Oct. 31st, 2014

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Um, actually it's not just that I want a cat eventually, I'm browsing shelters and looking at photos of abandoned cats and wanting to bring them all home because abandoned cats need love.

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Today.

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And I am feeling grungy. Only half here and wishing I was elsewhere. Anyhoo, I have phone calls to make and things to do, so I'd best get into it. If I'm still grungy in a couple of hours I'll have a lie down.

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Oct. 29th, 2014

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There's a garden gnome in my front bit of garden!

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Tiger.

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That was the most peaceful end I've ever seen.

After a day of lying down, with occasional attempt to totter around, with back legs that weren't working properly, she had come into the bedroom where I was resting, and tried to jump up on the chair beside the bed where she usually sleeps on a jumper and a heated cat mat. I heard her land on the floor, so I picked her up and put her on her chair and patted her until she purred. A short time later the vet arrived, and she administered a subcut sedative first, so Tiger dozed off on her chair while I sat and talked to her and patted her for a few minutes. When I was sure she was well out of it, I called the vet back, picked Tiger up, wrapped in her jumper, and put her on the bed where the vet gave her the euthanasia injection.

The vet thinks the trouble with her back legs was a stroke from the high blood pressure, and that today was definitely the right day. She went quickly and peacefully.

I'm sure the waterworks will start at some point but at the moment I feel both numb and relieved. I feel like she's okay now, and I'm so glad for her.

Thankyou everyone for your good wishes and kind thoughts, you've made it much easier for me.

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Fuzzychops.

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The vet is coming today at about 3ish.

I don't want to see Tiger struggling. She's now not even interested in her morning egg and she can barely walk. I had a look online at what can happen in the very last stages of renal failure and while some cats slip away peacefully, many don't. They start having seizures and die of a heart attack, confused and hurt. I think I'd rather ensure a peaceful death than risk her going through that.

Exboi! is here and unilaterally decided to cancel what he was doing today in order to stick around, which was very thoughtful and means I'm being quietly occupied with a DVD (which it wouldn't occur to me to watch if I was alone) and offers of ice cream.

10B came over last night to say goodbye, and it was through talking to him that I realised today would be the right day and that my decisions are reasonable. As reasonable as they ever can be.

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Sunday.

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Her Fuzziness seems pretty placid now. Every so often she asks for food and she's really only accepting lightly beaten eggs. Mostly she's just sleeping under the couch, emerging occasionally to totter here or there just to sit somewhere else for a while. She's staring at birds through the screen door at the moment.

She climbed into the (empty) bath yesterday. Twice. She's never done that before, but she seemed to like it in there. I had been having a bath earlier yesterday when she came in and stared at me and I realised she'd not seen me in the bath before. Maybe she finally realised that a bath is a thing to be sat in, and decided to test it out.

I haven't given her the appetite stimulant she usually gets every third day: it makes her jumpy for a few hours and in the past, that seemed like a reasonably price to pay for two and three-quarter days of better appetite and a considerably longer life of good quality. It doesn't now: the last few times she's had it, it has not improved her appetite significantly and I just want her to be comfortable now. There's no long term benefit in giving her that pill. I ...think... that's the right decision.

~~~

I am spending today alternating between playing with pencils and doing light physical stuff.

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My House Smells And I Don't Know Why.

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Although I can guess. Fish. Everywhere. Scraps of fish to tempt a cat. Bowls containing leftover fish waiting to be washed. Hands that handle fish several times a day. Fridge full of fish. Worm bucket that contains uneaten fish that I am now emptying regularly but still, it builds up quickly. Cat who no longer grooms properly.

Live fish in tanks that are probably due a water change.

Mostly I'm running about either trying to feed the cat or cleaning up to reduce the smell.

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Oct. 25th, 2014

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I had planned to head to a rally in the city today. And while I confess I was dragging my feet a bit, I finally coaxed myself into action with the promise of a particular city-based treat for myself afterwards.

Looked up the train timetable - and found that they're doing trackwork, so trains are replaced by buses this weekend. Apparently I could get in touch to find out more about accessibility options (I presume they might have a bus or two that has the wheelchair lift) but I'm not feeling quite that enthused.

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Hello World!

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*waves*

I'm sleepy, how are you?

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Ah Me, Life.

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Here I am having one of those afternoons I crave, in which there are no demands or great stressors, and my health is steady enough, so theoretically I should be able to engage in a few things I *wish* to do.

Man, having choice over what one does with one's time is really quite burdensome, isn't it? I'm useless without a to-do list, useless without a deadline.

And this is in spite of the fact that these days I do have quite a stable(but realistic) daily plan that requires little mental effort and keeps me presentable.

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