Sunday, June 20, 2010

Mostly Cabal...

A late night post from a rather tired me, but it's certainly time for one, and I seem to be still awake, so here you go...

Great couple of nights of shows, despite the new Plan (not mine) of switching between playing outdoors on the patio, and then moving in. Lot more work, but I do have to admit the outside is kind of fun. It's very like having to play two gigs in the same night, different crowds and very different shows. It may work. But it is truly a lot of work.

Still tho, playing and making it work, and making people happy is so very far the best thing ever, that I do maintain, it is well worth it. Paid back. In Spades.



First off, since I wanted a picture of Cabal tonight, him being the main focus of this post, here you go. There's the Boss, with Jason Webley last winter, and out Hero, Cabal. It seemed appropriate this being the last night of the EvelynEvelyn tour and me having a bit of EvelynEvelyn withdrawal and missing everyone on the tour..

Moving on, as the Boss has not done any sort of detailed post, him being involved in writing and nothing but lately, I will fill you in on the Cabal situation. He's been limping, and not moving well, which has gotten worse over the last couple of weeks.

Last year he had a torn ACL tendon, on one of his back legs, and he now seems to have done the same to his other back leg. NO idea HOW. He's a dog, these things happen. The remedy for this is surgery, once again. It isn't fun, but he will recover from it. (Doggie Health Insurance has WAY paid off here)

He'll be pretty restricted for the next six to eight weeks. He goes to the U of MN vet clinic on Wednesday and it is then we find out exactly what the schedule, timeline and prognosis will be. I will keep you posted.

For those of you confused, on the Twitter feed, the Hummingbird in the house is a very much error and NOT an idea we have had to improve the ambience.

I wanted to write more and tell you about meeting amazing photographer Ben Zvan today, and him bringing me a canvas print of the coolest picture ever, (me and Amanda Palmer on stage together) and also a pretty darn cool photo of the Boss from that same show for her, but I am fading fast. Much Rock was happened.

As I am typing this I have been worried about Mim nipping down to pee on me, as she has been. Well she hasn't, but Magic just BIT MY FOOT!

Excuse my language, but WTF?????

Ah. Good to be home.

Love and All Furry Friends,
Lorraine

138 Comments:

At 02:07 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Uh oh...not so good about Cabal's leg. He's gone and done a Shiraz on you (doing both legs) Hope Boss will be home after the op (presuming Cabal has another op) so that you get some time to spend at home with those weeing & biting Bengals! I think Magic was just telling you how much he has missed you.
Sounds like I missed something interesting on twitter...

At 02:07 Blogger Dragonsally said...

and tickywicky

At 02:09 Blogger Mary said...

Some dogs have knees that are just prone to the ACL thing. When our dog blew one of hers, the vet said it was a matter of when, not if, the other went -- and sure enough, during a simple "chase the feral cat out from behind the shed" expedition, she blew the other. The good news is that the new knees are generally quite sound. Is he getting the TPLO surgery or a basic ligament rebuild? (DJ had the latter, worked fine.)

At 02:13 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Maybe he find you tasty?

Poor Cabal! I hope this one goes well - he was so much better after the last operation. Will Miss Lola miss her friend?
(And yes, thank goodness for animal health insurance)

At 03:37 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

Hope Cabal recuperates without much trouble!

Maybe Magic bit your foot because he loves your foot. Serious Black bites my feet all the time. It's only a problem when I'm sleeping and end up kicking him across the room.

At 03:40 Blogger Antiqueight said...

Sounds like the sets are fun though. Glad you are enjoying it even with the extra work

At 04:30 Blogger vampi said...

*twirls*

i bet playing in both areas is nice, especially while you have the weather for it. moving the stuff i can totally see as inconvenient. i would offer to be honorary roadie, but the commute is a bit much.

:( for cabal, poor guy. will having this surgery be easier now that it's warm? at least the cold won't be an issue with the shaved leg.

At 04:51 Blogger Dragonsally said...

