Monday, November 26, 2012

Random Acts of Shopping

How'd you do? Credit card maxed out yet? Well, there's still time, most of the "deals" expire at midnight, right? I admit I bought too much too. But I am proud that I did NOT venture out to shop on Friday. Well... I did walk next door with my son to the Country Cobwebs. Hey! They had hot apple cider and ginger snaps. And I was with my son, so it's family time... and shopping local.

My sister's family was visiting and we played pictionary on my wall. And ate too much cheesecake.

The uni-brow Lilah Bean ate too much turkey! (See the pile of bones?)

And when we could pry the three teenage boys off of Minecraft, they were super helpful and moved all my boxes from storage in my mom's attic (she's moving).... into my mudroom!

Oh-oh. It didn't look like quite that many boxes when they were in the giant attic! I had hoped they'd be mostly old receipts from my stamp company - like the first box I opened- and then I could just recycle them. Nope. Guess what they were? My TOY collection! About 50 boxes of action figures, in their packaging. Everything from Coneheads, to Star Trek, to Inspector Gadget. And don't snort, but there are at least ten boxes filled with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! And yes - I DO have the Ray Filet with color change. And I have a talking Venom, a talking Buzz Lightyear, and I'm not sure if Jack Skelton talks...

I was up til 2 am last night trying to sort out the bodies. Now what!? Selling them off on line will be a full-time job. But I do need my mudroom back soon.

So, in honor of consumerism, collectible-itis, my daughter Lilah's birthday, and my cat Lilo (see note below), I am having a Free Shipping Sale on my Etsy site. Until Wednesday night (November 28th), all US orders over $75 will ship free. Use the code: LILOSHIP. You will need to enter in the code in the promo box during checkout or it won't be applied.

What's up with Lilo? (That's actually, "Lilo Bean JellyBean") She is famous for her role in Zentangle for Kids. Well, seems that her URIs are actually a tumor. That might be TMI, but she's in a lot of pain, slurping pregnisone, and there isn't anything that can be done to help her. She's had a really good life, but it is cruel not to let her move on to Kitty Heaven. So she'll climb that Stairway tomorrow. I'm too much of a coward to take her in to the vet, but my mom promised she'd hold her hand. My RAK is to not prolong her suffering for my own benefit. And also, not to ruin the holidays for my kids. I'll start crying if I don't distract myself soon. Yep, she's my fur-kid. So I'm going to blow off anymore work tonight. Put on my pjs and watch TV until very late. Lilo will curl up under my knees and purr and purr. And THAT will be my memory of this fabulous feline.


  1. Sandy, so sorry about your kitty. I know how that feels. It's hard to let go even though it's time. My sympathy to you and your kids.

  2. And that will be a lovely memory to keep of Lilo. Be strong, Lilo will be playing with all the others in Kitty Heaven. I lost 2 in the last 2 years so am sending you big hugs as I understand. x

  3. Condolences on losing your precious fur child. It hurts so much to do what you're having to do, but it's an act of loving an animal to the very end of a too short life. Lilo will live forever in your heart.

  4. Poor Lilo. And poor Sandy. Hugs.

  5. I'm so sorry about Lilo. It is so difficult to lose a fur kid. I didn't do well with that so I'm not getting any more. Big hugs to you and your kids.

  6. Sandy, I'm reading your post with tears in my eyes. Oh, I so feel for you and your beloved Lilo. Kitty Heaven sounds like the place to go, and she'll be with you forever. Take care.

  7. Hugs for Lilo! What fond memories you all hold of her! I know first hand how they leave such a void in your lives!! They are definitely valued family members! Hugs from Oklahoma from me and my fur child.

  8. Thanks everyone. It will be easier... after. It will be difficult again tomorrow though, when my kids come back home from their dad's. I have to tell Lilah.

    Whenever a fur kid passes on, I make some sort of memorial - a stuffy, a painting... something. And now we also have a "pet cemetery" in the back yard. I should post about that - it's rather amusing. :-)

  9. Hi, Sandy,
    Oh, so sorry about Lilo's passing! When I looked at the photo, he looked/looks just like our Uriel! Such a sweet face! Big hug for you and your children!

  10. I'm sorry to hear about Lilo, but you are wise to spend the time with her. I have a similar memory for my mastiff Liam, and I'm so glad of it.


  11. My thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow. I feel for your loss.

  12. :-( The house feels so empty! And the couch pillows don't purr when I accidentally talk to them. I need to clean up the litter box and food dishes. Is it horrible of me to be thinking of the next fur-kid already?

    1. Sandy, I'm so sorry about your Lilo kitty... I lost two of mine in 08 and 09, and yes the house felt REALLY empty without them. It's not too soon if you're ready for it, though! We only waited 6 months because we knew we would be moving and didn't want to put a kitten thru that. Now we're back up to 3 fur persons, two kitties and our greyhound Onyx. Sending hugs...

  13. A week ago today I had to send one of my cats there too (a tumor on his spine...we even had an MRI done hoping it was just a bone issue). So I totally feel for you, it totally ruined my Thanksgiving.
    I too am working on something to remember him by, but I am a total mess when I try to think of it.
    I too am thinking of giving another kitty a home by christmas too. We have love to give, so I don't think it's horrible either!
    I recently found the bag (I thought I lost) that had my Zendala's you taught to us at the CZT gathering in the summer, so that was one good thing to come out of last week at least.

  14. Sandy and family,
    It's always difficult to say goodbye to a beloved fur-kid. But to think of giving another a good home is probably what Lilo would want for you. The next fur-kid won't be a replacement, but will find another spot in your hearts to fill with love. Peace be with you. Vicki W.

  15. There is nothing easy about letting a fur baby go. Be strong. So sorry you have to go through this. Hugs to you and your family!!
    Lena R.

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