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I'm really sorry your kitty's still having trouble, Amber. SO frustrating for you and for her.
Vet no help? No UTI, no nothin' diagnosable? Could it be just a reaction to moving/uprooting?
Are her kidneys okay?  :(  Speaking of pix, maybe if we had one of her, we could send her
healing energies? Who knows?

Lighter, I love the little red cape idea for pooch. She's not reliable enough to BE a service dog,
but who says she couldn't wear the costume? Hmmm. Got me thinking for Halloween....Florence
Doginggale...

Her funny body is extra-long. I sometimes call her the extruded dog. She's part corgi, so got
that face and torso, but fortunately part beagle too, so she got real legs and a real tail. The rest is Traveling Salesdog. (My mother always had corgis, knowing deep withiN that she was royalty of
course, and those adorable things had to run around on stumps all day....sweet dogs though.)

What I loved about the glamour shot was that the photographer, a young woman with serious
equipment, lay down on the bricks downtown to get that angle. Gave this short little dog such
gravitas. I thought it was a brilliant move. I also love that the old bank where I used to go with
my Dad as a tot (soaring ceilings, all the marble) and where I have my safe deposit box now,
is in the background. And a cafe I'm often at with her and friends is just beyond.

It's my happy place and she's my happy pooch. Last night I was at a cafe there with friends and
a man at the next table was just in love with her. "Accidentally" dropped a big swatch of salmon
skin. (This is why she loooooves going downtown...) Enough said or y'all will start thinking I'm
obsessed.

Busted.

Hops
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Oh, the power of animals to heal those places it's hard to reach... this is why I'm so obsessed with trying to get mio-mio back to normal.

It's pretty clear to me, now - she is just having problems "going" and controlling it. The embarrassment is why she's hiding from me. When I go visit her - she wants to suck up all the lovins I want to give her. And she LOOKS like there is just nothing wrong with her. Canned fish and oil on her kibble is helping to soften the poops (and I have cod liver oil on the way to simplify that new routine) but the reason she moved her hiding place, is she peed her bed. Which was right next to the litter box. 2 ft away. So had workers here all day yesterday and because she'd always been a puter kitty, closed her in the office. It has a big window with a wide ledge she can sit on and a door that gets sun in the afternoon.

I'll bet this is the result of her stealing & eating toilet paper. LOL.
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Well.... there's power in the words.....

"Let me know how that works out for you."

We can't fix everyone's problems. 

Imagine how much energy we'd have for ourselves if we believed that, and stopped trying.

My youngest said to me today.....

"You should mind your own business", and she's right.  She really is.  Minding our own business means we pay as strict attention to solving our own problems.  I think we could do much better at that, Tupp.

Yes.... I'm pulling weeds.  Lots and lots of weeds. The yard looks better, but bald in places grass used to grow.  I'll pull up moss from the wood edge and make everything green again.  The Preen weed stopper received rain.... all watered in.  I'm hoping it does the job it's supposed to do.... keep seeds from germinating for 3 months so I can get a handle on this. Maybe I'll get the yard I want this years.  If not, then next year.

I'm not going to poison the grubs just yet.... the moles burrowing make it easier to pull the deeper weeds.  They're my friends at this point.  I never would have guessed I'd feel that way about them, but I do.

I'm looking forward to cleaning up all the borders and beds and edges of things. I'm good at that kind of work when I can focus.  This time last year I couldn't see my yard past hiring someone to mow it.  I just wanted it to not look worse than when I bought it.  How stupid was it to spread all those grass and weed seeds with a mower?  Not this year... nope nope nope. 

It's me and the moles, and at least one sassy chipmunk rolling around in the dirt together, and I love it.  Not enough to go barefoot, and gloveless all the time, but maybe a little.  Did you love the feel of dirt between your toes when you were a child?  I did.  Still do. 

Lighter

Wow, your DD!  She's spot on!  It is hard to know where the line between doing someone a favour and doing yourself no favours is.  You'll be asking your kids for advice, Lighter, what an amazing thing :)  And a chipmunk!  How cute.  I love moles as well, I know people don't like what they do in the garden but I think they're so cute.

Gardens are difficult to get right, I think, especially when you take on what someone else has created (or left, depending on the situation).  But it all gets sorted eventually.  I'm just concentrating on keeping mine tidy for now, it's nice to see what's growing and the birds are all nesting as well which is really cute.

I did realise today that I've been very silly for a long time!  I had a flurry of contacts from people over the last couple of days and everyone is off having a lovely weekend, seeing friends, spending money, going on far away trips.  And I realised that these people all put themselves and their families first, and I don't.  I still prioritise other people and go visiting people when I could save the money and take myself and my boy away, or just use it to pay for someone to watch him for me so that I can have some time off.  It made me realise that I have simply got to start putting him and myself first and stop rushing around after other people.  I've cut the grass this morning and I'm going to work on the van after lunch.  I keep putting if off because I worry about getting it wrong but I'm just going to get on with it and hope for the best :)  Enjoy the gardening! x
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Well.... there's power in the words.....

"Let me know how that works out for you."

We can't fix everyone's problems. 

Imagine how much energy we'd have for ourselves if we believed that, and stopped trying.

My youngest said to me today.....

"You should mind your own business", and she's right.  She really is.  Minding our own business means we pay as strict attention to solving our own problems.  I think we could do much better at that, Tupp.

Yes.... I'm pulling weeds.  Lots and lots of weeds. The yard looks better, but bald in places grass used to grow.  I'll pull up moss from the wood edge and make everything green again.  The Preen weed stopper received rain.... all watered in.  I'm hoping it does the job it's supposed to do.... keep seeds from germinating for 3 months so I can get a handle on this. Maybe I'll get the yard I want this years.  If not, then next year.

