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Wicked Felina, the 'girl' that I loved....



Tuesday this week I showed a surprising phenomenon in our backyard. You see, we've had very cold weather this past couple of weeks, very little sunshine. When outdoors to check around and see what kind of winter kill we had I notice that, in the dead of winter in the first week of January, one lone iris that was sent to me last year from Dawn, had a bud. Well to make a long story short, since Christmas we had a leak in the pipe near the water meter and the leak got worse. Yesterday we had a plumber come out and repair it...while outdoors again yesterday I took the camera out to snap photos of him working---and walked in the back yard again to see if the iris was in full bloom. Here is it!! As I type it's 32 degrees outside! [with the humidity at 80% and the winds at 25MPH, the wind chill is factor making it feel like 20°] And before daybreak it'll be colder. I truly wanna vacation somewhere where it's warm right now. This is not supposed to be like this in south Texas...our average temp SHOULD be in the 50s for a low!!

The plumbing!---did you know that the 'going rate' for a plumber these days around here is OVER $125 an hour?!!! Holy cracked pipe Batman!!!

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It was a warm evening in the desert
She lost her balance
and struggled to get up and restore her dignity.
At twenty-five it was soon time to let go---
With bitter, salty tears, streaming, I cuddled her in my arms...
Felina breathed her last; losing---- left me empty inside.
January fourteenth two thousand four.

[this is not fiction this time...our Siamese cat, after twenty five years with us, died in my arms of a heart attack; old age]

POSTED: Friday, January 7th, 2010
5:15 A.M.


  1. Heart-rending. Anni, this is poignant. Thanks.

  2. awwww. well written. sad :( mine's up too

  3. a heart-wrenching 55... i know that loss, its immense...

  4. Thanks for stopping by. You must be very happy to see the iris is blooming. Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend.

  5. Oh my ! that's 0°C ! indeed very cold for your area ! we had 12 F this morning ! also very unusual for Belgium. Talk about global warming. I need more heating and you too probably.
    the flower is beautiful and very strong to support this temperature ! It's true a plumber costs more then a doctor, here too very expensive.

  6. oh what a sad 55, but a beautiful tribute!! my plumber cost about 75 bucks an hour, he does a service call for 50 we have pretty good rates i guess and the guys are very reliable i really appreciate being able to trust them!! good luck with that and wow that beautiful iris, my favorite color too!! God sent you a smile with that one, he wanted to show you he was as crafty and clever as you!!

  7. Poignant. A sad memory.

  8. The iris is so pretty. Sorry you are dealing with this cold - it seems to be over the whole country!
    Your cat was really old. I don't know if I've heard of one getting that old before. It's hard to lose them though, no matter how old!

  9. Oh- I know the feeling so well... I lost my dear Ulises eight years ago...run by a car...and I loved him so much!!! Best of cats... I've never had another since, because I don't want to go through that again!

    LOvely, anni dear :)

  10. awww...a heart breaking 55...our cat is getting old and i hat eot see this day come. thanks for dropping by mine. hope you hav a great weekend!

  11. Hugs. It's so hard to let go of those we love, even when they have clearly lead as long a life as one can expect.

  12. Well I hope it all got fixed!
    What a beautiful colour! I do love flowers and plants. What I'd give for some summer colours in the garden. All we have is a blanket of snow. The whole of the UK is covered!
    Its so cold. Up in Scotland it was -20. We're freezing, roll on Spring, so we can see these gorgeous colours in our gardens again!
    thanks Anni!
    Hugs and Love Suex





  14. Oh, I am so sorry to hear about Felina.. What a beautiful cat she was! Just look at those beautiful blue eyes!! ~tina

  15. I can't believe an iris is blooming in such cold weather. How do you explain that one? :)

    Well, it's beautiful and I hope that it is a hint of lovely things to come very soon to your neck of the woods.

    Did your pussycat just die? 25 years is an incredible lifespan for a kitty. I had one that went to 17 and he was an outdoor cat, too. He would look both ways at the road to clear traffic before crossing. Smart kitty. Now I have two wonderful felines to keep me company.

    :( Sorry for your loss!

  16. Grieving pets is tough. we love them like our children, but are destined to out live them. Harsh reality. Thanks for the 55. My 55 is HERE.

  17. Awwww Anni, I'm so sorry.
    But 25 YEARS???
    You are very lucky.
    Excellent 55 My Dear. Please remember all the love Kitty gave you, and have a Kick Ass Week-End!

