Jake and Bathsheba

A blog by two cats who used to live in the same house in Northern Virginia. Unfortunately, they are both no longer with us.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Flower Friday for Mom

Mom's been kinda down in the dumps lately and we thought that we'd better help cheer her up with flowers for Friday. Here is the Virginia State insect, the tiger swallowtail, extracting nectar from one of our butterfly bushes.
Mom had what she thought was a minor fender bender on Wednesday night. Unfortunately, it caused her car's radiator to crack so it leaks when the engine is running. This happened to her old beloved 91 Camry for which she had dropped all collision coverage. She has another old car, a Buick, that Grandpa (her dad) bought shortly before he died ten years ago. When she went to use that car, the battery was dead because she doesn't drive it very often. She knows she needs to buy a new car, but she hates the hassle, and no car out there really "grabs" her. She could get the Camry fixed, but she knows it's time to move on. She's a rather practical person and doesn't really want or need all the expensive bells and whistles that cars come with these days. And she's so disappointed in the gas mileage of most cars out there. Maybe she should go with a Prius, but even it comes with so many extras.

Then there's grandma. She's now under hospice care in a nursing home, and continues to deteriorate. It makes Mom sad.
Then there's the termites. When Dad took down his big picture over the mantel as he was preparing to move, they discovered termite damage. After getting some estimates from exterminators, Mom had the house treated for termites today. She's using the bait method. The technician told her to wait a month or two before she has the drywall and mantel repaired or replaced.
And, of course, she misses Dad as we do. She plans to visit him in California for a week starting August 13 so we won't get to blog then. She's worried about Grandma during that time, but the hospice nurse urged her to stick with her plans.

Back to Flower Friday, Mom tried to catch Mr. Swallowtail with his wings fully opened, but she could not get him to cooperate with her inexpensive camera.

Here's a native plant, cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) that Mom put in a pot for the deck. It had seeded itself outside the flower bed and Mom wanted to rescue it from the path of the lawnmower. This flower is a great nectar source for hummingbirds.

I did give Mom some good news today. I had blood work done at the vet's (I was a good boy unlike some sister who shall remain nameless), and my thyroid level is 4.0. "Normal" is 1.5 to 4.5. That means that my medication dosage (1/2 a pill with each meal) does not need to be increased. Hooray! More meds would probably make me lethargic.

I told Mom that if things go really bad, she can run and hide like I do. She replied that you can't hide from problems because they will still find you.


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At Saturday, August 04, 2007 12:16:00 AM, Blogger Lux said...

It sounds like your mom is going through a lot :::hugs:::
That's good about the exterminators coming; hopefully, those little buggers will vanish.

Best wishes for the right new car - and the flowers are really pretty!

At Saturday, August 04, 2007 12:19:00 AM, Blogger Skeezix the Cat said...

Yer ladey shood git a bloo masheen like the Food Lady has. Yoo can git it with bells and wissels or not. Two PTUs can fit in the bak and it gits 30mpg. The FL bot it sertifide pre-owned win it was almost 2 yeers old so the bad deepreshuayshun was over and it is under warrantey to 75,000 miles. Sinse she drives a millyun miles a week, she needed sumthing that was cumfterbul with good gas mile age and she sez it's a vary pawpuler modul for wimmin of a sertin age. I don't know whut that meens, I'm just reelaying the messije.

I hope yer ladey is happy agin soon!

At Saturday, August 04, 2007 12:56:00 AM, Anonymous Gemini and Cheysuli said...

Purrs to your mom. I hope that she starts feeling better.

Those lobelias are pretty.

At Saturday, August 04, 2007 2:33:00 AM, Blogger Rosie & Cheeto said...

Oh no, yoo both have got to get strate into purr and headbutt mode and make yer lady feel bettur.

It's gud of yer lady to eggspress how she is feeling. It sounds like she's going thru a lot rite now but has a grate foundashun of family to leen on and two grate furry fore legged friends (that's yoo two) to take care of hur.

And that's wondurful news abowt yer blud test, Jake. Yoove got a lot of jungle hunting to do and yoo cant be doped up and alurt at the same time!

At Saturday, August 04, 2007 2:50:00 AM, Blogger michico 小芥 said...

That is really really beautiful~!

I hope your momma is better a little bit, hope she could peace more.

You guys kiss your momma more, okie~!

* kiss from Adan & michico *

At Saturday, August 04, 2007 5:32:00 AM, Blogger Daisy said...

I like seeing the pretty flowers and butterfly in your garden. I hope that can cheer your mom up a little, because flowers are a happy thing. I am sad that your mom had a hard week. Jake, you and Bathsheba must be very very good to your mom and give her many cuddles and sandpaper kisses. You done good with your bloodwork!

At Saturday, August 04, 2007 1:48:00 PM, Blogger Karen Jo said...

I am so glad that your bloodwork came back good, Jake. I hope the pretty flowers and butterfly cheer up your Mom some. I am sorry that she is going through such a rough time right now. I know nothing at all about cars, so I can't help her there.

At Saturday, August 04, 2007 6:43:00 PM, Blogger Tara said...

Lots of purrs for your Mom. Sometimes life is pretty hard, but she has a good attitude that you can't run away from it. Life is better than the alternative!

Thanks for sharing the flowers and butterfly!

At Saturday, August 04, 2007 9:23:00 PM, Blogger Chairman Mao said...

Yay about your bloodwork! That's furry furry good news. And I'm so sorry your momma's been feelin' blue -- please tell her me and alla the Ballicai are sendin' her lots and lots of kitty headbonkies and big ol' rumbly purrs. And my momma sends big ol' hugs.

The flower pickshures sure are purr-etty! And thankies so much for your sweet words to Momma about the feral kitties. Your words meant so much to her. And yeah, we Ballicai are a hyoogue comfort -- hehe, she keeps pickin' us up and huggin' us and kissin' us, and we're stickin' close by her and givin' her lotsa purrs.

Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao!

At Sunday, August 05, 2007 9:36:00 PM, Blogger William said...

Jake, can you lick the blue off your mom? That might help a little.


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