Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tired, so very tired...

This is kinda a long post, so if you don't want to read it's okay, if you do stick around we recommend going potty now...
So, where have we been. Well, mom's frend died on Monday July 7th, this knocked mom out for a couple days...she still feels sad when she thinks about it to much, luckily she hasn't had much time to think for awhile.
There was an outbreak of Coronavirus amongst a group of kittens that had just come in from fostering. For those who don't know, this is a nasty little parasite that causes dire-rear in kittens and young cats. Most adult cats can fight it off easily and hardly get sick at all but in kittens it makes dem sicky. Very sicky. Mom has spent the last couple weeks scrubbing litter pans and disinfecting da kitties condos at da shelter. There were 14 kittens that had to be isolated and cared for 24 hours a day...fluids, medisin and cleaning constantly. Since mom is one of the "available 24/7" emergency volunteers she was called in to action along with a bunch of other really nice beans who do the same stuff mom does. Dis is a story dat dad tolded da sister-in-law: Mom was washing litter pans (dad brawt dem a dozen extra so dey could just rotate clean for dirty) and after a few hours she got a really good rithum going...wash, rinse, rinse again, dry, stack, repeat and re-do da water every seventh pan (dis is what da vet sed to do). Another lady and man and dad scrubbed down condos (they are clear plexi cages with bars on da front dat all da kittens were seperated into to avoid cross contaminating and re-contaminating every one else) and der was two gerls der dat would hold and play wif da kittens while dis was going on...dey are 14 and 15 years old. Well, dis went on for two days and on da third day mom and dad were a little bit late and da other couple had already started cleaning and there was the man holding a kitten and the lady and the 14 year old cleaning cubes and da 15 year old scrubbing kitty litter pans. So mom told da gerl scrubbing pans she would take over and she could go hold kitties, but, da gerl sed "oh no, you go ahead, you've already been scrubbing pans for days and you need a break" mom almost cried. These are some really good kids, sisters, and she is really proud of dem. Any way, every two days dey would exchange jobs so dat no one got stuck doing da icky stuff alla time. So, after 9 days of 24 hour teams caring for sick kitties dey is all better. But mom is not, her allergies are going nuts, she can hardly breath and her eyes is swollen and puffy and goop keeps coming out of dem but she is still going to da Humane Society every day. Why, because dey shut down a puppy mill and alla da dogs is coming in now. You can read about it here... http://www.wihumane.org/news/default.aspx#ph
Also, a cat had kittens in da bushes next door...Germaine got them all along wif da mom and brawt them to her frend who fosters. We think da mom was dumped because she was pregnant, dis makes mom furry angry. First of all if you don't want your cat to get pregnant have her spayed. Second, if you din't haf her spayed and she gets pregnant do not dump her on someone else...mom sed all kinds of bad words about deze beans dat did this and she sure hopes dey never get another pet, of any kind.
And Germaine is moving on July 25th, mom is really sad. First her best frend since childhood dies and now her best frend from being a grown up is moving...dad sez "you have other friends" but they all work and live farther away. Some even in other states!
Dad gave up on working at da shelter after 3 days. We tried to get him to do stuff around here but he is very lazy, even lazier den us cats. So, mom has not done anything around here for almost two weeks and it's starting to get dirty, smelly and very cramped. She doesn't have to go back to WHS because other beans is coming in. Yesterday, she spent a lot of time in bed mumbling about dying...yeah, maybe she should cover dem gray hairs she gots...oh, Zippy sed not dat kinda dying. Never mind. We will try to visit some tonight but mom hasta do some house work today. Der's about 30 loads of laundry and lots of dirty dishes, da kitchen floor is a buffet of drops, drips and splatters (mmmm bacon grease) and our "cafe ole" carpet is almost black wif kitty fur. Here is me, just hanging out yesterday... And here is some of da dirty pots and pans dat mom hasta wash today....der is more in da sink, on da counters and even dishes stacked in da dishwasher, which is broken.
Dis, however, is not what got mom all mad at dad and stuff...he's started smoking again! Yeah, it's horrible...she keeps telling him dat it is not only bad fur him it is bad fur her and really bad fur us! He did well fur da first two weeks, den fur awhile he only smoked in da kitchen right by da exhaust fan and den only in da kitchen and only in da office wif da fan in da window...now he's up to almost 3 packs a day and he's smoking all over! Da walls is all brown again and we were gonna do da cold box meme but mom took a piece of paper off of it dat has Germaine's new address on it so she could write it in da book and der was a big white spot and all around it was brown. Mom sez she is very disappointed wif him, but she also knows dat it is very hard to quit cigarettes...she did it 5 times afore it took. Well, we hafta go now and help mom wif all dis house work...See ya when we gets unburried.


jh an Mickey Mantle said...

wow ... dat wuzza lotta reedin fer me.
#1 i'm verree sorree abowt yer mom'z frend. mi mom lost a long time frend wen she wuz in her 30z ... too young to go.
#2 yer mom werkz verree hard to take care uv all doze strayz ...an u ... an da howse. she'zza good woman.
#3 yer dad MUST stop smokin ... i know dat'z hard ... but he must!
pleez keep me informed uv hiz progress.

