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Backyard Visitor

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CrabAppleLane Visitor - June 6, 2008
CrabAppleLane Visitor - June 6, 2008 - 7:15PM
I believe it to be a bobcat. He's hiding behind the Texas Star Hibiscus in the pond. On the other side is where our bird/squirrel feeders are. Best shot I could get from inside.

CrabAppleLane Visitor - Another shot - June 6, 2008
CrabAppleLane Visitor - Another shot - June 6, 2008
I didn't like this one as much but it shows his tail.

Don't know why the people writing headlines can't get Oklahoma State right. The LSU Lady Tigers played Oklahoma State yesterday in the women's NCAA tournament. The headline at was LSU/Ohio State II. I clicked on the link thinking that LSU and Ohio State had scheduled a football game. No. Today's Times Picayune, the local rag that should know better (Well, they both should know better), has/had a headline that reads thusly: "LSU downs Oklahoma 67-52". Oklahoma is NOT Oklahoma State as any student/fan of either school will attest. Accuracy was important at one time. At least, I thought it was. Oh, and Go Lady Tigers.

My March Madness brackets find themselves in a strange place: In contention. Go Horns and Go Jayhawks.

The sun is trying to peek out today. It was overcast and misty all day yesterday. The CrabAppleLane yard loved it. Everything is green today. I offer three from the CrabAppleLane yard.

CrabAppleLane tung nut blossoms - March 30, 2008
CrabAppleLane tung nut blossoms - March 30, 2008

CrabAppleLane tomatoes - March 30, 2008
CrabAppleLane tomatoes - March 30, 2008
It's been misting off and on all weekend. Glad I held off watering them. They much prefer the water that falls from the sky unfiltered.

Priscilla and the purple irises - March 30, 2008
Priscilla and the purple irises - March 30, 2008
Like all good pets, she prefers pond scum to fresh tap water. More flavor, I suppose. She'll be 19 in a few weeks so whatever she is doing is working for her. The story of how she came to us is nice if you care to read about it.

As a NFL football fan, I agree wholeheartedly with today's QOTD.

Quote of the Day
The system isn't broken, as the Giants showed in their Super Bowl XLII upset of the Patriots as the NFC's fifth seed. Yet the re-seeding shakeup is made for the right reasons: The competition committee wants more late-season games of the caliber of the Patriots-Giants Week 17 classic.
Jarrett Bell and Jim Corbett, USA TODAY

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "I lace 'em up for one of Canada's great pastimes (besides complaining, maybe), which turns out to be nothing like riding a bike."

About money


One of our cats, Crispin, was diagnosed with Feline Hyperthyroidism a couple of weeks ago. He's 10 years old and is the youngest cat at CrabAppleLane. The vet had suspected it but the tests to conclusively determine it were about $200. This is a treatable condition although it means administering liquid medicine orally twice per day for now and, hopefully, once per day after some time. The medicine is not unbearably expensive but it is an expense we don't need now and the task of administering it is nothing but unpleasant. He doesn't like it. So we started this regimen but he didn't do so well with it. His vomiting increased, he lost his appetite, and he was listless. Patsy called the vet and was told his heart may be having difficulty with the medicine. If he can't be treated, he will just vomit all day and waste away until we have to bring him back to the vet one last time. Another $100 test would be required to check his heart but a $300 test would be more conclusive. At this point, we chose to clutch at the $100 straw rather than the $300 one and the appointment was set with heavy hearts knowing that we would probably have to put him down. The test was done, we were told his heart was OK, and maybe we should reduce the medicine dosage by half. Couldn't we have tried that before we spent another $100? He's doing much better now and his appetite has returned. We're optimistic that's all it was but we're not out of the woods yet.

Patsy and I are not burdened with unlimited funds. I wish we could spare no expense to give our pets the quality of life we'd like them to have but that's not reality. Reality sucks.

Quote of the Day
People that hate cats will come back as mice in their next life.
Faith Resnick

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Why on Mondays, you ask? Well, it's one of the only days I can think of that doesn't already have a blog convention associated with it, and also, often you really need a drink on Mondays."

