Pet Safety at Home

After a tumultuous start, Loki’s finally settling in. He had some sort of gastroenteritis that we weren’t sure any of us would survive.

Somehow we all made it through!

Loki Pokey photo by Katherine Slovak

We’re still navigating the co-cat coalition…

King of the stairwell!

News to me was that cats may at times need probiotics. For Loki’s uncontrolled bowel, our veterinarian prescribed a combination of antibiotics, prescription food, and a probiotic regimen which I was only able to administer by mixing it in liquid and using a syringe. It was several weeks of hell!

Loki naps!

I was skeptical about all of this at first but ultimately it worked.

The veterinarian thought Loki may have eaten something toxic. All I know is that he was a very sick kitten.

Plants, the veterinarian said, are often the cause. We were referred to the ASPCA website to review a list of toxic plants:

Lily’s make the list of toxic plants

It has been awhile since we have had a kitten roaming the house. It was a little like having a baby again! Everything goes right into his mouth.

Loki chilling

We still have no idea if Loki came to us ill, or if he got into something in our home. Regardless, he survived thankfully!

Typically, cats are very neat and easy to cat box train unless there is a serious issue.

Right now he is a bundle of energy, a coiled spring ready to snap! Teenagers!

Loki entertaining himself.

We are counting our blessings that he is both healthy and happy!

Happy #Caturday all! And Merry Christmas!

This Christmas Give Yourself the Gifts of Faith, Redemption, and Charity!

I’m not about to lecture anyone…Lord knows… I have always considered myself a “catholic in progress”. Both spiritual and religious, I spend a great deal of time questioning, always seeking answers for the unexplained.

But this year, I let friends and family know that I was scaling back on gift exchanges and the “trappings of Christmas” and decided to focus instead on the “reason for the season”.

Statue of Jesus and Mary from the National Shrine Grotto, Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, MD

With rising inflation and gas prices, empty grocery shelves, and supply chain woes, after two years of COVID-19 riddled with grief and loss, I refused to be disheartened. I planned to take back Christmas this year!

My family went back to church in person, no masks! And we went to confession, which always makes me feel physically lighter, as well as spiritually elevated.

While I truly believe God is all around us, I was missing the community, the ceremony, and the sanctity of being in a sacred place of worship on a Sunday morning.

I was concerned about crowds but attendance is way down. I was concerned we would be judged for being away for so long but instead, we were warmly welcomed.

The third part of this plan was charity: giving charitable gifts to great causes, volunteer organizations that I support, and random acts of kindness, large or small. You do not have to be wealthy to make a difference in the life of someone less fortunate, and no matter how bad you may have it, someone always has it worse!

In the fight against darkness, never surrender, always seek out the light!

Merry Christmas all!

Advent Calendar Brilliance!

Wine and cheese!

Wine Advent Calendar from Lidl

This year we were lucky enough to snag one of these wine advent calendars from Lidl. They fly off the shelf just as soon as then become available. At around $60.00 for the box, we hoped for the best. So far, so good.

There are 24 mini wine bottles behind each snowflake!
Cheese Advent Calendar from Lidl

Also a Lidl best seller is the clever Ilchester cheese advent calendar and what better to go with wine? The cheese advent calendar (in the refrigerator section of course) costs around $14.00.

December 1st:

Tonight’s pairing was a mini bottle of Chardonnay (equal to one large glass or two small ones for sharing) and a lovely English sharp cheddar. I would really like to know more about this wine and the cheese because both were terrific and fabulous together! The wine was just as the mini label stated, buttery, pear, Meyer lemon and vanilla.

Cheers to twenty-three more days of wonderful surprises to come!

Happy Advent all!