Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Biloxi Beach!

We took a little mini vacation over to visit Mississippi Gulf Coast. We actually stayed in Gulfport, MS as it is only a few hours away from home and we figured that would be an easy destination.  Biloxi is just a short drive from there and there's a lot to do in that direction.   It's on a much smaller scale in comparison to the bigger beach towns like Gulf Shores, AL.  We stayed in a nice condo across the street from the beach.  I was so amazed at how deserted it was.  We walked over to the beach every evening, and we were the only people out there.  Pretty as it was, the beach just isn't as nice at it is in Alabama/Florida.   Not that it was bad, but I still feel like we need to go on a 'real' beach trip to make up for it.  Overall, it was a nice little trip.  Biloxi is close enough and it would be great if we could make weekend visits there more often!

We did some shopping at the outlet mall and regular mall.  We visited The Institute for Mammal Marine studies, hit the gigantic arcade at Margaritaville, ate at several restaurants, and did a little bit of relaxing. 

And you know what?  Even though I had my pocket camera with me the entire time, not once did it leave my purse!  All I have are a bunch of iPhone pics....   oh well. 











Monday, June 18, 2018

It's summer!

We wrapped up the school year at the end of May...  so long 5th grade and 7th grade!  Veronica was invited to join Beta Club next year and she also signed up for 6th grade choir.  Valerie ran for Beta Club Treasurer and she WON!  Valerie also had her spring band concert.  Both girls finished the year with straight A's and received awards for their accomplishments all year.  Next year will be interesting with band, and choir, and beta, and 4-H!!







We also had our final dance recital at the school Val and Roni have gone to for the last seven years.  The owner has decided to call it quits and close the school.  Valerie has decided that she is done with dancing and will focus on band.  She will be in marching band in another year, so dancing probably would have been difficult to keep up with.  I was so sad when she told me she wanted to quit.  It was a rough moment at the end of the recital with lots and lots of tears as they said goodbye to their dancing school and friends.  The end of an era.  Veronica does want to continue, so she will go back to the school we went to before this one.






Clint set up our pool right after school let out, but it's been raining almost every day!  I've gotten in it a few times.  The kids don't have a whole lot of interest in it unless they have friends over.  I hope we have some sunshine ahead so I can have a lazy day or two in the pool!



Sunday, June 03, 2018

The summer of Bella

I've got some catching up to do....  but first, Bella.

Bella is our Siamese mix seven year old cat.  She's always been a big girl. Right from the start, she was much bigger than her brother, Perriwinkle.  At one point, she was so round in the middle she could not fit through the pet door.  She'd get stuck and rattle the door as she tried to squeeze through.  We'd open the door for her and shake our heads in disbelief that this cat was so big.


I DID put her on a diet.  I cut way back on dry food and switched to canned.  Bella DID lose some weight and could fit through the pet door again.   Bella was still pretty big, cat wise.  She'd often beg for endless water, either in the sink or in her bowl.  She was always in the litter box, like 10-15 times a day.  She was fat and lazy and we'd often watch her laying around listlessly and say, "there's something wrong with that cat."

Unfortunately, we were right.  Bella has diabetes.  A diabetic cat.  The vet referred to her as a "happy diabetic," meaning, it hasn't affected her behavior just yet.  She's still a happy cat being a cat.  All of her other labs came back normal.  So here we are with a new routine of needles, insulin, a diet, vet visits, and tests. Yes, we have to give this cat insulin shots.  Give. Cat. Shots. Twice. A. Day.  She tolerates it somewhat, but we have a long ways to go.  At some point, we need to get where we can prick her ear and test her glucose level at home with a meter.  Sounds impossible, but apparently it can be done and mastered!!  I know she's just a cat, but she isn't.  She's part of our family.  The things we do....

My whole summer is going to be spent fooling with this cat.  I just know it.