Thursday, December 23, 2010

Where Do I Start???

First off ... a huge apologoy for my longggggggggggggggggg absence. I have no real excuses, no huge stories to tell (Ok, maybe a few but they really had nothing to do with me not blogging) - no real reason. Other then the fact I was getting tired and life seems so busy all the time. Days lead to weeks, and weeks to almost 2 months. Every couple of days I would tell myself "I have to blog tonight", but then I just didn't have the energy or drive to follow through. But here I am the day before Christmas eve and I have today off work and so I'm not moving from this chair until I'm done!!! LOL

I know I recieved many emails and I am very touched that so many of you were concerned. Thank you. Everyone here is fine and the cats are too~! I think after opening this blog in April 2008, sometimes posting 3 or 4 times a week, it just started to feel like a huge burden on me. I hope everyone can understand. I'm not going to shut it down and after Christmas my hours will be cut at work so I really am hoping to get back into some kind of normal routine. Even if it's just once a week. So don't give up on me yet!!!

My daughter is due in exactly one month. She looks so cute pregnant. But she is in that last stage where it starts to become uncomfortable. A few days after my last post we went & saw little Hayden in a 3D/4D ultrasound. It was so amazing! Watching him move around and yawn and even smile! Seeing his little fingers and toes, it was such a great experience.

All the dark areas are fluid. And that was almost 2 months ago so the little guy has probably changed alot. But we know he has all his parts! lol. We can't wait to meet him.

Now as far an Nemo goes, I know a few people asked about him. There is no short way to tell this story. When he got very sick at the end of October we saw a huge turn around after he was given fluids and antibiotics. About a month later (End of Nov) he got sick again. Same type of thing. He hid under the bed, wouldn't eat, drink etc. Of course it happened on a weekend and we had to force feed him and give him liquids by syringe into his mouth. He was very sick again. Back to the vet and had another blood test done. My husband mentioned to the vet that the last time he was on antibiotics 2 of the pills were wasted when Nemo spit them up and we couldn't get them back into him. The vet didn't think that had anything to do with it but my husband insisted he give him another weeks worth of antibiotics while we were waiting for the test results. We brought him home and immediately after the first pill we saw a difference. The next day the blood tests came back normal again. Weird. Each day with the pills he got better and better. The vet wanted to do all kinds of more tests of course but again he seemed so much better. Within a week of taking the antibiotics he was right back to normal. In the meantime we brought Bailey our cat in to get neutered. I had a thought that maybe Nemo was sensing Baileys masculinity as Bailey had started to mature, and maybe he could smell his 'maleness' and was put out by it. So many theories for this illness went through my head. Then I received an email from a cat club I belong to and the topic was 'Poisoness Plants to cats'. I printed it out but didn't read it right away. A few days later I sat down to read it and almost fell on the floor! I thought I was a 'good' pet owner and kept my cats inside and kept them safe. But I'm reading this information and at the top of the list is Lilies. As soon as I read it I thought about my husband bringing me Lilies a few months ago. I had taken pictures of them so I immediately went and looked at the date I took the pics. I took pictures of the Lilies on Oct 23rd, about a week after I had received them. Nemo got sick the first time on Oct 25th. Coincidence? Those Lilies lasted forever and even after the flowers fell off I kept the plant because it was potted and still nice and green etc. I finally threw the plant out after about another month. Hense Nemo getting sick again?. Either way I had googled it and was stunned at just how poisoness these plants are to cats. I never knew that!!!!! It can kill them within hours if they ingest ANY part of the plant, not just the leaves but the flowers (even dead flowers) the roots or any part. CAT OWNERS BEWARE - Lilies are put into many plant arrangements that you can buy - DO NOT allow them in your house. I have many plants in my house and Nemo is not a plant eater. My theory is that he might of 'played' with a fallen flower and licked his paws. I really have no idea but I do know we are soooooooooo lucky that both of our cats alive and well. I just hope there is no long term affects from this. The vet doesn't think so but again I never got any clear answers from him.

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Now its time to see some new Christmas word art that went into
LLL Creations Dollar Mart ...

Christmas Word Art #4 - 5 cute christmas word art for only $1 - get them here.

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And sorry for the late December Frame ... but it's here now.
This is todays freebie ...

Download December Frame

If you are new to my blog ... well, I gave away these frames the first week of every month. If you've missed any ... you can get them here. (You can get the Mega Pack there too!)

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2011.

And as usual, comments are appreciated.


aquascrap said...

Welcome back.....have missed your blogs.
I don't have cats but that was good information re the lillies.....I have them growing in my garden.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and thankyou for the December frame

Arlene said...

YAY!!!!!!!!! Hi Lil. I'm glad I decided to check in to see if you had posted... great timing! I'm very happy to hear that Nemo is doing well. Weird about the Lilies. I didn't know that either. I'm off work now until Tuesday. We had our staff luncheon this afternoon and Dennis was invited to come with us. Then we had some last minute running around to do, a trip to the Beer Store and the Liquor Store and the grocery store, lol! Came home and made authentic Irish Coffees (in clear Irish Coffee glasses). YUM!

Recipe for Irish Coffee

Ingredients: (for 1 serving)

1 1/2 oz. Bushmills Irish whiskey
1-2 tsp. brown sugar
3-4 oz. strong coffee
1 oz. heavy cream / 35% cream

Mixing instructions:

Add sugar (preferably brown) to strong hot black coffee and stir until sugar is fully dissolved. Add Irish whiskey. Leave enough space in the glass to add the cream. Carefully "float" the unsweetened cream on to the coffee by using the back of a spoon. Do not stir. Sip the coffee through the cool cream to truly enjoy this classic.

Do not stir an Irish coffee. The point is to drink it through the cold whipped cream. The cream refreshes your top lip and the roof of your mouth, and just as you notice that it hasn't been sweetened to resemble a dessert, the coffee floods your mouth with a little bit of sweetness and a whole lot of warmth. It's like lava flowing down the side of a snow-capped volcano.

MERRY CHRISTMAS Lil and Peter. We love you!!!!!!! :-)

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the DigiFree category today [24 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Jody said...

Wow! I am so happy you are back and everyone is well. I was soooooooo worried. You will be even more busy when the little fellow arrives so don't worry about blogging. The important thing is that you are all well.

Blessings to you and your family at Christmas and in the New Year.

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 3 post on Dec. 24, 2010. Thanks again.