Thursday, October 7, 2010

My Distraction Card

Today I took my 15 year old cat, Smoat, to the vet.  He's pretty sick, but they can't tell precisely what is wrong with him.  He's very despondent and won't eat or drink (except tonight he had a few licks of yogurt) anything.  He's also not using the litter box very much.  There are so many details which I will leave unsaid, because it makes me cry to relive all of it. 

While he stayed at the vet hospital for several hours today, getting fluids, x-rays, blood panel, etc., I came home and felt hopeless and useless.  I cried and cried and could not focus very well on anything, and felt very agitated.

I poked around on challenge blogs and found a couple that I decided to "go for."  I made my card, even though I did not feel like making a card.  I forced myself into doing it, to get my mind off things, if only for a little while.


The challenges I entered:


If you don't mind saying a prayer for a little furry one, please say one for Smoat.   I would so deeply appreciate it.

Gratefully yours,
Colleen

Stamps:  MFP Seasonal Poinsettias (sentiment), Patterned Pines (SU)
Paper:  old green greeting card, Whisper White, Melon Mambo
Ink:  Basic Black, Melon Mambo
Punches:  Martha Stewart doily lace border punch
Other:  dimensionals, Crystal Effects (painted on trees), button, old ribbons

21 comments:

Marisa said...

Oh Colleen.....my heart breaks for you. Our old kitty (who moved in from the neighbour's house five years ago and as far as we know is aroudn 15) has stolen our hearts and I can't even imagine going through something like this with him. HUGE (((hugs)))!!! Know I know how you got your SCS name though :)

Your card is fabulous. You channeled your nerves wonderfully into this card! Hoping they find out what is wrong and get him on the road to good health soon!

Emily Keaton said...

Colleen, I'm so glad you were able to find something to keep you distracted while Smoat was at the vet's today. What a heart-rending day it was for you. I do love your card (and I used that new PDCC combo today, too--off to blog about it next) and I'm so glad it kept you busy. Hang in there!! Know that I'm thinking of you all.

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa) said...

I'm so sorry Colleen! I feel for you and your cat, and I'll keep you in my thoughts!
Although you forced yourself into making this card, I must admit that it definitely doesn't look like it - it's gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing with us, I hope to see you again! xxx

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Oh I am so sorry to hear about Smoat. I know you must be sick with worry. I will say a little prayer for Smoat and one for you. Sounds like Smoat is getting up there in years and I do know that feeling and helplessness. You know animals are so dependent on us, that they actual stay in a bit of a toddler stage forever. I think that is what makes them so endearing and why we get so attached. I love that you pushed yourself into a distraction by making cards. It's so therapeutic and good! Love these cards you made and the colors of the trees you used. Very nice. Hope Smoat feels better soon.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Oooh I am so sorry about your kitty! Hopefully he will recoup~~

Meanwhile, your cards are wonderful! Love the use of bows and buttons~ Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

Aimes said...

Oh hugs to you! So sorry to hear about your cat - I hope the vet returns with some encouraging news.
I love your card you created to take your mind off things - such a sweet design and a fab traditional colour combo!
Thanks so much for joining in this week's CASE study!
Hugs,
Aimes
x

Maria said...

So sorry to hear about your cat. Our animals are precious to us. Your card is lovely...love those trees! The colors are soft and very pretty...great job!

Tammy said...

Sending you hugs, but your cards are beautiful! Your cat is part of your family! Again, lovely and stunning work!

Susan Allan said...

It is great how you made the colours work so effectively with this lovely card.
sue xx

Andrea Ewen said...

Oh, Col, I'll definitely say a prayer for you and Smoaty...

Your card is lovely. The colors are fabulous and you've drawn wonderful inspiration from Barbara's card. Sometimes distraction is the best thing. Kind of a self-preservation mechanism.
Sending hugs your way...

Debi said...

Sorry to hear about your cat- hugs xx
I love your card though- especially the treesx

Sally Atkins said...

Beautiful card, Colleen, and I hope it kept your mind off things a little. I'm so sorry to hear about Smoat - hugs to you both x

Jaclyn Miller said...

I love your cards, they are so gorgeous. That swirl on the christmas one is divine. I hope your kitty is doing better.

Sarah Anderson said...

Oh I'm so sorry to hear about your pusscat, it was a good idea to distract your mind making cards - they are stunning! Love them both. Thanks for taking the time to play in the cafe :)

Chris said...

I like your twist with the trees. Thanks for playing along with the CASE study challenge, what fun to be their sponsor this week!

PS. I hope your cat is doing better, I know how it broke my heart when my cat was so sick...

Chris said...

Thanks for playing along with the CASE study challenge, what fun to be their sponsor this week! I like your twist of the trees. :)

Good luck to your kitty. :(

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

SOOO cute! Love that trio of trees! And that button:) Must use some of mine!! Thanks for joining in the fun and playing along with us at the PDCC:)

Ruby said...

So sorry to hear about your cat. I love your card, those trees are so pretty! Thanks for joining in the fun with us at the PDCC this week!

Suzanne C said...

Lovely card! So sorry that your cat was not doing well. Thanks for joining us at the PDCC.

Benzi said...

Just gorgeous, Colleen! I love the trees, colors used, swirls...all came together to make this wonderful card.

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Absolutely amazing cards under any circumstance...but even more so knowing what's going on behind the scenes. Beautiful colours, classy designs...love them both!

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