catching up and stuff

by Michelle on June 2, 2010

After such a long blog absence, it’s tempting to try to catch everything up all at once. I’m going to try not to do that, though, because it’d probably be long and boring.

Instead, here’s a very, very short version.

  • House: kind of slow-going since the big remodel in 2008, but some progress has been made
  • Job: very very stressful for a while, now much much better (whew)
  • Health: mostly good (cancer still gone, nothing else major going on), but the last two winters have been very hard
  • Cats: Toby just turned 15 (yesterday!) and has been having some health issues that we’re still working through; we got the kittens you saw in yesterday’s post last December
  • Family: Mom moved back to California and my aunt Patti is looking to do the same; I’m happy for them, but sad that they’re moving away
  • Knitting: I’ve been on a shawl kick all year and haven’t knit much else (six completed, three in progress–I think all else I’ve done in 2010 are a baby sweater–BSJ–and a pair of duck feet)

And I guess, to go along with all the pictures I posted yesterday, I’ll expand on the cat/kitten part tonight.

The kittens are Ross (the dark, fluffy one) and Isaac (the lighter-colored, Siamese mix). Isaac is about 3 weeks older than Ross, but we adopted them together from the Oregon Humane Society in December. Isaac is just over 8 months old and already weighs 11 pounds. Ross is only about 9 pounds, but we think he might end up being the giant of the three because he looks like he’s part Maine Coon. He has giant horseshoe paws, huge ears, and all the fluffiness. He’s also polydactyl, with one extra toe on each of his front paws.

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Toby hates them. She co-exists with them fine, though, so long as Ross isn’t trying to get her to play with him. (That’s the main reason we got two at once–so they would play with each other and mostly leave Toby alone.)

Unfortunately, unbeknownst to us when we got the kittens (I’m pretty sure they will forever be “the kittens” even when they’re giant old man cats, haha), Toby was developing arthritis. We eventually figured out that she wasn’t just upset by the kittens and got her to the vet–we’ve been giving her fish oil and glucosamine daily since then and it has made a huge difference. Lately she’s been having digestive issues that we are slowly working through and was just recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. So she’s on medication for that, and we are currently feeding her a bland food diet of plain poached chicken combined with rice in hopes of solving the digestion problem. (I’ll spare you the gory details of what’s going on with that!) We also have her sequestered in the bathroom right now which she isn’t all too happy about, but she’s actually handling it pretty well. And we think she’s improving, thankfully.

So Toby is getting better (and therefore happier), and the kittens–when we aren’t having to tell them to get off tables or stop scratching things–are a joy to have around.

And…I’ll leave it at that tonight. More tomorrow. 🙂

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