"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us." – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Showing posts with label love. Show all posts
Showing posts with label love. Show all posts

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Bright Dispositions In The Home

I am sending A Lot of Sunlit Dispositions to you for this "Sunlit Sunday". Oh, the wonderfulness of a fireplace, be it wood or gas. It doesn't matter. Isn't this photo from google of these precious kitties great?  Just looking at it makes me feel so happy, calm, warm and cozy. And dare I say, makes me want another kitty cat some day.
My last Puttee Cat "Puff" traveled to the Rainbow Bridge in May 2008. She lived a comfortable life for nineteen years and during that time with two different doggies who loved her. Yes, the one thing I really miss is hearing her soothing purr. I recall many years ago (1988) when I got my first baby puppy my mind kept quietly saying why is she not purring? Funny how that works!
Puff was a very lovely and loving cat. She was very good natured and adjusted quickly with two doggies, Pixie (Yorkshire Terrier) and Lily during her lifetime. This photo was taken perhaps around Christmas 2006. By that time Lily had joined us and Puff and she were fast friends. They generally slept near each other if not snuggled together.
I tried to scan and print some old photographs without success of the two of them as well as photographs of my Yorkie, Pixie.
And here we have Lily in front of the fireplace. In time past Puff would be with Lily snuggling together on the bed getting warm. So tender and sweet.

Last, but not least, a picture of baby Lily with her siblings at about six weeks old. And, look at that tail! I call it her happy tail because it is almost always swishing back and forth.
I am joining Karen for "Sunlit Sunday" at My Little Home and Garden today.                        Please join us.
There is a lot of furry LOVE on this post today. 

Don't forget to hug your pets. They are our angels.

Mary

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

One Year Ago Today

My Special Man departed this physical life. Of course, I miss him but feel so blessed that we had five years together to enjoy each other, share many experiences and make beautiful memories.
For the entire time that we were together I felt totally loved even when his behavior did not always support that thinking! I knew that he was always available for me and he tried very hard to be part of a healthy relationship. He helped me in so many ways, but most definitely with his never wavering love.

This past year has been unlike any other year in my life. I have worked very hard and taken the time to mourn, heal, accept and learn many things about myself that have been very pleasing. And, I am very grateful for all the wonderful people that have been a part of my journey this past year.

Wishing much love and joy.

Mary

Friday, November 27, 2015

Morning Surprises And The Wonders Of Nature

My little house sits above the neighbors house and this is the view of their property behind their house from one of my windows. Lily and I had a nice surprise as we were side by side looking out the window (as we regularly do) this morning. From that same window we can see the many people taking their morning walks with their dogs or walking to main street ( two short blocks away) to town for maybe some hot coffee. I often see them coming back caring a cup with a little steam drifting in the cold morning air.

Lily and I can spend quite a long time in the morning looking from the window checking out all of natures gifts. The birds may be flitting about, hummingbirds chasing one another, a strolling neighbor's cat, carefree squirrels foraging for acorns, fresh frost on the ground, an emerging rose bud opening and it's always a special occasion when we see the deer! This morning two young fawns were scampering around in circles like they were being chased. And, they came back a second time. Lily knows the word Bambi and will come running (yes, she still is running) to the window to see. In the past, when she has been outside I have seen her nose to nose with a deer through the wire fence. Nature is so remarkable if we take time to be still, look and listen.
This photo was taken a different time but the lighting with the sunshine and diffused lighting is very similar to this mornings beauty.

Lily had a good night and is doing well this morning. It is very difficult to adjust her medications. And, especially difficult to see how happy and healthy appearing she is so much of the time when I know I have to let her go! She is eating, drinking, peeing and pooping as normal. She needs a new heart even though the heart she has is filled with love and sweetness! Every time I think about letting her "go to the the rainbow" I can hardly stand it! I know we are now on borrowed time and I will enjoy every minute of it.

Hope you are having a Good Post Thanksgiving Day.

Mary

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Cousins Have A Special Place In Life

It's so good to have cousins!
I so adore this photo of these darling little ones. This is my Great Grandson walking with his cousin. Their daddies are brothers. And, they live close enough to one another which makes it convenient to visit each other often. Which makes me very happy.

I did not have that gift when I was a child nor thereafter. We lived in California (parents came from Minnesota in 1928 by automobile on their honeymoon to make their home in California)  ALL of our relatives were in the Midwest. I never had any relationships with relatives! My mother had 12 siblings - think of all those cousins!!! And, I never met any Grandparents! 

My immediate family was never close. My three brothers never got along with one another and would fight a lot. And, I always felt very alone even though one of my brothers was my twin. I was isolated from my neighborhood peers and had to go to parochial school through 5th grade and then I refused because the male teacher that taught my class was too interested in me!!!!! During Jr. High and High School I was not allowed to be involved in any extracurricular school activities. And, of course, no movies, dancing etc. I had to do housework and more housework until it was perfect! I moved out after High School, There was a lot of abuse and my oldest brother suffered the worst. In fact, my brothers said later in life that our parents never should have had children, especially my father. Two of my brothers never had children for fear they would not be good parents. Well, I guess I gave you a peephole into the history of my life! As it is said, it could have been worse - I guess - Yes, it could.

Needless, to say, this dynamic had profound negative effect on my two children. It is so important in my opinion to have love and healthy role models especially as children. After divorce I found a way to move to the north from the south part of the state of California. I was like a "bird out of of a cage"!

Onward to "the cousins". I posted this next photo previously but I just have to do it again. I love it so. It looks like she has full confidence that the "big boy cousin" will remedy the dilemma. Pretty good problem solving skills - don't you think?
I sure hope these little ones appreciate these photos when they are older. And, I hope they will value the beauty of relationships within families.

Thank you for sharing with me the good, the bad and the ugly.

Take care of one another.

Mary

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Lily Went To The Doctor


In July 2014, Lily was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Disease. It is not unusual for Cavaliers to have difficulties with inherited cardiac mitral valve disease. As our Vet says, "Cavaliers are the 'poster children' for heart murmurs."  A slight heart murmur was detected a few years ago and Lily has been regularly monitored. Through the years she has had a cough that was more annoying than anything else.

Lily is 10 years old , born November 13, 2005 - recent Birthday! At birth she was 4 inches long and weighed only 4 ounces! We have been blessed with a very healthy and wonderful pet until recently. At the time of her diagnosis she was experiencing multiple symptoms which included shortness of breath and rapid heart rate and respirations. At that time I was faced with potentially very high future veterinary bills and I knew my budget would never be able to stretch thin enough to handle hundreds of dollars of veterinary bills. My Special Friend (passed away December 2014) was with me and insisted that Lily receive treatment and he would take care of the expenses. What a Blessing. Lily has responded well to her treatment and the Vet has been wonderful by keeping the high dollar diagnostic studies at a minimum. In addition since May of this year her care has been managed with very regular telephone contacts from the Vet and medication (which are very very expensive) adjustments have been made based on symptomatology.

We had come to the point where I felt that it was time to get a current medical status. I chose to "bite the bullet" so to speak and  go forward with X-rays and Lab Studies, etc. She is in excellent health except for her very enlarged heart and persistent intensified cough and gag. Otherwise, her behaviors have all been normal. She even plays with her toys every day. She seems to be a very Happy Little Love Bug. The long and short of the story is $617.00.

My plan is to go day by day but no more high dollar care. Reportedly, her life expectancy is 12 years. I think she has had a good life and the day will come for Goodbye. WOW, it is horrible to even think that.
Now it is time to go play with Lily and smother her with lots of hugs and kisses!

Love Your Pets - - - and Your People!

Mary

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