Further Smooch Updates!

Oct. 16th, 2017 09:48 pm
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Most of my updating has been happening on Tumblr.  Here's the latest.

He's doing well.  He likes the new food, he's acting totally normal.

We got the imaging I wanted to get done.  The vet found some bladder stones, which is worrisome, so we'll be keeping an eye on that.  He also found some sort of soft mass north of his kidneys, which the radiologist said not to worry about. I'll still be discussing that with him when we go back in but for now "not a tumor, harmless" is good enough for me.  Plus it lets me make Arnold Schwarzenegger jokes.

Mostly what we found in imaging was poop and farts.



He's digesting pretty slowly, which is not yet concerning, but is worthy of note.

His kidneys look good.  (See the :) above!)  His heart is beautiful.  Look at it in there, so pretty.  Cat hearts are so small on X-rays but as cat lovers know, they are actually quite large.  Just . . . like . . . Smooch's isn't, really.  He's kind of a tool.

I'm worried about the bladder stones, but the vet said they may be cystic, meaning they're maybe enclosed and not loose.  So that's . . . less bad.  Although it could get bad very quickly.  I don't know, I'm really worried about it but he said surgery wasn't something he'd recommend right away.  I'll address it with him again later, get a price quote for removal surgery, and maybe have more imaging done to see if they are embedded in the bladder wall or are loose.  And the food he is on can also help dissolve stones, so there's that.

I really love Smooch's vet.  He's a sweet guy, and good with cats.  Actually, everyone at that Banfield is great.  They've made this so easy to handle.

ANYHOODLE.

The fundraiser is only $25 from its second goal, and I expect it to tip over at any moment.  I'll probably leave it up in case anyone wants to keep donating, because frankly Raleigh needs to see an eye specialist for a recurring infection and between this new kidney thing and his perpetual eye issues Smooch is moderately high-maintenance at this point.  All the proceeds are going from Paypal to my bank and then straight into an envelope in the form of cash, where I won't touch it for any reason besides vet care.  (I always pay with plastic.)

You can see more updates at the fundraiser homepage.

Thank you, everyone, for boosting, for donating, for offering advice and kind words.  I have a lot of hope he will be with us for a good long time to come.  My stinky yeti boy.  My garbage boy stink man.  My stinky pinky.  My one and only Smooch.

Holly Poly

Oct. 16th, 2017 10:14 pm
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Whoever nominated all of the Numinous World relationships for Holly Poly, I love you. ♥

(If it's not someone reading this, I'm going to be very surprised. Impressed, but surprised.)
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So, last week, I thought I'd try something with apples and leeks with pork in rosemary and red wine. Sounds great, right?

Well, that dish on top was what I did. I asked The Prince how he liked it and he shrugged. Since I'm making these meals at least in part because I want to post articles on my blog about them, I asked him what was wrong. His comment, "The pasta is okay and all, but you know that apples, onions and sweet potato dish you do in the Fall? I think that's what this dish is really calling for."

He was right.

The dish I do every fall? I slice apples, sweet potatoes, and onions, layer them in a dish with a bit of butter on top, cover, and bake. Delicious, and if you have an oven, I encourage you to try it. A friend of mine back over a decade ago brought it to a family meal once, and it really is very, very good.

Using The Prince's inspiration, I adapted this to a one-skillet meal you'll be sure to love. The pasta version is okay. The sweet potato version is All That's Good About Fall is and like angels singing.

Equipment you'll need:

  • Deep Skillet with a cover.

  • A source of heat that's reliably even

  • A sharp knife

  • A Cutting board


Pork Chops Graced with Autumn Goodness



  • 1 pork chop for each person you're serving. They should be reasonably thick.

  • 1 Medium apple, diced. I prefer the tartness of a Granny Smith to contrast with the sweetness of the sweet potato, but a firm, sweet apple would also be okay.

  • 2 cups sliced leeks

  • 2 cups sweet potato, cut into 2-inch cubes

  • 3 T olive oil

  • ¼ c red wine

  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary, or 2 T ground rosemary

  • Salt and pepper to taste




Heat olive oil in a pan on medium. Add sweet potatoes and cook ~10 minutes, covered.



They should start to be softer around the edges but still firm. Add leeks and apple with rosemary and cook another 5-7 minutes covered until leeks become tender.



