Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Cat Life

Ah, to be able to spend the day following the sun around the house.....the above precious furry one is my grandcat "Ms Bella". She lives in sunny Florida with my oldest daughter so has way more sun to enjoy than we do in MA. She has mastered the technique of relaxation and is also adept at keeping her humans at her beck and call. My daughter claims that Bella herds everyone around so that each and every desire is filled promptly, ie. treats, food, water (running fresh at all times, of course).
Ms. Graysea also has this human well in control, being very forceful about when, what and how she would like her treats served, her fresh water run, and when it is time for me to become a cat couch. Bella and Graysea are wily critters, most of all for the way they have captured our hearts.
We often comment that it must be a gray cat gene but then I have known many other wonderful cats in my day, and life would not be complete without a furry presence to tell me what to do!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Under, Over and in the Weather

Sinus problems from seasonal allergies leveled me last week. It became a productive knitting time and gave Ms. Graysea lots of lap time, although she did have to compete with knitting needles. Just working on a fun fur scarf, nothing elaborate, just pretty and fun. Missed the office Christmas party.

Being 5 months out from a total knee replacement, each day is a new experience as my body adapts to its new titanium part. It feels especially strange when the weather gets very cold. There is an amazing feeling of strength in the new knee, though. It finds me out in all sorts of weather pushing myself to walk more each day. 3 miles is now nothing, yet it seems like yesterday that I could only walk a few feet from my front steps. Guess, I have weathered that storm, although it was one of my biggest challenges to date.

Now it is on to facing my Mom's birthday and the anniversary of her death. I must also help my father past these dates...they are less than 24 hour apart and on the week of Christmas. It will pass quickly but Dad's pain, although unexpressed, is palpable. For Dad there is little relief until the date passes.
A year ago Friday, a very strange storm struck this little corner of Cape Cod. It was a combination of a hurricane, blizzard and tornado. Many 1000's of trees were uprooted. On a relatively balmy December afternoon I was watching a rainbow out my office window and within seconds it became black as night, trees began flying through the air and blinding snow appeared. The storm lasted for several hours, took out power for many days and blocked roads. The next morning, I drove almost two hours to my Dad's where I knew there would be power and warmth, only to find him nearly unconscious and in kidney failure. He spent several scary weeks in the hospital, but his strong spirit prevailed both storms and he is here with us a year later. What an incredible life! That storm in his life spared him the anniversary dates last year as he was on medication which kept him sedated. Back to reality this year.
Weathering these little storms is what life is all about and the wind can fill my sails to continue the journey, if I keep my eyes focused on the fact that this is all part of a larger plan.

Monday, December 4, 2006

A Lovely White Shawl

Winter paid a visit to this lovely place today and gave us a 2 hour snowstorm with huge beautiful flakes, leaving a beautiful lacy shawl on the rhododendrons outside my office window.
Everyone seemed so happy to see the snow and there were numerous exclamations of joy that winter has finally come in time for Christmas parties and other seasonal events. 3 days ago it was 70 degrees!

Snow was more beautiful than ever today, in fact everything was enhanced by the happiness I feel. Of course, Ms. Graysea senses something and has been clingier than ever. Knitting is interfering with HER lap time and it is not going over well. We all need love.