Apr. 23rd, 2013 | 11:59 pm


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Belatedly, hugs and thanks to everyone who replied to my last post. I'm sorry I didn't reply individually; it's been a hard week. But I really appreciated the sentiments. Thank you.

feeling: sad sad



Apr. 14th, 2013 | 09:37 pm

2013 is fired.

2012 was not good. I was really hoping 2013 would be better.  It isn't.  I've been sick (ranging from 'not doing so hot' to 'ER visits') all year and last night Miles has to go to the emergency vet.  It turned out there was fluid around his left lung.  We don't know why.  Best case is 'we have no idea, let's hope it doesn't come back'.  Worst is cancer.  He's home again and seems to be breathing okay but he's mostly just curling up in the carrier, and he didn't eat the treat I offered him.  And he loves food.

I am doing pretty poorly at present.

feeling: distressed distressed



Dec. 26th, 2012 | 05:34 pm


Hope everyone's been having lovely winter holidays.



Dec. 12th, 2012 | 12:12 pm

Dozens and dozens!

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Happy 12:12 12/12/12!  

Last n/n/n (n:n) date this century.  That's a tiny bit sad.  But it's still neat, in a pointlessly numerical way.

feeling: contemplative (also, sleepy)



Oct. 27th, 2012 | 07:39 am


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Oh, cats. Last Friday night Cream wasn't himself, being terrified for no apparent reason, so he had to hit the vet on Monday. Good news: he seemed fine as of noon Saturday, and got a clean bill of health at the vet (though he needs shots). He's 21lbs 1oz, though, so it's time for reconfiguring how feeding was happening... Miles needed his last(!) blood test for the hyperthyroidism, and he's down into high normal! Also got up to 15.1 lbs! Then we discovered Peaches was going into the litterboxes a lot, and not much was happening, so HE had to go in. Bladder crystals, it turns out. :/ But, not a blockage, so he's got special holy-crap-expensive food and some medications and, for this week, subcutaneous fluids. He's taking it all pretty well (even the subQ!) and is actually being more affectionate with me than he was before, for some reason. Oh, and 22lbs 10oz. No, I didn't typo that. Peaches and Cream are still massive critters under the plumpness -- the vet called them fe-linebackers. Heh. They're supposed to end up around 17-18lbs eventually...

The whole food situation's had to be changed, though. So now instead of free-feeding a pretty decent pet store brand, we've got to go to two servings a day, one of prescribed dry and one of wet (two of prescribed wet instead, for Peaches). Trying to get five cats to just eat from their own bowl (Peaches gets his in another room) is not easy. The vet tech assures us they'll learn, and that her 10(!) got the idea after a week or two. So. Let's hope these guys do.

The worrying thing is that Peaches is supposed to be getting something like 14.5oz of the special wet a day, but he doesn't eat more than about 3oz at a time -- so he's getting at most 6oz of it instead. He doesn't seem too hungry, but I worry he might lose weight too fast. In fact, only Miles seems willing to eat more than about 3oz at a time -- most of the others don't even get near finishing that. Erf. I hope it's enough.

Meanwhile everyone else really needs to get in for a checkup and a rabies shot. Bertie and Callie oughtn't be an issue, but I don't know how I can manage to get Little to a vet without destroying what trust we've managed to build up over the last few years. She's still pretty skittish, but has finally gotten to where she'll come over and sit on me for a couple minutes of petting at a time.

Do any of you know of any particularly good feline food/treat puzzles, btw?

Oh, and in case anyone else was still wondering -- no, we're not going to be able to manage OryCon this year. :/ I hate to miss it, but alas. Next year, perhaps.

feeling: worried worried



Jul. 8th, 2012 | 10:21 pm

Still hate summer.

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Make it stop being so hot, please! I know it's hotter other places than here, but that's one of the big reasons I MOVED here. So I think it's still valid for me to complain about it. ;)

Anyway, I was reading old posts in this, and thinking it was pretty cool to be able to read what I was doing and thinking a decade ago. So, even though there's a few really sparse years in here now, I want to try to post more often again. How long will that last? Who knows. Especially since there isn't a whole lot for me to post about. But we'll see.

So, it's the hottest day so far this year, I'm pretty sure, and this is the day that Little has decided it's time to make strides in her braveness. She's climbed onto me and gotten comfy for pettens multiple times! Which is why I now have loveholes in my knee and thigh. Her claws are amazingly sharp. >_> Cream, Miles, and Bertie have all felt that today was a day for close-up cuddles, too. I don't understand this. So I'm melting, but at least I'm loved?

location: The Couch
feeling: hot hot
hearing: A fan at reasonably high speed



Jul. 4th, 2012 | 06:14 pm

So then ninjakitten says...

