August 2000-May 5, 2010
It's too sad to write about Izzie, today, but I had to honor him in some way because he was so much a part of my quilting life.
He was terrible at arranging quilt blocks, but he always approved the way I arranged them and sewed them together.
He would sit and look at them, or he just had to touch with his paw,
or with his tail.
He was a funny cat and always made me laugh.
Last year I rearranged my sewing room much to Izzie's surprise. I wrote about it here, but it seems fitting to have the pictures in this post, too.
Izzie was with us for almost 10 years. He was left abandoned in an old farmhouse where the farmer fed him cornbread and bologna. The farmers daughter (my neighbor) told him that she knew someone that would love him so much and take good care of him. We did.
When I first saw Izzie I thought "she" looked like Liz Taylor with a big fur collar and that cute little spot above "her" lip, so I named "her" Lizzie. I took "her" to the doctor to find out that "she" was 6 months old and weighed 3 pounds. For two weeks I treated "her" ear mites and other things that were wrong with "her".
I took "her" back to the doctor and when she kept saying "he" I said to her, "My cat is a girl." She said, "No. I don't think so!" I was in total shock! I guess I didn't get as up close and personal as I thought I had! I said, "I guess I should have named him Richard!". You know, Liz Taylor and Richard Burton? The young girls in the office didn't know what I was talking about. Since I had been calling him Lizzie for two weeks, I decided to call him Izzie instead.
I will miss our quilting time together, playing hide and go seek, his cute little back leg that always stuck out (you can see it hanging off of the fabric cabinet), our little afternoon "cat naps" where he would jump in the recliner with me and take a 15 minute nap, his hugs, his constant need to be in my lap, and his adorable personality. I will be forever grateful that God blessed my life with something that loved me and my family, brought us much happiness, and taught us all about unconditional love.
We love you, Izzie!