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Saturday, July 25, 2009

¡uʍop ǝpısdn ǝdʎʇ uɐɔ ooʇ 'noʎ

¡ǝɹǝɥ oƃ ʇsnɾ 'ǝɯ ǝʞıן spɹɐʍʞɔɐq puɐ uʍop ǝpısdn ǝdʎʇ oʇ ʇuɐʍ noʎ ɟı

˙ןɐıʌıɹʇ puɐ snoǝuɐןןǝɔsıɯ 'ɯopuɐɹ :ƃoןq sıɥʇ ɟo ǝɯǝɥʇ ןɐuıƃıɹo ǝɥʇ sǝʇɐɹqǝןǝɔ ʇsod sıɥʇ

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Cactus flower anti-climax


Well, this is as far as it opened. These picture are from about 6am yesterday morning. By 9am, the flower had closed back up, tightly, and has not opened again. I was hoping it would open again in the evening or early this morning, but no.


That was a lot of work and waiting for a funny little flower that didn't do much.

There are about a dozen more buds in various stages of development on this plant.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Boomer's vet visit today

The doctor didn't feel the need to do X rays. She checked all 3 of his legs and found no indications of cancer recurrence. She feels the problem is just that Boomer's hip is giving out. After all, it was in bad shape to begin with, and in all honesty, we sort of expected the cancer would come back and Boomie would pass away before his hip got too bad.

So the good news is the cancer hasn't come back.

The bad news is, Boomer has outlasted his hip.

The doctor has recommended we start him back on Adequan injections. He had been on it for several years before he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. It was very expensive, and it had gotten to the point where I wasn't really sure if it was still helping him, but the vet thinks it will, and she had the vet-tech teach me how to give the injections myself, which will save me money. I already gave Boomie 2 injections today, a practice one with saline solution and then the real stuff. He's such a good boy. He didn't even flinch!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

open, open, open*


my totem pole cactus flower this morning


this afternoon



this evening- almost there!




Looks like it's going to be pinkish. The ants are going crazy on it right now. I don't know if it's going to open up all the way overnight, or wait till morning. I'll keep checking it.

It took a good 6 hours or so for all that novocaine to wear off. I ended up doing my errands with my face still paralyzed on one side, covering my temporary disfigurement with my hand. In spite of the endo's dire warnings, I feel no pain or sensitivity, at least not yet.


*Back when Mervyn's was still in business, they had commercials where an over-eager customer, (always female), would be waiting for the store to open, chanting, "open, open, open..."

What could be worse than needing a root canal?

Needing 2 root canals!

Yesterday I went to the dentist for a regular check up. I mentioned that I was having a little pain and sensitivity somewhere on the upper left side. (It's so hard for me to pinpoint exactly where)

They took X rays, and she said it looks like one of my previous root canals has a problem, and the tooth next to it also has a problem. (I don't remember what she said the problems were. I tend to blot those unpleasant details out of my memory.)

Anyway, she referred me to an endodontist. I got an appointment for this morning, which I thought was just for more X rays and a consultation, but they had time to start the work, and it saved me the $100 consult fee if I start today, so... here I am with the first phase of a double root canal already finished. I am still numb up to my eyeball, and and my mouth is so numb, when I came home Michael said I looked as if I'd had a stroke.

As soon as my face wakes up, I need to go get some prescriptions filled, and then I'm going to treat myself to a milkshake.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Tonight's dinner

So pretty, I had to take a picture. Baguette slices rubbed with garlic, topped with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and olive oil. Lightly toasted.

The basil-less ones are Brice's. He doesn't like basil :(

More totem pole cactus pics

But no flowers yet!!


In these top 2 shots I was trying to capture the little buds going down the cactus. They only go halfway down. I guess the lower part is too old for flowers.




Here's the largest bud, viewed from below. The original aphid left a few babies behind.


Ants have been busy tending the aphids and monitoring the growth of all the buds.


Sunday, July 05, 2009

Holding our breath, just a little

Well, I think we've actually exhaled now, after a couple of days of uncertainty and concern. Boomie has been having some trouble. Weakness? Pain? It was hard to figure out exactly what was going on, but he was unsteady on his hind leg and walked with a slow, somewhat hunched posture. I started him yesterday on Tramadol from the sizeable stash we have left over from his amputation. (Yes it's still within the "use by.." date.)

This morning he seems to be considerably better, but I still don't know what was wrong in the first place. Did he sprain something? Has the cancer returned? Is that poor old arthritic, displastic back leg wearing out? I will keep him on the Tramadol for a few more days, and then wean him off of it and see what happens.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Two things I wanted to share

These shots were in my folder of stuff to post, and somehow they got passed over. I have decided I might as well stick them on here, so I can them out of the way.


Yes, it's garden hose season again. This was my first hose-doodle of summer.


This beautiful, bright orange rose was part of a parking lot planting in a re-developed shopping center in our neighborhood. There was row of these lovelies. They smelled pretty good, too.

The shopping center, which once boasted a Circuit City and a Toys R Us, now has THE most enormous Target I have ever seen. I swear, you could park 3 Zeppelins inside, or something equally as huge. It's due to open this fall. Also we are getting a Sprouts, due to open next week.

Friday, July 03, 2009

My totem pole cactus

I bought this cactus about 5 or 6 years ago. I love that it has virtually no needles (although it did put out a couple of small needles a few years ago.) It has grown slowly but steadily, as you can see in the pictures.


This was taken in 2006


This was 2007



This is from last week. It's getting tall, but what really excites me is that it's making some kind of buds. I read somewhere that this cactus rarely flowers, and the flowers are sterile, so I'm very curious as to whether it will actually bloom, and what the flowers might look like.


Here's a bud. It's tiny, but there are several sprouting up all over the length of the cactus. The buds are attracting ants, and I even saw an aphid on a bud this afternoon. (Why didn't I take a picture? I don't know.)
I will update with more pictures as the situation warrants.