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I'm even being doughnut-gal!!! (See icon)

Anyway, I know I've been missing from active LJ participation for many, many months. I've not posted a thing that wasn't a meme, a few and far between chapter, or most recently my little dragon obsession. I'm gonna try and change that.

Life is, as always, insane. If I can work up the nerve, eventually I'll grouse about it here, but in the mean time, I've family photos to share with y'all.


Meet: Chloe


Chloe was a one month old Tuxedo kitten found in the park across the street from where I live by my elder's friend, Nikki, last October. Since she had 4 cats of her own, I got to foster Chloe until she was given a clean bill of health from the vet.

Unfortunately, it turned out that Chloe must have picked up or eaten a fly, which in turn, laid an egg in her upper gums, and had to have a living maggot removed. Blech.

A little dropper force-feeding and we thought we'd be in the clear. Oh no, of course not. Poor little gal was diagnosed with feline leukemia, and we spent the next month in and out of the vet's office, until finally the kindest things we could do was have her put to sleep. Further details are unnecessary. Needless to say, I have her picture on my dresser in a place of honor. *sniffs* Rest in Peace, Chloe. Your life may have been short, but you touched many people.



Meet: Tigger and Minx




It seems as if little Chloe softened the heart of my elder, and on April 26th, he surprised me by bringing home two of the most adorable 9 week old kitties! HIS! he declared. MINE! I silently vowed. And guess who cares for them all day, and does their litter and feeds them, and medicates them when they're sick, and so on and so forth? Me, of course, as it was in the beginning with Ringo and Juliet, it is now, 16 years later with Tigger and Minx.

They've helped to lower my blood pressure, and keep what little sanity I possess. One of the few spots of pure sunshine in my life these days. And yes, they are constantly cuddled up to one another, unless they're fighting over who gets what catnip filled toy. **grins**



Melissa and the Grandbabies


Avery, 9 1/2 yrs ~~~~~*~~~~~*~~~~~ Kayla, 4 yrs ~~~~~*~~~~~*~~~~~ Stephen, 7 yrs


These guys are my pride and joy. And growing up so fast, too. This photoshoot was one of the more inventive I've ever seen for school photos. Way less boring than what most of us sat through as kidlets. I found the results impressive.

I give Melissa a lot of credit as a mama... her kids haven't had it easy over the past year or so, yet they've all come through with flying colors. Heart issues, broken bones, brain surgery... I have a lot to be thankful for in regards to my extended family.

~~*~~


Well, there you have it - whilst the post isn't exactly about me, it is about me. I really needed to break the ice that had formed around my journal, and we'll see if I can get a more life-issues post up in the next few days.

Been here skulking in silence, but reading and enjoying all fic and personal posts. And dragons! Let's not forget about my new obsession.

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liliaeth
Oct. 10th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
aww, the kids are adorable, both those of the feline and the human variety.
spikes_heart
Oct. 10th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks you, pussycat. See? Wasn't about dragons. Mostly.
thehighwaywoman
Oct. 10th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
*great big ginormous hugs* What beautiful kitties, all of that, and such lovely grandchildren!
spikes_heart
Oct. 10th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks, me lovely. And an extra donut of your choice coming your way.
petzipellepingo
Oct. 10th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
Aww, poor Chloe. But everyone else is doing well and looking terrific - both feline and human.
spikes_heart
Oct. 10th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
I keep reminding myself that Chloe was loved and coddled for the month or so we had her... which is more than she was fated for. It gets me through. **hugs**

(just a little early for the icon, bu I love it!)

Edited at 2008-10-10 11:11 pm (UTC)
tabaqui
Oct. 10th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
Awwwww!
Lovely photos all around. Delightful family. And yeah, those are some neat school pics.
:)
spikes_heart
Oct. 10th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Tab! Good to see ya. **huggles**
sammywol
Oct. 10th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
Excellent photos! My school photo from Middle School was spectacular but I have got rid of all my copies.

Poor kitty! Poor, poor kitty!

