Happy 4th to all who celebrate it and a Happy Friday to all!

This is being the prettiest 4th I can remember, thanks to Hurricane Arthur being good to my area and giving us breezes that have chased out the sweltering humidity of the past week.

I got out to the lake for a beautiful morning walk. Every couple of weeks there is a different assortment of wildflowers beginning to bloom in this spot.

A little skink peeking out from his bunker in a fallen log. He is around 50 yards from the spot where they are going to be setting off the town fireworks so I hope he will be safe, and I hope his bunker makes him feel safe during the booms.

Saki says, "Have a Happy 4th of July!"

I hope you all get to roll around in one of your favorite perches today, too, my dear flisties. <3
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From: [personal profile] spiralsheep

Ooo... look at those lovely brightly coloured flowers in the sunshine! And the skink poking its head out of the Crack of Doom is WIN. Happy hols to you and your cat-people.

From: [identity profile] addie71.livejournal.com

Happy Fourth! What gorgeous flowers. The weather has been kind to us today, too. The first day of low humidity we've had in a while. It is most welcome!

*pets Saki*

From: [identity profile] lavendertook.livejournal.com

It's been hotter this week here, but at least as not as bad as the days before things cleared out for the 4th. And yay for my air conditioner working now without a hitch. I hope you had a good week!

*Saki purrs and tries to point

From: [identity profile] lavendertook.livejournal.com

I saw that skink sticking his head out of the crack of doom again a couple of days later. (-:

From: [identity profile] shirebound.livejournal.com

Love that skink, and your lake, and the gorgeous sky, and the peaceful kitty. I'm so glad you're having a nice holiday.

From: [identity profile] lavendertook.livejournal.com

I saw that skink sticking his head out of the crack of doom again a couple of days later. And that is no peaceful Saki--that is a high spirited Saki asking me to come play with her. :-D

From: [identity profile] ladysnaps.livejournal.com

it was a glorious day here and like where you are, one of the prettiest in years. perfect weather. i'm glad you and saki enjoyed the day. (((hugs)))

From: [identity profile] lavendertook.livejournal.com

We did. Glad you did too. The heat came back the rest of the week, but at least not quite as bad as the week before. *hugs you*

From: [identity profile] lavendertook.livejournal.com

Thank you! She just seems to get prettier as she gets older--hard to believe she's an old lady in her 80's--she acts younger than the other kitties half her age.

From: [identity profile] lavendertook.livejournal.com

I'm glad. Your Saki girl wants you to come play with her right now! *sends licks to Helo and Merlin*

From: [identity profile] mechtild.livejournal.com

Good heavens, what flowers! And a healed-foot Saki full of good cheer. I haven't been keeping up with LJ (no surprises there), but I saw you had a good mammo, very reassuring, had the pleasure of being able to walk better, PT completed, a few pounds shed, mostly good news. Did you ever get to the park to see the mountain laurels?

From: [identity profile] lavendertook.livejournal.com

It has been a beautiful spot and has attracted a flock of gold finches we saw cavorting there the other day. Isn't it wonderful to see Saki isn't showing a trace of her blue-footed period 2 months ago, my high spirited girl. (-: Yes, that mammo was such a weight off--I'm hoping it remains as closure for a really bad year and this past month has heralded the start of a new and better one. A and I did go to Calvert Cliffs State Park on Memorial Day weekend. There wasn't as spectacular a showing of the mountain laurels this year as some other years, but it was still lovely. I am very backlogged in sharing pics. How are things with you? I hope your mother is doing well.

From: [identity profile] mechtild.livejournal.com

Hi! Big weekend here with my spouse's family. My mother is diminishing, sadly. It was distressing to see her become disabled and housebound from her arthritis (she has steadfastly refused any of the surgical procedures that might have kept her mobile), but her personality changes from mental losses (and prolonged pain and social isolation) are more distressing. Before she was still "our mum" although miserable. Now she's still miserable but less like our old mum. I see more negative stuff every time I visit to take care of her. I hope she gets her wish and gets to die peacefully at home before she is forced to move to a facility she is sure to find frightening.

Give Saki a squeeze for me. She's stepping about smartly still, I hope. :)

From: [identity profile] lavendertook.livejournal.com

I'm so sorry for all that terrible heartbreak with your mom, especially having to watch when someone is so afraid of making changes, that they'll accept worse inevitable changes being thrust on them. It's quite a burden to deal with and frightening for you as much as her. *hugs*

Saki is doing well. We went to the vet this morning to get her blood draw to check her thyroid and renal values and get more meds. We're only doing it every 2 months now, instead of monthly because she has been so stable the past several months--it's a blessing. She did give me a fright in toppling her carrier out of the chair at the vet, while she was inside, while I was settling the bill, but I have so much padding in there she came through it fine. I just gave her your squeeze and she sends a lick and head rub back.

From: [identity profile] mechtild.livejournal.com

Ha ha! Sorry, I had to laugh at the idea of Saki going over in her padded carrier, like a Dwarf in a barrel. What a durable kitty!

Yes, it's sad about my mom, Lavender, but her story is not unusual among people in my age group who have very elderly parents, parents who often have some sort of dementia. There are so many aging sons and daughters out there trying to care for beloved parents who have become to wary of them, not sure they even know them, or even filled with animosity towards them. I have to be grateful that my mom still knows us, and, however irritable or angry she gets, still seems to love us and wants us with her. Someone I know is struggling with trying to care for a mom who thinks evil strangers are lurking outside, trying to look in the windows, waiting to get in if the door is open. Last month it was evil children outside the door, she thought, beside herself. She's even had spells where she fears her daughter, a daughter she has always loved with great fondness. It's all dementia related, formerly the warmest person, very social and extroverted, now confused, stressed and fearful.


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