Madi and Mom

Madi and Mom
Down Home in NC

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

My first Word(less) Wednesday

My (1st) Wordless Wednesday

July 14,  2009


Thank goodness over the last 8 years Mom has learned how to take  photos of this
Diva...and she follows me everywhere. It is rare that she is wordless too.  



July 25, 2017 resting on Dad's shoe box!!


Also on July 25, 2017
Mom is fascinated with J Crew windows

According to what is on the window this is their 'back to school' window.
Normally they paint the walls before a new window display.  Not this time
so Mom thinks this might be one of many back to school window displays.
The giant whirligigs* are interesting too. At first mom thought palm trees Dad set 
straight.

*A whirligig is an object that spins or whirls, or has at least one part that spins or whirls. 
Whirligigs are also known as pinwheels, buzzers, comic weathervanes, gee-haws, 
spinners, whirlygigs, whirlijig, whirlyjig, whirlybird, or plain whirly.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tuesday Tale about cat tails

My Tail 
from
I Could Pee on This by Francesco Marciuliano

If my tail is curved then I'm at ease
If it is tucked then do what you please

If it twitches then get out of my sight
(I'm watching a squirrel on my deck)
If it is to one side then I'm free for the night
(if you can wake me up)
If it is fluffed then I simply can't deal

If it swishes (and my fangs are showing) then it is about to get real
If it is erect then for you I give thanks

It there is no tail then I'm a Manx


BREAKING NEWS I
My vet told mom to check in with him yesterday to let him know how my my subqs and how my appetite was over the weekend.  She told him Miss Piggy I was eating like there was no tomorrow.  WooHoo for the next two weeks 
Pokemo(m)n only has to do Subqs every other day.  Needless to say
everyone is thrilled.  I go back to the vet in 2 weeks to have my blood stolen to check my kidney levels.  

BREAKING NEWS 2
Yesterday my good budz the Doodz left this comment
Madi, tell your mom that she is as tall as measuring from the tip to tip of her middle fingers when arms are outstretched.

Your Pals,

Murphy & Stanley

Dearest Doodz, mom ran lickety split out to get Stanley, the tape measure.  Dad measured Mom's outstretched arms from tip of middle finger to tip of middle finger. It is 5'1". 'Course Dad knew she had short arms 'cause she can't reach anything. Then Dad measured mom's height....lucky she has not shrunk she is still 5' 3 1/2"

Breaking New 3

Yesterday Bently and Pierre left this comment
Are most cat's legs and tails the same length? I know humans are built weird like that. Our foot is the same length as our elbow to wrist. MOL!

Dearest Bently and Pierre
We are not sure if most cat's legs and tails are the same length.  Summer said her tail was longer...
But good news moms feets are the same length, 9", as the distance between her elbow and wrist..WooHoo

Monday, July 24, 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017

SUNSHINE....


.......on my noggin' makes me Happy!!



Saturday, July 22, 2017

What I did last week

Just to catch you up you might have missed this post about my crazy acting
kidney levels....so now fast forward to our absence from Tuesday until Friday morn.
Mom and Dad had A N O T H E R trip planned but just for 3 days; however, I 
could not miss my SubQ treatments for 3 days so I, Madison D. Cat, age 15 and  4 months
had to stay with my Vet at his Kennel.  I have never been kenneled in my entire life so
needless to say this was T R A U M A T I C for mom , Me.
Mom and Dad took  me and all my 'stuff' to the Vet Clinic Tuesday morning bright an early.
Then they took a road trip to see mom's life long friend Miss Sally (they met when they were 12 years old) and her hubby Mr. Gary.  They live about 2 1/2 hours from us.  Mom knew it was the best thing for me to be at the Vet's but she was kinda upset to leave me...but she told her self,
"Self...this is not about you, it is about what is best for Madi".
She checked on me Wednesday morning bright an early.  The vet Tech told her I had my breakfast and had done my 'business'.  So mom was happy.  

Fast forward to Friday 7/21/17
Mom and Dad picked sprung me out of the slammer at 11:30.  My Vet told mom I was a wee bit stressed on Tuesday afternoon (no surprise there since I was totally out of my comfort zone) and would not eat so he gave me an anti anxiety shot and appetite stimulant.  After that, I was
feeling much more relaxed and loving all the attention I got.   Needless to say we 3 
seniors are all back under the same roof and everyone is Chill Axing...well it is hard to chill in this heat but we are trying.

NOWWWWWWWWWWWWW for a bit on what they did!!


BUT, I REPEAT, BUT  MOM IS A CHEATER...SHE WAS RUBBING ON ANOTHER CAT WHILE I WAS IN THE SLAMMER...