*twirls Vampi the other way*

At 04:58 Blogger Marjorie said...

Did you manage to get the hummingbird out of the house, in the end?
Poor Cabal. At least he chose a better time of year this time round - although I guess keeping him from playing bouncily with Lola while he recuperates might be hard work.

The gig sounds fun, but very hard work, isn't the patio at the opposite end of the hotel to the pub? I hope they help out with moving your stuff.

I got nothing on the Magic situation. Was it a nip or an honest-to-goodness blood-drawing bite? I mean, the first could just be excitement...

At 05:33 Blogger vampi said...

box of twirls

At 05:39 Blogger Precision Grace said...

Ouchies but thank goodness for insurance. All my cats are insured too and with Louie's asthma, it sure can come in handy when the meds and vet visits mount up.

It seems that tendon injuries can be quite common in some dogs. What a palaver though, there is nothing quite so exhausting than having to contend with an injured animal at home. When Tonks injured his paw and had to be confined in the house for weeks, I almost went crazy with him.

Anyho, sending Cabal lots of love and get well soon vibes.

Magic loves you and also pinkies look like mousies. I always keep my feet firmly under the duvet to avoid chompage.

And yay for Mim not peeing on you! (Good girl Mim!!)

At 07:57 Anonymous Sam said...

At least you had a year long reprieve before Cabal tore the other ligament. My dog had surgeries on hers in July and then in October. I didn't even have a chance to halfway forget how horrible the rest/rehab period was for both of us!

At 07:58 Blogger Jane said...

So sorry about the leg. And pet insurance? Have been thinking about getting some, so it is a good idea?

Going to watch Steve take his refuge vows today!

At 08:21 Blogger Erika said...

Probably too late for this advice but . . . the easiest way to catch an indoor hummingbird is to turn out all the lights. Hummingbirds don't fly in the dark, so they'll flutter straight down to the ground when it gets dark. Then you get a flashlight to find them, pick them up and get them outside.

Of course, when I was trying to get the series of hummingbirds out of my garage I didn't have any feline assistance. That might complicate things.

At 08:30 Blogger Lioness said...

Poor Cabal. And with Lola saying "Come run, come run" it isn't going to be any easier!
And ouch! Your toes! Hope it wasn't a deep bite.

Its been too long since I checked in but I'm doing the Can't Stop The Serenity Screening in Toronto and it takes all my time. But next week is the screening and then I will be free to read up on all these happenings.
There is one in Minneapolis this year, you know!

At 09:12 Blogger DataGoddess said...

*Waves to Mary* I immediately thought of DJ needing both knees done when I read this post :-)

Yeah, keeping him quiet like you had to do last year, but with a puppy around this time might be a bit, um, challenging. Poor pup! At least it's warmer this time so Boss won't have to take him south.

Good thing you have a box of twirls, Vampi!

Maybe Magic just wanted to make sure you hadn't forgotten he was there (as if you could!). Or was just being a brat. Hopefully he didn't draw blood, or bite deep, you don't need to end up on IV antibiotics!

At 09:39 Blogger CarolAnn said...

MacGregor blew out one ACL and the vet said to watch him because the other one would go too. Sure enough, the next year we went through it all again.

I imaging Cabal is having TPLO because of his size. MacGregor is a cocker spaniel so he just got the basic ligament rebuild. It's been a couple of years, though, and he seems to be having some problem with the first leg. We're going back to the vet this week.

I'm thrilled.

Give Cabal a hug for MacGregor! :)

At 10:24 OpenID MrBillyBones said...

My best to Cabal for a speedy recovery. Sending him all sorts of good thoughts. Also good thoughts to what must be a very brave hummingbird to do a reconnoiter around the house. And lastly good thoughts to you for providing much ROCK.

At 10:54 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Morning all!

I am a zombie!!!!

The Hummingbird tho appears to be out of the house.

Lola is FULL of energy, I think she may be going to Doggie Day care while Cabal recovers. He;s not moving well, and once he has his surgery, he won't be moving at ALL for a while...

