Calgon, take me away. (But NOT to a bath!)

Hello, my friends. In case you’ve forgotten me (I hope you haven’t!), my name is Carol and this is my blog. I take my responsibility to share my observations with you very seriously, and I’ve been woefully negligent. For that I apologize.

It’s just that life on Creekview Drive has been more hectic than usual. Believe me, I’ve been making observations – I’ve just failed on the sharing part.

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Me in LOUD Mom’s laundry hamper. This is one of my favorite places from which to make observations -it’s so cozy in here!

The craziness started with all of these strangers coming to our house, tearing up my very favorite room. My moms said these humans were there to fix the sunroom and make it so I could bask in the light any time of year, but I was very skeptical!

They tore out the walls and made a big mess! Little Mom kept saying they’ll be done in a few days, then a few days turned into a few weeks, and a few weeks turned into a few months. There were lots of frustrating phone calls and some goofy man in Ray Bans came out to apologize and quote self-help books. It was all so confusing… I didn’t think they’d ever finish!!!

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What horrible memories this brings back….

But they did. And it’s pretty great! I didn’t think I could ever love the sunroom more, but I do!

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I love it out here!

Not long after the workers were done, my old lady sister, Violet, became sick. Violet told me that at almost 20 years old she was just plain old tired. She stopped eating – even turned up her nose at whole cans of tuna! Who does that?! And she slept more than usual. Oh, and started to not care about hanging around those furry beasts! She even cuddled up with The General one evening on the sofa. I don’t care how old or tired I am, I’ll NEVER nap with The General!!! Gross.

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Violet with the General and Pvt. Bumbles.

Violet was sweet and brave until the very end. Just a few days before Christmas her doctor [who always gives me lots of pets] visited our house. My moms and our person that’s away at college were with her to say goodbye.

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I miss Violet.

Then, in the midst of all of that chaos [and as you may or may not know, I’m no stranger to chaos – but even this was a little much for me!], LOUD mom’s dad got really sick, and so my moms started traveling – a lot. And that meant me being in charge of this unruly bunch. I can’t begin to tell you how exhausting that kind of responsibility is.

Sure, my moms would tell you they hire a “pet sitter” to visit three times a day to play with us and feed us and scoop our litter boxes and walk the furry beasts. But what about the other 21 hours in the day? Someone has to keep an eye on things.

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One of many failed attempts to hide away in my moms’ luggage.

So, in short, I hope you’ll understand my absence. I’ve accumulated several years worth of observations and look forward to sharing them with you when life here on Creekview gets back to normal. Whatever that is.

44 thoughts on “Calgon, take me away. (But NOT to a bath!)

  1. Of course I remember you! I’ve been wondering where you were! I’m just sorry to hear about all the craziness, and so extremely sorry about Violet. It’s very hard losing a feline friend. I hope Loud Mom’s dad is doing better. Thanks for peeking in to update us!

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  2. Oh, pssssst, since you’ve been gone I’ve begun to make a few changes to my site, and my name. You once knew me as Holly’sMom. Holly is my dog. I now post under my real name of Susan. Blog name has changed to TheMoonLitHowl. Btw, WELCOME BACK!

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  3. Missed you so much Carol, as well as the family. My heart goes out to you on the loss of sweet Violet, as well as all the time alone while your mom’s were busy with family. I’m sure you did your very best to rally your furry family during these last few months, as well as bringing comfort to your humans. Glad to have you back and I think we are all ready to hear about the sun room and your observations when you’re ready. Wishing you peace and calm and love.

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    • Thank you so much, Deb. I’ve missed keeping up with you and all of my friends here. I hope all is well with you! I look forward to getting caught up when life here on Creekview gets back to normal 🙂

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  4. I’m so happy you’re back! You’ve been missed very much. I’m sad to hear about Violet. She was very special and had a great life. I know you’ll miss her. And also sad to hear about Loud Mom’s Dad. That can be very stressful.
    And then the sunroom remodel – I remember my kitchen remodel – ugh! What a nightmare of noise, mess and delays. But like you, when it’s done, it’s wonderful.
    Looking forward to having you back in the blogosphere! It hasn’t been the same without you! 😻

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    • Aww, thank you! I’ve missed you and all of my blogging friends. My moms are still traveling a lot to visit LOUD Mom’s dad in hospice, but I’m eager to get back to my blog and all of my friends here.

      Thank you for your kind words. We all miss Violet very much. And after surviving the renovation of my sunroom, I hope my moms learned never to change anything in the house again!

      I hope you are doing well and look forward to catching up!

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  5. Carol! Long time no see! Sounds like a lot has been happening there though – some sad things and some big changes. First sorry to learn of Violet’s slipping off to the bridge…..I can only hope to make it to 20…..I turned 16 in January. I know you all miss her……Also hope that Loud Mom’s Dad is doing well in hospice. Sending some POTP for him if that will help?! Your new sunroom – can’t WAIT to get a tour of it on your blog one of these days – we wanna SEE how grand it is now! Also need updates on the rest of your house crew……we’ve missed you!

    Hugs, Sammy

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    • Hello, stranger! Good to hear from you, Sammy!!! And happy belated birthday! My Little Mom had a birthday in January, too, though 16 is but a distant memory for her. 😛 I hope you had a very good birthday, Sammy!

      Yes, a lot has happened — and is happening — around here. Thank you for your kind words. It’s been hard for everyone, well, except maybe Steve. Even Ethel has had a hard time adjusting to Violet being gone. She’s so much more… social. It’s freaking everyone out!

      I promise updates on everyone and a tour of my most favorite room. And I look forward to catching up with you, too!!

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  6. Glad to hear from you Carol, we’ve missed you and look forward to learning of your observations on life at Creekview drive. I’m sure we’ll hear much from you once you finish your nap in the new sun room. Congrats and Welcome back.

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    • Thank you for your kind words. How interesting that you had a soldier that looked like Private Bumbles! The General also has Bumbles’s brother, Private Buzzy, in his army (though Bumbles is much friendlier). I’m looking forward to things getting back to normal! I’ve missed being here!!

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  7. SO good to have you back, Carol, and you have obviously managed your responsibilities very well – we all need to take a blogging break when the chaos overtakes! I am very sorry to hear about sweet Violet and LOUD Mom’s dad; and I do hope some form of normal returns for you all. That is a bit frightening about Ethel’s friendliness – I’m sure I don’t need to tell you this, but beware! And by the way, can you pass on my compliments to the photographer who does your portraits – they are just gorgeous 🙂 (I particularly like the one of Violet & The General, bless Violet’s little face! – and of course yourself in that laundry hamper – beautiful!)

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    • Thank you so much. The General has been trying to make me feel guilty for neglecting my blogging responsibilities, so your kind words help me feel better! Frankly, he’d be better served paying attention to his troops than worrying about what I’m doing!

      And no worries — I definitely am very cautious when it comes to Ethel! I don’t let her out of my sight! I’m fairly certain she’s up to something, but I just can’t put my paw on what. Oh, and I’ll pass along your compliments on the photography – thank you!

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  8. Carol, I am sooooooo happy you made it on to let us know what’s been going on but the news of Violet is just so very sad and so is the news of Loud Mom’s dad. That’s a lot to deal with all at once. We are sending lots of prayers for comfort to all of you. *ear licks* Noodle and Mom Samantha

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  9. Very sorry to hear about Violet and LOUD mom’s dad. Life has a way of coming at us all at once sometimes. Look forward to hearing more from you as time permits! Peace and purrs from Charlie, Lola, and Bliss.

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