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2013-04-06 04:06:54 PM
4 votes:
Not cat related, but how I spent my day so far with the family.  After three years of not liking this (I'm old fashioned and don't have much hair anyway), my son finally grew enough to donate to Locks of Love.  He told me this a couple of years ago when it was time for a haircut.  I didn't believe him at first, but he kept up with it, and below are the befores and afters.  It's nice to finally have a son who isn't mistaken for a girl a lot of the places we go to.  Now the daughter has a few more inches to go and she'll be ready to donate.  Both saw a special on TV about kids with cancer and decided they wanted to do it.  I was overseas at the time, and never gave it much thought, but the stuck with it and I am very proud of him and her.
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The end result.  There will be a lot of sad girls at his school on Monday.
2013-04-08 09:52:35 PM
3 votes:
Pirogi and Mushroom man (stupid auto correct won't fix that one) are currently in the bedroom with the wife getting a little play time right now.  Piggy keeps huffing at him, but it's only because he keeps forgetting how to purr.  He's still a little tentative around people, but he's slowly coming around.  Jumped up in bed with us last night around 4 and howl away while head butting both of us.  Looks like we're back to having a bed cat after about a year without one.  Fatty Waffles is a content cat now that the windows are open and the house is airing out.  She hasn't left the window in hours.  Scampi is still a complete psychopath, but does like staying in the kitchen and looking out the windows.  Very nice, quiet day outside and a lot of work done to get things clean today.  Also heard from the doctors and they are trying to set some things up to get her into Bethesda in the summer for some tests and to use her as a test case for some spinal surgeons up there.  They're not going to do anything to her, they just want the doctors to see everything that was done, and to understand the progress that she has gone through from birth until now.  Have a great night everyone, and I'll see everyone back here on Purrsday.
2013-04-06 10:59:33 PM
3 votes:
Finally got the truth out of THE MOTHER about how everything happened with shiatake coming to our home.  ****Small thread jack alert******  I have suffered from clinical depression for years, and mom was there for a lot of it before I left for the military, but she hasn't seen much of me, but knows I still suffer from it.  She said that when she saw how I was struggling with Sake' passing, she saw the same thing from when I was a kid and things got really bad for me.  She was scared that I would slide back again after just coming out of it last year before the wife went through all her surgeries, but not come out of it like I did before.  I was touched, but told her that it was something that happened and not anything that people who don't suffer from it go through when they lose a loved one.  I think with everything we've been through as a family, including what the wife went and is going through, as well as losing my step dad last year, she's terrified herself of being helpless as things still try to even out and we find some semblance of normalcy in our crazy animal filled world.  My daughter was the one who suggested the cat, mainly because she saw the words Maine Coon, and knew the wife wanted one, but also thought that since it was a male, it would bond with me.  He's a loving cat, but I'm thinking he'll be more the wife's than mine.  I told her it was OK, and as long as he keeps wanting belly skritches and head bumps, then everything will be fine.  ****End of thread jack****
2013-04-06 04:25:41 PM
3 votes:
HAhaha.

Wanted to share a hospital moment with you.

So I was at work yesterday and I had gone up to one of the recovery towers to do some work.

In this particular ward is a big male nurse, totally would not even make one think he is even a nurse the way he looks with his shoulder length curly hair and beard ;)
Anyways I hear him ask one of his coworkers to whack him on the back between his shoulder blades and she very hesitantly gave him just a light slap.
As I knew exactly why he needed this done, I went up and said "Allow me" and proceeded to give him 3 big hard hearty whacks on his back with the heels of my hands, hearing the phlegmn loosen up as he breathed (Asthma/lung issues: I remember my mom doing this for hours with me lying across her knees as she pummeled my back to loosen my lungs up). He turned around and with a surprised look on his face said "Oh! I thought it was someone else given the strength of those whacks! you sure pack a whallop for someone your size! thanks!" and proceeded to give me a high five and also comment how he's surprised I'm not a nurse myself. Hahahah.

I run into things like this all the time at work. People are genuinely surprised how much knowledge I have on a variety of things, how seeing a lot of things happen at work don't phase me and how much I interact with patients every where I go.
That and for some reason, I've been getting a lot of positive comments on my dandelion tattoo.
I have no idea what's up with that.

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2013-04-08 09:17:04 PM
2 votes:
*crawls into thread*

Hai everbuddy, I've missed you all so much! Unfortunately, I'm STILL trying to diagnose/solve my ISP issues, which my provider did prove to me is an internal issue - so I have been preoccupied with changing cables/cards/router ports/software updates/hardware updates/IRQ changes/hard drive maintenance/various wipes and reinstall issues.... and I STILL can't find what is throttling my connection.   :o(

I managed to get my laptop almost up to the new speed, (but I don't want to count on that, since I am getting ready to put it up on ebay to pay some bills) so I am super frustrated as to why I can't figure this issue out. Hopefully, I'll be up to speed (so to speak) in time for next week's thread.

Meanwhile, I have not gotten around to reading the whole thread, so condolences and hugs are hereby dispensed as needed. However, before I go back to my computer issues (or more likely my bed) I want to take a sec to wish a very Happy Birthday to my dear friend Q_J.... and to thank you all for filling in for me while I was AWOL.

*crawls back out of thread*

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2013-04-08 08:49:27 PM
2 votes:
Thank you everyone for the kind birfday wishes!

In a moment of reflection late last night, I realized that I came extremely close
to not having this birthday just a couple of weeks ago.

I guess that comes from being either tenacious or too dumb to give up.

Nonetheless, thank you all very much for the good wishes!
Now I need to find some caek and ice creams!
2013-04-08 10:20:08 AM
2 votes:

predle: This will probably be the view from that window tomorrow

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The weather icon on my homepage shows 92 and cloudy tomorrow. I hate being cold but I will have to invest in an air conditioner at some point this summer.
And I got pictures of my new kitty!
Meet Max:
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He was my son and daughter in laws cat. My son convinced her to adopt a kitty so they found one that a family could no longer keep. He came from a house that had more than one kitty and he is declawed. they think he is about 15.
The kids thought he was just old and sweet as he would lay around and be a cuddle bug. When I moved in with my kitties he changed. He began to jump and run and play with them. He would get high with Li-Ion and he taught Tom to sit with people and cuddle. When I moved out to the farm with my kitties he walked around crying and looking for his friends.
My daughter in law cried when she saw how sad he was, and after a week. they came out to visit and brought Max with them. He seems happy enough now but is wary of Fiona. Tom and Li-Ion are cool with the dog so I am sure Max will be too. Although Fiona keeps trying to sniff the new kitty and it keeps moving. she is not really chasing him but I toss her outside when it happens. She will learn to ignore the new kitty just to stay in the house.
2013-04-07 08:19:04 PM
2 votes:

John Buck 41: lilyspad: Where is everybody today?? Too busy playing in the Spring weather??? :D

Spring weather? Like hell. Barely 40 here and windy as hell.


