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Back on Track

Well, it’s been nearly 3 months since I last posted…amazing how time just sneaks away when you’re not looking. The weeks and months since Christmas have been an adjustment around our house, for the better in some ways and worse in others.

Severus and I flew to Oregon on Christmas Day to enjoy some oceanic therapy. It really is amazing what being oceanfront can do for the soul! It’s also amazing what falling into the ocean can do to an iPhone 6—not good amazing. Fortunately, we still had an upgrade on our contract so my waterlogged, 3-month-old phone has been replaced and I’m back up and running. Here’s a little peek at what that dip in the Pacific looked like.

Trip

Unfortunately, we’ve not yet been able to recover the photos/videos that hadn’t yet loaded to the cloud. That in itself wouldn’t be a big deal except that it was our last Christmas with Vampire Kitty. We got frequent reports from my mom (who was housesitting) that Storm wasn’t eating. We had hoped it was a simple matter of her being a cat and protesting our absence. When we returned home on New Years Day we found that wasn’t the case. After several days of syringe-feedings, we took her back to the vet’s office and learned she was losing weight at an alarming rate. On Friday, January 9, a bitey little soul left our lives; melodramatic though it is, I haven’t been quite the same since.

Storm and I were almost like halves of a whole. She was both a BFF and nemesis. She slept right beside me at night, joined me as I prepared for work each morning and greeted me at the door when I arrived home. In spite of all that togetherness—or perhaps because of it—she also lashed out and bit me with regularity. Given all of the wounds she inflicted over the years, I feel secure in saying that we shared a bond forged in blood.

Those first few weeks found me nearly inconsolable. Translation: there was a whole lot of ugly crying! For heaven’s sake, I’ve got misty eyes again now just thinking about it. That’s why it’s taken me so long to get back in the swing of blogging; I dreaded having to write this post but couldn’t pretend like it didn’t happen or have a tremendous impact on my world.

She was just a cat, and she was kind of a jerk of one at that, but she was my little jerk. Things have steadily improved and we’ve welcomed a new little family member that I’ll introduce soon. Still, the Storm-shaped void aches with fluctuating intensity and, like any grief, finds the most obscure ways to resurface.

Storm

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3 responses

  1. I’m glad to see you back! I was wondering where you’d gone. We put our dog to sleep in December. It was sad, but had to happen. Your cat actually sounds like my bird. Horribly nasty to everyone but me. But occasionally will freak out at me too. Anyway, we’re getting a new dog at the end of the month so we’re excited about that! That photo is pretty hilarious too.

    3.13.2015 at 4:06 pm

  2. Welcome back to Blog World™! Sorry about Storm… So sorry… We’ve lost far too many furry loved ones… and many times it ended with syringe feeding, which is the worst when you have to force-feed. So horrible. So I feel your pain, my friend! My heart goes out to you (and one of such furry friends could be a jerk too… but he was MY jerk)

    3.13.2015 at 10:52 pm

  3. Sorry for your loss 😦 My cat was kind of a jerk too, but it didn’t stop me missing her greatly.

    3.14.2015 at 12:19 am

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