4 Things, Late As Usual

Monday, 16 May 2011

We are now in the run up to our holiday and things are busy as can be. So, of course, this will have to be short and maybe not so sweet, at least not to start. It has been a trying couple of weeks. Maybe this time around I should say that these are 4 things which are making me HAPPY/THANKFUL RIGHT NOW...

1. Zoe. My beloved little kitty is unfortunately coming to the end of her run. She has been ill with what we believe is cancer for 6 months now, but she has responded well to treatment until these past couple of weeks. At her routine vet visit today, the vet asked to see her again in 4 weeks instead of 6 and told me to be prepared. If she has not made a miraculous recovery by then and still looks as poor as she does today, that will be the appointment where we let her go. As you can imagine, I've cried a lot today.

This certainly is not one thing which is making me happy right now; however, I am very THANKFUL to have had nearly 10 wonderful years with my lovable, sassy girl. As much as I am dreading that appointment, I am also hopeful that we can finally have some closure in this. The vet assures me that she is not suffering and I hate being the one to make 'the big decision', but it really is only up to me at this point. I am terrified that she will die alone while we are in the states and I just won't let her go alone. The past 6 months have been shadowed by the fear that any day she'd start to deteriorate. Now I just wish she'd pass peacefully in her sleep.

2. On to a happier note now, I think. I agonized over my last literature assignment. I had to analyse Wordsworth's 'Three Years She Grew in Sun and Shower'. I LOVE poetry, but I suppose there's a big difference between loving to read it and picking it apart. For this assignment I had to learn to really examine the poem rather than just enjoying it. I am happy to report that analysing it wasn't as painful as I thought it would be. That and the fact that I (she who writes WAY over word counts) couldn't meet the word count made me terrified of what my grade would be. It was only by a stroke of luck that I made the minimum word count! So, imagine my surprise when I just received my grade and it's my highest grade so far! Hell, yes!! I really am loving my literature degree. :)

3. I mentioned the vacation earlier. There's a million things to do in preparation, but I'm ticking them off one at a time because finally... I'M GOING HOME!!! Only for 3 weeks, but still it will be the first time I've been home in nearly 7 years! My parents haven't seen Hunter since his first birthday and we will be celebrating his fourth birthday at their house in North Carolina! There are so many things I'm looking forward to-- I get to spend time with my Mom, I get to see my best friend after 10 years, I get to introduce my son to our family in Virginia, and I finally get to see my mom play Legos on the floor with my little monster. I just hope the charm of North Carolina, which I love so much, will enchant my hubby as well. I really want to move back home. Most important are the things Hunter will experience for the first time. He's never seen a fox or a deer or a lizard-- my mom has these guys in her back yard! I can't wait to see his eyes light up when he watches his first Fourth of July parade and firework display, when he reels in his first fish, and when he catches his first firefly. This summer is going to be amazing.

4. In spite of all of the stress of finishing up assignments, trying to make money, and tying up loose ends before our vacation, I seem to be making a little headway on the WIP. Today I described some of the plot facets to my best friend and she told me that each time we discuss it I seem to have a better handle on it. I also think I'm only a short distance from determining an overall plot line. Then I just have to plot out my scenes and off I go. I've just ordered my favorite pizza (asparagus, black olive, spinach, and goat's cheese) and the little man is close to bedtime, so I think I'll curl up with a cup of tea, dinner, and my WIP once all is quiet.

Happy writing, everyone!

Zoe, in the garden, while the treatment was still working.


  1. I'm so sorry about your cat - she is a beauty!
    Hope you have a wonderful summer at home and good luck with the writing :)

  2. Sorry about your kitty. Have a great vacation.

  3. So sorry about your cat. Well done on the grade.

  4. Thanks, you guys.

    She is my little princess. Of course, today(one day post injection)she is back to looking and acting okay. This is what's really hard. She gets the shot and then is great for a while, but lately she's had less and less 'good time' after her shot. So it's mainly a choice of how much longer to keep her 'okay'. I guess only time will tell.

    In light of all of this,I can't wait to get away for a little bit. Of course I have 4 assignments to do before I leave. I just hope I do as well on them as I did the last one!


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