Ok, so since my last post about mom:
My mom pulled through despite the dire warnings from the doctor. She is mentally much better than she was in October and is almost back to her "normal" self. But she is not 100% and probably won't be again. We had to move her out of assisted living and she is now in a full time nursing facility. But shes still with us and that is really amazing.
|Sahara Kitty last summer|
In January, I lost my beloved Sahara kitty. I almost lost her around Thanksgiving of last year but I was able to keep her around and having a good quality of life until the First week in January. She had a tumor next to her heart that was leaking fluid. The vets drained it at Thanksgiving which gave her another 6 weeks of hope and life with me. I did not take those 6 weeks for granted. Not even one day. She got whatever she wanted to eat; she got to be in my lap constantly if she wanted; I made sure she laid in the sun and was as happy as any old lady kitty could be. I took her to the vet on January 11. She had stopped eating and was not moving around much anymore but her mind was as bright as ever so "the decision" was especially hard... I miss her every day. Every. single. day. The first couple of weeks I cried every day. I considered it to be a good day when I didn't cry. On facebook. when they decide to dredge up memories for you to "re-share"- most of them are of sahara. She was a huge part of my life.. I Have a little remembrance corner for her. I have two little black cat figurines (one given to me by a friend!) that rest atop a wooden box with her ashes. I will miss her forever.
|Lill Kitty this winter|
On lighter note, I still have her Sister, Lill. Lill has always been my sweet, silly, big kitty. She is now entirely enjoying being the center of my attention. She does not leave my side. She goes from room to room with me. She gives me a lot of "lip" when leave the house and come back and she insists that I do not sleep past 8am. She is enjoying being an only kitty. She is territorial so I don't foresee getting another cat any time soon. She is a thickly built critter and could and would probably do some damage against an "Interloper". She gets extremely upset if she sees another cat in our yard and I don't have the energy just now to go through the desensitization process of bringing in another cat..
I am still slowly plugging away at making tack. I am so exhausted from my job and from life in general that i have to push myself into the studio. Also thanks to the funky weather I've been battling a ton of headaches - almost daily. I have learned though that laying down for days on end doesn't help. Walking however does. Since the end of December I've been walking a lot in a park nearby and that has helped my mood and my waistline which is good because I've been eating everything in sight. (HA!)
I have to say though that being in the Morlan Gallery Show last year really boosted my motivation and I'm keeping an eye out for more opportunities.
And I've been shooting pool again and doing well... Thursdays and Sundays.. my favorite days :)
RJ is doing great in school. HE is my "Mini" me. Sometimes that works out great and sometimes, when i'm stressed it makes me crazy.. lol THat poor kid. He's sensitive, and sweet and very very smart. I'm trying to bring him up to not act entitled and be respectful of Adults, other kids, and animals. He loves cats (Surprise). I want him to be a vet.. We'll see what path he chooses.. lol He keeps me going most days...
Finally, the bridle above, is still in process. I've been working on it so long that I've had to redo some things on it because the knots got dirty. But I consider the browband a triumph.. lol
I hope you are having a great spring!!