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Bon Weekend.

This is Junior. He’s now the ‘man of the house’. I mentioned earlier that we had the most amazing holiday weekend in terms of July weather here. 5 breezy days in the ’80’s with a low humidity index. We spent a lot of time on the back porch. It was then that we discovered that Junior is bonkers for traditional Celtic music. We used to play it at the loft when we lived in Atlanta. Any tune with a fiddle or bagpipe, and most importantly a penny whistle, saw the old lover reemerge. He was full of the sound of ‘chirps’ and the gift of ‘love nips’ to everyone including Duncan, who received the most. Nice way to let him know how much he was loved by the other cats. 🙂

Junior

Here he is giving Duncan a kiss after a round of ‘love nips’.

Duncan & Junior

Bon weekend, everyone!

Laird Duncan Grant 2000 – 2010

aka Laird Doodlehead. Kitten (pictured below) called him the ‘best wedding date ever”. Well my dear, it’s time to find a new date.

Laird Duncan Grant
{ All images taken by the oh so lovely Ms. Stacey Bode. }

Some of you already know that he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure just after our move. We’ve been taking him to Ruth, his amazing vet, every week to try to find the best possible solution for comfort for however long he had. Unfortunately, his heart disease was just too far advanced. He went in for a check-up yesterday and he wasn’t looking so great. We have been so thankful that the holiday weekend was filled with such amazing weather that it allowed us some quality porch time over those last several days.

Doodle had an uneasy night last night. He had a hard time getting up the stairs this morning when he went outside. I took mom to the commissary and during that time he starting going into severe distress. Like, really bad. Michael got him calmed down, and when mom and I got home we called Ruth. We thought we could adjust his meds a bit but as soon as we hung up, he started again. I called back bawling my eyes out. We talked about bringing him in for some intravenous meds and oxygen. I said we’d try the adjusted protocol and wait a bit. But he couldn’t calm himself down. We all knew then what needed to be done. Michael and I leashed him up and barely got him to the car. I called to let Ruth and crew know we were on our way.

Once we gave the go ahead and Ruth confirmed it was the best for him, we had a few moments alone with him. Michael and I got on the floor with him and held him. We kept him close as Ruth and Melissa ever so gently gave him his injection. It was so peaceful and so surreal. I kept holding him for a bit. I honestly did not want to leave the room, after we stayed with him for a while. He looked like he was about to get up and walk out with us, but no.

Farewell, my friend. I love you and will miss you more than words can ever express.

It’s been a crazy year. I’m off to have several drinks – at home.

Long time, no post!

I feel like I’ve completely abandoned my blog. Where, o where have I been? The answer to that is…house hunting! We started looking in January for a place suitable for me & Michael, our studios, my mother and a guest room. That’s a lot of space needed. We found a house at the end of January that was a wonderful fit but the offer/counter offer process fell apart. We held off on continuing to look until we returned home from our trip. Sadly, we had to cut some of our housing budget which made the hunt a little more challenging. It has taken up most of my time and energy but yesterday we hit pay dirt! We put an offer on another house and today the sellers accepted our counter. It’s a huge weight lifted from us and we’re excitedly starting to plan our garden and other awesome domestic things. We won’t close until June so that the seller’s children can finish out their school year at home. They’re moving to Ohio. The house hadn’t been on the market very long and they made a large price cut that allowed it to show up on our radar. Yay!

Anyway, during this time I filled a custom order for a necklace. I found myself to be a tad nervous making this one, as I wanted everything to be perfect because it is for Ariel, who does Offbeat Bride. In her ongoing support of independent artists, she will do trades for ad space. I decided to bite the bullet and submit my photos to see if anything tickled her interests. I was very excited when she replied back saying she’d love a version of the very first piece I made, but with hot pink detailing. I finished it last week and it’s on it’s way to her. Ariel, I really hope you like it!

Ariel

Ariel Ariel Ariel Ariel

I have finally added the first pair of shoe clips to my Etsy page and have two more ready to photo. I’ll post those soon, if it will stop raining!

Back!

We’re home safe & sound. I’ll make some very specific posts covering the amazing places we visited, but in the mean time here are a few teasers!

Virgin Gorda, BVI

Teaser of The Baths Teaser of Spring Bay Teaser of Spring Bay

R & R

I just wanted to let you know that I will be offline from 2.11 through 2.25.

I hope to get in one more post before we leave.

MIA

Hello everyone.
I’ve been debating whether to post this or not, but you’re going to see a some downtime from me for the next few weeks. My father is seriously ill and we’re moving in the direction to manage his care in his final weeks. I would like to divert myself by maintaining an upbeat attitude here, but it may be difficult at times.

Thank you.
~ Evita.

Blog switch!

I’m really not on crack.

Several years ago Michael and I used to have the domain thehappyheathen.com. Stupidly, we let it expire and someone snatched it up. I took up the blog moniker ‘dan y deri’ a few weeks ago but honestly, I’ve been hankering for the old name. It seems to fit me better. So…I scored it here on Blogger and am exporting the older blog over, which seems to be working since this latest post imported!

A few of you have graciously linked me on your sites. I’d really love it if you updated those. 🙂

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