I will get the sad part of the post out of the way first. I had to take our cat, Midnight, to be put down today. She was the oldest of all of our cats, 19 years old.
We had been noticing her failing health this past year although she was still very lovable. Her eyesight was almost gone and she couldn't eat the dry cat food any longer so we had to switch her to canned. Lately she had started to sit in her cat food bowl.
Even though we have a two story house, she wouldn't venture out of Katie's bedroom downstairs. Only to eat and use the litter box. She wanted to be with Katie all of the time the past year and she finally started to urinate in Kate's room. So we made the decision to have her put to sleep. The litter box was only a few feet outside of Kate's room, but she just wouldn't venture out of there anymore.
This was very hard for Katie as Midnight always slept with her but Kate started telling me a few weeks ago that Midnight was just acting very strange. I felt awful for having to take her to the vet but was told that it would have been very costly to keep her going and even then there was no telling if it would help or not.
I stayed in the room with her and held her while I cried until her last breath was taken. Sometimes I really hate being the decision maker. She will be dearly missed. My thoughts while holding her was how much she loved my mom and would come running out for mom's attention when she would visit. So maybe she can sit on mom's lap now.
O.K. that was hard so I will switch things up a bit before I start to cry some more! The Birthday weekend was a lot of fun. Jake didn't get home until Saturday morning so we scrambled around trying to get the yard ready for the B.B.Q.
The Lilac bush cooperated by blooming for the party! Jake grilled steak and our Daughter-in-law brought a salad, corny cobs and a Birthday cake which I really didn't expect. Oh she brought ice cream too. I made some oven roasted potatoes but for the most part I sat and played with the grand kids!
I didn't bring my camera outside with me but I did manage to snap this photo of Sarah, my granddaughter, in the kitchen. She cracks me up. She has somewhere and for some reason started to strike a pose whenever a camera is pointed at her. It's really hysterical, she'll just turn around and pose! She never wanted her photo taken in the past and now she acts like she modeling!
It was a very fun evening which even included a sickly rendition of the "Happy Birthday Song"! You see my family doesn't like to sing. But I do. So I lead everyone in song at birthday parties. Since it was a party for me, well I felt honored that they tried!
The next day I went and did a little flower and plant shopping. I have been focusing these last few years on perennials. I found this interesting bush. I can't remember it's exact name but I think it is a Japanese Pencil bush and grows to about six feet tall.
The pink one is an Azalea bush that I picked up for $1.88 at Lowes! I don't know what the orange one is as it wasn't marked but it is a perennial. It looks like a Lantana but it's not. Poor thing was on the clearance rack. After a bit of water it perked right up. I also bought a tomato plant and a few basic annuals.
Oh I forgot that I also bought another Hosta. I have lots of shade in my yard therefor I also have lots of Hosta's! The other plant is a Columbine which was also on clearance and is a very pretty purple. So you see I have been and will be very busy for a while!
I also managed to get two of my Living Room walls painted yesterday! Only two more to go. Sorry no pictures until the entire room is finished. Jake won't be home for another two weeks so I'll have to wait to get the blinds and curtain rods hung. I just can't do that myself any more, it kills my hands. So the big reveal with before and after photos will most likely be the beginning of May!
Don't worry I'm almost done! While relaxing in the yard on Sunday, we met a new friend. Apparently he has been hanging out in our yard! Katie thinks that he makes a great accessory!
And even though Katie is 15, you know I got to hear THAT question. "Mommy, can we keep him?" ! Mommy said "NO!". But we did feed him as he appeared very hungry. I named him "Noir" and we haven't seen him since, but I'll betcha as soon as I get my yard all pretty with flowers and plants that he'll turn back up!
It will probably be "Noir's garden litter box!"