Friday, October 10, 2008

Helping Out

I am back from helping my sister Stella., She had a back procedure to fix a vertebra that was cracking . This required ballooning it a little apart and putting bone cement in to fill in the crack. I am sure there is a lot of technical language to all this, but I do not know what it is, all I know it was a success and she is doing better, the pain she was experiencing is gone, she still has some backache but the doctor said it is because she was inactive for a time.

My sister now lives alone, about two years ago her husband had bypass surgery and a week later he had a heart attack, his name was John. Like most of us John did not take good care of himself, especially after he had his first attack in 1985, he still drank too much and his diet was not a healthy one, but thank goodness he had given up smoking. John was a good man but did not listen to his doctor or wife. He was out of the hospital a week, when rushed back, he had several attacks that put him on life support. The doctor told Stella that he was brain dead and probably paralyzed on one side, much decision was made and the children called from all over the country to come and make the decision to take life support away, John died the summer of 2006.

One benefit I had staying over to Stellas for two weeks was her cat had given birth two weeks ago to five kittens. Two were gray and white, two were black with some stripes and the runt was black and white, so I had two weeks to watch them grow.

My sister and her litter

By the time I went home they were trying to walk, not very steady though, it was fun to watch them waddle. The runt has a black goatee and Stella calls him Mr. Tee. The gray and white kitty has a dot above his right eye, the two black ones eyes were blue but at five weeks they are changing.

Mr. Tee and Spot

The black boys

Playing with toys

At five weeks they are like miniature cats and so full of energy, they run and jump on you and Stella has bought them many play toys and balls to run and catch. It did not take long for all the kittens to become litter trained, at first they tried to eat the litter but not now. Next week they will be taking their first trip to the vet, Stella will be glad to know what sex they are, she has a pretty good guess but wants to be sure. In three weeks she is going to try placing the kittens, that will be a sad time for her, I know she is attached to them all.

Mom cat

The mom cat belongs five houses down from Stella, but always hung around her house to be fed, but would not come to anyone. Jenna, Stellas granddaughter was visiting for two weeks with her mom and brother, she liked the cat and finally got her to come, that is when they discovered she was going to have kittens. The game began to try and get her to come in the house, but success was had, Stella kept her in even though mom was having none of it and tried to get out every chance she could, and did a lot of crying. This cat is like silk and no matter how much she eats is still thin, the reason my sister kept her is the man down the road has too many cats and there is kittens all over his yard. Her name is Meme and she loves to lay in the windows which there is a lot of, and the window sills are also large, I forgot to mention that Meme is black and white with a half black mustash.

Mom cat yearns to roam

I did enjoy my stay with my sister and she told me she was glad to have me help out. I was surprised that Stella was driving in a week and doing a lot for herself, but that is sis, does not really like to ask for help. I went over today and checked on her and the progress of the kittens and found everything is going well, and the kittens has went from roaming the whole house to be limited to the kitchen and laundry room, lots of room. I am glad they are litter trained, it is easier to manage them and they have started eating some foods and drinking milk.

25 comments:

Margaret Cloud said...

Thank you bloggers for coming by while I was gone and commenting on Doug's post.

Kathleen said...

Hi Margaret! Welcome home, and I'm glad to see you're posting again! I was wondering how things were going.

Kittens...aren't they sweet? I love them, but unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), my daughter has always been allergic to them. So, we rarely had a cat, except when someone dumped one. If not for her allergies, I might be a totally different person now - a cat person instead of a dog lady. And who knows where that might have taken me? :o)

Kathleen said...

Welcome home Margaret! Your sister is very lucky to have you to help her.

Kittens and cats bring so much joy, maybe she should adopt one of the kittens.

I fostered a stray mama cat and three kittens this summer. They were all placed two weeks ago tomorrow. I was so very happy to find them good homes. They were too cute!

Sweetie said...

It was so nice of you to help your sister. Sisters are very, very special. Cats are very intelligent animals. They are also comforting. Thanks for telling us about your visit.
Sweetie

An Enchanted Cottage said...

