Wednesday, March 18, 2020

happy new year!

Happy New Year!!! (better late than never!)

It's been forever since I've posted, yikes! Sorry about that and thank you to those who inquired about our well-being. A combination of a lot going on and technology challenges.

We are all well!

It's been an action packed end of the year and start to this year.

The holidays were enjoyable. Laura made a yummy Christmas dinner, that we took over to my parents' place to share.

Christmas dinner
Early into the new year, my 84yo mother slipped and fell. Her dementia had really worsened, and the fall really intensified the decline of cognitive functioning. Her fall started a rapid decline of her quality of life. She passed away on Jan 21st. It's been sad but the most predominate emotion has been relief. Her quality of life was very poor, so she is no longer suffering and dad was very overwhelmed with trying to be her caretaker. I am now free from worrying about her.

Time since her death has felt much less emotionally intense, but more busy with time looking after dad. He quickly realized he can't afford to remain in the house any longer, so needs to move. We discussed the option of him moving in with us when we buy a house and he's considering it.

That conversation spurred us to start looking at houses again. We tried to get a few, but had no luck. And then at the end of February we put an offer in on a house, and it was accepted!! Now we're in the process of buying it! Paws crossed it all works out. We are very excited about the possibility of having a house once again! It's just right down the street from our current apartment.

The right side of the house, where the door is, is a lovely sun room for the cats!!!!

Screened in windows on all three sides. The cats are going to LOVE this space!! And of course that's why we are buying it, for the cats.

We are less than three weeks away from closing. Super excited!!

Meanwhile, I'm planning on taking Nahum to my office tomorrow in hopes that he will one day become my office cat! After having Marvin at my office, I really missing having a kitty presence there. Hopefully Nahum likes his new job.

Theo & Nahum, best friends forever!

Theo has been a little more accepting of Oliver. Nahum is still a brat though and bullies Oliver any chance he can get.

I mentioned last summer that I had started offering equine assisted therapy. At the start of this new year I started a new part-time job as the equine therapist at a large nearby equine facility. It's been a ton of fun and the best bit - I get to hang out with the three barn kitties!

Tuffy is the boy barn kitty and he's all love and cuddles. He's often joining me for my sessions, although at the last session he showed up late - he waltzed in and dropped a gift in the middle of the office floor - gross!! Having Tuffy around has really made me want to have one of my kitties in my regular office, so hopefully things go well with Nahum. Stay tuned!


  1. It's nice to see you all but we are so very sorry to hear about your Mom. You new place looks wonderful, I'm sure the kitties will love it.

  2. So sorry that you lost your mother; here's hoping you can really assist your father more now. And a house...with a kick-butt sun porch! Color me green with envy...WANT! And concats on your equestrian goals met; way to go!

  3. Sorry for your mom, I have been there, done that so I know exactly what you feel. I also felt the same for my father, he was the first who passed away and had alzheimer. Huge relief when he passed away, because he was into an asylum, not such a great life there.
    However, after my mom passed away (in 2018), I dreamt her and she was veeery good where she was (she even wanted to take me as well), so now I am serene.
    I am also very happy that all of you are well and I hope for more posts about the change of the house.

  4. Loved hearing from you again and getting the very welcome update. My condolences on the passing of your mother.

  5. Your kitties' new home is lovely! You are such good servants :)

  6. I'm so sorry about your mom's passing, but understand that it was a blessing that she's now at peace, free of the body's and mind's constraint.

    Congratulations on the house; I love it! It looks so sweet, and oh, yes, that sun room will be perfect. Very exciting.

    May the remainder of 2020 bring only happiness, love and many blessings. Stay well and be safe.

  7. My sincerest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your mom ♥♥ All the best in the new house; it's awesome !!!

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  8. We are glad for your update. Purrayers and POTP to you and your family and furkids as you navigate the new normal, and extra purrs to your Dad now that your Mom has gotten her wings,

  9. I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I hope you get your house, it looks perfect for the kitties.

  10. So sorry for the loss of your mom and hope your dad is adjusting.
    So happy to see the kitties doing well! Shame on Nahum for being a bully. I have a cat that bullies too! I don't know if you remember when I asked you two years ago about what to do with a cat that wouldn't leave my yard. Well, we adopted him and named him TomTom. He's the bully but he's gotten better since I started using the feliway diffusers. Thank you for encouraging me to give him a chance. He's quite the lover. Can't understand how someone could dump this guy like they did.
    Sorry to blather on, but so happy for your family.

  11. Glad to see a post from you again. Sorry to hear of your mother's passing. It's a sad thing but when the person is suffering I guess it's for the best. Your new house is lovely. That sun room is perfect for kitty nature watching. Please keep us posted as you progress with the moving in.

  12. We really enjoyed seeing the update except for the loss. Sorry to hear that. We hope you get a chance to blog more as we miss you all. Nahum you enjoy that new job

  13. So glad to see your post. I am deeply sorry for the loss of your Mother. It is sad to lose a parent, and difficult in so many ways as we lose a bit of ourselves. Congrats on the house. I hope there is no complications with all of this virus stuff going on. Please stay safe.

  14. Sympathies for your loss. But happy to see a post from you! Yes indeed, when I bought my house in 1994, my main thoughts were about my cat family (6), and how they would love the large garden and screened-in porch! Good for you, great news indeed!

  15. I am so sorry about your mom. It is hard no matter how well the timing seems to be it is always hard to lose someone you love. My deepest condolences. My friend recently lost her mom and both she and her sister have been thankful that they don't have to worry about their mom not dealing with what is happening in the world right now.

    Congratulations on your new home, I hope everything goes smoothly and that if your father moving in with you is the right call I hope that it goes smoothly as well. Wishing you all the best.


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