Post 1126: a busy day…

I visited an old friend in the hospital today. It was an enjoyable time spent talking about pretty much everything. I was encouraged Bob, my friend (and father of my good friend Ralph, the guy in Paris), was healing from a fall that resulted in a broken hip and talking about future plans.

Bob is 90 but he has a future! Keep that in mind if you ever feel down. A positive attitude might not get you to 90, but it makes the road a lot straighter. I felt like I’d been to church, I felt so upbeat after my visit with Bob. And I basically am a positive person.

That means, though, that I didn’t play around and try to correct the problem with my uploading of photos for this blog. (Dougy just stopped by and said “meow” in disappointment because he knows there are hundreds of people who want to know what mischief he and his brother got into today.) I don’t have something new, but I share this with you, more retro kitty photos:

"Mouse turds! He has the camera out!" Dougy realizes he's about to get flashed!

“Mouse turds! He has the camera out!”
Dougy realizes he’s about to get flashed!

Yes, that's Dougy in the cirtcle! Bad kitty! Very bad kitty indeed! He was a classic juvenile delinquent.

Yes, that’s Dougy in the circle! Bad kitty! Very bad kitty indeed! He was a classic juvenile delinquent.

Dougy couldn't can less.

Dougy couldn’t care less.

Post 1124: “Whatcha want?” “Nuttin'”

Andy is a curious little cat. I mean odd. He comes up to me when I’m on the computer or watching television, puts his front paws on my leg or arm, then sits by me just far enough away that I barely can reach him without standing up and reaching over.

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I still haven’t broken the code to figure out what he wants. Attention? Me to stop using the computer or watching television to play with the kitty? What? WHAT!?

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“What do you want, Andy!???”

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“Nothing….”

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Of course, Dougy watches me from the desk….

Post 1123: Caturday starts off perfectly…!

One never knows how the day will begin. I gave Andy his medicine, for example, and his usual response is to disappear for the next few hours, for fear I’ll give him more! Today, however, he was Mr. Happy Cat and couldn’t seem to get enough of me.

Andy woke up in a happy mood.82016 andy on stacked carriers use me

He took a little time to clean up, then ran off for a little snack. I caught him , then gave him his medicine. Usually, he hides from me for a few hours after that. Not today!82016 andy grooming on recliner2

Today, Andy came over and stretched out on the recliner arm, where I pet him, scratched his head, finger massaged his back, rubbed his nose and whiskers. Happy times for Andy! He stayed around for several minutes, a rare treat for me.82016 andy on recliner arm 3 use me2

Dougy was his usual Mr. Mellow Kitty, hogging his ottoman from my feet.

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Oh well! Dougy was pleased Andy tied me up because he was enjoying “his” ottoman so much!

I hope your Caturday is perfect, too!

Post 1121: how I spend my time three times a week…

This is the post I tried to do last Monday but was unable to complete because of photo uploading issues. Thanks to the IT people on WordPress, this finally is ready to go! The solution to the problem  – no sheep had to be sacrificed…WHEW! – was to use a new link to this site instead of the one I got back in 2009. Makes no sense to me, but I am pleased to be back…I hope!!!

Dialysis is relatively routine, yet it gobbles up at least five hours at a time, three times a week. Some weeks, side issues to dialysis gobble further time. For example, this past Friday, I had an appointment before dialysis to get my dialysis fistula checked with an ultrasound. 

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Gad! That light-colored streak across my arm is sunlight, not a scar! My arms’s marked to aid in hitting the spot to get the best source of blood. Notice the cat hair trapped on the bandage???

I like ultrasound appointments. First of all, Peggy, the person who does them, is very time-conscious. If you get there before the appointment time, you may get in before scheduled. Great! But you still wait.

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The fellow going down the hallway will have to turn left at the end to get to the dialysis unit. This was one day Peggy was behind time as my appointment was for 9:00.

Friday was a bit better than usual because Beth, the nurse who hooks me up to the dialysis machine, wanted to be there during the ultrasound look at the dialysis fistula. We shared photos on our smart phones and had a nice chat while waiting.

There was some concern about the maturity of the fistula for use and where best to poke the needle in to get adequate blood flow. Ick! But necessary detail, I assure you! Beth wanted to mark the identified sites with a black Sharpie (unfortunate name for the pen…!) so she could poke those spots for my next dialysis session. That was to happen shortly after the ultrasound evaluation.

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This is my view in the dialysis unit. There’s a television connected with a satellite television service to occupy us for the four hours of dialysis. The dialysis machine on the right side of the photo is one of six in the unit. I named mine R2D2, though “he” is a lot taller than the original R2D2 in Star Wars. I guess “he” grew up! 

