Once again, I’m way behind. Perhaps I should have given up blogging for Lent after all. It’s been…well, it’s been Lent around here, that’s all I can say. Sorry I’m so far behind. Here’s a meme to make up for it.
1: Poor Penny!
We’ve had a trying week in the Fletcher home. Last Friday, our beloved cat, Penny Lane, went in for an appointment to check out a bruise on her belly and the vet found 2 tumors: 1 on one of her mammary glands and 1 in her armpit. Penny and I have been together for nearly 11 years, so I was crushed, to say the least. We set up an appointment to have the tumors removed Monday, and I proceeded to go home and bawl my eyes out….while Penny, Sylvia and I shared a Fish & More combo from Long John Silver’s.
Penny’s surgery went just fine, but she was miserable when she got home Monday afternoon! I couldn’t find our soft cone we bought when Sylvia chewed her stitches out, so I bought Penny a new one at PetCo. I have raved for years about the simple wonder that is the soft cone, so I didn’t mind paying $32 for an easy way to keep Penny from taking out her stitches. It wasn’t exactly like the one we had before, but I figured it was close enough.
2. The Cone of Shame
The cone I bought at PetCo was so darn complicated and downright HEAVY that I couldn’t get it on Penny without holding her down and hurting her. It didn’t take me long to give up on the new cone and start panicking. Visions of Penny Lane laying lifeless with her insides spilled out kept flying through my head and my chest started to tighten up.
Let me just take a moment to wonder why it is that anytime I worry these days, I go straight into flip-the-truck-out mode and turn into an asthmatic? Good grief!
So, anyway, I’m looking for the old cone again, even though we’ve scoured the house 3 times over, and I see my sewing machine cover in the closet.
Which makes me remember that my old sewing machine is still in my trunk, waiting to go to the thrift store. With its vinyl cover on it.
And here’s some sparkly pink princess fabric.
And a shoelace.
And these mad sewing skills of mine.
I know, I know! It’s so fabulous, you almost don’t notice the hideous wound where they scooped out a chunk of poor Penny’s belly!
But how does it compare to Sylvia’s cone?
You may not believe this, but they both scowled like that on their own. I didn’t have to provoke them in any way to get them to glare at me like that. Aside from, you know, putting the cone on.
I also want to note that PetCo refunded the full amount of the cone with the receipt and packaging. I was afraid there would be a fuss since, well, the cones are only used temporarily and I wasn’t able to take it back until a few days later, but there were no questions asked. So, thank you, PetCo!
3: You can’t go to the casino during Lent!
But I sure thought about it when the vet called me with the results of Penny’s biopsy! A mammary tumor in a cat is pretty much a death sentence. They are very rarely benign, and even if you remove all of the cancer, they don’t typically live very long. Against all odds, Penny’s biopsy came back benign! However, because that is so rare, they’re going to run it again on another piece of the tumor just to be sure. So far, though, it looks REALLY good!
4: Is the Pope Catholic?
Now that Penny Lane is on the mend, I can get back to watching all of the news from the Vatican whilst doing this number…
…while the media is incredibly confused as to why, with the conclave so near, we haven’t had a single televised debate. This is a fight for power, right?
Just kidding! I’ve been getting my papal news exclusively from….
5: Ray of SUNSHINE
Raymond Arroyo is my new favorite person. If you’re not getting your news from The World Over on EWTN, well, no wonder you’re disappointed. I’ve been catching up on my YouTube app on X-Box just every chance I get. Ray and crew are at the Vatican so that they can provide us with the very best coverage possible, and folks, that costs a little more money than usual. So, if you have a dollar or two to spare, maybe you could put EWTN between your gas and electric bill? It’s ever so nice to have news from a Catholic perspective, especially when it comes to the conclave!
Did you know that EWTN is provided 100% free of charge to cable companies? They operate exclusively on donations. Of course, that begs the question: why does my (former) cable company only include EWTN with their premium packages?
6: Giving Up
I’ve given up a fair few things for Lent. Adding additional meatless days to the week and going meatless for lunch hasn’t been too awful. I’ve messed up a few times, but made up for it for the most part. Avoiding alcohol and doing without my smartphone have been annoyances, but nothing that I’m having withdrawals from. I had considered having my nails removed (I keep them as perfectly manicured as I can) but decided not to. However, Scott was laid off this week (he’s an ironworker, it happens, we’re fine) and it just didn’t seem right to spend money on my nails right now, regardless of how bad they look. If we have some money left over, shouldn’t we be giving alms?
So, now we’re getting down to the things that matter. Alms-giving, prayer, fasting. Fasting from food–or the things that we gorge on. Such as TV, and I’m not talking about EWTN. I spend way too much time “relaxing” and watching my shows on Netflix. Giving up TV would mean so much more than giving up meat.
There’s only a few weeks of Lent left, but it’s not too late to get things right.
7: We Are Catholic
I saw this on Catholic Cravings the other day and thought it was worth sharing!
Have a great week and enjoy more quick takes at Conversion Diary!