Our family spent Christmas together for the first time in some five years and it was wonderful. Our Korean daughter-in-law had her first experience of a Chamberlain Christmas happening. We bought an enormous turkey which took up the entire tiny oven, missed my large family size oven in Cape Town but we managed just fine. A blessed family time together with lots of sharing, fun and laughter and of course too much food to eat!
I have discovered over the years that there are people who just love dogs and others who adore cats. I fall into the second category and our four foundling kitties are a constant source of joy to me, hence the crazy decision to spend six months in France so that they would not have to spend time in quarantine. Their amazing ability to fly half way around the world in two small boxes surrounded by strangers and then settle into two new homes has been a test of their resilience. Sadly the health of our old kittie Sasha deteriorated quite dramatically over the holidays and we had to take him to the veterinary hospital on Sunday. He was extremely dehydrated and has spent the past few days on a drip with kidney failure. Several blood tests have shown a very slight improvement. However he is not eating and we will only know by Thursday whether he will recover. Apparently it is a cat's natural instinct to hide their ailments and we had planned a vet's visit this week as we were concerned that he was so thin 'tho still eating well. Sasha is the eldest of our four kitties at fourteen. He was found in a storm water drain as a tiny kitten when Austin was at Cape Town University and has been a special part of our family every since. His favourite place to sleep was on top of a cupboard under the window in our workroom in Cape Town and he has taken to sleeping on the window sill in our latest workroom here in Bury. We possibly will have to make a difficult but perhaps necessary decision later this week.
Wishing you all a special New Year celebration and exciting 2010.
I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through. ~Jules Verne