That Crazy Christmas of 2004

My last two posts have been about that crazy Christmas of 2004.  If you remember, I’d had a cervical fusion done just two short weeks before Christmas, so I was getting over surgery–my fresh scar is visible in the picture of me with the toilet seat. 

When I left off with my story, Ed had managed to put the pool table together that we’d ordered off eBay,  just in time for our family to enjoy it at Christmas.  If you haven’t read that story, you should read yesterday’s post.  It’s an unbelievable tale!

Another interesting thing that happened that Christmas was a result of me bidding on eBay.  While Ed was building our game house, I was busy buying Coca Cola stuff off eBay to decorate it with.  We’d found all kinds of interesting things in the Coke theme, but the one that caught my eye was the hand painted toilet seat! 

My hand-painted coca-cola toilet seat

 I didn’t have much bathroom decor and I really wanted that toilet seat.  I got caught up in a bidding frenzy and ended up paying $65.00 for that toilet seat!  I was afraid that Ed was going to kill me, but he didn’t.  Of course, there was no way I was going to actually use that seat on our toilet, after paying such a price for it–so I decided to hang it on the wall.  It still hangs in the bathroom today!

In the days of Christmas of 2004, our only grandchildren were dogs!  Brandy and Clint were parents to several of them.  Two of them were inside dogs–and both of them rescues.  When Brandy and Clint came to visit, their “dog children” came with them.  We dressed the “grandogs” up in hats and took their picture beside my Christmas tree.  Both of these adorable “grandogs” have since  passed away. “Annie” the black one passed away first, followed by “Precious” a couple of years later.  Both were killed in accidents involving cars.

Precious and Annie--the "grandogs"

We spent a good bit of time playing pool on that brand new pool table that Christmas.  All of the hard work and headaches were soon forgotten.  The newly decorated “Coca Cola” game house became the new family hang out. 

Ed watching as our oldest son makes his shot...

That crazy Christmas of 2004 had gotten off to a rough start, and had a few bumps along the way, but all is well that ends well, and Christmas of 2004 definately ended well.  It was the most memorable Christmas that we’ve ever had, too!  I wish you and your family a very Merry and Memorable Christmas, too.

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Our first “child”

Ed began working at one of the hospitals in the city, while I stayed home and kept the house.  It was quite a change for me–to marry and move to a city where I didn’t know anyone.  Remember, I also didn’t drive at the time, so I was stuck at home all day.  I remember being so happy to see Ed come home every afternoon!

One day,  I saw an ad in the paper for a free kitten.  I asked Ed if we could get a kitten.  His first reply was “no”, but after a while, he gave in.  The kitten was one of those dark, tabby kittens.  Nothing special in the looks department, but oh what a personality that kitten had!  We named her “B. B.” which stood for Baby Bacon.

Life was never boring after we got “B.B.”!  That cat thought she was a person! She learned to scratch at the door to go out or come inside.  She was one of those smart, playful cats that was always into something.  After Ed went to work in the mornings, “B.B.” would stretch out in the bed,  with her head on Ed’s pillow, just like a person.  Unfortunately, she only liked a particular brand of cat food(Cozy Kitten), and it smelled REALLY BAD!!!

Me and "B.B." resting

Me and "B.B." resting

When Ed and I would go back to our hometown for the weekend, “B.B.” would come with us.  One Christmas she actually climbed Ed’s mother’s Christmas tree and turned it over!  We still laugh about that!  I didn’t think it was very funny at the time…

Of course, after a while, the unthinkable happened and our “cat child” came home pregnant!  She had several little kittens.  While the kittens were still very young, “B.B” went out one evening and apparently got hit by a car.  She came home dragging her hind leg.  I was in a panic and had Ed calling several vets to see what we should do.  Most vets wanted to do surgery to fix the leg, but we found one who was willing to put a cast on. 

"B.B." babies & broken leg

"B.B." babies & broken leg

 We didn’t have much money, so we chose to get the cast.  That was a crazy sight–that cat dragging that huge cast behind her.  She’d even walk a chain-link fence with three legs.  Eventually the leg  healed and she didn’t even limp.  The good part about the whole ordeal was that due to her injuries, “B.B.” wasn’t able to have any more babies!

Several years after the broken leg incident, “B.B.” went out for the evening and came home drunk!  She couldn’t even stand up.  Her eyes were all crazy looking and she swayed and fell down when she tried to walk.  She kept meowing and acting crazy.  Again, I got Ed to call the vet.  It turned out that “B.B.” had eaten a blue-tailed lizard which is poisonous to cats.  The vet said most cats die, but a few survive.  Fortunately, “B.B.” beat the odds and survived, although she never did walk quite straight and cocked her head sideways after that.

We had “B.B.” for well over five years.  She survived life in the city, only to disappear a while after we moved back  to our little country hometown.  We don’t know what happened to her, maybe she liked the city life better…

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