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Coming back to add, that I spent the night and all morning worrying about a cat and her kitten that my neighbor abandoned outside. I didn't realize they were out there and what bad shape they were in until last Thursday. I rushed to the store and got some cat food that I started feeding them before the hurricane came. When I saw the pair this afternoon after the worst of the rain had passed, I felt so relieved. Tomorrow I am calling the SPCA to see if they will come and rescue them. Another neighbor told me the mother cat has been declawed! Dear God/dess Almighty.
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Good. You've checked in. Knowing where you live I've been worried. That you have checked in means, presumably, you have St. Edison's voltage running through your home. Given her size, damn good thing Irene wasn't more powerful than she has been. Earlier today she stretched a wingspan of 500 miles.

As for the kitty cats and their owner I can't say anything polite. No need to remind me why I think so little of this species of ours.

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Hi Tere,

There is more to the neighbor/cats story. Briefly: Yet another neighbor refers to my cat abandoning neighbor as white trash. I don’t know. Her life is in chaos. Emergency room visit after punching a wall. Can’t pay the rent. Doesn’t even collect her mail. Caring for cats is the least of her worries.

I just wrote a sort of field note about my night with Irene:

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"Given her size, damn good thing Irene wasn't more powerful than she has been."

Amen to that.
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Not everyone was sparred from Irene's wrath:

Hurricane Irene 2011: Upstate New York, Vermont Face Major Flooding

The major cities of New York and Washington in better shape than anticipated, new dangers are arising for the remote and rural portions of upstate New York and Vermont, where massive flooding has already devastated several small communities.

Throughout upstate New York's Catskill Mountains, several small towns have been completely submerged by floodwaters, which have roared down the region's many rivers and streams.

Much of the land in the area was already waterlogged when Irene arrived, dumping another 10-15 inches of rain.


To read more:

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Kat, I was expecting as much. That is what happens, especially in the mountains. I think it was Hurricane Camille. I think it was in '72. I was in VA. When the rains reached the Apallachians flash flooding, the worst kind, was widespread. People ripped off creek banks and carried away. Bad stuff. I feel for the affected people.

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Home from Montana. Between 5 A Monday and 2 P yesterday, Saturday, I logged in 70 hrs. Of the many work trips we regularly make around the country, working with bee keepers, unquestionably this was the hardest. Bee yard work was back straining hard and travelling was considerably less than uncomplicated. Motel beds are impossible for me. I averaged maybe 3 hrs sleep a night. But I get back home with a story to tell. Maybe 2. What makes the trip worth it. Look for a new installment in the Waffle House thread.

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I just rediscovered a runboard board I used to visit. I think some here will find it worth while.

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Much sadness today. Earlier this week I learned that an old friend I hadn't seen in a number of years was in a serious car accident and is in ICU with a collapsed lung, a crushed pelvis and other internal injuries. We went to visit him on Monday. He is in a medically induced coma, and once he is stable enough will be transported to another area hospital for surgery. Then this morning we learned that the 3 year old son of a very dear friend died yesterday. The little boy, Alex, had Downs Syndrome and was born with a heart defect doctors thought they had corrected. I recently got to spend some time with him, and he was a sweet baby, very pleasant, always smiling.
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I'm so sorry, Kat. I hope your friend recovers. The news about the little boy is devastating...

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Sad news, Kat.

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Sorry to have been away from the board so much this past week. My good friend R's father died, and I attended the funeral on Friday. He was 89, suffering from renal failure and in a nursing home. The family feels his passing was a blessing and a relief from his suffering.

I received this poem in an email from Copper Canyon Press on Friday and wanted to post it here in BD's honor:

The older man among us

The older man among us looked right through me. Lost.
Without expression. Long look. Who were you?
I had a glass of water in my hand.
Are you my grandfather? Would you like to drink?
I wished I was a horse, and I could lay
my head over your neck.

By Jean Valentine, from Break the Glass

 
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Sorry for your loss, Kat.

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hi Kat,

Something about those last two lines that says it all--it's always good to see you on the board,

Chris
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Kat -
I am sorry for your loss.

