He is all that I am thinking about right now. He is still sick, and the medicine that the vet prescribed is not making him any better. It is very sad to see him struggle to breathe. He still wants to be the same kitty. He will try to snuggle with us, but I can tell that it hurts. I have been procrastinating taking him to the vet because I do not want to make any final decisions for him. We love him so much. He is the best kitty. As much as I hate to say it, there is a financial component to all of it. We have had a lot of expenses this month. It is difficult to spend a lot of money if the outcome is the same. We have had him 9 years. He is at least 12 years old. He isn’t a spring chicken anymore, and even before he got sick we could tell that he was slowing down. This falling in love with your pets thing is hard. He is my sweet kitty, and even though I am the one to shove the pills down his throat, I am still his favorite.

I have been taking him outside to walk around. The excitement of being outside gives him a rush of adrenaline and makes his breathing easier. He doesn’t have the energy to go far, but I can tell that he is very happy out there. I just sit on the patio and watch him walk around. He knows that he is getting a special treat.

Last week, Scott and I drove around northern South Carolina and hit some antique stores. We didn’t buy anything, but it was entertaining. Some of the junk stores were very overpriced. We are getting better at recognizing a good deal. It is always amazing how much money people think their junk is worth. And let’s face it, most of it is junk. If you see the same stuff over and over again at many antique stores, you know the value is low. I watch antique road show. That makes me an expert, right? Anyway, we still had fun being together.

He has a job interview tomorrow. They called while we were driving around last week. It took him completely by surprise. He had forgotten that he applied for this job since he had applied for it almost 2 months ago. Anyway, he is going to go, but we aren’t expecting anything to come from it. He is slowly but surely getting all of his retirement paperwork done. I can’t believe the ceremony is just 3 months away.

We got the financial paperwork for my daughter’s freshman year at college. They are going to give her $20,000 in scholarships and grants. It almost pays for all the tuition. We have to come up with room and board. As hard as it is to swallow, I think it is pretty fair. I think about the tuition at the private high schools in the area, and we will be paying less for my daughter to be in college her first year than we would if I sent Freckle Face to private high school. I know that many people do not believe that college education is worth the expense, but I am not so sure. As Scott looks for work, we see the requirements for many jobs. Unless you know that you want a technical degree, which can be a very wise move, I think a college education is valuable. Anyway, all of the jobs that he is looking at require a college degree. I am not saying it is right, but it is the way it is.

I suppose I should do some laundry or something domestic. I was pretty lazy this weekend. It is surprising how fast the house gets messy. Sometimes I think I did a poor job teaching my kids to pick up after themselves. Is being a slob a born trait, or can you train it out of them? I know that my mom tried and tried to get me to be neat and tidy. It just never took. She would say things like “I raised you better than this” or “How are you my daughter?”. Maybe we are just born that way. Let me know what you think.

Have a great week!