Saturday, October 25, 2014

What's up with the critters?

Our Kane seems to be improving as each day goes by and was out and about for a walk on Friday. It was a beautiful day, sunny and warm. The sound of him crunching leaves and tottering along did my heart good. I know that this disease will take a toll on him because of his age but just getting him out for his daily walks will keep him a happy dog.

Sierra spent the morning on the deck while I cleaned up the front of the house and gathered up one million leaves.
                                     Worshipping what's left of Fall's warm sunshine.
She still loves the mailman.
Annie is never far from Lily. I think she fancies herself to be her nurse-maid. She's such a good cat with a big heart for those that need comforting. Lily is heading into her 19th year now and she needs watching over.

and lastly, Audrey. I asked her if I could please take a picture for the blog folks.
Here you go...
Did I ever mention she hates the camera?

Do you have a tradition on Halloween night that brings together the family?
Here's one that we enjoy and never tire of no matter how many times we watch it.

The Movie....                                      Hocus Pocus
These sisters always make me laugh.

I have a scarf to finish and a hot chocolate to make on this cool & windy October night.

Stay toasty,

Friday, October 24, 2014

It's that time again to store some nuts

Someone has spent much of the morning watching the squirrels scamper back and forth looking for food to store.
Yes, it's that time again. They are very busy collecting anything they can eat. 
I noticed one yesterday burying something.
Next Spring we will find walnut trees growing in the oddest places.

"Those things are real nut-jobs."
I had a bit of fun with the old step-back cupboard again.
I love changing things up for the seasons.
And with a dizzy dog and a retired-guy down for the count (pulled a muscle in his back
pushing rocks around) I've been house-bound more and drinking lots of tasty tea. 
I'm also still purging 'stuff' that I no longer want or need. I could probably do this until I am down to one tea-pot but I will stop myself at a reasonable point. Some things you just can't let go of.

I have one kitty to cat-sit for this weekend. It's so odd to see my calendar almost empty. Most of my clients have now been given another cat-sitters' name to interview for future travelling. Its been hard to 'close down' my service but life moves on and changes are inevitable. I really hope to keep in touch with all my clients when we have finally moved on to our lot. I will, no doubt, be back and forth enough just visiting the family to drop in to say "hi" to my old charges. I already miss them.

The sun is peaking through the trees right now so it promises to be a nice, Fall day. I plan to get Kane out for a slow walk today if he is up for it.  The dairy queen is on the agenda, too. The old guy deserves a plain soft ice cream baby cone for the week he has put in. Bless his heart.

I hope everyone has a nice weekend.
I wish you all Peace and Happiness.

hugs, Deb  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

It's hard to smile these days.

We have to look for the 'little things' ...
Violets are still blooming in spite of the treatment they get from the cats. 

I made two dozen pumpkin muffins today. Surely, that should keep a certain person around here happy for awhile. And the dog.
And, some pumpkin orange spice loose tea.

Although Kane does stumble a bit he seems to be improving.
He walks like a dog that is not sure of his footing and if he gets going too fast he stumbles, but he is better than he was. We are thankful for that.
He has had his three pills and is enjoying all the extra 'fussiness' going on around him.
He loves the car so of course we took him for a drive. He slept through it, though.  
He is walking on his own but very carefully.
We managed a walk around the neighbourhood today which he enjoyed.
Thank you everyone for your comments and suggestions.
It all helps.

Things are really moving fast on the property. That's good 'cause we have to get in there pronto. The weather has been the pits lately; way too much rain. We have great guys working away on our building and they are not letting rain get in the way but sunshine would be appreciated.

The birds are coming to the feeders. Yah! I have filled them twice now.

I cared for these two beauties the last few days. I expect it will be the last time so I spent as much time with them as I could. I'm so happy to have known them and will surely miss them.
                               Tigger                                               Belle

Hope you had some *smiles* today.

With the loss of one of Canada's brave soldiers, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was violently murdered by a lone gunman on Wednesday in front of the National War Memorial near our Parliament Hill, it is hard for all Canadians to smile these days. Our hearts are broken for his family. Such a waste.

He was known by his friends and loved-ones to always have a smile on his face.
"Rest in Peace, Nathan.We pray for our country."

hugs, Deb

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


"Oh, sweet baby James"
James and Kim Taylor
I came across this photo and wanted to share it only because I thought it was so nice of them both.

James Taylor has always been my favorite musician and song-writer. I love his voice and have seen him live three times now. At the last concert I was lucky to be close enough for a little hug as he walked by. Damn...if I didn't feel 18 again. :)
My favorite JT cd is called October Road. If you have not heard it you may want to add it to your Christmas list. "Oh, did I say 'Christmas'?..."sorry!"

