Thursday, August 25, 2011

Stuff that has been happening

This is our cat Kiki.
Isn't he cute?  We love him very much.
Last Monday I found him in the yard just sitting and staring.  It was odd and he hadn't been in to eat in over
24 hrs.  Which just doesn't happen,....unless something is wrong.
Something was wrong.  I picked him up and he cried.  Not meow but cried.  I ran him inside, didn't see any blood but something was wrong!  I brought him to the vet hosp and dropped him off.  They called later to let me know there were no wounds but he was dehydrated and running a fever.  They gave him fluids and then found out he had bruising and an odd lump.  They wanted extensive tests and quoted a price.  I was sad, we can not come up with that kind of money.  I told them and they said to pick him up.
I went to pick him up but they wouldn't release him because the dr had ordered x-rays and decided not to charge us.  Yay for good dr.s that really want to help.  So he stayed another night.
The next day they said we could take him home.  I had hopes it wasn't as bad as I thought.
When I got there and asked for explanation of what was wrong with Kiki.  I was shown the x-ray and told that someone had kicked him so hard that it broke his breastplate in two.  That there is now a inch gap and it is a compound fracture. 
I had recently watched Priest and was wishing for some swords to hunt down the evil that did this to poor Kiki.
I brought him home in tears because there is nothing we can do for him.  My husband went to the vet hospital to get more information.  I grew up on a farm and animals with this much damage get put down because you love them.  I don't want him to live in pain the rest of his life.  We found out that the 800 dollar surgery would be no guarantee to make him better and he wasn't in as much pain as it looked.  He just will no longer be able to jump, climb, run, or protect himself.  Which is still really sad.  So poor Kiki will no longer jump up and stick his face in my laptop to see what I'm doing.  Truly my heart is broken, he has always been my muse.
The one more broken hearted than I is my sweet husband.  It is his cat and sometimes an extension of himself.

So the apologies were from many things going on in my life that has kept me away from my blog.  There are more things but I usually don't share that on here.  There truly is a season for everything and even in the midst of this one there is still hope, and peace.
With our anniversary coming up and what spare money we had vanishing I made a reminder for my husband, that I can change every day or every minute.  I saw the idea out there in blogland, so no, I am not the original.  I also found it before I found Pinterest which means I have no link to the original.  But it is a good idea and a simple craft.

Find glass frame, this one was found at Goodwill for 99 cents.  Make a print out of  "I love you because".
  Leave lots of space to write with a dry erase marker.  He hasn't noticed it yet as I had the empty frame hanging on the wall.  I wish I could write all pretty like but then he wouldn't realize it was from me.

I wandered outside today to discover my water lily bloomed! 
That is amazing because when the raccoons show up for fresh sushi they usually have it with a side of water lily root.  I think I even caught one of the fish still in there as well.
or it could be a leaf.

So then I wandered over to the other side to check my other "still" alive plants.
They are beautiful!  With all the bright colors :) 
It makes me smile and then I forget I wanted a really big sword.
It really is OK.  Life continues on and we grow with it, we weep, we laugh, we build stronger relationships, we lean on God to get us through.  We are broken and jacked up and yet amazingly created. I've never been in control and I am thankful for that. <3

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Insert Witty Tittle Here, or how to make a mess in 7 days

I have not been crafty , (hangs head in shame).  I haven't even been decorating.
I've been avoiding and procrastinating.
Until my neighbor decided to replace their 30yr old fence.
How does that involve me?  Well I am not the first in those thirty years to put things off.
Actually it seems things had been put off for over 50 years.
Below is a picture of our hedges.
So can you really call it a hedge or shurb when it is two stories tall? 
This is the problem, the shrub is now pretending to be trees and have devoured the fence.
Also from what we can tell, the previous owner use to have oil heating.  We found one of the tanks enshrouded with 6 inch thick limbs. 
After we took life in hand with chainsaw and removed many limbs to find the trunk was over a foot thick.
I am now convince this is a prehistoric shrub.
If we do not get rid of this thing quickly someone will come along and make it historical and we will never be free of it.  Did I tell you there are 4 of them?

Luckily we live in a logging town :) our neighbor took out two of the monster shrubs.  It was a totally awesome surprise when we came home from church.

So we kicked it in gear and called a few people to come help us.  They did, and after they took out the two remaining shrubmonstrosities.  It was decided that while we had chainsaws and knowledge the carport could accidently on purpose meet a tragic end. 
Can you see the giant tank in the back ground?

So now I have a giant pile of debris but an grateful it is no longer a decreipted carport. 
While the carport was meeting it's demise, a couple of the men with chainsaw still in hand did some prunning for me and removed a dead holly tree from my front law.  This was all man work and I was glad to make breakfast and lunch for everyone.  So nothing pretty yet.....but boy do I have lots of ideas of what to do with so much new space.

Before all of this I did have a friend over for my famous steak salad and some sangria'
So here's a pretty picture 
yummy taaaa-daaaaa!

PS if there are spelling errors on this I am sorry.  I am not very good at spelling, or anything related to good grammar.  The grammar nazi's attack me quite often :/  so all apologies.  I hit spell check but nothing happened.  Surely I did not type this whole thing without mistake.