Friday, September 22, 2017

Happy Birthday Oliver!

Happy Birthday to you Oliver.  You bring such joy to my life and I love your quirky personality.  I never know what to expect with you!  I am so glad you are part of the family.  Now you are the oldest and have a big role to play as big brother.  I know you are up to the challenge!

Purrs and Hugs to my favorite 4 year old!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thursday Travels

On our last day we traveled back to Nairobi and visited one of the maternity homes of the Mercy House.  They have two homes in undisclosed locations so I don't have but one photo.  The girls need to remain protected.
Mercy House rescues girls from the slums around Kenya that are pregnant and gives them a chance for transformation and healing.  The bedrooms are super cute and practical as each mother has a crib above her bed for the baby.  There are four girls and babies to a room.

We had an amazing time of worship with the girls as they sang and gave praise to our Lord.  These girls show us that God still works miracles and is a loving God.

All too soon, it was time to be heading to the airport for two long flights home.  We certainly had a lot to think about and process.
Our plane in London getting ready to take us home!  This flight was practically empty so Auntie moved to her own row and I had mine!  We loved all the extra space and attention by the attendants!

Well, that sums up our trip.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing a different part of the world.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Mancat Monday

The panthers are all sick at the moment with colds and various things.  They are just lying around the house or hiding.  It is quite pitiful!
Flynn and Harrison resting by the "fire" trying to stay warm :)  They both have a cold and are sneezing a lot.

Harrison has moved to a new bed. He is eating well but doesn't feel like playing or anything.

Flynn hoping the sun will help him.  He still eats fine and is starting to perk up a bit now.  He and Harry have been sneezing for at least 5 days now.  We should be getting to the end of the cold.

This is Oliver's tail sticking out from under the couch.  He is having a worse time than the others and has ulcers in his mouth and throat.  He is growling a lot because he is uncomfortable.  He is on pain meds and something to help coat the ulcers.  That medicine is obviously of the devil because he flings his head around and I end up wearing more than he gets I feel!  He started by flicking his mouth funny on Wednesday night, so he went in on Thursday. 

He continued to eat, if you would put his favorite hard food in a pile under the couch.  Canned food hurt his mouth too much.
Last night (Sunday) he came out for a bit to drink.  This morning he was out more as well and asking for snuggles.  I think he is on the mend, finally!

Purrs that the panthers feel better soon...they are true mancats in how they handle feeling poorly!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Foster Friday

The kittens are all doing well this week!!
Regina and Monte are exploring more and more...

Madeline just loves to snuggle!  She wants to sit with you all the time and will scream until you pick her up.

Rusty loves to have a nest to sleep in, although he wont seek it out, but will stay if you put him there.

Josie is already spoken for...we are just not sure which other kitten will be going with her yet.

Another cute one of Rusty...he was nursing away with his mouth while he slept!

Harrison and Rusty...thankfully the panthers don't mind the kittens.

Received preliminary report from the state lab, but it doesn't really shed any light on the problem.  I'm waiting for my vet to call so we can talk it over.  Maybe the full report will be back next week.  Everyone seems healthy though and they all eat well and are playing more and more.  Fingers crossed we are out of the woods!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thursday Travels - Kiria Day Two

Day two in Kiria started with us dividing into teams and visiting homes.  We were going to learn how to make a few Kenyan dishes and see what life is like on a daily basis.
This is the kitchen in the home I visited.  It is a separate building from the house.  The building is pretty small and the smell of smoke and heat from the fire can be a bit overwhelming at times.  Thankfully, they didn't get offended if we needed to step out and get some fresh air! 
Peeling potatoes for Mukimo.  I got a bit sunburned the first day in the village!

Members of the team...Ariel, Auntie and Amy

Mercy, the village coordinator for 410 Bridge is showing us around the property.  Each person has a wonderful garden and therefore the village is not hungry.

Amy and Ariel making Chapati...a flat dough like Naan or pita.

The men and C from our team are all can see the wood C tried to chop in the yard.  It looks more like a tornado came through!

We ended up back at the school for a closing ceremony where we were each given a Leso, which is a piece of fabric you wear as a wrap when cooking.  The women showed us how to tie them on.  This fabric could then be taken off and used as a blanket, or you could make it into a bundle for carrying groceries, etc...very useful to have.

Our trip is coming to an end...we have one more place to visit next week...Mercy House.  I have posted about this organization before and was very excited to see it in action and meet the residents.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Foster Friday

We have been doing some better in the foster world this week, but still had a sad moment...
Sweet Charlie passed away Sunday morning.  He has been the weakest of the crew, but still eating well and walking around to seek out snuggles.  Auntie and I dropped him off at the State Vet Lab to have a full necropsy done so we can hopefully get some answers as to what is going on with this group.  For those that have lost count, that is three cats (1 adult, 2 kittens) that have passed away from our house this week!  Needless to say, its been a rough one.

This little stinker, Rusty, has made himself at home.  He is the first one to come downstairs and prefers to hang out with us over the other kittens.  I wonder if Tanner is telling him something?

He loves to snuggle and sleep in your arms...

What a cutie pie...wish they could stay this size!

Checking out all the hiding places...we can still see you Rusty!

The other kittens are all doing well.  Josie has a potential adopter once she gets big enough.  She and Regina and Rusty are from the same litter as the ones that have died, so I'd like to be able to tell adopters what happened to their brothers.

Madeline and Zoe each weigh one pound and a half!!  They look so good these days and play hard.  Monte is almost at two pounds and is looking more like a cat these days.  He shouldn't have any trouble finding a home.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Thursday Travels - Kiria Kenya - Day One

After visiting the coffee plantation, we continued driving through the rift valley and ended up at Lake Naivasha, Kenya.  We spent the night at a fabulous hotel and traveled the next morning to Kiria.  The drive is about 1-1/2 hours.  Auntie and I were super excited because today we will get to see our sponsor girls again!
The morning started off with a welcoming ceremony and then it was time to get to work.  We were helping the village start the foundation for the schools administrative building.  Many of the villagers were out and ready to help. 
I also jumped in and helped...we all like to take part in each task for the day.

Our trip leader helping...

Auntie working hard!

Finally it was time to see the kids some more and hang out with Eunice.  I was super excited because Eunice sought me out this time and was not shy in the least!  Here she is (left) with her older sister Millie, and younger sister Christine. 
Auntie with Margaret and me with Eunice.

Me with Christine and Eunice again.  It was starting to rain... 
Our whole crew...we didn't get to see our other sponsor girl Evelyne this time because she was in boarding school.
We visited with Eunice and Margaret for a couple of hours.  We played Memory and Go Fish.  I think they had a great time!  Eunice won both rounds of Go Fish.  When we were walking the kids home, she just leaned into me and said "I've never won at anything".  She was so happy!

Next week I'll talk about day two in the village, where we did "The Day in the Life".