Fragmented Freewrite #8

I am really focusing on "seasons of change" right now to explain my life.


My men had a nice Labor Day weekend. Sam and Neil participated in a Father-Son-Fishing-Derby. Sam (proudly) caught 7 fish! (He even won a prize.)

My extended family always has a picnic-style gathering for Labor Day. The boys loved the food and the tractor! I was unable to attend b/c of kitty care, but Neil took some great photos. Here they are with their cousin, Ashley...


I really love this time of year. Don't you?

The temp is cooler (especially in the mornings), the fair is coming in a couple weeks and sports are in full-swing!

I'm already itching to bring out my Halloween/harvest decorations.


This link is for those that asked about the free Aveda product that I received for my birthday. They have a birthday club and I've been a member for 4 years. It's a super deal, no strings attached!

Join Aveda's Birthday Program today and get a free, full-size product on your birthday!


And, finally...

As a lot of you know, our "little" cat, Abby, had to have emergency surgery last week. She is doing amazingly well now, but the pathology did show that it was cancerous so Chemo is in her near future.

The saddest part of all is that out-of-the-blue, our "big" cat, Aja, became sick. When we took her in on Saturday they found that she was in total renal failure. (COMPLETE SHOCK) We had to let her go b/c the prognosis was that she'd have to stay connected to IV fluids for the rest of her life. I raised her from a kitten and knew that wasn't a life for her.

She was only 9 years old, a (BEAUTIFUL) purebred Ragdoll and my loving friend. I will forever miss her.


Sara Elizabeth Bonds said...

I love the fall. I look forward to it for so many reasons. I love the colors, the chill in the air, the smells, the foods, the holidays, etc.

I am so sorry about your kitties. I am sorry for your loss and pray that Abby does well with chemo. 9 years old is such a short life, I am glad it was spent being loved by a beautiful family (yours).

Anonymous said...

Oh Dina I'm so sorry. :(


Smoochiefrog said...

Good for him catching all those fish! I bet he was so proud!

LisaShaw said...

So sorry for the loss of your cat. We experienced that earlier this year. I also pray for your other cat's health.

Love to you and your family. Enjoyed the family photos.

Caution Flag said...

7 fish is a lot of fish!! Our family caught 0 fish this summer :(

I'm sorry about the kitties. Pets are precious and it surely does hurt when they are sick or worse.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Ohhhh! I'm so sorry about your beautiful Aja! You did the humane thing, but it still sucks and hurts. ((HUGZ!!)) I'm glad that Abby's doing great, hopefully she'll do fine with the chemo.

Way to go Sam! 7 fish is quite impressive!! :) Love all the pics!

This is my favorite time of year, too - I've been resisting the urge to decorate for fall early - Mother Nature is 'helping' me hold off with the cold rain she sent today, but I'm guessing I'll be decorating much earlier this year than last year, because I love this time of year so much! :)

Ooooh! Thanks for the Aveda link - I'm off to sign up! :)

Happy FF!

blueviolet said...

I'm so sorry that you lost your sweet kitty and that your other one is sick. What a tough time for you.

But yahoo on the fishing success of your boys!

Kelli @ RTSM said...

I am ready for it to start cooling off down here and I am SO ready to get out all my fall decorations too! I'm sorry about your cats...sounds like you have been through a lot the past few days! I hope things get better!

Evansmom said...

Sorry about your kitty cats.

I so agree about fall. It is my favorite season too!

Kirby3131 said...

My mom took her Persian cat into the vet because she wasn't eating well and had the same thing, complete failure. It's so sad when there really is no warning that it's so severe. Giant big hugs to you.

MrsSki said...

So sorry to hear about your cat! That is so sad! But I'm glad to hear that your other kitty is doing better.

I love this time of year primarily because of the weather. I don't get into decorating...maybe I will if we have kids in the future but I hate taking down decorations! haha!

Shelby, Patrick and Kids said...

So sorry about your beautiful kitty!

Cascia said...

Sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful kitty! I hope your other cat gets better soon. We have two cats and it would be hard if one of them got sick.

Unknown Mami said...

Oh I am so sorry to hear about your cat. Sending you a hug.

Nicolle said...

I am SO very sorry about your sweet kitties. I can't believe your other one was so sick and I'm sure that was such a shock to you. you're in my prayers sweet friend!

Matty said...

Great family photos. So sorry to hear about Aja. We have two cats here and it will be tough when their time comes.

Love your blog header. Can you tell me how you did that?

mub said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your kitties. It seems to all come at once. I hope that the chemo works well for Abby.

Mrs4444 said...

I'm so sorry about the loss of your kitty; she was beautiful. We have always admired ragdolls around here. Although we are no longer needing a litterbox, I wouldn't be surprised to find another one in our future....

Thanks for the link!

Those pics are AWESOME :) Thanks for playing FF this week :)

Mrs4444 said...

P.S. Good luck with the chemo!

sarah @ life {sweet} life said...

I'm so sorry about your cat! :( Hoping chemo goes well for the other one.

And thanks for the link for the free exciting!! And with a November birthday, I won't have to wait too long!! :)