Saturday, March 11, 2006


I'm sitting up in bed with the laptop and the cats. Bob is away this weekend, goose hunting with John and Craig.

I woke up WAY too early, of course -- it seems like any time that I actually have the opportunity to sleep late, I can't. I woke up at 6:30, but forced myself to stay in bed. I can't get up at 6:30 on Saturday! (Although last weekend I got up at 7:30 on Saturday because I had to take Dinah to the vet. I hated having to set the alarm on a Saturday!) I did go back to sleep, but woke up again at 8:30 because Pyewacket was banging on the window screen to get my attention.

I yelled at her, and consisdered throwing a pillow at her, but figured I'd knock the lamp off the table . . . So I got up and went downstairs to get the laptop, and saw that their food bowl was empty, so maybe that was the cause of the tantrum.

I've talked to the vet a few times about limiting their food intake, and last weekend I talked to him about it again (I had to take Dinah in for the quarterly (now bi-monthly) anal gland thing). He said that the right amount of dry food is a half cup per cat per 24 hours, so a cup for both of them. They've been doing pretty well, and it hasn't seemed to be a problem at all, but I guess maybe since it was Friday night they lived it up and ate it all . . .

We feed them Eukanuba weight control formula and they seem to like it fine. It's only available at the pet stores, of course, and it's sort of expensive, but they're doing well on it and (fingers crossed) no one seems to be having any food-related problems at the moment. The vet has said he thinks it's important to find one food and stick with it and not change it, so we've done that for a few years now, and they don't seem to be throwing up as much as they used to, at least.

I stopped at PetSmart to buy food last night, because there was only about a cup left in the container, and when I stepped out into the parking lot, there was the most amazing sunset. I took a cameraphone picture before I remembered that I had the other camera in my bag. I took it out and took about 50 pictures standing in the parking lot. I'm sure people thought I was nuts, but I couldn't let the opportunity go by.

I even had plenty of time to experiment with the settings on the camera.

Kurt--he's a photographer--has been helping me figure out some of the settings, but there's a lot to learn. It needs to become second-nature, I guess, because right now I have to think too much about it--or actually, forget to think about it--and most of the time I just want to snap a picture. But it was kind of fun to be out there with no place that I really needed to be, and to have nature cooperate with the beautiful sunset that lasted long enough that I could play around with it. Looking at the pictures now, I guess it was only about ten minutes; I took 40 pictures in that ten minutes, though, and I left them on the camera so I can analyze what I actually did to take them.

iPhoto shows a little info, but not everything. I wonder if there's some setting in my camera that is preventing all the detail from being transferred?? I'll have to look into that.

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