mollybarton: (knight lights)


Oh my God, the choir loft was so unbearably hot. If the windows hadn't been open, and one singer hadn't brought in a couple of fans, we all would have passed out! The congregation was overheated, too.

The weather has been ridiculous this Christmas! It was very warm and rainy Christmas Day, too.

The Christmas Eve service went pretty well, though someone forgot to give the choir candles. When it came time for the Candlelighting and Silent Night, the choir was left in the dark. It was terrible. We couldn't see our music, and the choir loft lights were never turned back on- so we couldn't see our music for Joy to the World, either! Argh. The Candlelighting is my favorite part of the service, and we missed it. :( Otherwise, it was a lovely evening.

This has been on display in the welcome center all throught the season:




Katie took this photo after church last night- a halo around a full moon! Despite the clouds, we got a good view.



Sam brought his cat, Truman, with him because he's staying with his mom and dad while he has time off. Truman is a great cat. Big, soft, and sweet. Rory did not like him, and hid. Truman stayed in his carrier most of the night. A very well behaved boy!


He loves his "dad", Sam!

He's not sure about his "grandma", Katie!


I made two special treats for the Christmas Eve dinner- mushrooms in puff pastry and a chocolate/marzipan truffle cake. The cake broke into three pieces, but I repaired it with extra ganache!

As usual, dinner involved lobsters and shrimp. Yum.


I'll post Christmas photos tomorrow. I'm still exhausted from last night!
mollybarton: (pete wisdom 1)
His name is Truman.

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He looks so serious!
mollybarton: (i love arrows)
Franklin the cat has passed away. Paul was home when Franklin died. :( We're not sure how old he was exactly, but he was probably around 16. He had a good, long life. I knew this was coming- he didn't eat much last time I house sat, and Katie said he hadn't been eating at all for days now. :(

An old photo of Sam with Franklin and Henry. Both of those good pets are gone now. :(

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Poor Giada is probably going to be lonely now. Katie has no plans to ever get another cat.
mollybarton: (mr met)
Had fun at the Nats/Mets game on Saturday night...even though the Mets lost 3-0. :(

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Mom and Dad pose with "Tom".

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It was Bobblehead night at Nationals Park! We all got free Jayson Werth bobblehead dolls. He proved his "Werth" at the game, hitting the only home run  of the game! I bought a Mickey Mouse in a Nats uniform, too.

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Since Paul was away for his birthday, we had our birthday dinner together at Cap'n Billy's. It was fun, but I ate too much.

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It's been too hot. :(

I went to PetSmart with Katie today and looked at the cats up for adoption. I saw several that are real possibilities for me! I'm going back tomorrow.
mollybarton: (Eddie)
Finished a cross stitch last night- a Dalek from Doctor Who!

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I have a cute Tardis chart to work on next.

Other stuff- Mom's garden is looking good. The azaleas are blooming now:

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I finally took care of Eddie's ashes. He loved azaleas, so I buried his box under a new one.

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Eventually, I'll have a marker made for both Eddie and Kira to put there. I miss my cats. :(
mollybarton: (Eddie)
This is going to take some getting used to. I've been cleaning up Eddie's stuff- his food and water dishes, little box, toys, cat bed...there are still cat hairs on a lot of things. I found his moose and almost started crying again. When I get the ashes, instead of spreading them in Mom's garden, I think I'll bury them with his moose. He loved that Beanie Baby!




I'll get a new cat. I'm going to wait a few months, though- probably will start looking around my birthday.
mollybarton: (Eddie)
Eddie had to be put to sleep today. He had a tumor in his lung, and it spread fast. He had too much fluid in his lungs to breathe. No wonder he wasn't eating. Poor baby. At least he isn't suffering anymore...but of course, now I am. I'm going to miss him so much. Eventually, I'll get another cat (I just can't live without cats!), but there will never be another Eddie. :(
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I still can't find the television ad with the "Need the Sun..." slogan, but I found a print ad for Eastern/Disney World with it:



Odd thing about this ad- it was released just before Eastern lost their exclusive Disney World deal to Delta. That was the begining of the end for them. :(

Watching the State of the Union now. So far, no "You lie!" moments, thank God. And only the faintest hint of boos.

Eddie is feeling better. He ate more today, and was more like himself.


mollybarton: (Eddie)
He's not eating much and won't let me pick him up. He acts like he's starving, but will only eat a few bites of whatever food I give him. Everything else seems normal. :( I guess he's just getting old. I'm not ready to lose him. I don't know what I'd do without him, silly as that sounds.
mollybarton: (Eddie)
Baby bats orphaned by the Australian floods. There are dozens of them. Can't forget God's smallest creatures during a disaster...:(

Bat Blankets! That utility belt has everything.
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Speaking of cute, Eddie just had a check-up. He has a bit of a heart murmur and thyroid trouble, so he has to have medicine. He's going to love that. Poor old kitty. :(

Kitty!

Dec. 20th, 2010 11:46 pm
mollybarton: (Eddie)

This is Giacomo. He still runs when someone gets too close, but he's been following me around as I walk Giada. He seems to like me.



Katie's tree:

 

I did some housecleaning for Katie, so that's one less worry for her when she gets home tomorrow. Sam did much better today, so he'll probably be released.


mollybarton: (Red Scharlach blanket)
I'm almost completely well. I was able to bake cookies today! Not my normal mass quantities, but I'm not needed to bake as many as I have in the past. I just have to make sure that the library "lunch bunch" gets some, and a large batch for Katie, too.

Those nasty meds cleared me up faster than I hoped! Sadly, I still have three days worth to take, and I have to take them. Because you never know what bugs might still be lurking...

