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Belly photos

I wish I had my pregnancy photos from River online. They are so starkly different this time around. I’m a bit heavier this time around, but my belly seriously popped out so much faster this time!

7 weeks pregnant (back in November)

7 weeks pregnant (back in November)

9 weeks and 1 day pregnant

9 weeks and 1 day pregnant

How I spent most of November, all of December, and most of January....

How I spent most of November, all of December, and most of January....

14 weeks pregnant.  January!

14 weeks pregnant. January!

17 weeks 1 day pregnant.

17 weeks 1 day pregnant.

And just because its too cute to pass up, here is a photo of River and Milo as we found them asleep one night:

River and Milo sleeping

I am almost 19 weeks now, and another picture is in order. My belly just keeps growing! The fact that all of my belly shots have me in my pjs? It hasn’t gone unnoticed by me. I’m hoping to remedy this, likely by having River take pictures of me during the day time.

Some random recent photos

It’s nearly 11pm, and I am seriously ready for bed. But, here I am posting for the second time on the second day of November.

our last csa haul, from about 2 weeks ago

our last csa haul, from about 2 weeks ago

River playing dress up, as a knight

River playing dress up, as a knight

yes, our cat really does sit like that

yes, our cat really does sit like that

vegan pumpkin cinnamon rolls!!!

vegan pumpkin cinnamon rolls!!!

(recipe found here)

I apologize for the ENORMOUS pictures.  I don’t have time to compress them down at all, and our camera was apparently on the wrong setting.  oops!

I’m hoping for a more interesting post tomorrow.  Stay tuned.

We are off!

We don’t actually leave until early Thursday morning, but I doubt I’ll have any time to make a blog post tomorrow.

Since my cat has predominated my recent blog posts, I thought I may as well share just one more cute cat shot.

Ok, not just one.  Let’s make it two:

Preparations

We leave for Peru in just 3 short days!!! I have been waiting until today to begin packing, but I think we have most everything that we need. I’m still busy trying to figure out what sorts of food to bring along with us for the very long day of travel. Airport food is so pathetic, especially when you’re vegetarian. We’ll leave home around 7am, and won’t arrive at Walter’s parent’s home until the following morning around 2am.

I’m looking forward to the trip. All of us are, I think. It shall be River’s first time out of the country, and my first time back to Peru for 9 years!!

Just for fun, here’s a photo of Athena, taken last night. She’s back to herself now, and I feel so grateful!!

She’s still alive….

So, my fear of finding her dead the next morning didn’t prove to be reality.  Athena has been healing quite nicely.  She’s not back to herself, but I don’t really know if she ever will be.

Everyday, her eye looks slightly better, and she can close it slightly more.  It’s a very sad sight to see her sleeping, as her damaged eye cannot close, and is constantly open.  The vet yesterday, at her follow-up exam, suggested we begin bathing her eye in artificial tear drops.  Oh yeah.  She really love it when I put those in her eye.  But, it does seem to be helping, so I persist.

This photo was taken yesterday:

And this one I took just 10 minutes ago:

Much improved, yes?  She’s not happy at all about not being able to go outside.  But, even if I do end up letting her go outside occasionally, I am not doing any such thing at least until her leg is all healed.

Our sweet Athena

We’ve had Athena for 8 years now.  She was the first cat that Walter and I got together, back when we lived in Colorado.  She’s been through many, many moves with us in three states.  She is very delicate and graceful, and quiet, and sweet.  Not many people have the pleasure of spending time with her, as she was originally a feral cat that was caught when she was a kitten.  We adopted her from the humane society, knowing that most people wouldn’t adopt her because of her skittishness. She’s still scared of people she doesn’t intimately know.  But, for our family, she is the sweetest cat.

Today, I found her hiding in our linen closet.  She normally likes to nap in there, but today, I could tell, even in the shadow, that something was wrong.  She had been hurt.  We managed to get her in the cat carrier, and took her to the vet.  I wasn’t totally sure if she’d been in a fight, or been hit.  The vet could tell easily it had been a car.

She didn’t appear to have any bleeding except for the area around her right eye and on her nose a bit.  Her eye had been bleeding internally, and was quite swollen with blood.  They kept her for a few hours, gave her an IV with medications, and sutured up a small cut on her right hind leg.

We aren’t sure if her eye will heal.  She may end up losing sight in the eye, or may even have to have it removed.  Either way, I am so grateful that the damage wasn’t more severe.

She’s still not in the clear, as far as I am concerned.  The vet seemed to feel like she is in great shape.  But, I’m still terrified that I will wake up tomorrow to find her dead.

Here’s a picture of her tonight.

Right now, I’m learning all I can about how to transition outside cats to an indoor-only lifestyle.  I just don’t think I could handle this happening again, especially considering how much worse the damage could have been.

Christmas in July

Milo

Milo

This is a cat who, just hours earlier, had his testicles removed. Poor thing. He’s back to himself today, oblivious that he need not worry any longer fathering babies now!

decorated chard

decorated chard

While out in the garden yesterday, River spotted one of the chard plants that had began to go to seed. Somehow, this looked like a Christmas tree to him. When he came to me in the kitchen asking for our Christmas decorations, I couldn’t even imagine what had brought those to his mind. He directly brought in the chard plant that he’d cut and asked if I would use duct tape to make it stand up. I obliged him by bring 3 or 4 lightweight decorations out of the garage. So, we have our July Christmas tree.

Lunch!

Lunch

Polenta fries. They look greasy, but in reality they are practically fat free; just baked in the oven and glossy.

baby's bath

baby's bath

I walked into the bathroom just a few minutes ago to find River giving his baby doll a bath.

me, shot by River

me, shot by River

Not a very good picture of me, but worthy of posting, since River actually got my head into the photo. It’s usually just a body shot.