Saturday, September 04, 2021

Sunday Stealing

100 Questions (or 10)

1.What's your favorite TV channel to watch in the middle of the night? Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. Magnum PI is on overnight. I've seen every episode so many times that I can doze off easily without wondering how the story ends. Even more than watching Thomas solve the case, I like seeing him and his gang (Higgins, TC, Rick, Zeus, Apollo). Spending a little time with them isn't a bad way to fall back asleep.

2.Which decade do you feel the most special connection to and why? I'm fascinated by the 1960s. I love the music and the fashion, and I see it as a moment in time when everything changed. I was happiest in the 1990s. I went from having a job to having a career and I was happy in love.

3.What is your favorite oldie/classic rock song? I have many favorites. This is the first that comes to mind.

4.What Disney villain are you the most like and why? Sorry. I've got nothing for this.

5.Have you ever been a girl scout/boy scout? Brownie, Junior and Cadette.

6.If you were traveling to another continent would you rather fly or take a boat? I think I'd like to try a cruise. But only after covid is a memory.

7. What are three of your favorite dog names of all time? I don't have favorite dog names. But these are names of two dogs I loved: Sheba, NouNou.

8. How do you feel when you see a rainbow? Wonder

9. If you were in the Land of Oz would you want to live there or go home? Stay! I know it's not the message of the movie, but I think I'd prefer to live in color than black and white.

10. What is the first word that comes to mind when you see the word:
Air: Water
Meat: Burger
Different: Same
Pink: Blue
Deserve: More
White: Room (with black curtains, near the station)
Elvis: King
Magic: Trick
Heart: and Soul
Clash: Train in Vain
Pulp: Fiction



Color him indulged

I now keep two grocery delivery boxes in my living room. Reynaldo likes the one on the left (limes) for sleeping and the newer one (apples) for observing me as I move about the room.

He doesn't play with toys or Connie Cat anymore.* He doesn't look out the window for squirrels and birds anymore. He moves from perch to perch throughout the day. These include:

•  My dining room table, where I work. He loves to tuck himself as close to the computer as he can get.

•  The top shelf of the kitty condo, next to the dining room table. 

•  The boxes in the living room.

He no longer spends time in the bathroom (he used to loved walking along the ledge of the tub, having adventures between the shower curtain and liner) or the bedroom, unless he wants to cuddle with me in the morning. 

He is tired. He is dying.

But he also seems happy. He loves his food, he loves being carried and when I rub his head. In the morning, he opens and closes his paws in delight as he parks himself beside me, happy I'm (finally) awake.  

I am watching him closely. When it begins to seem that he is in pain, or that little in life brings him joy, I will put him to sleep.

In the 70 days since I learned about his heart trouble, and have tried to come to grips with the fact he will never get better, I have noticed decline but it's nothing precipitous so far. 

I went through this six years ago when beloved Big Tub of Guts, Joey, died. There is much to be learned about life as it ebbs away. I want to savor every moment with Reynaldo, and learn all he has to teach me.

*I can tell she misses him. He really has no interest in her anymore at all.