Hi.. just got back from a service call... biig ol' country house about 1/2 hr away.. owners just got back from a week out of town and the house was 50 degrees inside, and nothing worked... got him to check a few things.. based on what he told me, I grabbed some parts and headed out.. bad low voltage transformer.. caused by a rodent chewing through a control wire.. new transformer has a circuit breaker built in... it will take at least a day to warm everything up.. I suggested throwing on extra blankets tonight and opening windows tomorrow, as it will be 80 .. save some fuel...house is 4 floors, one underground.. and a 'widow,s walk' on the roof....circular staircase goes all the way up...
     Looks like kilokitty is close...
2013-04-07 08:08:54 PM
2 votes:

laulaja: Hardly looks right -- last prior post at literally 0dark30 (2:30AM)?


Well, I was up late, and apparently I was the only one, so I didn't wanna just fill up empty "space" with silly things just to fill the void. One of the few downsides to being on my husband's late-swing-shift schedule. :)


professional_vampire: Poor little Cracker Jack. He still doesn't trust hubby or me, because we took him to the vet yesterday. He's fine with us when we're sitting or lying down, but when we're standing up he gives us this "are you going to put me in that carrier again" look.

On the plus side, he's eating, drinking and using the litterbox like a healthy kitteh should.


Sonny did the exact same thing to me for the first two days after I got him here. Every time he heard the door open he bolted under the bed, and gave me the hairy eyeball when I reached over to pet him.


yobbery: The wireless cut over last night could not have gone better. We shut down the old at 11:55pm and all devices were online with the new system by 12:05am. We quickly canvased the hospital checking coverage, then just sat around munching snacks while waiting for trouble calls that never came. I was home and in bed by 4:00am.

It has been an absolutely brutal 12 weeks. I'm having fun this morning reading all the empty congratulatory emails from the suits in the ivory tower. They set this timeline to cover their own asses (long story) knowing we has one single chance in hell of pulling it off. As of this morning they can all kiss my ass.

I never want to do this again.
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*Techie brofist.* I'm training to basically do that sort of thing, and while I love the class, I do not look forward to working under pointy-haired bosses who think that the internet is a series of tubes. Great job, man, when I saw your post before you went off to work I knew that if it went off, the suits would get all the credit, but if it went pear-shaped, you guys would be blamed. *Rolls eyes.*


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For those of you that crave sweets......


Ha! That reminds me of the chocolate crosses and other "Jesus-sweets" I saw at the store before Easter. I had a bit of a double-take, and I'm genuinely not sure if that's a nifty idea or if it's blasphemy of some kind. I should've taken a picture, it genuinely made me laugh. :)


Brian Blessed's Bastard Boy: Thank you for that.  I know it's something that will always be here, and I never know when it will hit hard.  I tried explaining to the wife about it when it got really bad and I was talking to two different doctors over the course of two years about it.  I told her it was like fighting a ghost.  You know it's there, but you just can't see it or fight it.  She didn't really understand until last year when we went through our surgical issues.  She finally looked at me one day when she got done with therapy and told me she finally understood what I meant.


This. I only had a small case of "meh, sucks to be me" for a few months, but real depression is mean stuff, and needs to be taken seriously. The person who draws Hyperbole and a Half did a great comic/blog about it, and hits that nail right on the head. To me, what's really scary about it is that you know that there's something not quite right (not "wrong," but not quite "right"), but you can't really quantify or do anything about it. I like your term, a "ghost" that just follows you around, going "not touching you, not tooooouching youuuuuuu," but you can't do fark-all against it.

A couple of months ago I was getting a bit sad about things, and I kept telling myself, "why are you sad? You've got a great husband, adorable kitties, a good military career, you're healthy, so quit feeling sorry for yourself and get off your ass. You're feeling worse? What the hell, quit being stupid, things aren't great, but they're not awful! Argh, you're feeling worse, what is wrong with you? Just shut up and go do something. Why are you crying now? Holy crap you're useless! Just shut up your stupid face and get off of your ass and feel better already! Ugh, now you're feeling worse, you're a waste of time, maybe beer will make you stop being a stupid-face for a while." Repeat on and off for a few weeks. Looking back, I feel like a doofus for it all, but given the circumstances it wasn't unreasonable, and I just didn't have a healthy outlet, I just kept bottling things up. I think I understand a little of where people with depression are coming from, and hope that they get the help/resolution that they need. *Big hugs* that you're on the other side of it and have an awesome home and family. And here's hoping that shiatake gets settled in (curse you, inevitable filterpwn), at least the other critters are trying to help him feel welcome. :)
2013-04-07 08:04:42 PM
2 votes:

tigerose: Well, back frm my husband's Uncle's memorial service. Very short and upbeat. My father in law is supposed to visit with my bro-in law. *sigh* my father inlaw did not know me. And he just looked so bewildered. I hope he remembers my son. They used to be best buds.


I dealt with this with my great grandmother.  After a while, I just decided that whoever she thought I was when I visited was the person I tried to be.  It made me feel better that I knew it was making her happy.  Near the end, she thought I was her daughter so I talked to my grandmother to get stories and memories she would remember so I could make her happy.  It was hard but it seemed like the right thing to do.  Maybe your son can do something similar.  It's still hard but at least you feel better knowing you're making someone happy.
2013-04-07 03:55:01 PM
2 votes:

Brian Blessed's Bastard Boy: Finally got the truth out of THE MOTHER about how everything happened with shiatake coming to our home.  ****Small thread jack alert******  I have suffered from clinical depression for years, and mom was there for a lot of it before I left for the military, but she hasn't seen much of me, but knows I still suffer from it.  She said that when she saw how I was struggling with Sake' passing, she saw the same thing from when I was a kid and things got really bad for me.  She was scared that I would slide back again after just coming out of it last year before the wife went through all her surgeries, but not come out of it like I did before.  I was touched, but told her that it was something that happened and not anything that people who don't suffer from it go through when they lose a loved one.  I think with everything we've been through as a family, including what the wife went and is going through, as well as losing my step dad last year, she's terrified herself of being helpless as things still try to even out and we find some semblance of normalcy in our crazy animal filled world.  My daughter was the one who suggested the cat, mainly because she saw the words Maine Coon, and knew the wife wanted one, but also thought that since it was a male, it would bond with me.  He's a loving cat, but I'm thinking he'll be more the wife's than mine.  I told her it was OK, and as long as he keeps wanting belly skritches and head bumps, then everything will be fine.  ****End of thread jack****


Clinical depression is a biatch and a half.  It's something I've dealt with for years too...but LOOK at you!
You haven't let it stop you from having an honorable military career, a marriage that many would envy, and some great kids.  Not to mention all the critters that share your lives...
It hasn't stopped you from LIVING.  It does that to a lot of folks (living as opposed to just existing).
You and your family...very sincere admiration.

