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She’s still going

14 years and still going

14 years and still going

This is Athene, our cat. We nearly lost her in April, but she’s made an amazing turnaround and is coming back. I cried the first night last week, when she came up and asked to come up for a snuggle on my lap. This was the first time in months that she’d asked, and that she’d wanted to be touched.

She’s now curled up in front of the heater, sleeping. She has spent her entire life as an indoor only cat, and I think that’s possibly helped her live as long as she has. We’ve moved more times than I can remember, and she’s relieved that in each place we’ve moved to, her furniture comes with her, as do we the family who love her.

In the fourteen years we’ve been together, she’s helped me through the death of my Dad (who gave her to me), getting married, having a baby, losing our beloved older British Blue cat (who had treated her like his own pet), and the arrival of a giant of a dog – our Irish Wolfhound cross. With the usual cat aplomb, she’s weathered these storms, accepting my choice of partner (phew…that was a deal breaker, he had to love the cats! and Dr Who), and more importantly getting used to the life energy of a young person around the home.

She’s given us her love, lots of fur (sometimes we joke that she produces enough fur to have made her own cat!), and the pleasure of her companionship. Each day we have her now, is a blessing for us, and we truly appreciate this furry individual. (Not that we didn’t before, but the close call, has made us all sit up and take notice of this smallest member of the house).

Enjoy your weekend.


The waiting game

My fourteen year old cat, lies panting, extremely distressed and on the edge. Her immune system has been severely compromised, and she’s just hanging in there. My dear old cat, she’s been with me through a lot, so I’m with her now. How long it will take to get through this, I don’t know, all I know is that she and I have gone through a lot together, and tonight we’ll go through more.

Her years of companionship have seen the death of my father (who gave her to me), my marriage, becoming a Mum, the loss of our dearly beloved older male cat, too many moves, and countless houses, to my own fight last year. She’s seen it all, and kept up the cat dignity through it all. But now even that seems to have gone, as she tries her best to fight her way back.

Whether she lives or dies tonight, we’ll be there for her, as she has been here for us.

A Week of racing ahead

Well tomorrow will dawn on my child’s sixth birthday. What a rollercoaster we’ve had since we met him, all those years ago.

He’s taught us a lot, and I thought now would be a good time to share with you some of the gems:

1. There is no such thing as a perfect parent. We all have good and bad days, but it’s how we share them, that is important to us as a family.

2. Love conquers a lot of things. But it certainly helps to have a hug and a kind word when the world is dark and you’ve woken up from a nightmare.

3. Lego is king. Or queen. From me playing with it thirty-five years ago to now, it still remains a fantastic entertainment device for little hands and big minds.

4. Family comes in many shapes and many forms. And we love them all, and for the most part, they are the family we’ve made for ourselves not the one we inherited. Thank you one and all for being there along this wild ride!

5. When all else fails, hide under the quilt. A handy hint, when faced with things like waking up at 4am and being unable to go back to sleep – the joy of living in Tasmania when the sun rose at this horrid hour, and our child was like, well the suns up, I must be up.

6. Cats and kids do get along. We had two indoor only cats when we brought our little bundle of joy home, and they all survived each other. The cats were scared of the small wiggling squealing one, and so never, ever decided they wanted in on the warm bedroom.

7. Chaos is my new mantra. Order is out, and Chaos is in. And it really doesn’t matter if the house is not perfect.

8. I love my washing machine. Well it serves day in and day out to keep up with the clothes being worn, and in those early early days of parenthood when changes of clothes were mandatory – it served well. That’s why we’re on our third one!

9. What matters most is being able to hold and be held. Not that the house is clean, or whether you think you need a new pair of jeans. Just being there with your loved ones can be enough.

10. Love is the gift we give to the next generation. Be generous with it.


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