Adventures in Blogging

Apologies if my website and blogging have seemed a little haphazard lately. I walked away from blogging earlier in the year. Chase, our diabetic kitty got sick.

I don’t regret working from home during the covid panic because I got to spend his last few months here with him. If I had been at work, I wouldn’t have had that time with him. We had a really big scare with him where his blood sugar was down to 38. I had to rush him to the emergency vet. The next week we’d go to our regular vet and hear the awful words “there’s a mass”. We heard that just over a year ago with Ginger, then this year it happened with Chase.

I was so distraught after we said goodbye to him that I had no desire to write or post. I was deeply saddened to see that fellow bloggers had also lost pets while I was away. I have to give you all kudos. I don’t know how you kept positing. I just couldn’t do it.

Four months passed, and when I finally felt like I could post something again, it was to discover that everything was now under the dreaded block editor. My first post was a disaster. I worked hard on it, and I thought I had selected classic editor only to find that my post was an empty one. NO text anywhere to be seen. I think I re-did that post two or three times.

Then I decided I wanted a fresh start. I cleaned up my header and decided to go with a new theme and a logo only. Several posts in, I found out the (useless) theme I had chosen had no option for reader’s comments.

Another re-think and re-design this morning, and I now think I’m where I want to be. I edited my header to use an actual image of my husband’s truck. I also wanted to add my bass guitar since that is also a big part of who I am now.

This post is primarily a test post. I’m hoping it doesn’t come out blank, and I’m hoping this new theme includes a comments button. Please? (fingers crossed).

It’s good to be back.

Goodbye, Sweet Boy

I’ve been offline for a few weeks and probably will stay off for awhile more. It’s been a rough few months.

We lost Chase on Wednesday. He was just 12. He was an insulin dependent kitty with pancreatitis and diabetic neuropathy in his hind legs. This week we learned he had cancer after a couple of really rough weeks.

We went to the emergency vet with him on June 9th. His blood sugar was 34. It was supposed to be @ 100. He scared the daylights out of me. After an overnight stay, he came home meowing and eating. We were hopeful.

When he retreated to lying in his cat carrier before I had a chance to put it away, we let him stay there. He came out to eat and use the box. Within a few days, he was back to not eating again.

On the 17th, I took him in to our regular vet for a full day of blood sugar reads. He wouldn’t eat for her either so she did an ultrasound and found a mass either on his pancreas or intestines.

He wasn’t eating, and when he tried, he had diarrhea or threw up. Given his diabetes and his overall declining health, we chose to say goodbye and not let him suffer or prolong his pain.

He was a GREAT cat and we miss him so much. RIP, sweet Chase.