One 'good' thing about depression...we learn to truly APPRECIATE the good days.  No telling how many we'll have, so they're not taken for granted.
2013-04-06 11:46:21 PM
2 votes:

Brian Blessed's Bastard Boy: Finally got the truth out of THE MOTHER about how everything happened with shiatake coming to our home.  ****Small thread jack alert******  I have suffered from clinical depression for years, and mom was there for a lot of it before I left for the military, but she hasn't seen much of me, but knows I still suffer from it.  She said that when she saw how I was struggling with Sake' passing, she saw the same thing from when I was a kid and things got really bad for me.  She was scared that I would slide back again after just coming out of it last year before the wife went through all her surgeries, but not come out of it like I did before.  I was touched, but told her that it was something that happened and not anything that people who don't suffer from it go through when they lose a loved one.  I think with everything we've been through as a family, including what the wife went and is going through, as well as losing my step dad last year, she's terrified herself of being helpless as things still try to even out and we find some semblance of normalcy in our crazy animal filled world.  My daughter was the one who suggested the cat, mainly because she saw the words Maine Coon, and knew the wife wanted one, but also thought that since it was a male, it would bond with me.  He's a loving cat, but I'm thinking he'll be more the wife's than mine.  I told her it was OK, and as long as he keeps wanting belly skritches and head bumps, then everything will be fine.  ****End of thread jack****


I think people without cats underestimate how much they can help improve mood when it comes to mental disorders. There was a Caturday recently about an American soldier who brought a cat home from the Middle East because of how it helped him deal with everything that had happened. Our little girl cat, Tola, doesn't like to snuggle much but she does this hilarious thing of running from clear across the apartment/house, turning sideways in the last five feet or so and then dinking you with her arched back and then running away. That's her bit of love to give. Animals are great comfort animals - whether or not the cat completly bonds with you, I'm sure one of the many will come running and show their love when they think you're distressed or upset. And sometimes the head bonk can do wonders.

But I have noticed male cats do bond with females a bit better. Any of the males cats I've had are more snuggly than the females - my Ivan is a huge baby for me. When he spends time with The Man, we say it's because he needs a bit of manliness after being raised by a woman. He has such a girly high-pitched voice too...

On the upside, Ivan has kept the Pill Pocket and related pill down for about an hour, so no green goo puke to clean up this time! Success!
2013-04-06 11:13:25 PM
2 votes:
Hurrah, we're finally moved into our new apartment. And it's OURS; for the first time in years we're not sharing with anyone else. The boys are probably going to go a bit stir-crazy in a few more weeks because I'm not letting them outside (not a bad area but I'd rather not risk it yet), but for now they're loving the loads of room to run around. The last place wasn't laid out well for playing, and Bluecheez was always howling and taking a swing at them, so they're also enjoying not having a geriatric cat tell them to get off of her proverbial lawn all the time. :)

Things are still messy (so many boxes to sort/unpack still!), but those are in the garage, and the rest of the house is properly set up. But now that we've finally got everything consolidated and out of storage, I can do things like find a place to sell things like my wedding dress, the ferret cages (with loads of toys/things, yikes), and anything else that's taking up space that we don't need anymore. Ah well, I can mess with that later, need to break out the vacuum before it gets too late and I bother the neighbors.

Though I wonder if that wouldn't be a bad thing... The only real downside we've discovered to this place is that it's a collection of fourplexes, and while they're nice, I'm very sure that 2/3 of the homes in all directions around us own at least one, often two or three little yappy-dogs. The reeeeeally annoying ones that do nothing but bark at every perceived noise in that high-pitched, constant yip. Fortunately, they haven't been bad, but it's weird just how many of them there are and how often I hear them going off. Ah well, off to finish cleaning, then I start a slow cooker for dinner and read the thread.

/*Happy dance.*
//MY home needs cleaning
///MINE
2013-04-06 06:23:27 PM
2 votes:

catmandu: Pantene Beautiful Lengths


That's who my son donated his hair to last time. His hair grows very fast, so he can donate every couple years, easy. He's 25 now and has been doing the hair donation thing to some group or another since third or fourth grade. He's a weird shade of red head, like me, but lighter colored than mine, so every time he gets it chopped off the person doing the chopping is either traumatized (Why??? You have beautiful hair!) or excited for the person who is going to get his hair because it is such an unusual shade.

The thing about kids - most of them, anyway - is they have to learn how to be selfish and mean. They usually like to help and feel like they're doing something awesome for someone else. My son is great evidence that empathy and that willingness to help others, even in small ways, carries on into adulthood. So, Brian Blessed's Bastard Boy, your kids are going to grow up to be alright, especially as they are receiving positive reinforcement from you about how to treat other living creatures - cats, "rat things", reptiles and even their fellow humans. Who's the good daddy? WHO'S THE GOOD DADDY?! *pats on head* You are!
2013-04-06 04:36:33 PM
2 votes:
Also...

Is it a sign that I cannot go to any wards in two different hospitals without hearing:
"Uh oh! Here comes trouble!"
and then watching as both workers AND patients all turn or crane their necks (to see out of their rooms) to
check if it's actually me?

Heh. Maybe that should be telling me something.
I sure love it though when I see patients break into smiles and see them waving at me from their rooms and try to get my attention.
I always make sure to say Hi to everyone and gently joke with them and the staff.

Most of the people I work with don't like it - but I don't care.
The positive reactions from the other hospital staff and especially the patients - speak louder volumes. Even if I may be feeling crappy myself, it always makes me feel good at the end of every shift that I was able to make others smile.

/no idea why I'm all chatty and sharing all of a sudden
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2013-04-06 04:29:48 PM
2 votes:
gremlin1:

Wow what a difference!!!
That is something to be proud of.


Never considered my kids to be socially active or aware, but all those years I was gone, I guess Mrs. B4 took care of that.  My first conversation with him basically ended up with him saying that it wasn't fair that kids didn't have hair.  Didn't know how to respond, and said that if he wanted to do it, then I had no problem with it, but at some point he would get it cut even if he backed out and decided not to donate it.  I was just worried that it was some thing for him to grow his hair out like some of his classmates.  Very proud of him, and just wondering what the daughter is going to look like once hers gets long enough to donate, and she has enough to not be bald.
2013-04-06 03:04:34 PM
2 votes:
*drags her carcass in*

Oh.
Hai!
In order to apologize for my ongoing absenteeism (?) like the bad Alien I am, dealing with too much
health crap and other crap, crap, crap, crap everywhere...

