Our Christmas tree went up yesterday, along with the indoor decorations. Usually we wait until after Thanksgiving Day (this coming Thursday); but since we decided on a do-it-yourself approach for the family Christmas pictures this year, well, it made sense to do it now so I could put in my order for my holiday cards. Although Mouse has actively helped decorate for the holidays in the past, this is the first real year she has an awareness of what Christmas is. It made for a much more fun experience--minus the hiding in the corner to pout and a couple frustrated-feet-stomping moments.
Gracie has already decided the tree is a jungle gym. It is her first Christmas, and while in the years before Mouse we might have skipped the tree for kitty safety reasons, we can't get away with it this year, not with a two and a half year old in the house.
Speaking of the two and a half year old, I asked her what she wanted for Christmas a few weeks ago, and the most I could get out of her was "Santa toys. One big Santa toy and one little Santa toy." Oh, and snow. So, we may have to plan a trip to the mountains to see the snow at some point. While out shopping for her Christmas dress about a week ago, she saw a Princess Ariel baby doll that she just has to have. She didn't get it, of course, but now all she talks about is how she wants that particular doll for Christmas. It's the first time she's actually remembered she's wanted something for longer than a hot minute! A milestone! Although, not one I am overly excited about. Haha!
What I want most for Christmas is a healthy household. My darling cat, Parker, became ill quite suddenly last week. He stopped eating and drinking and was in a great deal of pain. The veterinarian ran blood work and completed an ultrasound on him. The results showed he had an inflamed pancreas, liver, stomach and intestines. Parker had to stay in the hospital for a few days to get the inflammation down, and settle his digestive tract enough to where he can hold down food. He came home this past Saturday, armed with medication. He eats here and there, but is not eating much. And he spends most of his time in hiding. He is still extremely subdued. When I called the veterinarian this morning to give her an update, she asked that I bring him in this afternoon (thank goodness my boss is so understanding, especially since we're short staffed this week). The overall prognosis is good (although guarded) once we get over this hump, which hopefully we will. He goes back to the doctor's on Saturday, when my husband and I will learn how to give him B12 shots. All this worry about Parker has taken its toll, especially given what we've already been through this year with our other animals. The cost of his medical care is weighing heavily on us as well; although, to be honest, I'd rather spend the money on getting him healthy than on Christmas presents and what have you. Still, it's a stressful time for us.
My husband and I both are working this week, and my mother is in town visiting, which is nice. We will be having a laid back Thanksgiving, I think. Admittedly, it is not my favorite holiday, and I am looking forward to seeing its backside. However, in the spirit of the holiday, there are many things I am grateful for this year, and my friendship with many of you are included on that list. Thank you for your constant support and kindness.
This will be my only post this week. For my American friends, I hope you and your family and friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving! For everyone else, have a great week! I will see you all next week . . .
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