Well, we made it through Monday and to Tuesday. Yesterday was rough. I’m not going to lie. After spending quite a bit of Sunday night crying, I spent yesterday crying on and off. At some point my make-up bag locked itself up in an effort to tell me to just stop and accept that I was going to look like a blotchy mess until I was able to stop. I summoned up the courage to call a vet and make an appointment for tomorrow morning so that Pepsi Girl doesn’t have to suffer any longer. What did I find when I got home? She was still alive and purring, and she wanted to eat and drink! After more than a week of no eating and very little drinking and minimal movement, she wandered out to see me, switched her sleeping spot and got some calories into her! This morning when I gave her a little more of pain medicine crushed up and in water she even glared at me! I know, it has to taste really bad. This really puts me into a rough place! Do I still take her in? Do I wait a bit longer? AGGGGHHH!! I don’t know! I may postpone it a couple of days so my Mom can come with me. I figure two of us sobbing may be annoying, but at least I won’t be sobbing all alone. I’m not delusional. My cat is 19 years old. I KNOW that it’s time. She is tired, her arthritis is awful, but she loves to be snuggled and brushed, she is so happy to be in my lap getting loves. I feel like I’m doing something horrible by plotting her demise – I know, it’s not like that, but it’s what it feels like. This is rough! She was OK this morning. I’ll see how she is tonight before I change any plans.
Verse of the Day
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
“You mean I have to put up with that!?” There are those folks in life about whom the saying is true: “They are the grit out of which we are to fashion our pearl.” But our great example in this challenge is Jesus. Think of what he had to put up with in his 12 disciples. Remember how transformational his patience and gentleness with them was. Can we dare to do less?
Food for Thought
Even with the stresses of dealing with my cat, there are so many things to be grateful about. Friends who gather around me (well, sort of – they live scattered all over the country) to give me support and sympathy made me feel wonderful yesterday. Just knowing they cared and have been there before and completely understand made me feel not quite so bad. I still have this to go through, but I’m not going through it alone. To my friend KC, who is going through this with her dog – my friend, my heart and prayers are with you today.
Inane Answering Message Day – I know most of us have come home, pushed the button on our answering machine to hear who called, only to hear a really stupid, rambling message from some telemarketer. Don’t get me wrong, I know they have a job to do and likely have families to provide for, but that doesn’t make me like getting calls from them. It could also be a call from someone pulling a prank. From what I’ve been reading National Inane Answering Message Day is a day to end those numerous, annoying inane messages, but I’d like to know how they feel we should do that? Not have an answering machine, and always check phone numbers on caller I.D.? That’s about the only thing I can think of, except perhaps not having a phone at all.
National Plan for a Vacation Day – This is a fun one that just started last year that I somehow missed! It is set to be on the last Tuesday in January and is a reminder to plan our vacation time for the remainder of the year. Being early will allow you a good shot at getting the dates you want, rather than waiting for your co-workers to get best times for themselves. I though it was an interesting bit of information that each year Americans leave more than 600 million vacation days unused, since many people are work martyrs who refuse to stand up for themselves and take the days they’ve earned. I guess there are some employers who discourage their workers from taking time off. Hm. Mine don’t. We have to put in for it, but nobody fusses at us for using it, which is good, since it’s one of our benefits! We usually only take a day or two here and there, so it’s not like we have to compete for popular times, but I know some people do!
This Day in History –
1968 – Tet New Year offensive launched by Viet Cong guerillas in Vietnam.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Croissant Day – Though a symbol of France, croissants were actually invented by Turkish bakers who wanted to celebrate the Ottoman flag by creating a crescent-shaped pastry. Though this isn’t EXACTLY like a croissant, these reminded me very much of chocolate croissants, so I thought I’d give them a try. It didn’t happen last night, but I have all of the ingredients, so it will definitely happen! https://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/low-carb-chocolate-walnut-swirls/ If you try them, let me know how they turned out!
- Traditional Buttery Croissants
- Strawberry Croissant French Toast
- Candy Bar Croissants
- Chicken Croissants
- Chocolate Banana Croissant Panini
- Croissant & Salmon or Ham Breakfast Casserole
Pepsi’s been fed a little, given fresh water and some medicine. Moose and Itty Bitty have been petted, fed and watered (that sounded sort of like they are plants, doesn’t it?) and I need to run! Well not literally. I’ll drive. 🙂 Gosh, I’m sorry. That was corny. I’m so tired I’m a little loopy! Coffee to the rescue! God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.