Other stuff

Biggie and I are adjusting. We had a wild and crazy Stickie session. He's amused himself with various toys and now is on Window Duty. I'm so grateful that he's happy and healthy and such a big bruiser. I suspect it will be a while before I see him come into the room out of the corner of my eye and wonder if it's him or his brother.

My prescription is ready at Costco and my plan was to pop in the car and go get it but... now, that's an issue. Then I get a text saying that I may be eligible for delivery! I click through and YES! but delivery is with Instacart :(. Instacart has long hated me. Well, hated susandennis@gmail.com and today was no different. "Your account is invalid call Instacart Customer Service" and gave me a telephone number that gives me a recording that says we don't answer this phone any more.

PHUCK. So then... I thought, maybe... turns out Instacart does not hate me@susandennis.com! Doesn't particularly love her but doesn't hate her. It took some hefty troubleshooting with the gracious help of seattlejo to finally get to work. And I ordered eggs, bacon and paper towels. I'll be interested to see what, if any, of those things I actually get. The confirm says it will all be here by 5:45. I tipped big. I am very appreciative. Oh and the pharmacy just called to confirm the prescription delivery so yeah!

I sent an email to my guy at the car dealership. Should I get the car revived now? Or when the stay at home order is lifted. If I wait, will my key fob even work? etc. The battery is in a very weird spot (under the shotgun seat's floor) and I'm worried that a regular roaming mechanic might not be able to deal.

But, I'm not terribly worried. Where am I going to go anyway?** And think of all the money I'm saving on gas. ** Assuming Biggie doesn't eat a door knob.


Thank you all so much for your kind words and sympathy. The Smalls belonged to all of us. What a wonderful kitty he was.

The Smalls is gone

I knew he would be but it's still hard to believe. My car's battery turns out to be dead. I considered, for a bit, just not going to the vet. But, I got a Lyft, instead. He didn't make a peep.

They took him in while I waited outside. And then they called me in. The vet said he was fading. And they could make him more comfortable and give him a day or two but probably no more. She was not sure if it was his liver or his kidneys or both.

We decided to put him to sleep. And then, he died before we could. The vet and staff were so kind. It was a long way home. I walked up to the street car - it's a long ride but no connections and it takes me to a block from home.

Now I'm home. Biggie inspected the empty carrier but I think he was just relieved to know I didn't want to get him in it.

The Smalls was such a special little kitty. It will be so different to fall asleep tonight without him snuggled up next to me.

He was here less than year but it was fun every day. I knew when I got him that the chances of his living a short life were great. I'd take that chance again today. He was totally worth it.


Pre-vet laughs

So I get the carrier out of the closet and unfold it and put a blanket inside.

The Smalls wakes right up and watches. Biggie dives under the bed.

I take a shower and get dressed and when I come out of the bathroom, they are sitting side by side, in solidarity, glaring at the carrier. Wonder if they made a wager...

And it's to the vet's we go

The Smalls is just going downhill. I emailed with the vet late yesterday and we agreed, he should come in. So we'll be there when they open at 9. They said to stay outside and call them when we got there.

I hope they can fix him but I'm steeling myself for the possibility that they cannot. Putting off getting help isn't helping either of us. Or Biggie. Biggie wants to play and The Smalls wants to be left alone. So we need a fix one way or the other.

It just dawned on me that I haven't driven my car in two weeks. Hope it still works.

The Smalls



So I'm not sure what Deborah (the reporter) tried but she texted me that 'they' would not accept face mask donations. I have to go back to the form I filled out before and get an appointment to have them picked up. Been there, not interested into doing that again. I'll drop my 8 N95 masks off at the field hospital tomorrow.

I really don't have a lot of patience with giving stuff - if it's easy, I'm fine. If there are hoops, I understand, but don't jump.

On the good news front, the next Home Owners Association meeting is a week from Monday and will be done via Zoom. Generally, they are held in the lobby which is a small-ish room with 25 foot high ceilings and tiled walls and ceiling - the worst acoustics. You can't hear shit and the seating is great for 5 mins and horrible for any longer. Zoom will be perfect. I can finally hear the board talking!

