April 28th 2012 9:03 pm
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I am a diary pick today and this as been the only bright moment in our house this week. Maybe in the last two weeks even.
Mom's Mom (our Grandma) was in the emergency room 4 times in 8 days. She was having horrible nosebleeds and they can't figure out why. She is on blood pressure meds, but she is not on blood thinners. They think it might be a sinus infection. Thank goodness Mom isn't squeamish about blood, because she sure saw alot of it. This started happening before she went away and Aunt Anita and Mom's cousin checked in on grandma while Mom was away.
Then Thursday came. Mom started her day at 3AM with a call from the hospital that Grandma was being discharged from the ER. Turns out, Grandma has a bad nosebleed at night, called 911 and Mom didn't even know until the hospital called to say "Come and get her".
Later that afternoon, Mom was home, trying to get a nap, when the phone rang. More bad news. One of Mom's best friends died of a massive heart attack. Mom was exhausted, devastated and an emotional wreck. She made a bunch of phone calls and went to bed.
Friday she went with friends to his house to help the family clean and get things ready for the funeral. She also did Grandma's banking and got her groceries. She was gone most of the day.
******A note from Mom. I truly am heartbroken. I haven't cried like this since my father passed away. He was such a good friend. He knew me better than I knew myself. He loved to text (every time I hear that chime, I still expect it to be him), he loved to talk, but he was also an awesome listener that knew just the right things to say to make you feel better. We would sometimes meet for coffee and a 10 minute chat in the Dunkin Donuts parking lot (We both liked Krispy Kreme better, but that was too far away). I loved him like a big brother. I have no regrets, I always told him how much I appreciated his friendship and how much he meant to me. I just wish we could have had more time together. I miss him so much.
April 18th 2012 7:47 pm
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Hi Everybody! Guess what time it is? It's Aunt Anita time! Yep, Aunt Anita is coming to stay with us over the weekend. Mom is going to Altoona for a bowling tournament and we are staying home and having a party!
Some of our new friends have not heard of Aunt Anita. She is Mom's good friend and co-worker for many, many years. She always comes to stay with us when Mom goes away. She adores us and spoils us rotten. She used to have cats but when they went to the bridge they got a rescue dog named Piper.
Aunt Anita hasn't been here to stay with us since the fall. She has been here to visit, but not to stay. She is coming over tomorrow night to just refresh her memory for where all our stuff is and to get the rundown on who gets what to eat. Then she will be back to stay with us Friday.
I have to gather the little ones together and school them on what we do when Aunt Anita comes to visit. Mom tells us that we have to be on our best behavior, but that is not true. We can get away with just about anything, if we can give her "the mushy eyes" You know that adorable look we give the humans when we want something or when they catch us being bad. You kind of put your head down, seductively swish the tail and then slowly turn your head and blink at them.
She has let me eat on the kitchen counter (Mom would have a fit). But I just give her the eyes or a head bonk and she melts like jello. Want extra treats? Want to be brushed? Want to sit in the open window even if it is 50 outside? Just use your talents!
Mom is taking her tablet and got a room with wi-fi so we hope we can stay connected and not miss anything. Stay safe everyone and if you are in the area, come party with us and Aunt Anita!
Love and purrs, Skylar
April 2nd 2012 7:32 pm
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Funny story.... I think you have to have cats to appreciate this....
Mom was a Continuing Education workshop today for her job. There were about 60 people there. She was sitting with some people that she knew and some strangers. The ladies got talking about pets and one of the women, who Mom does know, asks her "So, how many cats do you have now"? Mom smiled at her and said, "9". The lady said, "Really, Can you name them?"
Was it a quiz? Did she not believe Mom? I guess the question could have been asked differently. So Mom goes through our names and ages. And the lady asks, "Where do you put them?"
Ummmm?????? It's not like my Mom says she collects 6ft statues. Where do you put them? Oh, how to answer....Down the cellar. Out in the garage. Up in the attic. In storage boxes.
