Tuesday, August 31, 2010
vamp till ready

I cannot seem to get my act together.....I think I am 'in recovery' along with Sweetie, who, by the way, is doing really really well...! I'm just not "with it", I'm afraid...So, I have nothing to offer here except a few words about The Emmy's....I enjoyed them very much. The show moved along really quickly and I was pretty happy with most of the "wins".....In particular, I was thrilled for Archie Panjabi who received an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress On A Drama Series, for her part in "THE GOOD WIFE"...I think she is an incredibly talented young woman who has a really fabulous career ahead of her....She is someone who holds your attention when she is on the screen. You cannot take your eyes off her because she is soooo very "present". A truly involved and arresting person.I was also thrilled that "THE PACIFIC" won for Outstanding Miniseries. In truth, there was only one other Nominee---"RETURN TO CRANFORD" which was wonderful. But, 'The Pacific' is a monumental piece of work....A ten part series that backed away from nothing. Beautifully rendered in every way....A very important document of that part of World War Two that has not been covered in such a dramatic way ever before. HBO, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks are to be commended for this excellent series.And I was very happy for "MAD MEN" winning, for the third time, Outstanding Drama Series....Truly well deserved. It IS the BEST show on television.....! It won the Outstanding Writing In A Drama Series Emmy, as well---and rightfully so. Happy that the Outstanding Movie Made For Television was "TEMPLE GRANDIN"...a great great story of triumph and done with so much Humanity....three of the actors won Awards, too, Claire Danes, David Strathairn and Julia Ormand, (Thanks for the correction "VV"). And the competition in this category was fierce this year...ALL the films were really spectacular. Happy, too that Al Pacino won for "YOU DON'T KNOW JACK"---a very fine film, too..... Pacino was, as always, superb, embodying the character of Jack Kevorkian in an important film about a very important subject....Bravo to HBO for this film, as well......I thought Jimmy Fallon was okay as the Host. The opening number was great fun, and started the show off in a really wonderful way....I think it is a very tough job and your kind of behind the eight-ball before you start.....He did well! Oh, Yes....and Edie Falco for "NURSE JACKIE"....Perfect! She is fantastic in this wonderful half-hour cable show and this was a well deserved 'win' in my opinion, too.....I know I am leaving out lots of stuff...But these were the Highlights, for me........

Well, that's all I've got, kids......Forgive me, please......




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Update: Tuesday Night 11:57....Sweetie had a little bit of a setback today---hoping it is temporary and caused by a change in Meds.....We shall see....Tonight, we put him back on the one that we had stopped....Hoping Wednesday will be better, and that he will be back 'on track'.......


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Thursday, August 26, 2010
flower of hope

This is the Bromiliad I wrote about just when Sweetie went to the Hospital.....And I said I took it as a sign of hope. In the above picture this is the early stage of this great great beauty. It is perfection just as it is in this photo above...... And if it did nothing more than this.....this perfection would be more than enough to take your breath away.....But then, a few days pass, and this is what this flower looks like.....see below. It is almost unbelievable in it's exquisiteness....where did these beautiful colors come from......where, indeed! A closer look, above.....the delicacy of these little cylindrical lavender/purple and shocking pink interior flowers are so very magical.....here below, an even closer look...... And you can see in the picture above that more of these little delicate flowers-within-the-flower, are about to burst forth---well, 'burst' is probably too harsh a way to put it.....but they are definitely peeping their way to the surface...... All this softness with those outer edges looking rather dangerous...but, in reality, there is nothing dangerous about this flower, at all......Then, about fifteen days later....here is what this same flower looks like now...... It is almost overwhelming when you see all of the pink and purple interior flowers that have bloomed and some are already on the wane...... You can see the very dark pink ones---these are almost over.... A closer look, above.....some of these little interior flowers are already withering and drying up...but they look beautiful, too....at least they do to me....... And then below.....so much of the interior of this flower is ready to close up shop, so to speak...though the whole flower will stay and still look beautiful in it's overallness. And guess what? Amazingly enough, there is another flower beginning to bloom in the center of a different shoot..... More hope......More wonderful wonderful hope........I will be watching this little baby's growth as each day passes......

