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Orzo hasn't gotten under the blankets yet, but he will get down in them where they can come up around him a little bit. When I first got him I would not see him for a few hours at a time and finally found out that he would go downstairs and curl up in a comforter in the laundry room. Now he just goes into the bedroom and curls up on the bed. Of course, I didn't have a bed in there before last September.

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Darlene, that's why I have baby blankets galore. Mickey and Chrisy used to love for me to make them Tents on the sofa. Garfy can't help himself and pounces on Chrisy if I do this now.
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I know that tigers will swim and play in water. When I went to Florida with my folks we went to Busch gardens and they had white tigers that would swim and play in the water. So it would stand to reason that some cats will like water. Orzo isn't one of them. He accidentally jumped in the tub before the water all ran out one time (he likes to get in there after I've had a bath, I guess cause it is warm then) and was in total shock when he realized he was in the water. He got out in a hurry. He likes to stay in warm places like the sun, curled up in my bed covers, in front of the heater. He also likes to drink the hot water.

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MaryAlice, how great is that. A wild animal thought of you as a friend. I fed a feral 10 years ago and she finally introduced me to her 2 litters. I contacted alley cat allies and they told me of a local group that would catch and neuter her clan. The condo was trying to get her and her babies sent to the pound where they would be killed so I had them sent to a farm. They lived their lives out there and I called them Mama Cass and the Barnyard Brats. There were 7 in all. But it cannot compare to knowing that an ocelot thought it was safe enough to trust you with het family. You are amazing!

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10/21/14 10:33 A

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"Many things which cannot be overcome when they are together yield themselves up when taken little by little."
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Good morning, I beautiful day. Mutt and I went for a 3 mile walk. Nothing on the job front, but a new day.

They blow my tummy up with air, made it all flabby, and wouldn't let me do add exercises for a month and a half. I waist was 2 inches bigger, I weighed the same, when they said I could do my exercises. This morning I weigh the same, no loss, but my waist is back where it was before the operation.

We use to have an osalot, before she took bush. I never saw her swim, but she took showers with us and played in water. She eat chickens, 2 chickens a day. In case you are wondering an osalot is the smallest of the big cats, only getting to 40 pounds. Yes they are endangered, no you can't keep one for a pet in the US. We were not in the US, her mother was killed by poachers when she was too young to care for herself, no one knew how to raise a wild animal, so we raised her as a house cat. We only lived about 10 miles from where her mother was killed. When she was 2 and about 35 pounds she started spending more and more time in the bush and less time at the house, till she didn't come home anymore. About a year later an osalot with 2 kittens came to the pond for drink while it was light. Osalots came for water late in the night. There is only one reason we can think of why this mother felt safe in bringing her kittens to the pond during the day. Yes we knew what time each kind of animal came to the pond. On full moons we would sit out on the porch and watch the parade.

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Actually, some breeds of cats do like to swim. Not all cats hate water. A couple of mine actually like water.
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Our Norwegian Forest cat Nipper, loves the water. LOL
According to what I have read, not only on this link, but on other sites, Norwegian Forest cats have been know to catch fish from lakes and streams... so fish could be a natural food for cats.


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Interesting. I know they are always shown watching the fish swim and trying to get them out of the bowl, but I would think that the movement had a lot to do with it.

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I read some where that people thought cats natural food was fish because they where seen at piers and marinas. They were seen at these places because these places had rat problems. The cats weren't above grabbing a free meal once in a while.

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I haven't seen that brand here, but I will check. That would be a real special treat for him, then. Orzo does like the foods in sauces, so I guess he would like either. Was it on here that someone talked about how cats actually were better with fowl than fish because that was their natural food? That fish wasn't really natural because when do you see cats go swimming after fish. I can't remember where I read it. Thank you.

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I buy a brand at our pet store called Tiki Cat. They also have a mackerel and sardine one, too. I only get it for special occasions (holidays and the cats' birthdays), but they really chow down -- there has never been any left in the dish. Some store brands have sardines in them, but they are usually in a lot of gravy and my cats don't like that. They also have a mackerel and sardine one, too.

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Thank you. I don't want him to have any problems, so I won't get them unless I find special ones for kitties.

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Sardines as a small treat are okay for cats. It's best if they are packed in water, and watch the salt content. Too much could cause urinary crystals (as most fish do), but in moderation, it's okay. There are some cat food brands that have kitty sardines.

