Saturday, December 27, 2014

Soaking It Up

Ahhh, an uneventful and peaceful Christmas.  The perfect present.  After months of nonstop changes and unexpected events, I completely welcome the calm.  For a while I felt guilty not having loads of presents put together, holiday cards in the mail, or tons of kid-Christmas activities lined up.  And then I gave myself permission to not worry about any of that and suddenly, this holiday season became immediately perfect. 
I did find a little time to stitch up new stockings for myself and Brent to go along with Rio's that I made last year, which was very rewarding.  Mine is still lacking a name but that will happen one of these days. 

The holidays with the kid were a BLAST.  We made a little kitchen for her (I'll focus on it separately in the future) that she's 'making cake' for us in right now.  Hearing her sing her versions of Frosty the Snowman and Jingle Bells could be the best gift this year.  It's amazing how much these little people change within a year! 

We spent time with almost all of our families, took a small road trip, and enjoyed our first Christmas in the new abode.

As I write this disjointed post, I'm sitting in front of a fire with my little family while watching an unexpected snowfall and it's perfection.  I had a list of things to outside of the house today but I have a strong feeling that I'll stay indoors, soaking up this calm, snow-filled day.  It's now blanketed outside.
I'm thankful that I'm able to see the beauty in today, today.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Our Opal

It is with such a heavy heart that I write this post.  Yesterday, our sweet little kitten, Opal, passed away.  You'll probably remember our little announcement and how quickly we fell in love with her.  I mean, how could we not.  She was just precious.
It took us a long time to feel ready to bring a kitten into our world but we knew she was the one when we saw her.  It didn't take long before I starting noticing some odd things with her movements and disposition.  She would sometimes walk with a peg-leg gait and was often much more chill then a kitten her age should be.  Regardless, she was ridiculously sweet, continued to grow, played at her own pace, and ate like a champ.  It wasn't until her first episode that we knew something was really wrong.

Just a week after losing Sammie, Opal's back legs quit working.  Her tail swished about normally and she acted normally but just couldn't get her legs to cooperate.  It was incredibly sad to watch.  Our vet was stumped because things didn't add up and we just couldn't pinpoint exactly what was going on.  We tried a steroid shot and it seemed to do the trick because just 48 hours later, she was the kitten we never had.  It was wonderful and an absolute delight to see her moving about so well and being so active (and so damn entertaining!). 

Things continued looking golden until a few weeks later when she had another episode.  We went with another steroid shot, because it worked so well the time before, and it didn't fail us.  She bounced back within a day and again, seemed to be doing incredibly well.  At that point, we had deduced that something was happening neurologically but weren't sure what exactly was going on. 

I knew it could be a matter of time with her.  She'd been through hell and back.  Coming from a horribly maintained feral colony, being underweight despite our attempts to fatten her up, to random hair loss issues, and then with something happening within her brain, I knew each day was to be cherished with her.  Even though I knew it could happen soon, I just didn't think it would really happen.

This past Sunday, it was obvious she was having another episode.  She seemed to be handling it ok and was eating when presented with food.  I was optimistic because I'd seen her come out of them successfully before.  She did seem different though.  First thing Monday morning, Rio and I rushed her to the vet, hoping we'd leave with a steroid shot and she'd be back to normal on Tuesday.  Minutes after arriving, she started seizing and minutes after that, she passed on the vet's table. 

I am absolutely heartbroken.  Honestly, the end of her life was traumatizing for me.  I've been with many animals through their transitions and nothing was quite like this.  I just wasn't expecting it.  Not then.  Not that way.  After what we witnessed yesterday, we feel that she likely had a brain aneurysm that resulted in a stroke on Sunday.  We don't know if she had a previous injury before coming to us, if this was something she was born with (perhaps due to colony inbreeding), or if it was a fluke happening. 

I was so attached to her, right from the get go.  She slept under the covers with me from day one, was always one step behind me, and helped me through the loss of Sammie.  I'm so grateful for the time we spent together and for the good days that we shared.  I just wish there could have been more. 
 Good night, Opal Bebe.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Three More Days!

Oh, hey there strangers!  You could say I've been a little busy lately with a business move (my family's business), a bajillion house projects, a spunky toddler who has decided to quit napping, and putting the final details of Alliday into place! 

Let's talk about Alliday for today's topic.  I'll fill you in on everything else once I find a minute to kick up my heels!  So the show.  It's THIS WEEKEND and I'm fairly certain that it's going to be all sorts of awesome.  And I'm not just saying that.  Let me tell you why.  First, we've expanded the show to span two days!  Second, we've moved to a new location at Retro Den (cough *vintage heaven* cough).  Third, we've created a more intimate, personalized show of which I'm incredibly proud.  Fourth, it's the FIFTH ANNUAL!   

The show kicks off this Friday at 6 with a ticketed Holiday Preview Party.  We've got a food truck rolling up, a local bar setting up with some libations, live music from three rockin' bands, raffle prizes, folks dressed up in their finest holiday duds, swag for the first 25 entrants, and, of course, the artists!  Tickets can be purchased at Retro Den or on our website prior to the event. 

On Saturday, things get going at 9 with FREE admission, just like we've always done.  We'll be giving away MORE swag to the first 25 in the door, the Tulsa Library will have a story-time at 10:30 complete with a craft for the littles, StreetCats will be providing gift wrapping, and, of course, the artists! 

It's been an absolute pleasure working with the Ashleys of Retro Den.  They are nothing short of spectacular people who I've been honored to get to know better.  I'll be sad when the show is over because I'll miss pestering them constantly!  ;) 

I truly hope you'll come out and visit us sometime this weekend.  I think it'll be worth your while.  But don't take my word for it, see what Tulsa People had to say!  See you on the flip side!
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