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Deep Sleep


Our senior Siamese cat tucks his head in and hides much of his face.  Then he sleeps really deeply and sometimes you have to really shake him to get him to wake up.  It’s actually scary.

I’ve taken several pictures to practice what I’ve been learning in the photography class but they are pretty bad so I have limited choices to share this week.  I can share that I think you should be very thankful that I haven’t taken any photos of my mangled big toenail.  My toenail and a piece of furniture collided this weekend and the furniture won which resulted in my toenail being damaged enough that the doctor went ahead and took the nail off.  It will take about a year to grow back.


Isn’t that a lick!

The blanket was thrown over him and rapidly lifted up.  Here’s Purrkins’ expression.


Now I lay me down to sleep

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep;
if I die before I wake,
I pray for Lord my soul to take.

These days he falls into a deep sleep quickly and then has many kitty dreams.

42|2013 Number 9 (November 4 – 10, 2013)

How did a week pass I didn’t take a single picture?  I took some screen shots of my computer screen and a 16-second video of our cat that I texted to my daughter to let her see Purrkins is doing okay.

The bulk of my weekend I spent trying to understand the Family Tree DNA results.  A person contacted me and it seems that she has a pretty strong match with my son on chromosome number 9 and we are trying to figure out who their common ancestor is.  Here’s a screen shot I captured this weekend of 3 people who overlap on that chromosome, the blue is represents the person who contacted me.


40|2013 For Now (October 21-27, 2013)


Thursday Purrkins went back to the vet to see how he was progressing since last week.  The lab results indicate that Purrkins’ kidneys are shutting down.  The vet said to let him eat whatever he wants and to keep him comfortable.  Since then Purrkins seems fine though perhaps aging.  He sleeps a lot, walks cautiously and isn’t interested in playing.  However, he is quite interested in eating and in being close to us and getting loved on.  The lab results suggest that his kidneys have lost 75-90% functioning.  For now, everything is fine and we’ll continue to enjoy our time together.

In other news, we got two free trees this week from organizations helping to rebuild the tornado damaged areas.  We gave one of the trees to our neighbors since we already ordered a tree that will be delivered and planted soon.   The other tree we got we’ll plant soon.  It will be a long while before we have very large shade trees around here.

Guess that’s about all for now…

39|2013 A Journey (October 14 – 20, 2013)


Now that the mornings stay dark for my journey to work, I get to see the Skydance Pedestrian Bridge lights.  So, one morning this week I left a few minutes early and used my nice camera to take some photos of it.  It is really mesmerizing to watch the slow changes from one color to the next.  I can’t decide which color I like the best though.


We bought a safe that Keith bolted to the concrete floor of our home this week.  Our hope is that this is a good place to keep our external backup drives, which are loaded with family photos and videos, so that they are somewhat protected from inclement weather such as tornados or floods.

Our sweet Purrkins had a rough week.  He went to the vet on Wednesday and the doctor determined that he needed to spend time in the hospital due to pancreatitis, renal damage and dehydration.  After spending two nights in the vet hospital he came home Friday night feeling much better but he still seems weak.  Saturday was Purrkins’ 16th birthday and he got lots of hugs, kisses and happy birthday wishes.  He’ll go back to the vet later next week for a checkup.  We aren’t sure how the rest of  his journey will be.

On Saturday Keith helped his long-time friend move.  They rented a U-Haul, loaded it up and drove it to the town they’re moving to.  Keith came home tired but enjoyed writing lyrics  about his day.  He wrote them using the tune of East Bound and Down, which was sung by Jerry Reed in the movie Smokey and the Bandit.

East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’,
I’m gonna do what they say can’t be done.
I’ve got the Marshall’s to haul, all but the dog,
I’m east bound, just watch ol’ “Keithy” run.

I’ve got my foot hard on the pedal. I’ll never mind the brakes.
This ol’ road just makes this U-Haul kind of shake,
Marylin’s got her kitchen gear and Stan a ton of books,
small wonder that the twins are out of state.

East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’,
I’m gonna do what they say can’t be done.
I’ve got the Marshall’s to haul, all but the dog,
I’m east bound, just watch ol’ “Keithy” run.

Marilyn and Stan have begun a fussin’,
And they look for to me to be the referee,
I’m slugging Robitussin; they start to hear me cussin’,
Very soon my labor won’t be free.

“East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’,
I’m gonna do what they say can’t be done.
I’ve got the Marshall’s to haul, all but the dog,
I’m east bound, just watch ol’ “Keithy” run.

If you’re like me you need to watch the relevant portion of the movie and hear the song to fully appreciate Keith’s lyrics, so push play on video below:

35|2013 It’s Almost Chili (September 16 – 22, 2013)

Sunday we welcomed in the 2013 autumn season.  Keith made a big batch of chili…


Travis & Purrkins began the hibernation process.


I worked on organizing the old family photos.

30|2013 The Dish (August 12-18, 2013)

Behind our house at the lake is a newly installed Internet satellite dish.  Standing firm in a concrete slab, it ought to be there for a while.  There’s no doubt that having the Internet available impacts my options tremendously.


Earlier in the week I found in a box in our garage with Kelsey’s red, fluffy rug and from the moment I set it down Purrkins was on it.  He hardly moved from it over the next few days.


1|2013 A Smokin’ Sunday (Jan 6, 2013)


The electric smoker was one of Keith’s Christmas presents and today he’s smoking some cheese.  This should be interesting.

Meanwhile, on the couch, it’s naptime with the cat.  Not sure who’s enjoying it more.


Happy birthday to my brother today!  Another birth day in the family occured 136 years ago when Keith’s maternal great grandfather’s (Jacob Asbury Bullard) was born.

49|52 Comfort (Dec 3-9, 2012)

On a cold winter’s day…


there is absolute comfort in our household.  Just look at that smile.