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Hope everyone had a good weekend and your Monday is going well.

This weekend I entered a Green Chili Cookoff at a garden center. It was actually more of a popularity thng since the tasters were friends of the contestants, but it was fun. The first place winner had at least 3 friends to vote for her chili. I had one friend I talked into coming when I found out that was how things were actually going on and wound up 3rd. 2nd place had a really different and good chili that was a creamy one and very mild until it kicked when it was swallowed. I cancelled out my vote for my chili when I also voted for hers (and if I hadn't we would have tied). They also had a couple things for kids to do, but there weren't many kids that came to it. Just three. They had face painting, coloring and a scavenger hunt. I did the scavenger hunt and a little coloring (I'm a kid at heart), but was too late to do the face painting after it took me a while to figure out how to get it to last until the next day. I also got some more green chilies so that I can make more this winter.

Is it okay to feed the cats canned sardines? Those have been recommended for my dog since she has been itching a lot, but Orzo always likes to have whatever Cassie can have (he only gets a tiny piece of egg or meat and has his own canned food and dry food). I just wondered if that is okay for him.

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Good morning, nice and cool in the morning, heading for a high in the mid 80's. My knee says the weather is going to change.

Several people asked about Mom. My niece, that does quite a bit of hiking, met Mom's group for one of the hikes. She says Mom is fine, she and everything is going well. Since Mom isn't a picture taker, i don't expect pictures unless she was in some group pictures and got copies.

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Good morning, An oldy quote, but good one. I got home from Renfest to 2 dogs in the driveway, so as soon it is light enough need to find a new hole.

I had a good time at renfest. My niece was there and she had some good ideas for my job hunt and cleared up some miss understanding. I got a new staff. I always do, which is good. i went to use my credit card and realized I left my drivers license with my resumes from an interview. The lady said she couldn't take my card without ID. The guy told her I bought a staff and my husband bought a staff every year and he said it was OK. It is a heavier staff then I normally carry, but it will be a dress staff anyway. I left with 5,000 steps. I thought i would come home to 30.000. I was so tired. I guess it is because I had spent 4 hours in the car and was on;y at renfest 4 hours. I only had 20,000 steps when I got home


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Thanks to all of you for your words of comfort.

I am praying for Anna.

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Nellie emoticon , again, I am so sorry for your loss. Remember that if you have other pets, they too are grieving. Try to let them help you while you help them through this.

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Good morning. I took Mutt for a walk early this morning. The sliver of a moon was high in the sky, the sunrise was peeking though the trees, the owls were saying good night, the roosters good morning and the cattle where lowing. On the way back the day animals were starting to get up, the colds were pink and the pastures were white with fog. Best time to walk.

DH, DD, 2 grandchildren and I are going to renfest today. I would prefer to go early, but DD can't get up and moving early, so we will get there about noon. Since turkey legs aren't on either of our diets, we will seat before we get there. It will still mean eating out, but our choice of food will be better.

Several of you remember I have spoken about Anna before, my friend that has cancer and the had to stop treatment because her heart was only pumping at 20%. Well she has asked for your prayers, healing thoughts, healthy vibes, whatever you do. Anna got a pacemaker two weeks ago. She went back to have it checked and she has a blood infection. She has been in ICU a week now. Her hands shake so bad that even though she has me on speed dial, she has to have someone dial for her. She says 2 words and has to stop and breath. I know she wants to talk to me, but the nurses don't want her to have visitors because it wears her out so and I get the feeling that even a phone call wears her out. Anna is still in her 30's, she has 4 children, 2 still living at home, one with special needs.

Lola just discovered there are birds on the porch. They are scolding her something bad, but I don't think she cares.

So sorry about cloud kitty

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NELLIEC, I am so sorry to hear about Cloud kitty. Sometimes our furry kids are too stoic and we wish they'd let us know earlier that they are sick. It always hurts to lose them. I do hope you have plenty of good memories. Hugging my other cats and dogs always helped, as I know they grieve as well.

The greatest gift of love is letting go. Cloud kitty was lucky to have you.

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Thank you.

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Oh dear... I am so very sorry to hear this NELLIEC! My heart goes out to you.
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When I called the vet this morning, she said Cloud was not doing well. I asked if I could come to see her and the vet said the sooner the better since she wasn't sure how long Cloud was going to last. When I got there Cloud was just barely there and the vet said they figured out that she also had bladder cancer in addition to the kidney disease. They had to extract her urine since she was unable to urinate any more and the urine looked pink and very hazy. The vet said there had also been some "chunks" in it. I gave permission to put her to sleep and stroked her as the injection went in. She did some sighs and little wiggles and passed over the Rainbow Bridge.

