Better to Bad

it’s amazing how quickly things can change. it was just the usual workday when I came back from lunch and soon began to notice pain in my left foot.

two days later, I was at work, NOT working, but staring down the store manager and two assistants refusing to let them bully me out of filing a workmen’s comp claim. one assistant made it perfectly clear “that I didn’t realize how my actions would impact everyone in the store”. the other assistant offered “diagnoses”while the store manager commented how I would be held responsible for the medical bills if it was determined not covered.

i went to “their” Dr who determined it was plantar fascitis, caused by walking all day on concrete floors of the store. i was released back to work with restrictions, but when i  called to inform them they said they “couldn’t make a special job just for you”. so there i was NOT working and now with NO income coming in.

three days later I received a call from the same assistant saying icould come back to work as “they had it figured out”. however no longer would i be getting 40 hours a week. i had to take what they gave me which was about 25 hours a week.  if I was lucky.

a paycheck followed that was only 250. i had the other half of my rent alone to still pay which was $350. this didn’t include the other expenses i had to pay such as gas and food for the furbabies.

i was in the final stages for a job in another town in southwestern colorado. they were checking my references and hopefully i would hear something in a few days.
unfortunately what i was to hear, was that they chose a different candidate.
i started scrambling, trying to find other work to do alongside my current job, but there were no easy fixes.

two days later i hit a new low. I had $9 in my account, little gas in my car, to get to and from work, and the cats were out of food again.

my kitties take a special diet, and with only $9 left in the account, i had to figure out how i was going to keep them fed with a paycheck that was pretty much already gone!

my kitties take a special diet, and with only $9 left in the account, i had to figure out how i was going to keep them fed with a paycheck that was pretty much already gone!

someone mentioned in passing during all this how it wasn’t the job that was meant for me.
i lost it. this struggle for me had been going on the last 5 years, and when you are down to your very last red cent, had been applying and TRYING to find something better and doing something better, those words were not a comfort.  especially considering the source had no idea what so many have been going thru these last few years.

in step a friend who offered us a temporary sanctuary.it meant relocating to southeastern colorado and starting over. it also meant me keeping what family i had left.  i thought about the offer while I was at work that night, and before my shift was over, i had given notice. I felt free.
but in order to get us to our new locale, i was going to have to pretty much sell everything as with all the furbabies being transported in the car, there was very little room for much else.

same model but this is in much better shape than mine

same model but this is in much better shape than mine

the good news is that selling everything would generate much needed money for our upcoming journey.  the bad news was i had to get everything sold, and quickly, and get everything out AND us all safely on the road by Tuesday, June 9!

i’m fortunate enuff that I don’t have a tremendous amount of stuff to sell what with the years of loosing one home, moving to another, etc etc. and actually we have stayed in this place we’re currently in almost 2 whole years which is a record for us!

the other good news is that where we’re moving to will help give some relief from my chronic fibromyalgia-the constant  rains we’ve been getting here in western colorado have done nothing to help my situation.  (fyi, we’re moving down south in the pueblo, colorado area)

the other good thing, is there are lots of jobs where we’re going, and history has proven that i have better luck landing something quickly in new locales than in this one were i’ve spent most of my life.

cost of living is also a heck of a lot more reasonable and we are hoping to be able to find something that suits are needs quickly.

but back to the case at hand.  one of the many things we need to sell, is my mom’s collection of cat figurines.  initially we had planned on doing this to raise funds for a rescue, but with our situation currently in hand, we are in dire need of some rescue $$ ourselves!  i make a “retail” income to begin with, and as you can see from up above, it’s going to be very tight what we’ll have to get us relocated to southern colorado.

hence the sale.  and a quick sale at that since we have a little over a week to a week and half to be out of here!

my mom's collection of cat magnets

my mom’s collection of cat magnets

so here’s hoping that you find something in the collection that tickles your kitty funny bone-something that you just HAVE to have, so that we have enuff gas money, and cat food and litter, to not only get us to our new home, but to keep us tied over in food and supplies, til I find a job!

oh and you will find the sale here! it’s happening on facebook…right now…go go! lol

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Bethany’s Addiction

hopefully most of you are familiar with our blog mascot Bethany.  if not, this will surely give you more insight to our lovely mascot ….and her secret addiction(s).

it started years ago when i caught Bethany scoping out Luna the Fashion Kitty’s facebook page.  (because we don’t have permission to post one of Luna’s pics, we respectfully omit any pic of her here, but you can click on the link above and view Luna in all her gloriousness)

i didn’t think much about it until one day when i came home to this:

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as we all know, the early teen years are crucial to a young girl’s development and confidence, so i made sure not to act shocked or mortified by Bethany’s appearance.

and when she requested her own card and a small monthly allowance, it didn’t phase me at all.   it’s not like she can drive or go hit the mall and the limit i set for her was small; thrifty.

then i came home to this:

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at least she had given up on the make up phase!  (i call this her Maria Antoinette phase)

once again, i just chalked it all up to a “kitty trying to find herself”.  that was until i came home one day shortly after to this:

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it was apparent that Bethany had a serious problem.  she had become a “shopaholic”. then came the credit card statements and the bills!  Bethany had somehow managed to get her credit limit raised, and i was left holding the repercussions in bills bills bills!   i took drastic action and took away her card, cut it up and threw it away.  i lectured her on the need to learn to control spending; the need to budget and that these days mom couldn’t afford giving her the lavish lifestyle she wanted.

at first it was difficult.  she was put under curfew and watched closely.  any needs, purchases or requests were all funneled thru me.  we discussed how “less is more” and that natural beauty was more appealing than fake. i never wanted to “reign her in” or limit her creativity.  it was just important for her to learn some self control and learn to do with less like the rest of us were.  eventually the lessons sunk in.

