Sunday, July 22, 2007

The weekend book 7 came out

I picked up my book yesterday at 10:30. I had to finish up a load of laundry, so that ate into my reading time. Why yesterday and not my usual laundry day(Tuesday)? Because Raffles has not been doing good. He had gotten so weak that he couldn't make it out of the bedding without help, then it got so bad we just changed the bedding instead of stressing him. At this point he hadn't eaten in 4 or 5 days either and wasn't drinking much. So we were running out of bedding.

I held him most of the day while Techpriest was at work. For the 12th day in a row by the way. I knew from Tika's passing that Techpriest would have to realize that it was time to put him to sleep. As a former CNA(nurse aide) at a nursing home, I have seen death a lot more than he has. Makes it easier to realize when the time has come. By the time Techpriest came home Raffles was twitching, shuddering, when ever he breathed. He knew it was time to say goodbye then. I did fairly well, Techpriest was a mess.

We will bury him beside Tika. Just like what happens to many married couples, these two life long companions passed away very close together. Of the two, Raffles was always the more sedate one, relatively speaking of course. He was more likely to stop to sniff something or let you hold him while he napped. For more pictures and stories about Raffles visit ourlair.

I was hoping for more time to get used to the idea of not having any pets. We are thinking about finding a new place and that is so much easier without pets, but we have both had pets for most of our lives. The last time I did not have a pet was about 8 years ago for 2-3 months between moving out of chelle and Dan's place and moving in with Techpriest. That is also the only time I've lived alone in all my life. Boy was I lonely.

Anyway, last night about 11 I decided to not stay up all night reading, so I did get a good nights sleep, but got up today and stayed in my jammies until I finished reading Deathly Hallows. Didn't even brush my teeth or shower till then. I do have my priorities straight, don't I? Called chelle, she was done too, so we dissected the book for awhile. Called Karla, she wasn't done, so I got off the phone before I let something slip. I doubt Miranda is done so I'll leave her alone for now. And all I'm saying here is that I enjoyed the book.

Since I had been ignoring the dishes for almost 2 straight days I thought maybe I should tackle them before they got to out of hand. Then I started picking up ferret stuff. It was hard to look at, but even harder to deal with. I kept coming across something else. They had several different boxes to hide stuff in, a couple of napping spots plus the cage and accessories, supplements and health stuff. Plus, lots and lots of bedding(we had started adding old tshirts).Oh, and the clear dryer hose. Techpriest was out auto cross racing, so I spent all day alone with no weasels to keep me company, the first of many.

I am doing ok, just a little sad.


Kit said...

I'm so sorry. *hugs* It's amazing how close those little guys get to our hearts.

MirandaLea said...

I'm so sorry about Raffles! It's sad to be without pets. I could give you Josie if you want. No really, I don't mind. lol

I don't have the "Deathly Hollows" yet. I figured I'll be able to borrow it from someone and maybe get the whole set someday for Nathan. Do you think it ended well? Were you satisfied?

Faren said...

Thanks you two, I appreciate it. And Miranda, there is no need to sacrifice Josie for really.
I'll try to remember to bring my book down for you. On the whole I enjoyed it and that it was a good book, though there were a few things that bugged me.

Dana said...

I just went "ourlair" and read all about Raffles and Tika. I'm so very sorry for your loss! The stories/photos showed how much you loved them. If there's any bright spot at all in this, it's knowing that they're together again (and probably having a ball shredding styrofoam).

Again, many condolences!

Faren said...

Yes, Dana, they always did have fun making any kind of mess! They were so playful and fun. Thanks for your condolences.

Criquette said...

I'm so sorry to read about your loss of Raffles (and Tika). My heart goes out to you and TechPriest. It's never easy to let them go, but you have so many wonderful memories!

Faren said...

Oh, yes, so many wonderful memories and so many funny stories! In their heyday they were highly entertaining. Thank you for your kind thoughts.

Holly said...

So sorry about your loss. It is so hard to be without pets. Take care.

Tanya said...

Good words.