SoCS: An Acceptable Medium

This past week has fallen in the middle.

Somewhere between a sad low and peaceful, playful highs. In the medium category.

This past Monday, my beloved fur baby and Queen of the castle, Ziva, crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. She had kidney failure of the kind that could not be fixed and I was not going to let her suffer. So, I let her go, sobbed my heart out, and began to fill the hole with pieces of fond memories and the knowledge that she was in a better place. It has been quiet here, as Gibbs doesn’t have the volume of purrs, nor the snores, of dear Ziva. I miss the sounds that used to tell me she was here.

The remainder of the week, thankfully, was filled with gratitude and pleasant surroundings.

Gratitudes for the week included a chiropractic visit; a warming autumn sun; a leisurely bike ride; road tripping with a friend; and colorful autumn days.

I went to see the chiropractor first thing Tuesday morning. I will not be seeing him or the massage therapist for another 5-6 weeks. Due to the Covid numbers in Wisconsin, Natasha and I will be in a self-imposed, stay-at-home mandate into early/mid November. We’re trying to do our part, but also be safe and well. Yes, we got our flu shots!

On Wednesday, the bike and I went out to the Wiouwash Trail for an autumn ride. Even though the days of bike rides are coming to a close, this is my favorite time of year to take in the sight of golden yellow trees, hear the crinkle of leaves on the ground and smell the air.

Natasha and I had a fun and enjoyable road trip on Thursday. The actual goal was to pick up organic chicken from a farmer about 65 miles away, but we made the ride into a fall color run, taking the long way there and home to partake of the beautiful, leafy colors. In Appleton, we most often see varying shades of yellow, so it’s necessary to drive elsewhere to see smidges of red on the landscape. The farm was near the city of Stevens Point, to the west of Appleton. The colors coming in from a Northeast direction were spectacular, eliciting numerous ooh’s and ahh’s along the way. The day was perfect – bright blue skies, temps in the 60’s F, and little wind.

On the way to the farm, we had a few good laughs over the GPS and it’s attempts at “recalculating” when we’d go off the beaten path. I said to Natasha that it would be interesting to have a GPS that yelled at it’s owner, “Where in the h*ll are you going? Get back on the effing route, moron!” (The voice could be in an Irish or Scottish accent for fun effect.) A great Christmas gift, don’t you think?

On the way home, we went through Waupaca, my hometown, and came across several stunning, colorful trees. I was able to give Natasha a little tour, pointing out the summer swimming hole, the family home, where the A&P grocery store formerly stood, and the hospital building that was my grade school. I would have given a more extended tour, but our bladders were asking us to head home so we didn’t have to stop anywhere.

And now it’s Friday as I type this. It’s wonderfully warm and windy outside and I’ll be heading out soon for some fresh air. I am so grateful to be retired and comforted by the days after the loss on Monday. God takes away and then He gives back. I miss Ziva, but also feel very blessed that the one low day mixed with the good days have created an acceptable medium.

Have a wonderful Saturday everyone!

Stream of Consciousness Saturday is the brainchild of author Linda G. Hill. Every Friday, Linda provides her followers with an inspiring blogger’s prompt. It can be a word or words and sometimes bonus points are involved (my favorite). Linda asks us to write without editing, other than correcting spelling errors.

Just go with the flow.

Like a babbling brook or rain drops. Click HERE if this type of writing floats your boat or helps with your decision-making. Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is β€œmedium.”

43 responses to SoCS: An Acceptable Medium

  1. The loss of a family pet is never easy, but I’m glad you had a decent week despite that sadness. I had to laugh at the GPS, and I would for sure buy that enhancement. There is one place I go a couple of times a year, and it always says ‘go straight’ at this one point. If I went straight, I’d be in the woods because the road dead ends there and it either continues right or left. πŸ™‚ Have a good weekend and stay well. Our numbers are climbing, we had our flu shot, and we’re back to getting groceries through curbside pick up. 😦

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’m glad you are staying safe, Judy. It’s a time to be diligent and stay home and only use your GPS when it knows where you are going. πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for the kind thoughts about my loss. I appreciate it very much.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thank you for the hugs, Maggie. I’m not sure what is going through Gibbs’ head, but I’m sure he must be wondering what has become of his housemate. Or perhaps he’s thinking, “Great! More food for me!”

