Monday, October 13, 2008

In Memory of Sam...

I've lost one of my furry friends. Sam had been gone for over a week (which is nothing unusual for a Tom cat, even one that's been fixed). He was really skinny when he came home which isn't unusual either. Then I noticed him limping when I started giving him some extra canned food (which I usually don't feed the cats). He had been in a fight with something that had chewed his leg pretty bad. I started treating it myself instead of heading off to the vet because it didn't look that bad. It started healing nicely and I thought all was going to be well. Then he started worrying over it and opening up new places. He was 13 and I knew that the leg would have to be amputated at this point. I don't feel bad about not taking him to the vet because there must have been a lot of internal damage and the vet would have probably suggested amputation or putting him to sleep when it first happened. It got so bad that I finally had to have him put down. He was just suffering too much. I'll miss you Sam.


So, today is a holiday for some. If you're off, I sure hope you're enjoying it. And if not, well...enjoy working too. It helps pay the bills, doesn't it?

I've already had another cup of soup today and froze the rest. Don't want to get burnt out on it. I've got some chicken marinating right now and will see how that does for supper. I haven't tried marinating my chicken before.

Company is coming in the middle of the night Thursday. They are my late husbands niece and nephew-in-law. They will be here through Sunday and maybe part of the day on Monday. Lets see, that is 3 days maybe 3 and a half. Hmmmm, you know what they say about company in 3 days don't you? Well, this will be a pleasure. They are sweet kids. She likes to run the roads a lot and hit every quaint shop in the area and he likes to go 4-wheelin'. My biggest problem for this visit is cooking for them. I refuse to cook all the fattening stuff that I usually cooked when they came for a visit. I am sticking to my healthy stuff. But what to fix? Gotta decide before Wednesday so I can get provisions in the house. Guess I'll get a lot of chicken and maybe make my barbecue sauce for it for one day at least. That leaves 2 more days, hmmmmm. I used to make a big pot of vegetable soup. They both loved it and her especially, but I always made it out of a fatty chuck roast and that's what made it so yummy. No more fatty chuck roasts for my soup though. May improvise and make meatball veggie soup this time. Wonder if it will be as good? And this time I'm not buying chips or cookies or ice cream for my company. If they want that stuff they will just have to bring it with them.

Have a great week y'all.

6 comments:

JC said...

Sorry about your cat. It's impossible to keep a cat from roaming unless you keep them in the house.

Make your soup without the meat. Cook some meat for them to add. Use low fat beef broth to give it that beefy taste. A friend of mine said she fixed the soup and loved it but her husband wanted meat in it so she cooked the meat separatly and added it to his. I don't have that issue but I thought of it when you mentioned company.

grammy said...

It is hard to loose an animal. Sorry Hon. It is good that you are making a plan about food. I think that makes all the difference. I am sitting here trying to give you a food idea, but I have been such a bad cook all summer. I have to start cooking meals for the winter but need a refresher course. Do you ever look at www.ronisweigh.com I am not sure if that is right. She use to be weightwatchen.com If you go there you should be able to get to her new address. She always has recipes.

Kate said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss of Sam.

Candace MacPherson said...

We had a cat that healed up after an attack (she attacked a muskrat and lost, we believe). Unfortunately the internal damage left her so sensitive she couldn't be petted or held. This turned her into a very mean cat and, a year or so later she was put down because we were all scared of her and she was so hateful. Nature is sad, but sometimes the 'worse' is actually a better option.

Enjoy your company. I'd go ahead and make the stew with a leaner roast. Spice it up and see how it goes. There's always great stew recipes and such on the WW web site, even if you're not a 'member'

Scale Junkie said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Sam.

SeaShore said...

Sorry for the loss of your kitty Sam.