The Cat Ladies

October 12, 2021 at 10:31 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

A few years ago I was given the opportunity to care for a beautiful elderly lady living with her flight attendant daughter and just a few cats. One of the stories goes like this the two ladies were eating dinner at the time. The kitchen is off the back deck, all of a sudden a beautiful cat came up to the back door and just sat there looking in. The mother just sighed and said ‘there’s another one wanting to get in’. Well her name ended up being Annie. 

Another time, the daughter was just taking her walk(I kid you not) with her three cats in tow. There would take a walk around the block and then go back inside the house. One evening the daughter noticed another cat joining them on the walk. His name became Ricky. In the end, they ended up with ten cats all together. They live in a beautiful Victorian home on a tree- lined street where deer and moose show up in the fall and stay around for a couple days eating the trees.

I met the ladies a few years ago after my brother and I used to drive around looking at the the nice water front homes and taking pictures. my brother and I always loved the Victorian homes and were in awe at how gorgeous the landscape is. One day I was driving by the home and saw the daughter outside working on her lawn. I got brave and went over to talk with her. As it was, she was looking for someone who could stay nights with her mother while she flew. We became fast friends and to saw I had a dream job was an understatement. I cared for this elderly lady for three years.

After the mother passed away, her daughter asked if I would still watch her kitties since she still had to fly twice a month. I stayed there for another four years until I had too much going on and was unable to anymore. 

I found out what being envious of another is. I was able to stay at what you would call a luxury resort it was that special to I would come home to my small house that I wished had some of the charm of the their home. The daughter helped me a little to add to my home but over time my good friends helped me paint, plant some trees in my backyard and expand my back patio. I put in a memorial garden in honor of my sons, and started to make my house really feel like a home.  Yes, I have a ranch style house but with Victorian charm. 

I am glad I had the opportunity to be part of the Stuart ladies lives and was able to care for the mother and later the cats. I have learned to stay home on my days off and like my staycations every week. With the pandemic and flight cancellations mess, I didn’t really want to travel anyway. I put up my fall decorations and put my warm comforter on my bed and I am all ready for the snow to fly. Life is full of lessons and sometimes you have to look at what you do have and appreciate it and I have learned to love where I live. 

Someone asked me one time what was the best feature in my home I turned my son’s old bedroom into my dressing room. I love getting dressed there in the morning and putting on my pajamas at night. I know of so many who has lost a child and cannot bear to open the bedroom door. I think Levi would have been happy I chose to transform his bedroom into a space where I can come in a get dressed and sip my cup of coffee in the morning. His old book shelf that a friend gave to him many years ago, became my new book shelf full of my Author friends books.

 

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