Saturday, October 14, 2006

PHOEBE




I lost one of my best friends today. Her name was Phoebe and she was one of my precious guinea pigs.

I got Phoebe a little over 5 years ago at the local Petsmart. I had gone in and seen this dear little brown and black guinea pig with crest on her forehead. That was Chloe. When the sales lady handed me Chloe she began talking about one of the other pigs in another cage. She pulled out and handed me me a white ball of fluff. She had longish hair (though not quite as long as a long-haired one), was all white except that her face had a black and brown type mask (like a raccoon). So Phoebe and Chloe came home with me. Chloe was only with us a year and a half, she was a little runt and never really grew; so her life expectancy wasn't very long.

Phoebe continued to live within my female guinea pig community. She was always very friendly and a breeze to clip nails. About 3 years ago, Phoebe developed a skin condition. She had to be quarantined from the herd and bathed frequently in addition to her medicine. Needless to say, Phoebe and I became quite close during that time. She loved the hair dryer after a bath. Though her skin condition cleared up, her hair she had lost didn't come back (which is unusual); so she looked quite pathetic; but she stayed the mild mannered pig that she was.

Six months ago, Phoebe's hair grew back! It seemed very odd to have come back after all that time, but all her hair came back and she was once again the beautiful pig I had purchased. Before vacation I had to have one of Phoebe's cage mates, Molly, put down due to tumors. Within the next 4 weeks, I lost B.J. (who was my oldest) and Tweek (my long haired). Since they say things happen in threes; I had hoped my pet deaths were over.

About a week ago, Phoebe didn't come out from underneath her cage shelf for her morning carrot. She was lying on her side, but did take the carrot when I put my hand under the shelf. Through this past week she would get up and move slowly, her back legs were not very usable, but she continued to eat. Yesterday, she was so soiled I had to clean her; I then made the call to the Vet, as I knew it was time.

This morning Phoebe left us and is in a much nicer place free from pain and with fellow companions that had left earlier. Being a Christian I fully believe there's a place in the afterlife for animals, though I know Christians who do not believe that. But if that were true, what purpose (other than food) would these animals serve for mankind? "The Forty Days of Purpose" by Rick Warren was a Church study that was to show you, your purpose in life. This teaching says that this life is preparing you for what God has planned for you in Heaven. It says that whatever your most passionate about, is what your purpose is. My passion has always been animals. I hate to see them suffering and it angers me the way people just toss them away when they become too much of a burden. If my passion is animals and that passion is what my purpose in heaven is to be...then there has to be animals there. I had done a search one time on "After Death Experiences"; it seems that all children that have had one always talk about going through the place where the animals are.

And the Bible tells us the following :

Genesis : 9, 13-17
I have set My rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.
Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between Me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.
Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth."
So God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant I have established between Me and all life on the earth."

Revelation 5:13
"And EVERY creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and ALL that are in them, hear I saying, "Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the lamb forever and ever."

Genesis : 9, 13-17
The same fate awaits man and animals alike.

(Ecclesiastes 3:18-21 TEV)
"I decided that God is testing us, to show us that we are no better than animals. After all, the same fate awaits man and animals alike. One dies just like the other. They are the same kind of creature. A human being is no better off than an animal, because life has no meaning for either. They are both going to the same place -- the dust. They both came from it; they will both go back to it. How can anyone be sure that a man's spirit goes upward while an animal's spirit goes down into the ground?"

Animals are Innocent
(Romans 8:21-22 KJV)
"Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now."

So see, God loves us all.

Monday, October 9, 2006

Kevin Spacey

I absolutely adore Kevin Spacey. Actually that probably is no surprise to regular readers here or my close friends. I don't know what it is about that man, but he just does something to me. My husband handles this "crush" very well, even to the point that Kevin's show in Atlantic City was my Christmas gift back in 2004. He also overlooks Kevin as my computer desktop (home and work), Kevin's voice when the computer boots up, the Lex Luthor figurines on the computer desk and the many trips to 7-11 he made to get me Lex Luthor slurpee cups. Yes, I'm that addicted.

One of the best things about being a Spacey fan (other than Kevin himself) is the friends I have met via the internet. You would think at my age (42) I would be all by myself, after all aren't star crushes for teenagers? But you'd be wrong, I have met more woman in and around my age with the same infatuation.

Kevin lives in London and is the artistic director for the Old Vic Theatre. He currently is in the play "A Moon For The Misbegotten" there. A good many of my internet friends have been traveling to London to see this play. I, of course, do not have this luxury. Jen and Joanne left this past Saturday. They attended a special production at the Old Vic on Sunday that included a reception afterwards. They got to meet Kevin, they got to shake his hand, they got to drink champagne with him!!!! They were attending the play tonight, they will go to the stage door for an autograph and picture afterwards, then they will spend time at The Pit Bar and more than likely he'll be there. I'm very happy for them.....but I'm raging with jealously!!!!!!

The play may come to Broadway in the spring. That will be my chance of seeing it...but I doubt the chance to meet him will present itself.

I must win the lottery to get to London.


Monday, October 09. 2006 Kim wrote:
Okay, L, if it does come to B-Way with Kevin, you can most definately meet him. You get there early, locate the stage door...you may have to ask around to find out where the actors exit after the play. After the show is over, you high tail it to that door and wait. Trust me, I have met and gotten autographs from folks such as Linda Lavin, Mandy Patikin etc, all by waiting by the stage door!
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Saturday, October 21. 2006 getout77 wrote:No, you don't have to win at the lottery. Well Stratcat, you have 2 months left to pack your luggage and fly to London DON'T MISS IT! Is it so expensive to get to Europe? Ask from your husband as a Christmas present, yeah!

Tuesday, October 3, 2006

QUOTE

"People will forget what you said,
People will forget what you did,
But people will never forget how you made them feel."


I pulled this quote from the new Reader's Digest. It says it is quoted by Maya Angelou (you'll have to look her up on the internet - I had to).

Every once in a while a quote catches my eye and sticks in my head, like this one did. As everyone that reads here knows, the past few weeks of my life have not been good ones. To be honest, they have not gotten any better. I'm getting ready to leave for 3 days of training for a job I'm not even sure I want anymore. I always have prided myself in my work, I've always enjoyed my work. But in the past 4 days of work, I've come to realize that I could really care less about the place. Things have been put into motion that make no sense. And people that I thought I could trust or were my friends, I've discovered are not. So the quote caught my attention because:

1. Something was said. And though I know what was said, I no longer remember it word by word.
2. Something was done. Yes, it happened, but precise details no longer exist.
3. How you feel. Yep, I know how I feel. I know how I felt from the first moment it started.
I know how it has felt each moment, and I know who has made me feel this way.

So the quote's true....you'll remember what it was all about but overtime the details will blurr. But that feeling and who brought it on, you'll never forget it. It's forever etched within your mind and heart.

Don't think it's true? Think back to the times your feelings or pride have been hurt. Do you remember the exact details moment by moment? Bethcha' don't. But I bet that old hurt feeling is coming back, bet some of you even have tears in your eyes. Bet some of you are cursing me for making you feel that way again.

I just hope that when someones remembers how I made them feel - I made them feel good.






Tuesday, October 03. 2006 Kim wrote:
Yup, love that quote and have heard it before. It really does say it all. I suppose that life is made up of those little blips in the road, but often they are never pleasant. What I try to remember though, is what I learned from them.