Friday, October 29, 2010

A Worrisome Week ...

Well, it's been a hectic, worrisome week.

Bailey our new kitten (he's actually at least doubled in weight since we got him) has adjusted quite nicely. He's got a great personality and has fit in just fine~!

Nemo and him have been great together too. I had noticed a few weeks back that Nemo's 'meow' seemed really raspy. He is a very vocal cat and meows alot. It definately sounded like he must have a bit of a cold. I noticed it the week after we got Bailey but I honestly think it might of started a few days before. Anyways, I really noticed it that week and figured Nemo must of got it from Bailey since he did have a bit of a cold coming from the Humaine Society.

One week ago we had company and I noticed Nemo wasn't around much but I thought it might be because we had company. He's not antisocial or anything but sometimes he just wants to be alone. The next day, Saturday, I found that Nemo didn't want to come out from under our bed. I tried everything to coax him and even brought him up food and water and he wanted nothing to do with it. I started to get quite worried that evening. On Sunday, same thing, he wouldn't come out from under the bed. We could see he was having a hard time swallowing, and was obviously getting dehydrated. We took him out and tried putting food and water in his mouth but he just wanted to go back under the bed. Now I was really worried!

I had to work Monday so my husband brought him to the vet and they did blood work. The blood work results came back all normal except some elevated white blood cells and said they had to send some blood work to Toronto (a city a 100 km's away) to check for pancreas problems.

They hydrated him with fluids by a needle under his skin and gave us an antibiotic and some perscription food that they said we would have to give him by squirting it through a syringe into his mouth. When my husband got home with him he opened the food and decided to try some in a bowl first. And Nemo ate it. Yay! I called from work and was really happy to hear that. Nemo obviously was weak from not eating etc and slept most of the day. That night he came downstairs and laid on the back of the couch like he normally does and ate a little more food too. The next day we called for the results of the blood work and it came back normal. No problems with the pancreas. YAY! They weren't sure what it was but they wanted us to keep giving him the antibiotic medication and keep a close eye on him. It was 'some type' of infection. I thought for sure Bailey had given him something from the Humaine Society but the vet said it is highly unlikely and just a coincidence. Either way, Nemo is much better. Not 100% but close and we couldn't be happier. The vet charged way to much as usual, but who can put a price on a family pet? Was it worth it? Hell Ya!!! I truly think without the hydration he might not of been here today.

Nemo is only 6 years old and has alot of years left in him ... we are so glad he's back ~!!!

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Well, today the last of these frames went into LLL Creations Dollar Mart. There have been Circle, Oval and Rectangle and today ...

Simply Square Frames - 6 large beautiful chrome frames for only $1.50 - get them HERE.

And the below layout shows the size of one of the frames on a 12x12" paper.
This is Nemo ... he must be feeling better, he's sitting beside the cupboard that holds the treats ... lol.

If you never have been to LLL Creations Dollar Mart you really should come over and take a peek. I have so many items in the store now, of course ALL of them dollar store prices and I think alot of the items are really unique. Come over and see ...

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Halloween is just around the corner. I love to see all the little ghosts and goblins walking down the street. Today your freebie is this Halloween Cluster Overlay. I wasn't really sure what to call this. You could use it as a page bottom or overlay it over a picture, etc ... etc.

Halloween Cluster Overlay

The below layout shows the cluster at the bottom of the page. This is my daughter in 1988 when she was 6 years old!
It's never to late to scrap~!!!

The Halloween word art in the above layout is available HERE.

Have a great weekend~! Comments as usual are always appreciated.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Introducing ...

Yay. We have a new addition to the family~! Last weekend my daughter and her husband came down for Thanksgiving. They came down Friday night and stayed until Sunday. I had to work Sunday so we had our Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday. Anyways, on Saturday my daughter and I went out shopping for material to recover some chair cushions she needs redone. On the way home I 'suggested' that we should stop off at the Humane Society and see what's there. Well ... it's soooo sad what is there. So many cats and dogs and it's just sooo ... sad.

There were many, many adult cats. Apparently one large cat named Sophie has been there 3 years! (I didn't even realize they would keep them that long!). But she is so big she almost fills up the whole cage. That is sooo sad. I wanted to take her out and hold her but to be honest she had a very nasty look on her face and I was afraid to. Most of the older adult cats really looked ... not mean ... but fed up? That must really make it hard for them to be adopted because of their demeanor. I'm sure because they are adults they probably stay there the longest. There were also many baby kittens. Some looked way too young to be away from their mother. And amongst all the cages and cats, the meowing it just breaks your heart. There was one young kitten maybe a 9 or 10 weeks old that was just crazy. He obviously wanted to play but he was jumping up and down and sticking his paws through the cage bars and going kinda nuts. So I didn't want to hold him either ... lol. Then I saw this cat in one of the corner cages that was just sitting there looking at us. I walked over and started talking to him. He rubbed up against the bars and purred. That was it, I opened the cage door and picked him up. He snuggles against me, purred like an engine and started licking my hands. I fell head over heals!!! LOL

I thought he was adorable and asked some questions about him. They said he was dropped off in the parking lot with his 2 female siblings about 3 months ago. Awww... But as the lady said, better to drop them off there then in some back alley. It's still horrible. Well, we went home and I immediately told my husband about him. I was really surprised when he said 'Let's go back and look at him'!!! Oh ... alright, I said ... LOL. We all went back and I had the same reaction the 2nd time I picked him up. (They think he is around 5 1/2 months old). My husband took to him immediately too. And that was it. We adopted him right there on the spot. I really truly was not planning on getting a cat that day but ... everything happens for a reason.

