Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Tribute To Mickey

If you know me personally or have been a reader here for some time (does anyone read here anymore?) then you are familiar with my cat Mickey.

If not, let me give you a briefing:  Seven years ago when we moved, our cat Mickey could not accept the move and kept going back to our old house.  We tried everything!  He'd even stay for quite a while then one day he'd be gone and we'd find him at the old house.  The new owners of the house took it all in good humor and after a while just allowed him to stay.  He was mostly an outside cat so they had a little house for him and fed him.  We handled shot and vet visits.  I even at one time gave Mickey a weekly blog posting called Mickey On The Move.

Here's some highlights about Mickey:



Alrighty Then

Yes I'm Still Here


That last posting listed was the last I had seen Mickey in over 2 years (other than when I'd drive by the house and see him on their porch) and hubby and I had been talking about him a week or so ago.  I had said since Mickey is an outside cat and now 16 years old, he'd probably just wander off somewhere and die - we'd never really know.  The Stoner's would just say they hadn't seen him in a long time and somehow we all would just know.

Not to be.

We got notification that Mickey wasn't walking right and we picked him up Sunday evening so we could take him to the vets on Monday.  Mickey wasn't happy to be here and I'm not real sure he remembers us, but he did eat and drink and then went to the basement for the night.  He was putting all his weight on one side and sometimes his whole back end would go out.  It was sad.

The above is truly the last photo I'll have of Mickey.  We decided he could no longer function properly as an outside cat and made the hard decision of having him put down.  His condition could of been a stroke or blood clots.  I chose against further testing; I knew what needed to be done.

A FB friend sent this poem:

You'll See Me In The Light

I know that you can't see me,
but trust me I'm right here,
although I'm up in heaven,
my love for you stays here.

So often I see you crying, 
many times you call my name,
I want so much to lick your face,
and ease some of your pain.

I wish that I could make you see
that Heaven indeed is real, 
If you could see me run and play,
how much better you would feel.

But our loving God has promised me,
that when the time is right,
you'll step outside the darkness
and meet me in the light.

Enjoy The Rainbow Bridge Mickey - I'm sure your mom Spunky and brother Sebastian were there to meet you.  I bet even little Sookie (whom you never knew) greeted you as well.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

7 Years Ago

Seven years ago today we closed on our house:

Some "then" house photos:

Actually the photos are from when we looked at the house.

Rooker Made It!!

I was able to pick up Rooker this past Monday.  Rooker was a very very sick kitty, but he's managed to survive and though we do have a few more days of meds to go; you'd never know there was anything wrong with him.

So here's some photos of our new addition:

Gorgeous isn't he?  AND.....he's very very bad - lol!!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Rooker Update and Then Some

Rooker ended up back at the vet's on Friday because he had stopped eating.  Cats eat by smell and if they can't smell it, they won't eat.  Poor Rooker is so congested.

I had to leave him at the vet's because he needs to be force fed.  It's very bittersweet, but I did get word this morning that he had eaten a little on his own; this is great news!

CC and I have restarted Weight Watchers - not "officially" but on our own.  We did weigh-in and measurements at her house Thursday evening.  I'm only going to do measurements once a month (we aren't even sure we were measuring right-lol) and of course, weigh-ins once a week.  I'm going to put my weights on the side bar just like I did when I was originally losing weight the first time.  Though CC is using Sundays as her start day; I'm going to continue with Friday (day after weigh-in).  I like having my whole 49 weeklies at the start and at the time I would most likely use them.

I have some product reviews to do, both the good and the bad:

I bought this one and the chocolate one.  I had the one above for breakfast the other morning and it was absolute HEAVEN!  I'm not a big greek yogurt person (I find it very odd tasting) but this one was really good.  HOWEVER, it wasn't until after I ate it and went to calculate the points that I realized I had been deceived!  This baby came in at 6 pts. - way too much!  Why?  Well because it is not low fat or fat free - it's the real stuff; no wonder it tasted so good.  I decided to keep these as a snack in the event I have pts left and well want something else.  Of course, this paired with a piece of fruit can make a quick breakfast - but it didn't keep me full long.

I'm not a huge fan of frozen meals, especially the diet ones, but I like to keep a few on hand for emergency purposes (didn't have time to pack lunch, etc..).  I'm also not an exotic eater, I prefer regular old comfort food (which is why I love Weight Watchers so much) so when I saw the above as well as one with fish strips I bought them.

Oh this was just so wrong......  as you notice it is 8 pts.  See that huge pile of fries?  Ummmm....expect about 1/2 that amount along with TWO small chicken strips.  Crisping Tray?  It won't matter, the stuff just doesn't crisp.  Taste?  Blah.....the fries almost had that freezer burn taste to them.  What a waste of 8 pts.

Thursday, September 4, 2014


Last Friday I visited some Humane Societies and ended up with a new cat.

The one I was at had an outside area for cats and I found him in there.  I knew he'd be mine the minute I saw him.