I offer you all these latest pictures of Gremlin I received :3
My my my...such a BIG boy he is getting to be!
Hard to believe it's already been a year since I had to give him up.
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A typical Gremlin pose :3
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Look at that orange! Look at how BIG he is! :3
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Gremlin outside. I love the look on his face,  clearly he is not happy about something hahahaha! :3
2013-04-06 02:11:03 PM
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Day three of shiatake being here, and things are going OK so far.  He's still a little intimidated by Waffles and Scampi, and has been spending his time under the stairs, but he came out last night and crawled into bed with the wife and was begging for tummy scritches.  Looks like the wife not only got her Maine Coon finally, but I'm thinking he is going to attach himself to her.  She was worried that I would be upset about it, but I told her it's a cat, and it will decide who it's master is, not us.  Yes my heart still feels broken, and will be for a while.  If the new cat attaches to her and not me, then as long as he's happy and content, then so am I.  I think he'll be skittish for a while, but that's understandable.  Pirogi is cracking me up in that he and shiatake are kind of bonding.  Under the stairs is Piggy's spot, and I was worried that something might happen, but there haven't been any fights yet, and now Piggy is taking him food by filling his mouth with it, then walking over to the stairs and spitting it out on the floor.  I saw him do this and thought he was getting sick until I saw a paw come out and grab some of it.  Never saw anything like that before and just had to laugh.  As for the other critters, we're more than likely days away from our second brood of bearded dragons.  Sage is beyond pregnant and ready to burst, so they're coming soon.  Papaya is much more active in his cage, so he's adjusted to being here now.  The ferrets are still terrorists, so nothing ever changes with them.  As for me, I'm still healing and miss my boy, but life goes on here, and if you're not paying attention, the furry and scaly things here will run over you.  I'll try and get some pics of shiatake today, but he's still a very shy boy.
2013-04-06 08:07:14 AM
2 votes:
So I decided this past week that this house is far too quiet without the pitter-patter of a kitter-cat, and put in an application to adopt an 8 month old kitten from a local rescue organization.  Is it considered bad luck/form to post pictures of him and start thinking about names before I actually have him?
2013-04-05 12:56:47 AM
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2013-04-08 10:25:49 PM
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C'mon guize! We rally around our "family"! We've been there for AlienDandelion and Haruko....how about some love for our favorite Sherpa??? We must be able to come up with SOMETHING!! Bake sale? Auction??? I'm in for whatever...... :D

I make some pretty good cinnamon bread - have an antique bread mold I use. I would be very happy to bake for Sherpa. Finances are tight but time...that I have.

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Finances are tight around here, too, but I'll be glad to do whatever I can to help out he who has helped out so many in the past - even if it's only buying/cooking food. If you need anything, Sherpa, you have my email.
2013-04-08 10:07:21 PM
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C'mon guize! We rally around our "family"! We've been there for AlienDandelion and Haruko....how about some love for our favorite Sherpa??? We must be able to come up with SOMETHING!! Bake sale? Auction??? I'm in for whatever...... :D


I make some pretty good cinnamon bread - have an antique bread mold I use. I would be very happy to bake for Sherpa. Finances are tight but time...that I have.

Our Archie:

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2013-04-08 09:52:25 PM
1 votes:
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C'mon guize! We rally around our "family"! We've been there for AlienDandelion and Haruko....how about some love for our favorite Sherpa??? We must be able to come up with SOMETHING!! Bake sale? Auction??? I'm in for whatever...... :D
2013-04-08 07:18:13 PM
1 votes:

yobbery: predle: This pretty girl was my schizoid Arab who put me in the dust often

Now *this* is an Arabian.
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Red is a good color for her!


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Taken last week, the poor things still had their thick winter coats. They are almost shed out already, their new summer coats are like velvet under the long hairy mess they had.
/Both my boys can trace their bloodlines back to the Godolphin Arabian.

2013-04-08 04:07:21 PM
1 votes:
hahaha! My kid just dumped Eli outside saying,"It's too nice a day for you to be sitting here on your fat butt!" so I told him, "Yeah, you too. Go take a walk!" so he is. :) And my kid is anything but fat btw..think 5'9" and about 116. Soaking wet.

And he eats like a bird!
2013-04-08 03:57:17 PM
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maynerdkitty: She is beautiful, I love a flea bit grey. I have never been fond of Arabs though, they are pretty to look at but I don't seem to get along with any that I have met. Not sure why.


In defense of Arabs, they are the sweetest horses, very personable. They can bond with people like a dog, she would come running over to see me.  She was an amazing trail horse and her endurance was great, she could go all day with no problems at all.  That picture is from a NATRC competitive trail ride, we placed 2nd in our 5 state region that year. But, should one of those horse eating plastic bags from hell (or Safeway) flutter nearby, every bit of sense just went flying out of that pretty little head.

My Quarter Horse, on the other hand, was never bothered by anything, but she had the personality of a fence post and her biggest goal in life was to avoid work of any type, which included running away when she saw me coming and once I got on her back trying to go under every low hanging branch and smacking my leg into anything she could find. Most of my falls are from her, but I rode bare back and I was young so I just bounced right up. A horse's back is really slippery when it's wet and it can be tough to stay on when you're climbing out of the water hole.

It's pretty unlikely, but if I can ever get another horse I think I'll get 1/2 Arab 1/2 Quarter Horse. I've known several and it's a great combination.

My Quarter Horse, Francy - that's me when I was in Junior High
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Dolly demonstrating the perfect technique for dealing with a trail obstacle
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2013-04-08 11:44:29 AM
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predle: tigerose: I heard somewhere that you aren't a rider until you've fallen off at least 7 times...gads, that mean's I'll be a rider if I fall off 3 more times?

I guess that means I'm a rider at least 2 or 3 times over. This pretty girl was my schizoid Arab who put me in the dust often

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A pretty girl indeed. So you are saying Arabs are a wee bit high strung? :)

I'm riding an Appy who is gray with black spots and brown knees..he has a nice headset, and he listens to me for the most part! He is also quite tall, and has very big feet. He is a lesson horse, but I wish he were mine!
2013-04-08 10:07:16 AM
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spinach gunk glad to hear that Buddy is feeling more like his old self.

predle ugh, isn't it time for the snow to go away?? I know I am tired of it here. Today we are supposed to get up to 63, and tomorrow 65, but thunderstorms in the afternoon. I volunteered to go on a field trip tomorrow morning. I hope it holds off raining until we get back to school! (And yes, I am nuts to go on a trip with the 8th graders).

No sub job today, so I'm running around getting things done that I didn't finish this weekend. Like take down the Easter stuff!
2013-04-08 07:35:29 AM
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So I was just sitting there, being a dog, minding my own business...

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And then I got patted!  And it was good.

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Buddy update:  Our baby boy seems to have recovered just fine from his little trip to the dentist last week.  He has almost forgiven me for forcibly squirting horrible shiat-tasting antibiotics down his throat as a precautionary measure twice a day for five days, and for my being a wound-up worrywart.  He's still not thrilled about crunchy treats, but will eat them if I break them into tiny pieces.  He's still not thrilled about his regular food either, but we noticed that he has no problem getting excited about people food.  The obvious smacked us upside the head.  Maybe he was just getting sick of the old food and perhaps would like to try something different?  So simple it just might work?  Spent an afternoon doing dog food research online, then off to the pet food store!

I dreaded experimenting with new food, but much to my surprise we found a couple things that he actually likes, almost right away!  And seem to agree with him so far!  He will eat all his meals without delay when combined with either "savory chicken stew" or "organic New Zealand lamb tripe" (only one of which I can dish up without gagging, guess which one, lol)!  Who knew?  Hopefully the novelty won't wear off anytime soon.  He seemed to feel quite good earlier today, he told off the neighbour's cat, and got goofy & playful after supper, both of which he hasn't done in a while.  Our sweet little old fart has some life left in him yet!  Thanks again for all the good wishes last Caturday, I think they really helped.  He still seems a little tired and slow, but he is looking happier now, and that's a very good start.  :)

Sending hugs and love and healing wishes to all the other kitties and humans needing them this Caturday... seems like quite a few this week... huge long thread and I can't remember all the names... but you know who you are... this hug's for you.

xoxox
2013-04-08 12:27:42 AM
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Mordor Monday brings a new twist: my mother is going bionic and is getting a new knee installed.

