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Get Better Baby Bofinkles
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Spring Garden Update

Get Better Baby Bofinkles

Oh, our furry critters, they’re just so special to us.

Our beloved feisty FiFi Bofinkles is feeling under the weather right now and it’s breaking my heart.   When our pets are sick we just want to take care of them. We want to tell them to tell us what hurts, if they know what caused it, and they really need to eat because it’s important.  Most of the time they just stare at you.

Here’s how it went down:
Saturday night around 8PM: FiFi Bofinkles threw up.  It was clear liquid and I didn’t think much of it as cats throw up.  
Saturday night: She went into the litter box, peed and then got out of there quick.  This was a big warning sign as 1) Bofinkles is a crazy litter box cleaner, she leaves no litter piece untouched.  2) I was in the shower and she always stays in the bathroom with me.
Saturday late night: I came into the bedroom and she was already in her sleeping spot right above my pillow.  This was the biggest warning sign to me as Bofinkles never comes to bed before me, ever.  I lay down and then a few minutes later she will walk into the bedroom, I’ll call her name, she’ll lick my hand, jump up, push my Kindle out of my hand and then demand 8 thousand kisses before finally laying down. 

When I finally came to sleep I nuzzled up to her ready for our nightly bedtime kisses, but she didn’t react.  I rubbed behind her neck where she loves it and always does a big stretch for me to then get her belly, but she didn’t react.    I called Matthew in right away and told him she didn’t seem right.  He said she seemed fine, I told him she wasn’t fine and that she never ever ignores me.   It’s pretty amazing how close we are that I picked up her feeling sick so quickly.  It’s like she knew all the signs to give me and I was there to receive them.  Then we noticed she kept opening and closing her mouth, licking her lips, whipping her tail.  Matthew then agreed that she definitely was not ok.    We laid with her and I begun to worry about her, like a cat Mom does.  As many of you guys know, we lost Essy almost 2 months to the day so I began to quickly fear for the worse even though it was uncalled for.  It was just the way she was moving her mouth was what Essy did when she was saying goodbye to us, and it just all hit me so hard.   We slept that night, with me cuddled up to her, getting not much sleep as I constantly woke up, rubbed up and checked on her. 

Sunday morning came and Bofinkles was still the same.  The last time anyone saw her eating was Friday night so it was a full 24 hours without food or water. I called the Vet as soon as they opened.  They said they had no open appointments but I could walk in, there would probably just be a wait.  Ok, that’s fine, off into a cab I went with Bofinkles.
Have you heard the sounds of a cat mixed with cab dispatching?  It’s quite a remix.

So we got to the vet and as soon as we arrived a vet nurse came out to help.  No wait, you aren’t no nurse…..
Also want to note here that Bofinkles did not hiss at this cat, she only hisses at her sister Xanadu. 🙂
Nurse inspecting Bofinkles.

I only had to wait about 30 minutes which was nice, even though the vet office was popping with sick walk-ins that morning.   After a quick examination (she never likes the temperature part) they couldn’t really spot anything physically wrong with her. I did notice she was a few ounces lighter than a few months ago though and the vet commented she seemed a bit light in the back (bodacious Bofinkles glares in response).    Bofinkles was dehydrated though so they did give her IV fluids and just to be blunt, she was pissed off.  Her Southern Belle (she’s from the South) attitude really shined here, growls and hisses and everything we love about her.
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Because Bofinkles is 13 years old they then ran a series of blood and urine tests on her, which meant more pointy things in her body, which again, did not please her.  Her test results would be back in 24 hours.  This series of tests is a Senior Screening and checks things like Blood Count, White Blood Cells, Red Blood Cells, Kidney and Liver values, blood sugar, URI inflammation, Cancerous cells, etc.     You know, all the most terrifying things. 
RESULTS: AS I WAS WRITING THIS POST HER VET CALLED, ALL THINGS LOOK GREAT AND NORMAL. THANK GOODNESS! *KISSES BOFINKLES A MILLION TIMES*

Which leaves us with… what is wrong with her?

It’s now been 48 hours with no food or water. I have tried to tempt her with every type of food and treat possible. Her favorite sandwich, a bowl of noodles, cheese, every type of soft food she loves, greenie treats, etc… all a failure.  She seems to want to sniff the food now, but won’t eat it. I have a tea cup full of water and a plate of bread crumbs (a favorite) next to her, just in case she gets hungry.  The vet is leaving me a appetite stimulant to pick up from the office later today.

Then the Vet asked me if we had a kitten, which big news that I didn’t announce yet, WE DO. His name is Goblin and he is glorious but more about that later.    She said that perhaps his fecal matter could have caused Bofinkles to be sick which would be a reason why she had very wet stool this morning, but then I reminded the vet that we took the kitten to them last week for a check up exam and fecal test and everything came back negative.  So she suggested I bring a fecal sample of every single cat in, which is just going to be a adventure to get.  I guess I’ll be on bathroom duty for the next 24 hours.

