Friday, July 03, 2015

A Thought (or two) Runs Through It

* My schedule for the next five days includes work, three 8 hour days, and then two 5 hour days. The job is easy physically, but tonight my mind is not emotionally prepared to be away from home for so many afternoon/evenings. I don't mind spending time with my new friend, and it has many rewards, it's just that I've never had to spend so much time away from any of my other children. Since Hannah's babysitting job ended with the school year, she ends up being here alone when I'm gone. I guess it's a mom thing, and she's my last baby. Next weekend I won't have to go to work and I am looking forward to that. I'm also looking forward to, hopefully, having another family gathering the day after Hannah turns 20, a birthday celebration. (I had to ask for that Sunday off...)

* Oreo continues to be thin, dirty, scraggly, and old. His abscess, which is now bald, continues to drain. I haven't yet taken him to the vet and he continues to eat, drink, and breathe. He's been a naughty, old man, pooping in the ash bucket and peeing on a piece of cardboard behind the wood stove. Last night we locked him outside in order to safeguard our house. blah

* The news has been rather depressing lately; a bit more conflict and change than my mind wants to digest right now. I read precious little and don't watch the news on TV, but it filters in through other media outlets, threatening to leave me feeling a bit hopeless and helpless, although in reality I know we are never without hope. I've struggled with this before and my anxious heart returns to the verses I once posted on my refrigerator...

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Sunshine has returned to upstate NY and the rain has gone. Perhaps my friend and I can sit out in the courtyard tomorrow and soak up some of that vitamin D that comes with bright, clear, summer days. I spent some time out weeding our pepper plants this evening, but not enough time out during the day. Without small children begging to outside, I can almost forget that I need to be out there myself.


  1. You must take that cat to the vet. He could be suffering from other things that are easily treatable. This makes me sad. :(

    1. Me too. :(
      If he wasn't already old and sick, I would have taken him.

    2. Honestly, I am afraid they will want to put him to sleep and today I just don't have it in me to make that choice. He seemed to be doing better and I was hoping it would clear up on it's own before now.

    3. How old is he? 18-22 is an old cat. Anything younger than that is not elderly. I'm just concerned because you've been talking about him not being well for maybe a year? He looks so thin yet you say he eats. Does he have worms, maybe? I would just want a proper diagnosis and you might be surprised that the treatment is easy and not a death sentence. That seems like less stress than seeing him suffer every day.

    4. I had him to the vet last summer. He told me Oreo is experiencing kidney failure and that is why he is so thin. At the time he said he wasn't in pain and was actually in good shape for a 15 year old cat. :(

    5. He also said there was no cure.

    6. What brand of flea control do you use on him?

  2. So many things to feel sad about right now...I remember when Hildy (our first shih tzu) was old sick and blind..we had to put her down... it was hard.

    I hope Oreo gets better soon... I know Vet's can be so expensive but maybe Betsy's right and it might not be so bad and a simple solution.

    Life is tough all around. Love and Hugs, and more hugs.