Friday, July 17, 2009

Wow, What a Week!

Catch up time! Long summer days keep me busy, but here is a quick review...

When we got home from vacation last week, there was note from the 'pet' sitter that Rocky had not eaten in two days. Lovely...and why was there no call alerting us after the first day and asking for advice? If a human child had not eaten for that long, don't you think the parent would be notified? (I remain thoroughly disgusted to this day over this lack of care for my kitty especially since I was promised that this expensive care would be excellent. I believe I had successfully hired a house sitter and not a pet sitter). Off we went to the vet the next morning. He was constipated, given sedation, and cleaned out so to speak. He was kept over night which was fine. The bad news is that his BUN and creatine levels are high which means kidney issues which is bad news for felines and could mean a shortened life. Well, of course there are going to be kidney issues in a small animal when it hasn't eaten or consumed water due to sheer pain...so he is now on a special Purina canned food (thru the vet only) that I mix with warm water, a kidney med, and Miralax. The good news is that his bowels are great and the Miralax is far better than the prescribed Cisapride that another vet recommended a while back. The bad news is that it cost a whopping $500. So, to look on the bright side I am choosing to think about this entire situation as a positive one unless the kidney's do not recover. Rocky is much improved and his bowels have never been more regular and normal for three years. (Rock has had this problem before and the 'pet' sitter was forewarned and told not take any chances and get him to the vet). Rock seems happy and continues to attack Tiger thus remaining the big domineering Mountain Lion! I found railroad ties! That is not an exciting thing to most folks, but I have been looking and begging for a year now! So, the contractor that refused to put on my layer of limestone dust agreed to haul 50 ties. It took three hours to get them, bring them back and unload them. He wasn't going to charge me since he knew he 'owed' me, but I don't use people. I paid him very well and hopefully he will learn something from that...he loaned me an excellent tool...it is a claw like thing that grabs heavy objects. I chained it to the bucket and it worked like a charm! Hmmm, maybe he will let me keep it?

The following day we hired a man to help arrange the ties. It threatened rain, so the day was not stifling hot and there was a slight breeze. I thought this would be completed in a couple of hours max, but no....it took several hours to say the least. I will say this, the man cannot see straight and my ties looked like a snake when one side was complete. But, not to complain...the strong 'Grampie' genes came through as it was I that had to do most of the rearranging of 90 pound ties that were tightly aligned despite my ignored suggestions not to push them tight as we could rearrange when they were all placed...I was completely exhausted. After a shower, I had to lie down! My arms and back were very sore the next day, but I chalk that up to good exercise. I looked like I came out of a coal mine and when I washed my hair, the water was brown! Yuck!!!!
The next step is to find the right sand...coarse, angular, and washed twice...and that will be no treat either as one cannot have any vehicles on the packed limestone. The sand will have to be dumped on the sides and manually spread out until half way then the tractor can do the rest as the newly laid sand will prevent marks on the base.
Friends of ours experienced a devastating fire a few days ago that consumed their entire home around 2 in the morning. I cannot fathom their pain and to know they are suffering is simply horrible for all of us. Though we are not in each other's 'inner circle', they have been at our farm and we invite each other to parties. I am really fond of their family and they all are good, good people. I do know that several of us rallied around them and their closest pals arranged for us to give what 'green' we could manage to help out. I know our contributions will not bring back their antiques, photos, etc. but I hope they will know that we care so much and are here for them. Hopefully the insurance company will settle quickly. The fire initially began at a neighbor's home. The neighbor was away on vacation and our friends were baby sitting the dog. It was the dog's incessant barking and clawing at the door that awakened them and saved their lives. Bless the animals! Nobody was hurt! I felt privileged to pet the cute poodle mix and told him how wonderful he was and that he is a hero! The sad thing about this entire tragedy was that they had to call the fire department twice. The department located only five minutes away took a good 20 minutes to reach the houses and by then it was too late. That is just not right especially with all of the fees the city folks have to pay for such services or lack of services I should say...

