Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Update on Sammy and life

Sammy is doing pretty well.  I found some expensive good cat food broth that she can eat.  We keep her separated from the other cats to minimize her stress. She doesn't seem to be in any pain right now and likes attention.  

Mike had to buy a new wood chipper because the old one died.  He used it quite a bit this weekend, and it's fantastic!  He got the chainsaw and the wood chipper after our side jungle, and it looks better.  Of course, there is a lot of jungle left, but every little bit helps.

While I was busy writing my thesis proposal this weekend, Mike also finally took out the old, ugly, poorly installed hall lights.  He patched the holes and installed electrical boxes.  Hopefully he can paint and get the new lights up this week.  The doors to all the bedrooms are finally done so it's time to focus on the trim.  I'm hoping the hall is done before our next international Thanksgiving party.  A year of living with the hideous hall is too long.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Sunrise from Port Huron

I just realized that I forgot to post my pictures from July 5th.  That Saturday morning we drove up to Port Huron with a fellow photog friend and took sunrise pictures of Lake Huron.

We discovered a potentially interesting spot for sunset shots of Detroit.  I have to wait for a nice weekend to go out and shoot.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Little Sammy

We found out today that Sammy, our old lady, has advanced oral cancer.  The vet hasn't given her much time.  I knew when we adopted her that she wouldn't be with us for a long time.  She was 16, and her kidneys were already in the beginning stages of kidney failure.  Still, I hoped.  It took her a very long time to warm up to us.  In March she started sleeping on our bed, and in the past few weeks she's started sleeping with us at night.

Sammy and Mittens never got along.  His playing felt like attacking to her, and in the past two weeks he's been vicious to her, trying to bite her and chasing her out of the bedroom.  I can only guess that he senses her declining health and is posturing for the top-cat position, but maybe I'm giving him too much credit.  Maybe he's just being hateful. They will be permanently separated now.

It's very sad to lose another cat.  Spooky has only been gone for two years.  But I know that this is the price we humans pay for sharing our lives with our four-legged friends.

Racing around

Even though I'm not as busy as last summer term, I'm having a difficult time carving out the time to post.  

On Saturday Mike ran a 10k on Belle Isle in downtown Detroit.  We had never been there, but it was beautiful! 

He finished at his fastest speed so far, and he was smiling as he crossed the finish line.  I'm not sure when his next race will be.  He's talking about doing a local 5k, but he hasn't decided.  

Right now we have no plans for next weekend, but who knows?

Monday, June 30, 2014

*poof* Free time is gone!

School has begun, and my free time will be dwindling to nothing soon.  I have to start working on my thesis, but it is difficult to commit to one idea.  I have several floating around in my head.  I know that I want to studying the Southern accent in Oklahoma, but specifically what I want to study is still unformulated.  I really want to nail it down this week.  Argh.  

Mike is doing a pretty good job preparing for the half marathon in September.  He's off on a short run tonight - only two miles - but he has a long one on Wednesday night - six miles.  Better him and me.  That's all I can say.

I bought a new lens to celebrate finishing Summer 1 with my sanity.  I will try to carve out time for fun.