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May, 2016

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Day 4 update

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It is the morning of day 4 with Jack and Donn.  Everyone is a lot more relaxed.  Lily barely lifts her head as the kittens tumble by her and Mini has stopped panting continuously, she was pretty wound up.  Everyone is finding their place, when we all go to bed, Jack likes it on the bed and Donn has found her spot in Barry’s clothes basket (we don’t have a dresser so all of our clothes are in baskets on shelves).  The first night she disappeared and we found her in there, she doesn’t like to be in the thick of it on the bed but likes to be in the room with us.  Jack is very interactive and loves to be patted.  They come to you and meow when they are hungry and if I am in my chair when it’s nap time, Donn curls up on my legs…

And Jack sleeps on my lap … He’s passed out now but before he fell asleep, he learned to work my iPad… The little pads on his paws can activate it, he is fascinated by it.  He even took a selfie… 

Barry built stairs up to the bed for the animals which as it turns out is a perfect scratching post for them and unfortunately their favorite play spot at 5 am!    Today the dogs couldn’t be bothered waking up to participate so it was a lot quieter.  

I am on 4 days off starting today

, I have a lot of blogging to catch up on so stay tuned…

Meet Jack and Donn…

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We have 2 new additions to our little family, twin kittens that we thought were identical until I watched a YouTube video on how to determine the gender of kittens.  It turns out Don is actually Donn… A baby girl!  They are so cute and so sweet, we just adore them. The cycle doesn’t change much… They Eat . Pee . Poop . Play . Sleep . Repeat.  So pretty easy to determine what is going to happen next hahaha.  The dogs are good with them, we are a little concerned about them chasing as we really don’t want them to chase the cats once they are outside.  We have a squirt bottle and at this point the only one who has been squirted is Mini… She tends to get a bit rough and we have to keep a really close eye on her.  Barry squirted her and she thinks it’s the kitten so the strategy seems to be working.  The 5 am play sessions are about the only thing that we will need to get used to… Hopefully they grow out of that!  Having fun with them!  They love my chair!  Jack is on the left and Donn on the right in both of these photos.  Now that we have had them for a few days, we have found many little things to tell them apart.  Jacks markings are a little bit darker, he’s a tiny bit larger and his eyes are slightly lighter. Jack is also more outgoing and a bit crazier.  It’s all working out and we could not be happier.  

I’m off to work which is another blog for another day so stay tuned… 

SOLD!!

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It sure is a beautiful thing when you open the mail to find chq because another one of Barry’s painting has sold!  Congratulations Barry!  You’re living the dream!  

For those keeping track.  He did 2 versions of this lily, the first smaller one was a gift for his Mom, this one was 14″X11″.  This photo is. The first one, he never gotta photo of the second one framed… Crap!  

The way it goes sometimes….

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Barry’s (step) Dad is not doing well, he has dementia and has been hospitalized with no hope of being discharged.  Barry and Darren drove down to see him, with the plan of stopping at their Mom’s on Mother’s Day to surprise her on their way back home.  While driving from Naniamo to Vernon late Saturday night, Darren grabbed a burger at McDonalds and about half an hour later was extremely ill.  Barry took over driving and got them to Vernon.  Darren was showing all symptoms of food poisoning so Barry took him to the hospital in the morning, they rehydrated him and let him go home.  They spent the day at their Mom’s, Darren in bed all day.  Barry drove them home Monday, Darren was feeling a bit better but still pretty sick.  Tuesday morning Barry became sick… Uh oh!  And I mean sick!!  Brutally sick!  We get a call, Ed, (Barry’s mom’s husband) is sick… Uh oh!  Wednesday… I seem ok.  Thursday it hits me!  And Barry’s Mom!   I have a chronic irritation in my stomach lining so I have every organic trick in the book to settle a tummy and for emergencies, gravol.  I was doing it all and wow, this thing was fierce.  So here I am on Sunday, day 4 and I can barely eat but have been getting out side a bit for the last 2 days.  The worst part, I was supposed to start me new job at the Frog Friday!!  What rotten timing!  Cheryl is being very understanding but I’m upset.  I’ve been waiting for this job to start since last October and now I’m too sick to start on time!  Aaahhhhhh!   This sure made it very clear us how easily an epidemic can start and be spread.  They picked it up from their Step mom who was at the hospital with them in Naniamo then drove up thru the province and likely spread to others they encountered along the way.  We immediately quarantined our selves and are waiting the 7 days that we could be contagious to hopefully not bring it into our community.   Barry is outside weed eating right now so he’s back to himself, his shingles are also gone.  I’m 2 days behind him, I’m looking forward to be healthy again… And starting my new job!  
Stay tuned…