Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Year Post Life.

I'm big on marking occasions. Even terrible occasions. I guess that's something Facebook and I have in common. I actually waited to write this until I got my Facebook memories for the day so I could see what the final pics posted were and download them.

One year ago this morning I fed the pets and Elvis wouldn't eat. I don't remember if he even tried. I suspect not. I could have waited until evening to see if he rallied but given his chronic wound and how difficult eating was for him on a good day...

Which is not to say that I didn't think about it. In fact I got myself ready for work and got on the train. By the time I got off the train in Manhattan I had come to terms with the feeling that now was the time.

I called the home vet, thinking she wouldn't be able to come until the following day. She made time for that evening.

I called Pony Express to make sure she knew.

I went to work and stayed a short time. I knew I wasn't going to come in the next day.

The vet was lovely. She was interested in all the pets. She was kind but not too much. She had everything she needed to make the whole thing go smoothly but not be rushed. I have recommended her several times in the past year.

It's sad. It was sad a year ago and it's sad today. I am sad. I miss him. There was a lot of him to miss. He had a big personality and giant needs and he set the tone for the room without a doubt.

It's also been a relief. He had giant needs and he set the tone for a room without anyone else's input. So many vet visits, such careful feeding, endless re-balancing of meds and supplements...

When he was 4 years old a vet diagnosed him with a heart murmur and told me that, with medication, he would live a couple of years.

When he was, I don't know, maybe as much as 12 another vet suggested I check his thyroid because there was no detectable murmur which, given the original diagnosis, was either highly suspect or a miracle. Shortly thereafter he was diagnosed with hyperthyroid and basically from then on everyone pointed me toward what we needed to do rather than projecting on what might happen next.

A month shy of his 16th birthday he died of cancer. Of a fucking tumor in his mouth. The mouth he used to scream at me for more food that he could eat...with his mouth. Now that I think of it I wonder if the hyperthyroid actually sped that process along so it wasn't so slow and painful as it could have been.

He is missed.

We are doing ok.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Photo Challenge: OBSERVE

I'm rolling along these days. Any forward motion is worth celebrating.

Photo challenges? Always worth celebrating!



Our Cindy is a professional observer and a damn fine one! Go science!



On my way to listen to some poetry I observed this hippo getting some tourist love as she observed/surveyed the sidewalk outside Lincoln Center.

This Saturday is the Grand Finale show of Listen To Your Mother NYC. I'm sad to see it go and grateful to have been a part of it all this time. In celebration of that the next prompt you can either use GRAND or FINALE

Please enter by 9am Tuesday May 16th for posting on Wednesday May 17th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and GRAND or FINALE. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Photo Challenge: ABSORB

My two words for the year are observe and absorb. I'm somehow unable to caption the photos for this challenge. They feel like absorb. Here, you'll see.














While we're at it let's use my other word for the next prompt. OBSERVE. Go forth and OBSERVE.

Please enter by 9am Tuesday May 2nd for posting on Wednesday May 3rd. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and OBSERVE. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Photo Challenge: WORK/WERK

Funnily enough I just got to join this challenge because I've been working so much! Lucky me. I really am relieved when I have plenty of work. Building a business is scary stuff.



Our Cindy is everything that is light and good about being a scientist. I love that she shared this view of her many facets with us. See also her recent blog post about trusting scientists.


This is what a hard day's work looks like for me now. A dog, her family, plenty of questions, plenty of hands on practice and at the end of it a dog who only wants more!

Off the cuff, let's have the next prompt be ABSORB. Run with it!

Please enter by 9am Tuesday April 4th for posting on Wednesday April 5th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and ABSORB. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Photo Challenge: UPS AND DOWNS

These are wildly varied in a way that I find hard to describe. Good thing we have pictures for that.



Our Ana in Oslo. I'll tell you a secret, her smile is always that big.



This capture by Our Cindy haunts me. In the best way, of course.



Milo had a few ups and downs before I met him but now it's all ups forever. He found the right folks.

Next prompt is WORK (or WERK if you prefer). Bring it!

Please enter by 9am Tuesday March 21st for posting on March 22nd. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and WORK or WERK. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Photo Challenge: FOR THE LOVE

I'm feeling a lot of love this week so the prompt makes me happy.

Enjoy and please join us for next time! Prompt is below.



Our Cindy knows love when she sees (and feels) it.



I try to take a selfie with each of the kids whenever we're together no matter how crazy my hair because, well, you never know.

I can't even explain why but the next prompt is UPS AND DOWNS. Bring it!

