With the recent hurricanes and earthquakes that have rocked different countries all over the world it’s hard to imagine the thousands of people who have had their lives turned upside down.
It is heartwarming to see the many people and organizations stepping forward to volunteer with clean up as well collecting and sending supplies to people in need. Even pets and animals are being cared for.
I live just a few hours away from the Gulf Coast yet we were relatively unaffected here. A minor gas shortage and a little bit of rain is all that impacted us. But the news was filled with reports and images of so many that had lost everything.
For some of the poorer countries, the peoples’ plight is unfathomable. They had so little to begin with and now even that is gone. Still, many are just happy to be alive. It is very humbling to hear someone say that although they lost so much of their material things human life is what matters the most.
As this week draws to a close, I am looking forward to spending some time with my extended family. My sister and my brother, along with their spouses, are coming to visit with our mother. My mother is 88 years old and she lives with me.
They are coming from Pennsylvania. They have made the annual trek down here for the last 6 or 7 years. We all realize that Mom’s time is growing short. Her energy is waning and she sleeps a lot. Her health hasn’t really changed but she is tired.
We can’t take for granted that we will see one another in the future. Time spent together is precious.
In the last week, I had a number of things happen to my animals around the farm. Three ordinary goldfish in the water trough died. I am always baffled as to what kills them. They had gotten quite large and seemed extremely hardy. It had been a while since any died.
In my fishpond by the house, one of my fancy goldfish also died. It was one of the first ones I had bought since I refurbished the pond. The fish was solid white with a red cap on its head. She was the largest fish in the pond. I will be searching for just the right one to replace her. It is still warm enough for the new fish to get acclimated to living outside before winter comes.
Friday morning, I stayed home with a headache. It was acting very much like a migraine so I stayed in bed until after my husband left for work. He called me to let me know that our cat Beau was limping pretty badly.
Beau was out in the paddock with the horses when I went looking for him. The horses were milling around waiting for me to feed them, and I couldn’t get Beau to come to me. I had to feed the horses and turn them out before I could tend to the cat.
Finally, once the horses were fed, I picked up Beau and took him into the house. I couldn’t see any blood or anything that looked unusual. He just wasn’t putting any weight on his leg. So, we were off to the vet.
X-rays revealed a dislocated hip. I had to leave him at the vet’s office to be sedated for them to put his femur back in the hip socket. They told me that he will have to be immobilized for two weeks once I bring him home. I left the vet’s office to buy a cage, small litter box and other accessories.
The report came in from the vet’s office later in the day. Attempts to reseat the femur in the hip socket was unsuccessful. The next option is surgery. A specialist will be called in. His surgery is scheduled for Wednesday.
I brought Beau home this morning to let his wounds heal until Wednesday. The vet had found some lacerations on his leg that indicated he had indeed been hit by a car. Poor kitty, he has staples in his bum leg, too.
Beau has been an outside cat ever since he showed up here 7 years ago. He is not taking very well to being in a cage in the house. I am glad that I have the weekend to help him adjust. I take breaks from my chores to hold him, which helps him relax.
Next week will be busy with the family being here, Beau to take care of, and a special event taking place on Wednesday. Wednesday is my ribbon cutting ceremony for my health coaching business! As a new member of the chamber of commerce, I am entitled to a ribbon cutting ceremony to introduce me and my business to the community.
The ribbon cutting will take place at the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, September 27th at 11:00 am. Everyone is invited to come out, talk to me, and enjoy some refreshments. I am very excited to announce myself to the community, and start building connections as well as friendships. I hope to see you there!
Proverbs 19:8 To acquire wisdom is to love yourself; people who cherish understanding will prosper.