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Comment by sk8eycat on January 8, 2013 at 12:02am

Oh, Steph!  I luvz taht kitteh...it's me all over!  My internal clock is all bass-ackward from the 12 days I spent with Mr. Duncan.  We watched TV ALL night, almost every night...mostly waiting for congress to get its sh*t together New Year's Eve.

So, now I'm still awake all night, and sleeping late when I have things I HAVE to do in the AM. 

I have to find a new MD...Dr. BadJokes, who has been my GP for 42 years (!!!), finally retired, with very little warning.  I feel like I've lost a member of my family.

I also have to find a vet for the cats...one who gives discounts to "seniors."  I came home to find a great lump on Hairy Jerry's jaw/neck.  He doesn't seem to feel any pain from it when I touch it, and he's eating normally, but still...  It must be looked at and dealt with.  He really does look like a kid with mumps on one side.  (I'm hoping it's "just" an abscessed tooth...not a tumor.  Yikes!)

I should have done something about both situations last week, but I'm a world-class procrastinator.  Just like that kitteh.

Comment by Steph S. on January 7, 2013 at 10:14pm

Booklover - I love your walk is over now lol.

Cute mouse Joan.

I am enjoying reading all the posts here. Thanks to all of you for sharing.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 7, 2013 at 10:12pm

Thanks for the Nat Geo pics, Joan.

It's been fascinating to follow the recent discussions on education and love. Both subjects leave me feeling very confused.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2013 at 8:36pm

Thanks Frank-Vicky Giannangelo

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2013 at 8:13pm

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” ~ Aristotle via Phil Rockstroh

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2013 at 7:04pm
Ruth, you are braver than I. Any thought of re-marriage puts me into a state of deep depression that is hard to climb out. Your second marriage works for you, and I assume, for him as well. Good job. A hat-tip to you both.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 7, 2013 at 6:53pm

The fox is my favorite, Joan. Thanks for sharing the NatGo pics.

Thanks for your heartfelt account, sk8eycat. I feel as if I know you better. I've often been in love, but I'm lucky to have found a lot of much nicer guys. And smart enough to give back the engagement rings of the first two prospects, when their true nature showed through. Never regretted those decisions. My second husband has been the real keeper.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2013 at 6:45pm
Comment by sk8eycat on January 7, 2013 at 6:35pm

Back to the discussion about love and hate, this is what one of my heroes, Robert A. Heinlein had to say about love (in several books): "Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own..."

I'm not sure if I've ever felt that emotion, except for my parents...particularly when they were having so many medical problems the last few years of their lives.  And for all the many cats I've lived with during my life, of course.  I don't think I was ever "in love" with anybody...at least all the men I thought I was in love with turned out to be controlling rotters, and I ended up dumping each one.  Most of the men I care about deeply, and have for years, are gay.  They have been the best, most caring friends I've ever had. It didn't matter that I couldn't go to bed with them (well....some I did ... nice friendly cuddling). It's the mutual warmth and genuine affection that matters to me.

Obviously I've never had children, so I have no idea what that feels like.  I suppose my pets have been my "children," and I would seriously damage anyone who harmed any of them....or any so-called human who purposely harmed any animal.  (I've seen an ASPCA commercial many times in the last 3 weeks that made me cry so much I had to change the channel briefly...the "You Are So Beautiful..." one....with quick cuts of abandoned dogs and cats in cages.  Damn!  I'm crying right now, just thinking about it!)

Abandonment of children or pets ought to carry much more severe penalties than it does.

Okay.  Okay.  I do have abandonment "issues."  My dad "abandoned" me an my sister for 10 years...not by leaving home physically, but by escaping down the neck of a vodka bottle.....starting when I was 10 and my sister was 5.  There were times when I wanted to kill him, and it's a good thing we didn't have a gun in the house, or I might have taken a shot at him.  He wasn't violent or abusive in any way, he just wasn't "here."

Okay.  I'll shut up now.

OH!  I forgot!  I LOVE "This walk is over"!  I have never seen a dog do that before....just cats.  A LOT of cats.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2013 at 5:37pm
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2013/01/winners-of-the-national-...
"Viewers' Choice for Nature: Tender Moment - Everyday in Mara starts with something new and different and day ends with memorable experiences with spectacular photographs. I was very lucky to sight and photograph Malaika, the name of this female Cheetah, and her cub. She is well known for her habit of jumping on vehicles. She learned that from her mother Kike, and Kike from her mother Amber. Like her mother she is teaching lessons to her cub. This is a tender moment between Malaika and her cub. I was very lucky to capture that moment. (© Sanjeev Bhor/National Geographic Photo Contest)"
 

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