So it seems that Ziggy’s regimen of high-nutrient prescription cat food and daily dose of subcutaneous fluids have slowed his kidney and organ failure and extended his time with us a bit more than we’d expected. He’s still hanging in there. Just when we’ve gotten used to that whole routine, it seems that Maxwell, kitty #2, has begun to show signs of age, and we’re looking at treatment for hyperthyroidism and possible diabetes that will likely result in a daily medication ritual for the rest of his life and potential surgery. I have only gently shared with Alli that he’s a little bit sick and we will probably have to give him some medicine, and she was nearly devastated. Maxwell is her beloved, her touchstone, and the thought of any danger to him or the facing of his aging process is more than she can bear. Add her pain to the mix, and the whole thing is a bit more than I feel like bearing too.
And, not that we could bear to elect anything other than to care for them, the costs of pet ownership continue to rack up to astronomical levels. The concept of pet health insurance is starting to look a lot less radical.
What do you do when it’s 50 degrees and almost June? If you’re Mommy, you rejoice in the lack of heat and humidity. If you’re an insanely cute 7-year-old girl, you figure out how to knit yourself a new hat.
In-progress pics –
Back (the needles add a certain je-ne-sais-quo, don’t they?):
When you’re playing around with a fancy schmancy new camera, don’t forget the basics. As in check things like film speed settings during your shooting. All of the first round of shots on a reasonably well-lit outdoor day I took at ISO 800, which makes the relatively non-grainy results all the more impressive. Wonder how pretty they would have been at 100…
A collection of saved gift funds, income from an extra side job or two, a nicely-timed Canon instant rebate and the promise of selling my original, entry-level Digital Rebel on E-bay have allowed me to trade up for a Canon 40D with only a modicum of guilt. Ok, a little more than a modicum. It’s really, really nice, and I’m still trying to convince myself that I’m responsible enough to have it… 🙂 Hopefully I’ll become well-acclimated in advance of our summer road trip, which promises lots of fabulous shooting opportunities.
Some of the first quick trial photos from my few minutes in the yard today:
We’ve begun planning an actual, more than a weekend, non-visiting-family-somewhere vacation, something we haven’t officially done since the big Germany trip with Alli in utero. Oma is once again accompanying us, only I think her duties of entertaining a 7-year-old in the backseat of a cross-country drive will actually be more stressful than those of listening to a pregnant mommy with mega sacroiliac pain whine on an intercontinental flight…
The big plan is for a 10-day, slightly insane but hopefully fun “out west” road trip that will take us through the Badlands of South Dakota and the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Yes, South Dakota Badlands in the end of July with at least 2 severely heat-intolerant travelers (me and Alli), sounds like a good idea, eh? Um, yeah, that’s why there will be more days spent in the cooler altitude of the Rockies.
We’ve begun reading books and recording nature programs that can get us all a little more educated about what we may see or try to see. Alli’s class studied a bit about the US this year (although some of her knowledge comes from various tall tales, so it’s interesting to watch her sift through fact vs. fiction), but she’s got a real interest, and it was neat to see her identify the presidents on Mt. Rushmore.
We happened to be watching a show about the Badlands that also showed the in-progress work on the Crazy Horse carving. Alli immediately asked about Crazy Horse, and we responded by basically telling her that he was a famous Native American leader (then making a mental note to do some additional research so that we could answer that more literately). Alli thought about it for a bit, then asked straight-faced, “Wow, he must have been really crazy as a little baby”.
Begging for indulgence with some redesign experimentation wherein my urge for a better blog design is writing checks that my actual spare time combined with my current skill set can’t cash. I feel like this template has potential if I can sort out what I want to change and how to do so, so might let it sit here for awhile.