Hey guys! I hope you had a good week and are staying healthy and happy!
Happy May Day and Beltane! Can you believe it’s already May?!? I know for some it may not seem like time moved very fast last month with what’s been going on in the world. But for me as an introvert homebody, the stay-at-home order didn’t affect my life all that much, so it was business as usual in the time-flying-by department.
Well, unfortunately I have more bad news this week ☹ It was another week of dealing with sick kitties and spinning my wheels. We found out on Tuesday that one of our cats Tom (our most infamous tablescape photobomer as you can see above) probably has lymphoma in his intestines. He was not showing any symptoms of being sick, but he had started losing weight for no apparent reason. Weight loss is never a good sign in cats, so I brought him to our vet for blood work and an ultrasound which resulted in the diagnosis of probably lymphoma. I’m bringing him to a specialist this morning to have a endoscopic biopsy done to confirm it is lymphoma and determine the best treatment course for him. He is an older cat (he was an adult when he came to us as a stray in 2008, so he is at least 13) but he is not in pain or showing any signs of being sick besides losing weight. There is no cure for lymphoma, so the best case scenario is that with treatment it will go into remission for a couple of years.
Even though we’ve had a lot of bad news over the last couple of weeks, Dan and I still feel very thankful and blessed. Although we’ve had a bad run with sick kitties lately, we know that people have things a lot worse because of what’s going on in the world right now and have lost loved ones or are struggling to make ends meet. We feel so blessed that we are both still working right now and are able to pay our bills, let alone pay for the medical treatment for Tom (endoscopic biopsies for cats aren’t cheap!).
I’m sorry I haven’t been able to post anything besides Farmhouse Friday over the last few weeks. I promise I will have some new posts up next week. Despite the chaos over the last few weeks, I’ve managed to get in some work making over a hutch for craft room storage that I hope to get up on the blog next week. I’m also taking part in blog hops on Friday and Saturday. I just want you to know how much I appreciate you guys sharing your projects and decor inspiration at Farmhouse Friday every week – not only does did it help me get at least one post up every week over these rough last few weeks, it gives me something positive to focus on with all that’s going on. I hope it does this for you as well during these crazy times!
This Week’s Features:
A Spring Garden Tiered Tray by The House On Silverado
Wooden Vegetable Garden Markers by DIY Vibes
Backyard Sanctuary by Penny’s Vintage Home
Pour Your Own Candles in Vintage Containers by Clover House
My #1 Industrial Farmhouse Transformation by The Pond’s Farmhouse
Link Party Rules:
The party rules are super simple! Link up your favorite farmhouse style DIY projects or indoor/outdoor decor inspiration. You don’t have to live in a farmhouse or have farmhouse style as one of the main themes of your blog – as long as the project or decor would work in a farmhouse style home, it will work here 🙂 No food or recipes, please.
I don’t require you to link back to this party, but if you do, I appreciate it! I also don’t require you to visit or comment on other blogger’s linkups, but it’s always a nice way to share the bloggy love! By linking up, you will get a chance to be featured here at next week’s party and across my social media. If you pin anything from the party, please pin it from the original source.
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Thanks so much for stopping by and and have a great weekend!
Pamela @ DIY Vibes says
I am sorry to hear about Tom. It’s hard when your pet is sick. Prayers he stays pain free. Also, thank you for featuring my vegetable garden markers. I’m working on smaller, coordinating herb markers today, can’t wait to share! Hope you have a good weekend.
Thank you so much Pamela! 🙂 After reading your comment, I realized that I should have included in my post (and I will update it after writing this) that the only symptom Tom is experiencing right now is weight loss and is otherwise his same old self. We believe in quality of life for our pets, and we won’t keep a pet that is suffering alive just for our benefit – their comfort always comes first. I can’t wait to see your new herb markers! Have a wonderful week!
Penny Phillips says
I’m so sorry to hear that you’re having kitty problems……Hope you get some good news soon. Thanks for including my Sanctuary in the features this week…..hugs…
You’re very welcome Penny! Thank you so much and have a wonderful week!