"We can rebuild her. We have the technology."
2013-04-07 11:09:53 PM
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Finally coaxed him out from under the stairs and he's now resting in the bedroom with the wife.  He's still skittish about her coming towards him in her chair, but as long as she's stationary, he jumps right up when he wants some head butts and luvins.  Probably get choked out again with his tail tonight when I go to bed, but I'll deal with it.  Piggy is doing well roaming the house with the windows open and chasing birds, and Waffles is just fat, old, and grumpy.  Still no eggs from Rosemary, but she isn't eating anymore, so it should be any time now.  Also found out from the daughter (via her never erasing her browser history) that she was also looking at a 13 week old Bengal from up north as well.  Beautiful kitteh, but I'm not sure if we would have been prepared for a breed like that.  Maybe someday, but we have one behemoth cat, one in the making, fatty Waffles, and skinny Scampi, who eats the most out of everyone.  Took the my mom and her dog for a walk today around the neighborhood and talked some more about things.  I've hinted about something that happened a couple of years ago while I was still in the military, and finally told her a few things about it.  I think she cried more than I did, but now she understands why this problem is so prevalent some times, and why I have a cabinet full of pills that I take religiously.  I know what it's like to be off of them for a week, and it is an utter nightmare, and I am not going down that road again.  Time to get ready and call it a night, right after I make another round through the rooms and find all the toys and treasures that my little terrorist army has hidden.  See everyone tomorrow.
2013-04-07 09:32:39 PM
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I was working from home the other day and got up to make some tea. Butter thought she should help me while I was gone...

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2013-04-07 09:28:29 PM
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Haven't felt well today and spent most of the day in bed so I am still not caught up but wanted to say Thank You to a very special person. You know who you are. Here is some Butter as a thanks for your kind and generous gift...

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2013-04-07 08:51:13 PM
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Forrest was enjoying the evening breeze. We got into the 80's here, I turned on the swamp cooler in my room because I have a new kitty that is used to a much cooler home.
2013-04-07 07:16:43 PM
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Where is everybody today?? Too busy playing in the Spring weather??? :D
2013-04-07 06:28:50 PM
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I don't understand what is going on with FARK and what I'm writing, but it keeps correcting me after I post and I'm at eye bleed levels because of it.  Anyway, new kitteh is S-H-I-I-T-A-K-E, not shiatake, that for some reason keeps showing up.  And he's still hiding under the stairs, but going to try some chicken here soon and coax him out.
2013-04-07 06:28:15 PM
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tigerose: Well, back frm my husband's Uncle's memorial service. Very short and upbeat. My father in law is supposed to visit with my bro-in law. *sigh* my father inlaw did not know me. And he just looked so bewildered. I hope he remembers my son. They used to be best buds.


I'm de-lurking briefly, because I've seen this a lot (have been a nurse in a nursing home). If FIL has Alzheimer's he may still have older memories. If he doesn't recognize your son, but remembers him as a child, your son may still be able to connect with him by asking about stories if when he (son) was a kid. I've seen this in action, and it tends to make the kid feel less rejected, as well as giving FIL something to talk about.
2013-04-07 06:14:43 PM
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Another successful spay & neuter day. The sad thing was just about every adult female was in heat or coming out of heat. At least they won't have to worry about that anymore.

On a side note, we decided Angry Uteri would be an awesome name for a punk band.
2013-04-07 04:52:20 PM
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2013-04-07 03:07:43 PM
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AlienDandelion: HAhaha.

Wanted to share a hospital moment with you.

So I was at work yesterday and I had gone up to one of the recovery towers to do some work.

In this particular ward is a big male nurse, totally would not even make one think he is even a nurse the way he looks with his shoulder length curly hair and beard ;)
Anyways I hear him ask one of his coworkers to whack him on the back between his shoulder blades and she very hesitantly gave him just a light slap.
As I knew exactly why he needed this done, I went up and said "Allow me" and proceeded to give him 3 big hard hearty whacks on his back with the heels of my hands, hearing the phlegmn loosen up as he breathed (Asthma/lung issues: I remember my mom doing this for hours with me lying across her knees as she pummeled my back to loosen my lungs up). He turned around and with a surprised look on his face said "Oh! I thought it was someone else given the strength of those whacks! you sure pack a whallop for someone your size! thanks!" and proceeded to give me a high five and also comment how he's surprised I'm not a nurse myself. Hahahah.

I run into things like this all the time at work. People are genuinely surprised how much knowledge I have on a variety of things, how seeing a lot of things happen at work don't phase me and how much I interact with patients every where I go.
That and for some reason, I've been getting a lot of positive comments on my dandelion tattoo.
I have no idea what's up with that.

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Where is the 'awesome' button, because 'smart' and 'funny' just aren't enough! {{Hugs}}

Missed your posts, Lady.
2013-04-07 02:37:06 PM
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Alien, this made me think of you for some reason?
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2013-04-07 01:36:07 PM
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I was out of town for 5 days and returned after midnight last night. Sneaker was prancing, meowing and headbutting me for attention-- it made me so happy to be back! We've been catching up on snuggles this morning and we even got his nails trimmed. How do people live their lives without pets?

The heartwarmer in question:

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2013-04-07 01:30:23 PM
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bessyglass: I envy Lillyspad for all her lovely pictures.  Good job, friend.


WHAT??????  It should be me telling YOU that!!  Lady, when I was still a lurker, I always loved your pics of cats!  To be honest with you, and I'm not kidding here....when I look at some of the pictures, I think 'Hmmm, would Bessyglass post this?"  I am humbled and honored that you would say that.  Thank you!! ♥
2013-04-07 11:16:15 AM
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KimJ: lilyspad: [i.imgur.com image 490x355]
Loved this "opera"!! KILL THE WABBIT!!!!! Ah....back when cartoons were FUNNY!!!!! :D

Sometimes they weren't funny, just good....

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That big dog taught more kids, AND adults, to be kind to kitty cats than any human ever could have. Especially in the 50s, when humans were very limited in what they could teach each other.
2013-04-07 11:02:48 AM
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lethological_lassie: Bathia_Mapes: kevinboehm: Name it whatever you like, it's not like it's going to listen.

Not necessarily true. Some cats respond to the name you give them, others do not.

I once called my kitten by saying "C'mere Milk!" and he trotted into the kitchen. It's often about the tone of voice and the sound of food or treats hitting the dish more than the name. ;)


The 'clink-clink' of my clowder's glass* food dishes brings them on the run.   So does the can opener.
If it's not tuna (and they get the 'juice' from that anyway) I'll let them sniff the lid.
"Oh...it's NOT tuna.  Alright, carry on"...and they wander off.
I don't know whether they regard this as a drill or a false alarm, but I'm always forgiven and left to get on with it.
The long-distance (they're outside) summoning spell of"Who wants a snack?" works well also.  :-)

AND...about 80% of the time, they do respond to their names.  Sometimes 'response' is just an ear-flick...but that usually indicates they're involved with 'cat business'...which takes precedence.

