Thoughts on a Thursday

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Every now and then during lockdown I have had some thoughts. Or read some. One profound, all the others are not. I share some of my wisdom with you now.

I told the Ab-Cat early on that I had made a goal of doing one thing a day. Usually productive, sometimes mundane. It could be more, but the goal was not to do less. She has probably asked me every day since what my “one thing” was. Some days I am proud of my answer, and lets leave it at that 🙂

I am pretty good at playing Fruit Blast on the iPad. I should not kid myself into thinking it is my “one thing”.

Honey and I ventured out to my favorite garden center and I have to say it was a disappointing selection compared to their usual bounteous offerings. I found a few things then we decided to hit up another favorite place a little further down the road. They had much more of what I needed, but much less than usual as well. I asked the woman at the checkout how business had been and she said they were almost SOLD OUT! I asked if they planted less because they were not sure if things would be open in time to sell and she said no, they had planted more! People were buying more! So there is an unexpected bonus to the pandemic, beautification of yards 🙂

Do you know what does not stop during a quarantine? Growing whiskers. Weeds. Getting hungry as a lumberjack when you have not done any lumberjacking.

I think I have figured out why I am enjoying Love It or List It so much, especially when it kind of annoyed me before. I don’t particularly enjoy the host’s banter, or the sometimes obnoxiously unrealistic and hard to please homeowners, but I have decided it’s because they are accomplishing the renovation. It makes me feel accomplished. I am celebrating their accomplishment. Well, that’s what I’m telling myself anyway.

Did you notice that the telemarketers must have been staying home from their jobs too? Eternally thankful they were not working from home.

Since the lockdown began I have tried to be mindful of thanking everyone who has served me. The grocery cashiers, my close personal friends at the Target CVS Pharmacy, who no longer ask me Honey’s name and birth date (yes, I’ve been there that frequently), nurses I speak with on the phone, anyone in the customer service industry that I might ask a question of. I just say “thank you for working!” Do you know who really appreciates being thanked? The garbage men and lawn waste guys! I’m going to keep that up!

How many boxes of Klondike bars have we gone through? Don’t answer that.

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Still funny!

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Most important thing in the entire post. ❤

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Have a good Thursday.

The 411 after the 911

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Wow, a lot has gone on since i last posted. And on many other days, not a lot. We have had an unusual lockdown. I started out thinking I would use this opportunity to get myself into the blogging habit again, but at the end of March Honey and his weakened immune system developed shingles, and then the worst bout of gout he had ever experienced. It was enormously painful for him. As he was finally making some improvement there was a horrific domestic violence incident next door that spilled over into our house and ended with an arrest after a chase and 2 victims being taken to the hospital. After the neighbor children, their uncle and grandma and about 6-8 police officers left with the written statements of our recollections, I asked the Lord to please clean our previously socially distanced home of any possible Covid-19 germs. We talked of the episode endlessly among ourselves over the next couple of weeks and there is still some lingering PTSD within our walls. Do you know what is not good for shingles? Stress. Honey’s shingles returned with a vengeance, none of the blisters, but all of the pain. He is still not 100%. As I have experienced in the past, it’s hard to blog about my usual nonsense when all is not right in our world. I do feel better getting this all off my chest. I’m sorry to have to unload it onto yours.

Add to this the continuing saga of the virus and Michigan’s near total shutdown, a loved ones diagnosis of cancer, the postponement of Mousey and The Usher’s wedding, the loss of Mousey’s job, the drama of several in the household to try and connect with the ever elusive unemployment office, some dear friends lost loved ones, and then our beloved Capri P’s house burned to the ground. There have been a lot of prayers to the Lord asking Him to comfort His children. And to protect our frontline workers and give those who govern us wisdom.

In between the heartache there has been the stuff of everyday life, purging closets, reading, the working of puzzles, finishing my 20th year of BSF online with Zoom, the every day conversation of what do you want for dinner, my unfortunately regular trips to pick up Honey’s many prescriptions, weeding, talk, talk, talking 🙂 organizing our pictures by year, along with our heavy schedule of news and Love It Or List It. It’s been a full several months. And yet, we still wonder how we have been filling our days and marveling how time goes by so quickly. Things that happened in January, February and even early March seem like a lifetime ago. It’s a strange conundrum.