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"Living well and beautifully and justly are all one thing."
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Good mooring. So far me walking has been around the store. Around the pet store getting 4 different types of pet food. Mutt and Duke each need their ow type now and since i was there I walked around. Then it was to the grocery store to pitch up a few things for DH and of corse I walked around there too. Got my chores done and 45 min exercise to boot. I've done the rowing machine and the bike 2 days in a row. I'm just walking to day.

DH light the burn pile. Stupid Duke had never seen fire and when around snapping at the ash, at least it was the ash in the air an was cool.

I read a thing about home remedies. They said pain was caused by an injured muscle giving off a histamine. The injury could be anything from a pulled muscle to arthritis, to fibormialgea. They said by drinking a large glass of water you diluted the histamine and washed it from your body., getting rid if the histamine that caused pain. I don't know if it works, but thought someone might like to try.

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NELLIEC, I hope Cloud kitty is doing okay. I had a diabetic cat who spent her last two years on sub q fluids when her kidneys were deteriorating. She did all right, and I needed those two years -- she was too young. From experience, I'd prefer kidney disease over cancer, though Lucy is doing great with her treatments.

And on the discussion of chili, I make white chicken chili and buffalo chili. They both have the same seasoning, but one is chicken, white beans and corn while the other is buffalo and black and pinto beans. My youngest daughter's favorite is black bean soup. She could eat herself sick on it and still want more. Last night I made buffalo chili with great northern white, pinto, and garbanzo beans. For some reason I couldn't find any black beans on my shelf. They are there. The rest of the family also had grilled raspberry peppercorn ham and Colby cheese sandwiches on Orowheat sandwich thins.

Now I'm hungry.....

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I don't know the details yet, other than they said they would be talking to me about her diet. Since she had completely quit eating when I took her to the vet, I am hoping that she will be eating the new diet OK.

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NELLIEC... Kidney issues vary... What issues does your kitty have? Some issues are easier to treat than others. At least it sounds like it will be treatable. Most likely, your fur-kid will need to have a radical diet change. I had to change my fur-kid Tippers diet. I found out about his issues over 12 years ago. The vet said I would be lucky if he lived to be 10 years old. He turned 14 this fall, and is still giving me kitty kisses. I will keep you both in my prayers, that it is not too serious, and that it can be easily treated.

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I got the news that my Cloud kitty who has been at the vet has kidney disease. They are keeping her a couple more days to get her kidneys flushed out. Wow, not as bad as I feared since I was thinking cancer, but still bad.

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Good morning, A nice cool morning, I'll be off for a walk soon. We should have a couple more days of this before it gets hot again.

All of you in the storm area, or have family in the storm area, hope you are safe.

I walk 5K almost everyday, but I walk a 20 min mile, 17 if I hoof it. I can't go faster, I walk with a staff and faster then that and I'm flinging my staff and it is doing me much good. I've seen, every once in a while when I go to the park to walk, there will be a group doing a 5K. That is 3 times around the pond. I won't be with the group, won't have a group shirt or number, but the group is more to get people moving, they count off my laps, hand me water and cheer me on. Everyone yells and sounds noise makes when the counter yells 3.

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I was thinking about a 5k toward the end of November, but haven't gotten far enough yet to be anywhere near ready by then. Maybe I will be able to do something next year if I keep going and not quit over the year. I get bad at that.

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You start where you start an keep putting one foot in front of the other. If your goal is a 5 k go for it. Me I'm happy to walk a 5 K at a nice steady pace

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We got some nice weather today, so Cassie and I headed out for a walk this afternoon. I was surprised and happy that I was able to do the walk without stopping all the time and without running out of breath. I don't walk fast, but faster than I have been before. It won't work to get me into a 5k (I was told you have to do a mile in 15 minutes and keep that up the entire 5k), but it was nice. Cassie was also happy about it, though she ended up panting a lot.

This morning Orzo was pressed against my back while I was sleeping. I am used to Cassie there and Orzo on the other side. But it was nice. Cassie was by my feet and legs and they were keeping me warm because it wasn't warm last night or early this morning.

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MaryAlice, your mom sounds like a lot of fun.

