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.
Sunrise: 7:19 a.m.
Sunset: 4:40 p.m.
9 hours and 21 minutes of daylight