I am going to be a sloth today. Totally and completely, Have already turned down riding and a brunch. I want to be in my home and have a day OFF.

Which hasn't happened since end of May, kid you not.

At 10:59 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

Oh no! I didn't know bengal bites turned you into a zombie. I guess I don't want one... Or, is it just the F1s?

At 11:28 Blogger Jess said...

Bengal bites turn you into a bengal, surely. If Q starts climbing the curtains, we'll know she's in trouble.

Poor Mr. Dog! At least it's happened in summer, so you'll be able to keep him more comfortable. No fleeing south.

That patio seems like a nice place to play. But-- and call me crazy-- but seeing as it's summer, why move indoors for the second set at all?

(Well, noise ordinances, I suppose. So there, I've answered my own question. I am now talking to myself on the internet. Hello, me. Hello. How are you? Bit groggy today. Yes, I know, got that sleepy feeling in the eyeballs. Yes, that's right. Hmm.)

Think I may do a fat wad of Nothing today, too. It's that kind of day.

At 11:38 OpenID vinity2 said...

I'm behind and I missed the horsie post altogether :( sorry and sorry about Cabal. I hope the surgery goes well.

We're having our own little vet adventures which is one reason I've been so busy. Out of 6 cats we only have 2 1/2 that are healthy. I guess that is the problem when your kitty family starts to age. Next week looks rough.

At 12:24 Blogger Beez said...

Aw, poor Big Dog. Lola in doggie day care is probably the -best- plan. Puppies are such instigators. They can't help it.

I think Mim and Magic are each trying to claim you for their own in their individual ways.
Can't wait to see what happens when the rest of the clan joins in. Heh.

I am taking a day off today too. I can't quite remember the last one, but next few weeks are going to be wild n' wooley 70-80 hour ones.
So much needing to be done around the house though....blergh.

At 14:58 Blogger AletaMay said...

Hugs for the big goofy sweet Cabal.

At 15:51 Blogger Phiala said...

Poor puppy!

At 17:52 Blogger Lihua said...

We love Cabal.

At 20:17 Blogger Lihua said...

And I totally thought he was a snowman. In that picture, that is.

At 21:49 Blogger ariandalen said...

Glad last night's gig went much better, even if you did have to do the out/in switch again. :)

Sorry to hear about Cabal needing surgery on the other leg. Poor Cabal! And poor Lola for losing a playmate for several weeks. Poor Team Gaiman for having to keep them separate so that Cabal can heal.

At 00:43 Blogger Ms T said...

Woohoo! It's the shortest day! (Although because I have a Vile Cold it feels more like the longest day here at work.) Just thought I'd share...

Anyhoo, scritches for poor Cabal, and for Lola, who will be wondering where her playmate has gone.

At 00:53 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Isn't it great Ms T -our days will start to get longer again. Come back sun.

At 01:15 Blogger Ms T said...

Yup. Definitely missing the sun. :)

I remember a visiting prof from Arizona commenting that she couldn't understand why the landscape looked so, well, muddy in The Piano. Until she got here. (Heh. It's just a little damp at the moment.)

At 01:25 Blogger Na said...

*helpfully pushes the sun southward*

*mopes a bit*

sending virtual pats to Cabal the poor pup, & stoic thoughts for his care-givers; hope all goes well.

At 01:39 Blogger Dragonsally said...

I think you need all the sun you can get Na! I can tell its the shortest day of the year - I'm cold.

At 05:56 Blogger Lihua said...

Have a good Solstice, Sally.

At 09:34 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Poor Cabal. It's terrible to see our critters in pain. I hope the surgery goes well and the healing goes quickly.

I too wish I lived close enough to be your roadie for these occasions.

In two days I'll be on my way to D.C. for a conference. I'm long past looking forward to these things. But I will get to see Cecily and Lynn! That *is* something to look forward to.

At 09:34 Blogger One Sock Short said...

tick

At 10:03 Blogger Cecily said...