I'm not going to poison the grubs just yet.... the moles burrowing make it easier to pull the deeper weeds.  They're my friends at this point.  I never would have guessed I'd feel that way about them, but I do.

I'm looking forward to cleaning up all the borders and beds and edges of things. I'm good at that kind of work when I can focus.  This time last year I couldn't see my yard past hiring someone to mow it.  I just wanted it to not look worse than when I bought it.  How stupid was it to spread all those grass and weed seeds with a mower?  Not this year... nope nope nope. 

It's me and the moles, and at least one sassy chipmunk rolling around in the dirt together, and I love it.  Not enough to go barefoot, and gloveless all the time, but maybe a little.  Did you love the feel of dirt between your toes when you were a child?  I did.  Still do. 

Lighter







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Voicelessness and Emotional Survival Message Board / Re: How cosmic is this?
« Last post by lighter on April 28, 2017, 08:47:51 PM »
Oh Hops she looks like she's on a great adventure..... heading into her day...... busy and on the job, really: )

Maybe a little red cape for her service visits?

Lighter
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Voicelessness and Emotional Survival Message Board / Re: How cosmic is this?
« Last post by Hopalong on April 28, 2017, 05:40:38 PM »
Thanks, ((((Tupp))))!

It's ridiculously transparent that she's my D substitute, but she has helped my heart heal for 4 years now!
She's someone to love and watching her heal from her traumatic origins (much less the unexpected surprise of this pic going onto a local tourist postcard and "dog biscuit" tin they give out at the Visitors Center) has given me so much delight.

Yesterday I took her on a social visit to an old lady I'd worked for (as an elder-sitter) a few times...she had talked about how very much she's missed being around a dog. (The fancy place where she and her 92 y/o hub live now isn't set up for her to have a pet). It was SUCH a pleasure to see this lady, in her 80s, get down on the floor for the pleasure of rubbing Pooch's tummy. And Pooch was her best-behaved self. A little startled at the sudden fire-hose of attention from a stranger but she got the vibe, I think, and figured out that the entire purpose of the visit was for herself to be adored and have her ears scratched and much affectionate talk.

We stayed just about 45 minutes but it made our day.

love,
Hops
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Lighter, I definitely feel like I move onto different planes of being and my awareness/understanding/logic or whatever it is moves to a different place; I see things I didn't see before, I start enjoying stuff I haven't enjoyed before, I want to leave behind things (and people) that I don't feel like I fit with anymore.  Yes, yes and yes.

I will check out the meditation you mention, thank you, and I'm glad you've found some peace with the dress, however it comes back (or not!).

Thank you for the permission, again, I needed it today!  Sister wanting to talk on the phone again (we really were out this time), a very frustrating drive to collect the paint for the flat and a feeling of being a child who isn't trusted to make decisions.  The paint is paid for by the local authority, who own the flat, which is great, but there's a limited range of colours to choose from and no choice in the finish of the paint (gloss, matt, eggshell etc), plus they give you the amount they say you will need (which I don't think will be enough as some of the rooms will definitely need two coats).  So whilst I'm grateful for the home and someone else paying for the paint, I do feel that I'm being treated like a child who can't be trusted to choose sensibly.  And it happens a lot, and it's all to do with not having much money, and that's completely to do with having a child with disabilities and so that level of discrimination that comes into play with everything we do kind of got to me today (more so because the paint depot is on the edge of a carpark behind a road and there's no signage so it took an age to find and I was in a bad mood by the time I got there lol).

We went from there to a friend's place and she talked for two hours, non-stop.  I had a headache, tried to break into the conversation a couple of times and did manage it but only for a short while and then it was back to her.  I find more and more now that I look for solutions rather than drama, and quite quick ones - if so and so is being an idiot, keep away from so and so, if this situation is causing a problem, avoid the situation and so on.  I feel now that I have to pick my battles and a lot of the small every day stuff just isn't worth the energy.  I don't know if I'm all analysed out?  I used to love going over and over things with people and working out she said this and he said that and then they said, and so on, but now I find I'm not interested?  I think I wouldn't have minded listening to two hours of a really serious problem but a lot of it was stuff that I wouldn't have considered a problem (largely because I wouldn't have got into it in the first place).  I just don't seem to have the energy for other people any more.

Anyway, we saw a film after that which was very funny, dinner's on and this evening should be nice and quiet.  I'm trying to avoid the judgement :)

You have a lot of weeding to do, Lighter, will that be what you do over the weekend? x
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Voicelessness and Emotional Survival Message Board / Re: How cosmic is this?
« Last post by Twoapenny on April 28, 2017, 01:41:29 PM »
Aw Hopsie, she's smiling!  I just want to cuddle her and feed her dog biscuits :)  Wow, she's just gorgeous, she's a good friend to have around :)
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Voicelessness and Emotional Survival Message Board / Re: How cosmic is this?
« Last post by Hopalong on April 28, 2017, 01:08:30 PM »
And....heeeeeeeeeeeeeere's the glamour shot!

(Hope it was worth the wait.)

xo

Hops
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Voicelessness and Emotional Survival Message Board / Re: How cosmic is this?
« Last post by sKePTiKal on April 27, 2017, 07:51:18 PM »
aw. I'm pretty shy too. But it was a really nice effect and image! However; I understand privacy better than most too.

SHOO. I'm tired. Been really bustin' the old butt this week. LOTS of steps, toting stuff where it belongs.
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