Add red wine and pork chops, sprinkling with salt and pepper. Cook about 3 minutes on a side until cooked through.



Serve.

(The Prince insists that I must add the caution that one should not count on leftovers)

Virtual Garage Sale

Oct. 14th, 2017 02:24 pm
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I know that most of you are probably getting sick of seeing me mention it, but I promise that this will be the last time that I post a link to my virtual garage sale post. That said, if any of you know someone who might potentially be interested in anything listed there, please feel free to pass along the link. I'd really appreciate it.

Also, if anyone knows someone who might be interested in a Roomba (which is listed on that post), please let me know. I'm very much willing to haggle on the price since it's used, but selling it would help me immensely since it's basically the only "big ticket" (so to speak) item that I have left to try selling.

I'm less than $200 away from having enough to cover all of the various bills that will come out of my checking account on November 1st, and from that point forward my finances should be in a much better state. I get three paychecks in November, which is ridiculously helpful all on its own, and I should be getting both a holiday bonus and a raise in December. Add in the tax refund that I should be getting at the beginning of 2018, and for the first time in ages I'm actually not completely panicking about the state of my life in general.

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Oct. 13th, 2017 09:55 am
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Rydra Wong has collected links on the horrible ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people in Myanmar, many of whom have gone to a refugee camp in Bangladesh, where the locals are welcoming but there is not enough of much of anything. Doctors Without Borders is there. (NYTimes at the last link) Why don't the Myanmar people like them? The Rohingya are Muslim, in a largely Buddhist country. Not all Buddhists are peaceful.

Apparently Roy Moore, fundy judge and Senate candidate, has received at least $180,000 for part-time work at a charity. Um. If that's part-time, I have to wonder how wealthy the charity is.

Trump's people are keeping unaccompanied immigrant minors from getting abortions. So. Be underage, get raped, be forced to have the child -- who, by being born here, would be a citizen. Or would they be born here?

The Ninth Federal Circuit Court has ruled that there is no constitutional right to sell firearms.

Dakota Access Pipeline update: The oil flows, but the fight continues.

Republicans are kicking people off food stamps.

Conservative leaders call on McConnell to resign, in order to resolve the legislative gridlock.

Rose McGowan's Twitter account has been locked since she posted about Harvey Weinstein's abuse.

An old-school pharmacy hand-delivers drugs to Congresspeople. And that includes prescriptions for Alzheimer drugs.

Out of control on contraception.

The growing use of mandatory arbitration, removing from people their right to a jury trial.

***

The photo ark. And more here.

How about conservation efforts for reptiles?

Black Elk, the Lakota medicine man turned Catholic teacher, is being promoted for sainthood. Is this problematic, and to whom?

Congratulations to the 50+ First Nations who defeated Trans-Canada's Energy East pipeline!

111 types of clothing that changed the world.

research question for Yuletide story

Oct. 13th, 2017 01:04 pm
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In the late 1950s or so, how would a couple go about getting married in France? Was there civil marriage (I think there was but I do not know details)? Where would it be conducted? Would a Catholic marriage be refused to a couple if one was Protestant? Was a license needed, and from whom? In either case, was there a waiting period (such as required by banns elsewhere)? I probably wouldn't need to write the details, but it would help to know then so I wouldn't write the wrong thing.

Thanks very much!

A version of the big picture

Oct. 11th, 2017 11:09 am
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California: Burning. Here are the numbers -- but with the blaze moving at the speed of a football field every 3 seconds, and 0% contained, this isn't the last of it. Before and after photos.

Puerto Ricans are dying for lack of health care, food and water. Don't believe FEMA: they're saying "delivered" means stuff got to the port, not to the people. An eyewitness account from a former US Army staff sergeant and Cavalry scout.

Harvey Weinstein's having a no good very bad time of it. Women are coming out of every closet in NY and Hollywood and everywhere inbetween to talk about how he sexually harassed them, and worse. The list includes Angelina, Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd, Gwyneth, and Rosanna Arquette. In each case the situation occurred when they were young and vulnerable actresses at the start of their careers, dealing with a man who could make or break those careers. Gwyneth says more here. And so does Jamie Lee Curtis. And a New Yorker article (reviewed here) does not mince words in its title: "From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein's Accusers Tell Their Stories. Oh, and his wife of 10 years is leaving him.