Lux said...

Oh, I just want to give your mom a hug. She's been going through so much lately.

Hugs & purrs ...

Astrid, Kashim & Othello said...

sending big and extra special (((((((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))))) to your mom!
See? They are a little bit magical and can make you smile!

luv, Kashim & Othello

peee Esss we are furry sad for you mums loss, we know how it feels and are sending extra headbumpies!

Millie said...

Oh geez, what a rough time your mom is going through. She needs extra love and attention. I think I will teleport over and give her some snuggles. I am also sending an army of ((((((HUGS)))))) because I can tell she really needs them.

We hope things work out.

And your Dad really should quit smoking.

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Oh my dearest friends...your mommy is inside of a roller coaster it seems right now. I will keep you all in my very best thoughts for things to slow down and become peaceful.
Your mommy is an angel...doesn't she look good with wings?

Gandalf and Grayson said...

ohmygosh, that's a lot of stuff! You Mom is overwhelmed and needs a rest and some TLC. Make sure you purr on her every chance you get! Were sending some (((hugs))) and some special purrs.

Boy said...

Oh dear! That's a whole wot of things all happening at the same time! I'm puwwing for your Mom. She's an angel to do all those things for the kitties and the woofies.

The Meezers said...

oh my! fank you MrsSpeedy'sMom for being such an angel to sick kittens. that was really hard werk! Please don't knock yourself out cleaning up eifur - you needs to feel better. Mommy says that if you lets ALL the dishes get derty, and refuse to wash them yourself, then you has to go out to eat. Oh, and if your daddy gets hungry, eventually he will wash the dishes. it werked for our mommy (who almost wented nuts wif no dishes for a week).
About the smoking, your mom is right, sometimes it takes a few times to quit. Our grampie smoked or 40 years and quit in one day when he was told he hadded lung cancer. our grammie, well, it taked her 5 times too. And one time grammie tried to quit when HER mommy moved in wif her and efurryone MADE her start smoking again to deal wif the stress for a while, 'acuase they was ready to kill her. 2 monfs later she quit for good.

ZOOLATRY said...

The Kattonic Mom is an angel in disguise.
The Kattonic Dad, well we have personal experience and know how very, very hard it is to break that really bad habit (we haven't done it yet), but we wish you the best in trying.
The Kattonic Cats... you're all Number Ones in our book!
And this photo should scooch over to Doing The Q.

Kaze, Latte, & Chase said...

Oh we are very sorry that everything is so rough right now. I think you should make your Mom take some much needed time to herself to just relax and reflect. What a wonderful caring person she is!!! We're very sorry for her loss of her friend.


The Crew said...

Oh Speedy dear, why don't you all come over here today to relax...and bring that milk top, OK?


Cat-a-holic, Laila and Minchie said...

Oh, how awful for the mom! Our mom wishes she could come over and clean her house for her and let her chill out in bed. And she would make the dad do his puffin' outside so as not to give you and the mom the smokey lungs too. If you needs to get away from it all, we welcome you with open paws!

Laila and Minchie

DEBRA said...

We wishes we cood send yur Mom a maid to do all of her howze werk fur her so she woodn't hafta do anymoore cleanin and cookin...Speedy yur Mom has been a true blue kitty angel furr efurryfing she did furr dem kittens...and we feel relly bad furr her since she lost her best friend dat am furry hard. We will keep sayin our purrayers and send healing vibes headed her way...and yoo guys gootta gits yur Dad to stop dos smokin sticks. Dey is not gud furr no ones...we will keep gud foughts fur him too...

Gracie and Mom Debra

PB 'n J said...

We're sending big kitty hugs to your Mom for all her super work - we bet those kittens really appreciate all her work too!

Now Kattonic Mom, you just sit back and relax and rest up before you clean (Mommy would say just wait for Kattonic Dad to do it, but that never works in our house). You gotta recharge your batteries.

