Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Monday night moon, Billie and bunny

Seed Moon? Feed me Moon?
Or Easter Moon?

Last night I took a picture of the full moon outside my kitchen window. On my calender it's called the Seed Moon. There is usually a full moon just before Easter. Notice the maple tree has not leafed out yet. I think if I looked very closely I might see buds.

For the kitties I call it the "Feed me moon". I stand right at the counter next to that window when I feed them and that what I said last night. Yes, I can be rather odd. :)

Billie is being so cute right now. All late morning and even right now, she is napping next to the little bunny I bought last year. She and I are worried about dear Miss Sweet Praline, who is getting a bump removed from her nose today. We are purring she makes a speedy recovery and is home to cuddle with her mommy tonight.

We are also holding Mis
ses Peach's family in our thoughts. Lapdaddy's brother has passed away and we feel sad for them. We understand how difficult it is to have beloved family members pass on. It leaves a hole in the heart that takes a while to heal over.

This weekend was another blah, do nothing one. I did some paper doll crafting; Alice and a faerie. Other than that, some house work and napping.
I'm still down, still tired.
Oh, our dishwasher finally croaked. And it did not smell good when it did. I actually smelled the motor burning out last night. For a person with a phobia of the house catching fire this was not a good thing! My husband checked it out and determined that it wasn't going to go up in flames. I guess we know where our tax refund is going!

So another week... I will get around to visiting and I hope everyone has a Happy Easter Week! Chocolate bunny's for everyone! And Nip Bunny's for the kitties of course!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Strike a Pose

Lady Cats

Miss Billie and Cricket love to strike poses in the evening. Usually around bedtime when the house is quiet and it's just me downstairs yet.
Like me, they do not like a lot of noise; loud talking, loud music, loud television. I'm wondering if some of the people in this house have hearing loss... ;)

Yesterday was a rather useless day. I did some crafting and then fell asleep. I have been so tired! I feel like a cat. Get up, eat a little, wash up, go sleep.

My husband is in the "planning stages" of working on things around the house. Um, okay... I know how this goes. He refuses to do any more woodwork stripping and staining thanks to Toeshee. He has made our doorways his personal scratching posts. He even manages to get his girth all the way up the door frame!

Other than house in disrepair issues and being worn out, there's not much going on. The kitties are doing well. Though Billie is being skittish and a little grumpy. She's eating really well and likes to be pet and cuddled, but when I try to clean her eyes or get a knot out she gets really irritable. Maybe, I can bribe her with some treats.

I will try to get some blog visiting in today and tomorrow.
Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mancat Silliness

Mancat silliness

Here are Cody and Toeshee showing off how silly they can be. They always seem to know when I need a little comic relief. Cody loves to drink out of my water glass. (No, I do not drink from it after he does.) :)
And Toeshee... Well, what can I say? Look at his belly!
"Ladies, this could ALL be yours!" Such a floof monster!

Spring came to Michigan in it's usual way; snow... So not funny! It melted by Sunday afternoon and I'm really hoping that's the last of it. We have crocus blooming and they didn't seem affected.

I saw Little Black Cat again. He ran from me when I tried to feed him. I feel so badly for him. I came in from that crying and my husband said that he wished strays wouldn't come to our house, because it always makes me sad.
But, if they didn't come to me, would anyone else feed them? I wish the world was a kinder place. Why can't the world be like our little Blogosphere?

Well, the sun is out and the temps are warmer, so I will try to be grateful for the little things.
I hope you all have sunny days and silly pets to bring a smile to your face!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

APurrfectly Mad Party

I'm 2 today!

Go Toeshee, it's your birthday, it's your birthday!

I'm a 2 year old manly mancat! These are my official two year old pictures. Momma hopes I will calm down now. Ha ha. She now thinks my party theme should have been Where the Wild Things Are instead of Alice, but we like Alice. The Mad Hatter cake is for the Beans. Sorry ladies, no Johnny Depp. :(
But, the cake is chocolate! the Cheshire Cat cake is a tuna cake with cream frosting infused with nip.
I have little nip mousies with extra nip to play with and Momma says we can trash the house, because it's well on it's way to being a big mess anyway.
Later she will make salmon for dinner.
So, party on kitties! Thank you for being my friends!

Momma Lorianna: I will try to make time to do some visiting today. I could not get a moment's peace yesterday! Aren't those cakes cool? I wish I could make cakes like that. I can bake cakes fairly well, but decorating is not my strong point.
I hope you all have a wonderful day. Thank you for sharing Toeshee's Birthday with me. :)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Eatin' o the Green!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Toeshee is eating his cat grass in celebration.
It is sunny and in the 60's today! So nice.
Tomorrow is "Mr. T's" birthday and I hope to post a little party for him.

