Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Long time, no see

Abbey and Natasha at the window one day when I got home from work.
Please excuse the reflections.

I didn’t realize how long we had been away from blogging until I looked at my last post. 

We didn’t mean to be away from the blog for this long. Abbey, Natasha, and Connor are doing fine. But the humans in the house have had a tough several weeks. 

My mother-in-law passed away in August. Though it was expected, it wasn’t expected so soon. And we are never “ready” to lose a loved one, even when they are sick.

Mable Worley Barbour was 94 years old. She was in overall good health until earlier this year. She lived by herself until last August, for 10 of the 11 years since my father-in-law passed away. And she did well for most of the time she was in a nursing home. We are thankful that she wasn’t bedridden except near the end.

Larry is an only child, so he has had all of the responsibility of taking care of the estate and the tasks that must be done. That is hard to do while simultaneously dealing with the loss of a parent. 

A bit earlier in August, I had to have an appendectomy. I got sick at work one morning with abdominal pain that just wouldn’t go away. I went home and tried all of my home remedies for what I thought was a digestive issue. That evening, Larry took me to the ER, and the next morning, I had surgery. I was able to go home the next day.

The day I got home from the hospital, Mable’s health started deteriorating rapidly, and she passed away early the next morning. I’m thankful I was able to get to the nursing home to spend time with her before she passed. 

Through all of this, the kitties have helped to get us through. Of course, all the upset in household routine was hard on them. But our schedules are getting back to normal, and that’s a good thing for them.

I have missed you and have tried to keep up with what was going on in your lives. But I’m sure I’ve missed many things. I look forward to spending more time with you.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Soaking in the Sun

Natasha, Abbey, and Connor soaking in the late afternoon sun. We are all fine and will see you next week!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day to all of our U.S friends!

The New Colossus
BY Emma Lazarus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, 
With conquering limbs astride from land to land; 
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand 
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame 
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name 
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand 
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command 
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. 
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she 
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor, 
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, 
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. 
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, 
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Cat Relationships: Natasha and Abbey

Relationships among cats who live together can be a mystery. Some cats seem to bond immediately. Others live together for years and still hiss at each other in passing. 

In our household, Abbey and Connor are closer than the two girls or Natasha and Connor are to each other. 

But sometimes I see Natasha and Abbey together, birdwatching or lounging or napping. Sometimes they touch noses, stare at each other, and then they go on their separate ways. Sometimes one swats the other, and then they go on their separate ways. Then they surprise me when one bathes the head of the other.

I guess cats’ relationships are at least as complicated as human relationships.


Nap time

How do the cats in your household get along?