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Good morning. I woke up to 58 degrees this morning. All the windows and doors are open.

Mom is leaving on her yearly hike tomorrow. Mom doesn't hike alone and non of my sisters could go with her this year, so she sighed up for a group hike of the grand cannon, but the hike didn't make. She ended up with a senior hike. 4 states in 2 weeks, a bus ride between hikes, and a motel at night. Mom says she checked the reviews. All the negative reviews where that they didn't stay at 5 star motels and they had to take their own bag to their room. Mom figures after carrying everything in a backpack and sleeping at hikers hostels, rolling her suitcase to her motel room will be a piece of cake.

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"We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are."
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Good morning, Siting her waiting for the storm. It isn't here yet, but they keep changing the time is is going to get here and it is blowing like it could be ant second but it has been doing that since this morning.

DH's DR says he needs to get up and move every hour. DH keeps telling me I heard wrong it is every 3 to 4 hours. I saw a tracker, it is for weight loss, and that is one thing DH doesn't need, but you wear it like a bracket and it reminds you to move every hour and the only way to turn it off id to walk for a couple min. I throated to put ne of those on him.

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I have thought of chicken instead of the pork. Usually it is cheaper. But if I decided to enter the green chili cookoff I would want to use pork. Of course, I would have to change what I have done, like brown the meat first, so I don't know how well I would do at it. I also have no idea how much seasoning I was using the last time. It was bland so I added more seasoning. I am thinking maybe I would have to try a small amount and see what I am doing to it. Probably won't enter anyway, but I would sure like it for these cold days. I just got my leftover out of the freezer to have tonight.

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It does't work for every one, but many people that have problems with beans can eat black beans. A few have told me to cook red beans without the seasoning, drain then cook again with the seasoning. You dump off the stuff the causes gas. Me, I lived in Belize. I eat black beans, even my chile is black beans. DH grew up on red beans. He was upset when he was told no more. He still misses his red beans, but can eat my black beans. Yes we eat chile it has been 32 years since I had meat and even before then I couldn't eat pork.

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The green chili they have here is almost always pork green chili unless it is just a sauce to put over something. Anything they have like a soup has the pork in it. I did get a pork roast today that I can use a little less than half of to make the recipe I have, but I probably won't make it exactly that way if I even bother with that cookoff. I haven't got any reply about that, though. I have a recipe from in New Mexico that is for a green chili stew that also has meat, but also has potatoes in it. I don't care for it that much, though. I make the green chili because it doesn't have the beans in it that I can't eat. I make the red just here at home with just beef (usually) and tomatoes and chili seasonings.

It is cold here today. It was cold last night, too. I had 4 covers -- my usual comforters and quilt and then had a furry one on top of my side and hip. Cassie was laying in front of me so Orzo climbed on top to sleep. He was helpful at keeping me warm.

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Good evening. I'm late because life got in the way. DH was downloading a movie while I was doing SP videos. He came in and asked me while I was marching in place. I told him the 12 min video was taking 50 min to download. I'm not sure why, but it choses to do his videos every time.

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Darlene, let me educate you chile doesn't have meat in it. In the original chile cook offs you were disqualified if you put meat in it. Chile con carie has meat in it.

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We had a nice day today that was sunny most of the day. Orzo really enjoyed that. When I went to the store for something he was still on the table in front of the front window. When I got home the sun wasn't shining on the table anymore but was in the window.

They had a health day at the store today that was supposed to be based on what helps with the brain. It really didn't say anything about how the nutrition helps with the brain (for helping kids learn or for helping avoid dimentia), but they had little samples of different things and information and coupons and if you visited all the booths you got $5 on your loyalty card which will help with my food budget which is reduced now. So it was nice to go to. Afterwards I went to the garden center and got some roasted chili so I will be able to That was at our "Fry's" here (Kings)

Afterwards I went to the garden center and got some roasted chili so I will be able to make more green chili this winter if I can get the meat for in it. Then I came home and emailed the person in charge of the cookoff next week to see what the requirements are for it. I don't know that I can afford to do that, but thought I'd find out about it.

Before I went to the store I got my grapes all juiced. Got a total of 3 1/2 quarts and froze 2 of them. Still need to get the tomatoes skinned and frozen and I have a bunch of apples to make into apple butter and whatever. I hope that will turn out.

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MaryAlice, Lola is just reassuring herself that she is has not died and gone to heaven. She really was saved from that little cage.