Toeshee: I will be 2 years old! A mancatly Mancat! I even have a girl friend. Her name is Jelly Bean. I don't think she is a cougar though. I think she is Siamese, or Burmese, or something exotic like that. She is so beautiful and floofy! (Blush...)

My party is going to have an Alice in Wonderland theme. Chesire cat and Mad Hatter. Momma found the cakes online. She wishes she could really make cakes like that.
We hope you have a really Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Nipped at night

Nipped at Night

Hi efurryone! It's Miss Billie recovering from a Nip Party I had with Toeshee last night.
Momma gave it to us before she went to bed and it totally chilled us out!

So, how is efurryone? Momma lit candles all weekend for kitties and peoples.
She woke up at 3:30 this morning with a fever and lots of hurty joints. Another RA flare. She thinks it's because she hasn't been taking both shots of medicines due to some money problems. Her doctor told her she must take both to start feeling better. She finally got the refill for the one that makes her queasy, so this week she gets two pokes. Hopefully she will start feeling better after that settles in.

We have had a visitor come and go around our house. Momma calls him Little Black Cat. He would not let her come near him until a couple of nights ago. It was raining and he was on the porch with Sylvester. Momma took food out for both of them, thinking LBC would just run away, but hoping he would eat.
He didn't run away! He meowed very sadly and broke Momma's heart. His eye was runny and half closed. While Sylvester happily ate, Momma nudged the plate over to LBC and he started eating right in front of her.
She went back in and got him some more food.
He has not come back since. Momma feels very sad for him.

Why, oh why do humans not get their kitties fixed?! We do not understand it.
We hope LBC knows that he is not alone in this world and that someone cares. Momma will have a gentle hand, loving words and good food waiting for him if he comes back. And us kitties, safe in our house, will not be jealous.

We hope you all have a week filled with Love. Toeshee's 2nd birthday is Thursday, so Momma will try to post a party here. Knowing Toeshee it will be a wild and crazy party!

~Miss Billie~

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Purrs For Herman

Purrs For Herman

Please keep sweet Herman and his Mommy Karen Jo in your thoughts. Herman's FIV is active again and he has not been feeling his usual playful self. He now must take Interfuran ,which hopefully will keep the virus from getting too much of a foothold. His mommy is understandably very worried.

Karen Jo adopted Herman from a shelter, knowing about his FIV status, but wanting to give him a loving and happy home anyway.
He has blossomed under her love and is a wonderful, loving kitty.

I am holding you both in my heart and I will whisper your names as I light my candles, especially the candle in my kitty votive holder, tonight.


Monday, March 8, 2010

The Almost Fight

The Almost Fight

Toeshee: I am thinking about starting a fight!

Cricket: Try it and I will EAT you!

Toeshee: No you won't!

Cricket: Really? Go on. Try me. Come on fluffy butt floof for brains, bring it!
It might take me a while, but I'll chew you up and take a nice bath and nap afterwards.

Toeshee: Gulp... Momma! Cricket is scaring me again!

Cricket: Hee hee! It's just too easy!

Lorianna: All this before I finished my coffee! Happy Monday!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Rude Awakening

Who popped the bubble wrap?

Not us Momma!

So I received a lovely parcel of little pressies, including posh little leopard print catnip mousies, from Lovely Helena. (Thank You Helena, you are wonderful!)
In this box was bubble wrap. Big bubbles, big bang when popped. Especially at 3:00 am!

I was in the middle of somewhat precarious sleep to begin with. Cricket was on my legs as usual and Miss Billie was on my left side. Daddyman was snoring blissfully and the boy kitties were I think, somewhere upstairs. Suddenly I woke up to this loud Pop! Pop! Pop!
Scared the life out of me! See, I think a little background is needed to explain why I thought it was something very scary.

A couple of summers ago we had a very rainy couple of weeks. The house being old, has old wiring and my husband had not been able to get to all of it. (He's very good at wiring anything electrical.) It seems that some of the wiring didn't like the damp air. (this is my husband's reasoning for why it happened out of the blue)
The light switch in our dining room sparked. I mean flames shot out of it! And it made a loud POP noise as it did. I was absolutely terrified and even though power in the house didn't go out I turned off anything that was on. The sparking barely lasted a few seconds and then all was eerily calm. I called my husband at work. "Flames shot out of the dining room wall!"
He rushed home to find a freaked out wife and daughter. The cats were not fazed a bit of course even though I got out the PTU's ready to carry them out of our money pit, death trap house.
He turned off the breaker and got all the tools and wiring needed to do what needed to be done. A half hour later all was fixed. I saw the scorch mark on the plaster in the wall which was pretty scary. The metal box the switch is set into prevented it from catching fire.

