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Life is finally settling down in Portland. We're moved into the house, cats settled in well and our son moved home. He graduated from a Video Game Design Program and now he can't find work :(

Work at the clinic has been going well and I love my job. I ended up working for a great team and that makes all of the difference in the world.

I was able to get my vegetable garden in last little urban garden...hurry and grow, 'cause I'm…

Added by katwmn1 on April 20, 2010 at 2:32pm — 2 Comments

It's all coming together!!!

So...we found THE house in Portland and it should be closing around April 10th. Our lease is up in Pullman mid-May, so we'll move Joe to Portland then and our daughter and I will "squat" temporarily at a friend's empty house until she graduates, June 6th. She's taking off right after graduation for a "walkabout", and I'm heading home to Portland.

It never ceases to amaze me how giving and kind the world is. Our house sold when it should, we found a home when we should and now we are… Continue

Added by katwmn1 on March 22, 2009 at 7:22pm — 4 Comments

Again I'm neglecting things...

So much has happened lately. Joe and I celebrated our 25th Anniversary in Portland. We spent 3 days down there, wandering about and we met with a realtor who showed us a taste of what's available.

I'm getting really excited. I think I spent more time in Knit Purl downtown than I did in Powells', which is unheard of for me.

I've always believed that everything happens the way it does for a reason. We sold our house last March, right before the crash (whew!) and we've been… Continue

Added by katwmn1 on February 8, 2009 at 7:35am — No Comments

So...All you dog and cat lovers out there...

Here is a fabulous site started by a twelve year old girl to help donate nutritious food to shelter animals. She sends you a "trivia" question once daily and each time you answer the question, right or wrong, they donate 10 kibbles (either dog or cat) to the cause.


If the link doesn't work, got to http://www.freekibblecat or http://www.freekibbledog to get started.

Added by katwmn1 on January 5, 2009 at 6:34am — No Comments

It's been awhile...

Mau passed last month. The diabetes and everything that came with it just got to be too much, so I ended his suffering. I brought Finn home to foster him and he stayed. I brought Willy home over Thanksgiving because the clinic was full, and he stayed - he's visually challenged...

Work has been slow. I taught my daughter (she's 18) how to crochet granny squares, so now we're making them so she'll have a tacky afghan to take to college with her. I told her I was going to back it with… Continue

Added by katwmn1 on December 18, 2008 at 6:33pm — No Comments

Recipes and Travel...

My good friend Kristin had her Herbed Popcorn recipe featured on SeriousEats - it's SO exciting!! I see she just added a Spagetti and Meatballs recipe...hmmm...maybe pasta tonight...

I spent the weekend in San Diego at the CVC West Veterinary Conference, so my brain is kind fuzzy right now. I spent most of my time in Feline and Internal Medicine Classes and learned SO much. It reminded me why I got into this field in the first place.

We went to an amazing Italian… Continue

Added by katwmn1 on November 5, 2008 at 8:48am — No Comments

Uh Oh...a new addiction

I'm not much of a video game person. My husband lives for Final Fantasy XI and has been playing it for about 5 years. My son is at school for Video Game Design. My daughter likes a few games, but can live without them. Me, if it has more than two buttons, I'm out. I like the Wii, but in moderation. No one will bowl with me anymore, 'cause I kick butt.

I loved the "old" games...Pong, Galaga, Tempest, Tetris - all simple, no nonsense, 1-2 button games. I would play them a few times… Continue

Added by katwmn1 on October 28, 2008 at 8:04am — No Comments

So, it begins again...

When you wear scrubs 75% of the time, you really don't think about whether your jeans are tight or not...

The weather has turned here in Eastern WA and it is usually about 25 degrees F when I get up in the morning. Not real conducive to scrubs, so broke out the jeans...bad idea. They were baggy on me when I put them away, now I have a stellar "muffin top". Ugh.

Bit the bullet and started Weight Watchers yesterday. Wish me luck. My problem is that I don't eat enough… Continue

Added by katwmn1 on October 27, 2008 at 9:45am — 2 Comments

Vanilla Rich Chip Cake

I don't usually make cakes from a box...I think it's the European in me, but this recipe disappears before it cools...

1 package yellow cake mix

1 package (4 servings) vanilla instant pudding

1 c. sour cream

1/2 c. vegetable oil

1/2 c. water

4 eggs

1 T. Vanilla

1 c. mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Beat all ingredients, except chips, in a large bowl with electric mixer on low speed just to moisten. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes.… Continue

Added by katwmn1 on October 21, 2008 at 9:27am — 1 Comment

Chicken Tikka Masala

I love Indian food, but have never really attempted to make any of it. Last weekend we had some friends over and I tried this recipe...they literally, licked the plate clean...I can't handle HOT food, but like a "bite", so I changed the hot stuff accordingly - my changes are in ( ).