  2. Dweeze says:

    Again, i express my deepest sorrow for the loss of one of your family members. I could feel your love for Ziva in all your words. You deserved a peaceful week. The ride and the weather, the Earth is very healing. I know exactly what you mean about the GPS voice and prompts. If I recall, sometime back in the early 90’s there were some movies stars doing custom voice applications for certain GPS companies. Joan Rivers, Mr T and Nicholas Cage but I guess it didn’t take off. If I had to guess it was quite expensive. I feel the same way about the droning house alarm when smoke is detected. It must keeps repeating to leave the building when after the first three it should say, β€œHey, dumb…, get out unless you want to die!” That would put a zip in my step. I hope you have a peaceful weekend Mary. Nice job with the prompt.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thank you for your sympathy, Cheryl. I did love that little diva, she will always have a special place in my heart and memories.

      I have not had a smoke alarm that talked to me. In the hallway here, we have one that only emits a very loud, annoying beep, most often heard when the batteries are dying.

      A Mr. T GPS would be awesome. “Fool! Get back on the road or I’ll whip you with my gold chains!”

  3. Dan Antion says:

    I’m so glad your week included some nice days and fun activities. It’s so hard to lose a pet. I’ve often thought that if GPSs were more intelligent they would be a frustrated group of devices. The snarky GPS would make a great gift. I also think we should be able to say, “I’ll be right back, I need to check this out,” and put it in a paused state.

    Your pictures are beautiful. Can you ride to that trail, or do you drive your bike to a starting point?

    • bikerchick57 says:

      The days spent on the trail and in the car, taking note of nature, was very healing, Dan. Thanks.

      I like your idea of a GPS “pause” button or being able to talk back to it. Why hasn’t anyone figured that out?

      I have to drive to the Wiouwash trail, about 15 minutes or so…through a little city traffic, down the county road, past the airport, golf course, rifle range, sod farm, and two regular farms, to a road that you’ll miss if not paying attention. The GPS would never find the parking area in a million years, but that’s okay. I know the way!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thank you, Lois. Gibbs is getting extra love and attention from me while Ziva is making friends in kitty heaven and teaching everyone what it’s like to be a queen.

  4. Paula Light says:

    Condolences on Ziva 🐱❀️🌈

    That’s hilarious about the Scottish accent on a GPS! I’d love it 😍

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thank you for your sympathy, Paula.

      I’ve been watching Outlander and absolutely love the Scottish accent. Don’t understand what they’re saying at times, but it’s still very cool.

  5. We’re so sorry for your loss dear Mary and I love the way nature can bring comfort to us in such gentle and unexpected ways. Rest in peace sweet Ziva and much love to you all πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’ž

  6. marianallen says:

    Oh, I’m sorry about Ziva! It’s so hard to say goodbye. Those little furry packages of love leave huge empty places behind. HUGS

  7. Laura says:

    I’m so so sorry you had to let Ziva go. Loving our pets is a gift, letting them go is our gift to them. That doesn’t make it easy. Sending hope for comfort.

  8. catladymac says:

    Sending you purrayers and Power of the Paw for the loss of dear Ziva. And to Gibbs too.

  9. J-Dub says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss Mary. I’m glad your week got better for that acceptable medium.

  10. John Holton says:

    Sorry about Ziva. I know it’s hard to let go, but sometimes you just have to. Kidney disease isn’t an easy thing and things only get worse with it.

  11. JoAnna says:

    It’s such a hard thing to let our sweet friends go. Thank you for sharing your sadness, joy, and rememberances. I get the feeling the ride grounded you. And thank you for giving Ziva a good life on this side of the bridge. I love your comment about teaching those on the other side about being a queen.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Ziva was definitely a queen and diva and she deserved that life. When I adopted her, the rescue place gave me a wicker basket she had been sleeping in. It was her lifelong “throne.”

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