So, being sleepy, with that memory in the back of my mind, I awoke to the popping noise terrified that it was happening again, this time in the family room.
No. It was bubble wrap. Being popped by my daughter and her boyfriend while they ate Ramen noodle soup and watched X Files.
Not only did it frighten me and my husband, the cats were really upset. Cricket flew off the bed. I think poor Billie halfway fell off the bed as she tried to jump off. And the two boys were no where to be found.

The teenagers sheepishly apologized, though I got the feeling they thought I had lost my mind. I didn't express anger, just complete fear and sleepy confusion. Husband just grumbled and fell back to sleep. (Of course.)

Anyway, that was my night. I'm tired. The kitties are napping. The bubble wrap is still here, but only because Cody seems to like the padding in the box as you can see from the picture. That cat has never met a box that he hasn't tried to crawl in and nap in.

I hope nothing goes bump or pop in the night for any of you!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Cats, Crafts and Cleaning

Wake us when it's Springtime

Hey all. How are you? Mr. Cody here to say hi.

And me Toeshee!

Cody : We heard Robins singing this morning. There is still lots of snow outside, but the sun is shining today. I want Momma to let me out to inspect the gardens, but she said no. We have to wait for the snow to melt and the temperatures to warm up. I am going stir crazy!

Toeshee: Just eat and nap and play with our cat toys Cody.

Cody: I don't like your idea of playing Toeshee. You jump and wrestle and bite! I like to play chase and hide -n- seek, but I hate it when you sink your teeth into me!

Momma Lorianna: These two boys of mine are a handful. They are more rowdy than the girls and eat more often too. Boys will be boys right? :)

I am hoping to get a cordless vacuum this weekend. It will make cleanup so much easier for me. Yesterday I swept the stairs, the hallway and the litterbox area. It was such a pain, literally and figuratively. The cat hair on the steps was like tumbleweeds!

I have been taking a different pain reliever called Tramadol. I take it with an acid reducer and an anti nausea drug. It is just okay as far as pain relief. It makes me a bit spacy, which I guess helps one not focus on the pain as much. But I don't think there is anything thing out there that can take away this kind of joint pain. It's just a matter of learning to live and function despite it. Most days, I think that's possible. I'm still waiting for that magic wand to take away the Sads and the pain.

I have been doing some crafting again, which is a really nice way to unwind. I have been making altered tags and envelopes for Easter. Lots of rubber stamping, glitter, ribbons, and coloring.
If anyone would like one, just let me know! I have six done so far and can usually manage about two a day. And Easter isn't even here until early next month! You will be doing me a favor, because me hands need the physical therapy and my mind needs something happy to focus on.
e-mail me at lfeecat@jasnetworks.net if you would like a card. They're not exactly masterpieces but, they are made with Love.

Have a really Happy week!

Cody and Toeshee: Bye! Hugs and Purrs!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Yoga Kitteh!

Yoga stretch.

Hi efurryone! Miss Billie here to say Hi. It's been a wee bit since I had a chance to blog!
As you can see, I take breaks from napping occasionally to get in some Yoga practice. Momma bought the mat for herself, but she has been having a hard time doing a lot of the poses. Usually she just ends up in "Child's Pose" and hopes she can get up from it!

So one morning while we were watching her she decided that we would probably have more fun on the mat than she was. She sprinkled NIP on it and put some toys rolled in more NIP on top of that!

Talk about a party! I am nearly a 15 year old ladycat and I had a blast! So did Toeshee. Cody was more than happy to eat some NIP and go sleep. Cricket sat in a corner and glared at us. She came out later to play after we left.

The mat feels cool and springy under my paws and I can dig my claws in without hurting it. Momma would love to keep it rolled out for us all the time, but it takes up too much room in the family room and the Daddyman got cranky about it.

Momma would like some cleaning advice. She is having difficulty sweeping up our litter. Not all of it will sweep up. She thinks it's the old broom she's using and is wondering if any of you have a favorite brand of broom or a really good way to get all the litter off the floor. She saw a cool one in the store that said it was for pet clean up, but it probably was for fur.

We hope you all have a really great weekend!

Cuddles and Purrs~
Miss Billie~

Monday, February 22, 2010

Cricket feels better!

A little privacy please!