Thank you Michelle for hosting your 152nd Farmhouse Friday, always appreciated, always a pleasure to visit and join in. Hope your cat Tom is without pain and will be in remission. Pets are family and we love them dearly. Keep well yourselves.
Thank you so much Joy! 🙂 After reading your comment, I realized that I should have included in my post (and I will update it after writing this) that the only symptom Tom is experiencing right now is weight loss and is otherwise his same old self. We believe in quality of life for our pets, and we won’t keep a pet that is suffering alive just for our benefit – their comfort always comes first. Thanks so much for joining us every Friday and have a safe and wonderful week!
Lora Bloomquist says
So sorry for more kitty problems, Michelle:( Those vet bills can add up quickly! Thanks so much for faithfully hosting each week; hope to see some of your creativity again soon!
Thank you Lora! And I hear you on the vet bills – we’re way in the $1k club with Tom and have been in the several $1k club with other pets in the past. Thanks so much for joining us every Friday and have a safe and wonderful week!
Debra Oliver says
yes, I understand sick kitty situations. we have two that are 16 and it’s hard to know what to do when they start to go downhill. We’re happy to do FF, I know about blogging when things are under stressful times. Take care and stay well, Michelle!
Thank you so much Debra! <3 You stay well too and have a wonderful week!
Best wishes that Tom will feel better; it just rips our hearts out to lose them. Thank you for hosting on Fridays – I alwayes enjoy this party even when I don’t participate!
Thank you so much Kristine, for your kind words and stopping by the party even when you don’t participate. Stay safe and have a wonderful week!
Thanks so much for hosting each week!!
You’re very welcome Debbie! Thanks for joining us each Friday and have a wonderful week!
Michelle, I’m sending hugs your way from Canada xo
Thank you so much Marie! Stay safe and have a wonderful week! xo
anne Smith says
I just love your kitty sitting on your table. She is beautiful. The bunny to the left of the cat is also beautiful.
Thank you so much Anne! 🙂
Thank you so much for hosting! This week I am excited to share how to make your own cloche, DIY Mother’s Day gift, and how to create a relaxing spa bath. Hope you have a great day and are staying safe and healthy!
You’re very welcome Kristin! Thank you so much for joining us and have a safe and wonderful week!
Thank you so much, Michelle, for hosting, even when life is throwing lemons directly at you. I hope Tom cat is feeling better soon and that the outcome will be positive for you all. I wish you and your family much health in the coming weeks as we plow through this epidemic. This too shall pass! 🙂
Tee @ Teediddlydee
Thank you so much Tee <3 It's so hard to deal with sick pets, but since we live so much longer than them it is just one of the not so good realities of having pets. It makes me remember to love and enjoy them while they're here because they won't be with us forever. Stay safe and have a wonderful week!
Kathy A says
I hope treatment will let you keep Tom a while longer. I had Jeremy (the gold standard by which ALL other cats are measured) with heart failure or kidney failure (hind quarters swelled up so he looked like a rabbit!). A course of diuretics fixed him along with a special diet so I got to keep him another 6 months. One morning, I got up; he was on the foot of the bed, where he always slept. 17 1/2 yeares old wasn’t too shabby! What’s funny is that my new son-in-law’s name is Jeremy! Thanks for still hosting when you are busy with home matters.
Thank you so much for sharing your story about Jeremy <3 I always get a kick out of cats with "human" names (I had a cat named Frank) 🙂 Have a safe and happy week!
Amber Ferguson says
Thanks for hosting!
Julie Briones says
Man! I missed the party again! New grandbaby made her debut on Thursday, so I’ve been MIA since then… helping and taking care of big brother and tired mommy (and holding our new little bundle). So fun! I’ll be back next week! Hope all ends up well with your kitty.
Congratulations on the new grandbaby! 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Rachel Harper says
Thank you so much for sharing my transformation. I really appreciate you for hosting this fun link party.