Oh, dear. Another week has gone by. And the Mommy hasn't let me blog. Well, yes, she was busy. Insurants problems, cleaning, and she had to see the human v-e-t and she just wasn't feeling that great (but I was here giving her lovies).
I have about eleben-hundred blogs to read. And Mommy has a list of stuff she wants to do today. Yikes!
But I will try to catch up on some of you. Promise. I even have an award from Nissy.
All of you please have a sweet Easy Sunday.
Even if you have to sit on your humans so they can have one too.
And stay warm!
It's way below freezing outside here, but at least the sunbeams are warm!
It is COLD OUT! It was below 0 F. this morning!! Yes the sun was out, and that was nice for me (I'm indoors, and sunpuddles are sunpuddles), but for anyone going outside (some have to do stuff like buy their animals foods or go to work to get the green papers to go get the foods, so we feel sorry for them) is CRAZY.
PLEASE ADOPT and NEUTER so that more animals can be safe in these horrible weathers, hot or cold!
I will jump off my soap box (really, mommy, do they have soap boxes and where can I get a real one and besides, who would want to leave a nice box except maybe for dinner) now.
We do have some bad and good news. First the bad:
Mommy could not afford her insurants and got behind. The peoples at the insurants called her and said they were cancelling her. She called someplace named Medicare and they gave her information on what to do. Very technical information, and she never worked in insurance so she was kinda lost. Then she called someplace named Senior Linkage and they were VERY helpful.
Now the good news:
She no longer has medicare advantage insurants. And lots of things aren't covered. Like the glasses she needs and the dental work and walkers and some medical supplies. BUT.
No copays for doctors, including specialists. The premiums (what she pays every month) are a lot less than what she was trying to pay before. And the drugs she needs are not quite half of what she has been paying! Thank goodness. Maybe now she can stop agonizing so much over groceries and bills.
Oh, there is still some bad news. She still needs to pay off what she owes. Yuck!!
All this has been the last couple of days. She was crying for hours as she tried to find out what to do. And if you are in Minnesota, the Senior Linkage line is a great resource for older peoples. They listened to my mom. They helped her. They even stayed on the line while she was connected to the insurants plan she chose. They had her calm and hopeful and she even smiled!
Like I stated before, good and bad stuff. Now if they could only do something about the cold.....
ps. I want to find out what hamm pizza tastes like some day. Maybe there is a chance????
As usual, Mommy and I have taken most of the morning to do things other than blog. But one of the things we did was READ some blogs, so I think that's okay.
It started snowing yesterday. And today. So mommy did try to catch snowflakes with her camera, but I don't really think she did. She said some of the snowflakes were big and fluffy, the size of a silver dollar or bigger!
Khyra, please come back and play in our lovely snow!!!
I think she's done now!
And, no, I don't have snowshoes on! I'm an indoor kitty!! And it's Toesie Tuesday!
Hope those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving had a good one. And those of you who are celebrating Hanukkah continue to celebrate the Lights.
Mommy's turkey was good. She had cornbread stuffing, which she had never made before, and gee, she only set off the smoke detector once (and broke her favorite cup running to the kitchen). There was no fire or anything. Just too warm with the oven on that long, I think. So we spent the last hour or two of cooking with two windows open!
Yes, this is ours. Looks burnt, doesn't it? Well, mommy took all the skin off of it, cause she doesn't like that part. So inside the skin it was yummy.
So were the sweet potatoes.
Mommy said the pan she had didn't fit in her oven right, and the oven door didn't close all the way, so that's why she set off the alarm. Uh-huh.
She isn't going to be home for part of today, has to run an errand. NOW who's out of toilet paper, Mommy? You??? Tee hee. That's the errand!
She wishes it was something more exciting than t.p., but that's all she can afford. I hope she at least gets some coffee or something for herself. It's hard watching all the festivities when you can't do anything but get essentials.
