This week has been quite the emotional roller coaster, with my husband and I having a few teary-eyed discussions about our oldest cat, Luisa. I’m happy to say that right now she is stable and seems to be regaining some of her old spunk and energy.
Okay, she’s not looking too spunky here, but this is the first morning in a week that she’s felt well enough to walk all the way from the back of the house to the front, climb up on the couch (with a little help from moi), and then take a nap in front of the window. And I have the pleasure of giving her a cocktail of drugs twice a day: her usual methimazole (for hyperthyroidism) and Pepcid (for her tummy; I don’t know that it helps but they say it doesn’t hurt); in addition, an anti-nausea pill once a day; appetite stimulant every three days; a liquid medication for colitis; and a food supplement similar to Activa. Fortunately, Luisa is very good about taking pills and even having a syringe of cold liquid splashed at the back of her throat. We are not assuming that she’s out of danger yet. I mean, she’s at least 20 (my husband argues that she’s closer to 22) and her body is shutting down. We’re just trying to slow the process and make her comfortable. And right now, our efforts are paying off 🙂
With Luisa as my distraction, I’ve fallen very behind in writing and blogging and commenting. Fortunately, this morning I came across this post from CommuniCATE Resources for Writers: Don’t “Write” Yourself Off: I Don’t Care How Old You Are! Indeed, I needed to read this! One of the (many) struggles I have with my writing is my age: Will I someday be too old to publish a FIRST novel? Is time running out for me? If you ever have any of these thoughts, read Cate’s blog post.
And if you feel that sometimes the world is too full of bad news and bad people, there’s a new blog that you’ll want to visit and perhaps even contribute to: Good People Doing Great Things. This is the brain-child of Margaret Jean Langstaff, a wonderful writer and blogger that you may already know through her blog, The Langstaff Retort. For Good People Doing Great Things, Margaret wants “to hear your stories and experiences, events and acts of spontaneous kindness that you have witnessed or initiated yourself.” She is looking for guest bloggers, columnists, advisors, people who understand the importance of compassion in our humanity, as well as anyone with WP expertise who would be willing volunteer their time to make the new blog visually engaging.
Almost finally, Interesting Literature had two very interesting posts last week: one about 19th century inmates of insane asylums (click here) and another one on great quotations from women writers (click here). My favorite quote of those listed: ‘Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.’ – Virginia Woolf
Now really finally, for Belinda at Busymindthinking.com …
Marie A Bailey
Writer, blogger, knitter, cat lover, and introvert.