Saturday, February 13, 2016


Hi everybody! Hope your weekend is going well.

I'm here with you with a heavy heart, in great sadness. My cat, Pooky-Blue, suddenly became ill last Sunday. After spending the night in ICU at the Animal Hospital, jaundiced with a high bilirubin count, our vet recommended I take him to a specialist in Cary, NC, about 2-1/2 hours away. Our thought was to get him there for a feeding tube, but by the time we arrived he was too sick for the surgery. Within hours, his organs were shutting down, and I had to make the horrible decision to put him down.

The final diagnosis was hepatic lipidosis. I want to stress something to all of you with cats: please look at their gums when they are not acting right! Nobody told me that, and by the time they did, his gums were white instead of red, a sign of serious illness. Pooky went downhill fast, but if I'd known to look for certain signs, I could've gotten him to the vet sooner.

All in all, I know I did my very best for this special cat in my life. He was my buddy--my companion. Crazy cat lady? Maybe, but he was like family to me.

Any pet owners out there know how devastating this can be. I am a very sensitive person, who wears her heart on her sleeve. (A cancer sign.) This past week, it's been hard to breathe, walk, talk at times.

This card today is what I put together for our vet, Dr. Peter Dugan, here in NC. He always did his best for Pooky-Blue, too, as well as his staff.

I dedicate this post to my buddy, Pooky-Blue. I'm so glad I had you in my life. Good night, my friend.

(This is NOT his final resting pose, btw. He was asleep beside me here, at home, long before he became ill.)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Blooming With Kindness

Hi everybody! How's your week coming along? It's a warm, windy day here in NC. We're about to get some harsh rain storms later today and this evening. It's a good time to stay inside and craft!

I saw this card on Pinterest and just had to CASE it. Unfortunately, I don't know who originated the design, but I think it's lovely. In the picture above, the card has a piece of West Virginia glass in front. Love those kisses!

I used an embossing folder for the bottom of the card, and die cut the top piece after stamping the pretty flower (from Stampin Up's Blooming With Kindness) 3 times in Dusty Rose from Gina K Designs. The sentiment is from the set and the ribbon is from Stephanie Barnard's Stamps of Life. I'm a member of the Stamps of Life Card Kit Club and get new ribbon every month. It's quite a collection, and I encourage you to check it out!

Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits very much, and I hope to see you again real soon ~