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DANGER: CATS IN THE KITCHEN: Monday morning and my 18-lb cat is begging for Cheerios...

Monday, June 13, 2011

Puff is a great cat and begs for almost everything I eat.

However, Saturday night he got kind of crazy, jumped up on the stove and scrambled around making a ruckus. When I got over by the stove I discovered he had turned on the gas with one of his paws and luckily I actually saw this happen and turned off the gas which was on quite high.

The only solution to this problem I decided was to take off the knobs permanently except when using the stove. I found that the gas cannot be turned on unless the knobs or handles are in place.

One day I came home from work and the gas was on and my husband was unaware this had happened. I thought he had turned it on and forgot, but now I think Puff has done this before.

I would like to keep the cat out of the kitchen but would have to find a new place for the giant litter box (this cat is 18 lbs and somewhat of a mini-mountain lion). I know someone who suspects her cat started the fire that burned her house to the ground a few years ago. Life is full of risky things to watch out for. Sometimes it pays to be a pessimist.


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1MANKNEY 6/19/2011 10:56PM

    Oh, if you could only teach her to cook! emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/19/2011 9:51AM

    Cats are amazing creatures. Great idea on taking those knobs off!!

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GRAMMACATHY 6/15/2011 12:35AM

    Long ago I decided cats are intelligent aliens from outer space. They just act dumb to throw us off. But really how can such aloof creatures so effectively control us? Glad you came up with a knob solution.

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PURPLESPEDCOW 6/13/2011 11:21AM

    Good idea with the knobs. The water bottle trick works as long as you have it with you when the cat is doing something you don't want...going to look for it won't work!

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MCGS62 6/13/2011 9:03AM

    wooo All I can picture is an 18lb roasted marshmallow named puff!!

Better take those knobs off emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 6/13/2011 8:52AM

    Yikes! That's a good solution to a dangerous problem.

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SOPKAMANJU 6/13/2011 7:22AM

    oh no kitty... good idea that taking the knobs off emoticon

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MADKAPKID 6/13/2011 7:20AM

    Kitties....I have 3 and each has their own distinct personality. We had to put LuckyBoy on a diet cause he too weight in at 19.5 pounds. We found the right food and he is losing gradually. Has more energy too.

They do like a little mischief from time to time. Turning on the stove can be dangerous...for you and for him. THEY are very creative when it comes to doing what THEY want instead of what you want. GOOD luck in finding ways to retrain is mischief side. LOL Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 6/13/2011 6:50AM

    sounds like a real stinker! My cat was also quite large, I put him on a diet. Taz was NOT happy! I gave him 1/4 of a can each morning and about 1/2 cup of dry in evening. He has since slimmed down. I increased the can to 1/3 in the morning.
My Taz thinks he is a dog! He follows me all over the house. He also gets into much mischief!

What works well is get a spray bottle and turn it to squirt NOT spray so a long stream comes out, immediately when you see Puff doing something you don't want him to do shoot him with a squirt of water while saying NO in a loud voice. After awhile all you will need to do is hold the water bottle and say no, then no will do. It does work!

Good luck! emoticon

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HARTKITTY 6/13/2011 6:50AM

    Oh gosh, that really can be dangerous and they are just so bright and can work out all kinds of tricks that could hurt them. I also have one emotional eater - she won't eat unless you stand and love her and one very obese kitty and I am mad about my babies.

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DENRNAJ 6/13/2011 6:44AM

    I hear you! I have five cats- one is a foster from the shelter. They have become quite the creative force- jumping gates, throwing litter out of the box, shedding so bad that I think they are creating an entire other cat. The best one was when they discovered how to open things that are latched, like my coffee table storage area. They unlatched (I saw with my own eyes) and one day while I was at work, removed the contents. Naughty, naughty, naughty.
I'm glad that you caught Puff so you could stay safe!

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Since it's Sunday...I just had to rest and try not to worry about...

Sunday, June 12, 2011

those denied claims with my health insurance company. They don't open until 8 tomorrow morning....so...

I kept pretty busy today taking 2 friends out for brunch. (Involved driving about 40 miles)...then taking 1 of them to a grocery store..

Then I got the oil changed on the car...then I got a car wash and carpet shampoo.

Went shopping at an Asian grocery store and cooked squid and stir fried veggies with rice noodles for dinner.

I am pretty tired from all the running around and am just too tired to worry about those insurance denials for now. Just hope I can sleep better than I did last night.


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BE-THE-CHANGE 6/12/2011 9:43PM

    Try not to worry...it should all work out.

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MCGS62 6/12/2011 9:07PM

    keep on the doctors offices sometimes the billing people screw up the billing codes and have to resubmit the bill correctly.

Hope you get some rest!

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My health insurance company is driving me crazy!!!!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

So I was in the hospital a couple of weeks ago and I have already received denials of coverage for $20,000 worth of bills. I called them and they said they needed my Medicare information (I just became eligible on the 1st of May) and they said they had asked for this info and I had not sent it....they said they would reprocess my claims and it would be straightened out in 6 to 8 weeks....so I thought everything was okay....

And then just now I looked at my health insurance account on line and see they have denied some bills from back in March and April (about $2,500) worth of bills with another note of "insured has not given sufficient information." But I don't remember being asked for any information....

