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mrs. crankypants
05:39 PM - 04/28/2018

The topic: What the hell?


I'm sitting here, cutting away and the mail shows up.

There was a package for Brian so the mailman just left everything in the entryway. I picked the stuff up and started looking through it.

Mail from the bank. Huh. I open it up. Puzzled, I kept looking at it. I'm seeing that we got some sort of advance on April 16. Almost $4400.00.


Back in January, we used one of the bank cards to pay for the liability insurance and I've been paying that each month, but we haven't touched this account for the year or so that we've had it. I know Brian didn't pull this out. But nothing shows what it was for. Just that we owed it. I called the bank.

Well, of course I'm not on the account and they had to speak to Brian. He wasn't home, he was off pricing out new wood for the pool filter/pump redo. She set up a conference call with the both of us and got the okay from Brian to talk to me, all three of us stayed on the line while she checked into it. Turns out it was a bank error, the account it should have come out of was one digit different. And she had a check number. My question is how did it get off one digit if they've got the check? Isn't that taken off electronically, with their special ink?

Anyway, she said it would take about a week to get it resolved and that we won't be charged any fees or penalties.

I sure as hell hope not.

And Brian is going to tell the bank, again, that I can speak to them on behalf of him. Like he's done at least three times in the past.

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05:29 PM - 04/28/2018

The topic: Got paper cut today!


Yesterday I got enough paper cut to make three little balloons. Today, I got enough cut for three larger balloons. The only thing I didn't cut were the banners and I have to think about what I'm going to do there. I've seen old style hot air balloons with a netting on them and I think that looks pretty cool. Of course, I couldn't find anything ready made, so that means some YouTube research. No hurry.

On the last set I cut, I realized that I only had one pad of this paper and if I screwed up, it was over. Since this is a bigger file, I could only cut two pieces per sheet of cardstock. And I needed four sheets of cardstock, two each of different patterns. First sheet cut great. The second one? On the fourth panel, the cardstock came off of the mat and that was it. I stopped the cut job and found some other cardstock to use. I will use the stuff I cut, but I'll have to change the plan on the other files.

Next week I'll probably start assembly. These are gonna be so cool!

craftstuff    balloon   

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12:53 PM - 04/28/2018

The topic: Rocky update


So, as I sit here doing laundry (bedding, Sammy was finally off of the bed and I yelled for Brian to help me, bed stripped, clean mattress pad, sheets and bedspread on) and cutting out varying sizes of balloons, I figure I should give a Sparkle Butt update (rockets have flames shooting out of their backside, thus "Sparkle Butt").

When we got home, Brian opened the carrier and Rocky ran out. He ran over to the sliding door and Brian let him out. He headed for the tractor, I saw him run under it. Within minutes, he was back in the house.

I was definitely anxious last night. He had a hard time settling down and his breathing was a little more labored than normal. He ate a goodly amount of tuna, over a half of a can. He drank water. I kept waiting for him to settle down, but it just didn't happen. I'd check on him with a flashlight in hand and he always had his head up, not down, eyes wide open, not shut. And there was that breathing. I'd get up every half hour or so and check on him. Finally, around 1:30 this morning, his breathing was much better. The anesthesia he had was one that leaves the system quickly, so I'm curious if it was his pain meds. I'm reluctant to try those at this point. The breathing timeline is right for the buprenex to be out of his system. But doing a search on side effects in cats, his breathing should be slower, not faster. It's maybe just from the pain. I just gave him his first dose (yeah, it's late) of pain meds, I'll keep a close eye on him to see how it effects him without all that other stuff going on.

I've been trying to get some decent photos of him, even took a little video of him scratching at the sisal on the cat tree he was on. And then he lost his footing and slipped down between the cat trees to the floor and he sat there crying at me. I couldn't get the camera out of my hand fast enough, I reached down and held him and he seemed okay. He wanted down, I set him on the floor and he went back up onto a cat condo, then back over to his comfort zone. Whew.

He is in pretty good spirits for all that he's been through this past couple of months.

This is what the granuloma looked like on the twentieth. Just a week ago yesterday. If you go to my March 21 entry, comparing photos, this sucker got a lot bigger in just a month.

These pictures were all taken today. Last night, he tried picking at the bandages, but I think they must have a nasty taste, because he really hasn't messed with them too much. He did chew a little hole in the tip and was pulling at the gauze underneath, but I trimmed that off the few times he got it out. It looks like maybe, hopefully, he gave up.

You can kind of see where he's pulled at the tip of the bandage here.

A large area of his leg is bandaged.

When he sits, this is how he sits. With that leg up in the air.

Fast asleep at last

It's been about an hour now since I gave him the buprenex and his breathing is normal and he looks pretty relaxed. That will help me relax, for sure.


rocky    cryptococcus    catstuff   

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06:58 AM - 04/28/2018

The topic: A new glue?


Last month, someone asked on a forum about glue. Of course, I shared my love of Beacon 3-in-1.

I like it because, unlike white glue, it doesn't warp the paper, it doesn't dry immediately, meaning I have a little time to adjust what I'm gluing, and I can make finger boogers with it. Actually, that last is more of an annoyance when I'm really busy.

Anyway, more than a few people responded that they liked glitter glue. Glitter glue? Like Stickles? Or the Elmer's stuff with glitter in it? How would that work?

So, I did some research.

There really is a glue that's called glitter glue. I ordered some last night. It should be here tomorrow. I like that it comes with a metal tip. I've tried putting my Beacon in a bottle with a metal tip, the same kind I use for my white glue, but it doesn't work well. Maybe this will.

I have paper cut out for three smaller balloons (keeping busy yesterday, waiting for word on Rocky) and I'm going to wait until my order arrives tomorrow before putting them together.

I'm looking forward to it.


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