Helps you crack the ice round the LJ. If you fancy another LJ obsession you could swan over the_book_game as I'm running the next game and our first book is Cherry-Garrard's memoir about Antarctica and there's lots of ice, lots!
spikes_heart
Oct. 10th, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
**cracks** Will check it out, sweetie. **smooches**
desdemonaspace
Oct. 11th, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)
I'm so glad to see you post. I worry about you, I do. Glad to see you open up and share. I'm a fellow cat person, and I sympathize about Chloe, but say "YAY" about the new kitties.

Melissa doesn't look old enough to be mother to those three. You have a good-looking family.
spikes_heart
Oct. 11th, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
Thanks for your kind words, hon. I know you always gamble when you take in a feral kitty, and this time we lost. Won't ever give up on having furry children, however... they bring too much into our lives.

As for Melissa... she'll turn 30 in January. Sorta shocking to me, too!
tgray
Oct. 11th, 2008 01:08 am (UTC)
Absolutely adorable! The kitties AND the family! It's so great to see a real live post from you!
spikes_heart
Oct. 11th, 2008 01:28 am (UTC)
Thank you, my darling T! Nice to know you're still looking out for me and mine. The kids keep growing like wacky weeds, and make me smile every time I see 'em (So much better to be in the next building than hidden away in Vermont).
denny_dc
Oct. 11th, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
Incredibly adorable photos!!!! And so good to hear from you!
spikes_heart
Oct. 11th, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)
Thanks, hon. The feeling is mutual.
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spikes_heart
Oct. 11th, 2008 05:25 am (UTC)
The sharing is my pleasure, believe me. **hugs**
kaydee23
Oct. 11th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
Your family and the kitties are adorable. Your grandchildren love the camera and the camera loves them!!!
spikes_heart
Oct. 11th, 2008 05:26 am (UTC)
Thank you - they are truly little hams in the making.
fishsanwitt
Oct. 11th, 2008 06:33 am (UTC)
::hugs:: Beautiful pictures :)
spikes_heart
Oct. 11th, 2008 06:37 am (UTC)
Thanks, pet. *hugs you back*
sufie58
Oct. 11th, 2008 10:26 am (UTC)
Great photos. The kittens look adorable all cuddled up together. The family photos are great too - can't believe they're school photos - really relaxed poses - just lovely! Thank you for sharing.
spikes_heart
Oct. 11th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
It just warms my heart when I see them like that. Minx and Tigger will be 8 months old tomorrow. As for the grandbabies... there are no words. Love 'em all. Thanks for your sweet words.
shapinglight
Oct. 11th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
What lovely kids- and cats. And it's great to see you posting.
spikes_heart
Oct. 11th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks, darlin' Deb. Am doing me best not to go under. **huggles** (now... get Spike out of that jam you left him in, please? And I wonder, how easily do dead spleens shred?).
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kitmarlowescot2
Oct. 11th, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about the bad year for your grandkids and losing poor Chloe. This has been a heck of a year for us too. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, but is doing well after her mastectomy. And she doesn't have to do radiation. So knock on wood we are on the mend.
Tigger is a pretty spotted tabby cat, and Minx is a just an adorable color point short haired. She will probably get darker as she ages. Is she pretty talkative ? I know I have always loved siamese mixes, even though they can be quite insane.
spikes_heart
Oct. 11th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
I'm keeping my fingers crossed for your mom. Minx is a little chatterbox, and she gets into all the cabinets, the sinks, the stove, etc. That piccie was taken when she was a couple of months old - she is, indeed, darker already and I'll post new pics as soon as I upload 'em.

Tigger talks, as well - I wonder if the mother was Siamese and he just hides it better.
cordykitten
Oct. 11th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
Sad story about Chloe. May she rest in peace.
Your tigger looks like mine (the first photo) but when he was just a little kitten.
They are both soooooooooo cute :))
As are your kids there; yes, the photos are special. Not so 'boring normal' like the ones we had made.

Glad to hear you're good.
spikes_heart
Oct. 11th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your kind words about Chloe. As for Tigger, he was only a couple of months old here... he's changed a bit since then, but no less adorable. I'll get new pics of him and Minx up soon, though.

School photos used to look like they were taken with a cookie cutter. This is much better.
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