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Good afternoon, DH wanted to go to Fry's and wanted me to go along. Now Fry's isn't my favorite place. I can think of a lot of places I'd rather go, so he said if I would come along we could stop at B&N. Now he knows I can't pass up a book store and they are far and few between out here in the country. Between walking at Fry's while he looked at whatever he was looking at and looking at book. I got 90 mins of walking in.

Sometimes I wonder what is going though Lola's head. She spent 5 months in a small cage at the pound. Now she has a 1400 SQ foot, 5 bedroom house with a front porch. She is either sleeping on one of the 4 beds, or walking very slow and quite like around the house looking around. Every nook and cranny was explored when I first got her.

I knew Nook worshiped the almighty dollar. So many things do now a days. But 32 pin usb cord for the 7" tablet isn't interchangeable with the 32 pin usb cord for the 9" tablet. Well I plugged my nook into the universal charger I use for everything else in error. The tablet went nuts. It was filliping pages, asking if I wanted to delete all my books and flipping screens before I even finished read the warning. I think I saw everything on my tablet in the length of time it took me to unplug it. After I unplugged the tablet it was fine. I had always used the charger that went with the nook. I had been warned about it not charging with anything but a nook charger, but I never expected that. I think we should be like Europe, everything has to use the same charger and usb cord.


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For now, the water situation is not too bad. But when the middle of winter happens... the weather can dip to around -35'C, with the windchill bringing it down to close to -40'C... It does not matter how hot I make the water... it freezes in a short amount of time.
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We are freezing. The dogs outside are in an insulated shed, not heated, but with all of their body heat, it stays warm at night. Their water bowls do get iced, but when I fill them, I make one lukewarm and drinkable and the other one hot so it stays un-iced usually until I get back out there. It isn't that big of a deal when there's snow as they eat that instead. We can't have heated bowls as the dogs would chew the cords. As for the stray cats, same thing. Very big bowls (they hold two quarts), one lukewarm and one hot.

Right now it's 36 degrees and raining. Hopefully it will stay "warm" as my atrium floor is getting poured today. Can't wait to see how it looks later. Hubby told me to take pictures while they were working and I said, no, I wanted to see it finished. I don't like disturbing the subcontractors when they're working.

Off to indulge in a hot cup of caramel decaf. I'm drowning in tea so I'm taking a detour this morning. At dinner it will be back to tea.

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I live in North Western Ontario, in Canada.

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Where are you Linda? I think one in 10 years the dogs water bowl froze and it wasn't in Oct. We are still pushing 90.

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Hello everyone. Well... the cold weather is starting already. It was close to zero this morning. I will need to keep a very close eye on the water at the feeding station. Soon I will need to change it more often, when it starts to freeze...


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Good morning, Another hot one, he A/C kicked on during breakfast, and I keep it up there. I'm ready for some cool weather.

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I kind of had a feeling the chemo pills wouldn't be available at the pharmacy, but it was just an idea to save some on them.

Interesting about the cats all hanging out with other cats the same color. Guess that is somewhat like dogs -- they all seem to recognize their own breed and will gravitate toward that breed. At least I have seen that happen a lot.

I am still trying to get my canning stuff done. I have looked and looked for my books and can't find them, so am off to get another one. I have only done jelly before, so I need something to tell me what I am doing. I also needed a potato masher to get the grapes done and can't find mine anywhere, so had to borrow one from a friend. While at her new place we went out and picked tomatoes -- the grape and cherry ones, it turned out. I am not sure about skinning those, but I will be working on that. I also picked all my apples that were still good, so I am going to try to make apple butter with them. I might need to mix them with another kind, though.

Orzo isn't liking it too well that there isn't any sun coming in the window today, so the crazy boy saw me getting up to go in the other room and came running, not for me, but for my chair. It is warmer and more comfortable than the table by the window that doesn't have any sun shining on it.

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MaryAlice, that shopkeeper is great. It takes a big heart to help out the feral s and abandoned cats. Hope he knows to contact Alley Cat Allies for info on low cost and free clinics for fixing the kitties. They also give rabie shots and test for feline leukemia. I also noticed at the feral farm I used to go to, that the black cats hung out together etc, . Occasionally you had one or the other hook up with a mismatch, but for the most part it was like with like. emoticon

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Good morning, one load of wash in the washer and one one the line. It is another hot muggy day. Hard to believe all this stuff about Halloween.

