This past Thursday, I loaded up my car to drop off the goodies for our family adopted through Compass Family Services. In general, it is better to donate to large, well vetted nonprofit organizations who can best use your dollars for maximum impact. However, there's nothing more fulfilling to me than knowing you can touch the lives of people in your own community, especially during the holiday season. So, our philanthropic strategy encompasses both: we give annually to organizations we believe in, and we buy Christmas presents for deserving families through Compass. It feels like a win-win.
I am not a diaper changing sort of aunt. However, I am quite good at baby holding, and middling to decent at feeding and soothing. So, when my sister was in a bind this week and able to work from home but in need of another pair of eyes and hands so that she could actually do some of said work, I happily headed over to her house for an afternoon of bonding with my niece. She's six months old, smiley and sweet, and gloriously chunky - not exactly tough duty!
Cone of Shame
For those of you who follow Petunia's Instagram (@petuniapibblepie), you may have noticed that she has been sporting the lampshade of doom recently. It all started, as it often does in her case, with a little too much enthusiasm. She's very strong, and her tail is very long, and she gets very excited, so she often thwacks her tail into walls, furniture, people, etc. when she's happy. One too many knocks and it started bleeding... and then she started chewing on it... and of course it got infected and disgusting. So, we have been diligently heading into the vet every three days for a bandage change and re-check, and stuffing antibiotic pills down her throat with yogurt every night. The things we do for this beast!
I'll be spending Christmas with my husband and family, which is really all a girl can ask for. Plus, this will be our first Christmas as three generations, with the addition of my niece this summer, so this holiday is sure to be extra sweet. To those who celebrate, all my best wishes for a very merry Christmas!