I don't know about your house, but we can't really put a cat anywhere that they don't want to be.
She realized the humor of her comments and we got a good laugh. Besides having 9 cats, the other thing Mom has is a sense of humor.
But I have to ask....Do you have cats? Where do you put them?
March 30th 2012 1:56 pm
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Here's the good news! I am out of lock-up. And I am a Diary Pick today.
I am still on the antibiotic, sneezing once in a while, but feeling so much better. Thank you so much for your purrs, prayers, gifts and easing Mom's worried mind.
Here's the bad news.....Pretty much every cat, with the exception of Rusty and Murphy, are sneezing! It is like there are sneezes from every corner of the house. Mom is pretty sure she saw the walls move when Ivan sneezed.
Roni wound up at the vet yesterday, because her fever was very high. She is doing much better today. She in turn gave it to her sister Maedia, who passed it to Ivan, who gave it to Percy, who it turn gave it to Skittles. By the way, it all started with Daisy! Who is fine now, but lonely because all her playmates want to do is sleep! Rusty actually played chase with her today.
The doctor said that it pretty much has to run its course. The fever is actually the bodies way of fighting the infection. Unless the fever gets too high, we should just let nature take over and do its thing.
Mom is frustrated that we all got sick. She cleans like a fanatic, and still we picked this up. She is forever cleaning boxes, running the sweeper, washing blankets, cleaning our bowls and the fountain. She wishes she could have prevented it.
Thanks for all your love,
March 26th 2012 7:04 pm
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Hi Everybody! I wanted to let you know that I am starting to feel better. I am eating and drinking but still sneezing. Mom does think my congestion is breaking up and that things sound "looser". I am still sneezing, but nowhere near as much.
Mom brought me into the bathroom today when she took her shower. She shut the door and I took a steam bath. It felt pretty good. She sat me down on the toilet seat when she got in the shower, but I felt adventurous and wound up between the shower curtain and the liner. I even stuck my head in the shower and startled Mom!
I am still in solitary confinement, but I don't really mind. I'm getting my rest and enjoying having the window perch all to myself. Rusty, Roni and Daisy have all been spotted sitting outside my door. I'm not so sure that they miss me; I think they miss the view of the backyard from the perch.
Mom checked in with our regular vet and they said just to keep in touch and check in every day. It sounds like they don't want to see me! MOL! I must have really been a terror the last time I was there!
Thank you all for your purrs, prayers, comments and gifts and well wishes. They mean alot to us, especially Mom who was really nervous! Mom was at Petco yesterday and was talking to a guy that works there. He is a "Cat Guy" and Mom often talks to him. Mom mentioned the lysine treats, our Petco doesn't carry them, but he told her of a local store that has them. Mom is going to get us some and the Digestive aid that Lacey recommended, since now two of us have been on antibiotics!
The Petco Cat Guy made Mom smile yesterday. When she was at the register, they always ask about adding a donation to either the Petco Foundation or the Petco Local Fund. (We forget the proper names). Mom rounded up her a couple of bucks, not much, just to make an even amount. Cat Guy grinned at her and said "Are you sure? , you have 9 cats, we should be donating to you? It was a sweet! I wouldn't go that far....but I think we should get a group discount! MOL!
March 24th 2012 8:49 pm
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Today was such a rotten day. Mom had to take me to the Emergency Vet. I started sneezing on Thursday night and still was sneezing today and having trouble breathing through my nose. I had my midnight snack last night, but didn't want to eat today. I didn't even come downstairs this morning.
So, into the carrier for the 35 minute ride. I was quiet in the car, another sign. We had a really nice doctor, who even remembered my brother
Rusty from when he was there in the fall (He must have made quite an impression).
It seems I have an Upper Respiratory Infection. I got antibiotics and an appetite stimulant to make me eat. I did perk up and even manage to get a few good growls in at the doctor. They wanted to do a chest x-ray, but doctor felt they would have had to sedate me and mom doesn't like to do that because of my heart defects.
