I always try to write about interesting things that happen throughout my day. It seems that people like to see what it entails to run a small business from home these days. So many of my readers have or or thinking of beginning their own business with their crafts and I thought it would be helpful to them to see that it isn't just days upon days of drawing, painting, doing woodworking and going to the bank to deposit money. There is LOTS of things in between that may not be as fun and romantic as it may appear from the outside.
I feel as if my blogs of the past few weeks haven't been very exciting. It isn't because I am idle, but it is that time of year when taxes are coming due and paperwork needs to be done and a host of other mundane, organizational tasks have to be attended to in order to keep the business running smoothly. I am sure you don't want to read every day about how many hours I spent on doing taxes. Or organizing my closets. Or even the daily tasks like cleaning the house and cooking (although I do show some of my culinary triumphs on my Facebook page!)
None of this is bad though. In fact, it is all a really positive sign that the business is growing and thriving. I often find myself wondering if I should check in here every day or let things go until something that I deem as 'interesting' comes up. I know I have skipped a day or two from time to time. I have taken to skipping more on the weekends. I have come to look at those days I miss writing here as my 'day off' even though I am still usually working on something creative or to do with the business. It is a little bit of 'different' that keeps me from being burned out.
Yesterday went by in a flash it seemed. Over the weekend my cat Richard was having some problems. He has been diagnosed with having a "lazy bowel" which has given us trouble before and we have to watch him rather carefully. On Saturday I noticed he was having trouble in the litter box. He was making frequent trips and sometimes crying while he was in there. That is never good. While he was not constipated (which is the usual problem) quite the opposite was true. I was thinking it was more on the lines of a urinary tract infection, which is an issues that more mature male cats are prone. I watched him closely on Sunday while I was doing my large wholesale order. While he was OK most of the time, there were periods when he seemed a bit distressed.
I had considered calling the vet for an emergency visit, but he seemed to settle down Sunday afternoon and was still eating and drinking and doing 'cat things'. There would only be moments from time to time when he seemed troubled. So I waited.
Yesterday morning I called the office as soon as they were open to just touch base. I felt that we were through the worst of it, but wanted to see what the vet said. They said that without seeing him, they couldn't give a definitive opinion (I respect that) but had an appointment open. I was going to just wait to see, but in the morning when Rich got up, he again had litter box issues. So we headed to the vet.
While I love living in the country, there are some drawbacks. Our vet is about 45 minutes away or more. So it means it takes a bit more out of the cats when we visit. That is one reason I don't like to just run in there on a whim without due cause. But this certainly warranted a visit. While he did go potty (I knew there was no blockage) I didn't want to see him in pain. So off we went.
Rich is the best 'car cat' I have ever had. We brought the carrier for him to sit in at the waiting area, but in the car he sits calmly on my lap. He does this every time and it is as if he knows that I am taking him to help. I can tell he is nervous, but he is very good about staying settled without me having to restrain him in the least. When we arrived there, he went right into the carrier without issue. What a good boy.
It turned out that he probably had an irritated bowel and was given antibiotics for the next week. I was so relieved that he was OK and that nothing more painful or intrusive needed to be done. I am good at pilling cats, as I had a beautiful Siamese cat that had asthma for over a dozen year. She needed pills regularly and I have become somewhat of an expert in doing it without fanfare.
We arrived home close to 2pm and much of the day was behind us already. I spent the rest of the day packing up my wholesale order for Artist's Club (80 patterns and 12 piece wood kits that I cut over the weekend) so I feel I accomplished something at least.
All the while, Rich settled at my feet, happy to be home again and seemingly free of pain. The trip to the vet was well spent.
I took this photo of him last night. . .
That, my friends, is the best result I could have hoped for. He is sitting there now, in the same position. He loves his little 'kitty' toy and actually carries it around the house with him like a dog. We took the 'kitty' to the vet, too, as we feel it helps comfort him as a child's toy teddy bear may do.
I spent the evening working on my 'secret project' and today I plan to draw and work on new things. I have a new painting design I am going to work on as well as a new scroll saw design. (Actually – I have several of each to work on and I just need to get moving on any one of them!)
It may not be exciting, but it sure filled my day. Sometimes keeping things from being 'exciting' takes more time than we think. What may not seem important at the time, is integral to the business running smoothly (and life, too!) I am happy that so much was accomplished.
Have a wonderful Tuesday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"