Well as I mentioned both Emma and I missed Tyler after he was put to sleep. I love Emma dearly and she's the sweetest little thing but she's no lap cat like Tyler was and I missed that. She missed having another cat around to bother. So Dad and I went off to the Hinsdale Humane Society one Sunday in early June. I was kind of hoping for a kitten but I was open to adopting an adult cat, too.
Sure kittens are cute and cuddly and sweet to look at but there's something even more rewarding about giving a home to an adult cat since they are harder to place. Well, I wanted to take about 5 of them home but I had to pick one. Yes, they had a cute kitten but there was this buff colored male tabby that just spoke to me. His name was Sunny and they brought him to a room for us to play with him and get to know him. He was very curious about his surroundings and kept coming over to be pet. He purred instantly and I was sold.
He's 5 1/2 years old and I was told that I probably wouldn't be able to change his name unless it was close to Sunny. I have a thing about pet names and Sunny, while not the cutesy gag me type name I abhor, still wasn't what I wanted.
Well, I've said it before but I will try to blog more often. I can't believe my last post was in May. This has certainly been a challenging year for me and I never seem to have time to get to everything I want or need to do.
A few highlights…
- In the early part of June my good friend, Tomas, from Germany came for a visit. It was a fun 3 days with us doing very little sightseeing but lots of catching up. I only wish he'd been able to stay longer and that Llywelyn had been able to make the trip as well.
- Both Emma and I missed Tyler so much that it was a mere 2 weeks before I adopted a kitty from the shelter. Even the vet laughed at me when I brought my newbie in for his first checkup. I think his exact quote was, “that didnt' take long.” Anyway…more news on that in an upcoming post.
- For one glorious month this summer I was glued to my TV every evening and weekend watching World Cup soccer. It's always so disappointing when it's over because you get in such a routine of watching games and suddenly there are none. However, this WC, that disappointment was bearable because my Azzurri won! Yes, Italy won WC2006!
- Campioni del Mondo! Have you heard? Italy won the World Cup? :-)
Where's the kitty?
This passed Friday, at the start of the holiday weekend, I made the choice to put my beloved 16 year old cat to sleep. Tyler had been ailing for several months and though the vet and I tried everything, he just kept getting weaker and loosing more weight. He was a big-framed cat, very long and sleek, but in the end, just barely 5 pounds. He'd had an overactive thyroid for years and was on medication for that, intestinal issues and food allergies but in the end it was pancreatitis and kidney disease that we couldn't overcome.
They say a dog is man's best friend but in my case mine was Tyler. Tyler has been the best pet I've ever had and he was fiercely loyal. He definitely wasn't your stereotypical aloof cat. He greeted me at the door each night when I came home. He'd wake up from a cat nap and realize no one was in the room anymore and he'd cry till he found out where we went. He slept at the foot of my bed (or often fought me over my pillow). He even came when called. If you asked “where's the kitty?” he invariably strolled next to you and meowed as if to say “here I am!” He missed me when I was gone and would get depressed as soon as he saw me pull a suitcase out of the closet. He didn't begrudge it too much when I brought a newcomer into the house (his sister Emma). He tolerated her as long as she knew he was boss (something she wasn't too sure she agreed with) and as long as she understood that when it came for vying for my attention, he was king and she could take a hike.
Emma and I have been a bit lost around the house these past few days. She's confused and keeps looking for Tyler and I just plain old miss him. Of course, he's probably in heaven right now being pampered by my mom, who was always his second favorite for attention.
Rest in peace, Tyler. I miss you!
Speaking of Steves...
as in Steve Austin, the 6 Million Dollar Man —
Keith was able to load all the applications that I had on CDs but many of the things I had on my PC were downloaded. So this week I have been going out and downloading new versions and reinstalling.
One of the programs I had was mIRC. I used to chat online alot but rarely use it anymore. Still, I did use it from time to time so I went ahead and reinstalled it. Since it was fresh in my mind, I decided to make sure it worked and logged on. Ran across Steve, an old friend of mine in NYC, who I haven't seen in close to 2 years. It was nice to catch up and hear that things were going well for him. I enjoyed our chat and promised to not be such a stranger again.
After I logged off, it occured to me that I met Steve on AOL when I first got online and that was 10 years ago. I am truly blessed with good friends, even online.
Six Million Dollar Computer
I messed up my computer big time recently. Don't ask me what I did. I don't know. All I know is that I'm fortunate to have a good friend like Keith who offered to take a look at it.
Keith spent what started as hours trying to fix my problem. Hours turned into days and finally required a stay in “PC Hospital” at his home. He brought it back to me this week with new parts, new software and all my old files from my hard drive loaded on it. It's like my own little bionic computer —“we can rebuild him, we have the techology —” LOL
So, here's a great big THANK YOU!!! to Keith!