Tuesday, June 11, 2024

 A sad day. Helen and her family have lost their dear Athenian dog, Farouk. He was old. The end was near. They are deeply distressed. And it must be worse when you have to issue the order of release yourself. I’ve never had to do that. My husband and I sat with our Old Dear Cat in Kirkmichael while she died. And then we didn’t get another one until Perdita. How short that makes life seem.

Helen and Archie are on their way to Kirkmichael for the interment. They stopped here to tell me.

   A sad day, too, because sister-Helen and Roger are (effectively) gone. They came to see me this morning  She is recovering from  a cold and Covid. Roger is fine — he has been all along. They sat on the other side of the room and talked through masks so it wasn’t much of a meeting.

   It wasn’t much of a day otherwise, either. Grey and chilly. I thought I could knit endlessly on the EPS mentioned in the sidebar, but it turns out that the bottom-hem-to-armpit section is pretty nearly — or perhaps entirely — finished and I didn’t feel up to calculation. Meg wrote articles in four successive issues of Knitter’s long ago now, which I have saved and treasured, amplifying and expanding her mother’s pattern.

   (Were those articles ever reproduced by the Schoolhouse Press?)

  So I will be glad tomorrow to have the next clue for the Allingham MKAL. And I’m glad to have my dear, disagreeable cat and I hope she survives me.

   Wordle: yet another stinker; yet another six for me. Again I stuck faithfully to legitimate, possible words and again the practice served me well.

    Today’s stars were Roger and Mark with four. Rachel and Ketki were with me on six. Alexander and Thomas and Theo scored five. (Obviously, not as easy one.) (I’m happy to be able to report that Roger was basking in  his four when he was here this morning.)


  1. It is a sad thing to issue the order of release, as you say, but a kindness in most cases. I had to do it for my first horse, and knew it was the way to ease her pain. On a cheerier note, I am finally getting to some of the Allingham essays, and greatly enjoying them.

  2. I have a lot of sympathy for Helen and family having been through this with our pets.
    I'm between books at the moment; the book club choice (title is something about Henri Pick) is totally failing to draw me in) so I can see it's going to have to be back to Allingham

  3. Anonymous8:25 AM

    We have lost both cats and dogs and still miss them. My sympathies. Hope your sister gets fully recovered soon! Chloe

  4. Anonymous12:42 PM

    Glad you could at least be in the same room with your sister and her husband - so hard to do so.
    Condolences to Helen and her family for the loss of their dog.
    Have a good rest of the week!
    Lisa R-R

  5. Eileen in Chapel Hill2:55 PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about Farouk. Losing a beloved pet is so hard.