Friday, November 27, 2015

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Black is Black
1) Black is this week's signature color because Friday, November 27, was "Black Friday," when retailers cut their prices and consumers flock to the stores. Did you score any "Black Friday" bargains? I'm avoiding retail on Black Friday.

2) WalMart, Best Buy, Toys R Us and Target have all heavily advertised their "Black Friday" sales. If you could have a $50 gift card to one of those stores, which would choose? What would you spend the $50 on? Target, and I'd look at blouses and sweaters. Maybe new navy slacks ...

3) Star Wars items are predicted to be big sellers this Black Friday. Are you a big sci-fi fan? Are there any sci-fi fans on your holiday gift list? I simply don't get sci-fi, but my Cousin Rose is a fan. I got her a DVD of the old Quantum Leap TV series. That's time travel. Does it count as sci-fi?

4) Feasting and football are also popular Thanksgiving weekend pastimes. Do your Thursday-Sunday plans include pigging out or watching a game? I pigged out on Thanksgiving. So much so, I feel like I may never eat again.

5) At Thanksgiving dinners, Crazy Sam's homemade gravy is always a hit. (Probably because she's so generous with the cognac, which gives the gravy a nutty taste.) Do you have a signature dish? Nope

6) What did you give thanks for on Thanksgiving 2015? That my cat Joey doesn't seem to hurt. If you're not a pet person, you may not understand my dilemma. He's 20, which is very old for a cat (the equivalent of 90+ in a human). As I write this on Friday, I'm waiting for the vet to call with the results of his bloodwork. I'm trying to prepare myself for bad news. But here's the thing -- he's sitting here beside me. He still purrs. He still perks up at the chance to swat at a shoelace. Yes, he's losing weight at an alarming rate and I know there's something wrong, but he wouldn't be this social if he hurt. I feel a great responsibility to protect this loving, gentle creature from pain. So I'm thankful that my Joey isn't hurting.

THIS JUST IN: Joey is suffering from kidney disease. These results aren't good, but they aren't as bad as we feared. It's treatable, so my good old boy will be with me for at least a little while to come.

7) Monday is Cyber Monday, when shoppers can save big online. Do you shop confidently over the Internet, or do you worry about security breaches and identity theft? I try to be smart, but in this world I'm not sure there's all that much any of us individually can do about it.

8) This week's featured band, Los Bravos, was international. Their members came from both Germany and Spain. If you could travel to any foreign country in the world, which would you choose? England

9) The band's name, Los Bravos, can be translated to mean, "The Brave." Do you consider yourself gutsy? I don't know if I'm brave or gutsy, but I know I'm strong. I can take what comes.


  1. Anonymous3:55 PM

    iʻm glad that joey's condition is not as bad as you had feared, and that he's on his way to recovery. i totally understand about pets hurting. you're an awesome mom for your cats!

  2. May Joey be feeling better from now on. Bless that little heart, and the kidneys! May he enjoy many more pain free days ahead. <3

    I'd love to see England, and especially the new BBC Building, if -that is- it's not just a hoax they made up. :-)

  3. I am glad your Joey is doing okay. I understand what you're saying about the hurting. That is something to be grateful for.

  4. Agree with liahuna - you are an awesome kitty mom. Sophia had kidney disease and I had to hydrate her every day. Hopefully, Joey's condition isn't quite that serious. We love our babies, don't we?

  5. I'm so relieved Joey can be treated.

  6. Kidney disease seems quite common in older cats. 20 years is really impressive. He is such a cute kitty. I hope all works out well for him :)

  7. So sorry to hear that Joey has kidney disease! I definitely know what you mean about the big decision. I did the same thing with my Sammy-Joe... I found out he had cancer and didn't have long to live. Some people urged me to put him to sleep sooner than later, so he would never experience getting sicker. But my cat was still happy, eating and purring and even playing, so I chose to wait... and in fact I waited until the very last minute when I knew putting him to sleep really was putting him out of pain.


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