Showing posts from January, 2017

January isn't for the Faint-Hearted

The last few weeks have been very sad. It would seem death abounds. In addition to losing our second kitty just a week ago, it seems that our neighbor died around the same time, and one of my colleagues rushed home (out of state) to say final farewells to a dear uncle. 
January can be a tough time regardless. The hustle and bustle, lights and merriment of December are past us; the weather can often be gray, cold, and miserable. It can be difficult to remember that the Earth keeps on spinning, that warmth will return, that life will continue.
We had some proper winter weather overnight, with snow and ice. Many schools closed for the day, and people stayed home. 
So, while I'm doing my best not to grumble at having to shovel heavy, wet snow out of a driveway I've already shoveled (thank you snowplow), today I look for the gratitudes.
I am grateful for a goofy dog who loves to play in the snow.
I am grateful the snow plow came and made our roads safe to travel.
I am grateful for m…


One month and four days later, we have lost our darling Bauer.

Admittedly, this one snuck up on us. We've been watching him since the passing of his sister, and while he seemed a little lonely he was in robust health so far as we could tell.

However, he stopped eating either Thursday or Friday and slid downhill very quickly. We took him to the Vets last night, where he was given some antibiotics, fluids and an appetite stimulant. We had hoped that what was looking like a cold would turn around quickly.

However, overnight he all but lost the use of his rear legs. He stopped drinking water around 2:30 am (lucky me had a coughing fit around that time, so I was awake for his last drink). He spent this morning staggering around painfully and crying. We made an emergency call to the Vet, and made the call.

We don't know exactly what the problem was, and unfortunately anything that would have told us would have been far too invasive and traumatizing for an 18-year old kitty.

We miss …

Project 251: New Year's Eve Edition

With a three-day weekend looming for both of us, we decided to take off and drive around the state. We had to plan a little more carefully than usual, as some of the cross-mountain passes are either treacherous this time of year or simply not open. We tried and technically succeeded in visiting six towns, but only took pictures in four, so we'll have to go back to a couple of them later in the year. Toby did pretty well, and we are grateful for Xanax to taking his whining down to a much more tolerable level.