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Friday, 05/16/2003 - 05:28 PM PDT
The topic: I smell funky

Friday, May 16, 2003 I smell pretty funky right now. I've been working in the yard. By the pool, actually. We only walked on Monday because Brian left early for work the rest of the week. Well, not this morning. Nothing was keeping me from walking alone, I just didn't want to. So, I figured I'd work in the yard. I pulled weeds Monday and today, I started pulling grass. Of course, I have help. The young cats hang out while I'm digging in the dirt. When little clods of dirt go flying, they do run off a little ways. Chickens.

I've not been true to my life change (diet...*grin*) the past couple of weeks, but I'm still losing. I lost a pound last week and I've lost a pound this week. For a total of sixteen pounds lost. If I'd been more active, I'm sure I wouldn't have had the urge to nibble and I'd have burned more calories, resulting in more pounds taken off. I have lost over 25% of what I want to lose, so that's good. I have another forty five to go. But that's not going to happen at a pound a week. I have to get more active. And getting more active will result in less time spent online. It's not like that would be a big deal. It might be if I were doing things on my website, but I really haven't done much to speak of there in quite a while. I started actually turning off my surfing computer earlier this week. I read a book, pulled those weeds, puttered around the house. And I find I'm not really missing all that much by not being online. It's really kind of nice. The computer with the cameras is still running, though. But it's a really suck computer for surfing. All sorts of problems with images. Most of them are x'd out the longer I'm surf. It's a real PIA, so I don't use the Gateway for surfing much.

After I'd pulled the weeds Monday, I put my gloves out to dry (I'd watered before pulling and they got wet from the leaves). They are a lavendar color and from the house, the color looked really nice against the weathered cedar fence. I decided that I'd plant some flowers along the fence, for some brightness in the yard. When I went to Wal-Mart yesterday, I got two dahlias, two giant daisys and a delphinius. They're very nice and I'm looking forward to getting far enough in my weeding to plant them. You might see me down there working if you go to the backyard cam on the weather page. Brian had planned on going to the Sticks this weekend, but the plans changed. I didn't realize this and started telling him what I was doing by the pool and what he got to do (there are some patches of grass that I won't do because of spiders). He said "well, I guess we can do that tomorrow. I kind of thought maybe we'd go to Disneyland, but...." I said "I'd rather get this done. " And besides, I don't think Disneyland would be a great idea right now because I pulled the nail all the way back on my little toe and it most likely would cause problems if I was walking on it too much.

Oliver had his last chiro/acupuncture yesterday and I left the office bloodied and bitten. The vet put the first pins in Ollie's legs, then Ollie's back. And he must have hit pay dirt, because Oliver went nuts. I tried to calm him and he lashed out at me trying to get to his back. He swiped at my face, getting my neck directly under my chin. It kind of hurts today. He also got my arm. He ended up pulling out five of the six needles. I was trying to calm him down after the vet left the office (the needles have to set for twenty minutes) and he bit my arm. The bites and scratches on my arm don't hurt, but the ones on my neck do. *sigh* I'm glad it was the last visit. Oliver was pretty wound up the rest of the day. He's almost back to normal now, though. Good thing.

Annie seems to be having another one of her episodes. She was squatting lots this morning and I did find a little spot of urine that when I wiped it up, had some sort of icky red thing in it. *sigh* And at least twice today, I've had to run back into the office to get her out of a predicament with another cat. Once, though, I didn't see any other cat around, just Annie. I started her back up on amitriptyline. She's pretty mellow right now.

We haven't seen Angus around in a while. KittyMeeze and Little Bit are staying over here more than they are across the street. Truth be told, I haven't seen them both across the street since the beginning of the week. Repete hangs out in the yard where Munchkin used to live, but he does spend a little time over here. I have seen OC, Repete and SpotTee coming down from the bank in the afternoon. It's possible they stay up there during the day. I dunno.

Lucky is holding steady. She does seem to be getting better, little by little. She's so darned skinny. But she does eat and she's got fair sized poops.

What'd think in almost a week's time, more would have happened.

I'm waiting for the weather to warm up so that we can get Benny his summer cut. His mats are horrible and he absolutely refuses to let me either comb them out or cut them a little shorter. I use a tiny manicure scissors and he's having none of it. He starts grabbing at my arm and biting or scratching. That's not acceptable.

Angel seems to be loosening up a bit. Spending more time inside than in the garage. I know that Lonee went through this and she's at a point now where I can pet her most anywhere in the house she is.

Richie and Opie still do the occasional bully thing and I think that's one of Annie's problems. They like to tease her. I get really frustrated with them. Mystie can be pretty horrible about it, too.

I think the tile floors are going to be a big hit this summer. Even though it's not as warm as it usually is by this time of the year, yesterday and today saw the temperature rise a bit. I'm curious to see how many cats stay inside during the hot weather. And I'm curious to see if our utility bill drops. Right now, the house is staying cooler than it is outside. There were days when it was warm, almost too warm while standing in the sun, but in the shade it was cool enough to have on long sleeves. Being in the house was like being in the shade.

I guess that's it for now. I really do smell bad, so I'm going to go take a shower. The sweat felt good, though. I hope I'm not too sore this coming weekend. Oh, well, a great excuse to do nothing but read, I guess.

Replies: 3 comments

Enjoyed the diary input. You put in a lot of what different cats are up to. Your cats are my cats too. Thanks. I'd love a bigger cat family.
But Fred would make them misserable. Doing good on your weigh loss.

Posted by Darlene @ 05/17/2003 10:20 AM PDT

How is the tortie you took in and had fixed most recently?

Posted by Melanee @ 05/17/2003 01:02 PM PDT

We haven't seen her. Remember, I didn't even know she was still around when I found her in the trap. I thought we'd gotten Little Bit. I'm sure she's okay because the food we put out at night is still eaten.

Posted by lisaviolet @ 05/18/2003 10:38 AM PDT

lisaviolet is fifty something, married with no kids, takes care of lots of cats, likes taking photographs, loves Southern California weather and spends altogether too much time avoiding her responsibilities.

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