As many of you know, I have the perfect cat - Princess Ruby is kind and gentle and loving and the apple of my eye. She is perfectly behaved and is no hassle at all. But 6 months ago, I made a decision to provide a home for a disabled kitty if the opportunity ever arose. And it did. On 4 January, I adopted Malaika, a disabled kitty with 3 legs. We estimate that she's about 18 months old.
Malaika lived with a family in Virginia in the Free State Province, who were unable to care for her properly. She apparently had a broken leg for an extended period of time, and when she did get medical care, the vets were unable to save her leg, so they amputated it.
Despite having only 3 legs, miss Malakia gets around really well. She's limps when she walks slowly, but runs really fast and can jump up onto high surfaces. She does occasionally fall over, but she's coping really well with 3 legs and her spunky attitude. We're still dealing with a few complications from the amputation, but she's getting great care from the vet.
Miss Ruby is obviously not happy about the new 'intruder' but apart from some hissing and growling, she's given way for little Malaika. I'm praying that they become friends, or at least learn to tolerate each other.
As has become tradition, I walk with the Gladwin family at Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens every New Years' Day. This year, the weather was beautiful, and we were there bright and early. My friend Gisela joined us at the last minute; it was great to catch up with everyone as we walked.
Love this photo! Richard, Lynn, Connor, Steph, Gisi and I
After the recent rains, the gardens are looking gorgeous and lush. Love this place!
I present to you...the Pope synchronised swimming team - tadaaa! Miss Elizabeth Pope and Miss Katy Pope are our Olympic athletes (they loved watching the synchronised swimming during the Olympics last year).
I love the idea of 'one little word' and it has worked well for me. My word for 2016 was KINDNESS, and it did make me mindful to be more kind and considerate, especially when I was exhausted and frazzled and didn't really feel like being kind to anyone.
But I need something different for 2017, and the phrase "be that girl" has been resonating so strongly with me in the last few weeks. It's still bubbling in my head about what that means for me, but here is some of where I'm heading with my 'one little mantra' for 2017...
In 2017, I want to BE THAT GIRL...
* who goes on awesome adventures
* who says yes to life
* who loves and makes mistakes and falls down but is in the arena of life doing her very best
* who goes deeper in her walk with God
* who has a made up mind about what works for me, what I will or won't do
* who does stuff rather than talks about doing stuff
* who takes care of herself
* who makes time for family and friends
More on this later when I am more clear about what this means for me in 2017
Christmas this year was a sad time for our family as my mom passed away on 1 December; we also lit a candle for my older sister who passed away on 22 December 2012. But being around 2 little people lifted our spirits and made us focus on lighter, fun things.
Elizabeth and Katy - beautiful in their Christmas dresses
Katy, Robbie, Tonia and Elizabeth
it was a very sad and emotional day for my stepfather