Kitty Zen

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About 7 years ago, some new neighbors moved in up the highway. Their house is about a quarter of a mile away from ours. They are animal lovers and have rescued many cats and dogs over the years (They had 24 cats at this time, I think). They also had a horse. One day, we saw a little gray cat in our yard. She had a pink collar on but it had gotten tangled on something and was now around her leg and neck. It was a while before we could get close to her but finally we did and we discovered she had a name tag. Her name was Priscilla. We called the numbers and discovered she belonged to the new neighbors. They came and got her and there was a joyous reunion. They really did love this cat and it was easy to see why. She is adorable.

A few days later, there she was again in our yard. We had two cats of our own then so we had cat food in the house and Patsy always fed her and gave her water after we called the owners. They came and got her again. This cycle repeated a few more times and we all just gave in. She wanted to stay with us. It turns out she is quite cantankerous with other cats but also quite meek so she really wasn’t getting enough to eat or enough attention when she was around bigger and stronger cats. The neighbors had lots of cats.

We’ve had her about as as long as those neighbors did now. Today, she is 15 years old. She is still quite feisty. She is also quite charming , quite playful, very spry, and eminently scoop-able. She has gotten a little round since we’ve taken care of her. She likes to eat and now she gets to. She also goes for nice walks with me. She’s part of our family.

Happy Birthday, Priscilla!

Priscilla, 15 years old today, likes to stay on the stepping stones.  How irresistable is that?

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: “Forty ounces of semi-frozen goodness makes the noggin solidify at an alarming rate."

Casey Morning (July 22, 2003)

My cat and I went through one of our routines this morning. She likes to put her nose up to my nose and sniff and purr and rub her whiskers on me until I get up. When she was younger, this was my cue to get up and feed her. She also used to stick me with one claw and apply steadily increasing pressure until I did something. Thankfully, she hasn’t done that in a while. She is not easy to ignore. This morning, she did her nose to nose thing but these days, that means she wants me to get up and give her the warm spot I’m sleeping on. On those rare days that I don’t give in, she will plop down against me on the edge of the bed on the covers and do her sandbag imitation. When my alarm goes off, I’m hemmed in under the covers by a 17lb sandbag. I have one of those truly obnoxious alarms that gets louder and louder if you don’t turn it off. That was how this morning started. She’s sleeping soundly now and I’m doing this. Who’s the owner here? She is!

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: “If you are like me, spending countless hours pondering over the nature of various questions that most people take for granted, refusing to accept “because” as an appropriate answer, then surely you’re curious why, in this marvelous day and age, mankind must still wear clothing. I decided to research this subject. Some of my sources are questionable; actually, I didn’t use sources but if I did they’d be questionable. However, I can say with 100% certainty that at least 5% of this essay contains valid information. Such as that last sentence, and I suppose this one too. Anyway, there’s the disclaimer, now sit back, enjoy, and prepare to be educated."

Typical Tuesday (May 20, 2003)

We've started to lock our outdoor cats in the garage at night. Lately, they just can't stay out of trouble on their own. One of them, Tom, got in an awful fight over the weekend. One of his paws is swollen from a cat bite and the side of his face is bloodied. He is a nasty fighter so the other guy probably looks just as bad or worse. We hardly ever see or hear the cats they fight with so we can't be sure. They're quite possibly feral cats but they could also be a neighbor's. I think they're just out hunting at night and stumble into our cats territory. I don't think they fight much in the daytime. At least, I hope not. I'm hoping just locking ours up at night will keep the peace (And, hopefully, keep the vet bills down as well). Bringing them inside with our set-in-their-ways, big, and strong indoor cats is not a very good option.

This is just another typical Tuesday here. Not much going on at work, unfortunately. Tiresome malaise abounds.

Blog of the day here.

Quote from said blog: "Now climb back aboard your mothership and fly home, kiddies. I've dealt with enough moonbats for one night."


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