Well it's about 5:00. On Tuesday. Sorry I took so long to update you on everything. But after DaBubble's got attacked by the mountain lion, the pipe broke and the kitchen flooded, we were a teeny bit stressed. But Matt got the leak fixed and we got the water cleaned up. About 2 hours later, all the power in half of the house went out. Of course that is the half with the freezer and refrigerator, so I got a bit bummed. I got the power fixed, but not til the next day as of course our breakers are ancient and we can only get them at a specialty place. But I did it. Yeahh. , (How scary is that? Me doing electricity??). But it's all good, the power is back on and we are back on track.
It's already getting cold. It's gonna be way way cold by bedtime. Now we heard it is supposed to be snowing this weekend. Now normally, I absolutely adore snow. It beats mud by a million miles. However, we are not quite ready for that yet.
We are working like crazy to get the carport "modification" finished so we can all stay warm. Now with two sick ones in the nursery it is even more important that we get this done. I know that Honey Bandit is not sick per say, but we still have lung issues, so that is why the warm, dry place is crucial for him. When he lays down at night, sometimes his breathing sounds weird, like he is kind of stressed, but not too bad. But it is immensely important that he not breathe a bunch of cold air. I was given a really good idea about how to warm up his breath, but have not had a chance to get the stuff. That would make it okay for him to go outside this winter. Click Me!
He also continues to get cast any where from one to three times a night. On a good note though, the other day we had visitors and HB had gotten cast. As I was going around to go in and assist him, he actually got himself out of his predicament. So that was a first and "mommy was so proud".
In spite of the fact he got stuck twice later that night, I am hoping that maybe it was a good start. After all, his hearing came back in spurts. He still doesn't have it back perfectly 24/7, but most of the time it is great.
Yesterday our friends from the Redding Record Searchlight came out to do an update on HB. Was so rewarding to see the face of the photographer. This was the first time he has seen him since he took that picture of us in the hospital. Sometimes I forget how far HB has come. We took Patches and Honey Bandit out to let them run and play. Of course in light of what happened to DaBubbles from the mountain lion, we were "packin' heat" and did not leave the babies alone for even a second. I cannot believe that I cannot run into the house for a drink of water without it being dangerous for our babies. That was all it took. Five minutes unattended and his little life was almost ended.
I wanted DaBubbles to get some fresh air and sunshine today, so I took him out to Patches' old pen. It is about 20 feet from where we were working. At first he though it was cool. Then you could see his little ears fly towards the back of the property. He kept listening and running around in circles trying to get out. Guess he could hear the mountain lion, (or maybe he smelled it too). We know he is still around has he/she does that blood curdling cry once or twice a day. I am pretty sure it is the injured one. At least that would explain his strange hunting behavior. So I brought him back inside where he felt safe.
Luckily it was warm enough for Honey Bandit to play with Patches outside. Yesterday when the guys were here, Honey was busting out, running and bucking and flying around the field. Of course he ended up face planting in a major way. It is still scary, but I am getting used to it. Hopefully he will outgrow that little number too. But he always shrugs it off. After he falls, he can take a minute or two to get up and shake it off. Then he kind of prances a little bit, letting us know that he is still the "coolest". Honey Bandit thinks that all of us staying together is the best thing in his life so far. At our little place, the world revolves around these guys right now, and they totally love it.
Matt and I, on the other hand, can't wait until the "temporary nursery modification" is done. Much as I love DaBubbles, it is kind of gross when he rubs his open sores against my blankets and pillows when I am laying in bed. He needs his loves though, so I have to remember that he doesn't feel good and it is just too bad if I get slimed. Then he turns around and rubs his butt against me. I am not really complaining though, because he is too precious and he is going through a horrible trauma because I left him out there. So he can pretty much milk this for quite a while.
Please say a prayer as we have to get roofing material and "git 'er done" before this weekend. So far we have been very blessed with people donating their "leftover wood" and with what Lowe's helped us with. It is amazing what you can do with random pieces of wood. Thank you so much to all of you who helped with this project. We also had some old windows donated, and they are going to be perfect. We are not worried about getting the whole nursery done, just the minimum that we need for this winter. Sounds like it could be a doozey of a winter.
Personally I can't think of anything more cozy than being snowed in with the "patients", as long as we are all warm and toasty and they have enough room. But for now, we will just take it one step at a Time and pray that we get everything done in time. Honey Bandit, Patches and DaBubbles all send a big kiss and hug. God Bless, Stay warm and safe, (and watch our for the big cats. Hee hee_)
P.s. Anyone wanting to see DaBubbles injuries, please email me. I just don't want to shock anyone. I believe the above picture just shows what a Cutie he is.