Thursday, January 20, 2011

Busy, not-so-good week

I've had a busy week, and not a very good one, either.  As a result, I haven't ridden since my lesson on Friday... once again!

I was planning not to ride over the weekend or on Monday.  Even though Monday was a holiday for many people, I was working because I wanted to take some time off on Tuesday to read a book that was coming out that day.  As I'd hoped, ordering the ebook meant I was actually able to download it at midnight — Eastern time! — Monday night, so I was able to stay up late reading.

My plans for reading all day Tuesday went awry, though.  In the morning we found the remains of someone's poor house cat lying in the yard.  It had been eaten by a coyote, and only two paws and a little bit of fur on its chin were left.  I hate how many people let their cats roam in our neighborhood, so it's probably a good thing there wasn't much left to make an identification — if I'd known whose cat it was, I would have return what was left, and probably given them a piece of my mind about letting their cat outside, too.

You know how sometimes something bad like that just gets into your head and ruins your entire day?  That was how Tuesday was.  I cried all afternoon, and I couldn't bring myself to eat until dinnertime, not because I was grossed out but because I was so upset.  A horrible death like that is entirely avoidable if you just keep your cats inside.

I didn't end up reading or working much on Tuesday, so I've been busy for the rest of the week, absorbing what I didn't get done then.  (I also finished reading the book finally, late last night.)  And every day, something negative has happened, just bad enough to spoil what would otherwise be okay kinds of days.

I regretted the week I've had today most of all, though.  I went out to the barn in the morning to pull Panama's and Spaghetti's blankets.  It snowed yesterday evening and overnight, but it was beautiful and sunny (even if a little cold) when I was out at the barn.  I was going to hop on bareback, but quickly realized Panama was too hyper and impatient for that, so I turned him out for a roll and a display of energy.  I still wanted to get on and ride, but I didn't feel like getting my butt wet by riding bareback (he'd rolled in the snow), and tacking up would take time I didn't have.  I just couldn't shake the feeling that I had better get home and get some work done.

I have some more things to do with the rest of my day, but perhaps if I have time later this evening, I'll go back out and get a short ride in before our lesson tomorrow.  Otherwise, I don't have many plans for the weekend — hopefully I'll be able to shake this once-a-week schedule and get some real riding in!



At January 21, 2011 at 7:34 AM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Hopefully, you're making money while you're doing all this working. I just ordered the Writer's Market along with the Photographer's Market to see if I can make some money writing articles along with my photos since my area is too depressed for anyone to afford portraits. If you're going to be stuck inside and not ride, winter is the time to do it.

At January 21, 2011 at 12:29 PM, Anonymous Melody said...

That poor cat!!!!

I wish it were possible to always keep cats in. In this area, there are a lot of foreclosures, and people have just been abandoning their cats left and right! I mean come on! Apparently they have the "they can hunt so they'll be fine" mindset.

So now I help my mother take care of a bunch of strays, some of which have gone totally feral (and some were already). We're getting them all fixed, getting shots, but we can't find them homes. Animal shelter is full and any stray brought in is immediately put down. So some are in and out of her house, some stay in, and some won't go in and freak when they are brought in (the ferals and those that went nuts after being left behind.) So she's caring for near 30 cats who without her would have starved, frozen, or soemthing else happen. She's got houses set up for them with blankets, food and medical care, she does her best. But some of them you just can't bring in.

Yet...we're working on taming them down. Rescue groups keep saying they are too full to help or they are in other states and we can't get them there..bad situation, but at least someone cares enough to try and care for them.

At January 22, 2011 at 12:41 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

NM, the vast majority of what I write is contracted by clients before I start, so I am guaranteed to get paid for it. That being said, I have not felt as productive as usual lately. I'm working more slowly at times, which of course means it takes longer to get the same amount of stuff done. Very frustrating.

Melody, I hate it when people abandon their cats! The feral cat problem you describe is very different, I agree, and those cats are more difficult to transition to indoor cats. There aren't any feral cats in our neighborhood, though, just a lot of pampered house cats that get let outside. When someone has just one or two cats, and they are tame house cats, in my opinion there is just no good reason to let them out. Especially when you have had them since they were a kitten, and they have no desire to go outside -- why introduce them to that? Several of my neighbors fall into that category.

Good for you and your mom for doing what you can for all those cats. Without you, they'd obviously be dead, and no one could fault you for not taking 30 cats into your house. You're doing what you can to help. My rant was not at all aimed at people like you -- I think it's great what you are doing!


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