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karalianne, in the Orange Bracket, played Monday February, 2nd for 115 points, following 100% of her 8 rules. She didn't lose any life points and therefore got 1 piece of fruit for the hard work. Her public review of the day was…

Monday at home with Flame (who disappeared while I was in the bath and re-emerged when my husband got home) and the piggers. Tried to get stuff done, was frustrated here and there. Trying to figure out how to do better; will try Wednesday (next day at home).

:) MaryAnn
about 1 month ago

Sounds like Flame is connecting with your husband, is she?

:) HoopingFran50
about 1 month ago

My mother always said cats can retreat to the fourth dimension. Good luck getting stuff done. Be kind to yourself, however.

:) MaryAnn
about 1 month ago

Ha! So that explains where one of ours goes every night — the fourth dimension!

about 1 month ago

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karalianne, in the Orange Bracket, played Sunday February, 1st for 96 points, following 100% of her 7 rules. She didn't lose any life points and therefore got 1 piece of fruit for the hard work. Her public review of the day was…

Sunday we brought home Flame, our new kitty! She is a torbie – a tortie tabby. Very sweet. She had a rough start to life – was rejected by her mother and littermates so was hand-raised by a woman. Then at some point she lived with a man who treated her really badly, so she’s shy of men. Happily, she will sit with my husband and love on him if he’s sitting still. She spent the last two years living with one of my friends, but her other cats didn’t like Flame so they had to be kept separate. Flame is still getting used to our house, but I think she’s at least figured out that there isn’t another cat here. She has a food allergy that we think is probably grain, which means special food. Her eyes are really green. You can see pictures of her here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/karalianne/sets/72157648267979594/

:) MaryAnn
about 1 month ago

Flame is lovely. I’m sure her tough life has taken a turn for the better, now that she’s with you.

:) MaryAnn
about 1 month ago

What happened to Roy? Is she/he in heaven now?

:) karalianne
about 1 month ago

Roy disappeared back in June and never came home. We figure coyotes got her but of course I’m hopeful that she just found a new home with people who will love her as much as we did/do.

:) MaryAnn
about 1 month ago

I hope so too.
It’s good you got Flame.

:) bud lake
about 1 month ago

Happy home new Kitty!

:) krystallazuli
about 1 month ago

Pretty kitty!

:) HoopingFran50
about 1 month ago

She’s a real beauty and lucky to have landed in your home. Enjoy her!

:) SylvieF
about 1 month ago

She’s lovely! And lucky to have found you.

:) Brooke
about 1 month ago

I think Flame is beautiful.
Fun to have a new being in the place.
New for everybody.

(Could corn be hard for her to process?
sometimes added to foods, human and other)

:) karalianne
about 1 month ago

It could be corn, could be rice, could be wheat… she’s on wet food with an allergy-formula kibble on the side. I’m debating keeping her with her old vet or getting her records transferred to my vet. I’ll probably have things transferred as I prefer to have everyone all at the same place. We’ll give her a few months to get used to the place and then once baby is big enough to handle a trip to the vet we’ll take her in for a checkup and I’ll discuss the transfer of records with my vet and stuff then.

about 1 month ago

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karalianne, in the Orange Bracket, played Saturday January, 31st for 159 points, following 85% of her 7 rules. She lost 1 life point for missing the following: go to bed before 11pm at least 5 days a week. Her public review of the day was…

Saturday was a bit of a lazy day. I did get lids built for the guinea pig cages, though. George and Luther were really happy to get a roof over their heads!

:) HoopingFran50
about 1 month ago

Happy that the little piggies have a roof over their heads at last!

about 1 month ago

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karalianne, in the Orange Bracket, played Friday January, 30th for 130 points, following 100% of her 7 rules. She didn't lose any life points and therefore got 1 piece of fruit for the hard work. Her public review of the day was…

Friday was pretty good. Luther (the sick pig) was more alert in the evening – good sign.

