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      Thursday, February 02, 2017

03:15 PM - 02/02/2017

The topic: I spent the better part of the afternoon

Playing with a Rubbernecker watercolor stamp.

Steep learning curve. Steep.

First you have to do some watercolor painting on the base stamp. Then you use an ink pad on the top stamp. And you stamp the top stamp over the base stamp. And if you don't line them up perfectly, the resulting artwork looks stupid.

Stupid the first time. Stupid the second time. Stupid the third, fourth and fifth time. Passable the sixth.

I have never watercolor painted in my life. And it shows.


04:07 PM - 02/02/2017

The topic: Pete’s appetite

It's getting a little better each day.  I stopped the metronidazole for the time being because he runs from me. But he's getting the doxyclycline. And his breathing is a little better each day. He only gets .2ml of the doxy, so it's in him and done.

He's eaten two cans of food so far. The last one he ate all in one sitting. He hasn't done that very often, so it makes me happy.

Go, Petey!

pete    catstuff   

      Wednesday, February 08, 2017

04:10 PM - 02/08/2017

The topic: Back from the vet

Yeah, I took Pete back in.

A week ago Monday I called them and asked for more meds since his poop wasn't getting much better and his breathing was still a little wheezy and labored.

I got most of the antibiotic into him, it was only .2ml per serving, but forget the metronidazole for the poop. It's nasty tasting and he got .5ml and he started running from me.

Le sigh.

This week his poo has actually started looking nicer, no really runny stuff, more of a set pudding type of consistency. But his breathing still isn't right. At night, he stretches his neck, trying to breathe and you can see his chest working.

Yesterday morning, I called and made a recheck appointment. He seemed to be doing much better, but Brian said "take him in, you'll feel better about it if you know for sure if he's making progress or not". So, off to the vet we went.

He peed in the carrier on the way over, which really wasn't a problem, there was a thick soft towel in there with a pee pad over it. When I'd gotten him out and over to the table to be weighed, he stood on the table and took the poop position. And what followed was some of his best poop in months. Yay!

The vet came in, asked me some questions and said she wanted to take x-rays to see if the pneumonia had been masking any other problems. And she'd go ahead and give him some fluids. He wasn't really dehydrated, but she felt he could probably use them.

I wait and she finally comes back in. He's doing much better, the pneumonia is gone, but it was masking another problem. Allergies. Which would be why he's still breathing hard and wheezing.

More meds. But this time they're both .2 ml, which is a very small amount.

And his heart still is sound.

Yay, Petey Pie!

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      Friday, February 17, 2017

mrs. crankypants
04:25 PM - 02/17/2017

The topic: You know what’s annoying?

I'll tell you what's annoying.

When you've found a cool new fun crafting tool but don't dare share it because it would make an awesome birthday present for someone and you know if you talked about it beforehand, she'd buy it for herself.

Just sayin'.


04:27 PM - 02/17/2017

The topic: Brian just took off

He left to do the banking, get dinner and get cat meds. Meds needed for DaNiece's thyroid (that thing on her neck is so big now) and Pete's refills.

The clinic called a couple of days ago and asked how he was doing. Still noisy, I said. So, he's going to be on prednisolone for a month and we'll see how it's going at that point.

This is a steroid that's supposed to help the inflammation in his lungs.

Since he's been feeling better, I've had to fight him to get meds into him. But I realized he'll take it if I mask it with something kitty awesome to eat.  Like raw hamburger. But I didn't want to keep giving him raw hamburger because the amount he got was so darned small, that it would end up going bad. I tried baby food yesterday and we have a winner.

His poop is so much better than it had been. I used to dread getting up in the morning, because I knew there would be splatty poop all over. Not just the floor, but the sofa. He'd just lay there and let gas out, but it wasn't always just gas.

The meds and probiotics have done their jobs. One papertowel will clean up each little pile. And even Mystie's poop is better.

I think Pete is actually feeling better about himself, too, because I catch him grooming more often. He's still got a lot of little mats, I work on those when he lets me, which isn't very often. But, slowly, he gives me hope he'll be around for a while.

      Saturday, February 18, 2017

03:01 PM - 02/18/2017

The topic: We’ve had the movie

Suicide Squad here for a week or so. Brian didn't want to work this morning. He said "let's watch that movie".

