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14 November 2007 @ 10:56 am
So much for that...  
This is probably Skate's last Christmas with us. I was planning on making sure it was extra special.

They will be spraying for roaches again, not only on Friday, but on Dec. 21st. That means the cats will be boarded all day. That means the entire house will be cleaned that evening. That means the earliest we can get all the Christmas stuff up is the 22nd, IF we work all day, and that being a Saturday we will probably have to put it off 'til Monday the 24th, since we'll most likely be delivering presents Saturday and Sunday is a day of rest.

I once put off doing the decorations until the 14th and it felt like I had no Christmas at all that year, because it was pretty much over the week I got used to the stuff being up. Other than the tree, it's hardly worth taking the things out at all. It feels like I'm not allowed to have a Christmas this year.

I was hoping they wouldn't spray on my birthday (the Friday before) but now I think I'd've preferred to lose my birthday than my last Christmas with Skate (he's 18!)

And yes, I know it's not about the decorations, but I look forward to them every year. I was already telling people about my favorite snowman decoration and how I was looking forward to it. I feel like my holiday, and my last one with Skate, have just been stolen from me by the apartment managers.
 
 
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Vocabulary/Back Scritches: kitty love ~spazzychic on November 14th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)

:(

*hugs*
Fritters: TT BB Cute by ellonwyefritters on November 14th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks, sweetie. This is gonna be a really hard holiday.
glittercat13glittercat13 on November 14th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
Y'know, my kitties usually make it to around 18 and, from the time Valentina brought Princess Gwendolyn into the apartment, I was pretty sure she wouldn't make it to such an advanced age. After all, she was already somewhere between 5 and 8 and had spent much of her life wild in the neighborhood, breeding litter upon litter of kittens, surviving on what she could, drinking chlorinated pool water, etc. What chance did she have? Well, 18 years LATER, when she was somewhere between 23 and 26, and after several years with no teeth to speak of and appearing to be in frail health, she finally passed quietly in my arms at a *very* ripe old age.

Just sayin' - don't count Skate out 'til he's gone. Certainly, as you're doing, prepare for the inevitable, but he just may surprise you and hang around for another few years. :) Either way, love him each day now and you'll have the memories long after the sorrow of the loss fades.

(((hugs)))
Fritters: TT SF Blushing by Frittersfritters on November 14th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
I'm trying not to mention it too much because I don't want to be right, and I don't want people to think I'm crazy(er), but I had a really weird vibe a few years back that we would lose him feb/mar 08. I hope I'm wrong, but when I get it that strong I'm usually not. That's why it particularly bothers me.
glittercat13: Pumpkin Piglittercat13 on November 15th, 2007 06:28 am (UTC)
Ah, I see. Well, I'm going to hope that this particular vibe is out of whack and you get to keep him for awhile longer. Maybe he'll just go walkabout on you for a few days and then return? It'd be a much nicer, more bearable sort of "lose". *sigh*

(((hugs))) either way - for you both! (And, a chin skritch for him.)
Fritters: Cat - It are a fact! by writinchica2kfritters on November 15th, 2007 07:37 am (UTC)
I pray pretty much every night for him to get into the 20s.

And he's RIGHT here, so I can skritch him for you easier ^_^
lironesslironess on November 14th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
Honey, Christmas is not over until New Years. I still have my Halloween stuff up and though I plan to put it away soon, Thanksgiving is the deadline.

Tiger just keeps on keepin on, even though he is part African Wildcat and they only live 15 years. He is skinny and has one fang left, but is cheerful and social. You just never know with cats.

*hugs*
Phoenix Anew: frickphoenix_anew on November 14th, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
That is truly bad timing on their part. It also just goes to show you how futile this whole spraying thing is that they're so sure that the next spraying isn't going to work.

Perhaps there are decorations that will be far enough away from the walls that they could be put out safely? I know what you mean about them.. when I was up in Jackson all alone, my decorations were the only thing that made December bearable.

Do you normally start your decoration right after Thanksgiving or sometime around there? Because you could always decorate on schedule and then just take everything down before the 21st. A little odd, I know, but better than nothing at all.
Fritters: Head smashie by rainecloudfritters on November 14th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
We remove pretty much all ordinary decoration for spraying because we don't want pesticides on everything we own, so even if we put stuff up we'd just have to take down twice as much stuff as normal. It's not really about proximity as much as not wanting poison on everything we own.

As it is, we'll probably gain weight over the next month. We've got to bag all our kitchen stuff Thursday night, so we'll probably just leave everything bagged and eat a lot of fast food for the next month.

We generally do the decoration the weekend before the 14th.
postrophe on November 15th, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)
Can you put the tree on a wheelie-base? And wheel the whole darn thing out of the apt when they come spray? If the cats will be out for the day anyway, you could move it as slow & gentle as you like out the door...
Fritters: Ed Thinking by Frittersfritters on November 15th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
That's a PRETTY good idea. It would have to be out of the house for three hours, though, and it's really unstable. I LIKE the idea, it's good, but the base doesn't stand well. Do you think it would be safe in the courtyard for three hours? Oh crap, they'll probably spray the courtyard. Hmmm... Having the tree WOULD really help though. How do you move an unstable decorated tree? I'll talk to Martin, that would alleviate a lot of the annoyance.
postrophe on November 15th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
Tie down the base - or get a better base - on the cart.

And you could always take your tree for a walk around the neighborhood.
Fritters: No Christmas For Youfritters on November 15th, 2007 01:03 am (UTC)

And you could always take your tree for a walk around the neighborhood.


THAT'LL happen.

We've tried to get a better base, but the only way we can find is to buy a new tree and trees have quadrupled since we bought this one. I'll talk to Martin, maybe we can do what we do for Basil. (basil plant).
postrophe on November 15th, 2007 07:38 am (UTC)
Check out thrift stores, who pull this kind of stuff out for holiday season... or maybe we can mickeymouse something up out of rebar & tinkertoys.
Fritters: TT BB Cute by ellonwyefritters on November 15th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
I'm not going to be able to really concentrate on this problem until after the weekend, we've got to do the whole spraying thing tomorrow. But having just the tree is a really feasible, helpful idea.
Robyn Goodfellow: bad moverobyngoodfellow on November 15th, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)
I wish I could make it all better.