Monthly Archive for July, 2017

A Surprise Selfie

Claire was done with selfies, so I told her I was taking a picture of the lake, but she was on to my tricks.

Good Manners

Conversation we had the other night:

Claire: What’s for dinner?
Dad: Boogers.
Claire proceeds to (pretend to) pick her nose and eat it.
Me: CLAIRE. DON’T DO THAT. It’s RUDE…to eat before everyone else is ready! 😉

(We’re keepin’ it classy ‘round here.) 😀

Digging Rocks

Doing our best to create a “my parents made me dig rocks” childhood in this new generation. #uphillbothways #buildsmuscles #buildscharacter

Swoon-worthy Sunset

Last night’s sunset was just gorgeous!

Learning Something I’ve Never Even Imagined

As you may remember, we said goodbye to Jasper a year ago. 15 years was a long time to share his life with us, and we were very sad to see him go. Well, his brother Merlin has started losing weight (this has been an ongoing battled, but has recently taken a concerning turn), so we took him in for some blood work to see if we could figure out what was going on. As it turns out, he’s in the early stages of kidney disease, which is really common in a kitty who is almost 16 years old!

Still, this is distressing to us, and the vet talked to us about a course of action. There is nothing we can do to stop kidney disease or “cure him,” but our vet had an idea for helping to ease the progression. It may or may not work, but we were able to find a solution that wouldn’t strain the budget. We’ll try this for a month and then do another blood test to see what the numbers tell us.

What are we trying? Well, I got to learn something I never thought I’d ever do: give subcutaneous fluids to a cat via an IV.
Yes, really!
I guess people even abbreviate it “subq.”
This is like a whole new world!

The funny thing about this, is when I talk to people, I get one of two reactions: a shocked gasp or a knowing nod. I know so many people who have done this for their kitties! I had no idea.

Our vet said to give Merlin this treatment once a week for a month. Last week, Claire and I went in, and they trained us how to do it! Yesterday, we got to do it ourselves, and BOY, was it an adventure!

He tolerated it really well…but even then, he’d had enough right before he’d had enough. *sigh*

I ended up sticking him a total of four times. The good news is that I know what I’m doing now…

The person who trained me said the most important thing to remember is to be confident in your poking of the needle. It also took me a while to figure out how to insert all the tubing and whatnot into the bag, but I figured that out. (They showed me, and it was SO SIMPLE to see them do it with all the “pull this and insert that” stuff…but I wasn’t sure if I was doing it right when it was all in front of me! …but I was.) As for being confident, I was just going to have to pretend. 😉

During the first session (yes, there was only supposed to be one session…more on that in a minute), the first “confident” poke went through both “tented” layers of Merlin’s skin and ALMOST into my fingernail on the other side! Eeeeks! Luckily, I have a tough nail polish, or I’m not sure how THAT would have ended. (I know WHERE it would have ended, and that would NOT have been good!)

The second confident poke went well! …until the liquid squirted out of Merlin and onto the kitchen floor! Oooops. (That meant I went through both “tented” layers again! Ack! They’d warned me this could happen, but it’s one thing to hear about it, and another to see it! Then I had to scramble to figure out how to stop the fluids, which I know how to do when things aren’t so URGENT.)

(This was the part of the procedure that almost made me cry! What if I can’t do this!? I took a moment to gather my wits about me, and tried again.)

The third confident poke ACTUALLY went well, and we got what we thought was 150ml into him. He was DONE before we got to 150ml, but we kept him restrained and then let him go…only to realize that when you hold the bag in a different way, (don’t ask. Ha!) we weren’t quite to 150 ml yet! (WHAT!? Aaaargh!)

We let him roam for a bit and then cornered him in my office for a second session (rather than the kitchen this time…the cabinet pulls make a GREAT IV bag holder**, but there was no way to convince him to stay in THERE…). This time, I got everything inserted properly the first time.

**No, “being a great IV bag holder” was not even on our radar when we picked those new cabinet pulls years ago! Who knew!?**

So, the good news: Claire was a fantastic helper. She and I know what we’re doing now and what to expect. Of course, so does he. I held him after the procedure, and he purred and purred and his tongue was sticking out like it does when he’s happy, so I don’t think he’s holding a grudge.

I guess we’ll see how much he remembers next week!

Here’s a pic of him napping while we watched a movie last night. (Yes, our remote is marked for easier use. Our guests thank us. Ha!)

Colorado Renaissance Festival 2017

One of our favorite places (and things to do, all wrapped into one!) is the Colorado Renaissance Festival! We weren’t able to go last year, but we’ve gone many years in the past. This year, we brought some friends who had never been before, and they had a great time, too!

I got a sassy new haircut! The feathers I have for my Renaissance Festival hat were too big for the hat I wanted to wear (#FirstWorldProblems #RenFestProblems), so Claire wove some of my scarves together and made me a new band! I love it!


We’ve been collecting pieces over the years to add to our costumes! The Jingle Skirts are still a MUST!


Claire is smitten with her new Elf Ear Jewelry. (I snapped this pic while we were watching the Joust!)


This is 2011 Claire and 2017 Claire next to the big knight. Wow!

DAM Fun in Denver

Don’t clutch your pearls. I didn’t spell it wrong. It stands for the Denver Art Museum. 😉

An out-of-state friend was in town, so we met her at the Denver Art Museum for the day! We explored inside and out. It was great to catch up!

Almost Sunset

The colors tonight were AMAZING on our walk around the lake after dinner! Pre-sunset. No filter. The blues, the greens, the mountains. *swoon*

Fireworks at the Lake

Just after sunset. Just before the show(s).

For the last few years, we’ve walked to the lake & watched fireworks erupt all around us, from the professional and non-professional shows. It’s magical & we don’t have to deal with crowds & parking. Last night we did the same, and the shows were ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. …and absolutely amazingly illegal.

Are fireworks illegal in Colorado? I think the official answer is yes, but the real answer is no. (In fact, you can set them off in the park right by the police station. All night. Yes, really!)

I didn’t try to take lots of pictures of the fireworks, because I’d rather be in the moment (i.e. enjoy them…and be ready to run). This one turned out well, though!

We opted to embrace it. We took it all in, and we were astounded by the beauty all around us.

Last night was one of the best shows we’ve been to, quite honestly. After we walked home, we marveled at the nonstop explosions around us, talked about how we’re lucky we (and our critter) can sleep through things like that (the loud attic fan drowns out most sounds), and then we ran our sprinklers for most of the night, just in case.