Everything’s over-shadowed by poor Dopey who I had to put to sleep this past week. He developed severe renal disease, something older cats often get. For Dopey it was a sign his body was shutting down. He went from eating, playing and joyfully antagonizing the other cats to losing half his body weight in a few days, then having increasing difficulty walking until he was so weak he couldn't walk. He also developed infections in his mouth because his teeth were decaying, another common ailment of old cats. Poor Dopey, he was a weird cat and loved because of it. This is a major negative to rescuing cats off the street, you don't know what they've been exposed to, what illnesses they've had, how old they are etc. I've been having a really tough time with Dopey's death. This morning, in an effort to shake off my sadness some, I looked at photos of Dopey which turned out to be a good idea. He was such a silly cat and he loved to chit-chat. He looks kind of dopey in many of the pics but I often wondered if he was looking at us that way as if to say, "You humans are a bunch of Dopes!" lolol He probably was.
Anyway, I know I haven't posted or blogged much at all the last 2 weeks but I am going to make an effort to do a better job of posting and blogging this week.
I have several reviews to catch up on including a review of fathermucker by Greg Olear for TLC Book Tours which I missed and feel terrible about and want to make up. Hopefully I’ll be able to focus on the books I want to review and put together something halfway decent for you all to read! I’ve been writing a little bit the last couple of weeks but it’s more whatever comes to mind rather than something structured like a review. I’ve also been reading alot...escape, maybe?!...one extreme to another! Maybe this will be the encouragement I need to get reviews done before the books pile up into a huge, daunting stack!
I finished In the Woods by Tana French. I really want to review this book! I think I recall reading a lot of comments that bloggers didn’t like the ending. I’m curious about that since I didn’t have any problems with it. I also finished The Radleys by Matt Haig, a fun, entertaining, and smart book. I’m reading Don’t Breathe A Word by Jennifer McMahon, a good one for the R.I.P Challenge at the blog Stainless Steel Droppings. I also picked up another R.I.P. book, The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian which is great so far!
My neighbor has my vopy of Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. Ugh! I read close to half the book. She noticed it, remarked on the cover and then picked it up to read the back. I started to tell her a bit about the book and how interesting and good it is. The next thing I know she’s talking about how excited she is to read it and thanking me for letting her borrow it as she walks away with my book! Dumbfounded, and slow to act, I watched her disappear from sight with my pretty yellow and purple book! I’m probably not going to say anything for a little while because my friend doesn’t read much so I don’t want to dissuade her interest in a book. And I have plenty to read... I’m trying to be ‘magnanimous’ but there’s a small part of me that wants my book back...now! lolol
Enjoy your Sunday! I hope you’re having as beautiful a Sunday as we are here in NYC!