Thank you for the condolences on my dog. I am touched by how many of you have been through the same kind of loss; they are not just our pets... they are our friends, our family, our hearts. I am sorry you have felt the same grief, but glad you reached out to share my burden so that I am not alone.
It's very tempting for me to wallow in quiet sadness and not do anything else. I'd rather mope on the couch than anything, especially since the rain and gloom continues outside. But it's up to us to do the living.
In happier news, my daughter is better than she has been in *months.* The IV treatment she received in the ER apparently *finally* knocked out an infection that has been dragging on all winter. We'd tried so many things and she'd get 80% better, but never quite all the way. Now, it is obvious. She is well. Her color has returned along with her energy and an even sunnier disposition. It is so good to see her feeling well and enjoying the end of the school year and her dance recitals. And I am well, too. Aside from (apparently stress-triggered) migraines yesterday and today, I am feeling great. Hey, even the cat is better. The 3 medications she is on for her pancreatitis, along with her new diet, have magically turned a nearly immobile, dull, sad cat into a perky, shiny, happy kitty. Even the vet is amazed. Kitty is back to her very important duty of hearing and keeping all of my daughter's treasured secrets.
The fridge is still broken, though. It's been a long time... weeks. And they can't get the part for even longer. So in the meantime, I ordered another mini fridge to keep spoilables cold. It should be here in a couple of days and then life will get easier as far as food goes.
Thank you again... and for all who have emailed me and haven't gotten a response, I apologize. It's been a crazy, busy winter and spring, and I have only answered about 10% of my emails. Please know I do read them all, but if you asked for specific help or information I have not had the time to respond and not sure if I will anytime soon. I am going to try and put up a FAQ page so that should help answer the main questions I tend to get. And those who sent kind words and well wishes, thank you. I will write you back when things settle a bit.
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