Friday, March 28, 2008


Last week I took Gooseberry to the vet. Ever since I've had him he's had a cough that I noticed from time to time. I knew the poor guy was sick when he started sneezing and having a runny nose. I asked her to do the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (Feline AIDS) test on him and it came back positive. Not the news we wanted but I wasn't real surprised by the results. Here is a picture of him while waiting on the test results. He did not feel well that day at all.

I have been poking pills down him which is not the easiest thing to do! She gave me one of those pill popper things and once you get the hang of it, it certainly does make it much easier. Just open his mouth, stick it way in and push the plunger, and the pill is far enough back that he has to swallow it. He is feeling better now and as you can see from this next photo he feels well enough to reach underneath the door he's hiding behind and grab my sock as I walk by!! He's also well enough to sit in the tree above the bird feeder and caught one of my poor unsuspecting birds and killed it. The little varmit!! The cat, not the bird.

Today the girl from Home Health came out to give my husband his bath and she brought her dog with her. Isn't it the cutest little thing?? It's a part Chihuahua and something else. It won't ever get very big and she is 5 months old now. I gave her a bone and she got up on the bed and began chewing on it. I had to watch her around the cats. I sure didn't want them thinking she was just a big rat or something!

Today is very warm and nice but we do have a 50% chance of showers. These warmer days make me long to get out and buy flowers and work in the yard. I don't want to get flowers too early as I know we'll still have some cooler weather yet. I have noticed that we sure do have lots more weeds in our lawn than usual. Seems the weeds are taking over the grass in some areas.
I guess everyone has heard that next year if you don't have a high definition TV that it won't work....or something like that?? Or you'll have to get a box to attach to it to make it work?? Is this just another ploy so that we all have to go out and buy new TV's? I'm not sure if ours is HD or not. It's only about 6 or 7 years old. Now if I can just remember where I put the papers that came with it........


Blogger Scarlet said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Gooseberry. I hope he has better days and that he's painfree.

This is a good time of year to plant flowers, weather permitting. We plan to drive back to the Keys to pick up some citrus trees this weekend to plant in our backyard. Any excuse to head down there again is fine w/ me!

First it was the 8 track, then the cassette tapes, now we have CDs. I'm not surprised w/ the news on high def TVs. I think they want us to spend, spend, spend...that's what I think.

11:32 AM  
Blogger Diane@Diane's Place said...

Poor Gooseberry. I know all about FIV and hope he is one of those that has lots of good days left.

It's still too early here to be thinking about planting flowers and such. We may still get a freeze and/or frost at least until April 15th, if not later.

I think it's digital TV you need to be looking for, not HD, Rachel. And I can almost guarantee if your TV is that old it's not digital ready. If you're on cable you shouldn't have any problems as they convert the signal for you, but if you use an antenna you'll need a converter box, or should just buy another TV.

Have a great weekend!

Love and hugs,


12:40 PM  
Blogger possum said...

Yep, it is a plot to make us all go out and buy new TVs - and they all have devices on them that let them spy on us - Only that was supposed to have happened already - when was that - 1984????? My TV is 4 years old - and I have an antenna. I am too cheap to pay for cable to watch the junk they have on there anyway. Gave that up years ago.
So sorry about Gooseberry. We had a kitty that showed up here, we called her Sugar Baby. She was so tiny. The vet said she was at least 8 or 9 years old - and she had FIV. Bless her heart. We were able to keep her 3 years. She was already pretty sick when somebody dumped her out here.
I got my onion sets in yesterday and my seeds came from Burpee today so tomorrow looks like it will be busy! Then they have said it is going to go down to 28 by Sunday morning! Well, it is snowing at my friend's in Maine! I guess it could be worse. Hm, we haven't had our daffodil snow yet, have we?

1:02 PM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

I'm so sorry to hear that GOoseberry is not well but glad you have an easier way to administer pills. I have a hard time getting my dogs to cooperate with me if I have to get into their mouth.
I jumped the gun and planted 30 primroses and pansies yesterday. Today it snowed! I hope they survive.

9:15 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Poor Goseberry, I hope he all better now.

I have two certificates for $40 off two each of those converters. The government sent it to me, I had to request it. We don't have cable or a dish.

The reason for changing is that modern communications using digital can get so many more signals in just one frequency.
The TV stations will give up the old channel frequencies for cell phone companies and other users to buy air/channel space.

They also have Digital Radio, we have some of those stations in Houston.

10:03 PM  
Blogger Granny Annie said...

I love Gooseberry. Pretty pretty kitty. Hope you see a full recovery very soon.

To give my dog Slim a pill I just act like I'm eating one and she gulps her pill like candy.

4:46 AM  
Blogger Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi Rachel! Sorry about Gooseberry, but he is in good hands and sure to live a long, full live.