This is the time of year when people go crazy spending money. And those who can't, well, it's kinda hard. If any of you can help us, we would appreciate it. But those of you who can't, that's okay. Spend something on your loved ones and local shelters and charities, instead. But please don't overspend. That only leads to unhappiness, not joy.
Mommy has a wish list. But that's all it is. It's the same list she has had for several years. I know some of the rest of you know how that feels.
Well, anyway, I am going to snooze a bit and wait for mommy to come home. Have a safe and warm rest of the week. It's gonna start snowing here any time... and get colder!!
Wow! We are approaching Thanksgiving. And mommy is going to a community dinner this afternoon. But she does have a turkey to cook for Thanksgiving for us, so that's okay. She's going with one of our neighbors (oh, kitties, she loves me, that neighbor. Such nice scritchies and pretty compliments). BUT first, today is Tuxie Tuesday
Not only do we have to celebrate TUXIE TUESDAY, it's also TUCKER TUESDAY!
Did you hear the news?? Tucker is HOME!!!!!!!!!
Mommy says every time she says "Tucker is home" I purr very deeply. That 's because it's a thank you purr for Tucker.
love, and more
Today I am thankful for my new box. And the donation to our PayPal account. We don't get that many, and every bit helps. I do need foodies and kitty litter once in a while (!), and a v-e-t visit (eek) once in a while. Not so "once" as foodies and kitty litter, though. So thank you, thank you!
I am thankful for the awesome scritchies this morning, too.
Did I mention somecat had their mommy make a donation to our PayPal account?
Have a truly awesome awesome day!
Now let me enjoy my wonderful box!
(medical supplies come once a month--unfortunately, not free)
Thank you for coming to the celebration of me being here one whole year. Hope you had fun. I did. And my sister brandi enjoyed herself, too. She says they have lots of parties and stuff OTB and she is so happy that she and other of her old friends there can run and play and have more energy than they ever had here. No creaky bones, no disease, no hurt. And they are waiting patiently for their loved ones to cross over. And of course, they spend lots of time watching over us, and whispering in our ears. Pay attention!
Oh, and thank you angels and friends for the nice present today. SUNPUDDLES! I am loving it. If you want to come over and share, I would love to share, too.
I am two!
This is definitely an Easy Sunday.
I am so happy that some of our newly crossed friends popped in to say hello. brandi said Ginger Jasper is settling in nicely, and Pip... well, he's being lovely sweet and crazy Pip.
Okay. Leave it to Mommy to get a late start. I think that means we can party past midnight, all. It's
MY FIRST GOTCHA DAY ANNIVERSARY!
And of course, here to start the celebration is my sweet sister, Angel brandi:
Hello old friends! Yes, it's me. brandi! I thought It was time for me to meow a few words here!
When I left mama I kept pawing her heart and nudging her to visit Petfinders. And when she did, I knew she would find Quinn. Quinn needed a home like I did once. And I nudged and nudged until mama made plans to visit Quinn. And I pawed her heart and I whispered to Quinn, and that was how their story began. I do still come and talk to Quinn once in a while, and I watch over her and mama, and I told her that mama would like it if Quinn would sometimes put her paw on mama's arm and do head bumps and purr for her and like tempies and other stuff. I told her about hamm pizzas and stuff. And I have told her she needs her own special things with my mama.
She doesn't eat from mama's fingers. She doesn't like tempies. Hamm pizza doesn't really interest her (that is truly weird, right?), and she likes mashed sweet potatoes!
Well, I told her she needs her own special things. But no tempies or hamm pizza?
Anyway, I will certainly be around today if you would like to come celebrate with us. Mama doesn't have much, but we do have this stuff called Chicken Soup for the Catlover's Soul. And some Purina One Step. And maybe mama can scrounge up some Fancy Feast (another thing that Quinnie doesn't care for!). Maybe you can bring your own??
I'm hoping that some of you can help my mama with green papers, but I have heard how hard that is to do these days. She went to the human v-e-t yesterday and she needs new glasses. There is always something. That social security is sure not helping a lot!
Quinnie is a good girl. She needs stuff, too.
