Friendly Fill-ins: Week 98

We are happy you are here for another week of friendly sharing! As always, you can find the fill-ins here and at each Thursday. On Fridays, we post the link for sharing. Please link your post as directed. You can answer in the comments if you need to. Remember to visit other blogs. There is no rush, and it is worthwhile.

I did not visit much this week, but hope to read more this coming week. I read blogs, but just never had the thoughts to comment. Please understand. I spent a lot of time at the vet or just sitting, caring for a very sick little BabyCat.

You may have read about Chloe Jo’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. She is struggling quite a bit right now. As always, her health history complicates things. Her bloodwork is way off what it should be. Her kidneys are not stable. Her intestines are very compromised, especially her transverse colon. If she was otherwise healthy, this latest diagnosis (Gastrointestinal Lymphoma) might be more manageable. But, with her entire system so fragile, it is very difficult for her. She has an excellent vet team who loves her as much as she loves them. We will all do whatever is best for Chloe Jo, and she will let us know what that is. Right now, we are working on keeping fluids up and regaining an appetite. Time will tell if the chemo works for her.

We honestly appreciate all of the prayers, support, and understanding. Sometimes, when it rains, it pours. I thank every one of you who have put up their umbrella to help shelter Chloe Jo from this storm. There are no words to adequately express how meaningful this is to me. Chloe Jo is my squeaky wheel. She is special, perhaps because she needs so much. 

Have a wonderful first-weekend-of-Spring doing what you love. I will see you soon!

1. I am the proverbial “black sheep” in my family. Considering all of the water under the bridge, and the many moons that have passed over it, I am okay. Yes, I was different than the rest of that flock, but sometimes different is good. Perspective is everything, I believe.


2. I have two siblings. Life can be complicated. You can be raised in the same house, but be very different from your siblings. The paths out usually vary, too. Sometimes, in order to keep yourself, you have to let go of someone else. This is especially true when they were not holding on to you.

3. I am looking forward to seeing John Prine in concert this Spring. It is a privilege to be able to see and hear this master storyteller live and in person. If you are not familiar with him, check out Angel from MontgomeryHello in ThereParadise, and other classics on YouTube. In the 2017 A-Z, we referred to John Prine and his connection to our area with his song, Lake Marie.

4. The first sign of Spring this year was the initial stirrings of wildlife. Seeing the baby skunks and beavers, the return of the Sandhill Crane, Robins, Red-winged Blackbirds, Swans, Pelicans, and many others has been encouraging. I believe Mother Nature is the best weather forecaster.


~Spring is in the air! Enjoy!~

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37 thoughts on “Friendly Fill-ins: Week 98

  1. Hari OM
    Chloe is still on the POTP daily…
    I am the one who walked a different path
    and am the first of four
    am still waiting and looking forward to spring
    which has shown next to no signs of arriving here by the Hutch yet!!!
    Huggies, YAM xx

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  2. We are certainly sending tons of POTP and prayers your way for sweet Chloe Jo. She certainly has more than her share of issues but is definitely in the best hands possible with you. It’s one thing – as you say – to go into a medical issue with HEALTH on your side but when you’re already compromised in that direction, one more serious thing makes it that much more difficult. Anyway, we are cheering from the sideline believe me. I identify with many of your fill-ins this week (as usual!) – In my early life I chose a path which would at least temporarily alienate me from my parents but fortunately I had support from my siblings. I believe we all “wound up” where we should be though – I can say that looking back, even the difficulties and hardships were worth it because I became stronger. I hope that you have a good weekend – we send you hugs of strength.

