Monday, July 28, 2014

On the mend!!

I am happy to report that Domino is well on his way to a full recovery! Here he is lazing on my bed, no longer ill and feverish...

His checkup at the end of last week showed that his gaping wound from the abscess (trust me, you don't want to see those pictures) is healing quite nicely.

He was a trooper while getting another antibiotic injection and having some more blood drawn, but for the time being at least, he is off insulin. The remission may be temporary, but my fingers are crossed until his next checkup in a week or so.

He's a bit anemic, but that's being chalked up to the ordeal he's been through.
Yes, he's doing well -- although I think he's milking this for all it's worth.
Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers! It was rough going at the outset, but great vet care and his strong spirit has pulled him through!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

My sweet Domino

I am praying for a quick recovery for Domino, my so-sweet kitty who doesn't deserve to be sick. He's in the hospital tonight, feeling lousy, hooked up to an IV and sporting this lovely blue and pink e-collar.

But this story started several months ago.  Domino was diagnosed with diabetes in April, when he simply was supposed to be checking into the vet hospital for a teeth cleaning. But the blood and urine tests painted a different picture, and so the work to get a good balance with insulin began. The dental procedure had to be put on hold.
Then last weekend he stopped eating, so I couldn't inject his insulin.
Monday morning found him back at the vet,  and suddenly the dental -- and lots of extractions -- took center stage. Infection was taking hold in his mouth and it wasn't a pretty picture.
He came home Monday night, but just didn't bounce back. He barely was eating, the pain meds made him a little loopy and he just seemed "off." He did have his own "suite," bunking in the master bath/bedroom with room service included.
Then Thursday morning I was greeted by drops of blood on the bathroom floor. I feared a possible urinary blockage, not uncommon in male cats. So he accompanied me to work again, but it wasn't a UTI. No, he had a huge abscess lurking under his tail. Bloody, skin sloughing off… Enough said.
So he's in ICU, having the nasty area cleaned, receiving IV fluids and plenty of attention.
Diabetics are much more prone to infections, but this is just so unfair for this gentle soul.
Say a prayer that soon he'll be back to his loving, silly self -- as in the photo below.
Get well soon, Domino!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A time to bloom

Time for a little walk in the garden. Othercat is not our cat, but he loves to hang around outside and stroll through the flowers. His name? We call him Othercat because he was that "other cat" that passed by but never really moved on this spring. He's not really tame, but he will approach you a bit...


 Othercat thinks he is very cute...



Othercat has the right idea. Take some time to relax and enjoy the great outdoors...

Friday, July 4, 2014

Neither rain….

Nope, no stopping the Red, White and Blue Parade in Upper Salford. A little bit of rain won't stop us from celebrating!!

Happy Fourth of July

Last year, the weather on the Fourth of July was hot and sunny. This year, well, not so much. 

But just in case the rain prevents you from heading out to festivities this morning, here are a few shots from the 2013 Red, White and  Blue parade in Upper Salford. It's always a great, small-town celebration!

Whatever you do today, take some time to remember those who have served our country, present and past.

Go ahead, eat too much, take in some patriotic fun and ooh and ahhh  as fireworks light up the sky.
Have a wonderful Fourth!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Fashionable Fourth??

Check out this dress, featured in a store window in Williamsport.
Looking for something different to wear to that Fourth of July celebration?
This might be it!!

And pair that dress with these sparkled boots!

Me, I'd rather watch the Red, White and Blue Parade in Upper Salford. Here's a favorite from last year!

Short, sweet vacation

Because of myriad events in my life this year, an extended far-away vacation was not possible. But a few days away can be just as sweet, don't you think? And so a jaunt to Williamsport was planned, and a pleasant journey it was! And who could resist a "Pottsville Creme" doughnut as we made the trek north:

Almost there!

Our goal -- the historic Peter Herdic Inn, a beautiful restored mansion on Millionaires Row...

A few glimpses of our wonderful inn…

Cool papier-mache carrot created by our artist/innkeeper...

A ghost next door? No, just some covered work project… 

A delightful stop at the Bullfrog Brewery...

 Dinner out...


Wonderful mural in town on several buildings...


My man… Ringo!

 Don't miss Alabaster coffeeshop!


Remember when we still wrote letters??

Anyone remember Grit? Back when it was a newspaper? My parents loved getting it!

Some sites along Millionaires Row...

Sad to say, this business is no longer open...

A great trip -- saw lots more than this, but wish we had had more time!!