Charlie is a stray that wander up Sally and Gary' house last summer.  I'm happy to report Charlie is now their cat.  Last fall he was neutered and got all his shots.
And he is living the life of luxury!! He is a most handsome black guy with gorgeous eyes of gold.

Ohhhh look at the pretty antique truck they saw...
While they were visiting with Charlie and his peeps somebuddy's granddaddy  came a callin'
 They spent one night in Abingdon, Va to attend a most hilarious
play, Savannah Sipping Society click here to hopefully see a YouTube 
Mom told me all 4 of them laughed so hard at this play their sides were hurting.
If you live near Abingdon she highly recommends you try to see it at the Barter Theater II.
They also visited the Abingdon Winery...it was in a lovely setting. A creek
ran thru the front yard.
They saw some funny wine signs....
and more signs....
There was one she missed taking a photo of a door welcome mat that read
"If my cat doesn't like you, chances are  I won't either"!~


So anyway...all in all Mom was pleased with how I did at the vets and she knows 100%
it was the best decision.
Hugs and we missed you all but
WE ARE BACK and there are not more vacations planned
Madi and Mom

Friday, July 21, 2017

Flower Friday


Happy Flower Friday...with



We're back...pardon our lack of REAL flowers but the 
horrid heat has taken its toll on our real flowers and it is
too hot for the peeps to go looking for any!


Monday, July 17, 2017

Monday Mews and Thursday Poetry on Monday


If you had a loving kitty who sat behind your head

and was entertaining with her acrobatics and agility

One would think a  loving mom would want to do everything to please
that kitty right?

The correct answer should be obvious...it is 

YES
BUT apparently Mom needs to do stuff
and who knows what all.  
So I'll be MIA back on Friday July 21.
Remember no matter whether I'm here or not I always send you oodles of hugs and am thinking of you all! 
Madi your besties

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday on Monday
Mom and I didn't want to miss Angel Sammy's Poetry 

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday 
Angel Sammy has suggested one of these  F words:

feast, frog, frosty family

Today's poem is in the form of a rhyming true story from days of old mom's childhood with an itty bitty kitty
embellishment

Once upon on a time on a dark, frosty morn
the Dad of Mom aka Papa got up very early.
He  gathered his gear 
from far and near he was excited.
Mom asked him are you going fishing
 He said no, I'm  going frog gigging*. 
Gigging made mom giggle. 
He promised to return with delicious frogs 
upon which the family could feast.
Mom told her dad all the frogs she had seen
were skinny and slimy and for sure they would starve.
Her Dad assured her she would never know she was
eating frog legs.  
He would batter them, fry them
and they would taste like chicken. He was sure for them she would beg.
Oh was he wrong, Mom did not beg
she said Dad you'd have to give me a keg to get me to eat that leg.


*Gigging is the practice of hunting fish or small game with a gig or similar multi-pronged spear. Commonly harvested wildlife include freshwater suckers, saltwater flounder, and small game, such as frogs. A gig can refer to any long pole which has been tipped with a multi-pronged spear.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

BIG THANK YOU AND PLATES

Photo taken 7/15/17 with Mom's iPad....that is why it is a tad grainy!!

MY FIRST sub-q at home went pretty well yesterday.  There was a wee operator error by Nurse Mom
she was supposed to hold her finger over the area when she took the needle out.  MOL
she forgot...She remembered when we  had a wee Madi Geyser.
Dad did a great job of pretending to be a tree by holding the sub-q bag.  
ALL in ALL it went okey dokey.  Mom says she'll be an expert today!!


SURPRISE THERE ARE ALSO SOME PLATES TODAY!!

Frankie and Ernie and their Mom sent us the first 5.  Thank you FnE...

1. FLUFFIE
2. LDY-PSTR,Lady poster?
3. ZOOM-ZUM
4. TWETY-18, 2018?
5. TOOSLOW
6. RDROCKER, on a Red Civic
7. JINXCAM
8. FARR2GO, Far to go
9. MIKMOUSE, Mickey Mouse
10.GBLU, Go Blue University of Michigan motto it was on an NC tag so they live here now.
11. INTROS4U, Maybe a dating service? LOL
12. B.SUSU, no clue
13. FLOWER2
14. TUP2CURE, .....to cure
15. HURRIKNZ, Hurricanes NC's NHL team is the Hurricanes
17. KNICKS#1
18. GRAMIAM, Gram I am
19. LDOGG, Long Dog...maybe they own a Dachshund
20. FIXURPET, Fix your pet...We quadruple this one
21. W8N2FLY, Waiting to fly
22. PLAN"BE", Plan A must have flopped
23. ITFAM98, no clue
24. XFITTRAIL, Cross fit person
25. BEARCOUP, no clue 
26. LAXRIG, no clue
27. ADPTADOX, Adopt a Dachshund, we like this one too
28. ARTDIVA
29. PAINTPET, must do pet portraits
30. GETUPNGO, Get up and go.  Yes indeed sitting on your beehind is not good you must keep moving!!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Hot Caturday Art and Vet recheck report


