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A group for people who have Pootie Pads -- or who enjoy pootie pictures.
  1. Recently I wrote about the end of year needsthat my sister and I have.  November is always a brutally expensive month for us.  Not only do all the bills land at once (including the quarterly water bill) but it is property tax time, as well.  We are fortunate to own our home — so this tax represents pretty much the entire year’s housing expense for the two of us.

    It has been a terrible year, healthwise, for us.  My sister was hospitalized three times for heart problems.  And I have an autoimmune problem that is made worse by stress.  Accordingly, it is now worse than it has ever been.  We’ve been doing the best we can but our best at the present is not what it was.

    I promised an update.  We have raised enough to cover our household bills and part of the tax bill. For that, we still need $3208 — if we can pay it all by 11/15.  Later than that, it will be about $150 more.

    The major project we have going right now is the Community Quilt for the Tree of Life Synagogue.  We are planning to complete it by the summer It will be several month’s worth of work and will be hand quilted by me.  There is about $2475 remaining that we would like to collect to fund this work (some of which will go for materials) — and that amount will go a long way toward meeting our immediate need.

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    Best catnip around, I’m telling you!

    Then there are the Pootie Pads that we make — little aromatherapy quilts for cats and dogs filled with organic catnip (for cats) and lavender and thyme (for dogs).  We make lavender pads for people, too — some people find lavender helps soothe stress.  We also make some really cute catnip toys (Ann’s designs) that make great holiday gifts for people with cats.  The most recent Pootie Pad diary is here — it contains links to buy all these things.  You can also find our store at the Pootie Pad website, designed by our friend, linkage.  If you have people with pets on your holiday gift list, please consider Pootie Pads!

    If you don’t want Pootie Pads but would like to help us, we have a general donation link, too.

    If you would like to support our work but don’t have a pet:

    GENERAL DONATION TO THE COMMUNITY QUILT PROJECT PAYPAL LINK

    Thank you all for your kindness and friendship over time.  Ann and I are very, very grateful to this community.

    Matching fund challenge from bluetownship

    DOUBLE YOUR MONEY!!  I will match all contribution$, dollar for dollar. If you give $20 it will become $40. Give $100, it becomes $200. Take advantage of this offer. We CAN raise the funds needed by the Catnip Manor sisters by tomorrow or the next day. Funds are needed by no later than 11/15.  Please contribute something now and have your contribution DOUBLED.

    Total for this challenge so far ( will update): $770

  2. November is always the most expensive month for me and my sister.  Every single bill, whether monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly, hits us.  And then there is property tax — which creeps up ever higher every year.

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    Eclectablog’s quilt, designed by Ann, has taken longer than we had hoped.

    As you probably know, this has been a terrible, terrible year for us.  My sister, Ann, was hospitalized three times for heart problems — and after her heart attacks, she just wasn’t tracking (for lack of a better term).  I have never before seen her struggle with a quilt pattern that she had clearly had in her head, a patternthat she herself had designed, only to be confused by it, absolutely unable to put the quilt together.  Frankly, it was terrifying me to see her this way.  Thankfully, she is much better now but this year, we have not been able to produce the amount of quilting work that we have in the past.  Not this year.

    I’ve not been so well, myself.  Unfortunately, I suffer from a rather rare autoimmune issue that, like most autoimmune issues, is made worse by stress.  I am now taking a medication that is pretty harsh and it is making life...interesting.  I am doing okay but I find I need to pace myself.

    Anyway, we are going to need to raise about $4000 — a bit more would be better — before November 15.  I didn’t want to put up a call for help until the election was done because that was a lot more important than the problems of individual people. 

    One thing we have going right now is the Community Quilt for the Tree of Life Synagogue.  This is a major project for us, one which should be complete by the summer (Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, as my late mother used to say).  It will be several month’s worth of work and will be hand quilted by me.  There is about $2585 remaining that we would like to collect to fund this work (some of which will go for materials) — and that amount will go a long way toward meeting our immediate need. 

    Then there are the Pootie Pads that we make — little aromatherapy quilts for cats and dogs filled with organic catnip (for cats) and lavender and thyme (for dogs).  We make lavender pads for people, too — some people find lavender helps soothe stress.  We also make some really cute catnip toys (Ann’s designs) that make great holiday gifts for people with cats.  The most recent Pootie Pad diary is here — it contains links to buy all these things.  You can also find our store at the Pootie Pad website, designed by our friend, linkage.

    If you don’t want Pootie Pads but would like to help us, we have a general donation link, too.

    If you would like to support our work but don’t have a pet:

    GENERAL DONATION TO THE COMMUNITY QUILT PROJECT PAYPAL LINK

    Thank you all for your kindness and friendship over time.  Ann and I are very, very grateful to this community.

  3. If your holiday gift list includes cat or dog owners, consider giving a Pootie Pad.  These are small quilts containing organic herbs — the best catnip for the kitties and soothing lavender and thyme for dogs.  Fabric choices are found on the Pootie Pad website: see herefor cats and here for dogs.  In addition, we have these three new fabrics (just in) for cats:

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    Cats & Hearts

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    My Faire Kitty

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    Sushi Costumes

    About Pootie Pads:

    Pootie Pads are a product that arose because of the daily Pootie diaries here on Daily Kos — they were designed with the cats of Kossacks in mind.  Made with love by myself and my sister, winglion, they are little quilts filled with human grade, organic catnip (the best we have ever found) from Oregon.  All the fabrics are pre-washed before we use them so the pads are innocent of any toxic sizing or preservatives.  Cats love them!  The pads promote play — and also seem to have a soothing effect on anxious cats (making them the perfect liner for a cat carrier during travel).  Elderly cats love them, too — we think because the catnip eases the aches and pains of older bones and joints.

    Our pads for dogs contain organic lavender and thyme, soothing herbs that may promote calm.

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