01Aug20: What’s up, Doug?


Andy’s curious. Why won’t I let him come around to the other side? 

Maybe it’s because he has “Itchy Paws” and all I need to start hyperventilating again is Andy to wipe out what little hard won progress I’ve made on the nightmare configuration issues on my new laptop and photo sharing from my smart phone.


Seems like I resolve one issue and bring up twelve more. I’m not kidding about hyperventilation! ( I hope the person who cuts my beard and hair is operating again soon or I might be tempted to do it myself. >self to myself< “Don’t do it, Doug!”) 


Post 1896: The kitty boys are back!


We’ve had a grumpy few days, thanks to a laptop giving up the ghost, but my new laptop means the kitty boys and I can return to regular posting.

What’s going to fall apart next? I suspect it’s time for the smart phone to go belly up. I mean, don’t expensive things always fail close to expensive holidays like Christmas? And it’s about the only bit of technology I use that’s left to croak!

04Dec22: pooped…

Must be nice to be able to flop over anywhere you want. Andy’s pooped!


Andy flopped down under the recliner footrest. He had a burst of “zoomies” a bit before and now it was time to take a take a time out. It’s a snap being a cat!

03Dec22: Don’t forget to feed the kitties!

Three years ago yesterday, I got involved in something and missed “feed the kitties” time by a few minutes. (Andy, left; Dougy, right.) They became very, very, very, very, very, very. etc. anxious!


Last night I picked Andy up in the front room by the kitty lounger under the stacked carriers and carried him into the guest bedroom to medicate him. I sat down on the sofa and placed Andy on his back. When I looked in the medicine pouch, I found the eye drops were missing! (On the floor by the glide rocker in the front room…? That’s where I keep the medicine pouch, next to my own medicine.)

I spoke in pirate a time or two, absent-mindedly running my fingers through Andy’s fur. I found a huge mat on his side. I took a little time to work that out of his fur, then struggled up to carry him and myself back into the front room to find the eye drops, which were indeed by the glide rocker.

Andy struggled a little – he knows I expect it! – then I put the lotion in his ear and the drops in his eyes. All in all, Andy still was a very good kitty! We got through the ordeal with one tiny scratch, something of a record for those times I get a little claw. Besides, for all the mishaps, things still worked out with less stress than the time before when Andy hid under the guest bed.

02Dec22: yesterday was all about me…mostly

St. Andrew’s day was 30 November. Andy is named after St. Andrew so that was his day. Well, every day is Andy’s day, but 30 November is the really big one for my kitty boy.

On the other hand, yesterday, 1 December, was all about me. I had my annual physical (me, above, waiting); on 1 December 1998, I quit smoking for the absolutely last time at 3:00 am and I am really pleased and proud I’ve stayed nicotine-free since then; 1 December this year was dialysis day and Mariah – Little Miss Perfect for the day – not only ended my session on the exact dry weight goal, she applied the bandages perfectly, with minimal bleeding.

The one on the left -the arterial access on my dialysis fistula – is the one most likely to bleed out, yet Mariah got it bandaged perfectly before that could happen. Way to go! You might be surprised how far blood shoots out from the arterial access if it isn’t bandaged precisely after the needle’s removed. (Easily six or so feet/ two or so meters – I call it “bloody hell”!)


Andy had been a really compliant kitty for a long time when medication time came around, yet yesterday we had a slight set back. He scampered under the bed in the guest bedroom, the little rascal! I didn’t have my walking stick with me, so had to leave scene to get it. When I passed it under the bed. I felt it touch Andy, but he didn’t leave his spot under the bed. I had to try getting him to move by sweeping under the bed from the opposite side, which, happily, got him to go over to the sofa, where I picked him up and medicated him. He protested a little, of course, but not too much. Yeah, he whines a kitty whine when he’s unhappy with me!

I used the fact I had my kitty in hand to work through some mats in his armpits. His next grooming session comes up on the 19th. He really needs it! His groomer sent me an e-mail yesterday with his 2023 schedule. She is so busy, once you become her client, she has to schedule you a year out to assure you your darling pet gets in for a grooming!


01Dec22: quality time with Andy….

Andy waits patiently.

Lick! Lick!


Now, this is more interesting yet!


This is quality time with Andy.


When I checked the clock, it said 10 till six. It was dark out and I felt a bit of panic: Six AM or PM??! If AM, I was late for dialysis. If PM, well, I had a nice afternoon nap, no problem. I went into the front room where I have an atomic clock set up for 24-hour time. Seventeen fifty-one. Whew! I had a nice afternoon nap! This time of year, this is a regular routine for me. Early morning times look pretty much like late afternoons, so that front room 24-hour atomic clock is my best way to sort things out. Andy says it doesn’t make any difference to him because he’s a cat. 

30Nov22: a quiet day…

Andy stopped by briefly for a face rub…

…before he hit the kitty lounger for a little rest.


It was a low energy day for both my kitty and me. Dialysis went well considering the fluid taken off was roughly three liters! Cramping is typical when that much fluid’s taken off, but I managed to beat the odds today with little more than a bit of cramping in my right thumb. Cramping in the large leg muscles would be more typical and definitely much more painful! At home, I did very little other than take naps and do a little housekeeping – very little! The snow was just enough to make taking trash out problematic since I use a dolly, though I really need to get it out to the dumpster before it takes over the place! 


29Nov22: “Wanna play, Andy?”

“Wanna play, Andy?”

What a silly question!


By the time this publishes, we are supposed to get between 2-4 inches/ 5-10 cm of snow, with a further inch/ 2,5 cm likely this morning. We haven’t had much snow so far this season, so this will be welcome, I think, for the moisture it adds to the soil.

28Nov22: Andy flinched…

Andy stopped by for a stacked carrier nap.

Ofcourse, when I tried to get a better shot of him in the stacked carrier, he flinched!

Editing the first photo, I get a bit of what I was trying to do with the second photo…..


It was supposed to snow last night, which it barely did. Now, It’s supposed to snow this morning. We’ll see!

I think it’s cute that Andy uses the stacked carriers for kitty time and naps.

26Nov22: Where’s the kitty?

Andy was flopped on the floor, then he just disappeared.

I suspect he’s in the stacked carriers…!


I’m expecting a pizza baker today. The reviews suggest that it makes a great pizza, but it’s also handy for reheating pizza without having to heat up the oven or creating a microwave mess of it. It can be used for cooking things other than pizza, too. I anticipate it’s either the best purchase ever or a big bust. The main thing is it will reduce use of the oven. Mine takes a long time to heat up and this pizza baker is up to heat almost instantly.

Making pizza at home is cheaper than alternatives, of course, and details like amount of marinara sauce, cheese, and combinations of toppings used is entirely one’s preference instead of what a pizza comes with from the store. I’m no fan of black olives that otherwise favorite commercial pizza combos come with, for example, and I like a lot more sauce than a smear…. (I’m trying to justify the purchase! LOL!)

I have pizza dough and toppings for my first or second trial and a frozen pizza of a brand and style I’ve tried before and liked the first day but thought reheated was a bust to use for my second or first trial. 

25Nov22: stopping by…

Andy stopped by “just because”.

I think he just wanted to be social, so I gave him a nice head rub, which he appreciated.

Then he headed off, checking what was on the television before he did his kitty business.


It was a holiday so I did very little all day, then I took a nap.