Friday, October 05, 2018


Yes, it has been a very long time since I have posted. This is not for lack of wanting to post... my life has become too busy, and I am trying to sort that out and get back on track. It is hard to get any time to myself at the farm these days, and I need time alone to do my creative work. Fortunately I do have some amazing people helping me, especially my friend Sharron, who does a lot of work with the foster kitties, giving me some beautiful chunks of time.

 I can't remember when I was ever as exhausted as I am now, so obviously something needs to change. I am reflecting on all that while we are in Spain for two weeks...


I love love love spending time with animals and foster kitties, but having to deal with so many people every day is wearing me out. I am an introvert! I like people, but I need time to myself to recharge. So I am enjoying a good recharging in Spain with just my Gordon for company.

 Just before we left for our vacation, we discovered that our beloved boy Keaton had a huge tumour wrapped around his kidney.

Keaton gave the best hugs and had a purr like a babbling brook

A couple of weeks back, Keaton (a barn cat) disappeared for three nights, which was totally unlike him. When he returned, he was unwell with a fever and weight loss. He spent four nights at the vet, where his blood tests all came back normal. They managed to get rid of his fever, and he seemed well enough to return home. We put him in the granary so he would be safe inside while he continued to recover. After a week on Clavamox, I saw he was deteriorating and picking at his food, so he went back to the vet where he finally had an x-ray and the tumour was discovered. In a week, he had gained 2 kg of water weight, and the tumour was actually pushing his colon way out of place. 

There was nothing that could be done. Even if we'd found out about it a couple of weeks earlier, the results would have been the same. Cats are remarkably good at hiding illness.

Keaton was having difficulty with his breathing and had stopped eating much, so we made the decision to send him to Rainbow Bridge on Tuesday, the day before we left for our trip. He was only five and it was almost a year to the day since we lost Millicent, and of course we just lost Mootie in July. It has all been a bit too much for me.

Keaton was a one-of-a-kind cat, and the farm's meeter-greeter and mascot. He was also the favourite of our farm manager Luc, who had a very special relationship with Keaton. He brought him treats, and gave him a daily cuddle, and called him the king of cats. Which he was. A wonderful king indeed.

I wish he could have had many more years with us. I miss him more than I can say.

So I am taking it easy here in sunny Spain, reading and eating and enjoying some quiet time with my husband, and I am hoping that when I get back home, I will be able to manage my life a bit better and not get so exhausted again, and have time to post on my blog, which I do as much for me as anyone else.

Wishing you all a peaceful and happy weekend, and happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends!


  1. I can’t believe your remote location. Definitely peaceful! And beautiful. Close to the big city of Genalquacil!

  2. I'm so very sorry for Keaton's passing. I can see his hugs were amazing, he obviously was a very special Being.

    I hope the holiday in Spain helps heal your spirit, even just a bit. Wishing you rest, relaxation, and peace.

  3. I know the loss of so many cats this year and the recent loss of Keaton has been incredibly hard! I am so happy you are getting a chance to get away, renew and rest! Hugs!

  4. And a restful trip to you.

    1. Thank you, Joanne. It was great!

  5. My heart genuinely aches for you, Natalie. No one could've loved your dear, wonderful Keaton more than you & Gordon and Luc, you know.

    In the past year and 4 months, I've lost #5 elders in my Family: my mother, three aunts, and one uncle; plus, #2 of my first cousins, [i.e., one to cancer; then one to suicide] ............ yet not any of those sad events nor any of my dear patients' very difficult situations during my 35-year R.N. Career, [which also included some Oncology Nursing, too] ............ affected me as much emotionally as the sudden, premature death, (at the age of 8), of our sweet little (rescued) ginger cat "John" from liver cancer in December, 2015.

    It's crazy, I know, but my loving animals --as much as I do-- has made me a better person and, additionally, made me a better nurse, too. Treasure all those hearts, [i.e., in this weary world of ours], who genuinely love animals ............ and, seriously, cherish and treasure the tenderness of your own heart, Natalie!

    1. THank you so much... I'm sorry for all your losses too. t's hard when they are all bunched together like that.

  6. You know how upset I am about Keaton, and I never met him. But I hope you're having a wonderful time in Spain. You deserve a break. You can't care for others if your batteries are drained!

    1. Thank you for sponsoring him for all this time. The farm feels so weird without him...


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