This morning I went out on the terrace to get something and both cats hit the decks. I let them play out there for a while and they loved it. Especially Biggie. The Smalls came back in to nap but Biggie had a great time.


I'm so smart

I found 8 more N-95 masks today. I knew there were more but I could not find them before the Goodwill guy came to pick up the others. Now, what to do with these. I thought about dropping around the field hospital tomorrow and seeing if they wanted them but then I remembered Deborah! The tv reporter who lives down the hall and keeps asking if she can do anything for me. I texted her and asked her if she would dole them out to medical peops and first responders as she runs into them covering the news. She said she'd be glad to. They are now hanging from her door knob ready to go. I'm quite delighted that I remembered that. She's been interviewing medical people every day. They will find a good home.

two more things

My high school class had their Zoom meeting yesterday. I did funnel all the emails bypassing my inbox and into a folder and just went in to catch up. Turns out I had my nums wrong. There were 33 of us in the class. Four have died. Apparently 25 showed up for the 50th reunion (in 2017). 19 were in the zoom call yesterday. So who were the other 3 who blew off the reunion? Those are the ones I want to connect with.

I'm such a bitch.

Another revelation I had last night while I thinking about everything is prednisone. When I can't breathe, prednisone fixes it. The last time I had an attack, after I got better, my lung doctor asked me if I wanted a prednisone supply to keep on hand just in case. OMG yes! Happily that was long ago. This morning I looked an those pills expired last October. In a pinch I'm sure they would be better than nothing but, this morning I sent the nurse practitioner a request for a new prescription and she sent it on to Costco. (I also looked and the pharmacy opens at 8 like the store for old people shopping.) So Whew.

I did the full walk today - instead of the half walk yesterday. My walk takes me past the temporary field hospital. It hasn't opened yet but they are making progress building it.

I'm wearing the sweater I finished yesterday. It's not quite cold enough so I'm likely to swap it out in a bit but I do like it.


Oh and The Smalls is still holding on. Not peppy but not lethargic. Biggie wishes he would play but is currently on bird watch.

Thank you, universe

I realized last night, in the dark while fighting for bed real estate with The Smalls, that my discomfort with the extended quarantine is all because of Amazon... and Safeway. Yesterday, I did some shopping on Amazon but got discouraged really fast when all the delivery dates were the end of April. I check Safeway and Amazon Fresh every day for delivery slots and find none.

I think I don't mind not going anywhere as long as I can get what I want brought to me.

And, then, this morning, the world opened up. Two things I wanted to buy on Amazon were available for delivery next week. On the wings of that little victory, I checked Safeway - OPEN DELIVERY SLOTS!!! and Amazon Fresh - OPEN DELIVERY SHOTS!!!

I was amused as how much better I felt instantly.

It is still before 9 and so walk time. My nose started bleeding a little bit ago so I'm kind of holding off until I can make sure that is fixed. Weird. A few years ago, I had nosebleeds quite a bit but none now for a really long time. I've been using a nasal spray for allergies. I'm sure stopping that now. I'm not sure it was working that well anyway.

So... walk and then I'm not sure what. Plenty of things to pick from on the Things To Do list.

On the one hand...

The governor extended our sentence til May 4. Ugh. That seems so far away.

I actually do trust him. I'm grateful to live in a state with leadership that is making the hard decisions.

I probably have it easier than anyone else in this state. My income is is not affected. This is costing me very little in cash or, really, anything else. I have lots of practice staying inside by myself.

It could be so much worse for me. I miss swimming. I actually had to clean my own toilet. It sparkles now! I'm not sure how I'm going to get groceries but, I really don't need any yet. I even have cat food coming on the 10th from my Amazon Subscribe and Save.

So really no big deal. Heck by the time May 4 gets here, maybe i won't even want to leave the house.