Friday, December 23, 2016

COOKIES, CLEANING AND A TRIP TO THE VET


I decided yesterday morning that if I were going to get any cookies baked for Christmas, I would have to do it then.  So I started out on a baking spree.  I got Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Cranberry done.  I have three more kinds to make before Sunday, but it didn't get done.  I'm going to try to do at least one more before I leave today.

The other thing I did was massive cleaning.  However, when I clean, it just makes it worse until I find places to put things.  So even though a lot of things are out on the curb waiting for the trash trucks to come around, the house looks a million times worse than it did yesterday morning.  That all needs to be cleaned up before I leave.

But the worst part is that yesterday our little Snowy cat died.



Just last week we were celebrating having her for three years.  She walked into our lives and hearts one snowy evening and when she passed yesterday it just broke our hearts.

She had been fine the day before.  The only thing we noticed was that she was losing some weight and we said we had to take her to the vet in the new year.  Yesterday she did not eat her breakfast (which was VERY strange because she ate everything in sight all the time).  She stayed in the basement all day.  About 5 p.m. I said to Joe that I hadn't seen her all day.  He went down and she was grooming herself, so he told me she was fine.  Somewhere around 6 p.m. I took the new box of cat litter down and she was laying there dead.

Joe had me call the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School and they were wonderful.  The lady on the phone told me to bring her right down and they would take care of her.  So we did.  We were taken into a room, filled out some paperwork, and a very compassionate nurse took Snowy's remains to be cremated.

The one thing the U of P does is give you a clay disk with your cat's paw prints and their name.  You then take it home, bake it, and have a permanent remembrance of them.  They did that for us with Jenny and I asked if they would do that for Snowy also.  So we have the two of them now.  I told Joe I would mount them and we can hang them up somewhere.

Christmas is always a hard time of year for me and now it's even worse.  So please pray for me and Joe.  I know she was only a cat, but we don't have children and she was our baby.  We are both hurting very badly.

This afternoon we are heading to my sister's house to celebrate Christmas.  My friend Carole is still going to house sit for us even though she doesn't have to feed Snowy now.  I don't know how much company we will be, but I still want to spend time with Elaine.  I'll be taking pictures, so I will take you along with us.  Maybe I can talk Joe into taking a short video of our ride up there.  The scenery is beautiful no matter what time of year it is.

So on to baking, wrapping, writing cards (yep, haven't done that either), going to the post office, cleaning and packing.  I got about 3 1/2 hours sleep, but I can't go back.  Hopefully I will sleep tonight after that long drive.

Kathy

Sunrise:  7:19 a.m.
Sunset:  4:40 p.m.
9 hours and 21 minutes of daylight
Mostly Sunny
Temperature:  46*/36* 
 

19 comments:

  1. My sympathies & prayers on your loss. Love the photo of the two of you. Travel safely to Elaine's.

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  2. I am heartbroken for you Kathy. What could have happenned? I know how upsetting it is when our pets are ill, let alone passed away. May God bless you both at such a sad time. Gentle hugs.

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    1. We don't know what happened. I asked about an autopsy but it would have cost us around $300 and we don't have that kind of money. It's a sad Christmas. Thank you, Betsy. I really appreciate your thoughts towards us.

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  3. I just prayed for you and Joe to have peace and comfort in your hearts. I hope your travels and visits help ease the sadness. Take care. On a lighter note, your cookies look wonderful.

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    1. Thank you so much, Belynda. That means a lot to me. I can't take credit for those cookies. They aren't mine. But I will post a picture of mine when I put them out on a tray.

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  4. I'm so sorry to hear that Snowy made her journey to the Rainbow Bridge, it's especially heartbreaking that it happened so suddenly. You loved Snowy dearly and gave her a wonderful forever home, may she be at peace with the angels.
    Hugs,Jenny and purrs from Mister Micky, Minerva and Angel Jack

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    1. Thank you, Jenny. I know she would have died long ago living on the streets so I at least gave her a wonderful loving home for three more years than she would have had otherwise. I know that counts. But I wish those three years had been at least double that.

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    2. I know,it's so painful,we always wish we had more time with those we love. We had Gentleman Jack 14 years but wish he could have stayed with us forever.
      Hugs and prayers

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  5. Oh!!!! No!!!!
    Kathy, I understand how hard this is. Of course, I'll be praying for you two! My heart aches.
    I hope being around loved ones will be a wonderful support. {{{hugs}}}

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  6. So sorry. It is so hard but even harder at the holidays. Do your best to enjoy time with family.

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  7. Oh Kathy, I am so very sorry. Pets are such a big part of our family and I know you will miss her. Sending you lots of sweet hugs my friend. Love, Diane

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  8. Kathy, I am so sorry to hear about your Snowy!! It is heartbreaking to lose a beloved pet, and even more poignant at this time of the year. A few years ago, we lost a cat on December 23. Oh, so hard!

    Even amid your loss, I pray that you and Joe feel His presence as you honor our Savior's coming.

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  9. Oh Kathy, I am so sorry about your sweet Snowy. She was a beautiful cat that brought you and Joe some joy. I am praying the Christmas love of family and friends can ease the pain you and Joe are feeling. Blessings honey, xoxo, Susie

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  10. Oh, Kathy, I am so sorry about Snowy. Brenda at Coffee Tea Books and Me also lost her dear kitty a few weeks ago and has been feeling blue. There is no "only a cat." They are more dear than that. Psalms 36:6.

    Have a good visit with your sister...

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  11. I'm so sorry Kathy. She was more than just a cat. She was your cat. You brought her in from the snow and cared for her and gave her three loving years. Three years that she would never had if you and Joe hadn't rescued her. Please call me if you need to talk. I fully understand how it is.

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  12. So sorry for your loss. We had to find a new home for our cat Chubba 4 yrs ago due to my son's cat allergy and asthma. It broke all of our hearts, he was our baby too! Not a day goes by that we don't talk about him, we all loved him so much!!! Hang in there dear, my thoughts and prayers are with you!!!

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  13. Sad to read of Snowy's death. Pets are part of the family. We've had our share of loss that way too. I pray you made it through Christmas ok even tho sad. I made banana bread infused with mini chocolate chips, craisins and cinnamon yesterday. I took one loaf to our son's family when we visited last evening. The other one is ours. I realized I'd not baked alot of cookies this month as I was buying the delicious ones at Costco and Trader Joes. Once they are gone, I'll be making more cookies...next year! God bless you and Joe every day!

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  14. Hugs, Kathy and Joe, We are so sorry to hear about your beloved cat. I am sorry too that she passed at Christmas. May the Lord heal your hearts this season. God bless you both!

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