Americans: Happy Independence Day!
Everyone else: Happy Wednesday!

feeling: lazy lazy



Mar. 5th, 2012 | 05:14 pm

So then ninjakitten says...

This makes me sad: They've gotten Caboodle Ranch shut down and are pressing charges against the guy who runs it.

There's a petition to free him. I've never been there in person, so I have to rely on second-hand information, but frankly I'm inclined to believe the articles I've read about it and the bits I've seen on TV over what PETA claims.

feeling: sad sad



Feb. 2nd, 2012 | 04:50 pm


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feeling: sad sad



Sep. 28th, 2011 | 02:17 pm

Still alive.

I haven't been keeping up with this at all for ages, either writing or reading, and I can't promise I'm going to be able to start, but... I'm still alive, and I still think about you all. So hi. I hope you're all doing well!



Jan. 7th, 2010 | 11:30 pm

Thought for the new year.

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I should post more. I'll try to post at least once a month this year.

This post doesn't count for January. :)

feeling: contemplative contemplative



Oct. 12th, 2009 | 03:02 am

Well... crap.

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"Not bacon flu, right?" chewygui asked.
Nah, I say, and then look the damn H1N1 symptoms up to reassure us both that I only have a nasty cold, 'cause after all, I don't have gastrointestinal distress (knock wood, thank everything).

Turns out the symptoms are:
* fever (which not everyone will have)
* cough
* sore throat
* runny or stuffy nose
* body aches
* headache
* chills
* fatigue
* sometimes diarrhea and vomiting

...well, crap. I've got every one of those but the last. Now, I always have fatigue and body aches, so it's hard to be sure whether that's related or not. But I definitely have a fever of just above 100, and the others, and none of those are kitten-normal.

The emergency warning, get immediate help signs are:
* Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
* Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
* Sudden dizziness
* Confusion
* Severe or persistent vomiting

The big issue here is... yes, I get dizzy when I stand up. But I've been dizzy for a week (barring Thursday) and the other(?) symptoms all jumped in on Friday. So, are they the same dizzies? Are they separate ones? Should I be worried or just continue to be frustrated? Clearly, I should call my doctor tomorrow morning, but... should I be trying to get to an ER or something? I tend to think if I'm sitting here debating it, I can probably wait 'til morning, right? Yeah... probably...

feeling: ill ill



Oct. 10th, 2009 | 08:45 pm


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Like "wash your car and it's bound to rain," apparently, "make an appointment to see the doctor and the symptom will abate". Temporarily. Thursday I saw the doctor for the vertigo and lo, Thursday was the first day in several I woke up without it. All day it remained gone! And, of course, nothing was found to be particularly wrong at the doctor's.

Then Friday it came back, and brought a nice cold with it. Apologies to anyone I saw Thursday, if they get a cold as well. :/ Anyway now I'm in the midst of cold central, which sucks. Meh. I am made of sneezes and vertigo. And my ears hurt. ::whine::

And for some reason, about an hour ago, someone rang my doorbell and then didn't wait for it to be answered. Miles, of course, zoomed out the door like a shot when I looked out to try to see WTF. Chasing a cat around in the darkness while dizzy is not a pastime I reccommend to all. :P

On the bright side the ebbing of dizziness on Thursday did let me go to the short story class I wanted to take, and that seems like it will be neat. I just have to manage to =write= things...

feeling: ill ill



Oct. 5th, 2009 | 05:02 pm

Would everything please stop moving? Thanks.

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Woke up dizzy yesterday, and it came back on and off; woke up dizzy again today and it won't go away. If I close my eyes it feels as though I'm slowly rotating clockwise. Hard to focus on things. I'm making only slightly more typos than usual, but oddly it's much more difficult to fix them. Slightly queasy, which seems logical. Also annoyed; had many things to do and I can't function. Can't really stand or walk around. Very difficult to think.

...several hours later, I realise I didn't post this. Well, at least the dizziness has abated somewhat. Trying to do what I can before it comes back!

feeling: dizzy dizzy



Sep. 29th, 2009 | 08:42 am

Good lord, a post!