Kattonic Dad, it's hard to quite, but you gotta - it's bad for alla you! You can do it - we have faith in you!

Samantha and Mr. Tigger said...

Oh Speedy we are purraying hard for your mom! We are so sorry she lost her friend and that her best adult friend is moving! She is such an angel to help with all the sick kitties and the puppies from the mills! Maybe she should hire a maid service for the day to help with cleaning and TELL your dad that cigarettes are bad for him! Hi Zippy and Sadie! We have missed you all!
Your FL furiends,

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

your mom is so nice to help with all those sick kittens! our Lady wishes she could come over and help with all that housework, but you'd hafta put your dad outside cuz our Lady breaks out in hives if she's near anyone who's smoking.

Daisy said...

I am so sorry that your mom lost her friend, that is a very sad thing.

We wanted to thank her for all of her hard work taking care of the sick kitties. My Mommie only helps 3 mornings a week, and she knows what a big and exhausting job it is!

I hope your mom can take some time for herself to rest and relax and recharge.

The Furry Kids said...

(((hugs))) to your mom.

Sunny's Mommy said...

Big ((((hugs)))) for your Mom. What a very sad and busy time she's been having. I hope some things can improve for her shortly so she'll have less stress. Make sure to give her lots of loving cause I know that'll help her feel better.

Tara said...

Lots of hugs for your mom.

Tell your dad we are very worried about him. Our dad still smokes, even with all his lung problems. He is trying hard to quit, but smokes siting on the fire place hearth so the smoke goes up the chimney. If he doesn't quit soon, it won't be good for him. That is what your dad has to look forward to.


Evergreen loves Kilroy said...

Aw, your poor mom. We'd come over and clean your house for you, if we could. Lots of hugs for her.

Kellie The Orange Cat said...

Oh Speedy, that is a very cute picture of you : )

I am so glad there are people like your beans that go to shelters and help take care of kitties - it is such an important job! Give the beans a sandpapery kiss for me.

I am very sorry to hear that your Mum lost her friend.

Mickey said...

Wow!! Just Wow!!!! Your Mom has been super busy doing wonderful things for kitties !((HUGS))
WE are very sorry about her friend! ((( HUGS)))
Yoer Dad she at keep tryin' to quit until he gets it right!!!!!!!
We miss you & your Mom!!!!!
We'll be here when you're ready :)
Purrs Mickey

The Island Cats said...

Whew!!! We're tired just reading about everything your mom has been through in the past few days!!! She deserves a big hug!!!!

Wally, Ernie & Zoey

TT said...

Lotsa purrs and headbutts to your Mom. Whew, shes a busy bean lady.

snowforest said...

We understand how tuff it iz for your Mom right now ~ we hope the allergies subside and your Dad quits smoking ~ life can be furry hard at times..we iz sending you all our comforting purrs...

Cats said...

SnowForest's human here ~ I'd like to thank you for your comforting purrs following the recent loss of our dear Forest ~ we appreciate that a lot and hope things turn for the best in your household too..

Skittles, The Huntress said...

Whoa! You have a lot to handle right now.

Hugs, purrs, and prayers for you and all the cats,dogs, and yes, the smokestack too.

Skittles, The Huntress

Forty Paws said...

Well holy crappola. That is just way too much stuff going on in yur neck o' da woods. Way too much stuff. Itz very good that your Mom did all of that werk at the Humane Society and took care of all that cleaning. What a mess.

Yur Dad needz to go back to werk. Then maybe he'd quit smoking again. It is very bad that he is smoking inside the house. Maw uzed to smoke. Fur many yeers an noze itz furry hard to gif it up. Der is no way that she wood efer start up agin because itz WAY TOO HARD to quit.

Luf, Us

Victor Tabbycat said...

Speedy, yur mom needs sum fur an purr therapy - uh, minus da lergic kinda fur. An rest. She's done a mountain of werk fur alla dem sick kittens an she needs a brake. Maybe if you knock sum dirty pans onto da floor, yur dad will haf to clean it up himself? Mom would be furry frustrated.
Big Purrs to yur mom. Life gets ofurwhelmin sumtimes, don't it? Hugs, too!

Skeezy said...

I think we need to send Mr Tasty Face to come live with yoo for a wile. He duz almost all da howsewerk and he has never smoked or had bad habits. And he's vary vary nice to Rocky, so he'd probly be vary vary nice to Sadie too. And all da cats.

We're thinkin of yoo all, and purraying for yoo!!!!

kisses and hed buts,