Thursday, July 24, 2014

Roomie Vacation

After a rough start to July, I needed some time away for a little R & R.  Fortunately, my annual reunion with my high school friends-and then college roommates- was already scheduled and I slipped away for a few days with my longtime girlfriends.
We stayed at the cottage of one of my roommates which is up in Michigan.  We had perfect weather....not too cold.... not too hot...... and not a drop of rain. 
This is me waiting for everyone to wake up.  I'm floating around on the pontoon in my jammies listening to the chorus of bird songs as they start their day.  Pleasant....... ahhhh.  I'm an early bird myself, so I always plan on a little quiet time before everyone gets up and around.
The making of Smores!  We had a great campfire with hot dogs and then Smores for dessert.  Not fancy, but just the perfect meal after a day in the water.

Here are my Roomies holding the tote bags that I made for them.  All of the bags are the same except for the linings.....well, and the initials too.




I just had a wonderful time being lazy and relaxed with my friends.  We live far apart and don't see each other often, so this time together is special.  I'm back at home now.... still adjusting to my new normal without Oliver, but it's going well. 
Now I just need Smore time with my Roomies! 
Until next year........

Friday, July 11, 2014


Warning......sad post.....
My precious Oliver took his final walk on July 7th, 2014.  I have spoken of his health issues in previous posts and they finally got to be too much for him.  The quality of his life took a dramatic turn on July 6th and I knew that it was my final duty of love to put him out of his misery and let him cross the Rainbow Bridge with dignity.  At 18 1/2 years old,  he was not going to recover and this was the best thing for him. 
My heart is broken and bleeding right now, but I know that it will continue to mend and grow stronger.  Time..... you know how that goes.... things will get better with time.  My entire life is upside down..... Oliver was my best friend and constant companion.  I'm immediate family.... with only a few extended family members that live elsewhere.  When you don't have people family, your pets become your family and the loss is almost unbearable.   
The vet sent this little plaque with Oliver's paw print.

When my little Gracie passed, the vet also sent a plaque with her paw prints in it.  The same vet tech did both of these plaques, but there is quite a difference in the way they are making them now.  Sweet mementos and I treasure them.
I won't drag this out.   It's too painful.  I just wanted to pass this sad news along.  If you have been following me for awhile, you know that my cats played a major role in my life.  My blog, obviously, was named after them.   I just wanted to give Oliver a little public farewell.  I will always treasure my time with him and my joyful memories of him will live on in my heart forever.  Sweet dreams, my Angel, you were such a blessing in my life! 

Friday, July 4, 2014


Happy 4th of July!

Be safe, be wise, and protect your pets!