Sunday, October 25, 2009
My boyfriend's 50th birthday is soon approaching. I wanted to give him something special. I am still thinking about what to buy him - but I knew what I wanted to make. We met at work several years ago. We were very friendly to each other and there was a draw to each other. But I had been burned a couple of times by dating someone at work - with me ending up in tears and looking for a new job. So I swore I would not do it again.
One day his group was given the book "Who moved my cheese". I asked if I could borrow it since several coworkers were talking about it. I read it one night and saw the page where it said "What would you do if you weren't afraid". Immediately I thought "I would date him". So I put a sticky note on that page and wrote - this is my favorite quote. Then I gave him the book back and asked him to read it so we can talk about it. It took a while for him to read the book, but when he finally did he understood what I meant by my note. So a couple of weeks later we went out to lunch and he asked me out to dinner. The rest is history. I could not have asked for a better man. He loves me just as I am, warts and all - and I love him dearly too. We have been together for 10 years.
So as part of his birthday present I wanted to make him a felt mouse holding a piece of cheese. Not sure what the note will say yet. It will either be "I found my cheese" or "You have my cheese". Anyway, I hope he likes it.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
And here is kitty enjoying his new catnip plushie. :)
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Please visit the Feline Diabetes site if you need help with managing your kitty's diabetes and also be sure to make a donation to help keep the site up and running. It is a great resource and has given me much help and information that I could not find anywhere else.
For info on supporting the site through donations:
Cat diabetes is a treatable, manageable condition. You can maintain your sanity and your cat's health, all on a reasonable budget.
What is Feline Diabetes?
Diabetes mellitus, or "sugar" diabetes, is a common disorder in cats and dogs, caused by the inability of the hormone insulin to properly balance blood sugar (glucose) levels.
Glucose is processed by the body into energy. After food is digested, glucose enters the blood stream -- in a healthy body, insulin is then secreted signaling the cells to begin the process of converting the sugars into useable energy. As more food is consumed, more insulin is secreted, and the needed glucose is consumed. The pancreas secretes small amounts of insulin -- just enough to ensure blood glucose levels don't rise too high (hyperglycemia) or fall dangerously low (hypoglycemia).
Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas doesn't produce enough insulin, and type 2 when the body's cells don't respond well to insulin. Both result in high blood sugar levels because the body is unable to process the available glucose. In the early stages, diabetics may gain weight as appetites increase and their insulin levels rise and fall. However, in spite of maintaining a good appetite, diabetics ultimately lose weight since the body isn't able to process sugars into energy. Essentially, diabetics begin to starve to death.
Excessive urination is a classic sign of diabetes in pets, and is likely what led to your diagnosis. Diabetic pets that develop hyperglycemia (high blood sugar levels) will begin passing the excess sugar into their urine (glucosuria). As glucose builds in the urine, the body responds by trying to flush the excess from the kidneys through urination. The condition of excess urination (polyuria, or PU), accompanied by excessive thirst (polydipsia, or PD), are classic signs of diabetes in pets. As you regulate your pet's diabetes, the PU/PD will become controlled as well.
Although affecting cats of any breed, sex, or age, diabetes mellitus most often occurs in older, obese individuals; males are more commonly afflicted than females. The exact cause of the disease in cats is not known, although genetics, obesity, pancreatic disease, hormonal imbalances, and certain medications are all possible factors.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Now doesn't that sound stupendous???? I just found this recipe and it will be one that I try out this fall. I love making cookies and cupcakes - and looking at this photo just makes my mouth water. You can find the recipe at How About Orange's blog.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Today we went to see the Cherry Blossoms in Branch Brook park and they were in full bloom! So glad the day cooperated. Lots of people came out to see the beautiful blooms. There was lots of good food and activities. I took over 200 pictures, wow! No wonder the battery was low by the time we were leaving ... lol. This year I picked up a t-shirt to as my memento. So here are some of the pics from this year's Bloomfest. If you live in NJ, I highly recommend that you go to Bloomfest next year.
Next weekend they are hosting the Susan G Komen Race for the cure, so if you did not make it out there this weekend, you can go there next weekend to support a good cause. For info visit: http://www.komennorthjersey.org/site/PageServer?pagename=race_RaceHome
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Once I made some of my cute pins of course I needed a cute pincushion. I made this adorable little pincushion from a soda bottlecap, some craft felt and embroidery floss.
Will be adding some of these in my Etsy shop for Valentine's. Stay tuned.
Happy crafting new year!