I hope Cabal recovers as well as he did with the last surgery. As the cats, I'm starting to think maybe they don't like where you are sitting...

At 12:49 Blogger Uisge said...

tick

At 12:50 Blogger Uisge said...

Got to see Play on Birds last night (starring Birdchick and NBB). Very fun. Had an almost overwhelming urge to yell 'show us your tits' when she broke out the birds with dirty names.

At 13:49 Blogger spacedlaw said...

She would have expected that, I think...

Cool link: flash panoramic view of Stonehenge

At 15:38 Blogger Fluffy said...

Oh, poor Cabal and poor Lorraine and poor Boss If He's In Town. Otherwise Poor, Poor Lorraine.

"And I totally thought he was a snowman. In that picture, that is." Me, too! And I was also thinking, "Wow. Snow in late June! Harsh." S'okay - the heat has addled the few brains I have.

I am in Full Work-Avoidance Mode today. In stark contrast to my usual terrifying efficiency, that is.

Just started a new book - "Sandman Slim" by Richard Kadrey. Very noir supernatural fiction. Only a couple dozen pages in but I already like it a lot.

At 16:13 Blogger Fluffy said...

WHAT shall I cook for dinner?

At 16:37 Anonymous Fast351sgr; said...

I had a German Shepherd growing up, and she blew out her knee. How, you may ask, big dangerous dog that she appeared to be? Chasing bees and butterflies, something of which I hear are near Cabal's house!

At 18:41 Blogger Jane said...

New kittens are here! Photos on FB and Twitter, do all of you (or all who want to see)follow me somewhere?

I think most of you do.

Not many photos yet. They're still finding their way around the house. And being a little wild in the meantime. For such tiny creatures they have heavy paws!

At 19:13 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you and Mr. Gaiman won't put your backs out again. Having to carry him down the steps up and down every day because he won't go to bathroom on the deck. I hope you can find a space for him on the first floor.
As for the food biting, Magic might have thought your foot was food.
Kit Marlowe

At 20:09 Blogger Cecily said...

OK I have hit really unhappy about this whole not getting the emails thing...So I am asking for ideas.

We can not find them in any junk folders. I have logged out and back in twice now. YES I have clicked the send me emails box.

Am I at the point of just make a new google account for this blog? I know my google account is working as my calendar is working.

*sigh*

At 20:49 Blogger Dragonsally said...

why can't I see kitty photos on twitter or FB Sharon?

At 21:32 Blogger Chantrelle said...

I love having a weekend away at my dad's cabin. No internet, no phone, no electricity. But a kitchen and a bed. But I hate coming home to the frantic list of shit to do before morning.
I start my new job at ben's school tomorrow. Just 2 days this week and then whenever they need me this summer until i start 2 days a week in mid-august through the end of the school year....weird to have a (paid, non-mom) job again, it's been a while!

OK, insane to-do list. Gotta get to it.

Lorraine, I almost called you on my drive home because, well, I was bored on the long drive, but ended up listening to AFP while ben watched movies on his iPod instead--Ben usually doesn't let me have productive phone conversations!...but I was thinking of you :)

At 21:32 Blogger Chantrelle said...

oops...ticky.

At 21:42 Blogger Jane said...

I'm not sure, Sally - OK, they were posted on Twitter from @calvin_cat and you may not follow him. But they are on my FB profile, check there.

At 07:16 Blogger Lihua said...

Oho nightmares are so far from fun. But the thing is, this nightmare may POSSIBLY have come from the latest Doctor Who episode, the episode that kind of made me want to put my fist through a wall ... or a TARDIS ...

At 09:22 Blogger vampi said...

cecily, i dont think it's you, blogger has been acting wonky.

i have to log in every time.

next time before you post, type in your log in info, and then click preview. then you should be able to click to have comments emailed.

it looks like the preview is now a hover box, so you need to click edit to edit your post again and click the comment box.

At 09:59 Blogger vampi said...

has everyone seen this?

i am loling.

At 10:49 Blogger Jess said...