  18. Anonymous1/08/2010

    Beautiful photo my friend. Love it. And what a sad but sweet 55. You told it so well. Felina had a long life. Very well done my friend. Have a wonderful weekend :)

  19. Awww! How pretty - I needed a touch of Spring today! - 19 degrees right now. :(

  20. Nice art work anni. and nice but sad story about your cat. Welcome back it's nice to see yourpretty websites as usual.
    Thanks For the post on This Blog Of Mine I appreciate them .

  21. Dear Annie, an awesome poem, which touches my heart very deeply; my siamese, Nikki, lived 19 years with me and was, seriously, my best friend through all the angst and joy of my 20s and 30s. A Siamese is a law unto themselves, aren't they? They are not for the faint-of-heart cat lover! Dear Felina was stunningly beautiful, thank you for sharing.

    And as for this COLD weather (Mississippi is in the single digits right now!), I think back to Tucson...when I thought 50 was a freezing temp!!


  22. gorgeous cat, her anniversary coming up! great 55!

  23. Oh that flower is beautiful! It's so nice to see flowers blooming in the middle of winter!

  24. Anni,

    I'm so sorry you had to get a plumber in to fix that pipe. At $125 an hour, I hope he made quick work of it. Plumbers are expensive here, but not that bad. The man we use is a moderate $60 per hour.

    The iris is beautiful. I can't wait for ours to bloom in the spring.

    The Zoo was a big disappointment and the smell was nasty. I can't imagine going there in the summer heat, but Brandon would like to. He wants to see the Holocust Museum, the Scuplture Garden and the Zoo again. We also want to see Ford's Theatre and a few other places.

    Hope you and Bud are having a nice cozy day indoors. I can't imagine it being that cold in your area.


  25. My dear friend, praying you are doing well. I have missed you. I love you bunches. I love your new header. I have a question for you. Could you help me with a header for my free to be me blog, and my prayer blog? I would love some lovebugs if you have anything like that for free to be me. I would love anything to do with praying for my prayer blog. I love you, be blessed.

  26. Holy cracked pipe, all right! lol They say doctors make a lot of money but I think plumbers are right up there too!!! Your iris is so beautiful and who would have thought that it could be so hardy...makes you want to put a little jacket on it, doesn't it! lol It's showing it's special cuz it came from Dawn:-)

    Have a great weekend my friend. Oh, before I forget, I didn't buy anything at the auction last Sunday, didn't see anything I couldn't live without! lol xoxo

  27. Sad 55. But life goes on and you had her all that time.

  28. It is hard to lose a pet. We dragons feel sorry for you.

  29. Just a little brightness for all of your cold, windy, wet problems!

  30. Oh no! I hope someday the two of you meet by the rainbow bridge. Thanks for stopping by mine.

  31. What's on my mind is that 25 years is a long time for a cat to live. What a blessing to have been able to enjoy her that long.


  32. The iris speaks to the rage to live. The plumber fallls at the other end of the spectrum. Your cat was beautiful. I'm sure you miss her. Some voids are hard to fill.

  33. gorgeous flower - my best friend's favorite! And the kitty - awwww, don't you wish they'd never die. One of my sisters had a siamese who lived to 21 and I thought that was long!! B : )
    P.S. You MUST go here http://margaretandhelen.wordpress.com/2009/12/07/going-rogue-without-a-condom/

    you're gonna love it! B

  34. What a wonderful winter gift. It is gorgeous..even more gorgeous because it bloomed in the dead of winter...the one and only. I have some flowers in front of my house that don't look like they are dead. Thanks for sharing. Leslie

  35. What a beautiful tribute to your lovely friend! I had a Siamese cat when I was little; he was a real character. You're lucky you had Felina so long!

  36. Flowers, I miss seeing them, great picture.
    I'm in Nebraska, snow and more snow. Cold and more cold. I have my pj's on, 3 pairs of socks, husband's hooded Vikings sweatshirt, and a quilt around my legs. I dislike the cold, we need to move, soon....... Thanks for sharing

  37. $125 per hour! I'm obviously in tbe wrong job...

    What a miracle your iris is...especially in those temperatures.

    Your poem about Felina is heartbreaking but at 25 years old, she certainly had had a long life. It's devastating losing a beloved pet, it's like loosing your own child...and I speak from experience.

  38. That's amazing! She was 25 years old? How wonderful that you could hold her during her last moments--and how hard for you. My heart goes out to you.
    Beautiful, evocative 55. Thanks!

  39. I am sooo sorry about your cat. Twenty-five is extraordinary. I had 2 live to 19 and 20.

  40. I love your iris. Mine bloomed here in NC in early November. It was amazing to watch 12 gorgeous blooms unfold before my eyes. Your Felina was beautiful. I have 4 dogs and pray I get the pleasure of them as long as possible. Come on over to see my iris and my dogs.


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