Gift Appreciation and Baking With Moms

For Christmas my Sister and Brother in Law gave me a Jalapeno Beer Bread package mix. Two things I like in one convenient package. They truly were inspired.

I like to share how gifts I was given are used. For example when I receive gift cards to the movie rental place (a Christmas favorite) from my in-laws I make sure to call Mom and discuss the movie with her. Both of my in-laws love watching movies and she and I discuss what we have recently seen throughout the year.

When my Bro in Law has gifted me with one I like to write up what a review for him. More then just the perfunctory thank you for the gift and not speak of it again. Show appreciation more and is a great way to strike up conversation.

Last Sunday 1/18/2009 Maggie and AnnMarie baked the Jalapeno Beer Bread while I documented it all.

Check out the Baking with Moms link in the toolbar above to watch my ladies in action.

~The Dad

Maggie is telling me a story

She was playing by herself in her room and is telling me what she was doing with her imagination. Some of these she is saying as I'm typing.

"I went to Grandma and Grandpa's house next door. Grandpa was home. A horse snuck up on me like a ninja, he was quiet.

Do you want to go there with me daddy? They have daddy milk for you there. I also have tummy medicine.

Grandpa has some lunch and breakfast and snacks.

*big eyes and smile nodding her head impressed with this thought*

Can I bring a pencil with me? Please? Can you come with me please to see Grandma and Grandpa.

I called Grandpa already. He wants you now. Grandma wants you already"

Her imagination rocks. Time for me to go play upstairs. There is a ninja horse I need to catch in the act.


~The Dad

Well I'll be dipped

As luck would have it we now have yet another pet with health issues. Our streak has kicked in full time from Jedi almost dying a two weekends ago from his pancreatitis going nuts to Emma having surgery for to remove some tumors considered to be a lock for cancer.

They are both fine now and recovering. Cancer was avoided and Jedi is on meds. His biggest issue right now is just the arthritis in his left knee.

Then there is Sith. Sith is our sole surviving feline. He and his sister came to us from the shelter. They barely survived on the streets after being left by their mom. We adopted these siblings from the shelter. Shmi (the female) had an exceedingly rare congenital heart condition that required us to put her down at the age of 3.

We went right out and adopted Pi. That crazy kitten had to be put down under the age of 2. He was high strung and always into everything. We were going away back in April to the trip out east blogged about previously and knew he would not do well in a house without his people.

The vet agreed knowing his history and we put him on kitty prozac. His liver shut down so swiftly he was euthanized within three days. The vet had never heard of this response and even researched online and called other vets. Basically he died of something more rare then the other.

Needless to say we are constantly on edge about our pets since they have had such a bad run.

Sith has spent the last two months wearing an e-collar. He has one spot on his back he keeps licking. To the point he created an open sore. They saw it, gave an anti-biotic for a staph infection and prednisone for the itching. The meds finished, the sore was healed and we took off his e-collar.

Immediately he did it again. We did some testing, etc. They think it is most likely mites. They didn't show up but it made sense and they can be a bear to detect.

So he is getting a sulfur dip once a week for 8 weeks. The dip needs at least 10 minutes of direct contact with the skin to be effective. So they dip him, put him in a crate housed in special warmed room since they can't dry him and he has to hang out and drip dry.

Oh, I forgot one small point. They shaved him down. Everything from the neck down.


Yes, you read that right.

Half of me is heartbroken and feeling horrible for him. The other half is pointing and laughing at the shaved cat.

They tried to shave him and he was more then unhappy with it. They ended up having to sedate him. When they called to ask permission they it would be for his best interest and the safety of all those involved.

I'm thinking he didn't go down without a fight and he can be a ornery cuss.

Pics time





~The Dad

Just like Ann Mee!

Five days ago Maggie came running up to me calling out,"I look like Ann Mee!"

Her Aunt Ann Marie was renamed AnnMee by Mags when she was much younger. She is one of Maggie's favorite people.

Maggie had been playing with her sunglasses that strap in the back. They ended up in just the right position to resemble the hair style worn by her Ann Mee.

She was so very proud I took pictures to blog later.

Here you go Annmee, just for you:



~The Dad