Our beloved Jade

Princes Jade

Princes Jade

Our Princess Jade left us today.  She had skin cancer of the eye lid.  Something they say is common in white cats who like to bask in the sun.  Over the last week, the cancer has gotten very aggressive and we decided that the time had come to let her go.

Jade and her plant

We love you Jade and will miss you very much!

Princess Jade

That is what we call her…Princess Jade.  She is one of our two cats.  She is 15 years old (I have told you all this before probably), and we love her very much.  We are animal people and we get very attached to our pets.  Jade is a sun lover.Image

She spends (or used to spend) hours basking in the warm sun.

As you can see she is an all white cat.  We used to laugh at how she would find the sun and lay in its warmth all the time.  This photo is taken on the top of the stairs of the neighbors patio. 

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She loves this plant.  Sleeps four hours snuggled around it in the sun on our deck.

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Or when we moved it, with just her head resting on it.

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Or at the top of the stairs.

She loves the outdoors.  She spent a lot of time chasing squirrels, birds and dragonflies.  Not no more.  Jade has skin cancer on her eyelid…all of the sitting in the sun it seems has it repercussions.   Especially for a white cat, according to the veterinarian.   So know, if we let her go outside, we have to keep her in the shade.  This means constant supervising on my part.  Earlier I couldn’t find her and she was on the neighbors deck hiding under one of their chairs, but in the sun.  So I had to go over to their deck and retrieve her.  She didn’t run away as she saw me coming.  She knows she isn’t supposed to be their because she is very smart.  I said “Jade, you know you are not supposed to be here.”.  She meowed and walked towards me, let me pick her up and take her home. 

I took her to the top of our stairs.  Onto our patio, in the shade.  Sat with her and cried.  I know we will soon loose Jade.  And it is hard not to let her do what she wants.  The vets only solution was to take her eye.  However, she can’t see very good out of her other eye due to a problem she has had in it since birth.  We feel, at her age, to basically make her almost blind, would not be the best decision for her.  That she wouldn’t be happy.  

She is on a less evasive, naturolpathic treatment.  It will take some time to help and may or may not help at all, but we are trying.  We love her very much and are not ready to make the decision to send her to Summerland.  She is our Princess.  Princess Jade.

My Health Habits

OK I didn’t blog yesterday.  I seem to be having trouble getting started.  I feel I should be blogging about what is on my mind at the time I’m writing and what is on my mind a great deal of the time lately is my health.  My exercise and eating habits.  For those of you who don’t know I had a triple bypass surgery on May 2nd.  I have gone to two nutrition classes since then (part of my rehabilitation program at Kaiser).  One of the classes is Vegetarian Nutrition and the other was Heart Healthy Nutrition.  So of course I am supposed to have nothing fried, very little or no red meat, no fat or low fat dairy products, watch my sodium, no junk food, no fast food, and watch my sweets (since I also have type 2 diabetes).

I am not succeeding with this program.  Oh I am much better than before, but I had fried chicken a week ago and last night I had a fried pork chop.  No matter what the pork community tells you about it being the other white meat…the Heart Healthy class has it classified as red meat.  I feel bad whining about this because others have much worse problems than I do, but I’m doing it anyway.  I have a very hard time with the junk food issue (chips).  I want chips, cookies and ice cream.  🙂  And sometimes I eat them…sometimes too much.

I am also on an exercise program.  They want me to be walking for 30 minutes a day at a rate fast enough to get my heart rate up to at least 80 beats a minute.  There is a gym at my apartment complex so I can use their treadmill to get my 30 minuets in.  But I’m supposed to be doing this 5 days a week and I have trouble getting in more than 3 days.

The reason I am blogging about this is because I am hoping to shame myself enough to do better!  The nurse at the classes says we have to not be too hard on ourselves and understand that this is a process.  That we aren’t going to wake up the day after taking the class and do everything the new way.  That if we have a bad day, we need to just let it go and get up the next day to try again.  I don’t think having a bad day everyday, and saying oh well I’ll try harder tomorrow is quit what she meant.   I do want to live healthy, so I need to try harder.

OK I will shut up now and share some pictures.  These are our two cats.  Jade  is 15 years old.  She is my daughter’s cat (I live with my daughter).  She isn’t doing well right now.  She has skin cancer of the eyelid and we are quit worried about her.

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Makaya is my cat.  He is 6 years old.

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Everyone have a great day and keep smiling!  🙂

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