600 plus cups of coffee, less than 400 to go!
This week was very much a rollercoaster ride for me. Mum and I had coffee and cake at Michel's in Castle Plaza while we visited the Optus shop as I thought my phone was going to have to go in to get a repair. But luckily it was just the charging port. Woo Hoo!
I had an awesome day up at Susanna - Really Useful Pots making cups and the first four have been through their first fire and I am very excited at how they have turned out. I also now have a copy of my instructional video to wheel throwing that Tim Wilson and I created for a Uni Assignment. If you are interested in purchasing a copy please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Then Thursday and Friday HAPPENED! Thursday was fairly relaxed I had a rest day after a full on weekend and travelling to the Barossa on Wednesday. Even stayed home from Karate as my body wasn't playing fair. Tiger and I watched some TV on the couch and I headed off to bed just before midnight. I had just settled into bed when Sean started yelling from the other room. I came out to find a very distraught Sean and Tiger unable to walk on his right front leg. It seems his right front leg was paralysed and he was having great difficulty to breathe. We took him into the bedroom and made him comfortable gave him some of his medication to ease his breathing issues. Then we decided to go to the emergency vet on Anzac Hwy.
Tiger HATES the car and he becomes extremely distressed and starts malting, panting and meowing. So by the time we got to the vet he was really anxious. The nurses were very polite and concerned. We were made to wait for what seemed like a really long time to the sounds of laughter and merriment coming from the back. Once we actually saw the Vet. I found her VERY abrupt and also not very informative. I understand she might be working in emergency but bedside manner is still necessary. Once she actually did give me just two choices I asked for her to give him some pain medication and we took Tiger home.
Tiger held on tight to me all the way home. We tried to make him comfortable but it was very difficult for any of us to settle as we were concerned for him and that he might be laying awkwardly on his arm. Eventually he settled in between us under the covers. I was able to check him, make sure his arm was not underneath him or twisted and we got a little bit of sleep.
Friday came and he was struggling to push himself up just to change position, his arm was still very cold to touch. He had not eaten, drank or been to the bathroom and his personality was fading. Tiger and I hung out in bed, I cried and cried. We went down to our local vet that afternoon. The vet said it was most likely that he had a clot restricting the blood flow to his arm and as his breathing had not improved, it was extremely likely there were other clots restricting blood to his internal organs. We decided it was time to say Goodbye to our most beloved friend and companion.
Tiger was really the most amazing animal I have ever had the pleasure of spending time with. I am so incredibly grateful that I was given the privilege to be his person for 11 years of his life and that I have known him for all of his nearly 16 years on this earth. He brought so much joy into my life. He was very funny, friendly, cuddly and sometimes demanding in a very loving way. He was chirpy and considerate. He was a bit of a tease to my other cat Padme. But I truly believe she has been looking for him for the past week. Tiger would snore when he slept. He would say Thank you when you let him in. He would also say Hello when you walked by and came home. He would headbutt to say 'I love you' and he would also give you a reverse head nod, which is the feline equivalent of the Fonz going "Eyyy". TIGER was definitely a COOL CAT and my best friend. Everyday I'm shock how much he was always around me, but I am not shock how much I miss him because I knew saying goodbye was going to be one of the hardest things I have ever had to experience.
That was Thursday and Friday.
Saturday morning I ducked into Flinders street Market to collect some donations from the stall holders for our Relay for Life events. Thank you to all of the stall holders for you donations, your kind words on a difficult morning and your hugs. This market is becoming an extended family to me. I spent the day making coffee cups at Gallery One. Which was a lovely day and I tick over 600 cups of coffee! Thank you to the friends and family that came to visit me.
Sunday I attended SALA on Show as an Artist in Residence and I also had work in the pop up gallery in the shopping centre carpark. I spent the day making coffee cups in the beautiful memorial gardens in Unley. Mum and I talked to so many people about this project and it was fantastic to meet you all. 79 people decorated squares for me fold into cranes as part of my project. Thank you so much for your involvement and enthusiasm towards my idea. Here is a photo of of all the decorated squares. SALA on Show was brilliant day and thank you to the organisers.
Some news on the exhibition, I will be meeting with Sanya from Gallery One to lock in some dates and start the planning, grant writing etc that goes with organising an exhibition! So stay tuned for details in the near future.
Until next week may all your cups be delicious and all your cranes fly free. Make sure you register your email if you found a little bit of luck (a crane) or would like to attend the exhibition in March 2015. Register here.
If you have found one of these cranes please keep it until march 2015 when you will be asked to bring it to the exhibition opening night, register your email address HERE so I can send you an invite to the opening night of the exhibition. So your crane can be placed into an artwork at the exhibition.
Thanks, Naomi - the Wonkie One