Tuesday, September 20, 2011

THere's been a mauling!!

Yes, poor Katrina.

Geez, i wish i knew how to turn pictures on here.

ANYWAYS...the poor thing did not just have a cut on her throat, she was mauled by the evil cat Hazel. She probably did it Sunday while I was out. Come to think of it, I did not see Katrina all weekend. She came up Monday and I thought she threw up on herself. Didn't know it was blood.

Hazel is now living at the Humane society office. I knew she was too aggressive and we were trying to place her for a week now, there was just no where to put her.

Well, she attacked this poor kitty, and ripped her throat. The wound is large and open. It can't be closed..which is extremely gross. She is sickly now...has a fever, has infection in the wound. I took her to a vet appointment just a few hours ago. It will take a lot of care to get her better. I feel so bad about letting her get mauled. I owe it to her to help her heal.
I have her in a large cage now...need to moniter her litterbox and food, water intake. I have to give her medicine several times a day..which is no bid deal.
The hardest thing is that wound. I have to hotpack it with water-soaked rags 'several times' a day, and then apply ointment to the outlying area. It is a huge gaping hole...yuck.
And if she doesn't eat enough on her own, i will have to syringe-feed her to get her strong again.

That poor baby!! She is so quiet and sweet, skittish. Usually she's quite attractive. Right now, she looks like Headwound Harry. So she won't be getting photographed and put up on Petfinder just now. I am going to try my best to take such good care of her. I actually like giving cats medicine and 'caring' for them. I guess it reminds me of having babies. I don't think i will enjoy treating a gaping hole in her throat. Ick....

So now I have four fosters. Katrina will be under my care for three weeks at least. Her mom, Priscilla, is really a nice, pretty cat. And the boys...Marco and Bandit. They are so cute and funny, they are sure to get adopted soon. Then I need a break.....

Roasted chicken and sweet potatoes

Today's dinner is also a success. Miranda eats at Alli's on Tuesdays because of dance, but the other two got home from soccer practice and DEVOURED their meals. Of course, they are so hungry by that time, i think they'd devour garbage if I fed it to them :)
Not that I would do that....

I bought some of this stuff last week and used it on steaks. I was intrigued by the fact it lists coffee in the ingredients. I am making the steak later this week, or early next. It was good, so i will post that recipe later.

This time, I used it on chicken.

and served it with a side of sweet potatoes. 

Also served leftover broccoli and biscuits.
Here are the recipes..

Roasted chicken with Sweet Potatoes

1 1/2 sweet potatos, cubed into 1 inch cubes
salt and pepper
olive oil
1 bunch green onions, cut into 1 inch lenghts
cut up chicken
1 Tbs Cowboy Rub (or any other seasoning of choice)

Preheat oven to 450. 
In large bowl, mix the potatoes with salt, pepper and olive oil. 
Arrange potatoes on a rimmed cookie sheet and roast for 20 minutes.
Add the green onion pieces to the potatoes, and roast 10 minutes more.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss chicken pieces with olive oil, seasoning, and salt until coated.
Roast the chicken for 25 minutes or until juices run clear.

It takes a while for the baking times, but it is super-easy to prepare. And quite delicious. I love roasted foods in the fall.....

my pinterest board pic of the day....

From Confessions of a Cook Book queen...a simple meringue recipe, colored to match. I may try this on the weekend. I have all the stuff here. How cute are these!!!

And here is a link for caramel cake cupcakes, that would be perfect dressed up as apples!!

So there is some inspiration for me. Now all I need is some time. GEEZ...I had today off because I worked the weekend. I TRIED....INTENDED to do something for myself on this day off. A scrapbook page, something. But I ended up getting too busy.
I slept in a bit, but that was much needed! I have not been sleeping well.
I did all my shopping...Wallmart, Groceries, and the sporting goods store to get new Nike Air's for work.
I came home and put everything away.
I cooked dinner early so it'd be ready for the girls at 5:30.
I mowed the lawn quickly.
I made FIVE trips into town....drove Mir's dance bag over to Ally's house..that is where she goes after school..and they take her to dance since I cannot during soccer season.
I went to the high school to pick the girls up from practice. I stopped at the Humane Society and talked to them about my cat issues.....
I had to go home and get Hazel and bring her to the Society office to live.
I had to pick Miranda and Alli up for dance, AND
I had to take Katrina the kitty to an emergency vet appointment. Turns out she was mauled..more on that later. THEN i had to stop at Walmart AGAIN...To get items to take care of Katrina.