Anyway, come help us celebrate! Still lots of blankies around! And lots of meowing to do!
love to you all,
and a special kiss (of course) for my Sugar Pie, Mr. Hendrix!
ps. Lots of kitties say hello from Over the Bridge. Some of them are planning to stop by today, I think. Anything for a party, ya know! And we watch over all of you, too, so don't be lonely for us, even if you don't see us here! Oh, and the woofies might drop in, too!
So come on over if you have time, today. We'll be here! Bring sunpuddles if you can. We have feavers and the evil red dot!
Sorry I haven’t blogged for a while.Mommy has been having severe problems with depression
and green papers. Lots of stuff has come up and she is on a limited budget and
it’s hard to deal with things that we can’t pay for. So, she is having to
figure out how to pay for medical stuff that insurance doesn’t pay for at all, besides
the expensive “co-pays”, her foods, my foodies, my special kitty litter and the
v-e-t and stuff around here that needs to be replaced, the list goes on and on.
She tried to get food support but the county awarded her less than, than, well,
less than a bag of kibble. For real! And she can’t live on kibble like I can! She
thought it would be more, and when she found out about how much her food
support was I think she cried for three days.
Many people are in the same place as we are. Not on the
streets, but definitely dismal. No one seems to be able to help. We just want
so badly to write happy news. To write about Mommy’s sweetie (that would be
me). But while she lets me keep reading some of my favorite blogs and writing
stuff in some of the comment sections, and while she plays with me and feeds
me, and pets me and grooms me and basically waits on me hand and foot takes
care of me, she also cries on me.Mommies should be happy! I kinda thought
maybe she would take me back to my rescue place. Thankfully, she’s told me she
couldn’t give me back, cause she loves me too much, and losing me would MAKE
her more sad. Mommy, I love you too.
So that’s it. Depression is very very hard. And Mommy knows
there are a lot of you having similar problems so we can’t ask for help, can
we?If you can, please use the PayPal
donate button on the right side of my blog. You will be very appreciated. If
you can’t, prayers and good thoughts help too.
Mommy wishes very hard that she had green papers for the
special items for sale and auctions to support other catbloggers, but she
doesn’t. She wishes she had some talent that she could make money with, but she
doesn’t. She wishes someone could help us, but…. Sigh. So many need help.
We know that not many read our blog.I’m not Angel brandi. She was probably a lot
sweeter than me to read about, anyway.Well, maybe it’s just that I’ve only been around almost a year and she
had many more years’ blogging and made lots of friends. But we read lots and
lots of you when Mommy is doing okay. And loving all of you, we always wish you
Mommy and I are doing our best to say our prayers for others
and leave encouraging and upbeat messages and stuff like that.That is about all we can do.
So I will try to blog more. And love my Mommy. But having to
give up necessities is, well, we don’t really want to talk sometimes, ya know?
We pray for you and appreciate your prayers for us.
And here’s something good: My one year gotcha celebration is coming up!
And, oh yes, Mommy visited the kitties at Pet Smart the other day, and met
three tiny tiny orinch sleepy baby kitty brothers, and a sweet little older
calico that wanted to play with everyone who came to see her.I’m not jealous, just hopeful for them to all
find their furever homes. And they all need love while they are waiting. And,
yes, the three orinch brothers are going to the same furever home, definitely!
They will NOT be separated!!
We have a dilemma.
Pause while Mommy listens to part of "Trial by Jury" by some guy named Gilbertand Sullivan. You are lucky she didn't put the YouTube thingy on here. It was called something like "A Nice Dilemma" and it was not anything about my dilemma!
Anyway, back to MY dilemma:
There are soo many blogs to follow and read everyday that Mommy hasn't been letting me post on MY blog. I know I love to read lots of blogs, and I don't want to NOT read them. What can I do?
It now takes us a couple of hours a day to read what my friends are doing. And when I have to miss a day or two, it takes even longer.
Well, the dilemma part is:
I never get to post!