He is this beautiful light tan colour ... with a 'hint' of orange to it and white. We named him Bailey. (He's the colour of Bailey's Irish Cream ... lol) He's so lovable. I took Carol's information she had sent me about intoducing a new cat into the home and used 'most' of it. I segregated Bailey into one room of the house complete with everything he would need. But when we first arrived home with him in the cat carrier, I did let Nemo sniff him through the door. We spent alot of time in the room with Bailey when we could and he just purred and was obviously very happy. Nemo knew there was a cat in that room and tried peeking in everytime we opened the door. The 2nd day when I went into the room I left the door open. I sat on the rug and put Bailey in my lap. He just stayed there and purred. Nemo came in, looked at us and then started sniffing everything in the room (including the litter box ... lol). Bailey made it easy, he did the perfect thing of just watching Nemo and not trying to get off my lap or anything. After Nemo was done I shut the door again. The 3rd day, same thing, I let Nemo in. This time I put Bailey down on the rug to see the reaction. Nemo came over, they sniffed nose to nose and that was it. They have been great together ever since. YIPPPEEE!!!
Thanks again Carol!

We took Bailey to the vet for a checkup yesterday. Bailey has ear mites which are quite common at the humane society or anywhere there is alot of stray cats. He also has a little cold. So he had a vacine (his 3rd, two were given at the Humane Society) and a treatment for the ear mites and is now on medication for the cough. But other then that he is eating like a piggy and is active and alot of fun. The vet confirmed he is apoximately 5 1/2 months old and since we do not know an exact birthdate we picked one ...

And so ... here's Bailey ...

It's so exciting how quickly Nemo and him became friends. It's always a worry when you bring a new animal into the home. He truly is a little 'Purr-ball'. He purrs sooo loud. And he is quite the snuggler too. He's a little too young to get neutered but probably within the next month. Are you still with me? Wheh .. that was a longg post .. lol.

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Sooooooooo ... some new items went into LLL Creations Dollar Mart today. First off ...

Simply Rectangle Frames - 6 large beautiful chrome frames for only $1.50 - get them HERE.

You can see the size of one of these frames on a 12x12 inch layout above in the layout of Bailey.

And of course you can't get a new cat without making some new word art ...
one of which is also in that layout.

Feline Word Art #5 - 4 adorable feline word art for only $1 - get them HERE.

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And your freebie for today is this Butterfly Cluster Frame ...

Download Butterfly Cluster Frame

And this frame gives me a great opportunity to show off more pics of Bailey ... lol

Of course it's just to show you how large this frame is on a 12x12 inch paper!

Notice the bottom picture of Bailey and Nemo relaxing side by side ... awww ...

Hope you are having a great weekend. Comments as usual are always appreciated.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend ...

This weekend is Thanksgiving weekend in Canada. The holiday is on Monday and even though I work Sunday it gives me that extra day off during the week. I have LOTS to be thankful for. A wonderful husband (he'll be SHOCKED when he reads this ... lol), a fabulous daughter who is so happy with her fantastic new husband. An awesome sister and brother (who I don't talk to or see enough of ~!!!) And great extended family all over the place. And of course then there is the new addition who will be arriving at the end of January ... I can't wait to meet Hayden!!!
And many other things also ...

My daughter and her husband are coming down Friday after work and staying until Sunday morning so that will be nice. We've got the turkey defrosting and I'm looking forward to a wonderful dinner on Saturday night.

Thanks to a very nice lady named Carol who sent me some great information and rules for introducing a new cat into the home. I haven't found a new cat yet (I haven't had alot to time to dedicate to looking), but I know it will be in the near future and our new cat will be the perfect match for us and Nemo. I am definitely going to try these 'steps' and see what happens. And I'll be sure to introduce our new feline family member on here as soon as it happens!!

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Last week was Ovals, this week it's Circles. This is the new item that went into LLL Creations Dollar Mart today;

Simply Circle Frames - 6 large beautiful chrome frames for only $1.50 - get them HERE.

To show you how large these frames really are, here is one shown on a
12x12 inch (3600x3600 pixel) layout ...

Yay, I get to start my daughters scrapbook because she is bringing down the final dvd from one of the photographers~!!!

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And it's the first week of October ... and you know what that means ...

It's time for the October Frame Freebie ...

Download October Frame

If you are new to my blog ... well, I give away these frames the first week of every month. If you've missed any ... you can get them here. (Or if you don't want to wait for them get the Mega Pack there too!)

This frame fills a 12x12 inch layout. You can see the size on a 12x12 inch paper in THIS post.

Comments are really appreciated~! You can comment below this post or in my CBox on the right side of this blog~

If you are Canadian, have a great Thanksgiving ... and if you aren't, eat turkey anyways!!!