Break Time

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I will be taking a Blog Break for a while. I need time to focus on some things that have been needing my attention. In hindsight, I think it is overdue. I am not sure how long I will be away from the computer, but you will be the first to know when I am back.

You know where to find me. Take care of your loved ones and be sure to take care of You! HUGS!

A-Z: 2018 Reflections

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Well, I don’t know how I did it, but I actually completed The Challenge. Three years in a row! Not too bad, if I do say so, myself. There are many who do such a better work of this annual challenge. I know many who do and have for years, too. Some of these dedicated souls are: Messy Mimi, Curious as a Cathy, Patricia, John at The Sound of One Hand Typing, and Ellen of 15andmeowingThere are so many more that I just cannot list here and now. I was so impressed with what I read and enjoyed during the post Challenge. You all rock!

I wanted to share a handful of favourite pieces of my own writing. I do believe that I shared some of my more relatable writing, too. It was important to me to be authentic and open. In return, I appreciate the comments, questions, and support. I hope you enjoyed my words and thoughts. I plan to keep writing and sharing, and I plan to keep getting better at both.

April was very busy in many areas of life. The A-Z challenge is easy, compared to daily Life. My writing is affected by life, though. It is often how I think things through and sort them out. Sharing these poems and stories can connect others with that process for themselves. Or, they may relate to the experience that I share. I will keep sharing. It is a wonderful thing to reach out and have someone reach back.

Here is the list of my April 2018 A-Z Posts. Congratulations to those that completed the Challenge. Thank you to those that read along with me and shared their thoughts. I will be reading from the lists for quite some time. Please join us for the A-Z Blog Challenge next year! It is a very

“My Writeful Heart”:
A= Acknowledgments
B= Believe
C= Camouflage
D= The Drought
E= Exist
F= Final Departure
G= The Guardian
H= The Horologist
I= Impasse
J= Joseph
K= Knowing
L= The Loan
M= Mirror
N= Number
O= Ozark
P= Mr. Peabody
Q= The Queen
R= Requiem
S= Seeds
T= Thirst
U= Unspoken
V= Victory
W= Willow
X= X
Y= Yearn
Z= Zinnia

For the Love of Chloe Jo

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Chloe Jo is having a rough time. Her last vet visit did not go well. The exam revealed some problems that needed immediate attention. She had to stay in the hospital for treatment and monitoring. One of her vet techs took this picture of her seeking refuge under the cage paper. Chemo has been increased. Thankfully, she is home, now.

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Chloe Jo’s prognosis is very limited. If we can stabilize her, she may have up to two years. Our main concern is her quality of life. She deserves to be happy every day of her life. That is what we will be working on. It is all about her. It is all for the love of Chloe Jo. Always.

Thank You!

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This is just a thank you note to everyone who reads, comments, and follows McGuffy’s Reader. We appreciate each of you, your kindness, and your prayers. The A-Z Challenge, sick furkids, my own health, have all made for a complicated schedule. We are human, so we get behind, get overwhelmed, but we never quit trying to get things right. I plan to visit everyone this week. Please know that I truly appreciate you all. Thanks…and hugs!

Chloe Jo’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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From her very first days of life, Chloe Jo has had serious health issues. She had respiratory problems as early as two days old. It was necessary for me to do chest thumps on her to keep her lungs clear. Her lungs and sinuses suffered serious infection and permanent scarring.

All of her life, unusual health issues have plagued her. She has consistently fought kidney issues, including stones. Her kidneys are too small, while her bladder is oddly shaped. Gastrointestinal issues have also been a battle for Chloe Jo. Digestion and constipation have wreaked havoc on her.

When she is stabilized, Chloe Jo feels good and is happy. When she becomes restless and irritable, we know something is wrong. Often, it is not clear-cut. Sometimes, it takes a little detective work. But, it is all about making Chloe Jo happy!

Recently, we noted that Chloe Jo was restless, grouchy, and not her usual sunny self. Then, she began having some abdominal pain. We knew the intestinal issues were flaring up. It seemed this situation was worsening, though.

For the past two days, Chloe Jo has been in the hospital.  A complete work-up and more in-depth studies were done. In an effort to find what is causing her such distress, she was thoroughly examined. The results are not good. In fact, these results break our hearts. Chloe Jo has been diagnosed with Gastrointestinal Lymphoma. She will begin chemotherapy today, but she will be allowed to come home. The prognosis will be determined by her response to chemotherapy.

I cannot tell you how this has shaken us. Chloe Jo is the BabyCat. Her illness as a newborn caused her to remain emotionally preserved as a kitten. She loves being held, on her back, in the crook of your left arm. She will stay like that as she watches TV or listens to music. Music calms and soothes her, especially if it is Dad playing guitar.

Please offer up a prayer for Chloe Jo. And, thank you for your patience.This has taken an obvious toll on my visiting for the past couple of weeks. I will be working on that, as I also get ready for the A-Z Challenge. Positive distractions can be a good and healthy thing. We will make sure to keep Chloe Jo entertained, too.

We thank you for your prayers and support, and Chloe Jo thanks you, too. Hugs.

 

A to Z Theme Reveal: 2018

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This is my third year to participate in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Whether they have taken this challenge or not, most bloggers know what it is all about. Every day, with the exception of some Sundays, during the month of April, the challenge is to publish a blog post for the letter of the day. So, April 1st, I will again be taking up that challenge, too.

Today, we officially begin our frenzied mission with our “Theme Reveal”. Many bloggers choose the have no set theme, preferring to just go with the flow. However, most seem to choose a theme to keep them channeled. That is part of the beauty of blogging, doing it your own way.

Two years ago, I chose poetry as my theme. April is National Poetry Month. I shared some of my favourite poems. Some poems were well known, while others were not. I chose poetry by well-known poets, as well as by poets who were not very well known. Some of the poems were written by myself.

Last year, I shared a Soundtrack of Lifeblood Songs. These were songs that had lyrics that are meaningful to me. Some of these songs went back to my childhood, while others were newer, yet still powerful to me. As a writer, words are important to me.

May 2017, Bill answered my list of songs with his own soundtrack. He chose songs that had special musical compositions. As a guitarist, he speaks through music. After he critiqued my list, I challenged him to create his own. He did. That may have been a first for the A-Z Challenge: Non-blogger blogs A-Z Challenge Rebuttal. He had fun!

I have contemplated my theme for the past year. I knew what it would be, having decided last April. But, each post has been an ongoing evolving plan. And, it may very well continue to evolve.

My 2018 A to Z Blogging Challenge Theme Reveal is… “My Writeful Heart”. This April, I will share things that I have written. I will share musings, poetry, and stories. Some pieces will be older, some will be new. Some of these have been shared before, some have never been seen. I hope whether you have read them or not, you will still enjoy what I share. I always share my heart and soul. After all, the message and motto of my blog is: Live. Laugh. Love. Share.

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