Monday, October 20, 2014


Our doggy has been diagnosed with Vertigo. (Vestibular Syndrome.)
Kane began to stumble and walk in circles last evening. He was pacing up and down the hall which was not a usual thing for him. We took him out to the yard for his last pee break and got him settled for the night but the next morning once he stood up he began to stumble again. His appetite was fine and he did not seem to be in any pain but he was most definitely out of sorts.

Off to the vet he went and within minutes of describing his condition Dr. King said it sounded like Canine Vertigo. She gave him an examination and watched as he wandered around her office.
She then prescribed ear drops, antihistamines and three holistic pellets (a remedy) that should help stop the symptoms.

He seems to have settled nicely tonight and enjoyed a bit of roast beef (and his pill) with his dinner. We'll see how he is tomorrow.

                          "Don't get up too fast buddy or you'll get the dizzies."

I found this on-line...


Your vet will need to do a full physical assessment of your pooch. This will probably include an ear examination and neurological tests to discover if the ear or the central nervous system is the cause of the problem. The vet needs to eliminate other possible causes of your dog's symptoms, so he could perform quite a battery of tests. Once he knows the cause, your vet will prescribe the right treatment. Motion sickness drugs help relieve your pet's nausea and if the vertigo stems from an ear infection, then he'll probably prescribe antibiotics for that. The treatment really depends on the cause, so there isn't one universal treatment for the condition. The good news is that vertigo usually only lasts for a couple of weeks at most, and you can play an important part in your pet's convalescence.


While your furry friend is receiving treatment and recovering, he really needs you to provide a calm, supportive environment for him. Chaos will only make his feelings of confusion worse. You might need to carry him outside to potty. Also, you may have to bring him breakfast in bed and feed him by hand until he regains his sense of balance. Veterinarian Karen Becker suggests giving your pet calming herbal essences, such as chamomile, passionflower or valerian to alleviate the stress your pet feels during his illness.

"Breakfast in bed it is, Kanie"

hugs, Deb

Plans for Mootie and Pip

Mootie and Pip are presently indoor-outdoor country cats. They have been praised by their owner as being the best little mousers around. They spend their days hunting in Susan's back field and then wander inside to have a bite to eat and a snooze when the sun disappears. With that in mind, after talking to Susan about the changes in her life and how she had to find a new home for her cats, I contacted a friend, who I actually met through her blog, who I thought may be able to take them in.
Some of you might know this amazingly kind and wonderful woman, Natalie from Knatolee's World. If you haven't met her you need to get right over to her blog and have a look-see. Natalie and husband, Gordon, are big animal-lovers and have adopted many homeless cats, dogs, pigs, fowl  and soon, ponies, and given them a wonderful life on their hobby farm only an hour and a half from my home. Natalie and I discussed the needs of these two cats and how they would fit in at her farm as pampered barn cats. There are two cats who presently reside there as barn cats (Redmond and Missy) and they are fed daily, loved-up on demand and spend their time frolicking around a 4,000 sq. ft. barn that has heated areas and a big hay-loft. Natalie mentioned that their home and barn are a good distance from their road and that their cats never bother to wander near it. They also follow Natalie around as she does her chores. Susan felt that this life would suit her cats perfectly. They are still quite young and could continue to have freedom to explore and hunt and still be cared for with love and commitment from Natalie and Gordon. She was overjoyed to hear that they may be able to have the perfect cat life and stay together after-all.

Natalie plans to keep them isolated for awhile until they are used to their new home and then she will slowly introduce them to the other animals. Her cat, Missy, has just recently arrived at Natalie's and, after having some time to settle,  is now able to have freedom of the barn and she has become good friends with Redmond.

                                                This is Missy, the new barn kitty at Natalie's.
You can read all about her on Natalie's blog. Fingers crossed all will go smoothly for the two newbies. I know Natalie will keep us all posted on how they are doing. With pictures, right Natalie? :)

Could you please keep my dear old dog in your thoughts today? I am off to the vet with him as he has been stumbling since this morning and is in need of some tests.  :(
hugs, Deb

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mootie and Pip


have been kitty-clients of mine for over a year and their lives are taking a bit of a turn right now.
Their very caring owner came to me today and asked if I could help in any way to find them a good home. Her life is changing, her home is sold and being a senior, she will not be able to care for them anymore. I spent some time with Susan going over all the details about the cats, closed the door after a hug and had a good cry. It does not take the world ending to send me over the edge these days what with all the changes my life is taking and this news just broke my heart. I love these cats and knew that their future was in jeopardy.
I prayed for these cats. "Please don't let them end up in a shelter again."  I contacted a few people, after a strong cup of tea, and one in particular that I knew would listen to their plea.  I'm all teary again because this has a happy ending. I love 'good tears.' I'll give you the details soon.
Just know that prayers are answered.

hugs, Deb