Sunday, November 29, 2009

Epitaph for Robbie

Little Robbie adopted us 4 weeks, ago. A small straggly, sickly young cat. He was scared to death of the dogs, but, loved people. Robbie used to rub and rub and rub his body against us when he walked near one of us. Beautiful Siamese coloring with the gorgeous blue eyes, Robbie imeediately made himself at home within our house, with absolutely no intention of ever going outside again. Robbie did not like being inside a kennel and although his protests were mostly quiet, the skin taken off his nose by constantly pressing it against the bars told the story of his unhappiness. We had decided that Robbie would be a permanent member of our household, and set forth to get him checked out by a vet and do all the necessary vaccinations needed to make him a healthy, much loved cat. First on the list during his exam was a feline leukemia test, as that was being done, the examination showed many of Robbie's teeth were missing, not a good sign. We also brought our other kitten Tommy for his exam and vaccinations. Tommy's leukemia test was negative, but, sadly Robbie tested positive for feline leukemia, and we made the very tearful decision to put Robbie to sleep. We can only rest assured that the last 4 weeks of his life, he knew he was much loved with a warm place to sleep whenever he wanted to.
RIP Robbie, we will miss you. See you in heaven!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


I thought today would be a great day for me to think of the millions of things I have in this world to be thankful for:
Starting off this list is my thankfulness that I am back to work and that I have a good job to go back to. I truly love my job, and am so thankful for the many jobs I have had that led me to this career choice. I have been a surgical technologist for more than 20 years now, and it just seems like yesterday that I was working in a bar, saying to myself, " I sure don't want to be doing this for the rest of my life". I won't be, perhaps, I might work as a bartender when I retire, just for a " fun job".

I am so thankful that I wasn't injured any worse than I was this summer, and I am thankful that a knowledgeable health-care person was riding with me. Thanks Jen!! I am also thankful to Jennifer and her husband Russ for taking me to the emergency room, and home again, then taking me to my CT Scan the next day, and for getting me a shower that night BEFORE driving me into North Memorial hospital the following day for my surgery. THEN, taking me home! Now, that is a friendship!!! These are the type of friends I like to have in my life. I have many friends, who are there at the drop of a hat, to lend a hand, offer support, both emotional and physical.

I am grateful for my friends, they were there when I had to call on them. Anywhere from taking some of my horses off my hands while I was recovering, to helping me with my fences and making my yard and home presentable.

I have this terrific farrier, that I absolutely adore, he is the greatest guy, never has an unkind word about anyone, and he really did me some kindness this summer!! He has not had an easy life, but, he is there when the chips are down.

I am truly thankful for HOT running water... I think about this as I am outside doing chores in the cold rain, I can always go inside and step into the hot shower!!! It keeps me warm as I am freezing my fingers off!

My wonderful son has another top spot on my gratefulness list. He is so kind, considerate, sensitive, helpful and giving. I can only hope to emulate him someday. He was my rock this summer, when I needed someone to help me go to the bathroom, get into bed, get dressed and even to get out of bed. He brought me food and fed me when I didn't have any ability to feed myself ( not that I needed food, I could survive at least a month on my reserves...), he got my medicines in order ( with help from Jen) and made sure I didn't take them too often ( he is very good at watching the clock), so I didn't end up like Anna Nicole... Poor kid had to learn how to hook and unhook a bra...( I wasn't sure I really wanted him to find out how to do that at age 11...)

I am thankful for my family who has come through for me many times over the years. I pray that we can all stay close-knit through the many years to come.

I am thankful for my mentors with my beekeeping endeavors, they helped me when I needed it from answering inane questions, to checking my bees when I couldn't lift the boxes. I learned so much under their tutelage, and look forward to many more years of learning and friendship!

I am grateful for my trainer, for taking Sahib at a moments notice, and giving him another 30 days to try and find if he had a problem ( other than his person not paying attention to the signals he was trying to give them), and for her encouragement when it came time for me to climb aboard a horse again, it is funny, after 40 plus years of riding, I lost my nerve when I got hurt this time...

I am so thankful for a healthy herd of mostly geriatric horses, I am grateful I have had Coni in my life for the past 29 years, and Shom for the past 21, these horses have taught me so much and been there for me through thick and thin ( mostly thick I think...). I look forward to havnig horses in my life hopefully, for the rest of my life.

I am thankful I have a banker who gives me a hay loan each fall, so I don't have to struggle to find a way to pay my hay guy. I have worked hard to develop a relationship with my hay people, and like to be able to count on a quality product, because they know I am a good costumer.

I am grateful for the ability to read, so that I could enjoy the Twilight series, over and over and over...Go Team Edward!!!!!

I am thankful I had Gary, my Pekin duck in my life, no matter how brief that time seemed to me, he was such a character, I loved him dearly and know he is over the Rainbow Bridge with all the other much loved pets in our lives.

I am thankful that God smiled on me when this property came available to purchase back in 1997, without that purchase I would not be where I am today, a homeowner with a terrific child, 3 entertaining cats, 5 happy-go-lucky dogs, 10 contented horses, 4 independent ducks and 12 endearing chickens!

Thank you also, to those of you who read my ramblings, sometimes, I write to entertain, sometimes to enlighten, sometimes to vent, but always to be read ( even if only by me!!!)