I bought claw caps for Mabel and Henry. I had planned to put them on before but it just didn't happen. Last night Tony and I clipped nails and applied glue. Yes, we glued our fingers together a couple times, but the end result turned out. Not a fan of the color, but it was the only color available. I have pink and blue coming in the mail from China (eBay) so they'll have slightly better colors once these fall off. These claw caps could be addicting, they come in so many colors (when you buy online)!
With blurry tear-filled eyes, I'm writing this post to let everyone know that little Azkadellia passed away just after 2:30am today (June 20th). Mabel refused to take care of her and weaned her way too early. We tried bottle feeding but she wouldn't take the bottle. We tried mushing up hard food, bought cans of soft kitten food, and tried offering water and goats milk in dishes. She couldn't figure out how to lap it up. We made small progress getting her to drink a couple drops at a time if she licked it off a finger, but she wasn't able to eat enough to keep her going. She seemed to be doing better today, walking around, climbing up on the couch, and snuggling with the kids, but our bedtime rounds found her seizing on #2's pillow (he's been sleeping on the floor to offer comfort and warmth when Henry and Mabel decided they no longer wanted to snuggle with Azkadellia). She passed away surrounded by warmth and love. Mabel licked her and tried to pick her up to bring her back to the pillow, but seemed confused why the kitten wasn't responding. My heart is broken. I should have force-fed her or attempted tube feeding, but I was so sure that she would be better and she was drinking goats milk (albeit in very small amounts). The kids will be crushed when they wake up.
My sweet little Azkadellia, you gave us the joy of your company for six weeks and two days. Long enough to melt our hearts and short enough to break them. I'm so sorry that we weren't able to save you. Had I known Mabel was going to be so bad, I'd have started you bottle feeding the night you were born. Safe journey tiny friend, and we will see you again at the Rainbow Bridge. Forever in our hearts, thank you for sharing your life with us.
Welcome summer! The kids have officially graduated from school for the year. We celebrated #4's graduation from preschool on Wednesday, and #1, #2, and #3's graduation from 6th, 5th, and 3rd grade on Thursday. The older two will be schooled from home next year, so their graduation was especially meaningful. They had friends over last night, and another friend over tonight. Yay for sleepovers!
My gardening plans have been put on hiatus as my basement has been flooding every time it rains. I'm hoping to get everything out of the basement, gone through, cleaned, thrown away or re-sorted into plastic totes this weekend so I can continue with my garden plans next week. I'm hoping to borrow a tiller and get the garden tilled and planted by the end of next week.
I'm down to the last two guinea pigs, so I've updated the Guinea Pigs page to include a "package deal" with their cage and all of their belongings for $200.
Little Azkadellia is flourishing. She walks (still not completely balanced) through the house and will follow me from room to room. Henry and Mabel introduced her to the grow light today. Henry decided it was a good place to sunbathe once the tomatoes and peppers went outside. Today I caught the whole family napping under the light, it was pretty cute.
The kids and I have discovered the fun of making rubber band bracelets (and necklaces, and anklets, and rings). I hope to have photos and order information listed soon so they can sell their creations.
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