Next week, Sam will have his back surgery, so good thoughts would be much appreciated! Katie and Paul are staying in Baltimore for at least three days for the surgery and recovery, so I'm going to be house and pet sitting. I hope Giada behaves. She's so huge now, and she's still not fully grown. Franklin the cat is sick again. Oh, joy. Sick cat and hyper puppy plus worrying about Sam will make me a nervous wreck!

Back to choir practice tomorrow- just in time. The carol service is next Sunday!!!! Time for the annual freak-out. I hope two more rehersals will be enough for me to catch up- I missed two, plus two Sundays. :(
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This cold has completely knocked me on my ass. I couldn't get out of bed for most of the past two days. I probably overdid it shopping on Friday. Hell, it was worth it. :p But I missed church this morning, and haven't had the energy to start putting up Christmas decorations. That really sucks. :(

I hated missing church- the choir really needed me, but I wouldn't have been able to sing anyway. Plus, I didn't want to pass on any germs to other choir members, because that wouldn't be cool. ;)

I did manage to get a good start on Dad's Christmas present- a classic car cross stitch that will be put in keyholder frame. I also almost finished Katie's Mets necklace and earrings set- they just need to be glued. I have no glue, so it's back to Michaels tomorrow after my fillings are done at the dentist. Oh, that's going to be fun...cold+needles+drill=scared KM.

Franklin the cat is doing better, according to Katie. So at least she won't lose another pet before Christmas!
mollybarton: (Eddie)
Katie had to take Franklin to the emergency vet last night. I have no idea what's wrong or how he is. I hope he doesn't die. Katie doesn't need to lose another pet so soon after Henry! :( He is an old cat, though...

Speaking of cats, I think sometimes that Eddie wants to kill me! He tripped me while I was trying to keep him from running out the door, and the door shut on my neck and shoulders. Ouch. Bad kitty!

Went to the dentist today, and I have to have a filling replaced. Dammit. I may also have to start wearing a mouth guard at night. That just sucks!

Did some Christmas shopping today, too. I ordered some crafting stuff online:



I'm going to turn these scrapbook "bottlecaps" into jewelry.

Dad bought my big Christmas present early. I wanted a crafting table, and Michaels had a nice one- a rolling desk with a folding table and storage drawers. There was a 40% off coupon in the paper, so Dad thought it would be a good idea to pick it up now.
mollybarton: (Eddie)
But he's also in good shape! The vet just loves him. Eddie is about 75 in human years. I think he'll be around for a while longer. :)

Mom's garden is winding down, but she still has some roses coming up!

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She also made a fall display of mums, squash, and gourds, putting them on a discarded cart from the library.

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mollybarton: (Eddie)
How to Give a Cat a Pill

1. Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby.
Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat’s mouth and gently apply
pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand.
As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth.

Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa.

Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.

3. Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.

4. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm,
holding rear paws tightly with left hand.

Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with
right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.

5. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe.

Call spouse in from the garden.

6. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws.

Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing
wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub
cat's throat vigorously.

7. Retrieve cat from curtain rail.

Get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines
and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.


8. Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on
cat with head just visible from below armpit.

Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open
with pencil and blow down drinking straw

9. Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans and have a stiff drink to take taste away. Apply band-aid to
spouse's forearm and remove blood from carpet with hydrogen peroxide & cold water.

10. Retrieve cat from neighbor's shed.

Get another pill. Have another drink. Place cat in cupboard, and close door onto neck, to leave head
showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.

11. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard
door back on hinges. Have two more drinks.

Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Apply alcohol compress to cheek to disinfect. Toss back some more shots. Throw tee-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

12. Call fire department to retrieve the damn cat from the top of the tree across the road. Apologize to neighbor
who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat.

Take last pill from foil wrap.

13. Using heavy-duty pruning gloves from shed, tie the little *&#%^'s front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of filet steak. Be rough about it. Hold head vertically and pour two pints
of water down throat to wash pill down.

14. Drink everything left in the house. Get spouse to drive you to the emergency room. Sit quietly while doctor
stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home to
order new table.

How To Give A Dog A Pill

1. Wrap it in bacon.

2. Toss it in the air
.

Very true. :p Though I've been able to trick Eddie into taking his pills...
mollybarton: (Eddie)
I went to puppy training at PetSmart today with Katie. Giada is doing very well, except she still jumps on people. After the class was over, I went to see the cats and kittens up for adoption. They were all so damn cute! One looked like Kira as a kitten. :( An older cat looked like Eddie. I wish I could adopt one, or four...but Eddie is just too old now to get used to new cats.

They had some nice dogs today, as well. I think my next pet will be a dog.

I'm pet sitting this week. I get to spend a lot of time with Giada! She's learning tricks now, so I'm going to be working with her on those. She's such a cutie. And she's getting so big!
mollybarton: (Eddie)
Eddie has always had a problem retracting his claws. He scratches everything and everyone he touches! They have gotten too long to deal with. So I had his nails clipped at the vet today. It didn't hurt him, and now his claws are harmless to people and furniture. :) I've never understood why people feel they need to declaw cats- it's painful and cruel. Trimming the claws and making them a bit blunt works just as well with no pain involved. It just annoys the cat. Eddie is PISSED. He loved his long sharp claws...but as an indoor cat, he doesn't need them that sharp and long!

Meanwhile, I have finally recovered from my headache. I hope now that the pollen is going away, so will my allergies and headaches...

Felt like throwing up a lot today, though. No idea where that came from.
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Eddie escaped today! He knows he's a housecat now, but still likes to sneak outside when it's sunny!



Mom planted some daffodils in old tires:



It's nice and sunny, but a bit chilly, too.


mollybarton: (Eddie)

Baby lemons on my mom's tree! There are seven so far. Last year she only had one.



Eddie, posing on my bed. He's mad because I woke him up. :p


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