Starring Rosie The Boy Cat and Morti The Shelter Cat in their debut film: Wild Hunters!
Did you ever have a plan that just refused to come together and get started? That is what is going on around here. Every day, I have planned to write a post here, but something in real life just jumped up and bit me in the behind.
Right before Fabgrandpa went in the hospital to have his heart cath done, the dryer quit drying. It still came on and tumbled around, but it did not heat up. I thought it was the heating element, but it turned out to be the timer. I called the store where we bought it four years ago, and asked them to send out a repair person, and they said they would put me on the list. They said it would take about a week. So, on the following Monday when I had not heard from them, I called again. They said my ticket was “not in the basket, so that means it is on the repair guy’s clipboard. That means he has you in line soon.” So I waited until Friday. I called the store again, and was told that “my ticket was in the basket.” Hmmm. Something did not sound right. It’s like they had these standard responses to spit out when someone called.
So, I hung up the phone and googled for an appliance repair business in a 35 mile radius. I found Bremen Appliance Repair. I called them at about 4:30 on Friday afternoon, and they said they would come out the next morning at 8:00 a.m. And they did. I still have not heard from the other place. I never will. Too bad. They will never get any more of my business.
Then, on Sunday, I cooked dinner for my son, Seth, and his two teenagers, Michael and Sarah. They were really appreciative of a home cooked meal. I made a Boston Butt pork roast, fresh creamed corn, green beans, diced potatoes, and fried okra. I sent half of it home with them. By the time dinner was over, I was exhausted from the effort. I love cooking for them, but it just wears me out.
On Monday, I slept all day. That happens to me when I get exhausted. Nothing new. It is just part of my new life after surgery. I feel bad about it sometimes, but it is what is. Fabgrandpa is still recuperating from his cardiac catheterization, so I am trying to do everything. It’s not all getting done, but that’s ok, too.
Tuesday, we went to Carrollton, about 35 miles away, for Fabgrandpa’s lab appointment with the endocrinologist. Turns out his appointment is this week. Doh! I put it on the wrong day on the calendar. Silly me. Another day wasted.
Wednesday, I had to get up at the ungodly time of 5:30 to take Morti to his neuter appointment. The animals have to be dropped off for surgery at 7:30 a.m. I was dragging by the time I got back home. Another day sleeping in the chair. Except that my neighbor called and asked me to take her somewhere. They have been really good to us, and have done so many things for us, that I hated to tell her no. So, I took her, and it wound up being about a three hour thing. I got home in time to make dinner.
Thursday, I got up at 5:00 to go pick Morty up. Yes, they have to be picked up before the new day’s patients get there. He did good in surgery, tested negative for Feline Leukemia, had no fleas, and got a rabies shot. And a tag for his collar. He came home and almost immediately started playing with Rosie The Boy Cat. They get along really good. Most of the time, Morti instigates the roughhousing, then cries like a baby when Rosie gets too rough. Just like some children I used to know. Anyway, more sleeping in the chair. All this activity should be good for me, but it only makes me tired.
Friday. I’m trying to remember what we did on Friday. Probably nothing. Probably more sleeping in the chair. Then on Saturday, the lady who cleans our house once a month came. We went out to lunch, then to the grocery store. When we got home, Fabgrandpa was not feeling well, so I carried them all in, and put them away. Fed the cats. That was my week.
This week, we have that appointment at the endocrinologist on Tuesday. Then on Wednesday, a follow up appointment with Dr. Rouse, the cardiologist. Right now, those are the only two things on my real life calendar. Except that sometime this week I have to go and visit my mother. My plan is to get at least two giveaways posted this week. I know y’all are waiting for them. Then, we’ll see. Life gets in the way sometimes.
While all the health issues were going on in the last couple of weeks, Fabgrandpa and I decided to get another kitten. We wanted one that was at least three months old, so that he would be a companion for Rosie The Boy Cat. We went to the Haralson County Animal Shelter to adopt our new little kitty.
Morti, short for Mortimer, is an orange Tabby cat with somewhat long hair and a bushy tail. He was the oldest kitty at the shelter, and his euthanization date was the day after we were there. He was also the friendliest one of all, actively reaching out of the cage to play with us. He is a pretty boy for sure.
The first day that Morti was here, there was a lot of hissing, batting of paws, and arching of backs on both sides. Rosie was not sure that to think of this feline intruder. This went on for about two days, then there were a couple of days of Rosie ignoring Morti, sort of like, if I ignor him he won’t be here.
On the second or third day here, Morti claimed Rosie’s bed as his own. This was not taken very well by Rosie. I am going to have to get another kitty bed for him soon. I know he was mad at me for this, I could just tell. I got the cold shoulder from Rosie for several days.
It has been exactly one week since Morti came to live with us. The two kitties are now at least friendly to each other. I saw them playing together this afternoon for the first time, and that made me happy. What do y’all think of our new kitty?
