Juggling life through a bi-polar lens. Sometimes up, sometimes down. Mostly trying to tread water in the middle. Creating a likeness to a normal life. Whatever "normal" is...

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Retail therapy, time for sprawling, and Fluffy isn't very well......


A little break of sorts...


Mum has a had a few good days QUICK! TOUCH WOOD! and in fact, on Thursday, I didn't see her till 5.30pm. We had a couple of phone calls, no more. She wasn't all panicky like she has been. They had an 'afternoon tea' in the lounge at the sheltered housing complex, so she had somewhere to go in the afternoon. She said only 4 of them turned up but they had a chat, a giggle or three, tea and biscuits...

Of course, not knowing IF the phone will ring meant I couldn't go off out and forget all. But it WAS a nice break, an afternoon footering about. I can't even remember what I did with the time(!); laundry, I think, and making a fuss of the cats, watching tv and sprawling :)


Thanks.....

Thank you all again for your support and concern, and also for all the people who are helping in their own way, like sending good vibes, prayers, good thoughts...


Retail Therapy!

This photo is pure retail therapy.... "Animal" have a shop in Colchester and had a sale this month. This bag was half price, at £8. I loved it, so.... ahem. And the book is one from my wish list on Amazon. I use the wish list facility to save me money -LOL- as it means I can go window shopping there and plonk things onto the list rather than into the shopping basket :)

I didn't like the book quite as much as I had anticipated, as it didn't have as many different styles featured in it as the 1,000 quantity had promised. LOTS of a certain "avant garde" style, least that is what I call it- you know, VERY grungey collage with photographic heads poised on weird stuff and scruffy paint effects. I'm not saying it isn't artistic, I'm just bored of it.

I have lent the book to my Art Therapist, as some of the pages are so weird I felt it would be an Art Therapist's dream to wallow in a few hundred of them for a while. LOL!


Any advice for Fluffy???

Fluffy had a sniffly nose a month ago. Well, half a nose, as it is just her right nostril. Her right eye was watery too. The vet gave her a week of anitbiotics, and it cleared up in just a few days.
However, it came back :(

Last Monday we took her back to the vet and she gave her another 2 weeks' worth of the same. Half way through the course almost, and it isn't working. She is getting snotty. I didn't even know cats GOT snotty. I CERTAINLY didn't know cats got bogeys. I have been acting nursey-mummy and coming to her rescue with a tissue or warm, damp face cloth. She is starting to sleep under the bed, right in the middle, nose firmly out of reach.

Any advice? If you are a cat owner, have you come across this?
The vet said that if it doesn't clear up it could be something like a grass seed lodged up there somewhere, or at worst, a growth of some kind :( .........either way, at 17, I don't think I would like her sedated for an Xray..... gulp! I just hope hope hope that it clears up..... waaah!

8 comments:

Sandi McBride said...

Helena, been gone for a while, but missed you so much. I love retail therapy, too and if anyone needed it, you did my dear! Glad your Mum is settling in and doing better, and the cats are so happy that you made a fuss of them!!!
hugs
Sandi

Angel and Kirby said...

I am so glad you got a small break! Kirby and Angel get snotty noses and runny eyes sometimes, usually when the weather changes. Our vet was concerned that Kirby might have asthma because he had a 'cold' twice in two months. However, he has not had any more episodes!

Gattina said...

I love your bag, and it's nice that your mom is better. I am thinking about your cat. That the antibiotics are not working is strange, but if she eats and can breath, then just leave her and clean her face and nose. Does she still wash herself ? If yes to all this then just let it go. I have 4 cats (My cat blog) always had cats. It can also be the humid weather.

Feronia said...

Consider the wood touched! I'm so glad that your Mum has had some good days - that's great.

Love that bag! I love anything with an owl motif.

Hope pussycat is feeling better soon!

freebird said...

I do want to thank you for stopping by when I hadn't been around for a while. I went out to California for family time and didn't even look at the computer. I needed the break but now I feel down since I am not there permanently so you dropping by and reminding me I have friends out here in cyber space was truly appreciated.

I haven't seen enything like what you describe in your kitty. I hope it's just a seed or something as maybe it will soften up some and break down so she can sneeze it out.

A day off from dealing with being caretaker for your mum must have felt good even if you did nothing at all but see, you got the laundry done. Hmmm, that's something I've just got to do tomorrow myself or we'll be having to run around naked.

That's too bad about the book. I order too many books that end up disappointing me. If I had a decent local bookstore I could peek ahead of buying them. I do know what you mean about too many pages of the same theme. It does get boring. Take a look at Danny Gregory's book, The Illustrated Life. It has a lot of drawing and painting from the artists he showcases but they all have their own unique ways of journaling.

As far as knocking on wood, we have the same idea here in the U.S. The world really isn't so big is it?

Stardust said...

I'm just glad to hear about your small break and praying that your mom is truly adjusting well to her present! This may be a good sign! =D

As for Fluffy, clueless me am sorry to hear... Hope that Fluffy will spring back to health in no time and you'll be free from constant worries...

Got back from Singapore for a week with plenty to do and doing my rounds now. Just glad that you're still managing and keeping things in order there.. you deserve that pat in your back all times. PAT PAT PAT...

Found art blog said...

I've heard of that book! If you're into journalling, you may want to visit Ro Bruhn's blog (she's listed in my "i follow" list in my profile) as she does seriously drool-worthy journals! No suggestions for Fluffykins though.

Helena said...

Thank you for all the comments ;) sorry for lack of time to visit and reply... v happy to report that Fluffy is improving....