Bethany in her butterfly phase

Bethany in her butterfly phase

nowadays, Bethany expresses herself here or there….a simple butterfly costume around halloween….a bit of vamping it up around valentine’s of this year…..

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i even indulged her with an occasional photo shoot!  and for xmas….she got her choice of her pic in a lovely pink scarf or pink hat!

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she preferred the hat!

oh these young ladies of today.  what a challenge it is to raise them right!

*(this blog entry was in response to a recent post by I Have Cat, who talked about a new app that can be used to add makeup to pics of your kitties.  we found some of the responses to her post to be just plain silly.  it’s an app, not literal application of makeup to her kitties. lol)

**(Bethany was never forced to do anything she didn’t want to do for these pics.  force?  ha if we did anything she disliked, we would be torn to shreds! #diva.  Also, the makeup was done with photoshop, not actually applied to her face)

***lastly, we hope this post made you laugh! 🙂

 

 

A Word On Pet Food…

in previous posts, i spoke about the health issues, especially life threatening where Bethany was concerned, that 3 of my cats had that were amazingly improved after switching to I and Love and You.  (#IandLoveandYou).

with the recent issues concerning Beneful dog food, made by Purina, and the admission of Blue Buffalo, that they had been lying about their ingredients all along, i can’t stress more how important safe and healthy nutrition is for our pets!

Bethers after the worst of the infection had passed and was starting to clear up after change in diet.

Bethany after the worst of the infection had passed and was starting to clear up after change in diet.

i accidentally came upon I and Love and You while at my grocery store, and decided to try it because it was grain free.  my cats have now been on it since fall of 2014.  Sterling’s IBS diarrhea quit, Ashley’s stomatitis has tremendously improved, and the deep pyrodermas, fevers, and overall diagnosis of a compromised immune system for Bethany has completely disappeared.  other improvements: dry fur is a thing of the past along with dry skin.  none of my kitties have any of those “spots” anymore.  their fur feels better overall; much softer.  bad breath has been reduced, and my 16 year old Ashley is amazingly energetic and now a “handful” lol.

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we need to emphasize  here, that I and Love and You does not intend for their food to be used for any prescription or medical purposes.  the results that i have had are not usual, and they highly recommend you consult your vet before making any diet changes.

we have also spoken on the phone with I and Love and You..of course, such a wonderful product is made here in Colorado and they also have dog food too!  we highly encourage you to give I and Love and You a try for your cat as well!  it can be found at several different grocery and pet supply chains.  you can find their website here: http://www.iandloveandyou.com/ for more specific information on where their food is carried in your area.  we also encourage you to call I and Love and You as well!  they love talking to customers, especially new ones, and they might even send you a coupon for your first purchase!  They can be reached at 855- ILY- LOVE.  give em a ring!

Almost 20 Signs that You’re Cat-centric!

these days, new terms are popping up all over not only the internet but society in general to replace the term “cat lady”  or “cat crazy” and the negative connotations that go with it.  we now have cat enthusiasts and cat guardians, as well as those who call themselves cat-centric.  the new terms also allow for the male cat lover populations to be included rather than remain in the dark! lol  here at Planet Kitty, we use the term cat centric.  here are also almost 20 signs that you may be cat-centric as well!

  1. you can not only hold a lengthy conversation with others about types of cat litter and cat litter boxes, but are completely baffled and irritated that it’s the 21st century and they STILL haven’t come up with a much better, easier, more convenient solution to the standard litterbox!

    modcat box

    modcat box

  2. you not only know who Jackson Galaxy, Luna the Fashion Kitty, Grumpy Cat, and the endless slew of other famous internet cat sensations are, but are completely SHOCKED when others DON’T know who they are!catdaddy
  3. you join in the conversation in the breakroom at work, sharing your cat stories when it suddenly dawns on you that everyone else is talking about their kids not cats.

    cat lady

    cat lady

  4. you can’t fall asleep without your furbabies, on, or around you when u go to bed.sleeping_with_cat
  5. you not only have given up the war on pet hair, you now coordinate your wardrobe to work WITH the pet hair.                  peoplecatdress
  6. you put off or delay chores, etc, because doing so would mean you would have to move the cat or cats from your lap to get up, wake up the cat or cats in order to vacuum, or inconvenience your cat or cats to do dishes, clean, etc.don't disturb!
  7. you have finally achieved the goal where you and your cat or cats schedule are in sync! (Just exactly who is the pet?)
  8. more and more of your wardrobe is cat themed and you can’t ever imagine it without your latest purchase! (shirts, pants, jewelry, shoes it’s all good!) catdress
  9. you turn down a date because you’d rather be home with your cat or cats!
  10. one of the top requirements on the list for a potential significant other is that they are approved of by your cat or cats.                           approved
  11. you’re on vacation, or out of town, even for just one overnight, and you miss you cat or cats, or are instantly homesick for them.
  12. you’re on vacation, out of town, etc, and you worry about the safety/health, etc. of your cat or cats.                                 misskitty
  13. you’re idea of a fantasy date would be going out to dinner with Jackson Galaxy to talk cat, rather than (enter latest famous hot guy’s name here).
  14. there are days, or situations, where you simply CANNOT understand people who are NOT Cat-centric!
  15. there’s more cat furniture and cat toys in your place then there is human furniture, and human toys (and yet you still wonder if kitty or kitties are getting enough stimulation, playtime, etc)                   catshouse
  16. you tried catnip-smoked it, baked it, etc to see if you could get “that high”. (Admit it! YOU DID!)                                          catnipcig
  17. you’re screen saver on your computer (home and work) as well as your tablet and phone are your cat or cats, along with said cell phone case being cat themed. cellphonecase
  18. and last but not least, you read this blog!