snowing...

Feb. 10th, 2012 10:43 pm
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It started snowing this morning. We now have about 4" or so but it is really nasty out there. I know this because Karren, Mike and I went on a Romy rescue mission to the Vet School. She was there having her glucose levels checked all day and then needed to come home. I love driving through a blizzard. Yes, at this point I think it qualifies. High wind and a lot of blowing snow. Roads have not seen sand or plow. My car's computer was having fun keeping me from slipping and sliding. I wondered how the getting wheel chair into building part was going to work but the sidewalk at the front entrance to clinic was snow free. It almost looked as if the sidewalk was heated but the handicapper slots were also snow free. They knew I was coming?!

Herself is home and curled up in front of a heat register. Twenty minutes until I can feed her.

Earlier today I shot this photo -- each flower had a little snow cap.

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Feb. 4th, 2012 12:20 am
sharon_dubois: (romy)

Romy came home today. She is severely pissed at me.

I went over to MSU and got lessons on how to give insulin injections to a diabetic cat before I got to take her home. They shaved spots on her shoulders to make it easier for me to see what I am doing. She looks funny but until I get the knack it is probably for the best.

There is a lot of fur on this cat so being sure that I actually get the insulin in her is necessary at this point.

Later this evening I got the biopsy results and the tumor was benign. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-) So I have to be very careful about Romy's diet, give her shots at each meal and she should do well. Giant sigh of relief!

sharon_dubois: (romy)
I had to actually turn on the furnace last night, I got home and it was TooDamnedCold (tm) without it. My cat with the long fur coat even complained about the temperature and was much happier as soon as warm air exited from the grates.

It is currently cold, raining and gray -- yuck. I was however greeted by this sight as I was opening my front door. Oh the many reasons I love Sugar Maples...

cats

Sep. 25th, 2011 04:15 pm
sharon_dubois: (romy)
Came home this afternoon to this kitty sleeping under a bush in my front yard. He/she made no attempt at communication other than to blink at me, unlike the neighbor's cat who is always trying to invite himself in.




Romy was sleeping on the chair by the door and didn't even open her eyes as I came in. Her usual "oh, it's just you so I don't need to make a fuss" greeting.

Friday I had another back procedure so I came home and sleep off the "joy" juice they shoot you up with. While I was still in this twilight I rolled over onto a feather something near my head and suddenly I woke up thinking that herself had dumped a dead bird on my head. Not! It was just a a cat toy that had been dragged near as a helpful reminder of my duties.

This is getting to be the time of year when a few stupid mice end up coming into the house so that Romy can relocate them to my bedroom. She only accidentally kills them -- to her they are simply self-mobile toys. I must be vigilant.

I need to get horizontal but will tell a tale of cats and critters later.

the 4th

Jul. 4th, 2011 11:28 pm
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It was a sunny but warm day. Humidity down so the 80-something F was OK.

Cami and I went looking for a place to view the fireworks at about 9pm. Both of our usual places (empty parking lots) had been locked up. No trespassing, etc. So I drove around the area until I found a place to put the car. I was on the street near the park were the city sets off its show and with a view of the baseball stadium where the Lugnuts do a smaller show.

We had both brought nosh so we did a small picnic and watched the hordes gather. As always there were a lot of illegal fireworks being set off. Pretty but how can anyone afford the things?

The show at the baseball stadium was very short but the city display was longer and better than usual. I wonder if someone donated for the fireworks.

I did not climb on the top of my van but these kids had a good view.


I don't recommend using your cellphone for pictures of fireworks but this is what I got.





The kitty girl was hiding in the closet when I got home and is now sitting next to my feet. She twitches/jumps as each boom happens. Hopefully it will quiet down soon and I can open the windows.
sharon_dubois: (romy)
After following her around the house for a bit, this is the best picture I could get. She did not want her portrait taken, I guess. Her Furriness is 9 years old today. Happy Birthday!


sharon_dubois: (romy)
... and herself is in her usual position. I'm not sure if she wants to catch the snow flakes or what but when it snows she is here.



And as I type this the sun comes out?! Mother Nature is a bit confused as to the type of weather we will have today but I don't mind. Guests are coming to my house later for dinner. Romy will probably ignore everyone just like she did last night.

Happy Holiday of your choice!
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Well actually in truth it is Thanksgiving. Just put a pie in the oven (picture will follow) and it was an experiment. I saw a recipe for a Maple Pecan Pie and thought it looked interesting so I wrote it down. When I actually started assembling the ingredients I found that there was much too much sugar in the stupid thing. So I compared it to my "It Doesn't Make Your Teeth Hurt Because It Is Too Sweet (tm) Pecan Pie". See I like pecan pie - carmelly custard with nuts tastes great but everyone makes too ghod awful sweet. So over the years I dinked with the recipe until I got it just right. Now I embark on a new adventure. I'll let you know how it turns out.

It is currently noisily raining. I looked out and the drops are not so organized as to be snow but not so liquid as to be rain. So I guess then it would be slushing out. Ground seems warm enough that it doesn't seem to be freezing or sticking. It is however making a lot of noise and disturbing Romy.

Good smells are starting to come from the kitchen.
sharon_dubois: (Zim-pig)
While sitting at the stoplight at Foster/Saginaw I've watched an on going Fall ritual. A pair of black squirrels are attempting to relocate many of the horse chestnuts from a tree north of Saginaw to some where south. Back and forth they go, nuts in mouth. Now this might seem like a smart operation except for the fact that Saginaw is a very busy four lane street. I hope that the next time I sit at the stop light a don't see squirrel smears on the road.

On a different note, also involving squirrels and cars, an enterprising fox squirrel has decided that my car makes a great nut cracker. This time the nuts involved are black walnuts from two houses down. Whole nuts are left in my driveway and broken nuts are harvested. It is making a mess in my driveway, but I applaud the plan. Romy thinks it is fun as well. She sits in the window and chitters at the beasts.

fun is...

Sep. 6th, 2010 09:52 pm
sharon_dubois: (romy)
Thought I would finish day of cleaning by throwing a bag of assorted paper in my recycle bin. As I did this a very large moth flew in. I mostly saw it as a silhouette as the lighting was terrible, back lit by the street light. It was approximately 5" across and I was trying to get it back out of the house before it became a cat toy. In other circumstances I would have actually turned more lights on and identified it but the fuzzy girl started chasing it and I wished to make sure that they each stayed in its proper place -- Romy inside, moth outside. Once the door was shut I thought about the size and coloration (brownish perhaps, certainly mid-value or darker). It was big enough to be a Antheraea polyphemus but I think it is too late in the year. I may never know but fun was had by the fuzzy girl and now I'm going to watch TV.

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