I set up a little Bohemian blanket spot for Bofinkles and me to lay, but every time I leave I find Brother Bear checking on her.  He’s just the sweetest boy ever, honestly.
Bofinkles and Brother

A positive is that this afternoon she seems more responsive to talking to her.  If I call her name, she will look, if I kiss her she will raise her head.  She also appeared down by my desk, so I put her on my lap and there she gave me a handful of sweet head butt kisses which is what we do together and that basically warmed my heart with happiness.
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So right now she lays behind my laptop,  that’s her spot.  I’m hoping by the end of the night we can get some food in her… wish her luck!

I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated on her, I just want a healthy Bofinkles back!
Put Hello Kitty glasses on her to block the sun.  #cats #hellokitty

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Spring Garden Update

This post brought to you by Miracle-Gro Organic Choice. All opinions are 100% mine.

Here’s how the weather is lately:

I think it’s Spring…
I think it’s Spring…
I think it’s Spring..

Ok totally not Spring. On Thursday it was freezing out, I was shivering while walking to the store! The sunshine is pretty mean to tease me with it’s rays and hopes of garden green while throwing miserable coldness to freeze off my ears.

Example of Not Spring, me in layers.  What part of my body always is the coldest?  My thighs freeze first, but that’s a whole other story.

But there’s hope at the end of the Winter rainbow, do you see Spring? Do you see it? Look for the green grass, the bushy vegetables, look for me waving my arms at you!

 And even more Spring hope? Taking a walk to the other side of our loft to check out our seedlings.

All of our seeds have come up, there’s a quiet a variety of veggies happening here.

Matthew always gets most excited for the onions.  I’m always stuck taking these onions apart which is a timely process but I do it out of love for the onions.. and Matthew.

And there’s the beloved broccoli and cauliflower, two of my favorite vegetables to grow (don’t tell the others).  I am craving fresh broccoli from the roof, so the time where I can cut it and throw it right in my basket cannot come soon enough!

Want to see how little they were just 3 weeks ago? I love seeing them grow!

And the kale? It’s totally ready.  Kale is always ready.

Some of you guy have commented that you don’t grow from seeds and you just buy the plant at your local nursery, but if you really want to save money (think about it: 1 tomato plant: $4.00, one pack of tomato seeds that last you multiple years and can grow you 50 plants: $2.00) you should try to grow from seeds.  Besides the economical value, you will feel like a total garden mother (or father) when you see these seedlings pop through your potting mix.  And when they grow big and strong and you cut them off the plant and eat them for dinner, you will feel totally awesome and totally horrible because you just ate your child. Oh, the circle of life.

Tips for growing from seeds:

Plan!  Read the back of the seed packet to figure out your calendar you definitely need to plan ahead of time.  It always feels silly for us to start seedlings in January when it’s snowing, but once you do it a few times you’ll have your calendar dates ready to go every single year.

We use a quality potting mix, like Miracle-Gro Organic Choice Potting Mix.  Our entire garden is almost completely container based so knowing that you need to use potting mix for containers, you need to start your seedlings out the same way.  That way when you transplant the seedling from indoors to your big container (to get big and strong!) the potting mix already matches.   You want to make sure your potting mix is also environmentally safe as you will be digesting these veggies, so a potting mix like this is great for herbs and vegetables to grow.
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Afraid of over watering?  Then get a self watering seedling kit (they are sold at your local garden/home store right near the potting mix and seeds).  This kit will help keep the right amount of moisture so you water just right.

Adjust your growing lights as the seedlings begin to get taller.  When they’re starting out your light will be fairly close to them, but as they grow, you will have to raise the light.  Don’t raise the light too tall as you don’t want your seedlings to get leggy and be begging for light.

Want to get your seedlings ready for the wind?  Put a fan on them.  This will get them prepped for the windy weather (especially like we get on the roof!)

What’s next?

If you’re keeping up to date with my Seed Calendar you’ll see that we have some upcoming dates:
Sugar Snap Peas will be planted directly into the garden soon.
Tomatoes and Pepper seeds will be planted inside in a few weeks.

And then after that we really start to move outside with transplanting. With the cold weather we’ve been having this year it appears all the dates will be moved back a week or two.

Also, I’ve been busy organizing the recipe section on Brooklyn Farm Girl and made a new section specifically for Garden recipes.  Anything I make with our garden harvest is featured here, from pumpkins to strawberries to spinach and of course plenty of tomato sauce recipes.

First thing I’m going to make with our garden broccoli after throwing in many pieces straight into my mouth?  My Chinese Takeout Chicken and Broccoli has become a BFG reader favorite so I’m happy to see so many of you have tried and loved it!

Are you ready for Spring?

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