On the lighter side, I can’t tell you how much joy Facetime brings! We miss our little people SO MUCH!! ❤  Honey and I have been recording ourselves reading books to them, they seem to think it’s grand 🙂 The Little Dipper has been using his quarantine time to grow his hair and practice saying Grammy!!! Oh my ❤  Moonpie continues to amaze us with her expanding vocabulary 🙂 Miss smooching their sweet cheeks. And we miss their parents too 😉

Still think the memes have been hilarious, and we have needed some humor around here. I leave you with some of my faves. Hope to see you soon. Literally and blog-ally. I miss people and I miss blogging.

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Thoughts From First Week of Lockdown

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We made it a week! Since my marathon shopping excursions a week ago Thursday and Friday, and a trip to the lab with Honey last Monday, we have not been anywhere. We are being very careful because Honey has been taking some medication that has him immune compromised at the moment. For the most part, we have been fine. I am so enormously grateful for the ability to shelter in place in peace and comfort, I know there are others who are facing uncertainty and even fear. We have food, a warm home, plenty to do and most thankfully, we have each other. The girls are with us to ward off isolation. And we are still good on the toilet paper front, although I am below my comfort zone in the butter department. 😦

On a lighter note, Guys, the memes have been on FIRE! 🙂 We need the funny right now, it makes things more bearable.

We are in full on comfort mode over here.

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Oh dear!

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Now this is funny!

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Needed perspective.

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Mousey and I finished #2. Took a little longer than the first one, but we persevered.

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Found a bag that had a couple of my Mother’s photo albums while cleaning out a closet. I posted this on the Facebook page of the church I grew up in. This was a singing group called The Choralaires. My Mom is in the top row, 5th from the left, standing next to her good friend Nancy. I was glad I posted it, there was quite a bit of conversation generated from the folks who remembered this time. I have some more to post from a church Memorial Day picnic in 1952.

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I am feeling sorry for these 2 😦 Because of Honey’s health situation and the fact that The Usher has still been required to work, he has not been able to come into the house. It was his birthday on Sunday, so he came over to go on a walk with Miss Mouse, in the street and adhering to the 6 feet away rule of course. Afterward they sat on the patio and visited for the first time in a week.

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Socially distant dating is hard. Mousey made him chocolate chip bars for a birthday treat and he brought us a box of butter and a couple packages of English muffins. He’s so good to us ❤ Mousey sent him on his way with a pulled pork sandwich and salad on a paper plate with a plastic fork, to head home to his lonely basement apartment.

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I could do more purging, I could organize our pictures, I have more cupboards, drawers and closets that could stand to be organized and rearranged, we could all go through our books and donate the ones we will most likely never read again.

There is much praying to be done, for our family, our world, our president, our state and local leaders, our AWESOME healthcare workers, farmers, truckers, warehouse workers, and anyone else doing their part to keep things from descending into chaos, the sick, the lonely and scared, those who have heard even more unimaginable bad news regarding health and employment, and the list goes on and on.

I’m thankful for God’s Word and His promises.

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An ever-present help in trouble, that’s comforting. I am thankful for that.  Our best to all of you ❤

Social Distancing

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Well, I guess can’t say I don’t have time to blog anymore. This is unprecedented, in my lifetime at least. The Chinese –Wuhan- Corona virus- Covid-19 Pandemic of 2020 has caused all of our lives to come to a screeching halt. Or as introverts would say, BEST MONTH EVER!!!!!

There were a lot of rumors swirling last week, The Ab-Cat said they were predicting closings at her elementary school. The college where The Usher works said they were going online. I began to think about food, as I do in all crises. On Thursday I went to Sam’s, along with a good percentage of our town. I had a list. I had heard that toilet paper was scarcer than hens teeth, but I wasn’t in the market for TP, Beeve gets us the jumbo pack from Costco because we like their brand better. I was however not expecting the meat cases to be nigh unto empty. No rice, hardly any bread, no tissues and no eggs, but I managed to get the rest of my necessities, such as half and half, butter, and tortilla chips, among other things. As I waited in line I chit chatted with the people around me, as you do, and we were wondering why people were buying so much bottled water? There was a limit of 2, are people expecting a breakdown in our water system? I could see sewer problems because if folks run out of toilet paper they are going to be flushing who knows what down!!