Hey, kids: Cynthia Toy sold Lilitu this morning, and the proceeds are going straight to GLBR. Yaaay!

Now that's a birthday present.

Yeah, Emily, I was having mad whacko Doctor Who dreeams last night, too. It's going to be a long week.

At 10:53 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Happy Firbday!

At 11:12 Blogger Jess said...

Why thank you and thank you again! And ticky.

At 11:39 Blogger Cecily said...

Vampi, That was actually the thing I did that made my emails go away! I had NEVER previewed my comments before, did it once and *poof* no more emails. But I am going to try it again right now and see if it magically reverses the crazy.

At 12:33 Blogger Jess said...

They should have a way of subscribing to comments without having to log in and leave one. Lurkers Unite! Etc.

At 13:18 OpenID k8et.com said...

Hey - popped over from link on Neil's blog, and really have to laugh at the hummingbird connection. You know Lisa Snellings just blogged about the same thing?
http://slaughterhousestudios.blogspot.com/2010/06/dirty-work.html

Very ironic considering both of you have connections to Neil... what is up with these birds?? :D

At 13:44 Blogger AletaMay said...

Happy Happy Firbday to Jess the Wise and Witty!

At 13:59 Blogger Jess said...

No no. You're confusing me with someone else. I'm Jess the Annoying and Slightly Deranged.

At 14:02 Blogger Marjorie said...

Can't you be both?
Happy Firbday again, tho'. Enjoy:-)

At 14:14 Blogger Jess said...

Wittily Annoying and Derangedly Wizened?

At 14:28 Blogger Lihua said...

You, Jess? Annoying?

At 14:29 Blogger Marjorie said...

That wasn't *exactly* what I was thinking....

At 14:31 Blogger Marjorie said...

What I meant was that what with being so wise & witty, if you decided you wanted to be annoying , to someone who really deserved it, you could work out how to do it.







(did I dig myself out of that hole, yet?)

At 15:01 Blogger Lihua said...

You were not in a hole, Marjorie! I promise. I was just thinking, "Huh. Interesting notion. She wouldn't use her personality for annoyance." No worries.

At 15:50 Blogger Jess said...

Mm hm. Mm hm. You know that for sure, do you? ;D

At 16:12 Blogger ariandalen said...

Happy Firbday, Jess!

Hi, Sam, Fast352sgr, Kit, and k8et! You are now Fiends! Here is a nice white, buckled jacket for each of you. Over there are all sorts of supplies for personalizing your jacket. Welcome! :)

At 16:32 Blogger Fiend-in-law said...

Oh, Jess knows how to be annoying....

;)

At 16:34 Blogger Precision Grace said...

Ohhhh Happy Birthday Jess! It's my mum's birthday today too. :)

Hope lovely day is being had by everyone.

At 16:36 Blogger Fluffy said...

Just sitting here wondering what not to do today... so many things to choose from. This is one instance in which indecisiveness may pay off big time.

Heh. Happy Firbday, Jess! I'm thinking of what I can do that is night-gardenish. Thinking, thinking.

At 16:48 Blogger Jess said...

He's right, you know. Even now, I have my poking finger poised just behind his head. He can't see it, but on a deeper level, he senses it.

Go Fluffy Go!

At 16:54 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Happy Firbday to ewe Jess

I now have a really bopping earworm for the day. Thanks Wits.

Not enough tea yet for a longer comment..

At 17:49 Blogger Fluffy said...

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At 17:55 Blogger Lihua said...

Yes, I mean, I can SEE Jess USING her powers of Jessness to be annoying. Like, you know, if she WANTED to. And Jess, I didn't know it was your birthday. Please o please tell me why I cannot write on your FB wall? So. Anyway. Happy birthday.

At 19:43 Blogger gaypet said...

Happy Birthday Jess-the-clever! ^_^

At 19:51 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

Happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy happy Firbday!!!!!!!!

RAWR!!!

At 20:16 Anonymous kali_licious said...

