|Mama and Edna, her friend and neighbor.|
Our trip to NC was enjoyable but exhausting. All of the cousins stopped by again and we made a visit to the nursing home to visit my mother's friend and neighbor, my cousin's husband, and a former neighbor. We stayed a good, long time and came away feeling glad we made the effort. We visited my mother's friend Ruth and had dinner with Laney and Julious, as well as going to church on Sunday. We had very little time to do anything around the house, including getting clothes together for my mother. It was a whirlwind.
We came back to a week of dark, cool, rainy weather, the kind that just makes you want to stay in bed. And today has been the worst...cooler, darker and rainier! It's hard to believe we were enjoying 70-80 degree weather only a few weeks ago. I think I can cope with the cool weather if the sun will just appear again!
|A warm, sunny, Sunday afternoon in Beaufort only a few weeks ago.|
We also came home to ailing kitties. As we scooped the ton of poop that had collected in 4 large litter boxes, we saw that there was loose poop in all boxes. In the course of the day, I realized that it was my dear Gabby. He's 13 now and it's hard for me to realize that he is now an older kitty. While he eats well and seems to be okay, he has become boney and that tender, pink nose is now covered with dark splotches (similar to all of the god-awful things that are happening to his Mama - me!). He is a ninja kitty and it's hard to catch him drinking or pooping, but there is no more soft poop in the boxes, so I hope he is okay. The other patient is Little Girl (Chloe)...before we left, someone was throwing up and it was a "variety" of spew with which I was not familiar.....projectile with lots of water-type liquid. It was not until I actually saw Chloe do it that I realized it came from her. And then, once we got home I saw her going from one litter box to another, circling the wagons, straining......and only a drop came out! So, I took her to the vet that very day and he said it sounded like a classic bladder infection. He gave her two shots.....that was Friday and she still is not able to pee. A call to the vet will be my first order of business tomorrow. She is very stoic and not appearing to be in discomfort, but it can't be good. The vet asked me to call on Monday and let them know how she was doing, so I assumed she should be okay by then. She isn't! It scares me to think that something could happen to them, though I know IT is likely to happen to them before it happens to me. They are just so loving, each in their own way, and bring so much comfort and joy into my life.....I just can't go there a minute before I have to.
I had planned to have the bedroom carpets replaced between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but when I thought of all that will be happening - Thanksgiving, putting up the Christmas tree, three medical appointments for my mother, Christmas, etc. - I just couldn't face it. So, instead of a Christmas present for myself, it will become an early birthday present. I'm hoping things will settle by January.
In an effort to have a life, I went to my vegetarian group (Eating Without Meat of the Lowcountry) last night. The group has expanded from the original 7 or 8 to almost 20.....actually more than that, 20 were in attendance last night. It's a diverse group in age, sex, race, interests and professions. So, it's an interesting group AND the food is good. It's a great way to sample new things and collect great ideas. The speaker for this meeting was a local lady who is an vedic master, trained at the Chopra Center. She talked about Ayurveda, a Hindu system of traditional medicine native to India, a type of alternative medicine. She was very entertaining and the topic was interesting.....my brain appreciated being stimulated a bit more than usual!
One of the newer, younger members of our Living/Drinking Liberally group has invited me to a luncheon for "progressive" women. My friend Chris and I plan to attend the December luncheon. The ladies I enjoy being with most are those I've met through DL, so I think this will be similar and worth doing....will keep you posted.
Today I finally watched The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Ann recommended it long before I ever heard about it here. She said I'd enjoy it and I think I'll actually see it again before sending it back to Netflix. It finally came up on my list several weeks ago and when I attempted to see it, the CD was faulty and the previews were on a loop...I couldn't get past them. So, it took a second try and I really enjoyed it on so many levels.....and it made me want to go back to India!
This week is Thanksgiving and all I want to do is get it over......but, even so, there is so much to be thankful for, not the least of which are true and lasting friends. So, I wish each and every one a.....