Because it's on the cooler side today, we have the heater on. When the furnace kicks in and the air starts to blow, it's loud. We can't hear speech on television.

Since Brian is in charge of the remote (I'd rather he did it, my choice), he turns the sound up on the television When the furnace is running. Then he doesn't turn it down when the furnace stops. This makes me nuts. I fixed it by getting a cheap bluetooth transmitter on Amazon and two bluetooth headsets (not earbuds). It's working out nicely.

Towards the end of this movie, the sound was really loud. Lots of explosions and music. To hear the dialog, the sound had to be turned up. That also turned up the music and explosions. I had such a headache.

Next movie needs to be a more quiet one.

It was an okay movie, I was glad we didn't see it in a theater.

      Monday, February 20, 2017

09:14 AM - 02/20/2017

The topic: So, I want to make something

With paper. I want to make something with paper. I want to make this.

I've pulled the paper, ordered some sequins from Amazon (actually, I ordered this bundle; there is over sixteen feet of each color, this should last for a while, I love having choices). I already had the supplies I need for the ladder. I got this file when it was free. I had every intention of making it, just never did.

So, you may know by now how I like to emboss when I make buildings. I like the siding or roof to look three dimentional. Today, I am going to see if I can use my Curio to emboss on a larger scale than my Big Shot works. With the Big Shot, I'm limited in the size by the embossing folder. (Since I got mine, they've put out a larger hand crank machine.) I'd gotten the larger base for the Curio and it should take care of most of the sizes I'd need.

I had to find some sort of stone wall image to try out. Wish me luck.

UPDATE: 12:00 noon

My honest opinion? Using textured cardstock is 141031004

The Big Shot does a much better job.

      Monday, February 27, 2017

10:09 AM - 02/27/2017

The topic: The little Leprechaun catcher

I started last week is coming together nicely. It's one of those things that when I got to a certain point, I'd think "needs something more" and I'd head over to Amazon and get something more. I had no idea all of the things I think of adding are actually things that are for sale.


The last somethings should be here today, so I should be able to finish it up and share. I've been taking photos as it progresses.  I'm really, really happy with how it's turning out.

I'm going to tell the vet's office to not throw it out. If they don't want it, I want it back. Because it's just adorable. When it's completely finished, I'm going to see how it looks with just a battery operated tealight in the bottom. I bet it will be really cute.


Brian asked me if I'd gotten the candy for it yet. No. I will, though, St Pat's is on the 17th, I have time.

10:15 AM - 02/27/2017
The current weather is rainy, rainy, rainy

The topic: Dreams - the stuff of nightmares

Last night I had a nightmare. A full on nightmare. Usually, when things go south in my dreams, I tell myself "this is just a dream".  I didn't last night.

It was some sort of home invasion and I remember trying to yell, but nothing came out. I was trying to get Brian's attention to tell him someone was in the house.

I vaguely remember him shaking me. He was shaking me, trying to wake me up. I was talking in my sleep and obviously not having a good dream. He said he's heard me mumble before, but never been able to understand what I was saying. He said when I said "shit!" and kept talking (he doesn't remember what else I said, but he could understand me) he knew I was really frightened.

First time this has ever happened. I hope this is the last.


10:23 AM - 02/27/2017

The topic: The yard is ready for the garden

The past couple of weeks, Brian has had the gardener in.  Business picked up and he took advantage of it by bringing help in to clean up the yard. Weeds and grass were pulled from areas that were overrun with them and he had bark put down around the pool to keep the weeds down.

He also had the side yard worked on, sprinklers installed and manure spread. As soon as he has a chance, he'll be rototilling the manure into the soil and I can get started planting.

I put a bunch of allysum seeds over on the bank where the ferns had been pulled. And we bought ten pounds of white clover because bees like clover.

I also ordered lavender, because bees like that, too.

I have a couple of different types of tomatoes, some bell pepper and habenaro pepper seeds to plant.  And catnip. There will finally be fresh catnip planted.

I'm trying to think of something else to plant that we'd actually eat. And I think the little bit I mentioned has us covered. Avocado trees are starting to bud. So, I think that covers what types of fresh veggies we actually buy.

This should be fun. And work, it will also be work.

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