I got through the down time I was having a few weeks ago. Seeing my husband that weekend and getting my meds sorted out helped a lot. Still having some ups and downs - cried over a dropped baked potato last night (was my dinner and didn't have another one to bake). Been under a lot of stress as I've mentioned before.
An update on the Siamese kitty I was concerned about - she showed up the other night, as she likes to do when my kitty is by the back door, and had a flea collar on. I feel so much better that someone is looking after her.
I've become foster mom to two 6mo old kittens from our neighborhood. They've been hanging out in my neighbor's yard and came to my yard to eat food I'd left out for the Siamese. They are both unneutered girls from the same litter. The only ways you can tell that, though, the similarity in their faces and that they are both gray. Luna is the 8 pound dominant female (below). Ruby is a petite 5 pounds and has no tail (manx-ish; top). My husband wants to keep Luna so I need to find a home for Ruby. All of the shelters in our area are not accepting any more cats. They are completely full and have even more cats in foster care. So sad!
It's going to be hard for me to split the girls up but we already have a lovely older kitty (8yo) Aubrie and she is completely overwhelmed by the terrible twosome. Sigh.
I've taken the girls to the vet for check ups and they are both healthy, thankfully. I think Luna will be going into heat soon so I need to get her fixed. Ruby seems to be underdeveloped socially so I'm working with her to hopefully bring her up to speed. They are both litter trained, which is nice. Oddly, or coincidentally, or unfortunately(?), there is a very friendly male cat in the neighborhood who lives across the street from the street's mailbox and has a striking resemblance to my kitties. He likes to follow me home and get lots of scratches (he drools though - blech). His meow is also high-pitched and soft like Ruby's. My guess is he got someone else's cat pregnant. The girls are not feral but they are WILD around the house like the crazy kittens they are. They are a lot to handle and it seems someone was not interested in doing so. Now that they've been treated for fleas and have regular food, water, and shelter, they seem quite happy.
I am most concerned for Aubrie, who is regularly terrorized by one or the other of the kittens. Ruby likes to block Aubrie's way through any door or hallway, and Luna loves to bat at Aubrie's tail when she is eating (I figure Luna is used to Ruby's lack of tail!). I've kept Aubrie in my room at night so we have some peace. I am also experimenting with keeping the kittens in a room together so Aubrie can freely roam the house again (good plan so far). I'm just waiting for Luna to open the door though - the doors are handles not knobs, and Luna jumps up and pulls down on the handle to open the door. We'll see when I get back home! Yikes!
It's been an interesting journey with cats lately. I've wanted to be a foster mom, just didn't expect it to be for kitties! Well, they do keep me distracted from the loneliness at home without my husband. A project of sorts.
Not much to report re: EDS. My fingers hurt from the change in weather and my neck hurts when I wake up. I got a new nightguard for my teeth/jaw. I'm still adjusting but I think it will help save my jaw from further deterioration (not good on one side). I guess the thing that bothers me most is my mood and a lot of that has to do with my current circumstances.
I am really looking forward to meeting Niki and Nicole in Seattle. I think there is a lot of potential for friendships that might make the transition away from CA a bit easier. Just a few more weeks (~6?)!
Thanks for all your warm thoughts and I want you to know they've helped. Hugs to my 'interesting people'!