Day was good, got some stuff done. By night time I was generally uncomfortable and fed up with everything. Little things were irritating me far more than they normally would. :P

:) HoopingFran50
about 1 month ago

I hope Luther continues to improve. Sorry about the minor irritations, but I guess that comes with the territory. You are handling things very well, considering.

about 1 month ago

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karalianne, in the Orange Bracket, played Thursday January, 29th for 116 points, following 100% of her 7 rules. She didn't lose any life points and therefore got 1 piece of fruit for the hard work. Her public review of the day was…

Doctor’s appointment; all is well so far as I know.

Had A&W for lunch at the mall and picked up a few minor groceries at Safeway, then headed to Value Village, where I got a bunch of newborn clothes including a snowsuit, as well as a copy of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding.

Then went to visit with my friend for a while, which was nice as I got to relax on her futon (in couch form) while we chatted. And then I took the new rescue pigs and all their stuff; they’d been with her since Sunday. Their names are George and Luther, surrendered because of allergies that were just getting worse – to the point of hives, even with medication. Luther seems to have an upper respiratory infection (URI) so I’ve been giving him meds. So far it seems to be helping. We might be able to avoid a trip to the vet! You can see pictures of them here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/karalianne/sets/72157650565509375/

:) MaryAnn
about 1 month ago

Glad all is well.

Very cute piggies!

:) HoopingFran50
about 1 month ago

Happy to here that things are going well…the little guys are really cute!

about 1 month ago

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karalianne, in the Orange Bracket, played Wednesday January, 28th for 125 points, following 87% of her 8 rules. She didn't lose any life points and therefore got 1 piece of fruit for the hard work. Her public review of the day was…

Was pretty productive Wednesday. Had a bath in the morning and somehow managed to wash my hair. (That was a challenge.) The rest of the day any physical activity caused my belly to get really tight. Very uncomfortable, especially since then whenever I sat down the baby would start moving around. Just couldn’t get any peace!

I got space cleared in the living room for the new rescue guinea pigs as they have a large cage. I’ll introduce you to them when I post about Thursday. :)

:) HoopingFran50
about 1 month ago

That’s great that you are getting the rescues to care for. Sorry the little guy on the inside is making you so uncomfortable right now, but that seems to be the norm. Best wishes!

about 1 month ago

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karalianne, in the Orange Bracket, played Tuesday January, 27th for 194 points, following 100% of her 7 rules. She didn't lose any life points and therefore got 1 piece of fruit for the hard work. Her public review of the day was…

A difficult day. Much sadness about Batman. Generally morose. My husband actually sat through an episode of Dharma & Greg before we went to bed, in an attempt to cheer me up.

:) MaryAnn
about 1 month ago

Hang in there, Janna.

:) HoopingFran50
about 1 month ago

Grieving for a beloved pet takes time, so let yourself be sad and love on your husband for being so supportive during this difficult time.

about 1 month ago

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karalianne, in the Orange Bracket, played Monday January, 26th for 101 points, following 85% of her 7 rules. She lost 1 life point for missing the following: look after my hair at least 10 minutes 6 days a week. Her public review of the day was…

Monday was, as you know, a sad day. My husband bought me potted daffodils so if I can look after them properly I will have a bright yellow reminder of Batman every year. If anyone has tips that would be great. In spite of things, I was able to get some dishes done and I did some laundry and made dinner and stuff, so the day wasn’t all bad.

:) SylvieF
about 1 month ago

I’m so sorry about Batman. You’re in my thoughts.

:) Brooke
about 1 month ago

For me, I would
say to let the
sadness out any
time you can.

Whenever I try
to stop my
emotions or
resist them,
they come back
bigger, stronger,
and scarier.

Conversely, when
I allow them,
they move
faster through
me and don’t
make as much
trouble.

I also try to
remember that
I’m crying for
myself, usually…
at being left
behind, not
being able to
hold, smell,
hear, and
physically
love that
being.

And I talk to
them… out
loud, or
silently.
The relationship
continues. Just
the physical
part has
changed.