This has been a very hot hot week here in MadiWorld.
We three seniors are  hot messes
Welcome to 


I've been LunaPic'd


Mom took a selfie of she and dad with her i thingie then selected 'thermal'

Madi's Vet Visit yesterday
Mom here:
Well the check up didn't goes as I had hope.  Madi's kidney values have been an issue for about 2 years. The creatinine has stayed pretty much at an ok level or 2.2 ish. Dr. Szabo ideally wanted them below 2.  They were 2.39 two weeks ago.  Above 3 yesterday and no longer ok.  Which explains the unsettled tummy she has been having.  Anyway she is on sub q fluids daily starting today.  They are administered just in the scruff of her neck once a day via IV.  She is a trooper too and did not even seem to notice. Dr. S did it today MadiDad and I will do it from now on. It is a 2 person job.   We go back on Monday to have kidney levels checked again.  Good news is...he said LET HER EAT WHAT EVER brand food SHE will eat. She had lost....not gained a few ounces.   WE both thought she looked like she had gained. Anyway for a 15 yo cat, 76 in human years, I guess she is doing okey dokey.  She acts find and he was very pleased with how she looked outwardly and her blood pressure is fine.  He told me cats can live several years with sub fluids....and we started them early. We three musketeers will take baby steps each day and enjoy each day we have together.  
Sincerely
Private Duty RN to Madi(son) D best Cat



Friday, July 14, 2017

Flowers and Trains Pic #7

Happy Flower Friday...with



the only thing blooming in this heat is our Crepe Myrtles and our neighbor's



On Saturday June 24th we had a lovely very early breakfast at the Fairfield Suites in Durango. The motor coach left promptly for the train station.
When we arrived we were greeted by this very friendly 1/2 Man 1/2 dinosaur.
It had something to do with a special event for the kids at the station that day.


This part of the trip out west has been on MadiDad's to do list for many many years.
Needless to say it was a thrilling day.

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOARD!!

Engine #486 was our ride up the narrow gauge tracks from Durango to Silverton
 She is a beauty even though she a bit of steamy attitude 
at high altitude. (lol)


We needed to board our reserved car, San Juan, at 8:30.
When ALL aboard was called we found these nice cups in our seats.
We could fill them up with anything (non alcoholic) for as long as we were on the train.


The scenery on the 3 hour ride to Silverton was amazing...deep gorges and beautiful vistas








THESE NEXT TWO WERE THE MOST COVETED SHOTS THAT HUBBY WANTED AND I GOT THEM
 YES that was a very sharp turn ahead!!
We stopped for water for #486 two times  after she gets a drink she has to
BURP or to a train brain Blow Down, release sludge and debris.  I was able to snap a
Burpy Blow Down too.  Below look way up to the engine.. the red arrow


A blow down is always done over a trestle so as not to harm any trees or vegetation with the hot steam.  The train is fueled by coal which makes ashes which fly about every where.
Due to the dry conditions and all the ashes, we had a spotter in a helicopter
flying above us to watch for any sparks that might start from the ashes. He could
call for help in a nano second.


Once in Silverton we had some time to explore before we had lunch
Silverton has one paved road...the remainder of the roads are gravel
BUT look at those views!!!
Our motor coach is pictured on the left side of the photo. Our fabulous driver
Larry drove it up the Silverton  while we rode the train.


They were having an antique vehicle show.  The red Corvette had my name all over it
but alas my luggage was too small



Of course I was totally attracted to this shop.

 We could have taken a 3 hour ride back to Durango on the train but alas we decided to
Say goodbye to #486 and ride the coach back through some beautiful back roads and scenery
The Caboose...aka THE End


This was a wonderful day the weather was beautiful and temperatures perfect.
If you'd like to read more about this trip click here

If you missed the funny story about an event that happened while the peeps were in
Silverton, click here


In spite of my poem yesterday about my bowl being EMPTY I have a confession.
Since I had the tummy ickies after the peeps returned from the 87 week 
one week trip out west, Mom has been very diligent and dedicated to seeing that my bowl is full.  My vet suggested small meals several times a day.  I LOVE MY VET!
Anyway I go back today for a recheck today at 1:30 pm.  Mom is
pretty sure I have gained back most of the weight I lost.  WE'll let you know how the visit went on tomorrow's post.

As you can see from these pictures and the others from our vacation
each moment was beautiful
We join Koru Bear and his mom