Dear Caterina and other SOS fans...
Loved the dalmatian cats and the look-alike tubbies.
I will be quiet for a few more days because Dear Elaine -- Last Wed. morning a large black spider sat on my face, which naturally woke up. Instead of lying still, I sat up suddenly and shouted. Mostly I didn't believe that it was legs I was seeing at such close quarters. The spider took alarm and bit me in the nose, I slapped it across the room, and couldn't find it again, and am now very sick with a kind of wandering poison in my veins that hits this sppot and then that. I have to say that I feel like shiit and am not tracking very well on anything. The doctors gave me cortisone and something else and told me it wold pass in 3 days. It is now day 5. If anything, I feel worse, so I may try to get to the clinic this afternoon, just to see if there is anything else that can be done.
Also have ahouseful of abandoned puppies and the mother of four of them -- a total of 8 pups and 1 adult -- all divided between rooms. The bedroom I have reserved for the cats and their privacy, but the house is constantly awash and needs to be moped and cleaned up 4 or 5 times a day. The humane soc. is supposed to come any day now to take them all away. -- except for one puppy that I will keep by me for a while -- a tea-cup-sizd pup that should not have been taken from its mother, as it has trouble with solids and wants mostly materna (baby milk formula). I may keep it. We will see. More about dogs and cats when I feel better.
So far this year, there have been no stray kittens or cats. They are mostly all dead from the rat poisonings.
As to me, I passed my 65th birthday on March 31 -- an Aries through and through. I am California-born, and have lived in 7 US states and 8 European countries before I settled here in Israel. I am a professional editor (English language) and do author-pays publishing in English. (website: www.israel.net/mewrites
I have always loved animals, but only in very recent years have I begun to really understand them. I have a Beduin sheepdog and a houseful of cats to thank for that, and for making me more tolerant of human animals as well. I am a meditator, a practicing solitary witch with an interest in kabbalah, a teacher of meditation, and a palmist in my non-professional and more spiritual life, I write poetry, books (nothing yet published), articles and short stories (some published), and trained most of my life to sing classical music -- in my old age I settle for a range of folk music. I passed through 2 husbands, had 2 children, and went through various changes in life such as the dog kennel owner phase, the gourmet cook phase, a wedding cake bakery phase, and years of political, civil liberties and environmental activism phases, and am now just tending my own spiritual growth through meditation, gardening, and my interaction with my rescued children.
A brief summary. Not an untypical life for a person who has lived this long or through these particular times. Not at all the life my grandmother or mother would have enjoyed, but I have, on sum, enjoyed it and continue to do so.
peace and love, Catherine