Thursday, November 8, 2007

is this week over yet?

Well, once again, my heart is heavy. I'm sorry my past few posts have been more on the negative side. It's been a hard week. Next week will be so much better, and I'll get to that here in a minute.

Right now it's late Wednesday night and I am not looking forward to tomorrow morning. By the time most of you read this, I will have had to take our family cat, Snickers, into the vet's office to be put down. I'll spare you all the details. The bottom line is that he has cancer and it's got to the point where he is not living comfortably. We've known for a year or so that his time was limited. We are thankful that we've had him for as long as we have.

But it is still a hard thing to do and a sad time, especially for Danielle and I. It's Danielle's cat and the two of us were the ones that loved him and took care of him. We will truly miss him.

Here's the really hard part; Dani can't come home from school, but she wants someone to be in the room with him when he's injected and takes his last breath. We've had to have dogs put down before and it's always Don who takes on this responsibility. I've never felt strong enough to do it. But now I have to, and I'm not looking forward to it. I know it's going to stay with me the rest of the day, if not longer. But I know how much this means to Dani, so that's why I'm doing it.

It's been a tough week. We need a vacation. Good thing we have one planned for next week. Oh yes, we do! This vacation has been planned for months and it's perfect timing. You can't even know how much Don needs to get away from his job, even if it is only for a week.

Where are we going, you ask? The same place the photo I posted yesterday was taken. My favorite place in the whole world. Okay, I haven't been to too many places in this world, but it's still my favorite. The photo was taken in... and Don and I are going to... the beautiful island of Maui. Oh yes, we are!

We leave early Saturday and will be gone for a week. We [just the two of us] will be in a tropical paradise in the middle of November with no responsibilities except to decide what kind of drinks we want to sip by the pool or what fresh fish we will order for dinner.

I hesitated telling anyone about this trip. I'm not even sure all of my family knows we're going. It seems like a pretty extravagant vacation to be taking in light of Don's job situation. But it was actually paid for long ago and we had to take it before January 1st or we would lose all the money we put into it. The resort is going to want us to buy a time-share, but that won't be happening due to Don's job situation.

So, we're going to go spend a week in paradise, enjoying time spent with each other, with very little to do, and hopefully leaving the stress thousands of miles away.

note: I am still planning to blog, but we'll see how that goes.

link of the day:


Momma Roar said...

I'll be thinking of you this morning. You are a wonderful mother to do this for your daughter!

Go and enjoy that vacation...but don't blog - I think you may find it more relaxing and peaceful! Mondays can be put on hold for a week - we'll still be here when you get back! Yesterday's photo was wonderful!

Momma Roar said...

just checked out the fun upto10 link, thanks, I'll share that with the kids today!

~Just A Thought Ginger said...

My heart goes out to you as I know how difficult this would be at our house. Oh, we love our pets and they hold a place in our hearts.

I'm with LA...go on that vacation and forget about blogging. It will be so good for the two of you. We will be here to hear about it when you get back.

jennifer said...

Diana...hugs. I am so sorry, as it seems to be pouring for you.

You are in my thoughts and prayers...

Bright point...come see the winners of the caption contest.

Lori said...

OH how wonderful for you to be getting away with your husband to Maui. Sounds like you both deserve a little get away. Thoroughly enjoy your time away.

Barb said...

My first thought was "oh no - not snickers!" I feel so sad for you and Dani. I know how much you must have dreaded taking him to the vet. I'll call Dani.

Your house won't seem the same - not seeing snickers asleep up on one of the ledges.

What an interesting site you listed.

Diane @ A Watered Garden said...

Diana, I was very sad to read your announcement in this post. My heart goes out to you as I know how hard it was on me to put our two dogs down last March. They had been with us for 15 years, my husband was out of the country, and it became apparent that the time had come. I cried for days. Please accept my "cyber hug" and sympathy. Blessings to you and Dani through this difficult time. On a lighter note... so glad to hear you and your DH will be vacationing next week!!! Have a GREAT time!! Diane

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Oh, I am so sorry to hear about your tough time right now. I am catching up with you and I can hear the heaviness in your heart.

I am so thankful that God's timing was so perfect for this trip! Go and enjoy - rest, relax, and leave the blog world behind!!!

I hope all goes ok with your cat. I have had friends go through that and it is so tough - pets truly are members of the family for many!

Jamey said...

Good for you! I hope you have a GREAT vacation and you can lay around, relax, and worry about nothing!!


Lynne said...

So sad about Snickers, my heart goes out to you. I love my pets and I can't imagine our home without them.

Enjoy your vacation, Diana.

Ruth said...

I am so very sorry about your kitty. We've lost many a pet, and they are like family to us, too.

I hope you have a wonderful, fantastic, glorious trip. I am so glad that you get to go. Have a GREAT time.

Penless Thoughts said...

Have a wonderful time on the trip.

Our Family of Five said...

Maui.... you go girl! I'm jealous. :)

I'm so sorry about Snickers. Blessings to you guys.

SharonB said...

I'm so sorry you had to put your cat down this morning. I am sure that it was not an easy thing to have to do.

Have a wonderful time! I agree with the others. Go enjoy the week, relax and we will all be here when you return! Even those of us who don't comment too often...but read.... :-)

Kelli said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your kitty, Diane (((Hugs))))
You definitely deserve a relaxing and peaceful vacation.


dad & glenna said...

A tough day, I know! And there's not a lot to say that will help. To say we've been there and done that many times, doesn't help you. To say that your brother will soon experience the same thing with Ed, doesn't help. But maybe the tears shed and the memories set aside with a brighter tomorrow ahead in Hawaii will help. Know we are thinking about you guys and extend our arms to hug you.

Dana a/k/a Sunshine said...

So very sorry about the loss of your pet. That is such a hard thing to bear. It is very sweet of you to do that for your daughter though. That has got to be so painful!! My heart is sad for you.

On the other hand, I'm really jealous of the week in Maui. That sounds wonderful. You guys have a great time. Wow, talk about great photography material!!!

Melissa said...

I'm so sorry about your cat. :(

As for Hawaii, I hope you can relax and find some peace there!!

childlife said...

Oh, I'm so sorry you're having such a rough week! We lost our family dog to cancer two years ago... those pets just take up residence in your heart, don't they? Prayers and cyberhugs coming your way...