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      Thursday, January 12, 2017

10:28 AM - 01/12/2017

The topic: I took a short video of Pete eating last night



      Wednesday, January 11, 2017

11:57 AM - 01/11/2017

The topic: Rain rain rain rain


It's raining again. It will be raining tomorrow. And it just might rain on Saturday. Good thing I don't need to do laundry.

Anyway, I find this incredibly hard to believe, but Pete's breathing is already a lot better. He's much quieter.

There was some loose poo on the sofa this morning (I cover it in disposable pee pads at night for easy cleanup) . I don't know if that was Mystie or Pete. There was also some loose stool on the floor, once again, not sure who it belongs to.

Anyway, he ate probably a whole can of liver and chicken pate Fancy Feast this morning. Hungry boy. (He does not like it when I wipe his face when he's done, but I want to keep his nose clear.) 

I did see small, well formed poo in the laundry room litterbox that I believe may be his. This would be great!

He's only had 24 hours worth of meds so far, so, I don't know what to think. Unless one of those meds is an absolute killer med. I'm not complaining. At all. If he's more comfortable, that's what counts.

I also slept for about eleven hours from last night until this morning. I had no idea what a toll this was taking on me. Sleep is nice.


      Tuesday, January 10, 2017

03:46 PM - 01/10/2017

The topic: Back from the vet with Pete


Pete hasn't been feeling well for the past month or so. We were so caught up with Bernie that we didn't really pay much attention to Pete.

His breathing got loud. I didn't pay much attention to it because when he was asleep, everything was normal. Well, last week it continued while he slept.

And he's had really runny poop for a while now. I started him on Forti Flora, which has helped and have been making sure he had food besides fish flavored (since fish is a problem for some cats).

Anyway, concerned about his breathing (sometimes he was even mouth breathing this past weekend), I called the vet's office and made an appointment for him.

Since we didn't know if it was something treatable or something that couldn't be fixed, Brian went with me. In case we had to say goodbye.

The vet said it sounded to her like pneumonia. She took him into the back, he had blood drawn and he had a couple of x-rays. And with meds, Pete should get better.

He does have pneumonia, he has pancreatitis and he has an upper respiratory infection. He was also dehydrated, so he got fluids while he was there and if he doesn't seem to be drinking enough, I can supplement the fluids.

He's on doxycycline and enrofloxacin, both antibiotics. One will take care of the respiratory problem, the other should knock out the pancreatitis and pneumonia. And taking care of the pancreatitis most likely will help with the loose stool problem.  When we got home, I gave him his first dose of both. Can we say "drool"?

And he has a strong heart.



      Friday, January 06, 2017

mrs. crankypants
02:30 PM - 01/06/2017

The topic: Exploding washing machine?


We got one.

Back in the laundry room. Yep, we've got one of those magical, exploding Samsung washing machines. The ones that were recalled back in November. 

I know I've probably complained about what a piece of shit I think it is. It's a high efficiency top loading machine. Using most of the settings, the water level isn't high enough to cover the clothing. So, I use the bedding setting. And I use the second rinse setting. I shouldn't have to do this, but if I don't, the clothes do not get clean. Doesn't matter how full the load is.

When I wash sheets and hang them out, there's still dirt in the areas that wrinkled up in the tub when it was in spin cycle. I hate it. I know if I ran the dryer, some of this would disappear, but it shouldn't be there in the first place. Before I got married and didn't have a dryer, I never experienced this. The clothes were always clean when I hung them up.

Before the problem of the washer exploding became public knowledge, I had come to the conclusion that I would never again own a top loading machine that didn't have an agitator. I don't care how much more I can get in a machine without one, I'd rather have clean laundry. We've been discussing getting a new washer and dryer. A washer with an agitator and a dryer that runs on gas, not electricity.  Gas is a cheaper form of energy here. Not that I'd stop line drying, I love line drying. And the laundry actually dries quicker when it's warm out than in the dryer. But I found out a couple of weeks ago, that when it's cool and cloudy, clothes don't dry.  They're still damp when the sun goes down.

So, gas dryer.

Anyway, last week I got this packet from Samsung. In it were some fixes for the exploding washing machine. New labels.


What used to be "NORMAL" is now "NORMAL/NO BEDDING".

What used to be "BEDDING" is now "DENIM/JEANS".

What used to be "WATERPROOF" is now "WATERPROOF/BEDDING".

That's it. The extent of the "fix".

Well, my end, anyway. Then we're supposed to call for a techician, who will come out to the house and install some sort of stabilizer. But those settings still stand for washing.

I just did a load of pet bedding. I used the new bedding setting. You cannot set the spin cycle to anything above "low". Oh, yeah, that's really a good thing. I found that out.

When I hung the little pads on the line, they were still wet. I'm serious. I could squeeze the bottom of them and water dripped. I can imagine what a nightmare this will be with a king sized comforter off of the bed. Damn, will I even be able to get the thing out of the machine because it will still be heavy with water? 

So....I pulled out that packet thingy and went to the webpage they give you. I can't use this machine. I've been using it for three years now and using their new guidelines, I cannot use this machine. I check on how to get the refund.

If we buy a new Samsung, we'd get a $341.00 refund on the purchase price. If we buy a machine from a different manufacturer, we get $241.00 back.

I haven't been able to find a Samsung on the Lowe's website with an agitator. Oh, well.

On the form I filled out with our address and model, there was a place for notes. I filled that out.

"I have the home kit.  I just did a load of pet bedding under the new guidelines. I line dry laundry.  The bedding was STILL DRIPPING WET when I hung it up. I line dry because we have an electric dryer and our utility bill skyrockets when I use it. Obviously,  having to use the dryer with your new guidelines would cost us even MORE.

Good job, Samsung. Good job."

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lisaviolet is sixty something, married with no kids, takes care of lots of cats, likes taking photographs, loves Southern California weather and spends altogether too much time avoiding her responsibilities.

In her spare time, she makes pretty things to sell in her store.

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