Yep. We've got a kakistocracy here.

***

In Utah, the cop who arrested and dragged a nurse out of the hospital, because she would not allow him to violate a patient's rights, has been fired.

In Massachusetts, suing Trump over the loss of contraception coverage.

The MacArthur Foundation announces its 2017 Fellows who receive genius grants.

I grew up playing bocce; it was what we all did at some family gatherings. Now Italy is trying to save the game, which dates from the Romans, from extinction -- which would also extinguish dozens of local dialects.

Friends Journal on talking to young people about conscientious objection.

The hidden truth behind Victoria and Abdul -- the relationship the royals didn't want known.

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Oct. 10th, 2017 11:37 am
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Did you ever want to see where the birds migrate to? Watch.

Monday.

Oct. 9th, 2017 12:40 pm
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We are living through the birth pangs of a Third Reconstruction, and the Rev. William Barber describes exactly what that means.

San Francisco may require disclosure of antibiotics in meat.

28 cool independent bookstores in the US. You know of one that isn't here? Talk about it in comments!

I wish it wasn't necessary to write this: Best journalistic practices for covering mass shootings.

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I am linking the Dept. of Health and Human Services draft strategic plan for 2018-2022 not because I want to torture you but because it includes such concept as "human life starts at conception" and goes on from there -- a specifically theological viewpoint that has no place in a secular government document.

And do not trust that the chapter titles are any real indication of what's in the chapter. This is classic doublespeak territory.

They're asking for comments. Give them comments, please.

***

From the New England Yearly Meeting of Quakers: the Healing Racism Toolkit -- an extensive compilation of sources online that is growing and modifying -- be sure to keep bookmarks of articles you find helpful.

Should women make their own pop music canon? Based on this article, I say yes.

Frances McDormand plays difficult women.

How cities can do better than the fight for $15 an hour.

4 less-known moments of resistance in sports history.

Status PR -- daily statistics on how Puerto Rico is recovering.

I may not have mentioned this, but a federal judge struck down a Florida county's "official prayer" practice.

Ashley Graham isn't a sample size, but she's a supermodel.

Undermining the rule of law at the EPA.

How to bring mindfulness into a journalism curriculum.

Why and how to let go of fear.

Believing in the Goblin King, and the kindness of David Bowie.

even for a few moments

Oct. 8th, 2017 05:24 pm
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I am watching the horrible Speed 2 movie, because at the end of it for just a few minutes it shows the beautiful city of Marigot on the island of St. Martin, the way it was only a few weeks ago before the storms hit. Even for a few minutes, I get to see the place as it was, where we walked, where the spice market had heaps of fresh spices for sale, where the little bistro was and the cafe that had superb crepes.

It won't be like that if it is ever rebuilt, not again. But at least I can remember.
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I thought about the Women's Group that I've been going to, and sent a letter to resign from it, with the reason that I'm "not a good fit" for it. and why, which is not in the letter. )

So, I've contacted the original groups organizer, gotten two names and sent emails to them asking if either of them has room in their group for me. I've stressed that I don't want to be the only retired person in the group -- which I don't think would be a problem because both of them are retired.

Wish me luck.

rant

Oct. 7th, 2017 12:22 pm
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I am tired of the competition, the contest, the numbers game that gets played out in the news, and then on Facebook and elsewhere.

Which 'lone gunman' killed more people? Or was it at that school (which one?) What about small-group slaughters, like My Lai? Or Wounded Knee? Or the Wyoming Valley Massacre, during the Revolution, where a small group of British irregulars and warriors of half a dozen or more affiliated Indian tribes killed 81 settlers and took the rest captive? What about Pearl Harbor? What about Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Or the Holocaust? How about Alexander the Great (or the Infamous, depending on your culture) who wiped entire countries and cultures -- the battlefields running red with blood, and so were the streets of the cities --that would not bow to his army and become part of his empire?

because it's long )

Facing an AIM-less future

Oct. 7th, 2017 12:08 pm
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If you're using AIM to talk to your friends and family who aren't in the same room -- or state -- or country, find something else fast. It's shutting down in mid-December for good.

It's taken 27 years to happen, but DC will pay a former secretary in a sexual discrimination case concerning the Dept. of Corrections.

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