Got back from the ear, nose, throat doc a couple of hours ago....all is well, thank God! I have been experiencing a tightening and sometimes slight pain on the front right side of my neck. The slight enlargement is the carotid 'bulb' and the tiny knot that sometimes hurts when I lift weights or overexert is a 'u' which is a blood vessel. I am so blessed. TYG!!!! What a relief. With so much cancer in our state, one never knows what to think when a bump or a pain is felt anywhere on the body. It is good to check regardless.
This weekend will be busy too as we have a wedding to attend and the good husband mentioned that the beans will be ready to pick....that means canning!!!! BYW, the photos are just a bunch of recent pics from this week, nothing that matches the content...sorry!!

12 comments:

Ali said...

Beautiful pics! So sorry to hear about the fire, that is just awful. But so thankful that your friends made it out of their house safely and no one was hurt. I love railroad ties myself, we always had them around our flower beds when I was growing up. I love how they look with creeping phlox growing over the sides. Hope you are having a fantastic weekend!

dog trot farm said...

Hope you experienced a joyful vacation. There are times when you wonder if it is worth it to take time away, especially when you have left precious pets in the care of others. I hope your sweet little kitty will make a complete recovery.

Steph said...

Sorry to hear about the fire! I love your pics!

Julia said...

I would have been freaked out with my cat too. What seems like common sense to you (me) is just not to other people.

And your arena looks to be coming along. I would think you should be able to dump the sand at the short end or anywhere you can back up the 10 wheeler and push it around with your smaller tractor without issues. If you push the sand with the bucket then you can drive over the sand as you go. If your base is that fragile how can it stand up to horse hooves? Hooves are harder on a base than tractor tires from my experience. Never the less I bet you are ECSTATIC to have a riding arena!! :) Congrats. And I too did the railroad ties myself. Pure drudgery of the worst kind.

I have been meaning to take some video one of these days of my two dressage horses but I alway forget...

Paint Girl said...

I hope Rocky will be ok! That has to be so frustrating that the "pet sitter" didn't call you or take Rocky to the vet! Especially after you mentioned it!
I am sorry to hear about your friends house, house fires are one of my biggest fears. I can't believe the fire dept. responded so late! What the heck?
I hope things settle down for you.

City girl turned Country Girl said...

Oh the sitter was horrible!!! You should have been notified ASAP!! I hope he fully recovers!!! I am so so sorry to hear about your friends...What a shame, and shame on the fire department for lousy service!!!

ps~ I love the pictures!! You always get great deer pics!!

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

I'm sorry to hear about the situation with Rocky, the issue with the pet sitter, and his health problems. He's so lucky that you found him at Rolling Rock when you did.

I enjoyed reading the side bar about all of your pets...I have a soft spot for animals myself, especially cats...I have six of them. I have a Cali, too, who was a stray and had kittens at our home. We kept her and all four kittens since we have a nice barn for them to sleep in. However, since the weather has gotten warmer, they now sleep on our front porch.

Hope you'll come by to say Hi if you get a chance.

Kim

Kathleen Coy said...

I love all the pictures, especially the deer. :-)
I'm glad Rocky is feeling better. I hope he is around for a long time.

Rural Rambler said...

Thank you so much for the visit and the kind words about my late sweet Z Cat. I of course rambled over here to check out your comfy blog. It is very nice here and good for the horse in my soul. I plan to visit often because I love all your four-legs. I am sorry about Rocky, your kitty and hope things improve. I need a few times back here to check out all the critters and know what I am commenting on! I love your bay :)! Blue ain't bad either. I am going to love visiting here! Oh, your arena is going to rock!!

Rural Rambler said...

I am going to try this again, I tried yesterday and my comment got eaten. Thank you for visiting my blog and your sweet words about my late sweet Z. Of course I rambled over here and checked out your comfy place. I hope your kitty Rocky is feeling better. I am going to love visiting here, it is good for the horse in my soul and I love all the stories and photos of your 4 legs :) Love that Bay!!!

~Tonia said...

Loved all the pics!!! I hope Rocky continues to improve! I love using the essential oils. The animals we have all can tolerate them well and they respond to treatment with them really well. I will have to try that with putting regular oil on top of the other oils. I usually just add Lavender to it to help.

Kritter Keeper said...

tonia, i am so pleased you use essential oils. i wish everyone used them as they are so healthy and good for all of us! and the best thing is that they work!!