Let’s Play Catch-Up!

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Since the last time I blogged about myself, a lot of things have happened. I have been introduced to many new doctors and a few new tests. Thanks to Dr. Vera at NOVA, I am on some new medicines for ME and Fibromyalgia (which have practically gotten rid of my brain fog!) We are still experimenting with dosages to see if more improvement will be possible. (Fingers crossed!)

A dear friend who needs a place to stay will be moving in shortly. Lots of planning and packing going on between the two of us. Living in Florida will take some getting used to on her part. It took me two years to feel like I belonged here.

She will be arriving on Thanksgiving. The holidays will be particularly meaningful as we share the joy of being a family, as I consider her a sister. Very excited! (Also, can’t wait for her to see my jewelry studio!)

And speaking of jewelry…I have been keeping myself busy, designing and repairing pieces on commission. Here are pictures of some of my work…

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New pair of earrings made to replace old earring with missing partner. Used Swarovski crystal, freshwater pearls and gold-filled chain.

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Necklace made for opal and blue topaz pendant, supplied by client. My plan was to honor the pendant, not overwhelm it. Used agate, sterling silver beads, Japanese seed beads and Swarovski crystals. The client was trilled with the results and has ordered earrings to match.

 More pictures to come in the future.

As for my Kraftycat Creations Website, I am in the process of revamping – adding new, exciting products! This is a wonderful part of my life. I consider it therapy for a happier, healthier Fern. The “new and improved” Kraftycat Jewelry and Creations will be ready to view shortly.

A Black Cat Story-“Love Knows No Color”

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Everyday, I go onto “The Animal Rescue Site” and, by simply clicking a button, feed a shelter animal. I also read rescue stories, tweeting some of the better ones.

This story I could not help but re-blog. As a parent of two lovable black furbabies (amongst others), I know the truth – that superstitions are just that – superstitions. Nothing could be further from the reality of having a black cat in your life. In fact, they bring luck into your lives by providing you with unconditional love! (Something that is not guaranteed in other parts of your life. Now, isn’t that worth an adoption?)

“Love Knows No Color”

A few months ago, I moved half way across the country to get my Master’s degree. I come from a family of cat lovers and have always had a fur baby around. Moving away from my family (my feline family as well) was rough and from the first day I’d moved in I wanted a kitty. After a month or so, I couldn’t take not having a pet anymore, so I convinced my boyfriend into allowing me just to look.

We noticed a black kitty who had been sitting in it’s foster’s lap the whole time we were there looking around. I leaned over to pet him and she allowed me to hold him. It was like love at first sight. He allowed my boyfriend and I to snuggle up to him and he snuggled right back. We asked about his story and his foster said that his mother was feral and that she’d saved her and her kittens. His colorful siblings were all adopted out the first couple weeks, but he stuck around for months after them. She explained that black cats are harder to adopt out due to the stigma that’s still attached to them. After that I was all in on getting Sunny and since then he has brought so much joy to my life.

Every morning Sunny wakes me up with kisses on my face and everyday I get home from class, he’s running down the hall to the front door greeting me with meow’s of how his day went. I can’t even image how people couldn’t want such a loving little kitty based on color. It’s sad to know that black cats are less likely to be adopted based on color when what matters is their personality.

When adopting keep in mind that black cats need love too!

Anonymous
Lubbock, TX

 

 

Meet One of My Boys

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Of course, I am talking about one of my cats!

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Well hello there!

 This is Casey. He was found in the parking lot of a Kentucky Fried Chicken, captured by a caring person and brought into the rescue my daughter and I volunteered at. We first took him in as a foster, fell in love and adopted him. One of the best decisions in my life!

Gotta Love It!

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There is a video going viral highlighting a father and his 4-yr-old daughter dancing to “Shake It Off”. It is cute beyond words.

Less known is the video of the same duo dancing to “All About That Bass”. I think it is funnier, although there is less cuteness factor. The father, rather than the daughter, is the main performer. (It also is much shorter, so maybe my attention span has something to do with my critique.}

In the interest of fairness, I offer you both. You decide which video you prefer. Enjoy! 🙂

 

What Robin Williams’ Family Wants People to Remember

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It was quite a shock when it was learned that Robin Williams passed away. My daughter read about it online and did not believe it was true at first. We both looked further and found it was.

We loved Robin Williams in his movies and shows, both dramatic and comedy. It was known that he had battled alcohol and drug addictions. Much less known was the other demon he fought – mental illness. So many people with mental illness try to drown out the disease with addictions. It is a double effort to overcome both. Sadly, the actor lost the battle.

