Q & A Monday: Christmas Questions

I don't even know where to start right now.  I'll probably write a longer post about this later in the week, but just wanted to touch base with everyone quickly.  A week ago, we noticed that our middle furchild, Miss P, was not feeling well.  She wasn't being herself, was very lethargic, and wasn't eating.

We got her into the doctor last Tuesday.  Her heart murmur has worsened, her heart has grown larger, and she isn't doing very well.  We had to take her in two separate times for blood work that indicated she only had mild changes in her liver and kidneys and had too much potassium in her system.

The doctor changed up her meds a little bit and added a new one in hopes of keeping her comfortable.  We've been administering four medications twice a day and two other medications once a day.  She's 14-years-old though and with very bad health issues, I know she will have to leave us soon.  The doctor said it could be hours or weeks, possibly before Christmas.

Needless to say, I've been very sad and preoccupied the past week and a half.  To me, she's my child and I am just devastated that she has to leave me.  I don't want her to suffer and am not looking forward to having to make a decision I never thought I would have to make.

If you can spare a happy thought for her, please do.

It is time again for Friend Makin' Monday.  If you have a blog, I would like to invite you to answer the questions as well.  Leave me a comment here, so I know you are playing.  Then you can also leave a comment over at All The Weigh, so other folks can check out your answers as well.  It is a fun way to connect to other bloggers.

 Christmas Questions

1. How will you celebrate the holidays this year?  
I'm not sure.  I don't know that we have things nailed down yet.  I'd like to visit with my stepdad's family, so hopefully I can find out more of what they plan to do.  I'd also like to spend time with my sister-in-law, niece, and nephew.  Since this is the first holiday since my brother and sister-in-law got divorced (and my brother no longer speaks to me), I don't know what days they are doing all their family stuff.
Also, I don't know my mother-in-law's expectations because this is the first holiday season since my father-in-law passed away in July.  Plus, Christmas Day is my husband's birthday.  I feel very scattered right now.

2. What’s the weather currently like where you live? 
It is apparently 48 degrees outside.  It is suppose to have highs in the 40s the rest of this week.

3. Do you decorate your home for the holidays? If so, share a picture please!
Yes, I do.  I went a lot simpler this year because I just don't feel like dealing with all the put up and tear down stuff.  We put up our new 7-foot tree and decorated it with our favorite ornaments.  I also put out my bottle brush tree collection, some various glittery and sequined elements to the decor, a wreath I made a couple years ago, and a giant light-up Yoda that my husband brought home a couple months ago.

Miss P had the honor of putting the star on the tree this year.

4. What is your favorite Christmas movie? 
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.  I can recite all the lines, but try to just do it under my breath when I watch it with other people. lol

5. What is your favorite Christmas songs?  
Hmmm, I have boycotted listening to Christmas music so far this year, so I am not up on the tunes.  Off the top of my head, I could say "Baby, It’s Cold Outside", "Last Christmas", "Step Into Christmas", "Jingle Bell Rock", the instrumental with the whipping sounds,  "Feliz Navidad", "What Christmas Means To Me"....maybe a few more....Plus, of course, my NKOTB Christmas CD.

6. Do you have an advent calendar?  
I have one where you move a little mouse over each day to count down, but I didn't put it out this year.  I've never had one of those candy ones.

7. Do you prefer color lights or white lights?  
I usually prefer the neutral white ones because sometimes the colored ones can seem like too much going on for me.  If I put lights on my house, I would opt for colored ones though.

8. What is your favorite food to eat over the holidays?
I like warm, comforting foods.  Plus, I enjoy the occasional cookies, breads, and sweet treats.  I don't know if I will have time to do much baking before Christmas though.

9. Do you display a live tree, or do you prefer fake trees?  
I prefer fake trees.  Live trees are too messy and stinky.  It just isn't my thing.

10. What would you need to make your holiday perfect this year?  
For my baby girl to not be in pain.  I'd prefer she make a miraculous recovery and get to stay with us and spend the holidays with us, but I know that is unrealistic.  I understand that she has to leave me, so I hope she knows how loved she is. 

Now it is your turn to answer the questions and link up.  I hope you all have a Happy Monday. (Sorry this was not my usual perky post. I hope you understand.)


  1. I'm very sorry to hear about Miss P. I know how pets become family members especially when you have them for years like that. We lost my first dog two years ago when he was 18. Sending happy thoughts your way.

  2. I've been thinking about her quite a bit, and snuggling Khan a little extra. She absolutely knows how loved she is, don't even begin to doubt that. You cuddle her, you snuggle her, you feed her, you are her mommy, you love her and she knows that. Give her a gentle squeeze from Khan and I?

  3. I just cried like a baby. I am so sorry about Miss P. I'm sure she knows just how much she is loved. :)

  4. So sorry to hear about your sweet dog! Sending you a big internet hug! xo

  5. I'll be sending my best thoughts to you and Miss P. She's a total cutie! I love the fact you also like the NKOTB Christmas album. Have Funky Funky Christmas.

  6. Thank you for the happy thoughts. Every bit helps. I'm so sorry you lost your dog too. My Beau-beau died at 12 back in 2002. We got him when I was 10. A few months later, Ginger died (of a heart murmur) at 7-years-old. They were both so precious to me. When Ginger died, I promised her I would take care of Miss P. P was only 4 at the time and Ginger was like a mom to her. I'm rambling, but I just keep thinking about what ifs even though there is nothing I could have done to change this.

  7. Aw, thank you. I hate being such a bummer, but I am just in that place right now. I tell her I love her every 5 seconds just so she doesn't forget.

  8. Thank you, Ais. I will definitely give her extra love from y'all. :-)

  9. Thank you on both counts. I hope you also have a Funky, Funky Christmas. :-)

  10. I know it's so hard dealing with the sick elderly pet around the holidays (we did that last year). The decision doesn't get easier, but I tried to keep what my therapist told me once upon a time in mind: the greatest gift we can give our pets is to let them go in peace. Miss P *is* your baby, and I am hoping that she has a sudden turn for the better, but if she does not, she will know that you love her very much. All you can do is take it a little at a time and know that one way or another, you will get through this. Hugs to you & Sean & Miss P,

  11. I am so sorry to hear about your lil furbaby! I'm sending lots of prayers and hugs your way!

  12. Aw, this just breaks my heart. I remember having to say goodbye to my hubby's childhood doggie 8 years ago, and it was one of the saddest moments of my life, as I'd gotten quite attached to her. My own dog is now getting up in age and not a day goes by that I take that for granted. I make sure to hug him and tell him I love him every day.

    Definitely sparing a thought for her and sending a hug out to you. Hoping a Christmas miracle might find its way to Miss P.

    She must know you love her, though. After all, her heart is getting bigger. :) Must be filled with all that love!

    On a different note, I have to say I love your rainbow garland! It's so pretty and definitely fits the definition of diva. :)

    Will keep you guys in my thoughts!

  13. Finally catching up on all my blog comments. Thank you so much for what you said. It has helped me immensely. I am glad we were able to give her a peaceful exit at home, in her favorite bed. and I'm glad we could be with her the whole time. Hugs to you.

  14. Finally catching up: Thank you so much for your kind words. It has definitely been a very hard thing to go through. I'm glad you make sure to give loves to your doggy every day. :-)

    I wish I could find more of that ribbon because we got a bigger tree and I don't have enough to go all the way around! I can't live without sparkles!
    Take care!