So we came back home, I had a little bit of canned chicken and took a nap. Mom has me separated from the others so that no one else gets sick and so that they let me get some rest. Mom offered me a midnight snack tonight, but I really didn't want anything.
I guess we will give the meds a chance to work and see how I am feeling in the morning. We do have to follow up with our regular doctor, Mom has to call them on Monday.
Mom is worried about me, especially because of my heart problems. The doctor agreed that it is more serious because the infection can settle around the heart. Mom is hunt down the e-mail address for my cardiologist (his practice is in the same location but has a new name) and check in with him.
I am so glad that Ollie's brother Alfie just agreed to be our Family Guardian Angel. He is taking all 9 of us under his big wings. I feel better just knowing he is there, watching over me. (Funny thing...on the way to the ER Vet we were following a delivery truck that had all of its information in french. Mom got closer to him and it turns out he was from Quebec. We zipped along in the passing lane behind him for a while. It was a sure sign that Alfie was there with us.
Please keep me in your purrs and prayers. Me and Mom would really appreciate it. Thanks! Love, Skylar
February 19th 2012 2:55 pm
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You may remember me writing about our cold weather visitor, Baby. She was a stray that was living in our yard. She was trapped and spayed in December and then released back to the yard. She had the nice warm box, closed in under the picnic table.
You may recall she wound up in our mudroom when it got really cold in January. You might have heard me ask "where is this leading?".
Some of you were correct! Of course, she would wind up inside.
From the mudroom, to the kitchen, to the rest of the house. Yep, she is here to stay. Mom was hesitant to add her page; she wanted to make sure that things would work out first. If taking her in was going to cause problems for any of us established residents, Mom knew she would have to try to find her another home.
She is actually very good. A little shy with the humans at times, but on the whole, she has been no problem at all. She eats with us & has been using the litterbox faithfully. She loves to play; either by herself or with us. She loves to wrestle and chase Percy. They go racing from one end of the house to the other. She seems to understand that she is the new kid on the block and found her place in the order. She doesn't even try to play with Rusty or Murphy, although she will give them a sweet little head nudge from time to time.
We had originally named her Baby, but every time we called her Maedia would turn her head (because we sometimes call her Maed-ee) The sound was just too close. Then we tried Babette, but she didn't seem to like it ( How Mom would know that is beyond me!) So we settled on Daisy and all seem to be in agreement that it works (even Daisy!)
So please, come see my new little sister, visit Daisy and send us a friend request.
February 18th 2012 6:28 pm
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Please read Art Blakely's diary entry about a Catster family that desperately needs help. They are looking for homes for six beautiful cats.
Please also keep them in your thoughts and purrs. Thanks.
February 5th 2012 7:38 pm
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Hi Everybody! Guess what? I want you to meet someone...
Meet Grace, my special Valentine. She caught my eye a while back, but I was a little too shy to say anything. I guess the cat has my tongue when she is around. MOL! I think she is very pretty and sweet.
I realized we have a few things in common. We both like cuddling, catnip mousies and Cheese!
Grace has an older brother, Casey and a brother Leo who is really only a few months older than she is. She also has a doggie sis named Zoe. What a beautiful family!
I asked Grace to by my Valentine the other day and I am so thrilled that she said yes!
Hugs and purrs,
January 19th 2012 5:52 am
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Ok...last time I wrote, I was complaining that I uploaded new photos and that you coulcn't see them on my page and that my Plus Photo Book was missing. Mom composed a letter to the watchcats who checked everything out and got back to us this morning. Ready for the answer?
It was not fleas! It was not Catster! Oooops.... that can only mean one thing!
It was my secretary's fault. She kept forgetting to check the box in the photo manager where it says to "display photo yes or no". Ooops. Mom's bad! Hard to beleive we have been here this long and made such a silly mistake. We will blame Brain Freeze. Or Brain Farts. Or too many niptinis. Or Scatterbrainopathy.
So my friends, in case you missed it...check out our temporary? boarder, Baby, and anything else you might have missed.
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