:) CynthiaR
about 1 month ago

I wrote when my Wookie (my last Malamute in the US) died (in 1996). I still miss her every year on that date, and every other day, too, on some level, but I have two or three poems I wrote then and they continue to remind me why.

Being as you’re a writer, too…that’s my suggestion. But then that’s always my suggestion to life’s sadnesses and joys. Good luck sitting with your grief, Janna, and thank you for sharing it here. x

:) Elfu
about 1 month ago

I’m so sorry too. I hope you can give yourself time to grieve.

:) HoopingFran50
about 1 month ago

I agree with Brooke that you should let yourself grieve when and where you need to. I’d also copy her message and read it often. It is that beautiful. Thank you, Brooke for expressing so wonderfully what I feel but can’t put in words.

about 1 month ago

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karalianne, in the Orange Bracket, played Sunday January, 25th for 101 points, following 75% of her 8 rules. She lost 2 life points for missing the following: read a book for at least 30 minutes 5 days a week, go to bed before 11pm at least 5 days a week. Her public review of the day was…

Sunday we were almost on time for church – they were singing the Processional Hymn when we arrived.

I cleaned the guinea pig cage in the afternoon and Batman was listless and just wanted to sleep. When I went to feed them at bedtime, he was bloated and obviously in pain. I gave him simethicone and massaged his belly a little to try and get things moving. He spent the night in the cat carrier next to the bed.

Come Monday morning he had pooped a bit. I gave him more simethicone and a bit of painkiller, and I did more massage. He didn’t want to swallow anything I put in his mouth – not water, not Critical Care, nothing. He did swallow something as he did pee at one point. He passed at 11.45 a.m. Monday morning. (Normally I wouldn’t do this but I didn’t want to leave you all in suspense.)

:) MaryAnn
2 months ago

So sorry, Janna. Poor little Batman.
They’re fragile little creatures, aren’t they? And I know you love them.

:) Brooke
2 months ago

Oh Gosh…
Batman is practically
our team Mascot y now.
I’m very sorry
about him leaving you.
There is really
nothing that can
fill that furry
little spot.
I wish you warmth
and comfort.

:) CynthiaR
2 months ago

Oh, dear, I feel like Batman has been a part of my/our life/lives for decades! I am so so so sad. I think of him often. I think of Batman and Zephyr as my HM mascots, though I hope (Brooke) that Zephyr would not feel that put him on a low pedestal (like a piggy might need) whatsoever. Both are HM stars.

I know how you loved him, Janna, and what a wonderful, caring home environment he had for all these years. He was a good guy and I know we will all miss him. I know I will.

Go in peace, little guy. xx

:) Brooke
2 months ago

I really love his name!
That gives him added juice
in my book.
Great name.

:) HoopingFran50
about 1 month ago

I am so sorry about little Batman. It hurts so much to lose a pet, no matter how tiny it is. Our cat group would say GLOWS to light his way to the Bridge and to ease you aching heart. GLOWS are warm thoughts, good vibes, healing prayers – whatever your personal faith decrees.

:) karalianne
about 1 month ago

Thank you everyone. I will miss Batman very much. Squeak doesn’t seem to know how to eat his morning veggies without having to hide them from a cagemate. However, I can’t house him with Bubble as they are so territorial and those two just never really got over their original falling out. I can probably do floor time with them together (outside the cage) but I don’t think they can share a cage.

2 months ago

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karalianne, in the Orange Bracket, played Friday January, 23rd for 114 points, following 100% of her 7 rules. She didn't lose any life points and therefore got 1 piece of fruit for the hard work. Her public review of the day was…

Got a fair bit done around the house on Friday, including dishes and some laundry. Finished reading Beyond the Sling (Mayim Bialik). Having trouble getting comfortable when sitting on the couch. :P

:) HoopingFran50
2 months ago

Sorry about the discomfort, but I guess it comes with the territory for you right now. Congratulations getting stuff done – that always feels good.

2 months ago