Our temps here were close to 70 degrees yesterday. I wanted to be outside playing in the dirt, but I had to work. This morning the temp was 32 degrees and only expected to reach the lower 40's today. What a bumper.

This thing about the TV I don't understand. I hear if you have cable, you don't need the converter box. What my cable company is doing is slowing moving all the channels over to digital. They are trying to force us into switching from basic cable to digital. Our greedy cable company charges close to $100.00 a month for digital. I will switch to dish before I would ever go to digital.

Well enough of that. I hope you have a good weekend. Lisa

5:14 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

Hi Rachel, if your TV system is the same as in Australia you will have to fit a set top box or replace the TV when HD is the only transmission.

6:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know it can be very confusing for anyone not technically minded. Sometimes it seems that the powers that be desire for it to be that way.

High Definition TV is very different from your basic digital TV signal. I couldn't wait to run out and buy my own High Definition TV. Yes, it was expensive but I happen to love watching TV so I thought it would be worth it and I was correct. I've never regretted doing it.

The straight of it is that most older TV broadcasting was done in analog, then they came up with digital, which was better due to picture clarity and color.

If you have cable, you should be fine. If you use Rabbit ears or or one of those roof-top monsters you used to see attached to some chimneys on houses you will need a digital converter for any analog TV's.

TV's are so cheap now, if you only want standard TVs. The last one I bought, which was a flat screen 19 inch color TV only cost one hundred seventeen dollars from Best Buy. High Def TV cost us almost six hundred dollars for a 32 inch model. We liked it so much, we bought a second set for the wife's sister who lives downstairs in our family room.

If one doesn't like watching TV enough to buy a new set that they can watch it on regardless of how it's being broadcast, they might as well just stop watching TV at all. I don't understand what the big deal everyone is making out of the situation is all about. It's called progress.

9:01 AM  
Blogger JunieRose2005 said...

AHHH- Sorry about your kitty and hope the pills help.


7:15 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Oh, your poor kitty. How sad, but I am sure glad you are able to get the pills into him. It's good to know that he perked up enough to play and climb and... uh... KILL!!!

What a cute, little doggie!!

I'm eager to plant flowers in my pots and line the front and back porch steps. We've been having nice, warm days, and some rain off and on too, also, as well.

Happy Weekend, Rachel.

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sure hope gooseberry feels better. I think it is so cute when cats stick their little paws under a door and try to reach for something moving under it. One of my cats bats his toy mice under the closet door and then tries to retrieve them. I'll open the closet and find about 10 mice under there.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Karen H. said...

Good Evening Rachel,
Sorry that Gooseberry was ill, but glad that he is much better now. It's nice that you have a better way to give Gooseberry the pills tho. Almost like giving a child some medicine. The small puppy is adorable. I have always liked those kind of dogs. It was cold and rainy here pretty much all weekend. It's rained off on and all day here today. They are saying we will be getting some more heavy rain later tonight and tomorrow. We sure don't need any more heavy rains like last week. They are already having people to start evacuating in the low lying areas in Sharp County here in Arkansas. They were affected really bad last week with floods. I don't blame you for not wanting to plant anything right now. I remember last year, Easter was in April, and we had a couple of killer frost's in April. It damaged some crops that had alraedy been planted as well. Take care my friend and have a great evening. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

5:47 PM  
Blogger Sandy Hatcher-Wallace said...

I hope Gooseberry is feeling better. It was sad to hear about his illness.

If you have cable or satelite you don't have to worry about the change. It's only for the folks who use rabbit ears or roof-top antennas.

7:34 PM  
Blogger OldLady Of The Hills said...

I am sorry to read about Dear Gooseberry's illness...He is just the cutest little guy..(Am I right? Or is HE a SHE??? Oh Dear....) Well, I know you love and adore him and will get him as well as possible....!

I am not sure but I think your set is probably not HD ready or whatever they call it....I hope I am wrong, for your sake, Rachel...I know my set is NOT HD and I will have to get a box or something because I LOVE my TV and I am not ready to give it up!!! LOL!
Everything is soooo pretty right now....I got some flowers on Wedbesday and they are just GORGEOUS....Still!

7:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Rachel I pop over to your blog whenever I get the chance. Today I just read about Gooseberry. I am sorry to hear about the FIV but glad you are keeping him so many people flip when they hear that their cat is FIV. I am sitting hear typing with my Wonderful cat Mooch who is also FIV positive. I have three others with it as well. They are absolutely the greatest cats I have ever had. Mooch just had all his teeth removed because he has Stomatitis.Thank you for taking such wonderful care of Gooseberry.
Your Friends,
Dee and Mooch

9:02 AM  
Blogger Farmgirl Cyn said...

Rach...I think of you and your hubby often. Blessings to you and yours.

6:09 PM  

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