June 13th 2008 11:47 am
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To our dear Catster friends....
This will appear in each of our diaries, and I hope it reaches everyone.
We all have been silent for several months, appearing for a few hours, now and then. Some of you know what has been going on, but many probably wonder what has happened to us all. Catster was our second home, and now we are all but ghosts here.
Nearly three months ago now, our grandpaw (Mom's daddy) found out he had lung cancer. While bad, he had the easiest kind to treat, and it had not spread. Grandpaw is 80 years old, and lives alone since grandma died in 1998. For two months, he was in the hospital, and mom had to take care of his house, finances, and still visit him several times a day. She and dad work together, in their small wiring business, and they lost much work during this time. Times have been very tough.
Grandpaw is now home, but needs assistance. Mom is so tired, she can barely think straight. To make matters worse, grandpaw had some unsavory "friends" who have been taking advantage of him. While he was hospitalized, they ran up a thousand dollar gas bill, and a $700 cell phone bill, plus stole items from his house. Mom changed the locks, but no sooner was he home, then grandpaw let them right back in. He is lonely, and thinks they are his friends, but they are not.
There is also a great deal of money missing from his retirement account, and mom and dad are trying to find out where that has disappeared to. That amount is over two hundred thousand dollars. The police are involved, but so far have been of no help.
Mom realizes that grandpaw is no longer able to make responsible judgments, but his doctors say he is competent, so she cannot get power of attorney. We are not sure what will happen next.
So this is where our time has been spent.
It was a hard decision for mom to make, to tell everyone our personal problems, and we will probably delete this entry after it has been viewed.
We want to send special love to those kitties that are our romantic interests, and who have been so patient when they have not heard from their loves in so long. That means you, Kiwi, Zack's beautiful girl, and you Arwen, so kindly waiting for Stinky, and to Annabelle's fiancee, N'bikay, for not rushing the wedding plans, and to Wally, our dear friend, and Sophie's soulmate, who has faithfully been here for all of us, and to our Uncle Oscar, who we all love, and whose mom keeps mine sane, and to our multitude of caring friends, too numerous to list, but all so loved, and so missed.
Thank you for not forgetting us.
We will be back...soon, I hope.
With forever love, purrs, and of course, hugs,
Sissy and Zack, Harry, Riley, Jack, Hannah, Enzo, Sophie, Stinky, Xerox, Angus, Annabelle, Cary, Kate, Queso, Copy, Wally, Lily, Ivy, Charlie, Matilda, Bubba, Pete, Emme, Violet, Claire, Lucy, Kira, DC, Griffin & Lizzy the dog !
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