*peeks in and waves*

Back to school next week which means computer access again! Oy the catching up I have to do.
I've sure missed this place:)

Poor Cabal. Mim is peeing on you now???

Time to go play catchup...

At 20:46 Blogger Cecily said...

Happy Birthaversary to the amazing Jess who manages to get flaky artists to actually get off their ass and collaborate with something! You rock! \m/

At 20:47 Blogger Cecily said...

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At 21:39 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

I have a job interview tomorrow at a trade magazine. I'm really hoping I get it!

At 21:47 Blogger AletaMay said...

Hi Fiends! I am taking a break from taking funny tests for this tutoring service with which I am hoping to find some tutoring gigs. I am doing well on most of the tests but I am reminded that I really never learned anything beyond the most basic Math.

Good luck on your interview Wendy!

Hope the Day of Jess has included FUN!

At 22:01 Blogger Jess said...

Cecily is well ticked off! /pun

Well thankee all and sundry, and RAWR right back. (Does it mean something that Wendy goes RAWR within 12 hours of my waking from a Mad Weird Dream in which I was shouting down a roomful of people? We were in a meeting, they weren't paying attention. I had to make them shut up. If you don't shut up now, you're out of this meeting, understand? I RAWRed. And the next meeting, I'll be looking after you all LIKE YOU'RE FIVE. And they shut up. Then someone brought out a birthday cake. So well done me with the nonsensical threats. Apparently they were cakeworthy.)

Emily - I've been overzealous with the privacy settings on FB lately. At some point I'll relent, probably.

At 22:08 Blogger Cecily said...

fourth try is the charm? Pleease

At 22:11 Blogger Cecily said...

YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!! Does happy dance I got the email!!!

At 22:47 Blogger vampi said...

at some point i was reading fiend comments on my blackberry and must have combined them because i had this thought about how cool a nightmare garden would be, and i had visions of little nightmare bees pollenating the budding nightmares making dream honey...

it made a really neat picture in my brain, but i'm no where talented enough to do anything with it, so i'm sharing with fiends :)

At 23:55 Blogger ariandalen said...

Vampi...you sure you haven't been playing Echo Bazaar? ;)

Keep pushing those ideas and associated words together and around and you'll have something. After all, not all poems rhyme, nor do they need to rhyme. :)

At 23:57 Anonymous Lysandwr said...

H'lo, all.

Hugs to Cabal, Firbday greetings to...Jess? Sorry, I"m trying to catch up quickly.

Just leaving this message to a) explain absence and b) ask favour.

Mom is ill. Incredibly ill. WAAAAYYY more ill than I realized or than she let on (lesson here: parents lie. Just like an eight year old with stolen cookies.)

Went to the ER; congestive heart failure, pneumonia, pleural effusion (partially collapsing one lung, or something like that. The XRay was mighty ugly) Blood oxygen: 70. No, really.
Sludgy blood (too much hemoglobin) High white blood cell count. Legs so swollen (plus swollen hard abdomen) that she bruises if you touch her. Oh, and liquid comes out of her legs.

Refused the airlift to Albuquerque hospital. Refused treatment (they did pump her full of steroids and put her on oxygen 24/7.) Docs say "well, if she wants to go home-legally she can refuse....we just don't think she will survive without treatment."

Fell the next morning. Back in ER.
Cracked pelvis. Refused airlift. Refused admission to hospital. Accepted prednisone, walker, lasix and massive antibiotics.

She was doing better this week. Incrementally.

Fell again early Monday morning...out of the chair she sleeps in.

Today...in and out of full lucidity. Lucid enough everytime I mention hospital or ER to refuse.

Forehead feels like a high temp.

SO.

I'm awfully scared. Two tours in Iraq; never this scared. We are all we have (mom and I.) Niece is a thousand miles away.

PLEASE put my mother in your prayer circles/blessing ways/whatevers...

Her name is Brenda.

I love her very much.

At 00:11 Blogger AletaMay said...

Oh Lys. Such difficult stuff to deal with. Hugs to you and your mom and you are both in my thoughts/prayers.

