Monday, August 3, 2015

Sugar's string problem

It's been a rough few days at Camp Rustown, hence the lack of posts.  The mayhem started last Thursday morning with a loud crash that none of us could figure out the source of until Hubby went to get his shower.
Broken soap bowl in tub.  Minutes later, The Girl reported that the cat ran into her room, acting crazy, running into furniture.  And not long after that, Sugar vomited bile and about a foot long length of black embroidery floss in the front room.  I gave it a little tug, but not all of it would come out of her mouth.  Unfortunately, the piece of floss was much longer than 12 inches.  And she had swallowed the rest. 
The resulting odyssey, which included surgery and an overnight stay in a critical care facility for animals, cost us about $2200.  Money I really didn't need to spend right now with school cranking back up and car repairs on the Escape.  But it was either that, or euthanize my kitty, and I just couldn't do it.  I couldn't.  It was fixable, and she's been a faithful pet.  So, on Friday evening we finally got to bring her home from her adventures, made a cozy place for her to live in the bathroom, loaded her up with pain meds, and moved on to the weekend.
What else you gonna do?  
Embroidery floss must stay in a sealed container.  I really never thought she would have gotten into it, but I was expensively wrong.  I've been diligent about keeping curling ribbon out of her clutches, I just never thought my old lady cat would seek out the embroidery floss.  Moments before she got into it, she was curled up on my bed snoozing...
The vet noticed Sugar has lost a lot of weight, was dehydrated, and her white blood cell count is high.  Plus, she has a funky liver.  We will get lab results soon to find out whether all that is from an infection and we gave her the right antibiotic.  Meanwhile, I am trying to get her to eat often, so she's getting canned cat food, which she loves.  Her appetite seems to be good.
Eventually all of her fur will grow in from where she was shaved for the IV and the surgery.  And all will heal.  And I just have to hope that this was a one-time event, and we can get her back to healthy. 
(If you have a cat, hide all string!)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Preppin' it

About a week ago I came home to find that the new blinds had been delivered.  Excite!
They look exactly as I imagined them.  I was pretty nervous doing this on-line, but they send free samples and the ordering process is pretty easy.  Plus, they ship for free and I got a buy three, get one deal.  This blog isn't monetized, so sadly, no, they weren't fo free...
I went with natural woven shades in Las Cabritas brown from  I love the organic look to them.  They are trimmed in Tropics Natural binding.  Up close it looks a lot like a tighter weave of burlap.  I think they will look so good on that large creamy while wall of windows.
 Now the hard part begins.  Getting the faux curtains and old blinds down...I did a little of this,being veeerrry careful climbing that old ladder.
 OMG.  The horror, the horror...(name that movie)
 Filling the nail holes was manageable with some wall spackle.
 And I enlisted Bubbie to help me get all of the hardware down.  Good thing, too, since I was using a good old-fashioned screwdriver and he alerted me to the fact that we have a cordless drill we can use for that...oh.
The filth on the OUTSIDE of the windows.  OMG #2.  This will be remedied next week, when i can haul the powerwasher out again.
Holes patched.  Time to begin the goodbyes to this view...
Insides of windows and curtain holes painted, and window insides cleaned.  
Go time.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Hell week

The Girl is wrapping up the summer in her usual end-of-a-semester fashion.  Stressed out, not feeling well, worried about finals, and stressing where she will live come August.  So, I've become used to her room looking like this.  I think it's symptomatic of how life is going for her.  Plus, it feels like a billion degrees outside, she's had to spend a fortune in car repairs, and she's getting to have no fun.  Not too much I can do about all that.

Come Tuesday, things will even out.  She'll be done with her classes, hopefully with college itself, until she starts work on her MA.  I will take her for a celebratory margarita and help her look for apartments, and put off talking about money for awhile. Meantime, I can do a couple loads of laundry.  Mothering - I can do that.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Monday, July 20, 2015

Southern Ham Salad

Browsing through an old issue of Southern Living I came across this recipe for an old-fashioned ham salad.  The kind you eat on white bread with pickles and potato chips!  I think I may have had this as a child, probably at a church luncheon or a family reunion.  But I have never made it until now.  And I don't know why not - it was perfect for supper on a hot day!
Ham Salad (adapted from Southern Living magazine)

2 lb cooked ham, cut into chunks
1/2 jar of bread and butter pickles
1 cup (or more) mayo
1 T celery seeds
1 t. horseradish sauce
1/2 fresh lemon, squeezed
1/2 freshly ground pepper
4 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
sandwich rolls, chips, etc.

Process ham, half at a time, in a food processor until coarsely ground.  Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Combine the rest of the ingredients, except for the eggs, in the food processor and pulse a few times to make a chunky dressing.  Stir into the ham.  Fold in the chopped eggs.  Sprinkle a little parsley on, if desired.  Chill.  Serve as a sandwich filler, or with crackers.
Personally, I thought it a bit salty, so next time I will buy a low salt ham.  But it was easy and tasted great, and stayed fresh, covered in my fridge, for several days!

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Friday, July 17, 2015

5 thing Friday - mulching, medicating, munching, music, wine

It's been a rough week.  On my days off last week I worked on the landscaping: cleaning out leaves and debris, planting a couple of new things, trimming and raking.  I made a couple of trips to Home Depot for plants, mulch...but I thought I was being smart to spread it out over three days.
However,  I may overdid it with my poor knee.  After a week of Motrin and Tylenol, ice, and my knee brace I finally admitted defeat and went to my doc.  The hell of that is, I was just thinking to myself how great it was that it felt stronger and pain free.  ):  It's like a getting a new car and having the key break off in the ignition.  She put me on an oral steroid and gave me pain meds for bedtime.
 I have only myself to blame.  But I'm on the road to feeling better, so there's that.
 The Girl went with me to Chuy's for margaritas and nachos. She drank water, as she was my designated driver.  But she still won't let me take her picture.  It was nice to sit under the trees outside.  Up til this week it hasn't been intolerable, heat-wise.
Hubby and I went to Sip and Stroll at Central Market.  On the way out we saw a Jazz trio playing on the deck, so we hung out for an hour or so.  It was a pleasant evening out there with cool breezes and good wine.
 This wine was our favorite, so we bought it and opened it with our complimentary corkscrew and used our complimentary wineglasses.  How convenient!  Summers are different now with our kids almost grown - fun, but different. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


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