On Friday morning Honey called to tell me that a local grocery was having a really good meat sale that he felt I should participate in. I went up around 8:30 and bought steaks and baby back ribs to go with the ground beef and chicken I finally found before leaving Sam’s the day before. I decided to hit up the library because I had just finished my book and CMB had told me about a book she had just read that was one of the best she’d read in a looooong time. Found that and about 5 others before heading on down the road to grocery #2. That’s when things got a little surreal. Lots of empty shelves and people and really full carts making checkout an exercise in endurance. God used the time in line to show me the perspective of one young mom waiting along side me. She was talking to her little boy and said lovingly “what are we going to do with you?” I said he will have lots of fun playing and doing puzzles and she said she was a nurse and had to find childcare. Wow, that is a real problem! I thanked her for her service. The healthcare community are our heroes ❤

On a lighter note, I had an informative conversation with a little, older, accented English speaking woman ahead of me who was talking with everyone around her. Not sure how the topic came up, but she mentioned window cleaning, and cleaning our French door windows is a task I loathe, I asked her what she used and she said vinegar and water, I asked the ratio. You should have seen the look on her face, she said I don’t know, I just pour a little bit and it smells like vinegar. Very scientific. She also stressed the importance of using 100% cotton cloths to wipe. She mentioned that she also cleaned her floors AND her produce with vinegar and water. She even came back to the checkout to tell me that last little tidbit, I thanked her for her wisdom!

I was going to hit up one more grocery on my way home to get chicken breasts and some cheese we like, but after the marathon wait in the Meijer line, I opted against it and went home. I knew I would be going out again because Mousey was scheduled to have LASIK surgery on her eyeballs that afternoon. She said she needed to pick up some special eyedrops, so we then proceeded to hit up the Kroger. They had no chicken, but did have the cheese and lunchmeat. In all of my wanderings I saw nary an egg. I found out later that day the library shut its doors for a month.

Things went well on the LASIK front, although Mousey would tell you it hurt, A LOT. But even walking out and looking through her tears, she said she could see leaves on the trees!!! So fashionable 🙂

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Her big ole eyeball. They let me watch behind the glass, a very interesting field trip!

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She is doing well and can see clearer every day!

First completed puzzle. Onto number 2.

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The memes have been SO funny. I posted these on social media. Told the kids we have been training for this their whole lives!!!

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So far I have cleaned out 2 closets, although my go to donation place, The Salvation Army, is closed, watched a couple movies, chemically straightened Abby’s hair, shaved Honey’s, made banana bread and peanut butter cookies. Have been on 2 walks, one with Keelyody and one with The Peanuts Champ. Have not been bored yet, thank you Lord! ❤

A Monday List

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Y’All, it’s 63 degrees today in The Mitten! In March! I went out to bring in the trash and recycling cans and was ever so pleasantly surprised.

March is shaping up to be a super busy month. Lots of appointments, a couple procedures, some routine temple maintenance. We are doing some extra things because Honey could be retiring any minute, or in a couple months. Whatever, I don’t ask.

The Boy spoke about humbly approaching the throne of grace at his church on Sunday, we were ever so proud of him ❤

We were a little too far away to get a clear picture, or to show you his cute new boots 🙂

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I’m a little out of order here, this was Friday. The Boy came to clean the basement carpet so we can put the furniture back where it belongs, since he and his family are no longer basement dwellers. The Girls and I took care of the little rascals while Dad cleaned and their Mom went down to Ohio to pick up some furniture.

They had a snack.

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My most favorite hippo ever!

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This one was telling us of her love for her shirt, it had POCKETS!!!

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Moonpie was napping in the crib when it became apparent Little Dipper needed it. I was happy to be his nap spot ❤

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Honey has been gathering papers for the meeting with our tax guy on Wednesday. I kid you not, it seems like we were just sitting in his office about 2 months ago. How does time fly so fast?

Mousey is having Lasik on her eyeballs Friday! She is super excited to see!!!

We hope she can see a little the next day because there is a food tasting where she is having her wedding reception, and we have been waiting for this a while, so she might have to go like Mrs. Magoo. You don’t need eyesight to pick out what your guests will eat at your wedding reception!

