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Archive for February, 2009

Building an ark

My basement flooded AGAIN.  At this point, I may be best off building an ark and getting the cats life preservers and floating out of here.

Smiley from millan.net

My basement is a giant mud pit.  I will tackle it on Saturday. It’s gotten colder and is snowing now, so I nearly bit the pavement a few times this morning as everything is icy. There were a few streets totally under water in my neighborhood. I have REALLY had it with the Chicago sewer system. It’s flipping ridiculous!

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Louie drama

Louie went to the vet January 24, just for a routine check-up and anal gland expression.  The vet noted he could use a dental.  I asked if it would be okay to get it done in March or April, and he said that was fine.  I scheduled it for March 10.

Louie the goof

Louie the goof

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Hump-me the Tiger

You may have noticed our friend, Hump-me the Tiger, as the model for my recent crochet projects. There’s a story behind Mr. Hump-me the Tiger, as is probably self-evident from his name.

Hump-me the Tiger, modeling simple fluffy scarf

Hump-me the Tiger, modeling simple fluffy scarf

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I decided to go to Dress Barn over my lunch hour.  I figured I’d try on some size 16’s (the size I usually buy, if I can fit into “non-plus” clothes) and some size 14’s (in a moment of optimism).  Smiley from millan.net

First thing (little suit) I tried on was awful. Skirt (which was only available in size 14) was like trying to shove a way-too-generous sausage into its casing. Smiley from millan.net

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A couple questions were posed recently regarding diets for dogs versus cats.

Dogs are opportunistic carnivores, or omnivores, like human beings. If you can prepare healthy well-balanced meals for your human family, you can do so for your dog. Dogs might not only enjoy a homemade casserole, in fact they’d probably enjoy a side salad of greens and cottage cheese!

Cats, on the other hand, are obligate (true or strict) carnivores. Cats have been domesticated for significantly less time than dogs and even after choosing to live in proximity to humans, they retained their independent nature, and survived on rodents they hunted rather than table scraps.

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One day last week I brought in the mail, and saw an envelope with my address and the return address hand-written.  Those always get opened first, as they might actually be correspondence, not just another bill or offer.

I was perplexed when I looked closer and saw the return address was for Care Credit.  Care Credit is a credit card that can only be used for medical, dental, and veterinary bills.  I’ve had it for a couple of years and love it for those large unexpected vet bills (such as Studley’s attack of pancreatitis, Louie’s anal gland eruption, or Rumpelmintz’s sudden lack of appetite).

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Bok choy

Saturday was “errand day”. I took Rumpelmintz to the vet, made cat food, and got my hair cut (and highlighted – woo hoo!). Then I went to Kmart, dropped off some donated medications at the cat shelter, and stopped at Trader Joe’s to get groceries before going to Pet Supplies Plus to buy litter. Hectic day.

I love Trader Joe’s, but Trader Joe’s on a Saturday afternoon is NOT my favorite. Packed with people. Couldn’t enter some aisles. Carts lined up for the checkouts into the aisles themselves, making it nearly impossible to get anywhere. I persevered. I always start on the aisle furthest from produce, ending in the produce section. I’m still attempting to eat healthy, but the produce section is a challenge yet. There are the old stand-by’s of course, carrots, apples, etc. I’m trying to expand my horizons, though. So, I challenged myself to get a couple new things. This time, I opted for baby bok choy and minneolas. The minneolas resembled small oranges or tangerines, so I figured I could just peel them and eat them. Shouldn’t be hard.

There was a staff member nearby, so I asked her if she knew how to prepare the bok choy.
She had no idea. Well, I figured surely I could stir fry it or something?

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