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It has been a while since this Hoosier gal has posted anything. Am trying to get back in the groove . Will be posted sewing, decorating and crafting tips. I like frugality, using what you have in your present stash.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

A Sad Day

My goodness it has been so long since I last posted on my Blog.
First, during later part of fall and then into December we were busy with family things...and of course the holidays.
We went to Georgia to see our grandsons & family for Thanksgiving.
Then I was busy getting ready for my upcoming re-constructive surgery on my right foot. I would be non-weight bearing for about 2 months, in a cast, then a walking cast the latter weeks.
It has now been about 4 months !!! Yes, 4 months!!! There have been problems with my ankle implant working out and the 1st Metatarsal not fusing as should. Thus am on a bone stimulator. It is working. Still in boot/cast for another week and prayerfully will be off. I do need a minor surgery to re-screw in the implant.

Now, the sad part. I am posting a picture of our beloved Calico Orphant' Annie. She is named after one of James Whitcomb Riley's poems that my father read to me often. Orphant' Annie was one of many favorite Riley poems I adored as a child and now as an adult. Of course he is a Hoosier ! :)
Annie had hyperthryoidism. We had her on meds. then she began to spit them out, hide at pill time...you name it.
Anyone that has had a Calico know they are very bull-headed and she more so since being so spoiled by us. She was a beautiful Calico.
I said God gave her to me, November 1993, because my heart had been broken by my father's untimely death.
You see, Annie had a beautiful black heart on her right shoulder! She was a new heart for my breaking heart.
It was so very hard to take her to the vet yesterday. My hubby was crying as hard as I.
The young vet was so compassionate along with the assistant. At her age to have the thyroid eradicated was just way too expensive and her being old and not an outside cat....well, I know her heart would have been broken to be away from us for 2 weeks.
So...here we are, seeing our beloved Annie's image in every nook and cranny of this 2 story victorian home.
Yesterday as I notified my friends ....my thought was.....why are we to fall so madly in love with God's critters just to have our hearts broken.
But....you know.....I am so richly blessed to have had Annie grace my life.
I always talked to her...."you are such a pretty pretty Calico." As I rubbed her chest she would puff it out and let me keep telling her how pretty she was.
Now....if that isn't a Calico for you....very proud and strutting her stuff.
I hope you enjoy her photo....I know she would love it ~
Hugs
Susan

6 comments:

Valley Primitives Gift Shoppe said...

I am so sorry Susan. She was very pretty! Our pets love us so unconditionally and are always happy to see us. My heart breaks for you because I know how hard this is! Take care.
Kim

Barb King of Prairie Harvest Arts said...

Susan, It is so sad to loose a pet that you love so much. Please take care and and know that OFG is always there for you.

Hugs, Barb

Rose said...

To some she was a cat, but you she was family. She is taking care of your dad now.

kris said...

Susan, just wanted to let you know I feel for you. I had to let my 13 year old baby girl go in 2004. That was the hardest thing I had done. She was a gorgeous white long-haired mix, ended up with liver problems. My heart was broken also. You will heal in time, I promise.
Hugs!!
Kris :)

WillowtreeTreasures said...

Susan I feel your pain that you experienced from losing your father and now losing this beautiful addition to your life...Annie! I believe everyone that we encounter in life there is a purpose for them..no matter how short the visit! Sounds to me that Annie came in your life when you were trying to overcome the pains of losing your father and she filled in the spaces that were left empty and open and she gave you happiness, love and her warmth! Animals can add so much to our lives and almost immediately become our children, our unconditional forces of love and concern and are quickly added as part of the family when signing cards or in our conversations! Anne is a beautiful "angel cat" that looked over you during this troubling time ...but I'm sure she will remember you in heaven , alongside of your father, and remembers all the wonderful things you had added to her life! Happiness, compassion, and endless love! She may not be with you in a physical being but she is with you in your memories...just like your father! Their spirits will live forever in you! As long as you keep them close to your heart they should never truly die and they are with a person that meant so much to them....you! All of you were very lucky people because you all meant something special to each other and there is alot to be said about that! HUGS....Deb

MommaB said...

I feel the same way about my pets...your story was wonderful

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