This is Boots - he was one of two kittens that was 'dumped' on my property in 2009.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Friday, June 7, 2013
Here's Fluffy - she's a gray calico 15 year old barn cat rescue. She's been in my house since she was about 3 months old, but wasn't crazy about human contact when she was younger... and HATES to be picked up.
She did get out about a year ago and spent the night outside. When we found her she was under bushes at the end of the house and terrified - I managed to pick her up (without her going ballistic) and bring her back in. That experience apparently gave her an attitude adjustment and she's been a nicer kitty since then. However, if she's going to be petted, it's going to be on her own terms.
She had been losing weight, throwing up and her coat had gotten really scruffy looking. The only thing she'll eat is the dry food she's been on all these years. I've tried everything trying to entice her with food, treats, etc. Nada - she won't touch anything else. She'll sniff it and walk away. These pictures were made before she got sick and her coat was much nicer looking.
Her and Emma Grace close to the window.
She looks nothing like her mother (who was Halloween and featured in an older post. Though Halloween had a LOT of kittens over the years, Fluffy was the only long haired.
She went from being a gorgeous, long haired cat to a skinny, ratty looking one. This is "mama" Halloween:
Anyway, finally got her to the vet a few weeks ago (a challenge itself) and blood work showed she has hyperthyroidism. Now, there's not a snowball's chance in hell that I could dose her with pills, but fortunately there's now a transdermal medication that can be rubbed in her ears. That sounded doable - except this is Fluffy we're talking about.
This is twice a day and the first week was rough - took two people and she was NOT pleased. However, I've been sweet talking her and after about 2-1/2 weeks she's decided it's not so bad after all.
She still isn't going to tolerate being picked up, but has become a bit more affectionate and doesn't hiss and run now. She's not throwing up and hopefully will soon put on some weight and her coat will improve.
Cats are such peculiar creatures - at least the ones I have are.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
I've been looking for ages for a new look for my blog - not that anyone notices but me, but I'd grown tired of the old template - plus, couldn't get it to do exactly what I wanted.
My late husband loved irises and grew every color he could find. Had an iris photo that had lots of the pretty colors and adapted it to my header. Unfortunately I've not taken nearly as good care of his actual flowers as I have the photos.
SO, found this template which required only a little work to customize it the way I wanted and walla - here we are. Colors are very different from old one which featured a lot of green. I like green, but I like yellow/gold/oranges better.
Here's a photo of the old header - what do you think compared to the new one?
If you're seeing it and have a comment, feel free to post it.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
This is my new stylin' front porch look:
I grew up with a porch swing on both my grandparents front porch's and hubby gave me a swing a number of years ago for my birthday. It was in the yard for awhile, then moved to the back deck - but was never used as much as I'd like. I LOVE it on the front porch - it's on the far left in the picture below.
My front porch has been seriously neglected for quite some time and after much family discussion we decided to correct that. SO, when St. Louis son visited recently, he and local son flip-flopped the metal furniture from the front porch to the deck and redwood furniture from the deck to front porch. The 'redwood' furniture that now occupies my front porch was on the back deck with REALLY old, ratty cushions. The chaise wasn't decent for humans to sit on as it had been basically a pet bed.
Have you priced deck furniture cushions recently??? It has been a LONG time since I bought any and I definitely had sticker shock. Talking with a friend, she mentioned she had some old cushions she was going to get rid of - did I want them? Well yeah!!!! Her hubby delivered a huge stack of really big cushions. They were in pretty bad shape and much too large for my furniture. However, when I started taking them apart I found great insides.
SO, a few yards of indoor/outdoor fabric, a some of her old cushions re purposed and I have lovely new cushions for my chairs - and enough left to make cushions for the back metal deck chairs too (thank you Barbara)!
Now the furniture shows how seriously it needs a coat of paint - that'll come later in the summer. But in the meantime, I have a decent looking porch.
I even bought some flowers (now if I can just remember to water them when the weather gets hot). And, don't you love my "welcome poodle" - he was a gift from a friend and is SO adorable.
Monday, April 22, 2013
......ME, ME, ME!!!
I didn't even know they made red microwaves (which is what most people have said when I tell them I have one)... but I'm now the proud owner of one. Late birthday gift from my son, Jeff and family (Danette and Foster). He says red microwaves aren't that easy to find either :-)
My old microwave was misbehaving most of the time, though it had been better since Ariel (granddaughter) prayed for it.
So, the reason I "needed" a RED microwave..... In 2007 my old kitchen trash can finally died (it was only 20 years old) and I went shopping for a new one. I had a pretty blah kitchen, the old trash can had been brown, but a shiny red one caught my eye. I had nothing red in my kitchen, but I bought it anyway.
One thing led to another and I wound up painting my kitchen a bright apple green and accenting it with red (to match the trash can).
Son Asher & family got us a new set of cookware recently (have I mentioned I don't cook?). It's pretty though - RED.
Soooo, I have a super spiffy kitchen that's bright and cherry! More fun to clean than the old drab one.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Have I mentioned that one of my passions is counted cross stitch. We're so blessed in Guntersville to have a local shop - there aren't too many around these days.
So, Irises Web has just finished a website for them. Check out Stitchers Haven and let me (or the shop) know what you think.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Well, that's what I want anyway, though I can't find anything that really appeals to me.
I've loved this template, but can't seem to make it do what I want it to lately... and the right column is 'jumping' on both my computers so I'm guessing it is on everyone else's too - REALLY annoying.
Obviously want something to do with irises - wasted most of this afternoon looking around online.
So, it's frustrating.... but then I get frustrated easily these days it seems.