Saturday, December 26, 2009

Goodbye Charlie Goodbye

It's Boxing Day and I should be talking about the last two days and posting photos. I have a sad post which I'll get out of the way first. And what happened deserves a post on its own, not just as an addendum to my Christmas post.

On Christmas Eve night, over 15 years after we got her - Charlie died. Our cat.

Our kids have known no life without Charlie. They loved her so much. I must have sensed her days were ending. I've let her inside more, and let her sleep on the cool slate floor. Sammy used to go out and see her several times a day. We were brushing her, because she was moulting terribly. I was buying her different food to give her variety. Sammy loved giving her a tin of food and watching her eat the lot. She was a good cat. She would kindly share her food with the butcher birds, scrub turkeys and whoever else wanted to eat her food. They could just walk by her and eat from her bowl. Maggie, our resident magpie would share the bowl with her, and they'd both be inside downstairs with Peter...... When we moved across the road, I thought we'd have to lock Charlie inside for a few days, no she just followed us across....she did love us. Most cats are attached to their environment, she loved us.

Peter and I both cried so much. He said it was the worst burial he'd ever been to. Bunny has always had a philosophical attitude toward death. He sobbed..... Charlie would come up to the letter box everyday when she heard Peter come home, and then go up to the car and snake herself around his legs while he took his boots off.

Sammy barely cried when we told him. Mickey and Billy-Joe sobbed. Both nights now, I've had to give them huge cuddles and wipe away their tears. Mickey slept with me because he couldn't sleep for thinking of her. Last night I had him in with me for an hour and then he was able to go back to his own bed. Sammy crumbled yesterday. He didn't want to be out. He wanted to grieve in private.

The kids enjoyed their Christmas Day, but it was tainted with moments of down times for them, especially for Sammy.

Today, Boxing Day, is a better day. Peter and I feel much better too.

Charlie is buried down the back, with a full Egyptian burial site, her bowls and food with her.....

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Quick Update

All the Daisy Girls.

Dot points because I'm busy, but want to update

* Valium helped me with the heart rate and feeling like doom was pending, but gave me worsening headaches......I get headaches anyway, without getting worse ones. By last Thursday I'd taken so many pills and nothing would touch the pain. That night I took no valium. No headache Friday morning!! I've had a racing heart a few times, but not as bad. I've started taking St Johns Wort so that is helping I think. I'm sleeping not too badly.....

* Went and saw Avatar 3D on Sunday with Billy-Joe after we finished our last minute Christmas shopping, movie was awesome. I just loved it. So glad decided to go and see it. I really wanted to see this, going to the movies could be my new it.

* Baked my fruit cake. Tried to weigh it but it's too heavy for my kitchen scales......weighs a tonne when I hold it in one hand. Tastes divine!! Linzer Augen are done.

* Had my hair coloured by my favourite hairdresser, my sister in law. Cath trimmed Sammy's hair too. I'd cut Billy-Joe's and Mickey's a few weeks ago and they're both still neat.

* Went to Daisy's Christmas party last night. Dinner was at a local pub. Food was great and the company even better. What a lovely night, thanks to Mark and Barbi's generosity. I got some little gifts too which I love.....

* SuzyQ is home from visiting her family, so I got to spend some time with her yesterday, which was lovely. Got a great present, a book from Kikki K where I can keep my receipts. Love it. And some gorgeous red tea towels which are washed and on the line, because I want to use them tomorrow...

* Tackled the shops this morning for the last shop before Christmas. Came home and Bunny put up my Christmas branch, will post photos later in the week. He deboned my chicken and I stuffed it with mince, pistachios, garlic, onion and ham, and sewed it into a roll. It's roasting now as it will be eaten cold tomorrow night.

* Tonight we're going to have Fish and chips down at the beach and go looking for Christmas lights.

* I still have to finish wrapping gifts.

* Tomorrow, I'll toast the almonds and cut up the wombok for the Crunchy salad. I'm making a hommous, and cooking french stick slices so they're crunchy. I'll top them later with feta and cream and smoked salmon for the late afternoon nibblies....

* Two boxes of wine have arrived. Loads of delicious sparkling wines and my new favourite 2 Wheels Rose....

* Am excited........


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