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12:44 PM - 07/07/2017

The topic: Took some video in the garden yesterday.


I thought I'd share.

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08:33 AM - 07/07/2017

The topic: Argh!


Computers. Routers. Modems. Wi-fi. External hard drives! Makes a person crazy.

Last month, Costco had a 5TB external hard drive on sale for $120.00. Five terabytes is a lot of storage. I figured I'd get one, use a USB hub and have two external hard drives connected to my Netgear Router. Run them as media servers. Listen to my music out here in the other room via the Roku, even with the computer turned off. Or listen via my phone or tablet from anywhere. Cool, huh?

With all of that storage, I figured I could put all of my little home movies on it and watch those on the television. Even the Disney meet movies!

Hard drive gets here. I knew I'd need a hub, but I had an extra. Uh, no, I don't. Crap. Ordered a cheap one from Amazon. I finally got everything set up and the other computers and the Roku saw the added drive. Great.

So, earlier this week I'm working on cards. I have music playing. It keeps losing the connection. Damn it. Really annoying. I'd been having problems with my tablet going offline, I wonder if it's related. I had repeatedly rebooted the router, but I kept losing the connection. Now, problems with the Roku. Hm.

It was related. For some reason, the router's wi-fi connection isn't strong enough for the Roku and the tablet. The one I use for the laptop is fine (it's a different channel). I found the signal extender I had been using before the new router was set up and got it plugged in and running. The tablet saw it. My phone saw it. The Roku saw it, but wouldn't connect to the local internet. After trying out a few different things, I unplugged the extender and reset it. Then the Roku saw it. Yay!

Well, it's about that time of year for Meh to have it's birthday Fuko. Not really sure when it will drop, I went back to the office and booted up the computer last night. I check my speed. No, that can't be right. My download speed wasn't even 25Mbps. My upload speed was faster! That's just wrong.

Damn it. I waited for Brian to be done with what he was doing on his computer and unplugged the router. Plugged it back in and waited for it to completely reboot. It took longer than I liked, but I ran another speed test and the download speed was now 385Mbps.

I'm glad I know how to fix this stuff by myself, but life was much easier before all of this technology, for sure.


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07:51 AM - 07/07/2017

The topic: So. DaNiece


We've lost a lot of cats over the years. Some to quick diseases. Some to not so quick diseases. And we've come to realize that a sick cat will either get better, or won't.

We've reached that stage with DaNiece.

After two weeks on metronidazole, her stools were getting better. Then something happened and they were back to really nasty. She was kept on the med for another week. No change. I called the vet, she's now on prednisolone, a steroid, that should help with inflammatory bowel. Should.

Last week I ordered some Natural Balance food, chicken and pea, a food without some of the ingredients that cause flareups. She's not a big fan. (Mystie is and amazingly, Mystie's stools are finally getting better! Instead of finding many drops of dried runny poop in the morning, the past couple of days clean up has been pretty easy, not much wiping or searching to be done. And since her last bath, she's stayed clean. Fingers crossed.)

The problem with DaNiece is she seemed to be losing her appetite. She picked at tuna (not really the best thing in the world to feed a cat, but just to get something in her tummy). She likes eggs and she ate a couple of scrambled eggs, but I don't know how complete a food that is. She really went after baby food (we keep some on hand for such an occasion). But baby food is something else that won't be long term. And right now, I'd really like her to get something formulated for cats. Supplement with the other stuff, but get her to eat cat food.

I had a great idea. I mixed chicken baby food with chicken Fancy Feast. She ate it. She ate it right up. This morning, she has eaten over a can and jar of beef food. So, I'm hoping I've hit on something that will get us through this. She seems to have a little more energy this morning, she was in the kitchen crying to be fed this morning. I've seen her poop once, there was a nicely formed stool in the midst of a bunch of watery stuff. If it hadn't been for the watery stuff, it would have been perfect.

She's only been on the pred for two days, she fought me yesterday for her daily dose. Fighting meds is also a good thing.

She's still getting daily fluids. I had watched her drinking more often on her own and pulled back on the fluids, she went three days without. That was a mistake. So, back on. Only 60cc, not much, but she's a little cat.

So, right now we medicate and wait. Like I said, I hope she doesn't start turning up her nose at this food, like she has others. (You can tell if someone has a sick cat by looking in the fridge and seeing lots of barely eaten cans or bowls of cat food.)

We're having another heat spell, I'm sure the heat doesn't help. Today is supposed to be the hottest of this spell, then a cooling trend.

She's such a sweet cat, I hope she pulls through.


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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.

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