How lucky your sister is that you were able to go and help her out in her time of need. I'm glad to hear that she's doing so well. Oh, I would have enjoyed those little kittens just like you did!! Is there anything cuter than a kitten? Thanks for visiting me... I enjoyed visiting your blog!...Donna

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

You and your sister are lucky to have each other. I hope she's recovering nicely.

I am surprised you didn't take one of those kittens home with you. Maybe when they get a little older.....

Margaret Cloud said...

Thanks to Kathleen, Kathleen, Sweetie Pie, An Enchanted Cottage and Chesapeake Bay Woman, I like to hear from my blogger friends and I enjoy coming to your posts. I am off today to stay a couple days with sis. and the kittens.

Liz said...

I love sisters. I cant imagine my life without mine.. it's so wonderful the two of you are so close.

She's Gone Fishing said...

I could sit and watch kitties playin all day and never tire of em. I remember summers spent on my grandparents farm and chasin kittens and makin pets out of chickens was what we did to occupy ourselves. Thanks for sharing and glad to have ya back...your sister and you are lucky to have one another.
=^..^=

Redneck Girl said...

shoot ain't them felines fun. I got me a mess of em and they keeps the mickey mouse population down out here. Pickin ticks off em ain't much fun neither so my old man likes doin it..I just watch and crunch my pork rinds and sip a beer then if them ticks is big enough we throw em on a hook and take off to the pond...maybe catch a fish for supper?
I misses my sister alot and glad you got yourn's close by..Bless ya sugah for being good kin to her.

Ms.Tee said...

Thank you for visiting my blog.
I had to smile when I read that one of the cat's is nicknamed Mr. Tee. I love cats, too.
Have a great week. :)
Ms. Tee

Margaret Cloud said...

I appreciate you coming by Ms,Tee and Redneck Girl,She's Gone Fishing, and Liz. I like to visit your blogs, they are very interesting, and I will be back again.

Iron Needles said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Your sister is fortunate to have you!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Awww. You sound like a great sister! Kittens...amazing to watch them grow and their anttics....better than TV, eh?

Thanks for visiting and your nice comments!

ancient one said...

Hey Margaret,

I was just over at Mreddie's and I couldn't believe you didn't have fire ants... I thought you must live up north... LOL

I thought I had lost you. I had commented before about the bottle digging and knew you as old digger but not Margaret... Now I know!!

I'll be back around to visit...~ann

me ann my camera said...

Sounds like all is well. Your post was very enjoyable to read.
ann

randomthoughts said...

welcome back. It sounds that you and your sister are very close. I am pleased that her operation was a success - what a brave woman for even considering having surgery on her back - ouch! But then again, I have suffered fro terrible back pain in the past and I think I would have done almost anything to have it go away! Thanks for dropping by my place. You may have picked up that I have decided I had better loose some weight - I am (I confess) finding it a bit tough.

Take care.

Keep blogging.

Molly said...

How did you manage to come home without at least one of those kittens?? You must have lots of willpower as they are irresistible when they're little like that.....

Forty Paws said...

Oh! Baby kittens! We're glad that your sister is doing so much better.

Luf, Us

meggie said...

Hi Margaret, Sounds like the kittens are fun. I am glad your sister's back is better.
Thankyou for visiting me, & leaving a comment.

Judy said...

Thank you for your comment on my blog and for the invitation to visit you. I enjoyed reading about the kittens and am glad your sister is doing well. I also enjoyed your profile and finding out a little about you. Please drop by anytime. I love company!

Margaret Cloud said...

I want to thank all you blogger friends for stopping by and commenting. I really enjoy visiting your sites. My sister still has the kittens, they are seven weeks old tomorrow and we are trying to place them in homes, they are so cute, I will have my son put their pictures on this site soon and they will be of them, I don't have a camera yet.

Bill Donovan said...

Hi Margaret, thank you for commenting on my blog. You write very well, and it is nice to read something written by someone who is so thoughtful and articulate.

ancient one said...

Our neighbor's kitten thinks she's a goat... she comes over and runs with our baby goats.. when they lay down she lays with them... I tried to get a picture, but she was so white she blended right in with the babies...

Everycat said...

To take in a Mummy cat and look after her when she has kittens is such a wonderful thing to do. They are so beautiful. So lucky.

Whicky Wuudler

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