Monday, March 28, 2011

RIP My Merlie

I want to thank each and every one of your for your prayers, and healing energy for my Merlin. It meant more than I can say, that you took the time to let me know that you were thinking of him.

Sadly, it seems that nothing can successfully fight the relatively rare, and incurable Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP). A virus in the same family as FIV (feline aids) and FeLV (feline leukemia).

Merlin's fever kept climbing despite being continually hydrated and on numerous meds, and was getting more jaunticed, so we made the hard decision to end his suffering.

Our Veterinarian and his staff are super compassionate, and I was with Merlin, petting him, causing him to purr himself on to the Other Side.

You will always be loved my little fur baby, and will be sorely missed until I can see you again one day.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Our Merlin

Please send some Healing Energies, or say a Prayer for our Merlin.  A few days ago, I noticed that he felt lighter in weight, and then yesterday, he quit eating. We took him to the vet today, and he is there now, hooked up to an IV.

His liver isn't functioning properly. It could be a virus causing it, or something much more serious. They did more bloodwork, and have ruled out FIV, FeLV, and Heart Worm, which is good.

We are continuing to think positive, that he will make a grand rebounding recovery, and every positive thought his way will help, and is greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,

Jelly Belly Cupcakes

Carrie Murtha is a very talented young woman, who creates her colorful and charming Snippets characters.

She also has a heart as big as all outdoors, especially loving and taking care of homeless kitties.

By feeding her creative side, she hopes to win the grand prize in the Jelly Belly cupcake contest, and thereby would be able to spay and neuter more feral cats.

Please click on this link to take you to the Jelly Belly site, (or, she has the link on her blog, too), where you can register and rate her cupcakes. Aren't they adorable?  We will actually get to voice our opinion twice. Once now, and again when she will be in the final 5, in July!

Good luck, Carrie!!

And thank you, everyone, for your vote!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Heirlooms & Hydroponics

The other day, when picking up birdseed at a local year around garden/produce market, I noticed that they are now offering heirloom tomatoes for sale.

They have offered the different heirloom tomato plants in the Spring, but are now offering the tomatoes themselves. The problem being, they have a lot of different varieties all together in baskets, so you have no idea which ones you are eating, and can only go by looks for buying them the next time.

I went by fragrance, and couldn't put these back. .they smell wonderful!!! Just like tomatoes used to. .heavily scented spicy sweetness. Yum!!!

And right next to that display (co-incidence? I don't think so!), is something new to this shop. .in fact, I've never seen it before anywhere around here. .tomatoes grown in water, yes, but not basil!

It comes in this tubular plastic bag, open at the top, and a white dotted line at the bottom, with instructions to not refrigerate, and to keep water in the bag, only up to the line, that part of the root cube should be kept exposed. .that they need oxygen besides the water.  I put it in this jug, simply because it is prettier, and I can enjoy it more.

The leaves are SO fresh and beautiful!!  And the fragrance is heavenly!!! I have to admit that potted basil doesn't have as strong a scent as this plant does.

The downside? It can't be switched to a soil environment, and it doesn't last for more than a couple of weeks. .which means that I either have to make a lot of dishes that basil will enhance, or try drying the leaves. .it is silly, I know, but it makes me sad that the plant itself can't be kept alive. 

This may be the way of the future for growing produce, but the romantic in me still loves pots of herbs growing in my kitchen window, or out on the patio, and bordering my garden paths.

You can read more, and see a photo of how this basil is grown at this link for  Eden Farms.

Happy Eating!! 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Super Moon Give-Away!

Last night we had a lot of moisture in the air for the viewing of the Super Full Moon, which meant that we couldn't see her in her full glory. The mistiness lent a spooky atmosphere, and one could almost talk herself into believing that it was Halloween!

But, whether the skies were clear, or shrouded in mystery, she was there, and so to celebrate, I'm offering a long overdue Give-Away! 

I love herbs, growing them, cooking with them, learning their healing properties, their beauty, their fragrance. .what isn't to love?

So to give you a boost in enjoying your own herbal experience, I'm offering these treats to you:

Some sweet pots in a wire carrier, a pair of gardening gloves (one can never have too many!), a journal to record your plantings, or recipes, etc., some culinary lavender to bake up some treats, a cookbook to learn how, a little marble mortar & pestle to properly grind up your herbs and spices, and an herbal drying rack (that you will have to assemble, but it is easy!).  There are also some herbal seeds included to get you started!

All you have to do to have your name entered, is follow this blog, and leave a comment on this post! (I'm keeping it simple!)  And please make sure that I have a way of contacting you.

A name will be drawn on April 1st!  And no, this isn't an April Fool's joke. .the winner will really get the prizes in this give-away!

Wishing you good luck!!