So last Thursday was a really good day. I got up to start my morning meditation when all of a sudden I could feel Monsoon’s little spirit in the room with me. Abby could sense her too. Later on in the morning while putting on my makeup I thought I felt what felt like a little nose pressed up against my ankle. All day long I felt a tremendous amount of peace. On the way to work I had received a call from Marshall Ferret Farms in New York. I was doing some research on them to see if their reputation had improved since the mid-90s. I found a Wikipedia site that stated that kits that were sold to Petco’s and were not sold by a certain date were then sold back to Marshalls and euthanized. Yeah, I was in shock. I immediately wrote to Marshall Farms and Thursday morning I received a phone call from a woman named Cindy who stated that there “was no way on God’s green earth that would ever happen.” That was a relief and it just goes to prove that you can’t believe everything you read online.
Bettina’s seeds arrived in the mail on Thursday, too. I’m looking forward to planting them this weekend. That was a nice surprise (and thanks again, B!). My Mom also surprised me with a ticket to Ohio to visit my sister and her family. We had all planned on meeting there for a long weekend. It will be so nice to get away.
Friday night we finally picked up the kitchen table that has been on lay-away for months. Hubby and I brought it into the house, which was no easy task! The thing had to weigh over 100 lbs (I think). It’s solid walnut. It took a few hours to put together but its nice to go into the kitchen and see that instead of the outdoor set we had been using for a while.
Saturday evening we had friends over for homemade tacos and sangria which meant Saturday we spent all day cleaning. Every single room in the house, plus the yard, got a scrub down. We should really have friends over more often. 😉 I think everyone enjoyed themselves. Yesterday hubby and I made flautas out of the leftover taco fixings. We of course had red velvet cupcakes for dessert.
I felt like a kid who had eaten too much cake after eating only one. They are topped with the creamiest of cream cheese frosting and then coated with red sugar crystals that turned my finger tips red. They were quite divine! A few of these went home with friends to be given to their kiddos. We still have a few in the fridge that I’ll be bringing in for my boss’s kids.
Something has definitely been up with Abby. I really didn’t know how she would react to losing her buddy, Monsoon. In all honesty I didn’t really think much about it. It’s hit me though the past couple of days that she is mourning. She’s been carrying that rawhide bone around for almost 2 weeks now. I woke up really late at night late last week because she had barked. It wasn’t the normal bark I hear from her. As a dog owner, and I’m sure most could attest to this, you learn what your dog wants by her bark. She has a separate bark for when someone is outside. She has a bark for when she wants to be let out, etc… This wasn’t like that. I opened my eyes and she was pacing around the furniture, the bone in her mouth. Definitely not like her. I saw her looking for Monsoon last night and it broke my heart. Today when I left for work she was trying desperately to leave the house with me. I grabbed her by the collar and she pulled so hard to get away from me that I thought she may even try to snap at me. Very odd.
On a lighter note, I’ve been in touch with a ferret shelter in the Tucson area. I’m meeting with a lady from the shelter and she is going to present 2 little ones to me named Smokey and Gloria. I’m going to see which one picks me out. It will be hard to not take them both but I know if I did then the three of us would all be staying in the shelter. I convinced hubby that this was the right thing to do. He’s not happy about it. I believe his final words were, ‘fine, do what you want.’ I think he’ll come around. Saturday morning I’ll drive down. It will be so nice to have a little one around the house again. I hope it will make Abby happy, too. I’m still mourning Monsoon but it’s getting better. Sometimes a memory will come to me and I’ll find myself in tears again. I don’t think the new little one will replace her but it will be so wonderful to have another little creature around to enjoy.
This morning I got the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed. I didn’t feel any relief. Truth be told, I didn’t really feel anything but indifference. In some ways I suppose it could be closure for that horrible day if I felt something. I did pray on it during my morning meditation. Not for forgiveness which is what would be the right thing to do some would say, but more that God’s will be done. The end.
A friend of my step-dad’s was killed last week in Afghanistan. This was a 34 year old man from Massachusetts who had a wife and two kids. My step-dad has known this man his whole life. He was in the air force. He was shot point-blank in the head by an Afghan man. The Taliban claimed responsibility although the shooters brother denied any involvement. I read about it later on CNN.
The who-hates-who and who-has-done-who-wrong is just getting plain old. It doesn’t matter where we live or what our beliefs are. We can all be a bit kinder to everyone that crosses our path. No excuses.