Kittens in the Kitchen

No, no, I am not cooking the kittens.

Sister decided that she was going to ‘hide’ them in the dining room. Considering it took me the longest to find them this ‘hiding’, I think it’s quite brilliant on her part.

Some other bonuses are – she can feed them while eating, they can chase after me as well as her, and well, I get to see how adorable they are all evening long.

The kittens are getting so big. They are up and walking. They have learned how to pee on their own, and do so regularly all over the place – Mom, I am going to need to borrow the steam cleaner again.

I went to the store and picked up some all natural corn cob kitty litter for the little ones. From what I read, they are just like human babies, and everything goes into the mouth. The clay based clumping litter I used will give them all sorts of grief if they eat it, so it’s corn for the kittens. I also picked up some kitten food for when they start eating solid food.

I started putting down their formula in a tray, but I can’t get them to give it a try before Sister eats it all up first. The dark one has been the most successful, chewing on the tasty plastic side of the lid I am using for a dish.

After a week of full nights of sleep, Sister has brought the kittens into bed with me for the last 2 nights now. I wonder what her obsession is. I am guessing she wants to both sleep in my bed, and watch the kittens too. I really wish she would let me sleep though. I don’t sleep very well when I am worried about rolling over and crushing a kitten.

New hot water heater

So, I woke up this morning, go to get in to the shower, and it’s COLD.
I waited, no hot water. I thought nothing of it, I was running late, so no shower this morning.
On my way out the door, I hear running water behind the door that I assume is going downstairs. Again, tired, no shower, I thought nothing of it.

I come home for lunch, and look what I see next to the dumpster.
My hot water heater next to the dumpster
junk hot water heater
It looks like it is toast. All rotted out in the bottom. It has my unit number on it. I turned my water on, and it spit and sputtered at me. So, it looks like I got a new hot water heater today.

400 Posts

Can you believe it? This is my 400th blog post.
I started my blog way back at the beginning of 2006.
It’s interesting watching the traffic over the last couple of years.

You can see that traffic has been going up over the years. My best day is 70 visits in a single day. That’s pretty impressive being that I basically talk about myself.
The single most popular topic has been my fishtank stuff. The next biggest draw is my Kayak.

I have tried to post at least a single photo on every post. I have chewed up over 500mb of hard drive space on my host. That is pretty impressive, if you ask me. Lately, I have been doing videos. I like the video format. So I think I will work on my video editing skills and keep posting the videos.

Some of my tags are getting pretty full, so I may need to work on re-tagging the posts so that the individual tags are a bit smaller.

I put Google Adsense on by blog so I could play with it in case I ended up doing a website for somebody that wanted it. To date I have earned $22.81. I will get a check when that reaches $100, so in about 6 years I will be getting my first Adsense check. LOL

I have had a couple of site redesigns. This one is pretty good, I want to make some minor cosmetic changes. I like the structural layout, I just need to update and tweak the imagery on it. I also want to update the page to make it a little ‘smarter’, like having topical RSS feeds, so people can subscribe to an individual topic if they so chose.

If you have any suggestions on what I should do with my blog, feel free to leave a comment and let me know. Thanks!

internet & kittens

Finally got the internet today at around 9:15. Evidently they had hooked up someone else. Hrmph. This Apartment building is 30 years old. You would think they figured out how to hook up the right phone line by now. I mean, come on, somebody moves in and out every year, so that’s 30 hookups and disconnects. You would think they would figure out a better way.

Anyway. It is currently being tested, and the downloads look like they are coming down at full speed. So I am happy about that.

So, I come home today, and everybody is in my bed.

Biting the hand that feeds you

Or, My trip to the Emergency Room (ER).

This morning at 5:30 or so I am awoke to Brother exchanging words with another tomcat outside my bedroom window. Well, after a few moments of listening to their threats to each other, I roll over to rap on the window to chase the other cat off my window sill so I can get some sleep.

This is where things get interesting.

Brother thought that the tom outside had a compatriot inside who was jumping him. So, he did what any self respecting cat would do, defend himself. Unfortunately for me, this ambush was my hand.

So, quicker then a flash, I have an orange tomcat attached to my arm at the wrist. He quickly realizes his mistake and lets go – while I am still reacting and pulling my arm away. So, he lands next to Sister. Well, this is round 2. Luckily that only lasts a second, and it looks like I am the only one who got any serious damage.

So, off to the bathroom I go to get this cleaned out. No glasses, lots of blood. probably a good thing. Wash wash wash. Brother comes in, crying – like he is saying “I am sorry”.

Now to bandage it up. I go to the kitchen, grab the first aid kit out of the laptop bag, and get to work. Still no glasses. I notice my video camera, so I start recording.

So, I know cat bites have this nasty tendency of getting infected. So I know I need to go get it looked at, if not just for some antibiotics.

So, I get it all bandaged up, and go back to bed. I am not messing with going to the doctors at 6am in the morning.

So, about 11am I give my local buddy Jason a call, does he know of any open clinics that are local. No, but a look at the phone book, he gives me some phone numbers. I call them up, nobody is open.

So, I call the number on my insurance card. Rhode Island. I get a couple of places from that person – poor gal, had herself the hiccups. When she read me the number, I kept mis-writing it because she kept interrupting herself. I would read it back with the hiccups included. We had a good laugh.

I call the numbers. It’s for the ER. Great, no other choices.

So, off I go. I know I need the cat bite looked after, but man do I feel silly going to the emergency room for it.

So, I get checked in, all that good stuff. The doc takes a look at it. Gonna need X-Rays. “Huh?” Evidently, the cat’s teeth can flake or break off, and leave a small piece which will get very infected.

Off to X-Ray. I have to ride in a wheel chair. I ask for a copy. She gave me a CDROM, but it’s blank. Darn it, just my luck. Sorry, no pictures of my insides for you.

I got a tetanus shot. They clean everything off real well, and apply antiseptic. Wrap it up. Give me a prescription for Augmentin, which is amoxicillin, and sent me on my way.

A few things I learned today.
1) Don’t scare Brother, he reacts badly.
2) 6 hours is too long to wait to see a doctor for a cat bite.
3) Cat bites are 80% likely to become infected.
4) Dog bites are 30% likely to become infected.
5) Human bites are even worse then cat bites.
6) I did a good job doing first aid on myself. It didn’t look pretty, but it was the exact same thing the ER did.
7) I still have a lot to learn about video editing. I am trying to use Blender and MediaCoder to get the job done, and it’s just frustrating me so far.