* 'Fancy' pressed-glass ashtrays I bought at the dollar store.  Wanted something pretty for them, just for a giggle...but this turned out well.  They wash easily and are heavy enough not to slide across the floor during the 'lick the dish clean' stage.
2013-04-07 10:44:00 AM
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Poor little Cracker Jack. He still doesn't trust hubby or me, because we took him to the vet yesterday. He's fine with us when we're sitting or lying down, but when we're standing up he gives us this "are you going to put me in that carrier again" look.

On the plus side, he's eating, drinking and using the litterbox like a healthy kitteh should.
2013-04-06 11:28:34 PM
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2013-04-06 10:35:12 PM
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2013-04-06 10:23:16 PM
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Loved this "opera"!! KILL THE WABBIT!!!!! Ah....back when cartoons were FUNNY!!!!! :D


Sometimes they weren't funny, just good....

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2013-04-06 10:18:27 PM
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2013-04-06 09:30:26 PM
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gremlin1: RadicalEd: Arg! Ivan has been sneezy and snotty for awhile, but not enough that it's bothered him or slowed him down. I mentioned it at the vet and we're trying an allergy pill to see if it helps any. Only, my sweet darling has apparently been labeled an "aggressive cat" at the vet because he hates it so much. He doesn't like his ears or mouth touched, so trying to get an allergy pill down him is ridiculously hard. We had to scrap last night's pill because it got too soggy and tried again this morning. I think it went down...

So my brilliant idea was to stop by the pet store on the way home today and get some of the Greenie's Pill Pockets. Smart, right? I also picked up some Hairball treatment treats of the same brand. Both Ivan and Tola got to try some of those when I got home.

Aaaaaand like usual with name-brand treats/food, within ten minutes, Ivan puked it all back up on the carpet. Bonus was it was a lovely pea green shade this time. My biggest worry however was when Tola continually tried to toss something - turns out something was stuck in her throat and I had a huge moment of panic thinking she couldn't breathe. It's been awhile since then, and I've been monitoring her and she's back to her old self, no damage done. She's just being her - yowling and trying to eat plastic to get attention.

I get the feeling the Pill Pocket and the pill are going to end up on the carpet tonight if we try it...

Tola in the garbage bag full of clothes during our first big move:
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Ivan, the Queen of France:

I got one of these from the vet for Gremie. It's a pill popper, you load the pill, put it in his mouth and push the plunger. With Gremie you have to get it right the first time or you have to wait about 20 minutes to try again. Believe it or not I found it easier than doing it by hand.
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I WISH something like that would work, but frankly, I can't even get a grip on his head to get my fingers anywhere near his mouth. If he thinks you're doing something more than petting, he gets all slinky and fights back. What I've had success in before has been slipping the pill under his lip flap (he's had some molars removed) and then just keeping his jaw shut until he swallows it. This time, he hacked and hacked trying to spit it up, it was so bad. Even getting the pill near his mouth is such an ordeal!

The plan so far is to try the Pill Pockets (and be on stand by throw up duty), and if that doesn't work, call the vet tomorrow to see if I can grind the pill up into his food. Of course, I'm sure he'll avoid that one little patch of food too. Cats and their detection abilities...

Also, THANK YOU chicken_little! Many thanks for the TF! I've seen it being passed along in Caturday threads - I'll make sure to give forward to someone as well!
2013-04-06 09:06:05 PM
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lilyspad: Salem Witch:

Is that a med-alert tag on her collar??  curious...


It's a Soldiers Angels K-9 Team tag. Suzy helps to provide cooling vests and toys to our K-9 troops.

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2013-04-06 08:21:27 PM
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AlienDandelion: all chatty and sharing


We likes a chatty and sharing AlienDandelion.

We like any kind of AlienDandelion!
2013-04-06 08:16:46 PM
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I don't know if this has made the national news so I thought I'd post it.

The tsunami fish.  Quite a story.
2013-04-06 08:13:06 PM
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tigerose: Radicaled try taking a syringe of water and giving it a squirt in kitties mouth after you pop the pill in there. That is what my vet does. I also haz a pill popper..open kitteh mouth.place pill popper, loaded with pill to the back of mouth.depress plunger..and ya know..the burrito thing works well too. Less blood loss..as for the vet..let me tell you about the time they came back with Eli scruffed..and they were wearing leather gauntlets ...


Sneaker has actually chewed pill pockets off the pills, leaving the soggy pills lying on the floor! We've found success by crushing up the pills and mixing them in with his gushy food. This might not work if the pills have a bad taste, I'd say.

Good luck!
2013-04-06 06:42:32 PM
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I'm usually just a lurker in this thread, but I thought I'd share a picture of my catdog this week. Hi, everybody!

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2013-04-06 06:38:10 PM
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2013-04-06 04:59:15 PM
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Well, I am back from the college visit with my son. Wow, it is a really small school. Very British Boarding school feel to it. Everyone was super, super friendly. You could ask anyone pretty much about anything. I can see my kid going there. Very small classes..think 16? in some. Biggest class would be 25.

When I got home, Eli was outside by the side door rolling in dirt. Great cat..just what I want you to drag into the house.
2013-04-06 02:21:18 PM
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Hai, Caturday folks! Need some good thoughts, vibes, prayers etc. for my Cracker Jack. He just puked twice then went to the litterbox, got out of the litterbox and peed on the rug in front of the tub, then when he finished, we noticed that he has blood in his urine. Taking him to the vet ASAP. Hope it's nothing serious!
2013-04-06 11:52:31 AM
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lilyspad: OlderGuy: Because there is not enough eye bleach in the world to erase the posting from this morning (which hopefully no one else had to see), here's a sunny picture of my girls

Did I miss something???


It was best missed... nasty troll.... nuff sed.
2013-04-06 11:51:47 AM
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baka-san: I swear Zenwitch is ruining my wonderfully evil Pogo

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I bet this new behavior is because Pogo now has an ally because she is no longer the only girl in the house. :D
2013-04-06 11:14:53 AM
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kevinboehm: Name it whatever you like, it's not like it's going to listen.


Not necessarily true. Some cats respond to the name you give them, others do not.
2013-04-06 11:14:45 AM
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bongmiester: does anyone actually read caturday threads?


As a rule I try to read every post, mainly to offer advice (if asked) or condolences when necessary.

Or to keep track of trolls  :)
2013-04-06 11:12:35 AM
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bongmiester: does anyone actually read caturday threads?


Quite a few farkers do, myself included. We keep each other up to date on the status of our pets (all pets, not just cats), some ask for advice, etc. Caturday is more than just pictures.
2013-04-06 11:10:27 AM
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bongmiester: or are they like playboy magazines?


