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Pink striped kittens, and a magenta kitten with polka dots

Pink striped Hug Me Sock Kitten, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingI made two pink striped Hug Me Sock Kittens. I will be posting my new handmade stuffed animal toys in our Ruffing’s shop.

Red and pink striped Hug Me Sock Kitten, with heart design original art toy by Elizabeth Ruffing I also made this magenta sock kitten with yellow, soft orange, and pink polka dots.

Red and pink striped Hug Me Sock Kitten, with heart design original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingThe iris are blooming here. I need to make a second the iris bed so I can divide them. I have so many beautiful ones that don’t bloom since the garden is overcrowded.

Soft lavender iris, by Elizabeth RuffingI made these oatmeal raisin cookies from a recipe in The Family Baker by Susan G. Purdy. They are a variation on the Quaker Oats recipe. They came out really good and I am eating too many of them.

Oatmeal raisin cookiesI’m trying to move away from being on the Internet so much. I want to do some gardening and reading and maybe some drawing. I’ll still be posting my toys here, and on our Ruffing’s Facebook page. I was proud of myself today for planting Maxie’s forsythia bush. The yard has clay just under the surface, which makes it difficult to garden. I want to try my iris bed next.

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Kitty update

Maxie sleeping on my bed with a lamp, by Elizabeth RuffingAfter his vet visit on Friday, Maxie had a lot of unusual bloating, which kept getting worse. We were right back at the vet on Saturday, and Monday, and Tuesday.

I didn’t include in my last post, with all the other sad news, that our vet had had a terrible accident two weeks ago, and got kicked in the chest by a horse. He had shattered ribs and was in intensive care. Thankfully, he is okay, but in pain, and he was just released from the hospital. We visited with him when he stopped by while we were there. I’m so glad is is okay. We have been going to him for the past eleven years. We miss him, but even more in times like this, when we need guidance about our pet from someone we trust and know. His wife brought him in to visit, and it was clear he was feeling weak and tired. I was relieved to see him. I wish I could have asked him for advice.

There are two new vets handling patients, while our vet is away, and they had differing opinions about what we should be trying. We’ve been there for hours every day, and Maxie has had to hang out there even more than we have. Luckily, he seems content when he is there, and, remarkably, purrs for everyone.

Mom and Dad walking with Maxie outsideThe vet on duty on Saturday was worried about trying to get any abdominal fluid, and wasn’t sure any more tests would give us an answer. She indicated it could be risky to try to go in with a needle, in case there is a tumor, and didn’t seem to think an ultrasound would necessarily help. Most of the options she gave didn’t sound like they would have much effect in helping poor Maxie.

Petting Maxie under his chin, by Elizabeth RuffingOn Monday, we went back in, after taking our boy outside for a while, to lift his spirits. He loves the outdoors and the sun, and seemed to enjoy himself. Once at the vet again, we waited for three hours, while everyone there tried to get someone to do the ultrasound. The vet on on Monday said if she did an ultrasound, she could safely put a needle in to drain the fluids that were bloating his abdomen, and she was sure it would tell us what was going on. But they couldn’t get anyone to come until the next morning.

Maxie resting in his bed after his ultrasound and draining, by Elizabeth RuffingWe were back yesterday morning, and watched them roll in the ultrasound machine. The ultrasound didn’t find anything definite, other than that he had a huge pocket of fluid in his abdomen. The doctor who came in to do the ultrasound didn’t drain the area though, which we were anxious to have done, since he was uncomfortable and not eating or going to the bathroom. She felt the vet on duty could safely do it herself, without the ultrasound, since the pocket was so big, but she had some surgeries. We waited some more. I felt like I was going to go insane in that office, if I had to stay anymore. I’ve lost count of how much time we’ve been in there. I asked if I could bring him back later, when the other vet could drain the fluids. They asked we leave him there instead, so the vet could get him started on draining.

An entire liter of fluid came out. Two pounds of fluid. He’s had his tummy shaved and he’s wearing a big bandage temporarily because there was some leaking from the procedure. He couldn’t walk so well when we got home, but he is doing better at the moment. He was able to eat, with the bloating gone, but it will likely come back, since the cause is unknown.