Managed to clean all the counters in the kitchen! Also some of the drawers and doors, and I rearranged some things. It's still not nearly clean, but... progress. Also scooped litter, did two loads of dishes and one of laundry (latter of each in progress), and baked the leftover pumpkin cookie dough. Feel pretty productive! Unfortunately, also pretty sore, and I still have to get to the store today. Man, I really really miss my car.

Other things I hope to manage today:
* Copy out shopping list
* Food shopping
* Finish the laundry
* Finish the dishes
* Phone lawyer
* Fill out yellow form
* Maybe turn in yellow form?
* Answer some comments and posts
* Kitten ad
* Copy recipes to book
* Measure kitchen window for curtains (finally)
* Fix broken teacup
* Sort mail?
* Make macaroni and cheese
* Make this post!

If I can do even half of that this will have been an extremely productive day! I hope I don't pay =too= hard tomorrow; I have an appointment to go to.

Just so you all know -- if I don't reply to things in a timely manner (or miss some entirely), I'm sorry. When I'm not doing so well it gets really difficult for me to do social things or arrange words to say what I want them to, and replies take both. Even the ones that seem easy and obvious when I'm okay are nigh impossible. I also tend to get behind in LJ and such at those times. So with apologies for the cliche: it's not you, it's me! I still think you're awesome and care what's going on with you. :}

I think I had a bunch else to write, but I've forgotten what. Well, if I remember, I'll just post again.

feeling: busy busy



Sep. 16th, 2009 | 08:27 am


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So... tired...

I really, really hate insomnia.

feeling: exhausted exhausted



Jul. 22nd, 2009 | 07:25 am

Cats, mostly.

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The cats are integrating pretty well, now... Pushkin has, I think entirely accepted the newcomers, and I've seen him playing with Peaches. Miles is slightly less enthusiastic, but seems to be 95% there. Bertie is fine with casual contact, but hisses now and then if there's just too much at once. Callie, however, is Not Pleased with the invasion. Lots of hissing from her. Still, even that is lessening, and she's deigned to lie on the floor within a couple feet of Little, as long as there's no actual contact. Little and the kittens are slightly wary, but clearly interested in being friends with the other cats.

Unfortunately, poor Little is in heat. She's rolling and calling a lot, and she Assumed The Position in front of Pushkin, who didn't seem to notice, unsurprisingly.

The kittens have decided the top tray of the cat tree is the best place EVER, and spend tonnes of time up there. They like to nap there, and when petted, give little kitten purrs. So very very cute. No word yet from the vet about whether anyone there's interested in either of them; I think I'll call today and see what I can learn. Any of you lot need a beautiful, affectionate kitten? I have two! And a small (6-7lb) calico about a year old...

Little is an interesting cat. She seems to be quite socially ept with other cats, patient and friendly but not pushy. She's a very good and devoted mother to the kittens. And she seems to really like humans, but to be extremely wary of them. It makes me wonder very much about her early life. She loves to be petted, but always looks worried when approached or when someone leans in to pet her. She's almost never a trap of any sort, and when she is, she grabs the hand with soft paws and pulls it to her mouth for very, very gentle nibbling. She's okay with being picked up and promptly put down, i.e., lifted onto a lap or other surface, but she seems to panic if she's held or carried for more than a few seconds. She seems very unsure whether she's allowed to be in certain places, and doesn't get up on counters, desks, beds, chairs... in the last few days, she's finally started getting up on the windowsill of our open windows, and I suspect that's hormones overruling her worry.

Awww, I just went to check on them all, and Cream was dozing on the cat tree. I went over to give him a scritch, and got wriggles and purrs, and then he got up and walked onto my shoulder, across the back of my neck to the other shoulder (while rubbing against me affectionately), and then back onto the cat tree. I may yet die of cute.

feeling: contemplative contemplative



Jun. 1st, 2009 | 04:19 am

Kitten Update

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Okay! The kittens are toddling around now; Peaches is exploring a fair amount, but Cream is more timid and prefers to spend more time in the den. Both are extremely cute, of course, what with being 23 or 24 day old kittens.

Peaches: 13.5oz / 382g
Cream: 1lb 1oz / 480g

Peaches: 14.325oz / 404g
Cream: 1lb 1.5oz / 496g

They are growing well!

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feeling: awww awww



May. 29th, 2009 | 10:38 pm

Kitten Update

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Though Peaches is smaller, he seems a little further along developmentally -- he almost has this walking thing down. He also quieted down and looked around a little with apparent interest when he was put on a new soft place and petted. Cream is still crawling, and she was NOT having this 'away from mommy' thing. Made it hard to take pics.

