Will I ever get out of Solitary?
Now this is one sad cat...but she certainly is "enjoying" Pogo and Kit Kat's pillow. It's stuffed with buckwheat hulls and I can heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds. This is the way I found her when I went to switch her from this smaller crate to the larger one she stays in most of the time, the one that can accommodate a litter pan.
This morning Beegie went to have have sutures removed and was fine for that procedure. When they went to return the cast to her leg she threw a fit and left two assistants with scratches. I was very surprised about that because she is such a sweet, placid cat. From the surgeon's office I had to take her to my regular vet to be "purged" because she'd been plugged up for too many days. I feared they would have to sedate her because of her previous temper tantrum. These two are the office cats who it seems must have calmed her down because she was a perfectly behaved young lady who didn't require any calmatives. By the way, she's down to 11.7 pounds.
Where's that Vet Tech?
Beegie went back today to have the padding under her cast changed (for the first time). The vet said The cast had dropped about a half inch and that under no circumstances should I let her walk even a little on the leg because the cast can slip off! She's being a good girl about taking her Clavamox (antibiotic) which I hide in a "Pill Pocket". Sure beats trying to get her to take her pills crushed and mixed with her food. I think having the tv on for her has helped with the boredom. I wanted to watch the padding change procedure but there was another cat in the room that would have been disturbed by my presence (or so they told me). Perhaps next week I'll be able to take some pictures. Update 1/15/07: She's rejecting the Pill Pockets, even dipped in tuna juice!...so I'm holding back on the food to make sure she's really hungry when pill time comes and mixing the crushed pill in with her food. That's working.
Portent of a Good Recovery?
Brought Beegie home from her ankle surgery this morning and made this cake this afternoon. I think it's trying to tell me everything will be all right.
One late Sunday afternoon a little over ten days ago, Beegie was wandering amongst the computer wires beneath my desk and cried out in pain. She emerged limping with a very sore rear right leg. The vet took an x-ray the next day and pronounced soft tissue damage, no break(s). Beegie's been on painkiller ever since and a couple of days ago starting putting just the barest amount of pressure on that leg. She's jumped up on the bed a couple of times, but won't uncurl her toes. Tomorrow she goes back to the vet. She's been kept company by public tv. Here, she's listening to Leif Ove Andsnes, a brilliant pianist. I really do feel the tv helps. I also put Louie in the room periodically and he sleeps in there. Update 1/02/07: A return visit to the vet and further x-rays still show no bone damage, but the vet feels a visit to a veterinary orthopedist is in order since she thinks there may be achilles tendon damage. We have an appointment in two days. Update 1/04/07: Beegie will have a metal plate and screws inserted in the ankle tomorrow. She will come home with her leg in a cast the day after and will have to have the packing in the cast changed weekly. She will have to be confined for about 8 weeks. This is the THIRD time I have gone through leg surgery on a cat. It's the second for Beegie on the same leg. Last time it was a luxated patella. Please send good thoughts our way.
Count To Ten
Holiday preparations have you all tied up in knots? Lost sight of the "good will towards men" part of the season? Got a cat? Invite her (or him) into your lap. (No use to place her there. She probably won't stay there - has to be her idea to visit.) Stroke her gently as you listen to the purring and feel the vibrations. Breathe in deeply, maybe run your cheek over her fur. You are really blessed to have the gift of one of the greatest natural tranquilizers in the world. Enjoy the peaceful moments.
You can't imagine how loud it was!
When we left Long Island's hurricanes to happily retire to Western North Carolina, little did we know about routine hail along with daily afternoon thunderstorms in hot weather. Today's was a doozy! Scared the heck out of Louie, Beegie and Ricky. Sent this to our local ABC TV affiliate and it was shown on the 11pm news. (Might have made it for the 5pm news had we not had a power failure just as I was about to hit "send".) Note: This is quite oversharpened, but that was necessary in order to make the size of the hail visible.
Technogeeks with an Old Car
We're the kind of folk that drive our cars into the ground and all the while park in the boondocks, to keep them looking as ding-free as possible. We say we need our exercise and that's why we park so far out, but at heart we know the truth. We're overprotective.
A couple of years ago we got a new little car and it gets parked even further out than our nearly 10 year old van.
As technology has advanced with satellite radio and gps navigation becoming built-in possibilities, we were able to put a navi system into the newer little car, but neither the radio nor navigation system could be easily retrofitted into the old van, so we jury-rigged them into place, and thus this picture!
Note the very elegant waistband elastic holding the gps in place!
_MG_2805 Flying Squirrel on Squirrel Proof Feeder
I couldn't believe my luck...went out on the deck in the rain with just the very dimmest of lights and managed to get the Tamron 90 macro to focus - and with the internal flash in the 20D got this shot. These little guys let you get close! I even spoke to it! (The feeder is supposed to be squirrel proof - the weight of the squirrel closes the opening to the seed...but they weren't talking about FLYING squirrel weight!) Here's some information: http://www.fws.gov/endangered/i/a/saa8g.html
and a close encounter report: http://www.sitnews.us/PhotoGallery/KathyStack/092003_flying_squirrel.html
That kind of a day
You know the kind...I'm waiting for the sun to come out and it just doesn't. I could use the poor weather as an excuse to clean out a closet or drawer, sew on a button that's been waiting several months, sweep out the garage...but I'd rather do something that's a little more exciting so I victimize my cat by testing out the flash on him. He's not crazy about the idea, much preferring that I not use it, but the results are oh so pleasing. I love the automation of the Canon 580ex and the color balance it produces too. (EXIF shows manual exposure, but I had the camera on shutter priority)