Thank you for your birthday wishes. It has been a good day so far with breakfast at a favorite breakfast buffet and then a stop by Target to purchase Miss Potter. The guys had volunteered at church to help get a missionary's house ready for when they return soon. So, I dropped them off, stopped by McDonald's for a large coffee (it is, after all, my birthday) and soon found myself alone with my coffee and my movie. How delicious...
It may have been a wee bit better if I could afford a Starbucks. However, I had made my favorite cookies yesterday so I enjoyed a few with my coffee and movie. It is my birthday (or so I will tell my doctor).
This has been a day of joy mixed with many tears, however. We know we will soon be losing one of our best friends. One of the furry members of our family is going downhill quickly. We have watched her this past year as arthritis had set in and she found it more difficult to move around. Now she has stopped eating, even her favorite Fancy Feast in the mornings. She has lost so much weight that she feels as light as a feather when we pick her up. We have made an appointment at the Vet on Wednesday, just in case we need to allow her to be put out of her misery.
I found myself having to pull the car off the road this morning as the tears would not stop coming. For this is my reading buddy and my morning pal who wakes me with a loud Meow in my ear when I have overslept. This is the friend who has slept by my husband's feet for sixteen years. I can't imagine what the winter will be like when I put a throw over me as I settle on the sofa to read a book... and she is no longer there. The grief is practically unbearable, even though we have tried to prepare ourselves for some time now.
She is too weak to hop up on the sofa now. I have been picking her up the past few days and setting her beside me. I've been petting her head and thanking her for all the wonderful years she has given us, for her loyalty, and for her love. Here is a picture in happier days, as she was planning to pounce on her sister from our living room coffee table.