This past weekend, we made a trip across the state (literally) to spend some time with the precious grand twins. Hard to believe those two have turned FOUR already! They are cute, smart, loving, lively, articulate, and oh-so-huggable! I think this is such a special age because they are still at the point where it’s really exciting for them to have grandparents come visit. Actually, I hope that never changes, but…. in all likelihood, it will. So for now, I’m cherishing the fun times we have together. This year was not a kids party, it was just all the grandparents getting together to wish the twins a happy day – and shower them with love, attention, and gifts, of course. Unfortunately, little Jake was running a fever that day and not feeling well at all. He wasn’t as perky as usual, so if he looks a little tired, he was. I didn’t take many photos as I forgot my camera, and I’m not thrilled with the quality of pics that my phone takes. Here are a few.
We had a lovely visit with the twins, their parents, the other grandparents, as well as my brother, “Uncle Brian”.
On another note, our cat Jinx has been dealing with some health issues lately. He was recently diagnosed with IBD, “Inflammatory Bowel Disease”. He was prescribed an antibiotic pill and a steroid liquid. First, let me say that I think he’s doing better. We’ll know for sure next week when he goes in for a weight check – we hope he will have gained up from his meager 7 pounds. Giving him the pill has been a total nightmare. We have tried nearly every method to get him to take the pills – from pill pockets, to hiding it in food, wrapping it in cheese, and just prying his mouth open and shoving it in. Sometimes we are successful, but much of the time – not so much. The liquid seems to go in easier and the steroid seems to have helped the inflammation in his gut. One thing we are supposed to do is put him on a “hypoallergenic” diet. He will eat the special dry food, but NO WAY will he consume the prescription canned food. Today I got out my meat grinder attachment and ground him some cooked chicken thighs. He seems to really like it. I may be making more cat food in the future!
I made enough to freeze six zip-lock bags for future use. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to grind the chicken… I’ve had this attachment for literally years, and this was the first time I tried it! Here’s hoping our Mr Jinx is up a few ounces – or even a pound – on his next vet visit. :)
* For all of you cat food purists out there – this ground chicken is just a supplement to his regular food. I realize it is NOT a complete food, with all nutrients necessary for cat health. Someday I may buy the powdered nutrients that one adds to meat, to make homemade food into a complete cat food.