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I'm home now. Feeling a bit scared and rather alone.
Where was I you may be wondering. I didn't want to post it as I didn't want the world to know the house was empty.

Two Sundays ago I got up and plopped down in front of the computer. After a short while I got into a Skype voice chat with Darren Millbank. Something seemed odd. I was having trouble forming my words and slurring. Darren could tell as well. While this was happening I got up to get something out of the fridge and I fell. I didn't trip, didn't feel dizzy and never lost consciousness. I just fell down. After a while I went to lay down in bed. About five hours later I got up and was fine.
 The next day my side/chest hurt where I fell on it. Tuesday the pain was worse. Wednesday the pain was unbearable, so I went to the emergency room. No broken ribs and all other tests came back okay.
The doctors were concerned about my symptoms on Sunday. They did tests including an MRI of my brain. The results were not good. Turns out I was having a mild stroke that Sunday.
I haven't noticed any residual effects, bit I need to be very alert.
I never suspected anything like this.
Prayers and good thoughts are appreciated.
I don't know what to say. I guess I am still numb.
My dad has been in poor health for a while. He passed away this morning. Kindly pray for my mother, my family and I.
Thank you.

If only I had money...

...I'd be out here in a heartbeat!

Can you imagine buying a BRAND NEW '64 Chevy?!
There are quite a few videos of this on YouTube. Watch and drool.

I cannot freaking believe this!

Yesterday I bent down and stretched out to pick up my cat.
While doing so I felt a very distinctive POP!
I think I may have cracked a rib. It's rather painful.

Poultry death by fox

We all know foxes love chicken.
With Easter coming up, this seems to be an especially dangerous time of year to be a chick.
Oh, the humanity! ;-)

Bad news morning.

My father has macular degeneration. He was first diagnosed years ago and has been under treatment for it ever since. First eye drops then injections. It can't be reversed and there is no cure, they've just been trying to preserve the vision he has. About 6 months ago we were told the injections were no longer working and his eyes were getting worse. At that time the eye doctor recommended a series of injections of a new (very expensive) drug that has shown some promise. This morning we got the results.
The injections didn't help. There's nothing more that can be done.
My dad is going blind.
The reason I am still here in NJ and not in Palm Beach County Florida (where Id like to be) is because my parents have been needing more and more help as time goes on. This soon however is going to mean some major lifestyle changes I dare say for all of us. My dad will have to stop driving. My mom, who has good vision never learned to drive and at 87 you've got a snowball's chance in...... well, you know the rest.
The only certain thing now is uncertainty.

Birthday time


Happy birthday Idai Kitsune!

also, for all fox lovers..... http://www.wimp.com/happyfox/


There's new snow outside.
*hides under blanket from snow*

Happy Birthday Akela Vincent


Happy sundog to you.
Happy sundog to you.
Happy birthday Akelaaaaa
Happy sundog to you!

To all my friends out there

Mau you have the merriest of Christmases!


For all my Jewish friends.....


A (late) Happy Chanukah!

One can only hope

As we are now in that season.........

....How about a furry christmas music video?
Don't let the title worry you, there is nothing X-rated in this video.

A legend passes

As a certified "jazz cat" I am saddened to learn of the passing of one of the all time greats; Dave Brubeck.

The man may be gone, but his music will live on.

It's marshmallow heaven!

I'll have to try this if camstone comes to Anthrocon next year.

Goodbye Brother Tiger


Stalking Cat (Dennis Avner) 1958-2012

Where do I start? My friend is gone.There is nothing I can do to change that. I feel helpless, useless, as though a piece of me has been torn out.

I honestly admired stalkingcat, I really did. What really shocked me is that he actually liked me. Seems that we both were of a similar mindset. The biggest difference between us is that he had the courage to do what I only dreamed of.

I don't remember if I ever told him, but that's where I admired him. I've had many dreams in my life. I have pursued them and the Lord has allowed me to succeed in them. I admire people who do this and this is why I admired Cat. He had a dream and he pursued it big time. It didn't matter what others said, to be a tiger was his dream and he pursued it.

Thank you Cat for being my friend and someone I feel I could look up to. My world is less complete without you in it.

Hurricane while in hospital

I've been keeping up with the news, storm track, hype, etc concerning hurricane Sandy.
Most all of the storm tracks are coming together and if it follows the current predicted path it will make a direct hit on South Jersey moving east to west and the eye wall will pass directly over where I am. This could be interesting.

Speaking of where I am...... I'm currently in the hospital. Some of you may remember from my last post that I fell and broke a couple ribs. The first hospital I went to for the ribs (the one that did a complete mis-diagnosis) put in an IV. The arm hasn't been right since, becoming swollen, red, hot, etc. Back here to the better hospital where I was diagnosed with what I suspected - blood clots. This seems rather odd as it is the second time I got blood clots from that particular hospital.

Well, I have a private room with a large window on the 3rd floor. Should be a good spot to watch the hurricane from.

Broken bones

I am in so much pain!
Thursday night about 4 AM I got out of bed to use the bathroom. As I stepped back from the toilet I lost my balance and fell backwards landing lengthwise on the side of the bathtub. The pain was bad but I managed to get up and lay down back in bed. The pain increased to the point that I had to call the ambulance and be taken to the hospital. They took blood samples and an EKG (I don't know why) and a couple x-rays. They sent me home saying I had some deep bruising but nothing else. They never really seemed to check my ribs.
Sunday came around and I was no better and noticed I could feel "clicking" in my ribs. lowen_kind was nice enough to take me to a different hospital where I got a much better check up. Before the doctor even looked at my x-rays he knew I had a broken rib just from listening with his stethoscope. He could hear the broken bone flexing when I took a deep breath.
The x-rays and cat scan (meow) showed I have two broken ribs, one of which may be broken in two places.
There's not much they can do for such a thing other than try to reduce the pain. So I am on meds and have no choice but to take it easy.I can only hope and pray this heals quickly.

Tiger life

This weeks episode of West corner of the Park by Jim Groat.

Seems about right.