Sunday, November 9, 2014

Like the Old Days ... Except I'm Old Now

by Leann

I am lucky to be visiting with my daughter this weekend. She has two cats that require a nurse ... and with all of Marlowe's troubles and my diabetic cat before
him, and all the sick and injured children I took care of in my first career ... well, I have been recruited.

My son-in-law has been touring in Europe with live shows of the very successful podcast he has created with Joseph Fink, Welcome to Night Vale. But the tour ends
today and my daughter is flying to Dublin to take a two week vacation with her guy, so I get to watch the grandkitties! Yay!! Four cats for two weeks? I love it. And 3 out of 4 are on medicine.

But since she was here for two days before heading off to Ireland, we did something we haven't done in a long time. We shopped. We used to shop together all the time from as early as I can remember. We always had lunch and just made a day of it when she lived at home and then when she would come home for college. Well I don't shop much anymore, mostly because it's pretty darn tiring.

At the very first store we went to, she found the shoes and bag she was looking for, but she is a child who takes after her father. She had to go to three more stores to see if there was a better deal or something that might appeal to her more. Of course we ended up back at the first store and on that last stop I stayed in the car. My back, my feet and my brain were all hurting by then. When did this happen? How did I get to be an old lady overnight??

It is disconcerting, my friends. But it is what it is. Now I have kitty antics to look forward to until Thanksgiving. Now THAT I can handle! And here is a pic of a
hallway standoff. No one is getting too close yet and Marlowe has turned out to be the biggest grump of a cat with all kinds of hissing and growling. It's great to hear him acting like so normal, because 99% I don't hear a peep out of him!

15 comments:

Lynda Turpin said...

I hear you about the shopping. I used to be able to hang in there much longer in the "old days", but now, shopping is a chore. I have even bought clothes without out trying them on, because I would rather risk having to return them than to have to spend the time trying them on at the store. Sigh.....

Very cool that you can kitty-sit so your daughter can take here trip. But I understand the dynamics of mixing kitty households. I have to keep my foster cats in my "cat room" because my cats will NOT tolerate other adult cats in their domain (especially Bella - who is my biggest grump). They will usually be OK with kittens (after putting them in their place with some growling). But I have only fostered 3 adult cats that have been welcomed into the "restricted area", and that was only because their personalities were so mellow and easy going.

I hope Marlowe gets used to the guest kitties.

Lori Cimino said...

I used to shop with my mom too, often just window shopping. We would go to the mall all day just meandering and talking AND with my baby or toddler in tow. It was more about being together than spending money. Now I cannot stand to wander around and just look. I am a go in get it and get out shopper. The only place that is different is a book store or a craft store. Even then I usually have a reason to go. Good luck with all the kitty care.

Leann Sweeney said...

There is more of a detente doing on today and one of the cats--don't know which one, ate everyone's food. (Two cats are on a special diets!) Don't know what's in store for me in the litter box department later!! :-)

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I hear you, Leann! My tolerance for shopping with others and even with myself is really diminished. You are not alone. My tolerance for grand-pets, on the other hand is increasing! Love this post about all the kitties and Nurse Leann.

Leann Sweeney said...

We are alike Lori! If you see it and you like it, buy it! I have a kitty sitting on my chest while I write this. That I can handle!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks MJ. It is strange how we are transformed, some in good ways and sometimes I would love to turn back the clock!

Grandma Cootie said...

I used to love to shop, with family, with friends, even during lunch hours at work. Cosmetic counter (fee bag w/purchase), book store of course, just wander through the mall. Now I can probably count on one hand the number of times I go to a mall in a year. Somehow the thrill is gone.

And the getting old part, oh yeah. We decided to join the gym, personal trainers, the whole works. Not the perfect answer I hoped for - first trainer no-showed too many times, second trainer wanted to put me on body builder diet (at my age, get real) and got mad at gym and quit, and I think I have a hairline fracture in my foot so off to doctor. Yikes, but I am the lucky one. Hubby having 3rd surgery in a year so sore foot I can live with.

No visiting pets, just the pampered Pug here, and never had cats so enjoy hearing about their antics. Enjoy the visit!

Leann Sweeney said...

No trainers and gyms for me! I agree, acquiring "things" is just not as fun as it used to be! But the cats and the dog? Fun. And I'll bet your pampered pug is adorable!! :-)

Anonymous said...

I'm right there with you, Leann! Looking forward to hearing more about your "adventures".

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Patricia. It's already been VERY interesting around here with 4 cats. I call it grist for the cat mystery mill!

Leann Sweeney said...

I know!! How did this happen overnight? And I am so sorry about Marmalade. I know you miss her.

bettyann said...

You are a saint..can't imagine 4 cats. The one cat we have,must have dementia as she seems to think the whole house is her litter box. She is on meds ..stool softeners..yikes. Yes I am old now ..never really like shopping but went to be with friends. Now blah..just what is necessary, that reminds me, must go underwear shopping lol. Have fun.

Leann Sweeney said...

Not a saint and I might be a sinner before their stay is over!! LOL Underwear shopping? What fun! (not).

mary kennedy said...

Giving meds to a cat is such a challenge! We have one elderly cat that we have to wrap in a towel. Never easy--I feel exhausted afterwards! Hugs and good luck with the kitties!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Mary. Marlowe and Simone will be easy but the challenge is coming tonight with my daughter's other cat. She will probably fight me. Not fun!