At 00:11 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Oh dear, Lys, this is awful.
Hugs.

At 00:20 Blogger ariandalen said...

{{{{{{Lys}}}}}}

::SIGH::

I'll be thinking of Brenda, and of you. I'll be praying for the best.

At 00:29 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Oh Lys, I can imagine how you must be feeling (((((((Lys))))))
((((((Brenda)))))))
You're both in my thoughts?prayers

At 00:38 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

(((((Lys))))))

At 00:40 Blogger Na said...

{{{{LYS!}}}}} {{{{Brenda}}}}

At 00:42 Blogger vampi said...

:((((((((((
*snugs* lys

At 00:46 Blogger Na said...

and on a wholly different note,
HAPPY FIRBDAY TO YOU, JESS!!! tra la la la!
(please allow the CAPS and !!! to make up for belatedness.)

fried brain here. t'usual. *mrfle* night/morning, you lot.

At 01:08 Blogger Marjorie said...

Oh Lys, so sorry to hear this - very tough time. You and your mom will be very much in my thoughts . Hugs and love to you.

At 01:15 Blogger Precision Grace said...

Very sorry to hear about your mum Lys. Can't imagine how you must be feeling but I can imagine how much you love your mum. Have you asked her why she is refusing further treatment?

Sending healing vibes your way. And hugs.

At 03:45 Blogger Dragonsally said...

I just got this in an email - someone has drawn a woman from the inside out with one of those etch things……
this is amazing

At 05:57 Blogger Lihua said...

I'm sorry, Lys. Please tell us how things are going.

At 06:08 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Lys, you and Brenda are in my prayers.

At 08:12 Blogger Cecily said...

(((((((Lys))))))
((((((Brenda)))))))

Is there a point where you can say she isn't cognitive enough to make her own medical decisions?

At 08:57 Blogger Jane said...

OMG Lys I just read your news and am so sorry! I'm sure what is making it harder is that you don't even know what you SHOULD do.

I'll appeal to a higher power for you, my own mother's prayers seem to work extremely well and I'll ask her to add Brenda and you to her prayer list.

At 09:28 Blogger Artful Lawyer said...

Been away for a bit - hugs and prayers to Lys and Mum.

At 10:06 Blogger bengalgirl said...

Lys, I am sorry about your mom. Healing thoughts go out to you and her. Sometimes we have to let our parents make their own decisions even if we disagree with them. I have personal experience with this.

At 10:08 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Oh Lys, that's awful! Sending thoughts yours and Brenda's way.

At 10:38 Blogger Arwenn said...

Lys - what terrible news! I will certainly send prayers/thoughts for both of you...

At 11:56 Blogger dabbler said...

Lys, Healing thoughts for the highest good coming from here, and tears, as well.
That sense of helplessness is devastating...and no one can know what's best.

And belated Happy firbday to Jess...May the Pirate Rumbustifications Continue.

At 15:35 Blogger Lihua said...

Thank you for the marvelous word "bustifications". Lys, I hope you're all right.

At 20:47 Blogger AletaMay said...

I believe it is Cabal to the vets day today. Hope it is going well.

At 21:03 Blogger Ms T said...

Lys, you and your mum are in my thoughts. Kia kaha, e kare.

Um Sally, you appear to have suddenly acquired a new PM. There is much interest over here as we were expecting a visit from Mr Rudd next week.

And good luck to Cabal!

At 21:08 Blogger Dragonsally said...

We have Tracy and I cannot tell you how excited I am. Just listening to her speech now. She is awesome.

At 07:18 Blogger Lihua said...

Got two books to review here, and they look like apcray.

At 09:37 Blogger Madeleine Bouquet said...

I'm so behind.

Hugs to Phiala, Lys, Cabal, and anyone else who needs them. You'll all be in my thoughts.

At 09:38 Blogger Madeleine Bouquet said...