Came home and prepared a sick cage for Katrina.
Finished cleaning up the kitchen.
And i am attempting to do laundry. I am getting it washed and dried but haven't had time to fold anything. YIKES. Thank God I was off.

Was good to cut the lawn, though. It has been so rainy that the grass is growing fast, but there are few opportunities to get it cut. I drove on high speed...which i usually don't do. Made me dizzy :)

Since i did not have time for myself to do anything creative or fun, I am sitting down and blogging. Then it's off to bed....

inspiration of the day...

Look at this cute little cupcake from Sweetology. She said she made the cupcake on top by piping melted chocolate. I love that idea. You can do this with anything. I am thinking about apples...green frosting with little red apples....maybe on a carmel cupcake. Hmmmm........i will have to do some research and find some recipes.

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

This recipe was very simple, and everybody loved it. It is from an ad for Francesco Rinaldi pasta.

1/4 c sundried tomatoes, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 package spaghetti
1 jar marinara sauce
1 lb large raw shrimp, shelled and deveined
small amt crushed red pepper

Heat large saucepot of water to boiling. Cook spaghetti as directed.
Sautee the shrimp until opaque.
In a large skillet, heat a little olive oil. Add the sundried tomatoes, garlic and crushed red pepper until garlic is fragrant, about one minute. Add the jar of sauce and stir.
After the pasta is drained, add the shrimp and the sauce. Toss together.

I had enough leftover for one of my lunches and another dinner. We are so busy in September, so leftovers will have to do!

I served with Texas Toast...my kids love it. I always try to have boxes of the stuff in my freezer.
I also served brocolli. I sometimes buy fresh, but I do keep frozen steam-in bags in the freezer. It is the favorite vegie of the little jury. I just steam it in the microwave and serve with butter. I do have some leftover for tonight.

I was off today, so i already have tongiht's dinner in the oven!! Will post later on.

I got thanked!

My children actually thanked me for last night's dinner, so I guess it's a keeper!!I made Shrimp Fra Diavolo, Brocolli and Texas Toast. I have enough leftover that we will have it again on Thursday night.
Tonight is some baked chicken, sweet potatoes, biscuits, cranberry sauce. I will be back with photos and recipes some day!

Things are not good in Catworld

I took on too many cats this summer. I have learned a lesson! It is difficult to have mixed families of cats. I have Hazel living upstairs...she is the mom from my prevous litter. She is aggressive to all other cats in the home. I try to seperate her, but she gets out of the bedroom...my doors are not that great at staying closed.
I have Bandit and Marco, who are two adorable brothers. They live in the middle floor and are perfect little pets.
Then there is Priscilla, Katrina and Duncan..A mom and two longhair kittens. They hang in the basement and are terrified of Hazel. Duncan got adopted.
I just noticed today that little Katrina looks like she has a wound on her neck. Now I've gotta see about getting her into the vets. I don't know if Hazel attacked her, or what. I have hardly been home.
It is too hard to have all this going on during soccer season. For the next two months, I will be running constantly on weeknights, and Saturday afternoons. I am so far behind with laundry, etc. It's hard to take the extra time these cats need.
I decided from now on, i will only have one 'family' at a time. If i still have a mother, I won't take any new kittens. This would be incentive for the society to place these cats for me instead of piling it on. Not like it's their fault, there are so many homeless kittens and cats, and very few fosters. But these cats aren't doing well in my home, and what good is a foster home if they aren't safe.
I also decided that I will not take ANY cats during the months of September and October. Holly and Grace are playing JV soccer, Miranda is on a travel team, as well as dance and tumbling. I don't think my kids are neccesarily overscheduled, but high school sports are all-consuming. The girls have so much homework that they cannot help me like they usually do. So i am overtaxed. Anyway, that's the cat scoop..i hope it gets better soon.

this is Marco..he is an absolute sweetie. I love him!

and here is brother Bandit, a friendly purr factory.

Duncan was quite shy, but has found a good home

Here is mommy Priscilla. She is very loving, quiet.

and here is the Evil Hazel!! I should change her name to Witch Hazel. She is quite nice upstairs, but does not like any other cats. She needs a home where she is the only one.