What to do, what to do. NO, Mommy, not more of the Sullivan!
If anything, I'd rather hear this:
I KNOW it's a woofie. I LIKE woofies. And he definitely knows how exciting suppertime is. Although we kitties are a little more laid back. But only a teensy bit.
Anyway, this doesn't solve MY dilemma. Uh-oh. Mommy's starting to sing that Sullivan thingy about dilemmas calling for all our wit.
Any suggestions? About any of it?
Whew! Busy morning around here! Mommy got most of her groceries today, and they "missed a tote" of food! So they will be coming back tomorrow afternoon.
It is too cool outside for the windows to be open more than a couple inches, but we have the morning sun, so the apartment is WARM.
Am I going to get sunburn stripes? The sun is so bright! Hope it sticks around!
From our files. Sorry. Mommy got interrupted by a phone call when she was beginning this post. From her brother, so I forgive her.
Arrrrrgh anyway, mateys! It be a wet day here so no plank-walkin needed!
Lady Pirate QUINN
(whose mommy doesn't have or know photoshop)
Please go to Cat Chat for information on how to help the animals who have misplaces their humans and have been taken in by various animal groups because of the nasty fires in Colorado and/or the floods. Mommy remembers the devastation of the floods that happened when she was a little girl. Mommy had to leave her home by boat, holding on to her woofie. So she is specially sensitive about this disaster.
Earlier this year one of her nieces lost her home to the Colorado fires, so this cause is important and very real to her sister's family. Help the animals if you can! Her sister's husband (now deceased) was involved in search and rescue in the mountains there and had his own trained bloodhounds, please remember assistance is important for trained rescue and service animals as well as dear family pets! Volunteer some time at your local shelter if you can't donate anything!
And if at all possible, if you helped mommy and me it would be wonderful. Mommy was at the human vet yesterday and her new medication (desperately needed) is very very expensive. Thanks!
I wouldn't ask if I hadn't just found out from the pharmacy just how expensive this new drug is even with a co-pay! Medicine is indeed getting ridiculously expensive. This drug is two thirds the cost of my already very expensive insulin.
Prayers are accepted, too!
Carol The Twinkletoes Gang said something about contacting the medical company. I've tried with other meds, including insulin. Spent hours and hours trying to research and
contact companies. If you have your own insurance most medical companies will not
help. You basically are on your own. Even if the co-pays are high, the
price of the medication they can charge insurance companies is quite
profitable, and they don't want to lose that money if they don't have
to. Yup, even on medicare co-pays can be high! Lovely, huh? STAY HEALTHY!!!!
The sun went away. The warm went away (it is 58 degrees F,14 C). There are two options for this for my Easy Sunday:
One of my BLANKIES
I tried to get these pictures beside each other (or Mommy did) but Blogger can be stubborn. In draft form they are. Published, no. Sorry. Mommy says for an Easy Sunday we don't fight Blogger. It usually wins, anyway. And it's really acting weird today!
Anyway, since there are no sunpuddles, I vote the box. I love my box. Mommy saved it for me! It's MINE. And she already gave me my massages this morning (2 so far!).
Have a great Easy Sunday however you can. Mommy says if it rains today we really need it. So, as long as it's gray it might as well rain.
Maybe I'll try the blankie later....
Whew! We have been having internets problems this morning! And I suppose I am grateful that I'm here now! Mommy hasn't even read my friends' blog posts to me. So I don't know what's going on with the cats of the Blogosphere. I will, as soon as I can.
Not to be vain or anything, but I like this picture. And Mommy says it reminds her of brandi. So I am even thankful of the camera thingie this morning. This made Mommy happy.
Never fear, while we couldn't get on here Mommy found time to Furminate me. And now I can recline in fashionable soft furminatored furs in the cool breezes. That's right! It is comfy out! Finally! No heat and humidity. I am truly thankful for that. It's lovely this morning! The sun is out and the breezes are bringing their best smells!
Of course I have lots to be thankful about besides my Furminator, my mommy, sunpuddles and nice breezes. Lots, including you.
