I've been hiding

I know I am remiss at being a frequent blogger. I've said that before. I have been dealing with some personal things which have made me not want to put myself out there in black and white.

For those of you who know me, you know how much my kitties mean to me. In September, we learned that our male cat Domino has cancer. The decision to not pursue treatment has been the right one, I feel. He is still with us but looks like he is wasting away even though he eats probably 3 times what he used to on most days.

Three days before Christmas, my female, my baby cat Lacey, became afflicted with a blood clot to her spine, which paralyzed her from the waste down. The Dr. assured us she was in a great deal of pain and there was only a 5% chance of her surviving this. We made the decision to put her down. It was all said and done within an hour and a half. I had hoped that Lacey would be with us to get us through the pain of losing Domino, but that was not to be.

I have had a hard time with the loss, and through the busyness of my job, holidays and the seasonal depressive disorder which Michigan has been thrusting upon us with full arctic regalia - I simply have been hibernating. I haven't done any art in weeks.

I look forward to getting myself back on track. For those of you who are childless, such as myself, you know how attached we get to our pets. Even if you have kids, you may feel the same way as I do. Nonetheless, God is good and each day seems to be a little easier.

I'm waiting for one more week, when I have vacation. I usually clean my studio every January, and this one is no different. I have already started the activity and have made enough of a dent in it that I believe I will have some art time too! Look for my first feature in a Somerset Publication, The new Somerset Apprentice. They have said that some of my ATC's will be featured. It is set to be released on March 1.


Kelly Parker said...

Hi Lori,
i am sorry to hear of your loss...i hope things are looking up for you. glad you are back to blogging and i look forward to see your work in Somerset. Congratulations!! see you soon

LunaGraphica said...

Aww, I am so sorry about your kitties. My hasband and I have no kids, but a dog and cat we love dearly and who are LIKE kids to us. I can't imagine what you are going through. Hang in there. On the plus side, it's great about your Somerset feature. Congrats!