Archive for November, 2010

How to Lose Weight

November 30, 2010

When I read about people having a hard time losing weight, I am more than a little puzzled. It’s like I want to ask: Haven’t they figured it out yet? Doesn’t anybody guessed the secret to hsving a slim, trim figure? Here it is: Having mortgage fraud, then predatory lending and then, the best of all three, foreclosure, worked for me. I lost my home in Atlanta, GA and over 20 pounds. Now I am almost anorexic. What can be better and more delightful than that? And to top it all this off, the loan officer who got me a horrible loan and the real estate woman who recommended him to me are not in jail. And the icing on the cake is this: I did not get my money back. No wonder I am pencil thin! Eugenia Renskoff

When I read about people having a hard time losing weight, I am more than a little puzzled. Having mortgage fraud, then predatory lending and then, the best of all three, foreclosure, worked for me. I lost my home in Atlanta, GA and over 20 pounds. Now I am almost anorexic. What can be better and more delightful than that? And to top it all this off, the loan officer who got me a horrible loan and the real estate woman who recommenhim to me are not in jail. And the icing on the cake is this: I did not get my money back. Eugenia Renskoff

The Dutchess

November 26, 2010

The Dutchess

The feral cat I have cared about so much is dead. She was given an injection this late morning, November 26, 2010. She couldn’t go on. Her poor little body was getting emaciated and even though her appetite was still good, she kept on losing weight. What a hard, rough and tumble life she had! Out in the rain because there was no shelter, except for the cars in the parking lot, not having anybody pet her or caress her, eating whatever she could. The Dutchess was apart from the other cats. She didn’t play because she didn’t know how. Hard was something she was an expert at. Now she is Resting in Peace.

Move

November 26, 2010

Move!

“You have to go. You have to move.” He said in a soft, professor-like voice. She knew the man meant business. When? When will this happen? She prayed that she look as startled as she felt. “Mid December.” That doesn’t give me much time. 4 weeks at most.

Death Sentence for a Cat

November 22, 2010

Death Sentence for a Cat

She’ll be put down soon, maybe before Thanksgiving. Dutchess, the sick cat, from the Havemeyer off Metropolitan parking lot in Williamsburgh, has cancer. She is a feral, though she did not choose to become a feral. I am sure she would have preferred having a family and good people to pet her and love her. And, she shouldn’t die among strangers. She is not another cat among the countless animals that are being put down every day for various reasons. The Dutchess deserves to have someone hold her and pet her before she goes to the Rainbow Bridge.

Prolonging

November 18, 2010

There is no more prolonging The Dutchess’ life. The ultrasound shows a small cancer growth in her liver or intestine. The Dutchess has had a hard life, being out on the parking lot on Havemeyer off Metrolopitan Avenue in Williamsburgh. Who knows where she came from or if she ever belonged to somebody? She was probably never petted or held or comforted. She may never have purred with pure pleasure because she knew her owner loved her and was holding her in his or her arms as if she was a baby. The Dutchess will be put down. I don’t want her to go because I have grown attached to her. And I have had to have Rubio, my beloved German Shepherd, put to sleep. The memory of that haunts me to this day. He looked like a giant lion taken down. But the Dutchess can’t be in a cage for the remaining 6 months or so of her life. There is no farm for her to be. There is no other solution but what will probably happen in the next few days.

The Royal Engagement

November 17, 2010

The Royal Couple may appear be normal, but they are not. They live rarified lives, lives in which they have things that most people only dream of. They have money and servants and people to carry heavy stuff (like suitcases) for them. They now have advisors so that Princess Diana’s story will not be repeated. Kate Middleton is a very lucky young woman. She is marrying a prince who looks like the Hollywood version of a Prince. He is very attractive, refined, smart and very rich. They will be followed by the paparazzi. She will be compared to Princess Diana for some time to come. There is no comparision. Princess Diana was naive and 19 years old when she became engaged to Prince Charles. She did not know that her husband to be loved another woman. Kate Middleton met William when they were both around 19 and one can say that they grew up together. She has had time to learn what it will be like to be a Royal. She knows things that Diana, though a born aristocrat, did not know and should have been told or taught.

Polenta and Sausage

November 13, 2010

He took a large pot from the kitchen cabinet. It was the only clean pot he found. He filled it with water and after it boiled he added some polenta, enough for 3 people. When the polenta was done, he cut 2 sausages into small pieces, added the pieces and waited until everything was done. The young man then called the dogs. Come, Beast, he said to the first one. Here’s your food. The other dogs, the black one and his black and white half brother were fed in the living room. What a mess, he said to no one as he looked at the kitchen. He shook his head. my adoptive mother is sick. She can’t take care of this. I can’t either. The young man opened the kitchen door and went to the living room. He said a few words to his adoptive mother and her companion and left.

The Bags

November 10, 2010

The Bags
A woman was standing by the uptown 4 and 5 express trains at 14th Avenue Union Square. People walked past her and stared. They saw her and the stuff surrounding her. There were about 3 black suitcases, 4 supermarket bags and at least 4 black bags. The woman’s face was hidden by the scarf she was wearing. She looked down at the ground and sighed. How did she get down the stairs with all this? Somebody asked her if she needed help. I have to get my suitcases on the train, she said. The number 4 train arrived. It was packed. She’d have to wait a long time before a less crowded train came. Even then, the stuff was too much for her to carry.

Pushed

November 9, 2010

Pushed
The woman was walking on Grand and Forsyth. It was a beautiful afternoon and she was enjoying looking at the green groceries and bakeries. They reminded her of the neighborhood where she had grown up in California. She felt something heavy touch her right shoulder. A hand from behind pushed her once, then again, and a third time. She started to scream. Am I being mugged in broad daylight? They’re out of luck. I only have 54 cents. She didn’t dare look behind her to see the face of the person. All she could make out was the sleeve of an Army jacket. The assailant ran and she walked, still shaken, towards the B and D subway. Maybe there is a policeman somewhere, she thought. She saw a man wearing an Army jacket talking to somebody near the subway steps. A young Chinese man went up to the man. Why do you push people? He asked. The man denied it. Yes, you did. I saw you. Everybody was looking at the woman. Thank you, she said to the Chinese man.

Final Test

November 9, 2010

The Dutchess will get an ultrasound on Wednesday or Friday. It will be the final test and will determine if she has cancer or FIP a contagious cat disease. She is docile yet afraid of people. I don’t want her to die. She did not choose to be feral.