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Marilee J. Layman

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08:31 pm: Star Trek and Dinner
The movie was great, but I'm not going to talk about it because I know a lot of my flist will be going to see it. Seven of our group were from the library bookgroup and dcseain joined us. We went out to Ned Devine's Irish Pub afterward where it took an hour to get food, they set an 18% gratuity when we divided into one group of four and four groups of one, and then for the folks who paid with credit cards, they had the meal total, the 18% gratuity, and then another empty line labeled "gratuity" for folks who aren't paying attention. Very rude.

Spirit talked to me today and I think she's hungry, but I haven't found anything yet that she'll eat. She's very interested in the snackies (and she could have them to fill her tummy), but even she sees them as too hard (they're to combat tartar).

This is all I'm doing online today. I need to sit in the recliner.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 11th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)

Happy Mother's Day

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Not quite sure that you're a mom, but you _have_ a mom, which is good enough for me. I just happened to be looking at beads (a shock, I know), and found out that you had been ill. You have my sympathies, empathy and all the best wishes for a quick recovery. As a fellow recliner-dweller, I can only say, take your time, do about half of what you think you can, and don't ever, ever worry about housework.

I'm shocked and surprised that you haven't found anything for a cat to eat! Have you tried some of my cats' old favorites, canned tuna or egg salad? Oh, I see, you were thinking about cat food, not people food. Sorry, the cats will go for people food every time. I even had a cat whose favorite food was tortilla chips. As a kitten, she'd climb right into the bag to make sure that she got her fill and later, she never quite realized that she got too large to get inside the bag. She'd then run around the kitchen or the family room with a chip bag on her head, frantically trying to get all the way in. Eventually, she'd just stop it and enjoy the snack.

That was the funniest cat I ever had, and my husband's favorite. He used to nap on his recliner with his arm sticking straight off the arm of the chair, and the cat would walk back and forth underneath it, thus giving herself a nice stroking. Bob would always call her "The Self-Petting Cat." Little devil lived to a little more than 16 years old, and we buried her in her favorite spot out in the yard. But enough about my former pets.

I left Usenet about the same time you did, and maintain contact with my beady friends via email and telephone. Not much has changed in my life in past years, except that my daughter somehow grew up while I wasn't watching and is now a sophomore at Rochester Institute of Technology. She is a mathematics major, which confuses the heck out of me, because math is definitely something she didn't inherit. (I was hoping for a cute little engineer)

My own health has remained about the same, with periodic adventures and trips to the hospital. (none as serious as yours) I can walk a little bit these days, and the strategic placement of furniture helps me get around the house. Oddly enough, my docs cleared me to drive a year ago, and although I need help getting to the car, I can take it anywhere once I get behind the wheel.

I don't want to tire you, or even worse, bore you - so I'll close this little note now. I hope that each day finds you stronger and that this health adventure leaves nothing more than memories for you.

As always, best wishes,
Kathy N-V (licplate!comcast.net)
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From:mjlayman
Date:May 11th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)

Re: Happy Mother's Day

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Well, my mother died in 1972. Good to hear from you! No, Spirit doesn't like people food, either. I've gone through lots of things with her. Shiva always wants to lick my plate, but Spirit will sniff and turn away.

RIT! Great college! And as to furniture, you should have seen me explaining to the PT folks at the hospital that my condo was not only bought for accessibility, but I had arranged things in it so I could always support myself on something if I needed. I'm a good driver, too, although the van is getting older and older.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 11th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
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That is rude. And an hour wait is much more than I'm willing to put up with. I hope the food was worth it.
Hope little Spirit will start eating.
Take good care,
Doris
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From:mjlayman
Date:May 11th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
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No, pretty basic food. I took her in to get more fluids today and she's definitely hungry, she just won't try to eat anything other than the hard snackies. She's picking those up, dropping them, picking them up, dropping them, etc. The dental vet said that as long as I was home and awake, I could take the collar off, and I'll do that when I can catch her.
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