the poor cat must think I am punishing her by squeezing a syringe full of foul tasting liquid down her throat.
It's hard for me to do this (I would make a terrible nurse) but I can follow orders, especially if the outcome will be favourable, and that it will relieve some discomfort and suffering.
Seeking out comfort...
I lit a scented candle, this one in the signature Aveda fragrance.
It didn't take long for the aroma to permeate the kitchen where I was working.
I was taking control...
by energetically cleaning.
Wiping out drawers and cupboards
rearranging the counter tops.
Washing things that somehow had been overlooked!
When things go awry I like to feel that I do have some measure of control...
even if it is an illusion.
It took awhile to deep clean the space...
when it was all done I looked around with a wonderful feeling of a job well done and was satisfied.
I actioned a comforting meal...
soy ginger glazed chicken
and steamed broccoli.
Soy Ginger Chicken
Mix the following in a bowl:
2 tsp of grated fresh ginger
1/2 cup soy sauce or Braggs
2 minced cloves garlic
3 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. honey
Pour over chicken pieces and bake at 350 for about an hour.
Basting once or twice during cooking.
Sauce is yummy over the rice too!
I'm loving the new Cuisinart enamelled pots.
Mr. HB drew my attention to a lily blooming in our front garden.
I seem to recall planting this many years ago but he thinks it might be a volunteer.
It matters little how it got there I am just so grateful that it has decided to thrive and bloom in our space.
A cobalt coloured primula with frilly petals has filled out and is putting on a decent showing this season.
On my frenzy of cleaning and reorganizing I added a few things to the bathroom...
The silver tray used to be on the counter in the kitchen and the perfumes were on my lingerie chest in the bedroom, now they are easy to access in the bathroom.
I think they look quite pretty on the tray.
I found a new copy of Edith Wharton's classic book "House of Mirth" at the bookstore on Sunday.
It sounds like an interesting read...
quite ahead of its time by the sound of it.
Pepper has had a quiet day today, she has been more social and gave us lots of cuddles.
Thankfully she nibbled a bit of dinner and sipped some water tonight...
I have my fingers crossed that her health will improve with each coming day.
Chester and Pepper
(a picture from the archives)
Chester has been very gentle and considerate and I am convinced that he knows Pepper is not feeling well.
We sprayed catnip on the cat toys to perk up Pepper and she played for a few minutes like she was a kitten
which did my heart good to see.
Our furry family are so much a part of our lives that when they are under the weather
they greatly affect how we feel too.
Looking at my newly arranged counters and tidy kitchen has given me a boost.
It didn't cost me any money and I like the results.
Plus I got some of that anxiety that I was feeling about Pepper out of my system.
Hope that you have a wonderful week ahead...