Let’s all have a smooth week.

Fun With MoonPie

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We have had Moonpie several weekends over the last few months! Because her Dad is the Youth Director at their church, and because The Dane likes to be involved as well, we have taken her when they have travelled for retreats, or had big doings going on, and once when they took a quick trip to Chicago to help one of the students who lived with them in Washington move into his new apartment. She is always a pleasure to have and she seems to like it over here too!

She likes to do certain things, like art with Papa.

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Make pancakes with Grammy.

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This is a random picture of us at their church for a big Christmas party they had, she had just finished decorating a Christmas cookie and scarfing it down! We DID have her this weekend, so I guess it counts 🙂  I love her expression, this is what a bunch of jumping in a bouncy house, no nap and the afore mentioned sugar cookie looks like!

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She likes the phone and can get into things I can’t even get into when I want to, can lock you out and is forever wanting to “take a pitcher!!” Snapchat is a big old favorite too.

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She loved decorating these Valentines cookies!! So intense, so patient, So.Much.Licking. I am especially digging her new-ish cheesy smile.

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She also likes to head down to the basement with Papa to cook and very creatively play with animals. This was a tea party, they all had names. I believe this was Linda.

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Might be Karen here.

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We have gathered all of Mousey’s kitties, and there are many. She brought them all upstairs and they live among us now. They go for rides in the stroller, Target cart, and she brings a good many with her at nap time.

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We have trained her well in the love of feline. She sometimes tells me “Seymour is so cute!” She says this about her Papa too 🙂 ❤ My two Beebees <3<3

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An armful of LOVE!

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There is always great quantities of reading as well. Sometimes she walks in the front door and says “BOOK!” We were reading about The Little White House, starring Tom, Betty, Susan, Flip and Frisky! That is the book I learned to read with. Anyone else?

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She was our Funny Valentine this year ❤

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Papa had a special treat when she was here last weekend, PAINT!!! And yes, she is a south paw.

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I had a Dum Dum sucker from the last time I picked up Lee’s Chicken carry out and she was a very neat sucker eater!

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Was intrigued with her red tongue.

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Wanted me to “take a pitcher!!!”

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It has been so much fun having her around!

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The Usher sent me this after the last time she was here! LOL!

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Come again Moonpie, come again 🙂

Snow Day List

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They predicted a weather event up here in The Mitten and last night the school closings began. The Ab-Cat was ecstatic. We have had a little, but certainly nothing to justify the mass cancellations. If we don’t get some MAJOR inches this afternoon there are going to be some cranky school superintendants. I have to say it’s nice when they make the call the night before. After the districts started to fall like dominoes, our BSF leaders meeting was cancelled, meaning all of us Admin leaders proceeded with calling our designated ladies from our phone tree fan out list. It was nice to have the decision made, phones called and alarms turned off, and the knowledge of the beauty of a snow day ahead!

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Currently reading. This is the third book in the series, following The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect. I have really enjoyed them all for many reasons, but I have particularly appreciated how he explains the thinking of the main character Don, who has Asperger’s, autism, or is autistic. The label itself is up for debate. Funny, sad and thought provoking.

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A text between Mousey and The Usher, contemplating their future cat.

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🙂 🙂 🙂

Maybe because I let them lay on me in this fashion and am patient when he gives me sassy tail every time I move.

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I don’t know about you, but I submit that finding the tiniest flake of eggshell in your pancake ( or whatever) to be one of the most off-putting things that can occur at breakfast. Just my opinion. And you can not eat confidently after finding it, because you never know how many more flakes might be there.

I don’t know about you, but I submit that donating 13 bags of unloved clothing to the BSF church, a bunch of boxes of unwanted household stuff to the Salvation Army, and returning around $80 worth of bottles and cans is very…..fulfilling.

 

It’s almost 1:30 and there is still no snow. I’m a little disappointed. Was hoping for a blizzard like one of the many my girl Laura Ingalls Wilder survived in The Long Winter. Of course they had little food and were running out of fuel to heat their house. We have heat and a gas fireplace, so it’s ok on that front. Plus I have a full fridge, many ingredients in the pantry, and well stocked in cream, butter and toilet paper. I say bring it ON!

