This really should be two separate posts but my day was taken up with both issues so I think it’s appropriate to consolidate these two unrelated topics.
I knew that it was going to be a struggle to find shoes to go with the dress I have for my son’s wedding in October. Having arthritis in your ankles and other joints of the foot makes finding shoes a challenge, and I am just starting to come to grips with this journey. Up to this point I have been trying to ignore the fact that going into a low-cost shoe store and buying something cute for $20 is a reality well past its prime for me.
Fortunately with it being summer I haven’t had too many problems with these decisions as I have two pairs of sandals that are relatively comfortable. They won’t go with the chosen wedding attire however.
I also realize that as fall fast approaches (and this is the rainy Pacific Northwest) I have to find something to cover my feet. I chatted with a friend who also has arthritis in her feet and she recommended the brand Clark’s so off I went to my local mall and the Macy’s store to see what I could find today.
I found frustration, that’s what I found. I am looking specifically for a grey or metallic pewter color to match one of the shades in the dress. Do you think they had anything to fit that goal? Of course they did-just not in my size. Repeated checks of other stores proved fruitless as well. Without going into loads of detail about the oddities involved with my feet (think different sizes for different styles for one) I came home and started searching the internet. I found shoes starting at roughly $80 dollars, which made me cringe. I seriously have never paid $80 for a pair of shoes, which is either really sad or means that I don’t dress very well.
You have to remember that my chosen career fields over the years called for either casual attire so cute flats worked well, or scrubs which meant athletic shoes or clogs. I would guess that the most expensive pair of shoes I have ever bought was about $50 for a pair of boots that I love and hope I can still wear.
These shoes are a wear-one-time-only sort of purchase so how can I justify that expense? The search moved on and lo and behold, a pair of silvery Clark’s sandals in my size just happened to show up. They have a low heal at 1 inch which is my limit, are sort of T-strapped and have a rocker sort of sole that actually feels really good when I walk. The downside is that I still will most likely only wear them once or twice, but somehow $50 was a bit more acceptable.
When they arrive, if they truly are a keeper I will post a pick. I am so thankful to Jeff and Meredith for planning a casual wedding. I don’t know what I would be wearing if this affair was going to be at all formal.
I’m sure I posted something about our aging cat at some point here on the blog. Actually I know I did because it was in reference to her habit of standing alone in a room yowling for someone to either come into the room with her or lift her up into her cat bed to sleep. That conversation came about thanks to my blogger friend The Dancing Professor (who has a nice blog that I recommend visiting) as she was lamenting about her very old feline friend doing the same sort of lonely and loud yowling.
So my aging cat, in the last 6-8 months, has increasingly been remiss about her aim when using the litter box. Lately she hasn’t even been getting but a drop or two into the box. This means that she is basically going pee outside the box, even though I know this really isn’t her intent. I think that she thinks that she is perfectly positioned when in reality she has this one corner that she prefers and ends up with some pretty poor aim.
The process over the last few months as this behavior has increased is to place some lovely plastic shower mats down, and even more recently (because there were constant puddles showing up on the mats) some very old towels have become an intermediate layer adding some absorption quality.
The reality has been that each time she uses the box I have to follow behind her, or check as soon as I get home and try to determine if the towel is damp. It usually is. This means the towel gets changed, the plastic gets wiped down as does the outside of the box and we wait until the next pee to see just where it will land.
Long story short I went to the local pet store, found an uncovered cat litter box (I think she would freak out with a cover, or not find her way in, which could really be bad) that has a nice step in area but 85% of the sides are about as tall as she is when she squats. I don’t think it will be physically possible for her to hang her rear end over the edge, although she may surprise me and if she does then I don’t know what comes next. On a side note I have never encountered that many litter boxes before. I was very impressed with the corner unit but that was a little large for our needs I think.
Fingers crossed please.