    Love, Pam and Teddy too

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  3. Continuing to pray for Chloe Jo. What a little fighter she must be! I love “Angel from Montgomery.” I never fit in very well with my family either. I think most of them still think I’m nice, but weird. 🙂

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  4. It looks like you made out OK even though you were different from the rest of your siblings. I’m sure your animals are glad that you’re different.
    We’re getting signs of spring here like the river is open, potholes on the roads, dirty snowbanks, melting snow puddles, mud and mating Eagles.Still lots of snow on the ground.
    Hugs, Julia


  5. Annie, I am so saddened by the news about Chloe. You and Chloe have all my prayers. I have been having my own challenges reading, posting, and keeping up so I am sorry to be late with love, hugs, and prayers for you in this very difficult and emotional time.
    Your pictures for the Fill-ins are always smile producers! So true about having to let some people go from your life to allow yourself to survive. Spring is here in Florida, but she is a bit chilly! I hope to be back doing the Fill-ins next week.


  6. Many base values of our 2 kids are the same, but if anyone looked at them from a distance, they’d probably think they were polar opposites and couldn’t have come from the same family.
    Love the sheep and cat pics.


  7. Great answers, I am glad you are different, it is what makes you special. And believe me, I know you can come from the same family and not be at all alike- also a good thing. I am praying for Chloe Jo, I want her to have a lot more time with you XO


  8. We continue to send purrs and prayers to Chloe Jo, and to all of you! We have no doubt that you will take whatever path is best for your sweet girl.

    Your fill-ins are as fantastic as ever. I really appreciate how you answered #1. I honestly believe that being “different” is one of the best traits a person can have. This answer of yours reminds me of one of my favorite quotes by Albert Einstein, and I believe I’ll use that quote as my Sparks for Monday. Wishing you all a happy, healthful Friday!


  9. Thanks for the update on Chloe Jo. I’ve been thinking about her and praying for her.

    Looks like you have a very interesting relationship with your siblings. I don’t even talk to my brother anymore. Toxic waste dump and he’s mean. Physically mean.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend, Annie. Big hugs. ♥

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    • Sandee, I actually have no relationship with my family. The ones I did are gone. The ones left here were never there for me to begin with. I was there for them, over and over, until things became irreconcilable. I see how truly unhealthy they are for me. But, they have their own journey. I chose another path 41 years ago. i will survive. HUGS.

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  10. I like being the tie-dyed one in my family, and I think you turned out pretty awesome too! 🙂 Sometimes it is hard to believe that siblings were even raised in the same family, I see this so often. We all have our own journey.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and Chloe Jo all the time, and I’m praying that just maybe there is hope for healing. If anyone can help her do that, it is you.

    Our lone little tree is adorned in tiny green leaves this morning, and filled with tiny wrens and a redwing black bird, Spring is surely here in West Texas, though I wish it wasn’t quite so scorching hot.

    Have a truly good and blessed weekend ahead, Annie. XOXO

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  12. What you said about family is unfortunate – but true. Though you say you’re fine – there was still pain in those words. If they can’t see how beautiful your heart is in every way … you have to let them go. It’s not fair – everyone deserves better. I’m still negotiating just what that means for me. It’s not easy – especially where nieces and nephews are concerned.
    I always know when Bear’s not feeling good because he gets EXTRA clingy. I love that about him.


  13. I am sorry to hear of Chloe Jo’s continued health trials. Poor baby. 😦 I will pray for her to be healed and restored.

    From one black sheep to another, I’d rather be a black sheep than like everyone else. Popularity has never been my thing. It would be boring to be like everyone else. “They” need us black sheep to liven things up. 🙂

    Have a blessed weekend!


  14. WordPress blogs are a difficult time for me to respond to. I will do my all to use a workaround. Google lets me respond with paid WP blogs but not the free ones. I have had this clash between Google Blogspot and WP for several months. I found a work around by trial and error for several WP blogs. I didn’t know where you were but as you commented I FOUND YA!
    I am devastated about Chloe Jo. I would be about any of the babies there, but she is special to me. I will be supporting her prayerfully.
    Katie Isabella and Mom

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  15. Love and hugs to you all during Chloe Jo’s illness – Princess Cookie Cat and Lord Rocky Horror send furry smooches.
    I can totally understand your answers to the first two fill ins, and I even wear a bangle that has the quote; “just because my path is different, doesn’t mean I’m lost”.
    Have a peaceful week Annie.


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