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    Sandi (From CA)

    Member since Jun 2001

    Chef #11176

    From Pasadena

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    About Me

    November 17, 2012

    AN UPDATE:  We lost (euthanized) our oldest 24 year old cat, Fee, due to renal failure in February of this year.  While it was expected, he had done unexpectedly well for many years with his disease. I thank my husband who never flinched at the unending vet bills... for ALL our babies. Fee was my mom's cat before she died, so he held a ~very~ special place in my heart. But then they all do for a bunch of reasons. He was an angel of a cat who did nothing but LOVE BRILLIANTLY.

    A month ago, my sweet boy, Bunneh, died in my arms of unknown causes. In the middle of the night we snuggled on the couch where I comforted him until our vet appointment early in the morning -- but in a mere 4-5 hours, he went from "subdued" to "gone". The loss is still palpable and shocking. I miss you and your big, fat marshmallow chucks, Pie.

    Around the same time, Earl was diagnosed with an inoperable tumor (sarcoma) under his chin.  Talk about devastating! He was still comfortable for the most part and perky, but that evil tumor was growing fast.  It had become impossible for him to eat due to the oral mechanics required - the tumor had gotten that big, that fast. Even if syringe feeding were possible, the tumor was growing too fast and had ulcerated into his mouth causing occasional bleeding. We decided that was enough suffering for Earl and did the final act of love we could for him.  Yesterday as he lay in my lap, with veterinary assistance, Earl,  my best friend, took his final breaths.  My heart is shattered. I'm stuck in utter disbelief.

    Earl was "born" to me through a great encounter with a Zaar member, Kim D, who introduced us all to 4 y/o Earl by way of a picture of her latest foster. I fell immediately and deeply in love with him and it wasn't long before Kim and the rescue organization she worked with had arranged for him to be in my arms! We had several awesome years together full of love and happy routines Earl and I had grown to look forward to.

    One of those routines was at bedtime. Because he was a rear-leg amputee, he couldn't scratch those areas that a cat with both hind legs would be able to scratch. But he'd sit there and try anyway, with his little nub just a'twitching away. Well, the day I noticed that was the day I decided I'd be Earl's back leg and scratch around his ear, neck, head, etc., for him. And every time I did, he'd REALLY get into it, contorting into positions that seemed to say "MORE!" and making these little satisfied, repeated grunting noises. Maybe it was my imagination, but when we were done with our nightly grooming and scratching sessions, I'd swear he had the look of having had a recent relaxing spa visit!  Or maybe he needed a cigarette?  *lol*

    Oh, Earlie….. I miss you more than words can say.

    All.... gone too soon.

    In lighter news, a couple of years ago, we adopted a boy and girl, Sherrf Frenly (not a typo, that's just how the name phonetically morphed - as they do) and his girl, tiny, almost weightless Leet, from neighbors who had to leave quickly and couldn't take their cats. They're best friends who love to sleep in a tight orange circle which I hope to photographically demonstrate here soon.

    Then this year, along came Orangey and Fuff/Fuffers, local strays aka "The Outsiders".  Orangey arrived first and soon had gotten into some sort of altercation with something that bit his leg quite badly and, after observing that it had no intention of healing, required professional attention. At that point, I was unable to catch him (he'd already whacked my hand once sending me to the ER with a nasty infection, but that's another story), so I bought a trap and got him to the vet "TBT": trickery by tuna!  Interestingly, once he was trapped, he consented, albeit somewhat reluctantly, to being handled. The vet performed surgery and he spent two weeks there recovering before coming "home". Fuff popped up not long after and started begging Orangey to play with her. This is good because he was badly in need of some socializing. Now they're best friends!

    Unfortunately, there's simply no more room at the inn (-doors), particularly due to the need to separate our various resident special needs kitties, so Orangey and Fuff could never come inside.  But they CAN have a comfy "home", spending almost 100% of the time in our backyard. I do lock them in the garage overnight because there are some neighborhood cats and even some not-so-cat-friendly wildlife who like to pick on ours under cover of darkness. Orangey and Fuff have heated and comfy raised bedding, shelter, food/water freshened twice a day and a 3:30 small snack.  They're licensed, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and get regular flea treatments and vet visits.  I try to make everything as irresistible to them as possible so they're less apt to wander – I think it's working!


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    First things first. CATS!!

    I want to sincerely thank all those who've made/rated/reviewed/photographed my recipes. Sometimes that fact slips by me so if I fail to thank you individually, I apologize and please know that I'm honored for your efforts!



    The newest member of our household, BUNNEH!

    "Bunneh" was jacked from the sidewalk near a house whose owner, according to their next door neighbor, left the bunny outside. I found him eating weeds growing up through cracks in the sidewalk while dropping my husband off at a bus/train station. But, says neighbor, "it always comes back". (WHAT???) I decided that the bunny they seemed to care so little for would, indeed, NOT be coming back, but would instead live out a life of luxury in my home, spoiled by myself and my husband. As payment, Bunneh would have to endure regular "kissings" and "schnuggles" whenever the mood strikes my fancy, just as all the other non-humans (and, for that matter, humans) do. ;o)


    Pssst....... Bunneh, u has a chive in ur tuth.

    Pledge to Fight Animal Cruelty

    What a ton of culinary fun this was! I was generously adopted by Chef #107583 (thank you!) and I adopted the following chefs and MERP'd (Made, Enjoyed, Reviewed, Photographed) the noted recipes:

    CHEF: Rav
    icon_arrow.gif Chicken Curry
    icon_arrow.gif Fat / Calorie Reduced Carrot Cake
    icon_arrow.gif Chickpea Daal (Indian)
    CHEF: Udita
    icon_arrow.gif Punjabi Dal Makhani
    icon_arrow.gif Dal Pakhtooni
    icon_arrow.gif Boondi Kadhi
    CHEF: Bridget Elaine icon_arrow.gif Herbed Croutons
    CHEF: I'm a Cookin' Fool icon_arrow.gif The Best Zucchini Patties
    CHEF: IndigoAquarius icon_arrow.gif Paris Bread
    CHEF: janselstad icon_arrow.gif Healthy Oatmeal/Raisin Cookies
    CHEF: "Ratalouille" icon_arrow.gif Mocha Marshmallow Crispy Treats
    CHEF: SGilbert6 icon_arrow.gif Hot Artichoke Dip
    CHEF: SillyWizard icon_arrow.gif Mom's Best Dipping Sauce for Steamed Artichoke
    CHEF: Vegan Dave icon_arrow.gif Vegan Pad Thai

    CHEF: Waylando icon_arrow.gif Roasted Garlic Velvet Mashed Potatoes
    CHEF: YourCakeIWillTake icon_arrow.gif Twisted Beef Koftas (Middle-Eastern Meatballs)

    Pick-A-Chef (PAC) Fall 2008 hosts were:

    Chef #131126
    Chef #211184
    Chef #28177
    Chef #399474
    Chef #678857
    Chef #204024
    Chef #344231
    Chef #209255


    Pick-A-Chef (PAC) Fall 2006 hosts were Susie D, Saturn, ~kdp, & Lauralie41. I adopted Chef #289680, Chef #47892 and Chef #43327 and I was adopted by Chef #88099. Fun Stuff!


    The Spoiled Pet Swap was hosted by Chef #455641 (thanks, MM!) and my swap partner was Willis & Walsh - BIG HELLO to her and Daisy, her sweet doggie!


    I was also a partner in an Easter swap and shoebox swap, but it's been so long (and my memory so pathetic) that I can't remember what years they were! If you know, please let me know.

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