And the third shoe drops.


Today my last living link, so to speak, to my daddy’s family passed away. My Uncle Dan, a bright and talented man who once worked with the Mercury Aerospace Program,  was Daddy’s baby brother. A skilled woodworker, he could whistle a happy tune more melodiously than any person I knew. Uncle Dan lived a very long and fruitful life; he will be much missed by those who knew him along with his widow, three children and extended family.  RIP, you lovely man.

With the passing of Thumper Cat, this makes two losses in my family over the last week. I sincerely hope my face-plant was the second of the “Things Come in Threes” pattern. I haven’t mentioned this before now, but our last remaining cat, Callie, hasn’t been doing very well, either. Fleas have been her foe in a terrible way this year–yes, even though she is an indoor cat, they’ve made their way in–and between the heat and those bugs, she simply hasn’t looked or behaved like herself of late.


A photo edit I did of me and Thumper a few months ago. BeFunky_Gouache_1callieprofileCallie Cat in better days. My photo edit.

Today, we received a new medicine for her, a flea pill which is supposed to kill fleas within 30 minutes. Happy to say it works really well (we’ve been using tape to pick up all the dead ones from the bed). I swear, she is already feeling better. She was napping and dreaming between us and she’s talking a lot again (Callie is normally a very chatty kitty).  She can take this pill once every 24 hours. We plan to give this to her for two or three days and then give her more of the topical treatment.

She’s getting the best food we can afford and lots of attention. Just can’t bear the thought of losing another family member at this point.  I know she’s not a person, but Callie is one of my furry children, and I can only take so much these days.

I will try to put together a post on my thoughts re the latest blog tomorrow. I haven’t been all that motivated, so I ended up watching TV with Benny tonight and old movies earlier. Another day in which I haven’t accomplished a lot.

Still, tomorrow is another day, right?

Bless you all.

About fedoralady

I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

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  1. My condolences to you Angie and big BIG hugs. Wish they could be real but I hope you sense them anyway. It’s sad to lose loved ones whether they be in the two of four legged variety (or even three legged is some cases)

    • Thanks, Teuchter. Hugs backatcha, my friend. I have been battling the blues ever since the day Thumper died and it just hasn’t quite let up yet. It will get better, but I wanted y’all to know what was going on in case I didn’t seem myself or didn’t get much posted. Oh, and Happy Canada Day, too.

      • Bless you my dear! I hope you will feel comforted knowing that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many at this sad time.

  2. Angie, I am sorry to hear about your uncle. You have really had it hard , take care and I will be thinking and praying for you.

  3. Oh sweetie, I am so very sorry. What a rough week it has been for you and yours. I am wishing peace for you and your loving family.

  4. Angie, you are having such a tough time at the moment and I’m so sorry – wish I could do something to help. Why is it that the loveliest people have all the rotten luck?

    Pleased to hear that Callie is perking up, though.

  5. I, too, hope that this is the end of your three-cluster. So much loss, so much pain, when is enough already? My thoughts are with you, wishing you comfort, healing, and solace. I’m glad to hear that Callie is doing better. May she continue to improve.

  6. It’s hard to understand why people are taken from us, but I hope you find comfort in knowing you were a part of a special man’s well-lived life. I am heartily sorry, and send you positive energy. Hugs to you guys and a scratch right behind the left ear for Callie. xoxoxo

  7. I’m sorry as well. Fleas have gotten Buddy, too. He’s never been outside, either. His left side of his face was swollen last week. The vet gave him meds but his ear is still red and hot to touch. Hoping that it goes away without another visit to the vet. Give Callie a big hug from us!

    • Once, when it got that bad, I put my cat in his carrier after I gave him his meds, and took him out to the air-conditioned car. I set off flea bombs (the kind you get from the vet) in the house. Then I took my cat with me as I did my errands, including into the office of the local Congressman. All of the bedding and the clothes went into the wash or to the dry cleaners. I aired the house thoroughly before we went back inside. I combed my poor boy onto old towels that I then put through the hot wash with bleach. We beat the bastards, but that was a rough time.

      • Good Gracious, Leigh! That’s terrible. The fleas are gone, thank Goodness. The doctor thinks in might have been a mosquito or a bee, because the bite on his ear was large. I think it was a combination of fleas and this other bite. He’s being a real trouper though! He opens his mouth and swallows that nasty medicine! (Then he gets his delicious treat afterwards! He’s no dummy!)

  8. Wonderful news about Callie’s improvement. I’m going to try calling Danny later today. Will let you know if I get any new info re arrangements.

  9. I hope Callie continues to get better… so, so, so sorry about your uncle and about sweet Thumper. What a rough summer for you so far… I’m definitely sending you love and hugs, and you’re in my prayers big time. xoxoxoxoxo

  10. I am so sorry about your uncle–having hardly any family left at all myself, I know how that feels. Am so happy that the flea pills are working for Callie–I had a kitty a few years back who was actually allergic to fleas and that was a nightmare; can’t even begin to tell you. Sounds like she is on the mend, though. Here’s hoping you have a little peace and quiet for a while, at least.

    • Steph–Angie
      Hope Callie’s on the mend. We had a cat that was allergic to fleas and flea medicine, and a dog who was allergic to the cats. We had to give him a shot every week. It was a fun house and you know what, we loved them all. The cat lived to be 21 and the dog (a lab) 13. Long time for a lab, especially one with medical issues. I want to come back as one of MY pets. Right now we have a 2 15 year old cats and a 25 year parrot, plus the 4 year old pup. The parrot will out last us. Unfortunately he’s mentally deficient. Had a head injury as a baby. He talks but not as much as a normal Africian Grey.

      • I had two different cats who both made to 18–and all of our cats now are in the 12-13 range and seem to be very healthy for the most part.The hardest was one I lost at 10–had some dental surgery and his body did not get rid of all of the anesthesia. One of the greatest cats I ever had over the course of my life and I still miss him every day–he was the original Murphy.

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