Monday, March 27, 2017

So far ...



I've received leads on possible job openings from
- my company's insurance agent
- the woman who runs the rescue for which I volunteer
- one of the volunteers at the rescue
- a friend of the woman with all the barn cats
- facebook friends

I'm not going to count the "bakery manager" job my one friend sent me, bc she only wants me to apply so she can get free pie. ha.

I've filled out a bunch of applications, and will continue to do so.   I know logically that I will be fine, I'm not going to starve to death, I'm not going to be put out on the street, but the moments of sheer panic keep bubbling up out of nowhere; hopefully those will diminish as I start to get called in for interviews.  Every time I start to have a panic attack, I just go on line and fill out another application, so at least the fear is productive.

In the meantime, guess what?!  The babies opened their eyes.


Yay!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Losing Our Job














Yep, it happened to me.  As of the first of April, I'm officially downsized.

















Wednesday, March 22, 2017

More painting with Bob Ross









(Please note Sodapop, who SNORED throughout this entire painting lesson.)


With Bob Ross, you get to a point, about halfway in, where you're all, "yeah, this looks like sh*t".  And then he KEEPS GOING, and tells you to do this and this and THIS, and pretty soon it's looking like an actual ... painting.



Voila!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Finally, a little good news



Remember Tippy, the cat I fostered for a weekend who was refusing to eat?

Well, Tippy went to the vet's and stayed there for ... quite awhile, as the vet worked to find out what was going on.  They were syringe feeding her, which she started to fight after a few days, so then they were tube feeding her.  Then one of the vet techs got her to start licking small amounts of canned food from a spoon.  Because she had been caged for so long at that point, the vet decided let her out among the other cats who live at the vet's office, so she could get out of the cage and explore her environment.

And ... she blossomed.  Being out among the other cats and the office staff seemed to improve Tippy's spirits quite a bit, and she started eating a bit more, although she still needed encouragement and supplemental feedings.  A diagnosis of hepatic lipidosis was made, which is also called "fatty liver disease". The vet still is unsure of why Tippy stopped eating in the first place, although we're pretty sure that losing her home may have had something to do with it. And thank goodness the rescue decided to have a vet check her, because the mortality rate from untreated hepatic lipidosis is extremely high.  

The vet decided to take Tippy home with her for a few days, to give her some R&R from the vet's office.  And Tippy did great!  She was eating, the diarrhea had stopped, she made friends with the vet's cats, and started to come out of her shell some more. She started to play with toys, and let people fuss over her. 

The vet couldn't bear to uproot Tippy's life yet again by returning her to the rescue, and so a decision was made.  The vet is going to keep Tippy!  Tippy now has a permanent home with a loving family who will never, ever let her go.

*sniff*  Gotta love a happy ending.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

More Sad News



Little Blizzard passed away last night.

Alex the Girl is fine, if perplexed, and will be staying with me for at least a few days until she goes back to the adoption center.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Sad News

Alex the Girl had her kittens yesterday, but only one survived - the rest of the litter was stillborn.






But little baby Blizzard made it through the night and is holding his own, and Alex is fine and taking care of her baby, so hopefully some happiness will come out of the sad.  I'll keep you posted.