Well, it is coming up to 4 weeks since I last saw Blackberry, and there is not been a day I do not look out for him when at the job site. It has been very very tough to let that little fella go!
I also figured out pretty quickly that it was equally as tough for our other ‘indoor cat’ midnight. Although Blackberry never took a strong liking to Midnight, he tolerated her, and she LOVED him and so desperately wanted to be better friends. When Blackberry was gone, Midnight started to become depressed and would just go to the suite door and cry. It soon became clear we needed to help her through this period as much as us.
So we started looking for a cat to adopt. Midnight had come from VOKRA, so we started there, but the cats we were interested in would get adopted faster than we could set up a meet and greet. We did visit with a fellow named Niles, but he was far too shy to take on at this point. We then switched to Katie’s Place, and after a 2.5 hour visit, ended up taking sweet ‘Jenny’ home last weekend (we have renamed her Katie).
Katie had only been at the shelter a couple of weeks and came from a farm where she lived in a colony of outdoor ‘farm’ cats. She has had multiple litters and was a bit rough around the edges. She has had some teeth extracted and had an eye ulcer that left some scaring. We were looking for a male around Midnight’s age (6) but ended up with this aprox. 8 yr old female. Midnight has not yet warmed to her, but now is not stressed by her either and does not seem to be depressed anymore. Katie has a long ways to go before she is comfortable, but each day she is more and more at ease within the suite and with me. Time will tell if the two become the best friends I am hoping. In the meantime, Katie is also working on healing the wounds that were left in our hearts by the disappearance of our beloved Blackberry.
I have been continuing work on the roofing system at the job site. Like all tasks to date, the roofing system has taken an annoyingly longer time to accomplish than anticipated. I will go into the details a lot more on my next entry, but the need to add cross purlins to the top of the truss packs, is adding a lot of time that was made even more time consuming by the amount the trusses are bowed side to side. I have now completed both the lower office and garage roofs and have now also roughly placed the majority of upper south roof trusses. It is my hope to have the south roof complete by the end of this coming week and then tackle the dreaded steeper sloped north roof.
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“Although the world is full of suffering, it’s full also of the overcoming it.” —Helen Keller (1880-1968) Author, Lecturer, Activist
“Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.” —James Michener (1907-1997) Author