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 ( or The United Negro College Fund, 826 Willow Oaks Corporate Dr., Fairfax, VA 22031 (

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!


Andrea C. said...

I will be thinking about your cats and hope they are feeling better soon - it is sooo hard when pets are sick!
I had not read about Kate's husband and I am so deeply sorry. I will for sure by her book for myself (as planned) AND another to donate to the library. My thinking cap is on for other ways to help promote, but I will surely be spreading the news of the book word of mouth! We will make sure the entire cozy community is supporting and helping her in any way we can!!!

Mare F said...

Welcome back. I've missed you, but it was for a great reason so I'll get over it. LOL. You and the cats are in my thoughts, be well. I've already been touting the two book idea to several friends, although our local library may be overrun with copies of it.

Dru said...

Welcome back Leann!

I hope your cats feel better soon and they are in my thoughts.

I've already have my book on pre-order and will pick up extras on Tuesday.

Ritaestelle said...

Leann!! Welcome home! How wonderful that you got to spend all that time with your family!! I hope all the kitties are ok and a Happy Homecoming to Rosie! Ahhhh, home sweet home :D
Ritaestelle - another exhausted grandmother - you said it soooo well!! Lol

Heather Webber said...

I am so sorry to hear that your kitties are still at the vet. I hope they'll be home with you soon.

And enjoy that recliner. :)

Lover of Books said...

I am sorry to hear your kitties are not well either. I hope they feel better soon.

Yeah my two that are almost 1 and 6 drive me bonkers. Add in a 7 month old puppy, life is crazy!lol but lots of fun!


Laineshots said...

Welcome home! Grandkids are just awesome - and they can wear you out, can't they?

I do hope your kitties are soon fully healthy and stay that way.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks everyone. I am anxiously awaiting the chance to call the vet to see when I can pick up my babies. Meanwhile, the one kitty, Indigo, who stayed with the petsitter at home has been basking in attention and has not left my side.