Today is my cousin’s birthday. He passed away from cancer less than a year ago. I remember he had to have the same things done so he could eat. Maxie may have cancer as well. That sounded like the most likely diagnosis, even though we don’t really know. They didn’t feel they could do anything much more, other than drain fluids, if they come back and he is still eating. We’re giving him subcutaneous fluids twice a day for dehydration. He’s also on painkillers and other medicines to try to make him comfortable. He is sleeping mostly, but ate and walked around this morning. We’ll have to stick around here to monitor him.

Pink fleece camouflage Hug Me Kitten, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingAs you might expect, I haven’t gotten to much else. I put these three new Hug Me Kittens up. I will be posting my new handmade stuffed animal toys in our Ruffing’s shop.

Pink Hug Me Sock Kitten, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingSewing is probably as good a thing to do as anything, in stressful situations. I try to read, but I get so distracted.

Turquoise Polka Dotted Hug Me Sock Kitten, original art toy by Elizabeth Ruffing

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Today’s sock kittens

Hug Me Sock Kitten, handmade art toy by Elizabeth RuffingThese guys are all stuffed and finished. They may be girls. I don’t know. They’re agreeable to being either. My new Hug Me Kitten stuffed animal toys will be in our Ruffing’s shop.

Hug Me Sock Kittens, handmade art toys by Elizabeth RuffingA nice customer sent me this cute boy-with-his-slug photo. Adorable. That’s a 12-inch Hug Me Slug, and it looks half his own height. I hear he loves it.

Hug Me Slug with Toddler, handmade art toy by Elizabeth RuffingI went strawberry blonde for spring. It looks more cheery than my dark blonde.

Elizabeth Ruffing with bright pink azaleasOur azaleas are still spectacularly bright. I hope to plant some trees while the weather is still beautiful, but I tend to wait too long.

This is Bertie’s tummy. She likes to lie like this, on her back, with her belly in the air. I can’t believe how big she is getting.

Tabby cat stretched out on her back with tummy in the air, by Elizabeth RuffingBoth kittens have come such a long way, from living with community cats, to being spoiled.

Tabby cat stretched out on her back with tummy in the air, by Elizabeth RuffingPhoebe still doesn’t want anyone touching her, but she likes to hang out with us. This is her investigating my workroom, with the sock kittens in progress. I had left the door ajar by accident, and had to wait for her to finish her tour.

Tabby cat checking out my desk, by Elizabeth RuffingShe likes to sleep on the shelf above me, when I sew also. She has her own ways of interacting with us. She likes to play in front of us too, and today, she meowed back when my mom said her name.

Tabby cat napping with Chip or Dale, by Elizabeth RuffingI still have a long list on my desk of doll photos to edit and post.

This one is Marigold, the miniature dollhouse-sized ginger tabby kitten by Max Bailey. You can read about her and our other miniature kitten art doll figurines on our Ruffing’s blog. Please visit.

Marigold, Original One-of-a-kind Dollhouse-sized Ginger Tabby Kitten Art Doll by Max Bailey

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Bugs, slugs, and a kitty

Light Yellow Fleece Hug Me Bug, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingI will be putting my new handmade stuffed animal toys in our Ruffing’s shop. This afternoon, I have Hug Me Bugs, Hug Me Slugs, and one Hug Me Kitten sock kitten. This bug is posing in front of our blooming peach tree.

Purple Fleece Hug Me Slug, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingI counted the toys I had stuffed and stacked, which are waiting in my workroom for detailing, and I was surprised to come up with sixty-five! That doesn’t seem possible.

Light Yellow Fleece Hug Me Bug, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingI have it in mind to aim for one hundred. I have no idea how long that will take me to do.

Mint Green Fleece Hug Me Slug, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingI feel like I work very slowly, but I’ve been plodding along steadily, I guess.

Light Pink Fleece Hug Me Slug, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingI sit in front of the television, watching random movies while I do my hand sewing, usually with a couple of cats nearby. Cats like crafts projects.

Red and Orange Striped Hug Me Sock Kitten, original art toy by Elizabeth RuffingToday we opened our windows because it was so beautiful outside. So, the cats took turns at the open window and weren’t as interested in sitting right next to me today.

Tabby cats enjoying an open window by Elizabeth Ruffing