The following is from the NY Times:

Sadly, Robin Williams passed away on August 11, 2014. Susan Schneider, the actor’s wife, released the following statement to the New York Times’ Dave Itzkoff:

“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one if its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope that the focus will not be on Robin’s death but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

A Word or Two on Autism

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My daughter has an Autism Spectrum Disorder, along with depression and OCD. We did not learn until she was 21 about the Autism. (Thank you Reader’s Digest for the article that spelled it out for me.) By then, after being unsuccessfully treated for over ten years for anxiety and depression, she felt hopeless. As she stated to me, “None of the meds I have tried ever worked. Nothing changes and I will never be normal.”

Well she was right. She will never be “normal” (whatever that is), but she will always be herself! And that is perfect to me. I wish she could understand how much I love her and love herself just as much.

We work together with a therapist on life skills, and I believe I see glimpses of forward movement – or what the therapist and I see as such. To my daughter, it takes a lot of energy and is play-acting. It does not come naturally to her and, in most cases, she would be just as happy not to change.

Social skills? She has “friends” all over the world via the internet. What is so important about going out and interacting with others? She hates noise, hates to be touched and has no interest in any relationships.

 

The world is seen as black or white, good or bad. “Why are teenagers so stupid about life? I do not understand the chances they take and would never do those things.” As her mother, I can attest to the fact that I never worried about her drinking, trying the latest bad fad or lying to me about where she had been.

I feel lucky in the fact we are very comfortable with each other, warts and all. With my M.E., we even share some sensory problems that effect both illnesses. She likes that I can understand some of what she goes through and it makes our living together easier.

Most evenings you will find us in the family room, each with a laptop. I will share recipes, cat pictures and other items of mutual interest by turning my laptop to face her. She will share like items by sending me the link via Skype. Then she will turn in my direction and watch my reaction. Usually I have a comment or two. Sometimes I laugh out loud, maybe even “snort”. This will make her shake her head and smile. She tells me she is “laughing at my laugh”, not at what is on the screen. If it makes her “laugh”, I do not care how silly I act – it is a special moment – one of many that we share.

A word from your kat on Father’s Day

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To all the special people who love and take care of others, enjoy this collection of Father’s Day Cat Memes put together by Hairballexpress…

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Just as there are things human kids want to say to their Dads on Father’s Day, we kats also have some things we want to say to our human “Dads” on Father’s Day.
The smart ones will listen….

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We kats love attention. We love to lay on you or with you. If you’re smart, you’ll encourage this.

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We love to be treated with tenderness and cared for and are very thankful when humans go out of their way to help us. Thank you!

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We love to be included in whatever you do (except fur taking a bath).

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No matter our size, we All Want to be acknowledged and we ALL respond to a loving voice and a gentle touch.

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We like (CreatureLESS) story times!

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We love to be held. Especially when it doesn’t involve Booby traps like baths, tooth brushings, eye wipings, or nail trimmings.

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We love snuggles and belly…

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Are You Feeling “Special”?

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I remember when my kids were very young and came home from school with tons of hand-made pictures (enough to wallpaper half the kitchen.) Finding out if any milk was left was easy-if you could find the refrigerator.

Even better were the notes and cards – all stating their love for the family, the cats, the frogs, softer toilet paper -basically anything that they could draw a picture of was a loved person or item. Life was much simpler at that age.

But the card this father received from his daughter puts everything into perspective:

Replay Sunday and Happy Easter!

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First of all, Happy Easter -hope the bunny was good to all out there!

Secondly, I am re-posting this video because I care deeply about my friend. I am asking people to re-blog  this video -on your blog, on facebook, on twitter, etc. Please spread the word, as I am hoping to reach our goal.

 

If this seems pushy, I apologize. Being aware there are many things going on in this world and everyone can do so much, this is one thing I can do to make SG’s life a little easier, and so I am trying. If you would like to donate, even as little as $5.00, please go to http://www.gofundme.com/886ae8

It is much appreciated!

Many thanks again to Bill Griffin and his team at Crowdwish.com.

 

Help comes from the most unexpected people

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How people react to someone with ME can be heartening…

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I have had trouble writing the last few days. Not because of frozen fingers, I am used to that now. But when I type I am increasingly starting to type words out of sequence and this is very odd. I am either writing the word backwards or in a jumbled mess with the letters all in the wrong order. I have spent more time correcting words than writing anything the last few days and I am a little puzzled by it. I am guessing it is a neuro thing, my head has been fizzing none stop the last week and crackling more and more even without turning my head. It feels as though I have hundreds of fireworks fizzing in there, you know the moment before they explode that fizzing crackling sound they make? That is what is constantly filling the base of my neck and head. I don’t have…

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