in retrospect

It is going to be 2018 very soon…

2017 is generally a good year but sometimes a bit of challenges and problems pop up along the way. There are happy and festive memories with some sad ones too but life goes on… just pick up the pieces and enjoy, be thankful, be merry and do good deeds.

JANUARY. The year started wonderfully. Family reunions and celebrations were the best part of this month.

FEBRUARY. So lucky enough not to be celebrating valentine’s day alone. My youngest son was my valentine’s date. We had a nice dinner and just enjoyed each others company. We talked about his wish of finding a job and capped our date with watching valentine’s day fireworks display.

valentine’s day fireworks display

MARCH. My daughter’s birth month and my niece’s wedding. All my family stayed in a resort as we waited for the big day. It was so memorable as it was the first wedding in my family. It was also my first time to walk down the aisle wearing a lovely beaded lace gown as one of the principal sponsors. The event was so magical.

 

APRIL. Welcome home Toyota Wigo. I helped my eldest son of finally having his own car. Also, my youngest son’s dream of having a job finally came true and we are all so delighted about the good news.

MAY. I really have no plans of adding more cats in my household but i just couldn’t turn away a fur baby in need. Goldie is a rescued black cat and he became my number 7. He received all the medications he needed, was neutered and i welcomed him to my home.

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JUNE. My nephew’s birth month. I really looked forward to birthdays as it’s that time when we have a sort of mini family reunion. I cherish every moment i spend with all my family.

JULY. My mother’s birth month. So much to be thankful as my mother celebrated her 84th birthday.

AUGUST. My late brother’s birth month. I still miss my brother. He was gone too soon.

SEPTEMBER. My youngest son’s birth month. My sister arrived from abroad. My african love bird Lemon crossed the bridge. I experienced so many emotions this month. Happy as we celebrated my son’s birthday, excited that i finally hugged my sister when she arrived home for a short vacation and sad when my bird Lemon crossed the bridge because of old age.

OCTOBER. My eldest son and my sister is sharing the same birth month. I am happy that my eldest son has a steady job working as a chef in one of the popular comfort food restaurants. Since my sister is working abroad, greeting her via a phone call is the best thing.

NOVEMBER. My birth month. I renewed my driver’s license but sadly the plastic card might be released by early next year because of back log in processing. How frustrating! I must CONFESS that i became so emotionally weak during this month. I’m only human and sometimes i also get to experience being at the lowest part of my roller coaster ride. It was triggered by a post i’ve seen on social media wherein “they” looked so happy as a couple and as i looked at myself, all i see is just me… i am alone. Life is so unfair. Well, after a heart to heart talk with my sister i became okay. Sometimes, all a person needs is a good cry to pour out all the heartaches and release all the emotional burden… and afterwards heavy loads inside the heart simply feel lighter. As they say, life goes on…

DECEMBER. Happy month. Finally renewed my passport for my travel plans next year to visit my sister in Dubai. Yey! The most fun of it all is celebrating Christmas Day with the family. The best part is i welcomed a new fur baby AKIRO. Here’s her first selfie with me… Isn’t she cute. I love this teeny weeny bundle of joy.

first selfie with akiro

As i begin to welcome the new year 2018, i would try to do better, be happy, start on a positive note, rid of all the negativities, begin a new chapter, start afresh with new set of dreams. To myself, to my dream.

Looking forward to a happier 2018.

what 3 months of TLC (tender love and care) can do

Several months ago as i open the sliding door leading to the terrace, i was surprised to see a thin small cat by the door meowing for attention and food. I knew he was hungry as he was meowing nonstop. I hurriedly gave him food and water and he gobbled up as soon as i put down the bowl.

I tried petting him as he ate and did not hiss. As i stroked him, i noticed he was thin as i could feel every bone under his thin fur. He had a lot of bald patches, lots of scars, some open wounds and lots of cat lice eggs that look like white dots on the strands of his fur. I knew this kitty needed help. He looks like he had a rough time in trying to SURVIVE out of his own fending for himself. So, I just let him get settled at the terrace and by late afternoon i noticed he was still there. He made the terrace his home. After several days when i felt that he was comfortable enough to trust me, I brought him to the vet for a much needed exam. He was vaccinated, dewormed and given anti-lice treatment. After 2 weeks i took him to the vet again for anti-rabies shot.

These days he is rounder and definitely gained a lot of weight. And as i stroke his fur now, it is evident how thick it has grown. In just a short time, he transformed from an ugly thin and sick looking cat to a beautiful black panther with bright golden eyes… truly a GOLDIE.

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Update: Goldie got neutered and finally an indoor cat. He is my number 7.

minus one plus one

We all enjoyed opening our gifts on Christmas Day. I had fun too.

My sister gave me Pandora arm candies. Star, cat, paw and heart beads are all my favorites. Each bead has a meaning. Star is my cat’s name and Starlight is my WordPress site, cat bead represents my love for cats, a paw bead represents all my pets and the dangling heart bead stands for sisterly love. It has the word “sister” written at the back. My sister is keeping the other half and the other half is with me. How cool is that!

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I also received a gorgeous Long Champ handbag from her and a 2017 planner that i absolutely adore. But there is still one Christmas wish that i still long for. I hope Potty, one of my outside cats will find his way back home. It’s been 12 days. I am still heartbroken. He is a sweet and friendly cat and i miss him everyday.

A week ago, my eldest son found a black kitty sleeping on his hamper at the terrace. Because of his bright golden eyes i named him GOLDIE. I have been feeding him everyday and he hasn’t left the terrace since then. I guess he considers my home a RETREAT.. a place of unlimited supply of cat food and water which he desperately needed, a haven where he could finally relax, and a shelter where he could sleep peacefully. I think he had a tough time from where he came from because he has some battle scars, he is thin and some fur missing but he is very sweet cat. It’s been a week since then and he already made my terrace his home.

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One cat missing and one cat knocking on my door… minus one plus one. Rescuing a cat is sometimes not planned. Goldie begged for food and i just couldn’t turn my back on him. He is welcome if he decides to stay.