And did you see what Sparkle wrote about me? “The other kitties in her family, Chey and Ichiro are a little more outspoken, so I am really happy my human gave this pretty tabby girl a chance to tell her story!” Yes, I am an ordinary little cat in a house of meezers. No wonder everyone thinks I am shy and retiring (although Mama says I have a very big mouth).
So there I was, hoping to fool everyone but Katie knew exactly where I was. “Madeira Island, Portugal???” “And more specifically, the statue is called “Cristo Rei Garajau””
Of course this statue looks very similar to it’s larger, more famous counterpart in Rio but Katie was not fooled in the least! Flynn of course suggested I visit and we would eat fishy flakes until someone got it. Sadly Katie was too fast!
Speaking of Rio, Katie said, “That’s what we though first! But when we looked at the details on their statue it was definitely different. We actually found it through a Taxi Cab website.” Lest you worry that Katie is forced to hail taxis on her world journeying, she has not actually had to do so. Just so you know. Because I was momentarily worried.
Pierre, Ashton and Newton said, “Katie’s gonna need a pair of pants with “smarty” stitched on!” And Katie and I are working on that. We figure one of these weeks when my human is too lazy to post, we’ll have Katie show off those pants and how she made them!
So it’s the holidays and you’ve been giving and giving and giving. Now all the charities seem to be out there asking for more and more and more. After all, people are supposed to be in the mood to give right?
Of course everyone is busier. So are you. So are the people you often rely on for support. Now fewer have time to do their shifts. Perhaps you are taking on more. Maybe not because maybe other people in your life are asking for more.
At any rate, it seems like there is just as much if not more work to be done and fewer people and fewer dollars to do it. Those who aren’t giving money to the other charities have gifts to buy and extra food and of course there might be some extra travel expenses.
So there you are, tired, worn out and you feel as if you have to give even more. Stop. It’s not up to just you. It’s hard to set boundaries at any time and seems even harder this time of year, but it’s all the more important to do so. You are part of a bigger web of animal lovers and rescuers. You play your role and do your part. And when you can’t take on the work of four other people, remind yourself that perhaps others need to step up. Yes, they are busy too. But if the idea of having to take on even more makes you feel like you want to curl up and cry, then you need to pause and take care of yourself.
Do something special for yourself, just for you, something that is fun. Let yourself receive something this season rather than just giving. Oddly, for many givers, of which most rescuers are, receiving is harder than giving. Let yourself feel the discomfort of really receiving a gift from someone and notice what that does. That’s a reminder you don’t let yourself receive often enough. However, in order to give you have to receive. You can’t give on empty. Take a breath. Receive the energy of that breath and then breath out, your gift back to the world.
The holidays are often exhausting. Remember to pause and take care of yourself. Remember you can’t give to everyone who asks. Set your priorities and take on those tasks that feed your soul the most.
Well Flynn was brilliant this week. Usually he helps me decide where to go but this time, when he hadn’t helped me with that he found me!
Vincent and Vespa knew it was in Newport, Oregon. Da brilliant tabbies o trout town said it was probably a bed and breakfast and that was right. Then Flynn said, “Is it the Grand Victorian B and B in Newport Oregon?” He was correct!
That is the outside of the Grand Victorian, a lovely bed and breakfast with a lovely owner. She serves quite delicious French Toast so if the Meezers wanted to come to by we could all have a great breakfast!