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      Saturday, February 13, 2016

tales from the parkside
03:42 PM - 02/13/2016

The topic: If you’ve inherited furs


From a family member and you don't know what to do with them, Jen of Forever Home Pet Rescue just alerted me to Coats for Cubs. You donate the furs and they're sent to wildlife rescues to help with with rehabilitation.

This is a seasonal thing and donations will be accepted through April 2, 2016.

Now I can finally get rid of those nasty coats and feel good about it.

03:22 PM - 02/13/2016

The topic: Three hours later….


I realized this morning that I could no longer view mov files on the internet. You need Apple's Quicktime for this. I have Apple's Quicktime. I have Apple's Quicktime Pro as a matter of fact. So, why can't I see mov files on the internet? I can see them on my computer. But when I tried to view one on the interwebs, it downloaded to my computer.


I do my Google research. What I'm not understanding is why there isn't more about this problem. Am I the only one having it? It would appear so. I was trying to check out some of my Disney videos in a private directory, the ones I set up last year of all of our meets, using a program by the name of Shadowbox. It works like Lightbox. If you're on Facebook and have clicked on a video or GIF, I'm sure you know the type of thing I'm speaking of. The background turns dark and the video is in the middle of the page. At first I thought it was the Shadowbox software and I was more sure of that when I found that the author is no longer supporting it, the website is dead, gone, available for purchase. Hmmm...

But after I found a website that had the entire old website in its entirety and videos worked for me there, but some files did not, it became obvious it was something on my end. For some reason, there were no Quicktime plugins in Firefox, IE or Chrome. Odd. Very, very odd. In my research I found that you don't download these plugins because they come with the Quicktime download. Okay....

I removed the old, albeit an up to date version, of Quicktime. I rebooted. I downloaded a clean version of Quicktime. I clicked on it to install. I had a choice of automatic or custom installation. Just for kicks, I chose custom. And what do I see? An X by the browser plugins option. I uncheck that box, reinstall Quicktime.

And three hours later.....

I have my Quicktime back.

Now, one of the things I checked when doing my research was I tried viewing the iTunes movie trailers. And they didn't play. Because Apple disabled the automatic installation of the Quicktime plugin for browsers. What kind of sense does that make? Ah, well, it's running now.



      Wednesday, February 10, 2016

12:05 PM - 02/10/2016

The topic: Richie is gone


These past few weeks have been hell. Is he doing better? Is he doing worse? Why does he need so many fluids, why does he keep getting dehydrated? Why isn't his breathing slowing down?

It was awful. One hour he'd look horrible, the next he'd be eating and purring. But always, the labored breathing. In all honesty, I was never very optimistic, not since his initial diagnoses of allergic bronchitis.

Yesterday I called the vet clinic to make an appointment with the owner. That appointment was at 10:15 this morning. Richie cried at me as we waited. Around 10:30 the vet came in and checked him out. A lot had changed since last month. Instead of having a good heart rate, Richie's was all over the place. And while I described what Richie had been doing at home, laying on the sofa and hanging his head over the edge, laying on a chair and hanging his head over the edge, laying on the big pillow on the patio and hanging his head over the edge, the vet shook his head. "That's bad."

We talked about options, but the balance between Richie's thyroid problem and heart problem is a very difficult thing to maintain. He's not had much luck at all in the past with this. I asked what were the chances Richie could get better. He replied "ten percent". Yeah, no, I'm not putting Richie through that.

I said goodbye to my sweet Richie. He was one of the best cats ever.

      Monday, February 08, 2016

04:27 PM - 02/08/2016

The topic: Watching tv


And an anti-smoking PSA comes on.

Which reminded me of my doctor's visit last year, that yearly wellness health check visit.

I told the doctor "I smoked for one year. When I was twenty-three. I haven't smoked since, well, not tobacco anyway. I haven't smoked for almost forty years, yet my health profile says 'former smoker'. That bugs me."

When I got my blood values and test results in the mail a few weeks later, I noticed I'm a non-smoker.

Way to go!

      Saturday, February 06, 2016

01:30 PM - 02/06/2016

The topic: Just to let you know


Everything is fine here. I've been busy since last entry, closing out the year 2015 (which usually I'd put off, but the State Board of Equalization wants their money, sales tax for sales made in California and we all know how much I love not doing paperwork...had a couple of months' worth and I'm still not caught up, but I was able to get the paperwork for the state done).

Then Richie got sick, he's still not doing well. He was breathing pretty hard (he always breathes fast, that was the reason I'd taken him in when he was first diagnosed with a thyroid problem). I took him in on a Wednesday afternoon last month and x-rays were taken. His heart and lungs were good, he had some gas in his tummy. Other than dehydration (he was also given fluids) they couldn't find anything wrong with him.

I took him back in the next morning. More x-rays and the owner (my vet has expanded, has two new vets) looked over the x-rays with Richie's vet. He enlarged the x-ray and you could see allergens on the wall of the chest. So, I came home with a bottle of predisolone (steroids) to help the inflammation. It's been a horrible couple of weeks. He keeps getting dehydrated (I've okayed it with the vet to give him fluids), he isn't eating much at all and I'm going nuts. He'd probably do better if I left him be instead of checking on him every half hour. At least the Xanax helps me to not be a nervous wreck.

We've had a couple of storms, and there's nothing I like more to do during a storm than stand at the window and watch the rain, wind, weather.  I realized I have a favorite window, it's the one in the laundry room. There's a stool I keep in there to help me get stuff out of the pantry and I stand on the stool in front of the open window and just feel the breeze and smell the clean air (until I get too cold). I spent a lot of time staring out of that window.

My mother-in-law's birthday is Monday and I spent this past week making her card. And Brian is going on a little trip and he's in desperate need of new shirts, so I've also been cutting out vinyl and doing the tedious weeding of said vinyl. I'll be making the shirts later today.

But all of this stuff takes up my time and I have to be in the mood for it. I haven't really been in the mood and that slows me down. I can't get on the interwebs or I'd get nothing done. *grin*

Hopefully, I'll have videos of Richie posted next week, I've been taking them often. On the iPad, on the Kindle Fire, on the camera....lots of short videos of my little boy.


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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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