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Fabgrandpa and I had never owned a cat before Rosie The Boy Cat came into our lives. The little guy just appeared at our door back in April, and it wasn’t long before he had moved right in. While it is sad that thoughtless people drop off kittens and puppies on our country dirt road every spring, it was good that Rosie found us. We resisted his cuteness as long as we could, but he won us over, and has become the pet star of our household in record time! We thought he was a female cat, so we named “her” Rosie. But when we took her to be spayed, we found out that Rosie was a boy. So, his name changed a bit to Rosie The Boy Cat.
Rosie has become the star of our home in the short time he has been here. He does such funny things, and keeps us laughing. I take photos of him all the time, and share them on Instagram and Facebook. I have also started using photos of him to make greeting cards. It is so easy to do! Using my cutting machine and some imagination, the cards I make come out so cute! Here is how I made the last one:
I picked out a photo of Rosie, and using the Paint app, I cropped it and resized it to print out at 4.5 inches X 4.5 inches. I printed out the resized photo of Rosie on photo paper.
Next, I picked out a sheet of cardstock that measures 24 inches X 24 inches, and folded it in half twice, to make a 6 inch square card. I went to the Design Space for my cutting machine online, and chose a frame to cut. I cut the frame pieces out at 5 inches square.
Next, I decided on what I wanted the card to say. I used the cutting machine to cut out the letters for the front of the card.
I used a glue stick to glue the frame, the picture of Rosie, and the words I cut out to the front of the card.
I used MSWord to type up the wording for the inside of the card, and printed it out on regular printer paper. Then I cut out the words in a cloud shape and glued that to the inside of the card. The finished product:
Since we had never owned a cat before, we knew nothing about them, or the various products that a cat would need, so we have been learning how to take care of him from the start. We are frequent shoppers at Kroger, and check their pet aisle every time we go now. We have been thinking of changing the cat litter that we use, so this time we bought Tidy Cats® Lightweight. I have a disability that makes it hard for me to pick up heavy things. Tidy Cats® Lightweight weighs less than the other cat litters we have tried, which is a big plus for me. While it weighs less, it has the same volume as heavier litters do.
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Fabgrandpa and I are still learning about cats, and how to take good care of Rosie The Boy Cat so he will be our #MyPetStar for years to come. How often do you change the litter in your kitty’s box? Do you change every time you scoop, or do you scoop and add more and just change completely once a week?
We decided to keep the stray cat that appeared at our door a few weeks ago. Part of being a responsible pet owner is getting them spayed or neutered. One of my friends told me about West Georgia Spay Neuter Clinic in Villa Rica, Georgia. It is about 35 miles away. When I called to make the appointment for Rosie, they told me to be there at 7:30 in the morning. So, yesterday, we got up earlier than we have in months to take the cat to the vet.
We put Rosie in a carrier on Sunday night. She didn’t like it, but after about five minutes she settled down and didn’t cry anymore all night long. It wasn’t until Fabgrandpa picked up the cage in the morning and took it outside that the cat just went crazy! She was screaming and clawing at the cage, trying to get out. As soon as we got her in the car though, that stopped. She did mew occasionally on the ride to The West Georgia Spay Neuter Clinic in Villa Rica.
I filled out the paperwork, and checked all the boxes for all the vaccines, including Feline Leukemia and Rabies. They said that if they found an open umbilical hernia they would fix that too. The girl said they would call if the Feline Leukemia blood test was positive, and if it was then we would have to decide if we wanted to euthanize right then, or take her home. Later in the day, she called to say the tests were negative, and they had done the surgery and everything was fine. They kept her overnight.
Today, we had to be at the clinic at 7:00 a.m. to pick her up. When we got there, I was givien a summary of what they had done, which included neutering a MALE cat! Yes, Rosie is a boy! I felt so stupid, but I have never had a cat before, and it was really difficult to tell. I thought it was a girl. So, instead of being named Rosemary, HE is Roosevelt, like Rosie Greer. They also did several blood tests, treated for worms and fleas, trimmed his nails, and gave us an engraved tag to put on a collar. The price for all of this was $154, which is relatively inexpensive since other vets in the area charge more.
Rosie is now going to live in the house. We got a bed for him, which he has already been using, and a litter box. I don’t know how to get him to use it, though. He is used to being outside and using the dirt driveway to do his deed. I decided to get the scooper and put some of the dirt from the place he has been using outside in the litter box. That made him at least walk up to it a couple of times and sniff it, but so far he hasn’t used it. If you have an suggestions, please let me know.
This could be a problem for me. He likes to sit on my lap, and gets up here every time I open up my laptop. I can’t work or type very well when trying to share the laptop with him. I finally got him to stay off of me long enough for me to write this post, so there is hope that he can be trained at least little bit.
Um. Yeah, right! LOL. Do you have a cat? Does it get on your lap when you are trying to use your computer?