Judie asked a great question about the asp. I always forget that Texas is really its own country, and things are different here.. Everywhere else, an asp is a poisonous snake (Shakespeare, anyone?). But in the Great Republic of Texas, an asp is a poisonous fuzzy caterpillar, the larvae of something called the Flannel Moth, which I find quite hilarious, since flannel is fuzzy too.
It's also called a puss caterpillar. There's this adorable video on YouTube of one. Watch out - it's poisonous! Don't pick it up! But ADMIT - you want to!!!
Now, speaking of Judie, look at this card I received. It's beautiful, and hard to see in the photo. First of all, she made it - which is incredible. I thought she bought it until I turned it over. The sunset and trees you see are part of the vellum layer - this vellum is beautiful. The side has a strip of some stunning pearl carstock, which is embossed and decorated with half pearls and pearl ribbon. It is a show stopper.
But it's the inside that just kills me, in the best sense of the word. I can hardly type this:
Four Feet in Heaven, by Alice Chase.
- Your favorite chair is vacant now
- No eager purrs to greet me.
- No softly padded paws to run
- Ecstatically to meet me.
- No coaxing rubs, no plaintive cry
- Will say it's time for feeding.
- I've put away your bowl and all
- The things you won't be needing.
- But I will miss you, little friend.
- For I could never measure
- The happiness you brought me,
- The comfort and the pleasure.
- And since God put you here to share
- In earthly joy and sorrow.
- I'm sure there'll be a place for you
- In Heaven's bright tomorrow.