I find this very upsetting and sent them an email and asked them to contact me (I gave them my work number and my cell phone number) so I can give them this "missing information" and in the meantime I am really ticked off that I have to jump through hoops to get these bills paid...(I have never had problems like this before)....

The $2,500 worth of bills are for 2 months of edema clinic treatment which was ordered by a vascular surgeon I saw. I remember calling the insurance company before I started this treatment to be sure it was covered and they said it was. So I guess I am just perplexed by all the problems getting the bills paid.

I hope it is just a temporary SNAFU but if I end up owing $2500 for this I don't know what I will do other than take it out of my retirement fund and discontinuing further edema treatment (even though it is working so far).....

I want to scream, cry and run away from all the bull****...... emoticon

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CATLADY52 6/12/2011 5:17PM

    It seems to be par for the course with insurance companies. Hang in there. emoticon

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FITMARY 6/12/2011 3:53PM

    Try to stay calm. I'm having a similar problem with a visit my son had back in Nov.! They just can't seem to understand their own system and the many offices don't seem to talk to one another. But don't give up and try not to lose your temper or your patience (hard, I know!). You will get it worked out eventually! I agree: it does help to get the name of the person you are talking to and write everything down with dates. If you can get a sympathetic person at the agency, stay on the phone with them on hold while they call the hospital to ask your question and then come back on with you with the answer. That helped me with one charge. Still trying to arrange the other one...

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BE-THE-CHANGE 6/12/2011 5:16AM

    I do like being able to check this stuff online but I hate the fact that now they have stopped notifying you entirely. It's all on us to keep after it. I always try to check right away when we have had some sort of medical procedure done, but usually I am too early and it is still being processed. Then I forget to go back unti the next thing happens.

I hope they get it all straightened out quickly.

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SOFT_VAL67 6/12/2011 12:04AM

    my suggestion, not that it will help, is to always have a third party present when you speak to them on the phone, such as a friend, husband, relative on the other line, listening as a witness and also, if you can, record the phone calls, and let them know in advance, just as you get a notice on some phone calls that it may be recorded, let them know why you are recording it, always, always when you have to send them anything in the mail, pay the extra few dollars to have it certified and get the notice that it has been received by them.....its so messed up that the insurance companies deny people payments, etc and say we failed to send documents, etc, to them in time, but they take their sweet ass time getting anything to us....just as they are doing me over my surgery.
i attended an insurance class, and went to the state exam in frankfort ky to become a licensed insurance agent, i failed the exam by 7 points and boy am i ever happy i did....i would hate to be a glorified a@@hole....good luck to you

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MAMABECKTN1959 6/11/2011 9:41PM

    My husband and I have noticed the same problems with our company insurance plan, and I know my parents have run into the same problem. I have started getting the person's full name, date and time of conversations and writing the information down. I also request that they follow up with a statement in writing of the notation made to the account. It does seem to help. Also, show your doctor who ordered the tests, and see if they can't help as well with a written letter of the necessity. Hope the suggestions help a little. Good luck.

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Check out supercook.com It's Thursday....treat day at work...

Thursday, June 09, 2011

I resigned from the "treat list" over a year ago...

I still lust after those treats and try to avoid walking by the file cabinet where they put them on display...

I thought of starting an alternative treat group (with only healthy treats like veggies and fruit) but decided just to bring my own healthy treats instead as most of the people in my office don't eat very healthy foods.

Toiday I am bringing carrots, banana, watermelon and celery...all zero points on weight watchers....

P.S. I am holding my weight loss from last week.... emoticon

I learned somewhere (who knows where?) about a cool website called Supercook.com..... it is a web site where you find recipes based on items in your fridge and cupboards...

I have found and eaten 2 recipes so far...

First one: I put in ricotta and found a very neat dessert made in single servings for a chocolate pudding made with 4 ingredients: Ricotta, cocoa, splenda (or stevia) and water. Microwaved in less than a minute and delicious. Title is chocolate ricotta, very low calorie and tasty.

Second one: I searched for things to make with couscous and papaya...
Came up with a couscous pudding, made with couscous, fruit juice and topped with papaya. (This one has endless possibilities for different flavors of juice and various fruit toppings.)

Try it...my daughter said she found some ways to eat all the canned salmon she has on hand..

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CATLADY52 6/9/2011 1:41PM

    An interesting site. There can be an almost unlimited list of things in our cupboards that can be put together in ways that might be unusual a first.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 6/9/2011 1:05PM

    Sounds like a great treat!

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PATTYKLAVER 6/9/2011 6:46AM

    Great idea! I wish more people had that thought!

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Wednesday...hump day....

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Appt went well with dr yesterday. Another prescription to take.

My new goal for myself is to find a new internist and reduce the number of prescriptions I m on if possible. My list just keeps getting longer it seems.


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BE-THE-CHANGE 6/8/2011 9:00PM

    That sounds like a good plan!

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MOMMA48 6/8/2011 7:23PM

    emoticonI know what you mean -- one prescription after another -- and I wish I could get off a few myself. I hope you are able to and also to find an internist that you can work with to lower those meds and still feel well! emoticon

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