I started this challenge of mine before I even made the resolution to do so. January 1st, I spent the entire day (practically the entire 24 hours of it) finishing The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It is a really good book, but I never gave myself time to just sit down and read it. I've been working on it for months, but had only gotten 25% of it read. But, I finished it and then allowed myself to watch the movie. I'm glad I did because the book provided so much more than the movie did. I don't watch movies that have books that I want to read. It gets annoying since I'm so bad about finishing books.
Of course, some things, like finishing a project or finishing a book, are fun. These things make you feel good. They get you pumped up about finishing more tasks.
But then there are other things that you decide to bring to a close that break your heart. These are not good decisions to put off because they hurt the individuals involved. I had the unfortunate opportunity to make one of these decisions.
My sweet dog Toodles had been trying to tell me for quite some time that it was her time to go. I didn't listen for a long time. I nursed her, spoiled her with table food (just to get her to eat), I let her inside and let her sleep in the garage even though I wasn't supposed to do so. But it just breaking my heart to see her in so much pain, so yesterday we had her put to sleep. I know it was the right decision. We got to share 16 beautiful years with her. She was such a good friend, a good protector, a sweet sweet treasure. But, I am so glad that she passed on in my arms, wrapped in love rather than possibly suffering alone.
This one is actually an old one, but hopefully you can see the love.
This is the most recent picture of her sweetness. I took others, but to me they display the sadness and pain. This one is though is priceless. She had been deaf and partially blind for quite some time. Her sniffer worked wonderfully though, so she had to sniff EVERYTHING!!!
I miss her terribly, but I do take comfort in knowing that she is no longer in pain.
To bring this post to a brighter side, I do have some tatting:
This is the first three rounds of Marilee Rockley's Jubiloso doily. I had originally planned to do the entire doily, but this so cute and I think it is finished as is as a MOB (motif on button) for Livi's hairclip
When I took this picture, I remembered that I had tatted Jon's Sweetheart medallion so that I could put it around a button. I think I showed the motif in the last post, but I forgot to mention that I had altered the center for this purpose. :o)
The extent of my altering included not attaching to inner rings to one another, but rather attaching the their middle picot to the base of its neighboring inner ring. This created a smalled button hole in the middle. :o)