Only To Make Things Worse

April 30, 2012 § 3 Comments

Nothing hurts more than believing you are doing good
Only to find out your actions led only to make things worse

It singes, it burns and digs really deep
Moments when composure is real tough to keep

When what you offer in kindness, as medicine
Leaves them reeling and foaming at the mouth

And in that moment, you would trade places
Stricken with fear and doubt, you would gladly take their pain

I truly thought I was helping!



Project 52 – Week 17

April 29, 2012 § 3 Comments

Lessons in Life’s Not Fair

Loss in varying degrees, pain remains the same
Lessons in life’s not fair

I hold you as you hold her
Her body weak and listless

You blame yourself, I’m desperate to refute
Life’s like that sometimes, the point is moot

Your pain sears my soul
Her frail ginger body in your hands

You think it’s all your fault, when it really is not
Life’s just not fair sometimes

And we should not entertain
Until it’s a for sure deal

She can still get better

Sarah Jane had a rare and extreme adverse reaction to her vaccines. She had to be taken to the emergency animal hospital for treatment. She had stopped moving around, she had trouble opening her eyes and she starting drooling, indicating having trouble swallowing.

There, they gave her shots of steroids and Benadryl and said we’d have to watch her for the next twelve hours. No promises, no guarantees. Watch and wait and hopefully your beloved pet will make it through the night.

So far so good. She’s eating, purring, if not moving around as much as we’d hoped.

House Guest

April 11, 2012 § 4 Comments

Our favourite house guest has been with us for a week and a half and it’s been such a joy having him.

Guinness!!!  Yay.  What a great dog he is.  If we were going to be dog owners, we’d have to be able to pre-order a Guinness dog. He’s so quiet, so agreeable and so lovable.  He appreciates everything we do for him with a happy tail wag and friendly growls.

Unfortunately, his age (12 years) and ever weakening joints means that this will likely be his last visit with us. His owner has decided that it’s time to consider putting him down.  As it was, she was adamant that if we couldn’t take him this time around, she’d have done it already in lieu of putting him in a kennel.

To her credit, Guinness isn’t even her dog really, she inherited him from her father who passed away a few years ago and she has gone above and beyond to give him a good home. But she never wanted a dog and never pretended too.  Yes, she does care about him and has given him a good home but an elderly dog is a lot to take on in the best of circumstances.

I’m torn. We love Guinness and really enjoy being temporary caregivers. The key word being “temporary”. If we wanted a dog full-time, we’d have one. Hubby and I have discussed it at length and have decided that our clowder of cats is more than enough.

So, unless we’re willing to take Guinness permanently then we have no choice but to support his owner in her decision. Which I know has been a very difficult one for her. On one hand I’m very sad that he’ll only be around another couple of months and on the other, I feel privileged to have been a part of his life.

The Best Dog I Ever Knew

Project 52 – Week 7

February 15, 2012 § 4 Comments

I’ve been so lax with this project and it’s time to get back on track.  Thanks to Cate @ Moments of Whimsy for hosting this “do what you love once a week” posting.

Solace in my Furriends

A tear escapes my unwilling eye
I don’t want to let show my worry

My concerns are trifle compared to so many
I know in the grand scheme I am a fortunate

My sadness is a blessing
My down and out holds possibility

When so many have it so much harder
When for so many my life is elite

I can still find solace in my furriends
Who are willing to share my weaker moments

They purr, wag their tails, roll on their backs
Their adoration all mine

What I can’t do for the world
I do for them

When the world gets too big for me
I find solace in my furriends

Project 52 – Week Three

January 19, 2012 § 2 Comments

Hosted by Cate @ Moments of Whimsy, Project 52 is about doing something you love once a week and then post about it.  It’s a great way to not only document doing something you love, but also a way to support and encourage each other in doing the same. Nice, eh?

Anyway, I’m a little early this week but I figure since I missed last week’s post, it evens out.  😛

Ankle Biter

I’m walking casually through the room
Unaware of you stalking me
I turn around
Then wince out loud
As you stare from your perch upon my knee

Owwwie, those claws are sharp
Still you stare, while I become ever more aware
Of what’s holding you there

On my knee
Get off of me!!

You flee
And I swear I can hear a faint

For kitten lovers everywhere.


January 13, 2012 § 5 Comments

It’s all about adjustments around here these days. Getting used to a new family member at the same time as adopting a new lifestyle change.

Sarah Jane is slowly making her way into the clowder. The most recent incident with Panther had the little wee one standing her ground and putting on quite the display of fangs and puffy tail. Panther actually took off and decided it wasn’t worth it to try rolling her again.

Two days ago Darth, the ol’ man and leader of the bunch, introduced himself to Sarah Jane by walking up to her to take a sniff. She backed herself into a corner with a flurry of hisses and growls. However, in the spirit of his royalty, Darth simply raised his paw to her and then walked away rolling his eyes. “Yeah, whatever.”

Between that and the Paleo challenge, it’s been all about getting used to new things.

What I’m loving most about the Paleo challenge though is the cooking. I’ve been expanding my skills in the kitchen with researched and adapted recipes that all of us are thoroughly enjoying.

I never thought I would have such an affinity toward spinach, red onion and mushroom having hated them for most of my life, now I look forward to them.  The best is that I can’t wait to perfect sweet potato fries. My first few attempts have ended up with either under or over cooked.  I’ll be working on it.

Yeah, a lot of adjustments lately.  But so far so good.  😀

Welcome Sarah Jane

January 9, 2012 § 6 Comments

“What were we thinking” is the first thing that comes to mind when talking about Daughter’s new kitten.  You’d think with a household that already more cats than people, adding another to the mix would be the last thing we wanted to do.

