Thursday, December 15, 2016
We've had cold and snow and wind up here. More cold and wind than snow, but I'll take it. (I do love the white stuff.) The snow plows are beginning to pile up the parking lot snow banks. The snow is dry so the wind keeps drifting it about and they have to keep shoveling parking lots and sidewalks.
Many of you have asked how Miss Karma is doing. Here she is taking a normal cat bath...
...and , as you can see, her belly is all healed up.
But don't tell her I posted such an unflattering bath shot--LOL!
Her ears are looking good, too. I am almost out of the Feliway spray and didn't realize when I ordered it from Amazon that it would be coming from Taiwan--LOL! I think I have enough to last till it gets here...or there will be a test time to see if that is really helping or not, eh? LOL!
Since it has been so awfully cold I have seen a lot more of the sparrows and The Girls.
They have even decided to just settle in nearby some days.
Karma likes to see them visiting, too.
They look huge because they keep their feathers fluffed out as far as possible against the cold.
When they get scared they stand tall, their feathers smooth down, and they are half the size--LOL!
You can see how much traffic I am getting here...
...by all the footprints. Some looked like possible jackrabbit...but I haven't seen those again.
I called Medicaid in North Dakota to find out what was covered for eye exams and glasses. (They are my supplemental insurance.) What a joke. All she could tell me was "usually" they will cover extensive exams for glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts (all of which run in my family) but it all depended on which procedures they did and what codes they used to submit--AND some procedures need prior authorization. But she couldn't tell me the codes or what procedures need prior authorization. They have no list of places that take Medicaid for eye care like they do for dentists...oh, and plus she warned me that before I go to the dentist next time to double check because they lost a lot of dentists this summer.
So, I worked at compiling a list of eye doctors. We have four phone books up here, believe it or not. Then just called around.
Found a couple of them. Decided on the nicest phone person and the closest place. I go this coming Monday. Leah offered to give me a ride. I plan on getting to the dentist in January. About time. I am overdue to all appointments and hope to get to them before spring.
We've had several thinner layers of snow. Been too cold to melt. Can you see some of The Girls under and in the tree across the way?
I've been giving them extra ground food since it's been in the teens and below zero. They seem to really appreciate it.
Miss Karma, waiting for her morning treat, is less impressed with my bird seed generosity because it comes before she gets her canned treat--LOL! She's patient, though annoyed.
But her latest favorite place to sit and snooze has become the chair by the window where she can watch the birds all day. So she is appreciating all the interesting Cat TV even though she pretends she's not interested--LOL!
After the last snowstorm we got a nice drift out there to block the wind a little...
...and The Girls dig with their feet and make a snow nest to hunker down into against the wind. So cute!
When we had the wind chill warnings yesterday (-25 to -37 below wind chills)...
...The Girls huddled together in a clump. I couldn't get a better picture without scaring them away.
They're more used to Karma moving about by the window and much less used to me.
Leah's brother, Aaron, was discharged from the Navy a week ago Wednesday and he's living with McFamily for a while. Last Saturday they all came over for a visit. (And I forgot to get any pictures--duh!) We made dinner here. Ian did some paint with water and coloring. Dagan, Aaron, and Leah tried to get my printer to work. (Yes, now old Mr. Rusty and the new printer are having communication issues.) Could be the intermittent internet problems I've been having forever adding to it because the printer uses wifi, too, I guess--to print wirelessly. I think they plan to bring over one of their routers to hook up and see if that fixes the problem or not. (All Greek to me, of course.) Was a really nice visit and they stayed way past Ian's bedtime...but I still got big hugs and "I love you, Gramma"s down the hallway. :)
Leah came for crafts on Monday night and messed with the printer some more. Finally just unplugged it again and said to try it the next day. We do that sometimes and say up a quick prayer to the techno-angels to come and fix it (or techno-fairies--ask both--don't know which--don't want to offend.)
Leah had bought these plain white ceramic ornaments last year she had planned to do something with. On Monday she painted them with this shimmery acrylic paint. They look even better in person.
The paints are the Pebeo Dyna Studio acrylics.
I absolutely love our Craft Night/Girl's Night.
I plugged the printer back in and tried it on Tuesday. Was able to print something!! The mechanically inclined angels or fairies did their work...for now, anyways. ;)
Yesterday a maintenance man (not our usual one--the fed housing guy) knocked on the door to check my washer hoses. He didn't realize that I was one of the flooded. I was so tickled that they were going around door to door and checking ALL of the gaskets!! Made my day and I told him so with much enthusiasm! I had been wondering about the apartments above me and if I might get leaking from the ceiling. What a relief!! :) :)
Today...instead of the usual half dozen there were eight Grouse Girls who came earlier! I couldn't get a picture...well, I didn't try...because they were quite jumpy due to the two new members of the flock. The new girls are low in the pecking order and got chased a little bit from this one and that one. But they all left together. I'll be curious as to whether they stay a group of eight now. Cool!
Oh!!! Oh!!! Leah and Ian went to the Natural Grocery Store and picked me up a bunch of non-dairy items to try AND a whole bunch of Gardein products a couple of days ago!! OMG! I had fake breaded fish fillets with fake mayonnaise...and then the next day had fake slices of meatloaf!! Delicious!! Been years! I haven't been this excited since I discovered the Quorn brand of meat substitutes! I have all kinds of fun things to try the rest of the month. Seventh heaven, Baby!!!
Right now it has warmed up to 4 degrees and the wind has died down quite a bit. Nice! The sun is out. The ground is white. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer is playing on Pandora. The colored twinkling "fairy" lights are blinking and warming the atmosphere. Karma is over on her chair sound asleep. (I think she likes it when I play music.) A huge flock of sparrows are gobbling up seed on the patio. I am just so friggin' happy. Content. I just love-love-love this time of year. :) :)
Peace and good will.
Spread love wherever you go.
"Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present."