Well, really! Momma discussing my personal potty problems! And what that VET did to me? Oh, unspeakable!
I am feeling much better. I'm crabby, but just normal crabby for me, not all growly and hiding.

Toeshee tried to act as if he wanted to be Alpha cat after I came home from the VET. He tried to jump me and start a fight. The nerve! Momma had to squirt him with the bad cat water bottle to get him to stop.

The next day when I felt much better, I let him have it! I hissed and swatted and him until he was cowering and behaving like the big baby that he is. I rule with an iron paw around here and Toeshee needed to remember that!

Momma worried herself into another flare up in her joints. She thought that the Enbrel was starting to help a little, but when she gets worried or upset and the weather gets bad she gets extra hurty. Right now she's worried about me getting tummy troubles again and not keeping up with visiting bloggie friends. She still has the big sads, but she is just accepting it, hoping it will ebb away like the tides. I think she just needs a long winter's nap with me and Billie until the Robins return.

Thanks to you all who sent me well wishes. I think your good thoughts helped me. I might try the pumpkin, but I do not like people food, so I will probably find it unsuitable.

Have a Happy week and remember to be a little bit Naughty Kitties!


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tummy Troubles for Naughty Noodle

Purrs for Cricket

Cricket is at the Vet right now, waiting for x-rays. She has been having difficulty passing bowl movements and threw up her breakfast yesterday. She did not eat at all today. The Vet will check for any blockages or a foreign object, but she isn't usually one to eat strange things, so I don't know...

My poor baby! She was so lethargic this morning and last night, while she did sleep on my legs as usual, every time I moved she growled at me. I know she must be really uncomfortable.

Oh! Just now the Vet called! Cricket had lots of hard poo impacted in her colon! They gave her an enema and she passed some. They want to keep her until early this evening and she may need another enema. Poor Naughty Noodle! :( The Vet recommended canned pumpkin to perhaps keep her regular. I don't know if she'll eat that. I'm thinking less crunchies on the side of her wet food. No wonder she was so cranky! How miserable she must have been.
What is it with my kitties and their digestive tracts? First Cody with his massive hair balls and now Cricket with her poo. Yuck!

My husband is not real pleased right now. $$$ has been flying out at a regular rate lately. Our health insurance is not the greatest this year. I just wish we could get a break! I imagine this will cost around $400.00, because that's how much it cost for Cody. Thank goodness for VISA!

I am just so glad that my Nurse Cricket will be home to sleep with me tonight. I hope she eats a big plate of stinky goodness for me.

Thank you all so much for your Love and Kindness. You are just The Best Ever! We all here at Twilight's Muse Love You.

Purr that Cricket can feel better and not have a tummy ache any more.
Now, let's just hope Billie and Toeshee will keep feeling well!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Swimming to the surface

Beyond Blue...

Well, it's been quite a while. The only true, wonderful, purely sweet things seems to be my kitties and their antics and love.

My husband's father passed away a couple of weeks ago. It came much faster than anyone expected. The cancer was just beginning to cause him pain, but perhaps mercy visited, as it was his heart that gave out in his sleep.

He had been afraid of suffering and wasting away as his brother had and he missed his beloved sister Grace, who had gone before, just a month ago.
My husband understandably took it hard for a bit, but he is moving on fairly well. He said losing his Mum when he was 16 was much worse.

Even before dad passed I had been struggling with depression. Every day had been harder to get through. I can't seem to pinpoint one thing over the other that has me so emotionally incapacitated. I stay in my pj's most days, only pulling on jeans and a sweatshirt to get some groceries. My husband sometimes drags me out for coffee, but I can't wait to get back home and nap. I have not been able to find a good pain reliever yet, so rest and hot baths and showers are a refuge.

I have three books started and I can't finish any of them. I re read the same paragraphs over and over before tossing them aside. I stare at the tv and not really notice what I'm watching. It's just noise to fill the silence.

I haven't turned on my computer for nearly a month. I've been afraid to blog. What could I say? This. All I have right now is how sad I am. Yay, what fun for you to read!

Now, my fingers hurt again and for what? A sad blog entry...

I know I need to snap out of this. My kitties are all happy and healthy right now and they should be the stars of this blog. Perhaps after some time I will do an overhaul of the blog.

Thank you ALL for being so kind! Karla told me that my friends have been worried and I was very surprised. She said that Spring will come. I just have to hold on to that.

Cricket is now, quite full of herself after saving me. She wants a nurses cap
a paycheck and two weeks paid vacation. We settled on unlimited Fancy Feast in her favourite fishy flavors.