And you’d be right. Except that Daughter has been asking, nay begging, for a furry friend of her very own for the better part of 6 months. When she first brought it up Hubby and I laughed and said, “Sure, when one of the ones we already have has moved on.”

Needless to say Daughter thought this totally unfair seeing as how she had absolutely no say whatsoever in the decision to already have four cats. Especially Panther, the latest addition, who was actually her brother’s cat that we took in because he was no longer in the position to care for her. Her exclamation of, “So NOT fair” had some serious merit.

Nevertheless when the requests began getting regular – a couple of times a week – just before Christmas we had the holidays to put the whole thing off. I am seriously against getting pets as holiday presents whether it be a bunny for Easter or a puppy for Christmas.  A pet deserves more contemplation and preparation than to be adopted on holiday whims. JMO.

In any case, the New Year rolled around and Daughter asked us again, “Can I get a kitten?” Hubby and I agreed that the best course of action was to take Daughter out so she could look and, more importantly, get a handle on just how much a kitten needs and what those needs cost.

What Hubby and I did not necessarily agree on was that she would get one that very day. *sigh* Alas, I was not present when Daughter laid her eyes on…

and immediately fell in love with, this.  Meet Sarah Jane Smith (yep, a hardcore Dr. Who fan through and through – a tribute to Elisabeth Sladen RIP and her character).  How’s the “Awwww” factor for you? Worse is that she is even cuter in real life.

Of course it took me mere minutes to be totally okay with the whole thing. The clincher were the kitty kisses on my nose the first time I held her.

The other cats however, well…it’s a been a week now and the opinions range from curiosity, Darth and Herc, to mild disdain, Rosie, to outright disgust “How could you bring that orange furball into MY house”, Panther.

Twice now Panther has rolled the poor little thing in a show of “I’ll learn you who’s boss around here.”  The first time she got away with it with only a stern talking to, the second time Hubby was not so forgiving and tossed Panther into the snow out back. (No she wasn’t hurt at all, just a little freaked out and perhaps a bit chilly.) I think Panther’s thoughts were, “Oh shit! That’s right, YOU’RE boss around here.”

In any case, for all concerned, we’re keeping Sarah Jane and Panther at a distance and only allowing mingling under strict supervision. Anyway, “busy” does not even begin to describe the energy Sarah Jane exudes. I would so love one of those devices that measures the speed of a moving object just to see how quickly she actually moves when she’s tearing through the house.

And absolutely EVERYTHING must be smelled, tasted and chewed on. Already Daughter’s headphones are toast and we’re constantly having to make sure the little thing doesn’t electrocute itself (or bring down the internet) chewing through live wires.

Certainly reminds me why it’s been almost 9 years since we brought a kitten into the fold. Rescued cats are so much easier in that they are just grateful to have a roof, food, the occasional treat and a little lovin’ now and again. Kittens are just so entitled.  😀


2012 – Week One

January 7, 2012 § 5 Comments

This week just flew by
Oh how I did try
To make the absolute most of it

Still I didn’t get a whole lot done
The decorations not yet put away for one
The kitchen floor, I’ve successfully ignored
And don’t get me started about the laundry

Daughter got a new kitten
We’re all thoroughly smitten
Well, except the four other cats

She’s ginger and cute
And none can refute
The energy she brings

And her name is Sarah Jane
(any guesses who she’s named after????)

So the end of week one
Though I didn’t get a lot done
A new kitten is fun

And it’s definitely not been boring



December 20, 2011 § 4 Comments

Happy Holidays to all my bloggy friends.  May your celebrations be joyous and filled with dearest family, best friends and lots of amazing food and drink!

Project 2011 – Week Forty Seven – Finishing Touches

November 30, 2011 § 2 Comments

Oh wow, week 47…for real?  What happened to the year?  As always a grateful hat tip to Cate @ Moments of Whimsy for hosting this sharing of goals and resolutions for 2011.  It’s been quite the ride.

I think it’s sort of appropriate then that the title of this post is “Finishing Touches” as this will likely be my last submission for Project 2011.  It’s time to get ready shed this skin and welcome a whole new one, and yes I think having just turned 40 has something to do with my enthusiasm for a brand spankin’ new year.

But before I go, I said I would do a post about the finishing touches to my kitchen, some turning out much better than others.

First, and foremost for me, was the running water!

If that isn’t a finishing touch, I don’t know what is.  The shiny new double sink is, absolutely awesome, especially without a dishwasher, but without running water…well, you get the idea.

Next it’s the curtains…*sigh*

For all intents and purposes, they’re fine.  They’re thick enough to keep the cold air out, their size is perfect and the colour scheme matches the paint and the counter top.  The thing is, they’re too…uh, um…I don’t know what the word is but I know I’m not crazy about them.

They’ll stay for the winter because they’re practical but I can guarantee you I’ll be looking around for something more suitable.  Good thing the panel only cost me a few dollars and I altered it myself.  😛

Next though is one my favourite finishing touches…

Cast iron “grape” hooks that I’m using to mount a couple of frying pans.  I used to have my entire collection of frying pans mounted but with my new pots and pans drawer it’s no longer necessary.  There’s a third one next to the stove where my potholders are hanging and the best part is that I paid only $2.50 ea for them.

So there you have it, my kitchen’s finishing touches brought to you by frugality, bargain hunting and doing it yourself.

Thanks for all you have been leaving comments in support of this big change. It’s helped a lot to keep me focused and on track.  😀

Now for something completely different…

Here’s Rosie sleeping on her “throne”.  I know, it’s my fault for putting the blanket there…but the seat hurts my butt.

Have a good weekend everyone.

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