Best Laid Plans


In A Fish Called Wanda, Kevin Kline plays the unforgettable character of a thief who is both obsessive and stupid. He smells his own armpits for reassurance of his masculinity; he asks why a family names their daughter, Portia, after a car.

But my favorite line is when, vibrating with angst, he clenches his fists and yells out “Disappointed!”

Yes, after our bad start to Friday and the highly unusual rain storm Thursday night, my folks arrived to a gorgeous afternoon. We prepared everything for our elegant tailgate dinner at the Santa Fe Opera.

And ANOTHER torrential rainstorm came in.

We ended up picnicking indoors. Here you can see a break in the rain, but one cell after another came through, pounding us with unbelievable amounts of water.

We made it to the opera, which is largely covered now. But it continued to storm the whole night. Madame Butterfly sang of too much brightness and springtime, even as violent lightning cracked, thunder undercutting her arias, and blowing rain drenched her from the side. At one point a whirlwind took up the flower petals she’d scattered to welcome her husband’s return.

When we left, we had to wade through ankle-deep water in our fancy shoes to get to the car.

But it was still a fun night. Just disappointing not to get to enjoy the evening as planned. The next three evenings were clear, still and gorgeous.

So it goes.

The good news is, Teddy is doing better. The vet says it’s kidney disease, which is not surprising in the geriatric kitty. He wants to manage it with decreased protein, which I’m not convinced works for obligate carnivores like cats. We’ll see. Meanwhile we’re trying some alternative remedies and she’s feeling much more like her old self.

I didn’t write much over the weekend, but I did relax. Which was good for me.

Now I’m back to it. We’ll all settle back into our routine for the next few weeks. Less partying, more producing.

Let the rain fall as it will.

3 Replies to “Best Laid Plans”

  1. Sorry to hear about your kitty. We have a 15 yr. old who has the same problem, and about 6 months ago started him on azodyl and rubenal. Both of these might best be called homepathic medications. My vet told us that she's getting great reports from those using them, although she is not a big believer in homepathic medications and is not a treehugger by nature (this is the way she described it). But after the results she's seeing she says that she has now put one arm around the tree and is keeping an open mind. If you decide to try it check the prices online…even Amazon. Much cheaper that way. We noticed a difference in our kitty after 2 weeks, and he's doing much better now.

  2. Thanks, Mary – I'll check those out, for sure! We're working from the perspective that parasites cause many chronic diseases and treating her that way. It's helped a great deal.

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