So good mornings and have a beautiful day where ever you are. And lots of whatever is the best thing you can think of.
Nice days just make me mellow sometimes.
Well, until I see that evil red thingie. Then the attacks begin! Girl WarriorCat leads the charge!
Please go to Jan's Funny Farmers to read one of the most awesome tributes to the men and women who died AND those that survived and/or were left behind during the 9/11 disaster--from the perspective of the animals of this planet!
We are once again sorry for not blogging. It seems Mommy didn't have the time (!) but she had the time to read me YOUR blog entries. And write something on some of them. Thank Codness.
Anyway, to catch you up somewhat on HER stuff: She had out of town relatives come last Tuesday and take her out to lunch (no, no leftovers, I don't usually eat them anyway). They came and stood around and looked down their noses at our little apartment (they all have really nice homes) and when I came out to greet them they didn't even say hi or anything. I found out they are all dog lovers. Well, so am I. Didn't that count? Anyway she had a free lunch. And she'd recommended the place they all ate. And they were happy.
Mommy has been busy (!) reading before her book is due back (later this week), and catching up on stuff she dvr-ed. And Saturday she disappeared downtown so she could use the machines at the copy place (our printer does not work and is out of ink anyway). She said it was hot and sticky out. And actually had to buy a couple of bottles of water to drink! Eww! Must have been hot!!
So then last night she had to clean the apartment, cause our bug guy was coming today. So he is gone and so here we are. Talk about stinky. His stuff usually isn't. Today it was. Are they chasing different bugs this time? Maybe.
Oh, and she plays with me and pets me and massages me and grooms me and makes me chase around that mean red dot and Da Bird.
And she says I am spoiled.
That's my stuff.
Now it's nap time! Of course. It's always a good time to nap, right?
Oh, and Happy Birthday to Mommy's brother Roger! It's today. And he's a whole 68 eons old.
Yes, we know. Mommy hasn't been too great at typing my blog lately. Not that I haven't had lots to say. Just Mommy has had the sads a lot. And though she let me comment on your blogs, she didn't even let me read them for several days. Monies has been a big worry for her, and she is also missing brandi and her friend Lou, both over the Bridge. And she has been very sad for some of the mommies and daddies who have had their kitties and woofies run over the Bridge, too.
We are having another horrible heat wave. Hot and humid and horrible. Mommy hasn't gone anywhere too much, and that's partly the heat and partly her sads and the monies problem.
The a/c coolie thing has been running for a few days, so we are okay here. Mommy occasionally turns a fan on in the living room, and there is a big fan that is constantly on in my room, too.
Thursday some of my foodies are coming and some of my kitty litter. We have a neat free delivery service here, and you just order on line and you get a delivery date. I only need my crunchies, but Mommy isn't ordering all of my litter. You see, I am spoiled. I get two kinds normally. But Mommy can't pay for both right now.
Oh, the neatest thing: My toys arrived from Nip and Bones! We play two or three times at least every day! The laser red dot thingie is much better than my old one. Bigger and it goes all over! And what can I say about Da Bird?? Love, Love Love! And it makes Mommy laugh and smile.
Mommy has had too much fun watching me play to take pictures. But she did take this one of me NOT playing, and I think it's mean cause it makes me look fat!
Mean, mean Mommy! It's bathtime, for Mouses sake! Can't a girl have her privacy?
Stop following me around, Mommy!
ps. Let me explain the two kitty litters. The kitty litter that goes in first is general litter. Then, since I am declawed, Mommy puts in a litter that is finer and doesn't hurt kitty paws so much. And yes, Mommy wanted a declawed cat. So she could spoil me!
I have some good news on this World Cat Day.Even though it isn’t about me, exactly.
Mommy is getting to go to a special warehouse where they
have meat and veg packets for at least 50% less than regular grocery stores a
couple days a month.And anyone can
go!No fee to get in! That’s next Monday
afternoon. That should help her with her groceries. A lot.Enough to get some more sweet potatoes?I hope so! Yummy stuff!
