Thursday, March 16, 2006

Spring Break, Fiber Adventures, Farm Life and Trials

The last few days have been *something else*. We've had a 24 hr. visit with our wonderful daughter, Amanda. What a treat! I'm so very thankful for college Spring Breaks!

Fiber Adventures

I've been busy knitting more items for CIC and enjoying spinning on my Bosworth Midi Spindle with the Lincoln Lamb roving from Toni at The Fold. More knitting and fiber pictures will be posted soon.

And, we've had a very eventful week of ....

Farm Life

Living on a farm is both wonderful and, at times, very difficult. The animals are such a joy, but when one is injured or ill, it is very difficult. This has been the case at our farm this week.

Our *granddog*, Charlie, is currently living with us until our daughter and her husband move this coming June. Charlie is Amanda's dog...which makes him our Granddog. (We don't have grandchildren yet, so for now, the closest we have is Charlie!)

Amanda had only been with us about an hour when we let Charlie outside briefly. Just a few minutes later when we went to let him back inside we found him severely injured on the left side of his face. He had apparently been running outside when he hit something (maybe a low hanging branch or possibly some wire somewhere?) that left severe lacerations on the left side of his face. We rushed him to our vet where they immediately administered pain medication and started him on antibiotics. Yesterday they had to do surgery to remove his left eye since the lacerations had severely lacerated his cornea and left eye through the complete thickness of both. Last night we brought Charlie home along with his medications and I've been doing some semi-intensive care nursing caring for Charlie. Poor fellow....he looks so sad.

The left side of Charlie's face is shaved, swollen, and he has many large sutures. I hope that Charlie understands that we are doing our best to help him and keep him comfortable while he heals. I also hope he understands why we have to keep the Elizabethan collar (it looks like Charlie is has his head stuck in a megaphone) on him most of the time. It is necessary to keep him from scratching or pawing at his wounds and also provides him some protection from bumping his injury against anything. He hasn't adjusted yet to his limited vision and is frequently bumping into objects unseen on his left side.


I can think of many times in my life when I felt injured and had deep pain. I didn't always understand what had caused the pain, nor did I always understand the Lord's care and teaching during the time of recovery. But in hindsight, I see the care of our Heavenly Father is very evident and I am thankful for what I have learned and for stronger faith through each trial.

My prayer for each of us is that when times of trial or pain come into our lives, that we realize that the Lord is aware of our every need and will see us through any trial if we allow Him. We haven't been promised that everything would always be easy. But, we have been promised that God loves us with a never ending love and that He is *always* with us and will see us through every trial.

I pray that each of you have a wonderful upcoming weekend, contentment and joy in your heart, confidence and safety in knowing that our Heavenly Father is with you every moment and loves you unendingly, and strong faith even during times of trial.

Your Friend,


P.S. I'm leaving you with a picure of our cat Barkley Bartholo*mew* relaxing in a knitted and felted kitty bed that I made for him. He's a big kitty and I almost made the kitty bed too small. Can you guess what I want to do with the combings from his coat? : )

James 1:2-6
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.


Anonymous rebecca said...

poor charlie! :-(

your farm looks beautiful

1:40 PM  
Blogger Prayerful Knitter - Shelly said...

Thanks Rebecca! I'm hoping that Charlie will be OK with Kim tonight so that I can still make it to Borders. If I'm not at Borders, you'll know that I'm caring for Charlie...and Kim.

The picture is of our farm from a few years ago. I'm hoping it will green up again soon and that the rain we are supposed to get this weekend will help.


1:45 PM  
Blogger Shelley said...

Awww, sorry to hear about Charlie. I hope he heals quickly.

What a gorgeous kitty! Just think of what you could make with her fur ;o)

4:30 PM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

Bartholo*mew* is BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for you comments on my about my shawl on my blog...the yarn is Jo Sharp DK Silkroad Tweed in Boheme colorway. (((hugs)))

7:48 PM  
Blogger jae said...

I wish Charlie a speedy recovery. Sounds like he is very loved.

1:41 AM  
Anonymous Kimberly said...

Way behind in emails so I haven't written to you about Charlie yet. I was so sorry to read about that. He does understand you are trying to help him and that will make him all the more loving and loyal to you. Perhaps he and Caleb can now swap their embarassing Elizabethan Collar stories. Love the kitty and it would spin up a pretty color I am sure. God Bless you today and everyday.

3:23 AM  
Blogger Kay said...

I hope Charlie is doing better. Bless his little doggie heart. Thank you for the horse pictures and the pic of your beautiful kitty! We missed you but knew you were taking care of little Charlie.

4:53 AM  
Blogger X-Evolutionist said...

I love your quote from James!

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Yes, my journey to becoming an X-Evolutionist really changed my life. I enjoy making what I learned available to others. I am totally positive that God exists. I am more convinced all the time.

It was very nice to meet you!


5:41 AM  
Blogger Shanidy said...

Poor Charlie! I hate to see an animal hurt. Your pictures are so lovely...hard to believe that you live only a few miles from me.
We missed you last night!

6:36 AM  
Blogger Rosemary said...

SUCH a pretty cat!

8:17 AM  
Blogger Terri said...

Shelly - I am so sorry about Charlie. I hope he will be feeling better soon. Bless his heart and yours too. I am sure you are an excellent care giver.

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Wonderland Knitter said...

Poor Charley! And what a shock for you!

But a pretty kitty and sweet pictures.

Thanks for posting!

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Cheryl said...

Hi Sis,

I was really sorry to hear about Charlie. I hope that he is on the mend and that "he too" will follow the example of your "lady goose." She seems to have adjusted in fine fashion, and is accepted by her crew. I am sure that Charlie will do just as well. I know that you must have really enjoyed your time with Amanda! Thanks for the great post...I will eagerly await yet another! Love you dearly :-)

8:45 AM  
Blogger Marguerite said...

How awful about Charlie. I'm sure you're taking good care of him and giving him plenty of good love and nursing.

6:12 AM  
Blogger Jenni said...

oh poor charlie! My parents have a grand-dog too. He stayed with them while we were on our spring break trip and we just picked him up tonight.

Let us know how he is doing.

7:23 PM  
Blogger Prayerful Knitter - Shelly said...

Thank you to each of your for your kind comments and concern for Charlie. He is doing better and our vet was pleased with his check up today.

I apologize for being tardy in posting this week. It has been quite hectic at our house and I'm starting to catch up now. : )


2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those Little Dauchounds are precious!

God bless,

8:47 AM  

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