Sunday, February 12, 2012

It’s Been a Long Few Days

Zephyrhills, Florida   (hi 55, low 31)

Well a real cold front finally arrived here in central Florida.  It’s okay though, since it’s only going to last two days and then we’ll be back into the 70’s.  You gotta have some cold weather so that you can look forward to spring. Smile

Nothing fun has been going on, but a lot has been happening.

On Thursday I went to the eye doctor to get a new prescription for contacts.  The optometrist discovered that I have “narrow angles.”  He said it could lead to an acute narrow angle glaucoma event, and referred me to an ophthalmologist.  I’ve done some reading on this and it’s fairly common, especially in women as they age.  The treatment is to place a hole in the iris to allow pressure to escape.  The “narrow angle”  blocks this natural release.  It’s done with a laser and from what I gather is simple and painless.   I have an appointment tomorrow.  I hope he can do the procedure then and not have to make me come back another day. 

On Friday, we ended up taking my brother to the ER thinking he may have had a mini stroke.  He was kept overnight and given a bunch of tests.  They concluded that he didn’t have a stroke, but that his blood pressure was high.  Hopefully he will smarten up and start taking better care of himself.  Of course the first thing he did when he left the hospital was grab a cigarette.  You can’t help someone who won’t help  himself.  Just ask the family of Whitney Houston!

We have been trying to get to the gym most every day, but two days spent at the hospital have kept us from it the last few days.  We plan on going this morning and hopefully it won’t be crowded.  After the gym, I think the rest of the day will be spent lounging around the house.  We just finished watching the first (and only) season of the series, Homeland.  What a good series.  I can’t wait for the new season. 

We have gotten several things sold from our  Craig's list add.  Carolyn bought our little ice-maker and last night our great little rv freezer went to a new home.  We sure hated to see it go, but we just don’t want to have to drag it around.  We also sold our Roadmaster brake buddy and a utility trailer.  We need to go through things in the shed and see what else we can dispose of.  We kept too much “stuff” when we sold the house.  We just ran out of time and energy!  Al bought a few new shirts and we were good…we tossed out the same number of old ones!  We’re trying to follow the one in, out rule!

Baxter has been a little stinker lately.  We changed their food again.  We think we may stick with Royal Canin brand.  He loves their kitten food (and so do the others).  I don’t know if it’s the new food, or the fact that we got the fleas under control, but he’s feeling like a million dollars and tearing around like a crazy cat!

He really enjoyed Margie and Carolyn's visit the other day.  He  likes to show off for company.

He has his own “bowls” that he loves to lay in.  We’ve had to purchase new ones as he grows.  The other night, he found this one.

Baxter 6 1/2 months

In the above picture, you can see the blue bowl which was the first one he played in when he was just a baby.

He was real tiny when he first started playing in that bowl.


The next picture is when he was outgrowing the blue bowl.


Then we had to go buy the orange one when he outgrew the blue one. 


Then we had to buy the red one.


Then he found this new one on his own. It’s a container that holds 16 ounces of baby spinach…….

which he converted to a bowl for 9 plus pounds of baby kitten!


Baxter 6 1/2 months


Baxter 6 1/2 months


Baxter 6 1/2 months

That Baxter….we sure do love the little devil.


  1. Baxter's a cutie. I hope all goes well with the eye doc. I have to get checked every year for glaucoma because my dad had it. Luckily, my pressures have remained low.

  2. Sorry to read about your brother's health scare. My husband would have lit up too as soon as he stepped outside the hospital. My dad used to bribe the nurses in the nursing home for cigarettes and a wheelchair ride outside to smoke. Glad I don't have that addiction.

    I had a good laugh looking at the Baxter photos. I think he needs a bigger bowl/box. He is quite a character. I wonder when (if) he will stop growing.

    I've had eye surgery (not for the same problem you have) and it was painless. Hope everything goes well for you.

  3. Man that Baxter is such a rounder. He is very entertaining and I'm sure good company. Sorry to hear about your brother.

  4. Your brother is in our prayers. Baxter look like quite the entertainer!!!

  5. The laser eye surgeries are usually pretty easy. I had lasix done about 15 years ago and it was uncomfortable for about an hour after the anesthetic wore off but then no problem. Easier than any other surgery I've had done.

  6. Baxter is too cute. Wonder when the bowls will stop getting bigger and bigger and..........

    Good luck with your eye problem. I had to hunt up an eye doctor just a couple of days ago to get what I thought was a soft contact out of my eye and it turned out to be a tiny pebble that was "stuck" and she had to "dig" it out. Her description sounded much worse than it actually felt.

  7. Sorry to hear of your eye troubles, we went through some eye surgery for Marti last Nov and I'm looking at a cataract removal in the next few months. Part of life, part of growing older, but much better than the alternative. ;c)

    Your kitty is sooo cute!

  8. Nothing like having a professional 'bowler' in the family! :)

  9. Baxter sure looks like a "ham". Barbie has had laser eye surgery for a torn retina. No problem for her.

  10. What darling photos of Baxter! I've never heard of a kitten sleeping in his food bowls. He has such personality. My cat, Baxter, used to sit in my wooden bird feeders - just squeezed himself in. He looked just like your Baxter - I wonder if the grey tabbys like to fit into small spaces?

    Katie eats Royal Canin for Chihuahuas, and it's the only thing she can eat without having stomach issues. It's a really good pet food.

  11. Smoking is a real killer for sure. My dad passed at 63 largely due to over 50 years of constant smoking that he proudly proclaimed he started at nine:(

  12. You're right that you can only help those who are willing to help themselves first. Hope your eye surgery is quick and easy.

  13. I had the laser surgery for the glaucoma...they wouldn't do both eyes the same week...I had to return..but it was painless...very quick surgery

  14. Of course, I absolutely love the bowl saga!!! What a cute kitty! Love his eyes!

    Hope eveything turns out okay with your peepers!!! I will be thinking about you and anxious to hear!

    Everyone makes their own choices in life and must live, or not, with the results. You can only love them as they are!

  15. Great photos of Baxter in those bowls!

  16. Good luck with the eye doc!

    Yes, sadly we can not change the health status of friends and relatives. I watch my dad drink like a fish and smoke like a chimney. He's 76 and I can't change him.

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  17. That Baxter is so cute. Loved the pics of the ever increasing size of bowls. Our cats used to like to curl up in the bathroom sink when they were younger. Now Patra just wants to drink from there all the time.

    Hope your eye appointment goes well and your brother remains ok.


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