Julie was a feral cat who showed up outside the house two springs ago. Slowly we gained her trust and could pet her and she would sit on our laps and eat dried fish.
It was time to get her fixed but it was too late. She was very pregnant. She had four sweet kittens this spring and we kept "Whiteboots".
A month back the dreaded appointment was made and it was time to catch Julie and take her to the vet before she got pregnant again.
She was lured into catch proximity with a dried fish and picked up by the back of the neck. She never minded this in the past as it usually lead to a tummy rub and a few more dried fish. But when it was time to put her in the pet carry cage she went wild and bit and clawed. Her teeth went right through the heavy gloves. I dropped her and then lunged to grab her. She bit some more and scratched some more. She got away a second time and she ran right into the carry cage and the door was closed on her.
There was blood everywhere. 30 deep deep gashes on my hands and forearms. Bone deep bites on my thumb and fingers. As I drove her to the vet a realized I was having severe chest pains. Right over my heart.
Oh oh...it is all over.
The vet saw the agony and I gasped...chest...pain...arghhhh.
"Are you having trouble breathing???"
No..... A few presses and he said..."It looks like you have severely pulled your left chest muscle and may have cracked a rib when you grabbed Julie."
Over three weeks have past and I averaged two hours sleep a night because of the pain.
Today was the first almost pain free day.
Computer work was fine as long as there was no laughing, coughing or sneezing...
Things did get done. Slowly and with a grimace.
Indigo got harvested and dried in the sun. My old knit machine is running smoothly. A lot of thread got dyed and coned and knitted up in the last few weeks during and between typhoons.
Autumn is not quite here yet. The autumn insects chirp in the evenings.
There is still enough punch in the sun to dye with persimmon tannin.