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At 11:39 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

Lihua-

I used to get review copies at conventions I went to, and a lot of the books would be self-published. A few were really good. But, OMG! Most of them were ::headdesk::

So, the guy I thought I might be interested in dating is just really annoying and too much work. But, last night I drummed up two potential dating prospects (casual). Well, maybe 1.5. Unfortunately, the .5 is the very exciting prospect.

At 11:44 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Morning all!

Waiting to hear from the neurologist on Cabal, we've been back and forth all week. Poor guy may have a disk on his spinal cord that is pressing adn causing the fron limping.

He is still scheduled for surgery on Monday for his back leg, but that may not work until his from legs are dealt with.

Poor doggie!

I'll keep you updated...

At 11:56 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Poor darling boy...

At 12:24 Blogger AletaMay said...

Poor Cabal and his people. Good thoughts.

At 12:53 Blogger Lihua said...

I hope things turn out okay with ol' Cabal. And Madeleine, Im lucky enough to avoid self-published books. Agreed, some of them are probably great and deserve to be discovered. On the other hand, there are those that ... you know. I mean, you WOULD know.

At 13:44 Blogger Phiala said...

Hugs for Lys and Brenda, and strength to deal with tough times.

Scritches for Cabal, poor puppy.

And for Emily, guess where I am?

At 17:04 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Wow, where is everyone? I don't think I can remember it being so quite here. I feel like whispering so there is no echo.

At 17:06 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Huh, well look at that. I comment and then all of a sudden I get an email with chatter from overnight.

Ear rubs for Cabal - poor fella.

At 17:47 Blogger Jane said...

Poor Cabal.

Lys, how is your mom?

At 20:40 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Looks like we might visit Sally in August! Hopefully at least! Wheee!

At 22:33 Blogger Dragonsally said...

And am I excited or WHAT!
I'm already thinking about the places to visit.

At 01:54 Blogger Ms T said...

Oooh, moi, jealous much? :)

Couldn't tempt you into swinging by the small country slightly to the right of Oz mapwise as well? We have fun things like this
It's a (Knitted)Tree! to marvel at.

I have to admit that I snuck a quick look at the calendar to see if I could manage a visit to Oz around the same time, but it was not to be. I mean, there'd be the bank robbing to organise and all. *sigh*

P.S. Big thanks to Sally for telling me how to insert a link.

At 02:28 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Well dang, Tracy. How much fun would that have been? We could have shown everyone that we ANZACs know how to party!

At 02:30 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Does anyone know of an email address to contact the Blogger team? I'm getting really tired of the repeated attempts to sign in, so I can leave comments. *kicks Blogger like a grumpy toddler*

At 06:57 Blogger Lihua said...

That's awesome, Phiala! Are you still so close by? That's just way cool.

At 09:45 Blogger louisa said...

Hello! ::waves::

That's all I got.

Oh, wait and a bionic cat (vets can work miracles, scritches to Cabal)

At 10:26 Blogger Chantrelle said...

We will make it to NZ at some point too...it's on our list!
Hubby has to go to Sydney at least one time per year for work. We went with him 3 years ago and can finally go back again this year. It'll happen again.

I think we'll be able to catch Boss at the Opera House too! I hope at least. I think we'll be getting into Sydney on the 4th or 5th and he's there on the 7th. We'll see!

At 14:05 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Sorry I haven't been chatty, with our Housekeeper out for 2 weeks, Neil going to London (where I can now say he won the Carnegie medal!) and Cabal, there hasn't much time or inclination.

New Cabal post is UP tho...

At 08:02 Blogger Phiala said...

No Emily, I'm afraid not. It was a whirlwind trip: we drove from PA to CT on Wednesday, spent Thursday poking around southern New England, then drove home Friday. It was a lot of time in the car, but a very nice trip.

At 14:27 Blogger Eva Lyford said...

My dog has had dual knee replacements and came out just time; do the recommended exercises afterwards (and keep up the health insurance - it saved me buckets of money on the dog. Her health insurance has at times been better than mine.) I hope Cabal's surgery/recover goes as well as hers did.

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