Sorry for the blogging hiatus. Â Things have been busy at the homestead, as usual. Â The garden is bursting, the school year has finished up, I’m continuing to move along with aerials… but what’s really taken up a lot of time and emotions is Kaia’s kitty, Oreo. Â Back in April, we noticed that Oreo was not his normal self. Â He seemed depressed and lethargic. Â We took him for a check up and discovered that he had FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis).
For those of you who have never heard of this awful virus, I hope you never have to get to know it personally. Â It is a 99% fatal virus that attacks the kitty’s immune system. Â For the last two months there have been special foods, syringe feedings, IV fluids, many medications, and lots of love. Â Oreo fought a hard fight, but he crossed the Rainbow Bridge last Friday. Â It was a sad time for all of us, but especially me. Â Oreo and I had bonded and I will miss his sweetness. Â I still tear up thinking of him. Â It’s so hard to feel so helpless when someone you love is sick.
And in the midst of all of this, my baby girl turned 10!
That’s double digits!!! That’s starting puberty!! Â That’s pre-teen! Â Holy cow, how time flies!! Â I asked my girl what she’d like for her birthday and she quickly replied, “A Treehouse!!!” Â Sweet! Â We can do that! Â So far, we’ve (Toby and his dad, really) gotten the platform done. Â It’s been raining cats and dogs here all spring. Â But the walls and roof will go up as soon as the sun starts shining again. Â Then, I may have to kick Kaia out of the tree house so I can play!! 🙂