Billie and Cody are doing really well. Billie has taken to sleeping on my bed a lot, so I bring her food up there. Today, she actually came downstairs and is napping on the sofa. Maybe she knows I'm finally blogging.

Toeshee is his usual naughty, sweet little clown self. He loves to chase the cursor on my husbands laptop. Look at his funny, cute little face.

I hope you all aren't mad at me, but I understand if you are. I wish and hope I can swim to the surface of this deep blue pool I have fallen in.


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Someone Saved My Life Tonight

Cricket saved me.

Hi everyone. For most of this month I have been in a really bad RA flare up. The pain is constant. I went to my doctor last week and had x-rays to see how much joint damage has been done. The Methotrexate I have been on is just not working any more. I will be starting Enbrel along with a half dose of Methotrexate now. It's an injection once a week too.
My doctor called in a prescription for Vicoden for me because my pain was so unmanageable. Vicoden contains an opiate, which I discovered the hard way, I am allergic to.

I took a dose last Thursday so I could feel well enough to make dinner. At first I just felt a bit light headed, which was strange, but normal for that drug. I went upstairs just to lie down for a bit. By the time I reached my room I felt very, very sick to my stomach and the dizziness was overwhelming. I pretty much crashed on the bed and saw black.

Then I felt a rough tongue licking my hand. I opened my eyes to see Cricket staring at me. I closed my eyes as another wave of nausea and dizziness overcame me and the world went black again. But, once again I was roused by a persistantly rough tongue. I opened my eyes and she stopped licking and stared with what looked like concern into my eyes. Every time I closed my eyes Cricket would begin licking my hand and when I opened them she would stop and stare with those big green eyes searching my face. Finally, I was able to keep my eyes open and made myself sit up. I practically crawled off the bed and down the steps and Cricket followed me as if making sure I made it down. Then I was sick and barfing for most of the evening. If I had passed out I could have thrown up and well... choked on it. Plus my breathing had slowed down a bit as I hit the bed. She kept me awake.

Cricket saved me, I'm sure of it. She truly is a wonderful nurse kitty!

Now, I must deal with my pain with over the counter pain meds and hot baths and rest. I hope the Enbrel can start kicking the RA monster's butt soon. Until then, I am learning to take it easier on myself. No big dinners for the family every night, no obsessing over house cleaning.

My hands are throbbing and stiff and my left hip especially is so painfull. I'm tired of feeling so cruddy, but I'm so thankful for my kitties. Having pets really does make one feel better. They are funny, naughty, sweet, purring bundles of love. Never underestimate how much they are tuned into us.

Yes, this gives Cricket a free pass to basically get away with anything. :) Even my husband had to admit that she probably was concerned in her own weird way.

My daughter has made a full recovery and is now going to her college classes, complaining all the way. That's how I know she feels better. She hates adhering to a schedule. ;)

My husband's dad has now gone into Hospice. He is not doing well. He has fallen twice this past week and his heart is in "A Fib". We jump whenever the phone rings now, wondering if it's bad news about him.

I am trying to downplay how hurty I am so my husband doesn't feel any more stress. All in all, it's been a rough month. A long, cold month.

I miss visiting my bloggie friends so much! I haven't forgotten anybody okay?

My kitties and I send you love and purrs. I will try to visit when I get some free moments. I'm going to rest my hands for a bit now.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Be Nice 2010!

Oy! What a week!

Forgive us while Momma has nervous breakdown # 531.

The Teenagergirl's throat did not heal as well as expected. This past Sunday she started spitting out lots of bloods! Momma and The Daddyman took her to the ER and she had to have a spot in her throat cauterized. They had to put her under for that.
She is starting to feel lots better now. Seeing her daughter cough up all that blood made Momma cry, but she tried to be brave for Teenagergirl. The doctor said blood always looks like more mixed with saliva.

Cricket: This whole conversation about bloods is kinda bordering on the oogie! I'm just glad she is okay now!

Toeshee: Yes, and now maybe she can eat more delicious foods! I love delicious foods! I have been so bored lately. There are no birdies outside to watch.

Cricket: It has been boring. Cody played with me a few days ago, despite the limp he seems to have. Momma is thinking he might have a touch of arthritis, given his age. Better be nice to him Tubby, or you'll get the squirt bottle of water aimed in your direction!

Toeshee: Stop calling me Tubby! I'm big boned is all!

We hope you all are handling the Mid-winter blues okay. We would like to extend our sympathy and sadness to Whickey and his family over the loss of Angel. Another Furbaby Angel has joined many at the Rainbow Bridge.

Momma must play the catching up game with bloggie friends again.
We love you!