I would guess that the majority of visitors only come for the pictures, since we seem to have more and more lurkers finally coming out of the.. cat carrier?  I myself come here all the time, but I don't always get involved in the conversations.

Welcome! Pull up a chair, post some pictures, or just keep lurking.  Whatever works for you.
2013-04-06 10:38:05 AM
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Happa Catta day!  I want to post my sign of shame that I tried to post my cute pics that I made up (one for OlderGuy, a thankyou for TF gift that is so awesome!!,and two cutie pics with captions) welllll,  I had the photos on desktop for easy access, and it rejected it.  I emailed the thankyou to OlderGuy but will continue to
hang my sign of shame around my neck: Hooman is dufus.  lol  (Ps I'll try again in a bit, got company :-)
2013-04-06 10:25:25 AM
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kevinboehm: GoldSpider: So I decided this past week that this house is far too quiet without the pitter-patter of a kitter-cat, and put in an application to adopt an 8 month old kitten from a local rescue organization.  Is it considered bad luck/form to post pictures of him and start thinking about names before I actually have him?

Name it whatever you like, it's not like it's going to listen.


I beg to differ.. each of my crew has a name.. I can call any by name, that one will come to me.. and not for a treat....though they do get scritches and rubs....
2013-04-06 10:14:40 AM
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syzygy whizz: tigerose: We have an Oppossum problem. There is a huge, possum who I have seen several times in the daytime..bright sun...very unusual. It doesnt look sick..in fact it is stout! Could be a pregnant female...is there a way to discourage to frm roaming my yard. I do not want Eli tackling this marsupial monster!

Wasn't a problem as such...but looked out my window early Wednesday morning to see 3 mule deer strolling down my driveway.
One of them looked at my incipient daffodils with "Mmmm...looks tasty..." expression and I found myself telling it "Don't even THINK about it!"
Looked at me with a "Huh?" expression...and if deer can shrug I swear it would have done so.
It turned and followed its buddies into my backyard (where they are welcome to eat all the weeds they want!).

Riktor, Wimsey and Raven were watching them with great interest. I wonder what the deer must have smelled like to them...they were fascinated by these big critters.
Told them "Forget it, kids...they're too big for you."

OlderGuy: tigerose: We have an Oppossum problem. There is a huge, possum who I have seen several times in the daytime..bright sun...very unusual. It doesnt look sick..in fact it is stout! Could be a pregnant female...is there a way to discourage to frm roaming my yard. I do not want Eli tackling this marsupial monster!

If female, it might be carrying the young in it,s pouch.. when they are born, they are tiny.. and stay in the pouch until they can get around on their own ..mammaries are in the pouch.. had a possum show up in my garage where I used to live.. stood there by my feet looking at me, belly dragging the ground.. figured that she might be looking for a safe place to have her brood.. didn't know about the pouch routine.. found a cardboard box, put some straw and grass clippings in it and put it down in front of her: she climbed in and lay down.. put the box in a corner.. two days later there were 11 babies in there with her.. mini- possums.. with teeth and all.. she stayed ...


I did feel honored .. had a black cat named Buttons, and was working in the garage.. something brushed against my leg, thought it was Buttons..reached down to pet him and quickly realized that it wasn't.. that,s when it all started.. when I walked into the garage after that, mama would start to get up.. I would talk at her and she would lay back down..  saw a small possum in the bushes a couple of months later.. it was one of hers.. actually petted it for a minute, then it ambled away... definitely not scared... had a blue jay that would land on my hand for a peanut.. those things are loud ! have always gotten along with critters..
2013-04-06 10:09:23 AM
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Here's a picture I took of him at the shelter last night:

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2013-04-06 10:06:53 AM
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StranahansBarracuda: Haven't read the thread yet.  It's been a hell of a week.  Could I have some happy thoughts and love sent to my friends who lost their 5 year old dog, Fender, very unexpectedly on Wednesday?  He got the runs last Friday and it all went downhill from there. Possibly cancer, definitely renal failure. Fender was one of those perpetually happy, easy going dogs who wagged his tail the whole time he was ill. I told them about the Rainbow bridge and that he'd be there with their other dogs who have passed. Thanks y'all :)
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2013-04-05 11:00:23 PM
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Thank you, everyone, for the kind words regarding my late Dinah. It gives me a warm fuzzy feeling, knowing that this group understands and empathizes.

BBBB, I am not surprised that another kitty has joined your merry household; you and your family's capacity for love is amazing. I hope shiatake feels right at home ASAP. He's quite the handsome fellow!

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2013-04-05 09:20:01 PM
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Snuffybud:
It might be the brand of laminate. The Pergo doesn't simply snap together, but it doesn't take much work to make it. I'd drop a piece into the slot of the previous piece, thunk it 3 or 4 times with a rubber mallet to seat it, press it down, then (using a scap piece as the pounding block) thunk it another 3 or 4 times to put it into place. I didn't have to beat it into place, it went together nicely with fairly light taps, but Monday my right shoulder told me all about it! It wasn't that I had to hit it hard, it was the repetitive motion that bothered me, both the up/down workout on my legs and the wear and tear on my shoulder.

It was definitely the brand. The underlayment came pre-attached to each plank and it quickly became obvious that the interlock was a bit more radical than Pergo. The wife sold flooring at the time...she picked it.

Using a scrap piece for all that pounding just got old halfway through, plus there's that shoulder thing you mentioned. I could have made a larger block to beat on but I took the easy way out and bought one. Still, the stuff held up to all the pounding with only one damaged plank.

...and a floofy Biscuit *sob*
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2013-04-05 08:07:44 PM
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Poor guy, we turned up the heat a couple of notches. It went up into the high 50s today, which means the furnace hasn't been running enough, which means the Biscuit/Man CaveTM is getting cold, which means the Biscuit gets cold.

We never have the cats bathed before grooming, so his cut looks a little choppy right now. He'll look silky smooth in a week or so.
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2013-04-05 07:44:26 PM
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And kittehs
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2013-04-05 07:20:45 PM
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Bathia_Mapes: So say a big Caturday welcome to shiatake, the newest member of the B4 family.


Mia welcomes Shiatake!
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2013-04-05 06:30:35 PM
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Happy Caturday folks!

My old cat Omer had a cleftpalate (and a hairlip, and a deformed nose):
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He was the best damn cat ever.
2013-04-05 06:14:47 PM
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2013-04-05 04:36:49 PM
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Lola says welcome home to Shiatake.
2013-04-05 03:32:59 PM
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2013-04-05 03:31:05 PM
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And this is the dress..don't know what it did that?
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2013-04-05 03:02:22 PM
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It's been less than a week since I lost my Sake', and it still hurts, but I'm not overcome by it now.  But seeing as how this is the B4 home for animal hoarders, you can pretty much guess what happened.  But surprisingly, there was a twist.  My mother, the one who hates the ferrets, and is terrified of the lizards, and doesn't really like the cats, decided to work with my daughter and on Wednesday night, brought home Mo.  He is about 3 years old, and is definitely part, if not all, Maine Coon, which is what the wife always wanted anyway.  I know she wasn't a part of it, because she's a horrible actress, and she was shocked by it.  I'm guessing he's supposed to be mine, but he's spending more time with the wife than me.  She's smiling that she finally got a Maine Coon, so I'm going to be happy for her in this.  He's been very skittish since he's been here, so the pictures are limited right now.  I'm hoping that here soon he'll be more comfortable with us, but I know it takes time.  So say a big Caturday welcome to shiatake, the newest member of the B4 family.  And yes, I named him with another Japanese themed food in honor of my beautiful boy.

