Moses the amazing wonder cat

In brief, moses:

* is still not diabetic

* is still not anemic, not even close

* doesn’t have to go back to vet for _two_ weeks this time, yay!

on the other hand, my credit card balance is less than healthy and needs help stat. must take action to sell convertible ASAP.

brevity is the soul of wit

* party good. a crowd of just the right size for the puppy, who enjoyed insane amounts of attention and really had a fine time.

* kitteh good. really good. so glad we’re down to vet visits only once a week. not having to be on an insulin schedule is very freeing, too.

* weekend with J good. we slacked off sunday, we haven’t had a day just alone together not doing anything in particular in weeks. eventually made it to bull mccabes, which is nice and quiet on a sunday evening.

* furnace won’t come on. gas company says i have gas service, and i went through the “reboot” procedure in the manual, so it’s time to call the professionals.

* fireplace is working great though. i got a roaring fire going, lit candles, put on warm clothes and drank hot tea. very cozy.

* so lazy this evening. things i should have done, things i _really_ should have done (leftover nbeast obligations), all blown off. le sigh. it was nice though.

it’s good

a blogger i read has a cat that is very close to the end of a long illness. she wrote some frank descriptions of the cat’s condition, and i realized that moses is nowhere near that. somehow that made me realize that obsessing and being constantly anxious about him is a waste of the time i have left with him.

ever since then, i’ve felt more relaxed about him. of course, it helps that he’s walking just fine again and the diabetes is in some weird kind of remission.


the living room and dining room have now been cleared of the items that came out of the back bedroom. in the end, i did have to put my “buh-bye” pile in the back bedroom because it’s huge and there’s nowhere else to put it. but it’s consolidated and somewhat organized, and i think J and i are going to attack it sunday.

i’m posting some photos to flickr that document the loading-in process, for those who are interested in that sort of thing.


this evening i had a “virtual” meeting for work with a client in australia. there was a brief moment during the conversation– which was all business as usual except when i said “zed” instead of “zee” for the letter Z, a result of having heard her say it moments before– when i thought _wow, she’s all the way in australia!_


reading thomas dolby’s blog today, he talks about traveling “by steamer” from New York to Southampton and how wonderful it was. I’ve been fascinated by the idea of a transatlantic sea voyage for many years and J and I looked at the web site to get an idea of scheduling and cost, just out of curiosity. it would be quite expensive and difficult to schedule, but apparently it’s not just for old rich people, which is what the photos on the web site imply.

for the very wealthy who have nothing better to do for several months, one can take an around the world cruise. which would be insanely cool, especially if you’ve never been to most of the places they go, although i suppose if one were rich and idle, that would not be the case.


so, to summarize:

– house good

– cat good

– rain good

– work good

– boyfriend good

– sleep would be good, too.

a good mo update

went to the vet this morning, and it was all about the medications he *didn’t* need. did not need epogen (for anemia). does not need insulin!

i think there may be a correlation between incontinence and insulin overdose, with him, so i am hopeful that there will be no more pee incidents today, and i can invite him to sleep in the bed with me again. i miss having him there when i wake up.

in other happy news, it looks like we’re going to get a few days of rain (the mo cam will be dark today due to cloud cover), and from where i’m sitting, i can see that my red pepper plant is actually about to produce some red peppers! which is pretty amazing for this time of year. in fact, from this angle the whole garden looks fantastic. basil, peppers, marjoram, rosemary, sage, lavender, and the pumpkin vine. i think i love my new back bedroom.

two steps forward, one step back

i’ve cleared most of the clutter in the living room, but twice today moses has urinated where he was sleeping, and the second time (which was just a short while ago) was a HUGE mess and just EVERYWHERE. not only is it demoralizing when this happens, but it makes me feel like i just can’t keep up with his needs. i had been thinking all evening _i should carry him back to the litter box in a while_ and then i walked into the room and… sigh.

i’m starting to have serious doubts about having a party saturday. i love halloween, but maybe this isn’t the year for a party. maybe a sick pet and a houseful of drunk party-goers isn’t a good combination. obviously, it will also be a strain to get the house ready, although it is good to have a deadline for this sort of thing. i doubt i’d be as far along as i am now if i weren’t planning a party.

finally, i’ve heard from at least one person who said that saturday is a really overbooked night. not that i need to have the house packed to the gills to feel like the party is a success, but given how little effort i’ve put into telling people about it, i’m not sure that much of anyone will be coming.

i don’t know.

the abominable dr. phi…

…er. eh?

yes, i loaded up the tivo with horror movies from TCM, and i was watching “the abominable dr. phibes” last night while clearing out the living room, and damn if TCM didn’t cut the end of the damn movie off!

okay, admittedly, i wasn’t watching it very closely because i was in and out of the room, but i’m pretty sure that there were answers to several unanswered questions and perhaps another victim to account for in the bit that was cut off.

aaah, well. so i didn’t really meet my goal last night (in the great strategy to have the house ready by saturday) and this evening has been occupied with cat care and going out for takeout when i burned the leftovers that were my best dinner option.

i’m starting “the brain that wouldn’t die”, which i may not be able to stand to watch, and i’m going to jump back into the work now.

the eating cat

my god, my cat can eat.

he is working on his fourth meal of the day, and i think he had snax during the afternoon while i was at work.

i think his hurt foot is better. i watched him walk from the living room to the back bedroom (all his idea) and his limp is nowhere near as pronounced as it was yesterday. he also seemed to manage the litter box much more easily.

maybe i’ll actually get a full night’s sleep tonight.