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Two weeks ago, I had my gorgeous boy, Thumper, put down. Together, we had battled his failing kidneys for two months. He'd had 3 days of IV fluids, X-rays, shots, pills and special foods which I'd spent hours coaxing him to eat. I learned how to give him subcutaneous fluids and wrestled with him daily for those two months to try to help flush his kidneys when his own little body couldn't. Now I have his companion with me, a beautiful little girl who misses her friend. Today, as I walked through a pet chain store for supplies, I stopped to look at some cats a lady was trying to get adopted, pondering whether or not it was a good idea to get her a companion. As I started talking to the foster mom, another woman and her husband walked up. She heard me tell the foster mom that I had just had my boy put down two weeks ago and her comment was, "I lost one of my own not too long ago but I kept him until God decided to take him." I said, "You know, I didn't want to reach the point where he was throwing up constantly" and her thoughtless, confrontational response was, "So you'd be okay having your grandmother put down?" I can't begin to tell you how disgusting I found that. I'm going to give her the benefit of the doubt that she thought I had him put down the moment I heard he was sick in order to avoid expense and trouble (as we all know many irresponsible pet owners have been known to do), rather than think she's truly heartless enough to believe every animal, regardless of discomfort, should be left to suffer until they die naturally. Nevertheless, perhaps she should've asked about the care I gave him as long as I perceived he still had some quality of life. I work in hospice and deal with keeping "grandmas" comfortable every day and tried to be the very best hospice mom to my little boy that I could possibly be. So although there may be a contingent of people who think putting animals down is unethical, I happen to think that allowing them to suffer and have zero quality of life is unethical. Whatever a person's personal belief on this issue, I'd be willing to bet this woman's approach has never garnered a convert fostered a conversation.
Today, I made two 16oz pump lotions: Lavender and a Lavender/Lemon/Cypress. I'm getting better at making a 50oz batch of light body lotion, dividing it in two and adding separate essential oils to make two different products. Yes, I wasted a little bit but they're for a friend, so I don't mind so much. I made the base lotion with Sunflower and Rosehip Seed Oils. Should be lovely. I'll give the texture a try once they cool off and set.
I tried again today to achieve a push-up body parfait with colored micas mixed in. I know the photo is not stellar but how cool is that with the purple and green swirls? Now that I know it can be done, I need to perfect the technique and see if I can do it without it taking forever. This one has (in grams) 14 cocoa butter, 17 coconut butter, 11 shea butter, 8 kukui not oil, 13 wheat germ oil, 14 sunflower oil and 21 beeswax. I intended to put in Neroli, Jasmine and Vetiver but got so engrossed in blending separate micas once everything dissolved and keeping the batch liquid as each layer set that I totally forgot the essential oils. Since this was an experiment for learning purposes, I'm not too upset by that but next time it will be really spectacular. I also think, to save time, I'll only put one swirl of color in each one. Now I need to start using it and get down to the first layer of color so I can find out if I'm going to be putting green stripes on my legs and arms when I apply it.
This is what I'm hoping to eventually achieve for my body parfaits - luxuriant body butters with alternating layers of color made by adding micas. I have not been successful in the past. I tried melting a little bit in the warm butter before it set and sucking it up in a pipette to sort of inject it into the already poured batch in the container. That didn't work so I tried "pushing" the dry mica into the container once it was poured and that didn't work any better. So now I'm going to try melting the mica once more but letting the 1st layer set a little bit before pouring a layer of colored butter and then repeating this pattern by rewarming the remaining blend each time. There simply must be a way to do this! I suspect this newest effort is going to end up with layers that may look pretty but if you were to turn the pop-up container upside down, they'd probably fall out in three or four separate pieces.
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.