Please enter by 9am Tuesday March 7th for posting on March 8th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and UPS AND DOWNS. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.


Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Photo Challenge: DO SOMETHING

I hadn't looked at the Flickr Pool. I had no idea if anyone was still with me. I dreaded the moment.

You're with me! Thank you!

Enjoy these photos. We're doing something and that's amazing.



Our Cindy rallied in MO for women. 



I protested and I have also been knitting for a local school's underserved students.



Our Janet marched in MA for immigrants. 

I thought to myself, "For the love of all that is holy, I don't know what the next prompt should be!" So there you go, FOR THE LOVE. Let that inspire you.

Please enter by 9am Tuesday February 21st for posting on February 22nd. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and FOR THE LOVE. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Photo Challenge: SWING

For the record I feel totally out of the swing of things right now. I'm working to right the ship, promise!



Our Cindy gives us the down home family feel. Thanks, I needed that!



I was on an emotional pendulum over the holidays when I was given custody of the photo album from Auntie Blanche's 85th birthday party.


I was just saying today that it's enough to do something. It doesn't have to be big. Let us be the prompt that guides us, DO SOMETHING!

Please enter by 9am Tuesday February 7th for posting on February 8th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and DO SOMETHING. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Photo Challenge: Let's Go

I'm getting back in the saddle after celebrating my birthday on Monday. It's nice to have some beauty to keep me going.



From the moment I saw this one by Our Cindy all it makes me think of is my grandparents' camp. I didn't even meet Cindy until long after that camp had been sold and the g'rents gone on to the great camp in the sky. She gets me right in the feels.



This is what I'm greeted with on cold, dark mornings. No amount of encouragement will get him out of bed. So I carry him. Once we get to the street he's willing to walk. At least for a little while.

In honor of getting the hang of this year, getting in the swing of things, if you will. Let's be prompted by SWING. Enjoy!

Please enter by 9am Tuesday January 24th 2017 for posting on January 25th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and SWING. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Photo Challenge: ONE LAST TIME

I'm exhausted. Are you?

Pretty pictures will help.



In my experience Our Cindy always manages an evocative snapshot of the end of every trip.



I am not a practiced selfie or ussie taker. On important occasions, though, I manage to get everyone to gather around the digital campfire juuuuuuust before we leave.

I'm taking the next one from dog training but you'll see why it fits. The next prompt is LET'S GO. In dog training I use it as a cue for the dog to know that the group is moving forward together.

Please enter by 9am Tuesday January 10th 2017 for posting on January 11th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and LET'S GO. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Photo Challenge: LEGACY

I looked at both of these photos and came up with the same caption. I don't know what you call it when the caption comes on top, the theme maybe? Title? Subtext? Here's the theme/title/subtext/whathaveyou:

"Sure, he wasn't perfect but look what he created."






by Me

Next prompt comes juuuuuuuust before the end of the year so prompt is long but wide open, ONE LAST TIME.

Please enter by 9am Tuesday December 27th for posting on December 28th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and ONE LAST TIME. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Photo Challenge: ACT

I grew up acting. I act now. I just signed up to act (sing) in Neil Kramer's annual holiday concert. I'm learning how to act when it's the first bit of activist. I found this round's entries inspiring for that.

New prompt down below!



Our Bethany elevates even the smallest act.



Our Cindy inspires action regularly.



Our Janet has a potion to activate.



The stage is set. All I have to do is act upon it.


A friend's father passed away last week, as did a high school friend of mine. Without being too maudlin I've been thinking a bit about LEGACY. I don't know what the heck that means for a photo prompt but I have faith that you will show me.

Please enter by 9am Tuesday December 13th for posting on December 14th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and LEGACY. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Photo Challenge: HOPE/CHANGE

Laura Ingalls Wilder had a long list of helpful sayings. "Least said soonest mended" is the only one I can think of right now (Oh, wait, "little pitchers have big ears!") but it doesn't seem to apply to these times we live in.

I'll let our pictures speak. And our next prompt.








Next prompt is ACT. Please ACT howsoever you wish!

Please enter by 9am Tuesday November 29th for posting on November 30th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and ACT. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Photo Challenge: HOPE/CHANGE

These are lovely and make me feel nice inside. In fact they are so much of both of those things that I'm not going to caption them. The captions would only detract from what they give. Enjoy!











You know I try to get all woo woo about these to give people leeway. Why do I do that? We all know what we're thinking about so why skirt it? Next prompt is VOTE. You know why.

Please enter by 9am Tuesday November 15th for posting on November 16th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and HOPE/CHANGE. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.