I'm getting ready to bead Christmas presents, but I need peoples favorite colors. The ons that live close are easy, I see them a couple times a week. It is the ones in CA I was worried about. Beka called and I asked her about her family. Beka said hers was teal, no big surprise I thought it was blue, so close. She told me Rianah's was pink and purple, no surprise there Rianah is 5. Jammie's, Beka's step mother, is gray. Need to buy more beads. All the pictures of my son I see are of him running, He is either wearing black running shorts or red. So I said let me guess your dad's are red and black. He was in the room and hit the roof, NO those are GA colors, I must be getting slow not to remember GA colors. Orange and Green it is.

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FANCYQTR, the pharmacy won't carry the chemo pills -- they are a very high level controlled substance that included wearing gloves and precautions. I have used human pharmacies for other pet prescriptions (I had a diabetic cat and used them for supplies), but these can only be administered by the vet. They let me give them to Lucy because I'm a retired veterinary assistant. Usually for safety's sake, the vet prefers to give the pills. It also comes in an IV form which we used for the first dose on the first go 'round, but then changed to pills since there was no difference as far as effect. The only difference was that the pills are about one fifth of the cost of the injectable. And since she has to have four doses, that is a bit of a savings.

She had them yesterday and today with no side effects so far. In fact, she was playing ball with the other dogs, and on her morning walk with hubby, they went to the property dog run where he feeds the ravens and stray cats, and Lucy played chase with one of the cats (she never catches them, but loves the challenge). She is also taking prednisone on a tapering dose, and she's driving me nuts with her begging -- she's starving! And she isn't happy when she comes begging and I give her bits of kibble instead of the human food I'm preparing. I'm such a meanie.

Off to check dogs. I was outside last night and took pictures (albeit bad ones) of the blood moon. It was impressive.

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"Many things which cannot be overcome when they are together yield themselves up when taken little by little."
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Good morning. DH asked what i had planed for today. I told him I wanted to go some where, but didn't know where. He said he had to go into a near by town to run some errors and would I like to walk the boardwalk. The board walk is to far away to just go, but if he has to go into town anyway, yes I want to walk the boardwalk. I walked an hour. The temp started out ok, but it got hot. It will be nicer in Nov when it is cooler. I'm still glad I went.

I saw a 2 month old kitten there that looked like a smaller Lola. I said something to the kitten and the store owner came out. He said he didn't understand it but people thought dumping cats at the board walk was a good idea and for some reason all the torties had ended up at his place. He had about 40 of them. He said he caught and fixed them as fast as he could and gave away the kittens when he could find homes. As I walked along I took special notice of the cats. One place looked like they were the home of tabbies, another the home of solid colored cats. Strange.

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Catnurse, can you get the chemo pills for Lucy from a pharmacy other than the vet? I always ask about getting my dog's (or horses -- haven't had to get for the cat at this point) prescriptions from there. Last time I got something for Cassie it would have been $46 at the vet and cost $15 at Walmart. Now they are have advertised that you can get their prescriptions at the Walmart pharmacy. Haven't seen that ad for a while, though.

Lola was pretty smart not liking that food and you were smart to get rid of it. I am so glad that I haven't ever had to deal with something like that.

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Good morning, Looks like it will be morning for another 10 min. I got up with all kinds of plans, made some job calls, sent out some resumes. Then a friend that is in a bad way and had to quit work for medical reasons called. She had 2 eggs, 3 people and her husband wouldn't get paid till next week. I've helped her out several times before, but she said she felt bad asking me for help since I was unemployed, so would I just give her a ride to the food pantry. I did and don't regret it at all, but it sort of blow my morning.

When I got Lola the pound gave me coupons from several manufactures for free food. So I can see what Lola likes. They mix several foods together at the pound. I gave her the first one and she was sick every other day. I wasn't sure if she just didn't like the food, was nerves about moving, or it was just a food she hadn't had before, but I moved on to another food. The pet store just sent me a recall notice for that food. I had given the food to the lady next door that feeds the feral cats. She said she put it out but the coons got it before the cats

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Well... I had finished the round of tetracycline medicine for upper respiratory illness on my cats... and it looks like I might need to continue with it. One of my younger cats is sniffing... It never ends...
Poor stray kitties... It started snowing a couple days ago. It is snowing again this morning. It mostly melts, but it makes for icy-cold, wet weather... Poor stray kitties... I wish I could afford to put electricity to my shelter / shed. I would then be able to use heated water dishes...



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