Saturday, March 27, 2021

My Poor Spunky Doodle

My old cat, Spunky Doodle is having a tough time these days.  This month, she's been throwing up once a week, which isn't all that unusual for her.  She used to throw up way more often than that; however, today it looks like she threw up a little blood.  I heard her throw up sound early this morning so got up to see where it was but couldn't find anything.  About a half hour later, I definitely heard it again so got up again and still didn't see anything.  At breakfast time, she did it again and that's when I was able to catch it in a plastic lid and saw what usually looks clear looked a bit red.  Usually, after she makes a throw up she'll eat some after about 30 minutes, but not today.  She ate pretty normal yesterday, but nothing so far today.  

That's a first and I am afraid she's seeing her last days.  She is only 2 months away from her 17th birthday so is 84 in human years according to the cat age converter calculator I found.  We brought her to our home as a little kitten.  She was born feral at my dad's house.  She's had arthritis in her hip and back legs for quite some time so I brought her litter box downstairs hand set up everything she needs in our computer room so she doesn't have to climb the stairs.  I noticed she was only using her box once a day and thought it may be because she didn't want to do the stairs.  It appears I was right about that because since I brought it down, she uses it several times a day.  

I'm going to see if she eats anything today, and if not, will get her to the vet, maybe for the last time.

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Friday, March 26, 2021

First Thing I Thought of When I Woke Up This Morning

I was sleeping soundly until I heard a rumble outside.  I leaped out of bed at 4:50 a.m. (I normally get up at 5 a.m. anyway) and looked out my bedroom window to confirm what I thought.  Sure enough, our garbage can was being blown down the driveway!  My only thought was to get dressed as fast as possible and get those cans into the garage before all the garbage is blown all over.  We had winds up to 25 m.p.h.  I knew it was going to get windy by morning, but forgot to get the cans in.  I think it only took me five minutes to get dressed and was happy to find it was 61 degrees and all the garbage was still inside the cans!  What a great way to start the day--really got my blood pumping!

Participating in Writer's Workshop

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Location, Location, Location

Our cat, Spunky Doodle, is 16 with arthritis.  Her long tunnel was in the living room and she generally hasn't used it for months.  Today, I thought I'd put it in the computer room instead where she pretty much hangs out all day.  Sure enough, she went right in shortly after I placed it under the piano bench.  I found the same happened when I moved her short tunnel below the computer desk.  Sometimes she at least settles in on top of it now.    

I suggest if you have pets and some toys they quit playing with, try moving them around and see if it doesn't spark their interest again.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving--Love These Decorations!

This is the best decorated house I found in our neighborhood for Thanksgiving.  This has been a tough year but I am so thankful I was retired all year and did not have the pressure of having to work from home.  We enjoyed the fitness classes, pinochle and shooting pool at the Sr. Center the first two and a half months of the year.  I was also off to a great start of strength training with our free membership at Planet Fitness, but since COVID, we just worked along with exercise videos at home.  

Also, thanks to being dog owners of a husky mix, we got lots of walking exercise in which I would not have done otherwise.  We were able to enjoy some fun days at the Metroparks with Roxy too.  This really kept me from becoming a couch potato watching TV all day long which I promised myself I would not do when I retired.  My goal is to keep active, so thanks, Roxy for helping me achieve that goal!

It was very strange not teaching Sunday School and attending church regularly this year.  Our church did stream online services so at least that was something.  I also enjoyed watching Dr. Charles Stanley's sermons on TV and our dog was very happy she did not have crate time every week when we went away.  We did not go away much.

I missed playing pickleball with 4 people but am thankful at least my husband and I got a lot of games in at our neighborhood court just playing against each other.  It was better than nothing and Roxy could come along to watch us.  She preferred that to staying home alone with Spunky Doodle who isn't much company for her.  

When my husband fell and broke his collarbone in August, I realized how much he actually did around the house.  We are thankful he did not need surgery and that it healed on its own in just four weeks instead of the six which was the estimated healing time. 

And finally, we are thankful that we both stayed healthy and did not get COVID.  We wear our masks in public when we can't stay 6 feet away and try to keep that 6-foot distance from others during our walks.  I do the food shopping with a mask once a week and made a few trips inside the library with my mask and successfully avoiding people.  I was able to attend an outside women's Bible Study 6 weeks during the summer with my mask.  Only 16 people attended so we could keep apart easily.

What are you thankful for in spite of or because of the changes this year?

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and stay safe! 

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Sunday, November 8, 2020

My Favorite Fall Yard Decorations in Our Neighborhood


I like this the best because it's so cheery looking, colorful, cute and not just for Halloween.  Do you put up any fall yard decorations?  All we have is this:


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