Wednesday, November 15, 2017
|Recent photo of Jupiter, sleeping in the bathroom, one of his favorite hunts.|
He was pretty mellow as a cat, at least in contrast to the other nut jobs we have right now. When healthy, Jupiter weighted 18 or more pounds, and he wasn't fat.. he just was a big, well proportioned cat. He had the longer head/nose like a Egyptian statue, I always loved that. he adored being held, he loved tummy rubs, and basically being pet everywhere and anywhere. When he was about 3 years old, we had a bat in the house.. he jumped up and caught it-- then dropped it. I think he was as surprised as we where he jumped up 7 feet to catch the damn thing. He was smart too.. the only cat in the household that could open some of the doors. (thank goodness!!! ) He had the best meow I have ever heard, and he had a large variety of them. He would talk to you. His purr could shake the floorboards.
I could go on and on, but it still makes me cry to think about him too much. I just try to keep in mind he had a good, long life, 17-1/2 years is a pretty good run. He was doing OK until just the last couple of months, he really seemed to slow down but didn't seem to be in any pain or anything. He just didn't move as much, and when he did he moved slower. Since he was 17 years old, we just though age was finally catching up to him. (his sister Jezzibel is much slower than she used to be as well)
Friday he started to act like he didn't feel well, and he had sores in his mouth. He refused to eat - by Saturday afternoon he refused to drink water. Sunday we took him into the vet, and they said it was probably renal failure.. and there really wasn't much they could do at his age and stage of condition.
So we made the decision to put him to sleep. It's always one of the hardest things you have to do in this life, make a decision about one of your best buddies... but it comes down to quality of life and length of life... and dignity.
Rest in peace my big boy.
|Taken 4ish years ago, the rare photo showing all 4 cats in the house, starting from the left: Jupiter, Kass, Jezzibel. On top is Kya.|
|Jezzibel with her brother Jupiter. Probably 10 years ago.|
Friday, November 10, 2017
so I found a few more stone beads in various types of jasper, and came up with this fantastic necklace with brass dragonfly.
Five Monkeys Inc Gallery and I have one pair left of matching flute earrings.
Five Monkeys Inc Gallery
Sunday, November 5, 2017
I love the extra face in this one. I designed it for the fairy and the watch face and gears, but when I laid it all out there was this empty spot. I thought about putting another gear or face in but it didn't look good to me. I finally added the copper Art Nouveau lady and it popped!!
So wish me happy 1000th blog post. This weekend I'm sorting several lbs of brass findings/stampings. (my pretttties! my prettties! ) I'm just not into making anything today.. but I've sketched out a few ideas while I"m playing around my piles of brass bits.
Thursday, November 2, 2017
I'm so happy to get my jewelry set up in the place of pride at Five Monkeys, Inc Gallery here in town! I'm to be featured artist both November and December, so not only is my display huge right now, I'll be in close touch with Dina, our wonderful Gallery Mistress and keep it stocked at all times.
But here is the 2 main views of the display - window side -
and in the store side :
and here are some close ups:
Under the Sea!
On the top shelf is our lovely 1940's radio with great necklaces !
I think the display turned out great.... you need to see it in person, as well as all the other great art Five Monkey has, all of it by Iowa Artists, many of them local to the Des Moines Area.
and you can check out the vintage record store as well all at one great location at 4211 Chamberlain Ave in Des Moines, across the street from the shops at Roosevelt.