Mommy found a walker for 50% less than others she’s
found.Oh, not at the same warehouse.
But it is on sale, and she’s hoping the sale lasts till she gets her monies
later this month. Then she can maybe get it!
The shoes and pizza she can’t do anything about. I hope she
can do something about the shoes before it gets cold here in Minnesota. I don’t
understand pizza. But the sausage sounds interesting. And maybe the cheese.
Now to cat stuff. After all, this is a CAT blog and it is
World CAT Day.
Miles has been visiting Minneapolis! He is a very lovely
cat. He even rested on my new bed with me! He’s told me all about Hamm and about something called French toast. And brosuresbrothers. Pretty scary! Maybe Waffles can
join them? Sweet Katie would say YES. But I don't know about the Glogirl and Gloman. I think they would miss Waffles.
National Night Out Tuesday was cut short in our
neighborhood.We had another torrential
rain storm. Yes, that’s kitty news! It meant Mommy was here for the yucky part
of the storm. And shut the windows till it stopped. And it was nice to be able
to protect her. Really, she needed lots of comfort. So I let her pet me, and
that helped her. Really.
I pleased my Mommy very much last night by pawing her when she was at the computer just like brandi used to do. Well, after all, brandi DID tell me to do it, and I try to listen to her and do what she suggests!
Angel brandi is seeing more and more of her old blogging friends, and says they are all doing quite well, and are looking down on us and sending lots of love. We are sad for those left behind, but isn't the love wonderful? And of course, we send love back. We don't forget them, ever.
Hey, EVERY day is World Cat Day. Humans just haven't figured that out yet!
We had loud thunder boomers again
in the middle of the night. Mommy asked me if I was okay, but I decided not to
come out of my box until the boomers were done.Mommy had already fallen back asleep by then.
And now the sun is out.Go figure.
I think this is going to be a
long post. So get comfy.Have some
Mommy has been bugging me all
morning. Petting me and giving me scritchies. Picking me up and kissing me and
petting me. This is such a hard life!
I know Mommy has been worried
about monies lately.She bought the chair
and now is behind in her insurance and can’t afford stuff like foods for a
while. She doesn’t regret buying my bed, cause she knows it was a good thing to
do for me. And she needed the chair. The only place she is going is to the
doctor later this month and she is now only spending monies on medicines. Food
shelves have cut waaay back on the food they give out, cause more peoples are
in need and they have to make it last for more peoples.
What she would like to do is buy
a walker that, when her legs get tired, she can turn around and sit in.It would be particularly nice when she is
downtown and waiting for her ride home.There aren’t that many places to sit outside and they removed the
concrete thing that people used to sit on by Target because peoples were
sitting on it and the store thought that was unsightly. So peoples like Mommy
can’t sit, either, and she can’t stand that long sometimes. She also needs new
shoes.Now, not like most ladies need
new shoes.Her legs and feet swell and
she can’t wear most of her shoes.She
couldn’t even wear her boots last winter. And peoples need boots in Minnesota
in the wintertime! She actually gave a bag full of shoes she couldn’t wear to
the Salvation Army a couple months ago.
What she thinks is totally unfair
is all the ads on tv about pizza, cause she can’t afford it.Angel brandi used to like Hamm pizza (ham +
nom—did you know that??? Angel brandi told me). Mommy likes sausage and cheddar
cheese and she definitely can’t afford stuff like that. So it’s like every
other add is for some pizza delivery place. And every other other ad is for
restaurants or fast food places.Not
fair! At least she doesn’t mind the car commercials. She doesn’t drive anymore.
Or the beer commercials. She doesn’t drink beer! But the Soda Stream ads….
Pet food ads she still thinks are
cute. Thank Cod!
If anyone can help us, that would
be so welcome.And if someone wants to
put a little something into our paypal account for my next vet visit, too,
well, I can go without!! Right, kitties?
Love to all, and special
purrayers for those who are sick,