Every knitter needs two things: a basket of wool and a cat. It's so true it's a cliche. Enter into evidence this postcard from 1911 (the earliest image I could find in a 2-minute Google image search) of a kitty:
Gabe and I have big news: We are pregnant with a kitten! Little Chloe, a 2 months old black short-hair with a white diamond on her chest, is living with her Uncle Paul until we get clearance from the leasing office to bring her to Park Lane. Our building charges a ridiculous amount of money for pets: a $300 non-refundable yearly fee and a $30 monthly fee for a cat, and a $600 non-refundable yearly fee and a $60 monthly fee for a dog. Seriously?
We wanted to get a pet so badly here at Park Lane but we just couldn't rationalize the amount of money it would cost simply to bring a furry baby home. What changed? Well, we're moving to a new apartment in September and they don't charge nearly as much to keep a kitty there. It's simply an extra $25 a month on our rent price.
We're hoping that Park Lane will be reasonable and let us bring Chloe home before the September move to our new building in Revere by simply paying the $30 monthly fee and not the $300 yearly fee. If not, she'll stay with Uncle Paul for the time being.
Chloe the kitty is part of my action plan to manage my mental health. My care team and I feel that I need time to heal and make progress in psychotherapy, therefore, I'm not working right now. Being home alone all day is not good for anyone, let alone someone struggling with BPD, depression, anxiety and PTSD like me. I know from past experience and clinical research that a pet would do wonders for my mental health and morale.
In other news, I got my yarn swift and ball winder today! After trying without much success to hand-wind a hank of lace weight yarn, I finally got online and ordered a set through Knit Picks while they had the swifts on sale for $50. Now to control my compulsion to wind every hank, center pull skein, and random oddment of yarn in the apartment.
I hope you enjoy your weekend! I'm off to put in a good run and workout then knit!