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Update: Sweetie is ever so much better with each passing day....,,The dreaded medicines are doing their work, and he is not only eating really well, but he has perked up considerably, too....And his energy level? Excellent. You should see him racing away from the very sweet young woman who comes to give him his meds each day.....He is 'faster than a speeding bullet'.....truly! I am very very pleased, as you can well imagine.....All of your thoughts and prayers have really been an important component in his recovery...He says....Purrrrrrrr, and so do I!














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Monday, August 23, 2010
sweetie speaks

Hi Everyone......Thanks so much for your wonderful words of encouragement. They really helped me a lot.....Big Momma tells me all the things you say and I am very grateful for your support---and so is she! I am feeling a lot better than I was.....I'm actually beginning to enjoy my smorgasbord of food, once again.....Though I am not too thrilled with that pill being thrown down my throat every day----it is helping me to feel better, so I will endure it, along with that awful tasting stuff they squirt into my mouth....Yuuuukkk-Oooooogyy-Poo-Poo!! ! Talk about foaming at the mouth....That stuff is disgusting, but hey....it is helping me, too, so I endure---with protest. You cannot let them think they have the upper hand, you know? I love being home with Big Momma....And she adores me being home, too---So I get lots of lovey's from her and that makes me very happy, and I return the love in kind, though she doesn't purr, she does let me know how much she appreciates our lovely close times together.....Pretty soon, I will be back to my old self, completely....I'm about halfway there now. I have her wrapped around my little paw, you know?....Soon,.....I will rule the roost completely, once again......Puuuuuurrrrrr.



More To Come..........



NOTE FROM SWEETIE: Oh, and while I have the floor I need to tell you a little something. I often type Big Mommas "comments" on all of your blogs for her, and that's why there are so many typo's---my paw hits the wrong keys sometimes....Purrrrrr.....ha!




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Thursday, August 19, 2010
quiet here.....

I've been quiet because Sweetie had a little bit of a setback....But, I think we are back on track now....I'll know more in a day or two as the meds kick in.....Sweetie is such a dear dear little guy....I pray he is once again on the road to recovery. He is still home and I think he is still very happy to be here.....Hooray For Sweetie!

We had a "Ladies Who Lunch" on Tuesday and I took about 240 pictures....Dianne took quite a few, too.....As soon as I can do my stuff on them and get them organized, I will be posting about our really WONDERFUL time.....Here below, a bit of a tease as to what you can look forward to...... The Beautiful Kim....... And the Beautiful Seemah....We Celebrated their two Birthdays., though Seemah's was long gone and Kim's woudn't really be happening till early September.....I'm going to go rest now.....And, thank you everyone for all your wonderful prayers and good wishes for my darling Sweetie....He thanks you, too, with very humble Puuuuurrrrrrrs......!

More To Come............


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Sunday, August 15, 2010
FURTHER UPDATE......

UPDATE: Sunday Morning, 12:10 A.M. August 15th...He's Home!!!! HOORAY, HOORAY!! He looks a bit thin, but that's to be expected....He began eating the moment he got home...And that is a very good thing! We have had some lovely relaxed quality time together and both of us fell asleep....Now, we will see what tomorrow brings....For now, All Is Good!
Hoping to get my dear Sweetie home on Saturday....Fingers, Toes, Legs and Eyes...all crossed....He is doing really well, I'm happy to say.....! I think he will do even better once he gets home.....In that picture above...I love his 'intention', as we say in acting. It's the way he is looking at that shadow on the table---I love it!
I'll keep you all informed as I know more......

On another subject.......I was standing out on my Balcony-Deck and looking down at the Garden....I always check the Waterfall Sculpture to see if any Birds are taking-the-waters, so to speak. The Video above was what was happening as I turned on my Camera......For a little while there was only this one Bird drinking and bathing, but pretty soon.....well, you will see for yourself. I call this video "Territorial Imperative".....

