuff Monday – Mimi, Queen of Fluff

I have shared pictures of my beloved Mimi in the past, but this post is about just her.

Until I got her, I hadn’t had a furry companion since my darling Lancelot had passed – almost four years prior. I had never felt ready for another one. I had raised Lance from barely weaned to five years, and he was a special needs cat. He’d also contracted FeLuke from a stray cat, and he passed away from complications from this disease. It’s basically AIDS for cats. I was heartbroken, but there was nothing that could be done for him. Even now, thinking about him makes me tear up.

I finally decided I’d been alone long enough shortly before my 50th birthday which was last year, and I decided I’d give myself a cat for a birthday present. I found a notice for a local cat shelter at the local PetSmart. Several cats from the shelter were on display there. I gave them a call, and the lady agreed to meet me when she was bringing more cats to the store.

I took my youngest son with me, and I met Mimi. She hadn’t been the first cat I’d seen, she’d come with the lady. She was friendly and enjoyed being petted. I took to her right away. Arrangements were made, money was paid, and she came home with me. I found out later the lady was a hoarder who was selling her cats whenever she needed the money, and the vet she had an arrangement with wasn’t a vet per se but a tech who did stuff on the side. Very shady.

Mimi is sterile, I hope. She doesn’t act like she’s ever been in heat, and I’ve had her for close to a year now. She was sick when I got her though I was told that was just allergies. Mimi does have breathing issues from time to time, but she loves to go outside; it seems to do her a world of good if she spends any time at all outside. She is supposed to have been 3 when I got her so she’s nearly 4 now. I wasn’t told her actual birth date so I’m saying she’s a February baby just because. 🙂

I was told she’s part Maine Coon and part Domestic Longhair with Tortoiseshell coloring, She does resemble a Maine Coon though she’s a bit on the small side – I think. My Lancelot was also half Maine Coon, but he was a short hair. He was as big as she is now. I will post pictures at a later date and maybe, one of you can tell me for sure. It’s not worth a trip to the vet just to make sure.

That’s it about my darling Mimi. I hope you enjoyed reading about her.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Mimi the Queen of Fluff

This is my gorgeous Mimi. According to the cat hoarder who sold her to me, she’s supposed to be half Snowshoe and half Longhaired Domestic. She’s also supposed to be about three years old. I don’t care what she is supposed to be. I love her for what she is: my companion.

She gets me up as soon as it’s light outside, I kid you not. She will cry and cry until I get up. In the past, she would sit outside my bedroom and cry but now, she gets on my bed and cries in my face. She used to sleep in my bed until I accidentally knocked her off the bed which offended her. She now gets on the bed and sleeps on my lap only while I read.

I don’t mind her waking me up, not any more. Since I’ve begun working from home, she’s helped me set up a routine. She gets me up in the morning, and I start my coffee before letting her outside. I then drink my coffee outside with her, enjoying the quiet of the early morning. This is when I pray too. It helps me reflect on what I’m grateful for and on what I need help with. I might eat if I’m feeling hungry, but I usually don’t eat until midmorning. I spend about 20 minutes outside and then, Mimi is ready for her own breakfast so, we go back inside. I feed her and begin my work day. I eat at midmorning and then, I break again for lunch. Mimi insists on this lunch break, and I oblige her. She goes back outside, and I sit outside with her unless it’s too hot. Mimi won’t stay out long so I cook, eat my lunch, clean up and let her back inside so she can have her own lunch. I’m then back at work until 5 or 6 pm. Mimi goes back outside, and I have dinner before she comes back inside and eats as well. I stay up until 9 or 10 and then, I go to bed. Mimi wakes me up again, and the cycle continues.

I have found myself becoming more organized and more productive because of this routine with Mimi. I don’t stress as much because when I do, she wants to get in my lap whether I’m reading or not. She seems to sense I need a short break, and she makes me take one. My life has more direction and more drive since she came into my life. I thought I was rescuing her, but she has ended up rescuing me.

Emotionally, my life is better too. I live with ADD and depresssion. I lost my last companion and muse, Lancelot about four years ago, and I didn’t think I’d ever want another companion, cat or other, after that. His loss was devastating to me, and I got very depressed. I stopped sleeping, ate horribly and was just in an awful state. Eventually, things got better, and I found myself very lonely. I had my gentleman friend by this time, but he doesn’t live with me. I found myself yearning for a furbaby again, but I couldn’t quite get myself to go in search of one. Then, one day, I just did it. I found a lady claiming to be in charge of a rescue center(long story that), and I was able to buy Mimi from her.

It was one of the best decisions I’d ever made, aside from saving Lancelot when he was barely weaned. We needed each other and now, I can’t imagine my life without her – even if she is one of the most annoying alarm clocks ever.

In my next post, I’ll be telling you all about this fantastic writing site I found!

Until then, see you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!