I'm a 53-year-old woman on disability. I am single, no children (except my beloved kitty Amber ), and currently live with my elderly parents. My father suffers from severe dementia and my cat has a serious illness which requires medication twice a day--it takes both my mother and me to give it to her lol! (But thanks to God, my Amber is astonishing her vets with her progress!! ). Anyway, I try to help my mom in caring for both my father and my kitty.
I was born and reared Southern Baptist, but converted to Roman Catholicism at the age of 20. Nevertheless, all my relatives and many of my friends are either Protestant or Jewish, so I consider myself pretty open-minded!
I am a native of South Carolina and while I am proud of my Southern heritage, I discovered thru my interest in genealogy that I have genuine New England Yankees (17th century Puritans at that!!) on BOTH sides of my family!! I take great pride in my old New England roots too!
Speaking of interests--I have many! Cats (of course!!), genealogy, history, archaeology, psychology (my college major), reading, writing (fiction, altho not poetry--I am terrible at that!), movies, TV, music, theology--really so many things I can't list them all! And of course--yakking with my friends on the internet! (I was nicknamed "Motormouth" in high school--I wonder why lol?!).
I decided to join this forum because it seemed interesting, inviting, and inspirational. (Three i's !). I look forward to making friends here and sharing my interests and experiences!
I am happy to meet you all!!
UPDATE: My beloved Amber began a very sudden decline about 3 weeks ago. She died--here at home, with her family around her--at around 5:30 AM (Eastern Time) on Tuesday, May 6, 2008. I believe that my furchild is now at peace but I miss her soooo much --the house seems so empty without her happy little presence. She was a total joy and a blessing to all of us.
SECOND (AND HOPEFULLY FINAL!) SAD UPDATE: My father's brave struggle with dementia (probably Alzheimer's), which he had fought for 5 long years, finally ended on 20 August, 2008. He died in hospice at 3:45 AM and my mom and I were not there since they had said he was resting comfortably, and we expected him to be moved to another nursing home directly across the street from us the very next morning. We know he is surely in Heaven now, but my mom and I miss him terribly. His cause of death was listed as "End-Stage Dementia". He is now buried with close family members in a lovely and peaceful cemetery up in North Carolina, not far from where he grew up.
My Favorite Quote or Motto:All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.~~Blessed Julian of Norwich