Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from our family to yours.  

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Tanner Tuesday

Tanner is doing well.  His sniffles have not come back since going off the antibiotics a couple of weeks ago...knock on wood!  He continues to get his Proviable in his food to help boost his immune system.  He loves having fewer pills to take!

Cousin Georgie is going to take over this blog today and ask for purrs.  He will be going tomorrow for a Perineal Urethrostomy.

He was diagnosed with having crystals in his urine in the summer.  He started on SO food and the crystals went away.  However, now he seems to be producing more a sand texture grit, which has caused him to become obstructed once already.  Since he is still acting funny when he uses the litter box and the sand still causes bleeding, the vet thinks it is best to do the surgery before he blocks again.  Auntie and I agree and since we will both have quite a bit of time off for the holidays, this is the best time to do it.  Purrs for a speedy and uncomplicated recovery would be appreciated!

Do any of you have experience with this surgery?

Monday, December 19, 2016

Mancat Monday

The mancats have been busy helping me wrap the presents.  They don't realize these are for them!  MOL  Each boy is getting a paper box with goodies inside.  They can enjoy their treats and then shred their box!
Tanner and Oliver checking it out... 

Oliver getting under the paper making sure the piece it large enough. 

Flynn loves paper...thankfully no one will care if there are holes in the paper!

Oliver and Tanner

Oliver and Tanner again...I know Harrison came over, but I guess I didn't get a picture of him!

Everyone is doing well and getting ready for the holidays.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Remembering Devon

Remembering my boy Devon today.  He is forever 11 and has now been gone for 4 years.  Thank you, Devon, for sending me a couple of crazies with Oliver and Harrison!  I'm so thankful for our time together even though it wasn't as much as I wanted.  We lived life to the fullest and will be reunited one day.  Purrs and head bumps to you at the bridge today.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Fair Trade Friday - Amazima Ministries

Today's post features an organization called Amazima Ministries.  Amazima pronounced (Ah MAH Zee Mah) was founded by a lady named Katie Davis.  She went to Uganda after graduating high school and saw a real need and felt led to do something.

 In her book, Kisses From Katie, that I highly recommend, she tells about working as a teacher in an orphanage.  Orphanages are different than what many of us imagine.  Many of the children have parents and family close by and they come to visit.  Why are they living in the orphanage you may be asking.  Well, the family can't afford to take care of them, provide food and education for them.  So, living at the orphanage gives them a chance.

Katie started a sponsorship program to help these kids be able to return to living with their families because their basic necessities would be covered through the sponsorship.

In addition to running the sponsorship program, Katie discovered a need to help families earn an income.  The website states, "At the beginning of 2010, Amazima Ministries started the Masese Women’s Beading Circle because we saw the need to develop a self-sustaining vocational program for mothers in the Masese community. Our desire is to empower these women, to provide hope for their families, and to see the Gospel to take root in their lives."

There are many beautiful products available through the Amazima Store.  There are even special Christmas Bundles to help families in Uganda, and also to help spread the word about what Katie and her organization are accomplishing.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tanner Tuesday

"Knock on Wood" Tanner is sounding less stuffy these days!  It is like he has turned a corner finally!  He is on week three of his antibiotics and only has 4 doses left. Thankfully, Oliver goes to see the vet on Thursday (annual stuff) so we can discuss Tanner without him having to go in.
Tanner loves to help with the decorating and enjoys sleeping under the tree.  He has never bothered the tree or tried to climb it.  I don't know what it is with this new generation of kittens! 
I make up Tanner's pill case every Sunday for the week.  There is an AM and a PM side.  This helps me when it comes to the every other day pills!
Sunday is also arthritis injections for him, Cousin Sophie and Cousin Pirate. 
But first, we all have to weigh.  Tanner now weighs 16 pounds. He will need to cut back on the snacks a bit!
Sunday is spa day at our house, which includes weighing and any combination of these, depending on what you need for the day...
Ears cleaned
Chin combed
Nails trimmed
Litter picked out from between toes (my personal favorite)
Back ends wiped off if you are stinky
Do you have a spa day at your house?  Are there other areas you pay attention to that are not listed above?
Thanks for the continued purrs for Tanner...they are working! 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Mancat Monday

Harrison and Flynn are learning about this whole Christmas's pretty exciting but tiring too!
Do you hear something brother?
Harrison (top) Flynn (bottom)

Flynn isn't sure about what is going on in the house...

Harrison just trying to act cool...
Where did this box come from?  I wonder what is in here...
It's empty, but there is a TREE in the living room!
Harrison and Flynn spent the first part of putting up the tree and decorating getting into trouble.  They wanted to chew on each branch!  Thankfully, they did not try to climb the tree like Cousin Georgie.  Harrison did crunch two light bulbs and we are hoping he hasn't swallowed any glass!  We are keeping a close watch on him :)  There are some soft ornaments and ornaments with bells on the lowest branches that they can play with if they want.

It wasn't long before they were both in the bed upstairs, completely zonked out!  Here is Flynn...I covered him up, and he stayed like this for a couple of hours.

Harrison like to nestle in the 'momma' blanket...I covered him up later too and he slept and slept!
These boys can't handle all this excitement!  They are having a good first Christmas so far though.  How are your cats doing with the tree?  Do you put one up?