To make the marinade: Combine 1 c. plain yogurt with juice of half a lemon, 1 teaspoon fresh chopped ginger, 2 teaspoons of black pepper and 1 teaspoon each of cumin, ground cayenne pepper… Continue

Added by katwmn1 on October 21, 2008 at 9:18am — No Comments

Work is slow...

With the economy doing it's thing, I'm curious how it is affecting us knitters...

My hours have been cut - I only go in when I'm needed at the clinic, so I have a lot of free time on my hands to contemplate stuff. I'm going to try to write a paper that I've been delaying - I HATE to write when I'm forced to do it. I started a new project, but I'm already bored with it. Is it just me? Are others feeling, well, uninterested? In just about everything? Don't get me wrong...I'm not… Continue

Added by katwmn1 on October 21, 2008 at 9:05am — 3 Comments

An Amazing Food Blog

My good friend Kristin is one of those amazing cooks that can just throw stuff together. Even her screw-ups are delicious.

Here's her food blog:

I promise won't be disappointed...especially if you have any dietary issues. She and her son can't have yeast, chicken eggs, or cow-dairy and a few other strange things. She makes it work.

Added by katwmn1 on October 9, 2008 at 8:50am — No Comments

New Season, New Project, Fewer Cats...

I haven't been knitting much lately. I'm trying to get through some classes that I've been procrastinating about.

I signed up for KPs Sipalu bag knitalong. I'm doing it in the warm colors. Keep your fingers crossed

Since November of 2007, I've gone from 8 cats to three, then added one, so I'm at four. Four is a good number. Last month, my husband's cat Jilly got sick and I had to euthanize her. My big, black cat, Mau, is a medical anomaly (of course he is...I'm in the… Continue

Added by katwmn1 on October 9, 2008 at 8:40am — No Comments

okay - Feeling like a Dumb-a** now

Started taking the fancy sock class and was having a horrible time with two needles. I wasn't knitting, I was making fabric - THAT'S how tight my knitting was.

Emily, the teacher started watching me knit and I THROW BACKWARDS. Now I knit just fine thank you and I'm knitting on two circulars, although I do like the 5" DPNs a lot, too.

Added by katwmn1 on June 3, 2008 at 8:32pm — No Comments

Socks on two circulars cont...

I tried. I really, really tried, but I'm a very tight knitter anyway and the circulars just made me knit that much tighter. I changed to DPNs and all was right with the world. I need some more experience under my belt, so to speak, learning how to loosen my stitching before I attempt it again, I think...

Added by katwmn1 on May 12, 2008 at 7:17pm — No Comments

Socks on 2 circulars...

OK...I signed up for a "fancy" sock class at the local yarn shop and went to pick up my pattern and yarn, as I missed the class last night...I wanted to have dinner with my son who left this morning to head back to Vancouver for school. It just happened that the class has been rescheduled for Saturday the 10th.

We are using the Tofutsie yarn and the circulars...not sure how I feel about them yet. It took me half a dozen tries to finally get two rows knit. I'm sitting here with my… Continue

Added by katwmn1 on May 1, 2008 at 8:29pm — No Comments

Sara's Gone...

She did pretty well over the weekend, but started vomiting again last night. I wasn't going to put her through any more just to make myself feel better, so I made the decision and we euthanized her this morning.

My husband was very supportive and he was the one who said "you've done all that you can". It helped.

I'm okay with it...I get a little weepy now and then, but it was for the best. She just wasn't meant to stay with me any longer.

Thanks all of you for… Continue

Added by katwmn1 on April 28, 2008 at 6:21pm — No Comments

Another Sara Update...

I went to visit her on my way to work this morning and she is much brighter. They are going to place a jujunostomy feeding tube today or tomorrow to get her some nutrition. She hasn't puked since Saturday morning, thank goodness. She's peeing, and has been all along, but still not eating on her own.

Thanks to all of you sending energy. It does help a lot. So does knitting...;)

Added by katwmn1 on April 21, 2008 at 4:05pm — 1 Comment

Sara Update

It's Sunday and snowing...again...

Spent about an hour with her this morning and looked over some radiographs and decided she's getting her tube today. She hasn't vomited since early Saturday morning, but I'm really starting to panic about hepatic lipidosis. When a fat cat stops eating, its a dangerous thing. Their liver starts to metabolize the fat in their bodies and their livers basically turn to pate. Not a good thing and it's very hard to bring them back from it.

It… Continue

Added by katwmn1 on April 20, 2008 at 11:26am — 1 Comment

Thurday Sucked...

Sara, aka The Goddess, pictured in my avatar started barfing Monday night. Being a Vet Tech, it didn't bother me too much, because cats barf...that's what they do. When we got home from Spokane on Tuesday, she was still I'm getting worried...when it was every 1.5-2 hours...really worried. At 8:30, I called the vets I work for and told them I was bringing her in. We ran blood work, nothing remarkable and her tummy palpated fine (no pain).

Thursday, which I hate Thursdays… Continue

Added by katwmn1 on April 18, 2008 at 6:35am — 4 Comments

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