Behind the scenes this week

Snuggling

Behind the blog posts with all the lovely photos…

Beyond the words we so carefully choose to share…

Life goes on.  Stuff happens.  

This photo says a lot about what impacted the last few days for us.  Yeller has been sick all week with some kind of infection. After 2 visits to the vet, antibiotics, being fed liquids with a medicine dropper because he wouldn’t eat, nausea medicine and now an appetite stimulant —  
I’m happy to say he is finally starting to eat, as of this morning.  In this image, taken three days ago, he was really not wanting to snuggle with me at all and was pulling away.  Not his usual behavior at all.  

What you don’t see are the tears.  What you didn’t hear in my posts this week was how worried we were.  Nor did you hear the groan when the vet bills were paid.  I started to apologize to Mark about what it cost, and in his loving wisdom he replied, “...but he’s our cat.”    

End of discussion.  

Have I told you lately how much I love this man?  No.  I kind of keep that tucked away and don’t say much about that online.  

And have I ever told you that I feel especially blessed to have Mark to share my life with, as well as two adorable cats who often drive us to distraction?  Well, now you know.  
 
There is the good, often beautiful stuff that appears in my lens and it gets posted here for your enjoyment.  There are also the struggles, stuff that I don’t always like, changes I didn’t expect,  work that has to be done, groceries and house cleaning and daily grind and  

lions 
and tigers 
and bears 
oh my!

Many times our readers never
have a clue what we struggle with, or how boring or complicated or happy
or sad our days are.  We choose to let others see just a few bytes of
life.   

We place one foot in front of the other and take it a step at a time.  We snuggle with a sick cat, connect in some way with those we love, live through what is right here in this moment. 

I’ll bet deep down inside we are all pretty much alike.  

18 Replies to “Behind the scenes this week”

  1. My dear friend… You brought tears to my eyes and softness to my heart. You are so right that we don't know what goes on behind the blogging. I just returned from taking care of my younger sister who was released from the hospital. She is trying to hard to be "normal" again but has a long road ahead of her.

    Thanks for bringing the subject to the forefront.

    You are so special.
    Teresa

  2. You are so right! I've often wondered if readers think my life is all happy and cheerful and full of fun adventures. Just as you've done, I tend to keep my struggles quiet and to myself. I'm sorry you've been going through a rough time with Yeller. Good to hear things are getting better!

  3. I sometimes think I might share too much "behind the scenes" on my blog……but that is what makes things so interesting for us "bloggers" – the variety that we can find.
    I'm so glad Yeller is doing better & pray he continues to recover. Our pets become such an integral part of our lives & we love them so unconditionally, as they do us.
    Beautiful post.

  4. This brought tears to my eyes and warmed my heart, thank you for sharing this part of you. I'm sorry Yeller wasn't feeling good and happy he is doing well now. Our pets mean so much to us and we would do anything for them. How wonderful and lucky you are to have a great man like Mark in your life and I'm sure he feels the same about you. I'm seeing more and more how lucky I am to have Rich in my life. He is sooooo supportive of me and shows love everyday in the smallest ways.
    It is hard to only the fun, good, happy times on the blog but a few REAL LIFE posts thrown in is always good to hear and learn from. Thank you for sharing this with us and I will keep you and Yeller in my prayers.

    I agree deep down we are alike in some way or form. Always love reading your blog Deb, you have a talent for words my friend. HUGS!

  5. Deb, I'm sorry to hear Yeller wasn't feeling well, and I know firsthand how having a sweetie feel puny can override all of the "important" things of the day. I was not so lucky with mine (he is now in doggie heaven) and it took me a week before I could concentrate on work again. As a private person, like you, I understand how it's hard to share these things publicly. As an audience, we see the pretty pictures and hear the happy stories, but rarely are aware of the full story behind the days. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Deb, I'm glad to hear that Yeller is on the mend – your photo shines through with so much emotion and caring and concern.

    It is tough sometimes to know what to share here in this space. Like you, I generally don't write about the personal family stuff. But sometimes that is the only thing we can do, to honor ourselves and them. And to touch those who read these words, as you have done today.

  7. So sorry to hear about your cat. And you've written here about what speaks true for all of us. We only show the parts and pieces we care to share…the finished-products. There is always – in all of our lives – so much that goes on behind the lens.
    Hope – after this weekend – that Yeller is doing better!

  8. A lovely, heartfelt post, Deb. So glad to hear that Yeller is feeling better. We do all have our ups and downs and I think it's okay to share a little of everything. It's part of life.

  9. I so can relate to all of this, so glad he is feeling better. We went throgh that with our dog Buster this past spring…the worries, the sleepless nights, and yes, the vet bills. I too apologized, my husband asked, "Why?". They aren't people, but big parts of our family life…I think gifts from God. We still have Buster "moments". I'm glad you shared what your week was like, yes, blogs can make everything look rosy. (o:

  10. Thanks, Deborah, for this wonderful post. I think we are pretty much all alike. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! And, I'm so very, very glad that Yeller is feeling better…

  11. Thank you Deborah for showing what feels so real in life and all that you are going through. You are blessed with a wonderful husband and I'm happy to hear that your cat is on the mend. Blessings to you and your family. xo

  12. I'm so glad Yeller is doing better. Your post really resonated with me. It is difficult to know how much to share sometimes, and it's not all roses and pretty pictures behind the scenes. Thank you for your honest and heartfelt post.

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