Sunday, October 3, 2010

Too Tired to Think

by Leann

Being a grandma is hard work, I have discovered. With the state of my health--not the best--I "hit the wall" this past week after trying to do way too much. (But I enjoyed doing many of those things!) I have spent the last 3 out of 4 weeks in Seattle and finally arrived home Saturday evening. My recliner never felt so good! Little children absolutely need to be raised by YOUNG PEOPLE. :-)

Sorry to say, I only had one cat to come home to. Indigo is fine and happy, so that's good news. The other two cats, because of their health problems, boarded at the vet. Agatha is still on the blood sugar roller coaster and part of Archie's mystery illness is that in one of the very few times--and I mean VERY few--that he got outside, he contracted FIV, the cat equivalent of HIV. He was negative the last time he was checked, so I am sad and worried and now they are checking Agatha, too. But my cats do not fight with each other, ever--and bites and scratches are the most common means of transmission. I'm just hoping they didn't transfer it through saliva to each other. I will find out on Monday morning. At least we can pick up our dog Rosie this afternoon after four. That will make the house seem more like home.

While I was away, as most of you know, Kate's husband passed away suddenly. I still have such a heavy heart. To help with the publicity she cannot do, I bought two copies of her new release, Dirty Rotten Tendrils, and they should arrive soon. One for me and one for my library. But if you'd like to honor her husband's memory in a special way, he was a public defender and there are several charities he and Kate knew always need help: The Caring Place, 3107 Cascade Dr., Valparaiso, IN 46383, Habitat for Humanity, Porter County, P.O. Box 492, Valparaiso, IN, 46384-0492 (poortercountyhabitat.org) or The United Negro College Fund, 826 Willow Oaks Corporate Dr., Fairfax, VA 22031 (uncf.org)

If you have any ideas on how we can help Kate with her publicity, please share them. One thing I know for sure, word of mouth sells book. If you read something she has written and you liked it, spread the word!