Have a good Wednesday.

The Little Dipper

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The Little Dipper sure has changed a lot in the past year!!

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A little Nugget less than a month old when they arrived.

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He just kept growing!

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And growing.

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And growing!

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Generally a genial fellow.

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He has gone with his folks when they have left his sister with us on weekends. He still needs to be with his Mama, and  to sleep a little more at night 🙂

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He is a charming young man who is walking now and showing us he is “SO BIG!” then clapping!

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His Mama sent these when they were in Denmark and he had jetlag,

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all taken in the space of a few minutes,

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best boo boo kitty face I’ve seen in a looooong time!!

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His family came a couple of weeks ago for a visit. Papa and his Dad went to find a part for Dad’s car, Mama went to Ikea and the Ab-Cat and I kept the young-uns. Moonpie went down for a nap and we got to play with this little mister. Abby took the pictures from across the room, so I apologize for the fuzz. He was a little Lovey Dovey ❤

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Very ticklish.

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Infinitely kissable.

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Happy to sit with his Grammy.

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Not quite sure about the cat.

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But willing to share space.

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Getting tired.

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And slept on Grammy for about an hour, such a nice way to while away the afternoon ❤

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He’s a punkin!

Mama Mia

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We lost our sweet Mama Mia last September. She had a tumor growing on her face that had closed her eye and was starting to impede her nose and down her throat.  We think she was about 16 years old, but it’s hard to say because we adopted her and her 2 daughters from Humane Society foster care system and that was their best guess. Her foster mom told me that she had been found behind a dumpster in Detroit, along with her 4 babies. We took Mama and 2 kitties, another was adopted my someone else, and 1 did not make it. I can’t imagine what her life was like on the street, but I do know she was a skinny little mama when we got her.027

She weighed in at 5 pounds and promptly ate her way up to a hefty 18! I think it’s safe to say she was pretty starved out there on the mean streets! I don’t know how long she was out on her own, but I do think she started out as a pet, and unfortunately the home was not as kind to her as one would hope. She had a lifelong fear of being picked up, having her tail touched and brooms.

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I am a cat person by nature and my family would tell you that I am generally the preferred human, but I have never worked harder to gain a cats trust than I did with Mia. For a long time after we brought her home she would not stay on the bed, even if I put her there. She finally decided that she was welcome and settled in. She skittered out of the way, even if I was more than happy to go around her. She never would sit in my lap, but after many years she did occasionally sleep on me when I was napping, only if I was covered by a down throw.

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We had many conversations where I assured her that she was safe, loved, and that she was my Best Girl.

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She developed a weepy eye several years ago. The vet said it was unusual at her age, it usually presented much younger. I now wonder if that was the beginning of the tumor, and it curled her eyelid in on  itself causing the irritation. They said they could do surgery, but it didn’t always work. We decided against it because she was about 14 then and it would have been a lot for her to handle. She looked a little crusty sometimes, but all in all she was fine for two more years.

Then in the summer her cheek began to swell.The original vet thought she had an infected tooth. After an antibiotic shot did nothing to relief the situation, we took her to another vet.

She did not think it was an infected tooth. She had a bad feeling from the start. We knew we did not want to do extensive testing, we would not put her through treatment  for cancer. She said we would know when it was time when her quality of life declined.

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I don’t know if she was in pain, but she became uncomfortable. She shook her head and sneezed, trying to shake it loose. Her appetite dwindled. Her eye closed.

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I made the appointment to take her in when Honey would be able go with me. We have made this trip before and it is always grueling. Honey ended up having to work so Mousey came along.

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It was the first time she had been there when losing a beloved pet.

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Mia was so calm, such a good girl.

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We loved her up good.

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Kissed her sweet head.

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They gave her an injection that calmed her. We love cat paws, and will always remember her distinct markings.

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The vet was so kind and thoughtful, as far as things like this can go.

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We brought her home, and buried her in the backyard behind the playhouse. The Usher so thoughtfully helped out with this.

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We miss her. Her sweet presence, when her toenails sounded like high heels when she walked (click, click, click 🙂 ) the way she always crossed her paws so casually, her noble head.

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Oh that beautiful, noble head.

Goodbye Mia, our pretty blue eyed Mama. ❤

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