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2013-04-05 02:47:08 PM
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akimbotoo: Snuffybud: Hi all! I hope I didn't miss much last weekend, I was busy putting a Pergo floor in one of the bedrooms.

I had a helper
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And our supervisor
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Midway through Saturday afternoon Mrs Snuffybud grabbed Desi and stuck him up on the shelf in the closet just to get him out of the way. He loved it, he just sat there and watched all the work go on below him!


Your helper and supervisor are so adorable!  I love how they are so interested in what is going on!


I had more than just those two, those are the only ones with decent photos. Cisco was very helpful too! He came to check and see if I was still alive after an afternoon of whacking boards together!
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2013-04-05 12:53:49 PM
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Suzy doing what she does best.

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2013-04-05 11:01:58 AM
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Type my Condolences to Debby7813 at ft of pg 2 on recent departure of Dinah. Retrospective excellent. Will try to recall Summerlands  for future use; sounds very good.  Agree with CaptSacto's words just above where I type: I'm so very sorry for your loss. May she live forever in your heart.  All those we've loved who've left do so.


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2013-04-05 07:57:28 AM
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lilyspad: Snuffybud: Hi all! I hope I didn't miss much last weekend, I was busy putting a Pergo floor in one of the bedrooms.

I had a helper
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And our supervisor
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Midway through Saturday afternoon Mrs Snuffybud grabbed Desi and stuck him up on the shelf in the closet just to get him out of the way. He loved it, he just sat there and watched all the work go on below him!

Looks good!  Did you get it finished?


The flooring is down, we need to put the molding and other trim back on this weekend, then we can move onto the next project
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2013-04-05 07:21:51 AM
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Hi all! I hope I didn't miss much last weekend, I was busy putting a Pergo floor in one of the bedrooms.

I had a helper
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And our supervisor
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Midway through Saturday afternoon Mrs Snuffybud grabbed Desi and stuck him up on the shelf in the closet just to get him out of the way. He loved it, he just sat there and watched all the work go on below him!
2013-04-05 01:58:13 AM
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mousiebelle: Otay, I has a picture question.  How do you get the side-by-side comparison type pics?  I tried to create one earlier today and failed miserably :(  I don't have PS... I tried with a free photo thingummy online... It had all sorts of stuffs to animate pics and everything else peoples around here do, just couldn't figure out the side-by-side type thing.  I want the ability for around here, but I need it for our business pics, too.  Thoughts?

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Hi mousie!
Picmonkey has a fairly simple tool for this that you might like to try.

(I'll put some step-by-step instructions here in case anyone else would like to try it too!  Sorry for long post.)

OK:

Go to Picmonkey site: http://www.picmonkey.com/#

Click "Create a collage".

Click the blue "Open photos" square and upload whatever pics you'd like to use from your computer.

When you're done that, a default collage layout appears on the right side pane.

To choose a different layout, click the small divided-up square button from the toolbar strip on the left (says "layouts" when you mouse over it).  For a simple side by side thing, I'd go with the two-square "ducks in a row" option.  If you want it to be one on top of the other, just use the "rotate" button tool at the bottom of the layout area.

Now go back to your images by clicking the little mountainy-picture looking button on the toolbar (says "images" when moused over).

Drag & drop your images into the layout panes on the right.

Drag images around to desired position.

To change pane dimensions: hover mouse pointer over edges and divider lines of layout panes until 2-headed arrow appears; click & drag to desired positions.

To change spacing or border colour between photos, click the paint palette tool on the left toolbar strip (says "background" on mouseover), then use the sliders to achieve desired result.

When you're all done, at the top of the layout area, click "Save".

Enter a filename, choose a file size if desired, then hit the green "Save" button at the bottom.  Pick your destination folder and hit save, and you're done!

Hope it works for you and that my instructions made sense!  :)  Any questions please feel free to email me.

Cat!

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2013-04-05 01:04:59 AM
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2013-04-05 01:02:56 AM
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2013-04-05 01:01:08 AM
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2013-04-05 12:59:38 AM
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2013-04-04 10:47:03 PM
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tigerose: We have an Oppossum problem. There is a huge, possum who I have seen several times in the daytime..bright sun...very unusual. It doesnt look sick..in fact it is stout! Could be a pregnant female...is there a way to discourage to frm roaming my yard. I do not want Eli tackling this marsupial monster!


If female, it might be carrying the young in it,s pouch.. when they are born, they are tiny.. and stay in the pouch until they can get around on their own ..mammaries are in the pouch.. had a possum show up in my garage where I used to live.. stood there by my feet looking at me, belly dragging the ground.. figured that she might be looking for a safe place to have her brood.. didn't know about the pouch routine.. found a cardboard box, put some straw and grass clippings in it and put it down in front of her: she climbed in and lay down.. put the box in a corner.. two days later there were 11 babies in there with her.. mini- possums.. with teeth and all.. she stayed there for about three weeks, then moved on... she had the trust.. I would sit down by the box and the babies would crawl out of the box and all over me.. I could pick them up.. mama was totally cool with it...knew she was safe.. if you have a location away from the house where you could give her some privacy and Eli wouldn't go, she'd probably take you up on it....
2013-04-04 10:38:21 PM
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My MIL (no, that is NOT a typo) has informed us that her 3 y/o Maine Coon Cat Jasper has exacerbated her allergies to the point that Jasper needs to find a new home. Namely, HERE at Buck Manor! He is a bee-YOOT-i-ful cat and I can't wait to introduce him to you, but it probably won't be until next weekend. Only problem is he's been an outdoor cat all his life and that's just not gonna work in this neighborhood, so there will be a major lifestyle adjustment on his part.
2013-04-04 09:42:58 PM
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My favorite photo of Dinah, taken out on our porch a couple years ago. Tortitude, she hadz it!

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2013-04-04 09:25:09 PM
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It is with a heavy heart that I tell you, my Caturday friends, of my Dinah's passing into the Summerlands. Her 18 years in this world ended early Wednesday morning, as she was eased out of her old, tired, sick body into the next world. My daughter (a vet tech), our favorite kitty doc, another vet tech friend, and I were there to send her on her journey. Fare thee well, my old friend.

A retrospective:

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The Puce Guardian treatment

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2013-04-04 09:14:58 PM
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There is an animal in this pic....took me way too long to see it! :D
2013-04-04 08:23:39 PM
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lilyspad: spinach gunk: OMG!  Bacon!

Kittens and bacon!!!  This is going to be a GREAT Caturday!!!!


You say you want BACON with your kitties?  That can be arranged....

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