Dispatches from the Swamp – the ‘cat has lost her mind’ edition

Bella with her new Lion Cut
  • We have had Bella for a very long time. We bought her from a cattery that bred Maine Coon Cats. Bella never quite lived up to her potential at the cattery. She had only managed to have one litter of kittens and that only happened because she let the stud cat out of his cage. Bella is very smart. She and I have always had the most involved relationship because her stuff has always been in my office. Over the years we have had to devise many ways to keep the cat stuff from becoming foodstuff for the dogs. They love her kibble and they especially love her litter box. For the most part, Bella stayed in my office out of choice. Occasionally she would wander to other places in the house like the living room or dining room but it usually didn’t last for long. All that has changed now! Since getting her first ‘lion cut’ back in June she has been a force to be reckoned with. She is all over the place. She spent much of June in July in the kitchen meowing for attention and getting it. She was rubbing herself and preening and overall a very happy kitty. Now she has moved to the living room where she has taken up rubbing her face on my computer and threatening to jump into my dinner from the other table. I am not sure what has caused the change. Right now we are positing that she has been hot under all that hair for years and she feels much cooler and freer. Any cat experts out there want to take a guess?
  • I finally prevailed in programming the Logitech Harmony One remote. The hardest command to get it to do is the skip forward 30 seconds. I couldn’t remember how I did it the first time so I had to figure it out again. All is well; we now have everything connected to the one remote again. One minor problem, the Shaw technician took my Apple TV power cord rather than the one for the old PVR box. Still waiting to get it back.
  • I just took the first pictures off of my new camera and I am very happy with them! The camera is just a little purple Sony point and shoot. It is small enough to fit in my purse and really easy to use. Here are a couple of pictures!
  • Deb on our way to Vancouver Island - staying in the truck with the dogs
    Sawyer - the sun worshipper

    Piper panting away in the truck
  • Me - going in to get steak from Hopcott's on our way home

Dispatches from the Swamp – the ‘summer has arrived’ edition

  • We are finally home. Thankfully we had a ferry reservation because the sailing was full an hour before we even got there. Piper got overheated while we were waiting to get on the boat. It was so freaking hot there. I walked across to the Market to get lunch and papers Deb. It was almost sick. Once we got on the ferry there was a great breeze. I went up and got the soft-serve ice cream and it was very good! We got off the ferry at 4:54pm and we were home in an hour with a stop at Hopcott’s for steak.
  • OMG! The stereo/GPS unit I got Deb for her birthday is amazing. It tells you when the traffic is backing up!?! Could there be anything better! It also navigates much better. It gives you information ongoing about the road you are on and what roads are coming up. I can’t stand it so I am getting my own.
  • It is nice to be home after spending several days in a small room with Deb and 2 dogs. She makes me crazy! I would put something down and she would ‘put it away.’ I really struggled with food. It was very hard for me to find stuff I could eat. The food from the Kingfisher restaurant (what made it worse was that the baked brie dish they had on the menu they were no longer serving!) was far too gourmet and rich for me. There was very little that appealed to either Deb or me. The best meal we had was at Boston Pizza. We did have some food with us like cheese and crackers. I also had my yogurt and cereal as well. Grilled eggplant and steak was very welcome tonight for dinner.
  • The dogs were so good – especially Sawyer. He is still quite a young dog yet he is so well socialized. He is pretty much bomb proof as he can adapt to any situation. He loves all people and dogs. Piper was a little stressed in the beginning in the truck but she did eventually calm down. She is getting really overheated so we are off to the vet to get her looked at. Piper and Sawyer get along so well. They don’t scrap over food or toys and they like to cuddle together.
  • It seems the heat has arrived now. I am going to try not to complain as we have pretty much had a month of no heat. I will be trying to hide in the house with the until the heat wave is over. Thankfully we have air conditioners!

Dispatches from the Kingfisher Spa and Resort

  • We have been at the Kingfisher (KF)[1] for a couple of days.  The first night was a nightmare. Piper and Sawyer couldn’t settle. Deb took them out to pee like 4 times. They were climbing all over me. I was telling Piper to stop barking when it was actually Sawyer who was barking. Poor girl! We have been able to leave them in the room with no problems at all. Plus the weather here has been decidedly cool and overcast so we have also been able to take them into Courtenay with us and leave them in the truck without worrying too much about the heat.
  • I have had one massage so far. I have another one for this evening. The RMT I saw has been doing massage for 38 years. She was very good at her job! She found knots in places no one else has ever found. She even found some in my feet! Uggh!
  • Deb and I did the Pacific Mist Hydropath. It is a set of water stations like waterfalls for your shoulders, a hot tub like pool, a pool that you walk through – one side cool and the other hot, a salt pool[2] and a mud tub thing. I enjoyed most of it although I struggle when I get water in my eyes so some of the activities bothered me. Deb is going to do it again tonight while I have a massage.
  • The last couple times we have stayed in hotels that promise free Wi-Fi we have never been able to connect the iPads. This time I bought an Airport Express so that I could set up our own network if necessary. This time it was fine but I will keep it in my bag just for those situations. What did not work so well was the Apple TV plan. I loaded up our first generation Apple TV with lots of good stuff to watch but we could not connect it to this old style TV. So we went and bought a bunch of DVDs so we have something to watch.
  • Food has been a bit of an issue here. The restaurant would be described, in the words of my friend Wandering Coyote, as ‘Chi-Chi.’ Everything is really gourmet and high-end. We have not found much that either we wanted to eat or could eat. I had a duck breast one night but I really couldn’t eat as I have been having serious eating issues as of late. It was really good though. I had crab legs one night that were fabulous. Yesterday we went off in search of comfort food at the White Spot. We were not able to get a kitchenette unit so we have to get by with a small fridge and a kettle. We did go for their brunch this morning, which was amazing to say the least. There were over 125 items. If you love seafood this would be the place for you!
  • We are very grateful for how well behaved Piper and Sawyer are. They get along very well. Sawyer is a real stand out given how young he is. He is so well socialized because Deb took him everywhere since he came to us. I think he would love to live in a hotel room for his whole life so he can burrow under the duvet. That dog is almost always cold. Piper has struggled a little bit. She is feeling the summer badly and panting hard. We will be taking her to the vet but likely they will tell us she is 5 and fat and that is why her breathing is laboured at times. She was quite stressed in the truck on the ferry. She is much calmer now. I am so happy that we toilet-trained these 2 so well. Piper is rock solid and Sawyer is almost too. While Piper can hold it, Sawyer needs to go out whenever he goes to the door. They are both such great dogs!
Sleepy Piper


Sleepy Sawyer

[1] I have decided to abbreviate the Kingfisher, as my fingers want to type ‘Kingfister.’ Better safe that sorry right!?!

[2] My favourite.