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Note: I would really be remiss if I did not acknowledge the passing of the truly sublime Patricia Neal...I was lucky enough to see Pat Neal on Broadway, in three different plays...Two of them were especially important: Her Tony Award winning performance as the young Regina, in "Another Part Of The Forest" by Lillian Hellman, in 1946, (The same Regina who in 'The Little Foxes' is older and more predatory). And then, I saw her again, in the memorable revival if Lillian Hellman's "The Children's Hour", 1952...She was, in a word, BRILLIANT in both these very important plays.....She was perfection on film, too.....My personal favorites..."A FACE IN THE CROWD" (Below, with Andy Griffith---a wonderful film),"HUD", and "BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S". Of course there were many many more....like "THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES", made after her very debilitating stroke, when they thought she would never walk or talk again, let alone "act"....Her life, personal and otherwise, was filled with great tragedy, But she was a true survivor. Her personal story is inspirational in every way. She will be missed.

RIP dear Pat Neal......





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Tuesday, August 10, 2010
the latest news

There is 'The Sweetster' himself, in April....! I wish I could tell you that there was something truly definitive, but...there isn't. The test just showed some inflammation and irritation....I've had to think hard about what the best thing to do for him at this point....So, they are starting a steroid today---putting it in his food, just as I would have to do. He had begun to eat a little bit in these past few days, but not enough....and the consensus is that he has some kind if inflammatory bowl disease. The Steroids can and hopefully will control that. The only way to pin all this down further would be exploratory surgery. I don't want to put him through that at this point in his life----it holds too many risks, I'm afraid. So......we'll see how he does. He is still being Hydrated and until he is more stable and eating and pooping more normally, he needs to stay there in the Hospital......I'm not going to say anymore right now.....Please keep praying for my dear dear sweetheart....and maybe a little prayer for me, too.....Below, a picture of hope........


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FURTHER UPDATE: 4:15pm Sweetie ate a little more today, and had a well formed poop....the first 'well formed' since he got there almost two weeks ag0-----Baby Steps but, this was on his own.....The Steroids won't kick in for a couple of days....So, this is some good news......!





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Thursday, August 05, 2010
update

Finally....an update on my dear Sweetie, though nothing definitive, yet. They did an Ultrasound on him today....(Having eliminated many things with other tests and actually removing two back teeth, a few days ago.....). This showed some irregularity in Sweetie's Pancreas. So, they took some "cells" by needle---the least invasive way at this point---which may or may not show what is going on. (I pray it does tell us what we need to know.....) But given his symptoms and what has been happening with him----having a problem with the Pancreas fits the picture. These test results will probably NOT be back till Monday--OR if we are lucky, on Saturday....! Poor little sweetheart of a guy.
The hardest part for me, besides not knowing---Is not being able to go and see him. Given my compromised lungs, it is just not possible without risking my own health in a way that would be a very dangerous thing to do. I know he must be missing me, too, and that breaks my heart. But, he is getting good care and they see what a very sweet dear cat he is, and I am glad of that. This is a different home without him being here. More news when I have it to post.....And thank you all for your kind and understanding hearts, and for your dear words of encouragement---it means so very much to both of us!

More To Come........


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Monday, August 02, 2010
important

The above beautifullness, is blooming in my garden, right now.......This is a gorgeous Bromiliad, that my dear sweet departed friend John gave me about twenty years ago---It sits in a pot, right where I planted it after he gave it to me, just outside my Dining Room door. It is delicate, but sturdy, too. It doesn't bloom all that often---in fact, it rarely blooms. But, since John died at the end of May, 2009---it has bloomed twice! This is most unusual, in every way. I choose to feel it is a message from him that he is doing alright, wherever he is.....

And........Here below, is my dear dear wonderful-special pal......My dear cat "Sweetie" is in the Hospital. I am beside--myself, as they say....This is the first time in the 11 years we have been together, that he has been sick. Worried? Oh, you bet your ass I am. He is my heart. He is my true love. He is my lifeline to all that is dear and special and unconditional, where "love" is concerned. He is with me, 24/7----My comfort, in every way. And he makes me laugh and he makes me smile and he warms my heart like no one else.....He is just about the dearest person I know. So.....he just has to be 'okay. Would you Please, Please, Please, say Prayers for him---I would appreciate it more than I can say..., and he will too.




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