Thanks for all the well-wishes to The Fuzz! Â I’m veryÂ pleased to say that he is doing well now and the vet expects to send him home with us sometime tomorrow. Â She thinks it was straight-up dehydration from the cold he had last week – she’s still got him on an IV drip, but she thinks we can switch him over to at-home administration of subcutaneous fluids tomorrow. Â I’m ecstatic – I hadn’t really expected him to make it, but the Grand Old Man seems to have beaten the odds again. Â I know it’s just staving off the inevitable, but isn’t that what life is all about? Â After all, in the long run, we’re all dead. Â It’s what we do with the time in between that counts. Â And I plan to enjoy every minute we have The Fuzz. Â He’s a wonderful cat, and I’ll be very pleased to have him at home again. Â I know he won’t live forever, but every second counts.
Meanwhile, I have been at work in the dyepots. Â I wove up about two feet of cloth – twelve inches in 2/2 twill and twelve inches in 8-shaft block twills – and dyed a bunch of samples with them. Â The results were interesting! Â The acid dyes, as expected, had little effect on the cotton – though I did have to wash them in really really hot water with soap to get the dye stains out of the cotton. Â (Soaking for several hours in soapy water seems to have done it, too.) Â However, the fiber-reactive dyes with soda ash were quite variable – some only lightly stained the alpaca and some dyed the alpaca to the same intensity as the cotton! Â This explains some of the variable results I got earlier. Â I’ll take photos tomorrow.
But for tonight, I’ll just be happy that The Fuzz is improving. Â We visited him in the hospital twice today, and he was noticeably better both times. Â I hope to have him back with us soon.