Alas the pics are on the Boy's phone -- might have them to upload tomorrow.

Peaches: 13oz / 370g ( .25oz / 10g )
Cream: 1lb .25oz / 458g ( .25oz / 4g )

...yeah, I know .25oz can't be both 10 and 4 grams. Actually it's about 7g, which makes sense -- Cream was wavering between 1/8 and 1/4 on the lbs setting. Either way they're both gaining, and at vaguely the 'right' rate, so. Good!



May. 28th, 2009 | 04:26 pm

Kitten Update: first of the second series. You are warned.

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Haven't gotten the cats to the vet yet, but figured we might as well start weighing them, at least. The kittens don't have proper names, but for now we're calling them Peaches and Cream (the red tabby boy and the siamese girl, respectively).

So, kitten weights! Today they are either 20 or 21 days old.
Peaches: 360g / 12.75oz
Cream: 454g / 1lb 0oz

Little has not been weighed; I don't think she'd sit still for it. :) She seems happy enough with this 'indoors' thing, though, and wants all the love and petting and attention she can get when we're in there. We are allowed to touch her kittens, but she would prefer we give them back when they mew a lot, please.

All three are very cute. Clean and healthy looking, no eye-infections or anything this time (knock wood). Looking back two years ago, Cream's weight seems reasonably on par with Fluffles' litter -- at 20 days, Batgirl was just barely over a pound, and was the biggest of the group. Peaches, though, is smaller than any but Carrot were -- though he does have a good five ounces on her, and is only about 2 behind where Callie was. Callie, who is now massive. "Like a lady wrestler," as the vet put it. Plus, while Fluffles and Spike are substantial cats, Little is, well, little. So, I'm not worried yet, but I'll be keeping an eye on him all the same. Just in case.

feeling: tired tired



May. 26th, 2009 | 10:33 pm

That raccoon is creepy.

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Thanks to the far too aggressive raccoon outside, my bathroom now houses a Little and her two tiny kittens.

Tomorrow will try again to get them to the vet for making sure they're not contagiously ill with anything.

Am exhausted.

feeling: exhausted exhausted



May. 26th, 2009 | 09:53 am

Cat transport?

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So, er, locals with cars... is anyone available today (or perhaps tomorrow) for Taking Little to the Vet, Take Two (this time with kittens!)? If so, let me know when you're free and I'll see if they can take us within that time. And try to have her handy then. And to be awake (so tired). Thanks. :)

feeling: sleepy sleepy



May. 26th, 2009 | 04:46 am


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Little brought her kittens to the carrier-den I'd made for her!!! There are two of them in there -- I think that's all of them, but we'll see if she goes to bring any more back by morning. We didn't get a great look, but one looks like a red tabby, and the other looks... well, kind of siamese! Their little eyes are open and focusing, and they look fluffy and clean and well-cared-for. They're just under 3 weeks old, by my count -- 18 or 19 days.

I'd hoped she'd bring them to us, but at this point I hadn't really expected her to, at least not until she was teaching them to jump fences and convince humans to love and feed them.

Tomorrow I'll see if I can get them to the vet for a check-up, and then we'll bring them all inside, assuming all's well.

feeling: OMG!!! OMG!!!



May. 8th, 2009 | 10:31 am

Catwatch: 2009 (part III)

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The good news is, Little cat has returned and seems unharmed.

The bad news is, she's not pregnant anymore. So I can't drag her inside or off to the vet; she almost certainly has newborn kittens waiting for her. Somewhere in the neighbourhood. Dammit.

Did I mention how crappy her/my/our timing is?

O-kay. Well. Off to go see if I can find advice on how to find the kittens, or how to make a nest attractive enough that she'll decide to bring them to it (despite the raccoon, which I fear my be a deal-breaker).

At least I know that she's not hurt nor scared away from our house, and that she still trusts me. All good and useful to know.

feeling: relieved yet faintly exasperated relieved yet faintly exasperated



May. 8th, 2009 | 07:50 am

Catwatch: 2009

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Little cat's been missing over 24 hours now. I'm really starting to get worried that she's hurt, went off to have her kittens somewhere secret (already?!), or both.

I put a collar on her a while ago with a tag saying "Is this your cat?" and my phone number, so she probably hasn't been picked up by animal control or anything like that; surely they'd call.

One or both of us has really crappy timing.

feeling: worried worried