The place was very very busy; so I opted to go to the cat room and look there.  Many many cats; but the one I saw outside was who I wanted.  I walked back to the desk and asked the girl if the black & white cat in the outside pen was available and she says "Well what's it name?"  I told her I didn't know because there was no cat information outside, she says "Well I don't know who's out there.  Go back to the cat room and find its sheet."  Mind you, she wasn't nasty - just busy; but let's say the customer service was lacking somewhat.

I walk to the back room - many cats fit that description and I just don't know which one belongs to that cat.  I walk back out with my dilemma and she advises me to just fill out an application and they'll figure it out.  I do, return the application and she immediately calls someone who advises her the cat's name.  Okay, now that is settled.

It was very very busy; but after about 20 minutes I got called into the adoption office.  This process moved very very fast.  There was paperwork everywhere being stuffed into folders, sign here & here, get your carrier and we'll get the cat.

His name was Pilot there; I've named him Rooker.  Extremely friendly cat......

Over the Labor Day weekend, he went downhill.  It started as a few sneezes and then the runny nose started, the sluggishness....it wasn't pretty.  Tuesday found me at the Vet's office where he was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection.  Upon reviewing the paperwork from the Humane Society, I realized he had been diagnosed there and put on a 10 day medication regimen the day before I adopted him.  That's right....he's sick, but still on the adoption floor, still around under cats, on meds...but I wasn't told this, I wasn't given an option for meds or to leave him until he was ready.
I have a sick kitty.

He's on medication, I have to syringe feed him (cats eat by smell and well, he's too clogged up to smell) but today he's looking a little better.  Poor baby.

So everyone PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE...whether you're at a shelter, rescue or a breeder..don't let them rush through the paperwork (regardless of how busy they are), read everything completely.  If I would have - I still would of walked out with the same cat...but I also would of had medication that may have prevented him from getting as sick as he has.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Eating Out

Eating out can bring you to some very very bad choices.  It's nice if you end up somewhere that you frequent and are prepared with what to order; or that you've had the time to research the nutritional value of items in advance.  But what happens if you're just out and about with friends and end up at some random place that wouldn't be your top choice.

You can still be prepared.

I use Evernote on my smartphone and try to list point-wise choices to have on hand.  For Example:

Panera Bread:  Half & Half Lunch....1/2 smoked turkey breast on country bread with mustard (no mayo), 1/2 classic salad with vinaigrette dressing and apple  7 pts plus (yes only 7 pts for all of that).

Cracker Barrel:  Haddock-5 pts; Grilled Chicken Tenderloins-1 pt. each; Veggie Soup- 3 pts., Chicken Noodle Soup-2 pts

Chick Fil A:  Chicken Wrap with FF Honey Mustard Dressing and fruit cup - 10 pts

KFC:  Original recipe bites (6) with mashed potatoes & gravy - 8 pts.

McDonald's:  Sweet Chili Chicken Wrap Grilled - 9 pts.

Roy Rogers:  Kids meal with roast beef slider and fruit cup - 4 pts.

Subway:  6 inch flatbread with oven roasted chicken, provolone cheese, sweet onion sauce, cucumber, spinach and pickle - 10 pts.

Get online, look up the nutritional values (most of the chain restaurants have this right on their websites) and keep yourself a list.  Even if it's a place you don't normally frequent...at least you'll have something available in the one chance you end up there!

So what happens if you end up in a non-chain place?  Remember....chicken is your friend.  Aim for baked and grilled items and avoid fried.  Stay away from items that are breaded.  Choose sides wisely - veggies are your friends.  A salad can be a wise choice if the salad dressing is a wise one - if they have no low-fat or fat free options in dressing, also go for a vinaigrette.

Monday, September 1, 2014

I Think It's Time For A Life Makeover

"I think it's time for a life makeover".....a posting on FaceBook by one of my friends.

I saw it, I liked it, I'm stealing it for this post.

Yesterday was my family reunion and CC showed up all enthusiastic because she had a weight loss idea!
Yes at the family reunion where there is a TON of no healthy food, she's talking weight loss (just gotta love her).

We've batted around the "returning to a Weight Watchers meeting" idea; but we did that last year and guess what - we paid, went, but didn't follow the program.  We both agree that Weight Watchers is our "life style change" (she's forbidden me to use "diet") and the program we want to follow; however we've both come to realize that at this time the meetings just won't do us any good.  We've been there, done it, not getting any new information.  Plus we're still ticked at WW for ditching our meeting and our leader for no reason what-so-ever....so I kind of don't want to give them any money.

But we're lifetimers and know how the program works.  We decided to stick with Thursday nights as our "weigh-in" night in CC's bathroom (that's where the scale is) and do what we normally would of done after a WW meeting - have dinner at Subway and then a movie.  We've also decided that we need to commit to one movie a week - we sometimes do more and well that healthy popcorn can add up.

At Subway we know the point values and can adjust the rest of our day accordingly; plus if we do the movie on a regular day we also can adjust our weeklies accordingly.  Now we could probably eat elsewhere if we need a change; but again we need to know the point value of what we'll be eating before getting there. Weight Loss means planning ahead.

So the new Weight Loss Journey Begins.....