Marked up, I marched through the hallway to the dialysis unit. Thanks to the arrows, Beth was able to get good blood flow and I had an uneventful session. 

Post 1120: la, la, la…

Still having problems with uploading photos, so this is another retro post of old photos that did upload till as recently as the 13th of August. It is frustrating! The WordPress help people are working on the problem with me, and I hope something comes of it soon. 

Till then, here are the kitties!

Well, I lied! That's a dog, eh?! His name's Benji and he is learning to be a service dog. He lives with Anarette in Florida.

Well, I lied! That’s a pup, eh?! His name’s Benji and he is learning to be a service dog. Good boy! He lives with Anarette in Florida.

Andy, relaxing on the washer, one of his favorite haunts. That machine was replaced with one that has no kitty perch, but it has a port where you can watch the clothes being tossed and turned. Both Andy and Dougy love that!

Andy, relaxing on the washer, one of his favorite haunts. That machine was replaced with one that has no kitty perch, but it has a port where you can watch the clothes being tossed and turned. Both Andy and Dougy love that!

Deep in thought: Which will it be? Tub, box, other box, or other other box?

Deep in thought: Which will it be? Tub, box, other box, or other other box? Dougy has a big decision to make.

Dougy's exhausted from all these decisions! Poor kitty!!

Dougy’s exhausted from all these decisions!
Poor kitty!!

Tub!

Tub!

"That box sure looks good from here!" Dougy enters a new decision-making phase.....

“That box sure looks good from here!”
Dougy enters a new decision-making phase…..

Post 1119: more historic Andy and Dougy…

Nope, my uploading problem hasn’t been resolved, so here are some more historic Andy and Dougy photos to hold you over till I have my answer:

Dougy loves the snow!

Dougy loves the snow! (Hope you are enjoying the last of the hot weather!)

Dougy' s curious about what I'm doing on the computer. Of course, he's my snoopy boy!

Dougy’ s curious about what I’m doing on the computer.
Of course, he’s my snoopy boy!

How about those goofy whiskers?! Dougy's face, gone wild.

How about those goofy whiskers?!
Dougy’s face, gone wild.

Andy's a good boy when it comes to posing for his photo.

Andy’s a good boy when it comes to posing for his photo.

"Exercises done. It must be time for a little snack. But a good scritching would be wonderful just now, too!"

“Exercises done. It must be time for a little snack. But a good scritching would be wonderful just now, too!” says Andy.

Pretty as a picture...of Andy!

Pretty as a picture…of Andy!

Post 1118: the ordeal continues…!

I got a response back from WordPress on what might cause my problem importing photos to this site. I tried each and every one of the suggestions, with no change! I will try to contact them for an “in person” review of what came up (or didn’t) when I tried each suggestion. Frankly, if this isn’t resolved, I may simply drop from the blogosphere. I’m SICK of these stupid problems!

In the meantime, here are some old photos to repay you for stopping by:

Andy just wanted to hop on the recliner. The boys share the recliner...sort of!

Andy just wanted to hop on the recliner.
The boys share the recliner…sort of!

Fully relaxed now. "Got'cher tummy, Andy!"

Fully relaxed now.
“Got’cher tummy, Andy!”

Well, well, well! Dougy finally showed up. Guess who knocked over the wastepaper basket. This is trash day, Dougy. It's empty!

Well, well, well! Dougy finally showed up. Guess who knocked over the wastepaper basket. This is trash day, Dougy. It’s empty!

Dougy preferred to wait it out in his favorite new box.

Dougy preferred to wait it out in his favorite new box.

"Maybe I can hide on thew recliner..." Dougy tries to disappear from the naughty photographer!

“Maybe I can hide on the recliner…”
Dougy tries to disappear from the naughty photographer!

Andy and I had a great play date, then he hopped on my computer and cleaned up.

Andy and I had a great play date, then he hopped on my computer and cleaned up.

 

 

Post 1117: WordPress issues uploading photos…

I have another technical problem to work through. I’ve called in the happy folks at WordPress to get relief from a problem uploading photos from my computer to this site.

Since everyone expects kitty photos with the text, I feel, well, stripped without new photos that upload. With apologies, then, I post these photos from my media file to plug the time till – soon, I hope – photos can be uploaded to my WordPress media file again:

Andy was so ugly he was cute!

Andy the kitten was so ugly he was cute!

This isn't one of the lost photos. It is, however, a cute one of Dougy waiting to be scritched.

Dougy adores me, though this look is one of anticipation as he demands those fingers on the right scritch him!

"You got it right, human!"

“You got it right, human!” Andy flips the bird at me! (I think…..)

The paparazzo, finally satiated, takes one last photo of his victime. Dougy final;ly gets to enjoy a little peace and quiet on Caturday!

Dougy finally gets to enjoy a little peace and quiet!