I have been lurking in the shadows, so even though I don't have much to say these days, I notice absences. Good to have you back.
-s
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Dear Tere, Chris and shab,

Thank you for your kind thoughts. And, shab, so happy to know you are lurking. emoticon

I realized I tend to come to this thread when something is troubling me, and then I forget to follow up when they are not. I am happy to report that my friend, who was in the car accident and in ICU, is doing well, all things considered. I had lunch with him a few months ago, and he is slowly rebuilding his strength and his life. As for the two kitty-katos I started feeding during Hurricane Irene, one of them, Henry, went to the SPCA, and the other one, Jasmine, now lives with me. emoticon
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emoticon Happy New Year, everyone! emoticon
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Dear Board Buddies,

I learned yesterday that my friend's mother, who is like a second mother to me, has a tumor on her brain. We don't know yet if it is a be benign cyst or cancer but will find out in a day or two. Everything is up in the air, which means I won't be around on the board much. I wanted to let you guys know so you wouldn't wonder about my absence. I hope you all keep writing and posting. I'll check in when I can.

    
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Keep well, Kat. Check in as you can. My thoughts are with you and your friends.

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Thanks, Tere. It turns out my friend's mom has a benign tumor on her brain. Although there is nothing they can do for treatment, it looks as if the tumor is slow growing, so that's the good news. The bad news is without treatment she is still at risk for fainting and falling in the future, something she was already at high risk for at 94. This is the kind of tough situation those who live long enough--and their families--must confront. emoticon

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Hi guys,

I haven't been around much recently, and I wanted to let you know why. My sister is very sick. The good news is she lives in the state of Massachussets, which means she has health insurance. (Thank you, Mitt Romney!) The other good news is that she lives an hour from Boston, so her local hospital sent her to a hospital in Boston that specializes in the kind of surgery she needs. She is optimistic about having the operation and hopes to feel much better in a few months after a period of recovery than she has felt in over a year. I am optimistic too, saying my prayers and keeping my fingers crossed just in case.

I have been checking on the board everyday and reading the new posts but haven't been able to focus enough to comment. Hopefully I will be able to start commenting again soon.
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hey Kat,

Very sorry to hear about your sister. Sisters are irreplaceable. I'm glad to hear she's getting the care she needs and sending her my best wishes. You too.

Chris
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So sorry, Kat. I am hoping she is fixed and mends. Take care of yourself too.

Tere
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Thank you both. My sister's operation is today. Never thought I'd be grateful to "the severely conservative governor" Mitt Romney for anything, but I am. When my sister got divorced a few years back, she lost her (ex)husband's health insurance, so I'm thankful, too, she no longer lives in the tea party run South Carolina.

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Clearly a case of having to dance with the devil, I suppose.

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Don't feel obligated to Mitt; thank the Mass. Legislature:

"In Fall 2005, the House and Senate each passed health care insurance reform bills. The legislature made a number of changes to Governor Romney's original proposal, including expanding MassHealth (Medicaid and SCHIP) coverage to low-income children and restoring funding for public health programs. The most controversial change was the addition of a provision which requires firms with 11 or more workers that do not provide "fair and reasonable" health coverage to their workers to pay an annual penalty. This contribution, initially $295 annually per worker, is intended to equalize the free care pool charges imposed on employers who do and do not cover their workers.
On April 12, 2006, Governor Mitt Romney signed the health legislation.[22] Romney vetoed eight sections of the health care legislation, including the controversial employer assessment.[23] Romney also vetoed provisions providing dental benefits to poor residents on the Medicaid program, and providing health coverage to senior and disabled legal immigrants not eligible for federal Medicaid.[24] The legislature promptly overrode six of the eight gubernatorial section vetoes, on May 4, 2006, and by mid-June 2006 had overridden the remaining two.[25]"

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Thanks for the information, libra. I much prefer being grateful to the MA legislature. Makes sense that they were the ones who did the heavy lifting and not Romney. Makes sense, too, that Romney would have taken credit for the health care law--before he didn't.
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A good news update: My sister's operation went well, and she is home from the hospital. A visiting nurse stops by each day to check on her. She can't drive for a month or go back to work for three months, but she is in good spirits and feels grateful for what she considers a second chance at life. Thank you all for sending good thoughts her way. emoticon
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Yay! Thanks for spreading the good news.
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Very good news.

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Kat: This must bring such ease to your mind. I'm really glad for you both.
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