Saturday, November 28, 2009

Funny Christmas Lists

We went out yesterday to start our Christmas shopping. A couple of days ago we asked the kids to make out their wish lists. I went through all the lists, and here are a couple of things on the kid's lists that I found to be especially amusing:

1. Cheez-its

2. $.30

3. Plastic wrap

4. 105 box tops

6. Six pillows (the kind you sleep on)

7. $3.00 (this was on a separate list from the kid who wanted .30)

8. A shovel

9. Three cardboard boxes

10. Tabs from Coke cans

11. A garden hoe

12. Sunflower seeds

13. Animal crackers

14. Tape

15. a Shoebox without shoes in it

P.S. I'm not sure about the shovel, but I will be buying the Cheez its!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Kitten and Details

Well it looks like little Samwise might actually pull through. When I went to the vet yesterday he was able to eat food and look around. He's pretty alert but he still can't stand up. Also, there is some swelling on the base of his head which causes him to stiffen up when we touch it. I thought he would be coming home today, but the vet wants to keep him until tomorrow because his motor skills are still impaired. Once he comes home he'll have to be kept in a cage with a heating pad for two weeks. The kids won't be able to come around him at all. Even a little bit of excitement could cause him to start having seizures again. It will be hard for him to be locked up -I can tell that his brain wants to get up and run around but his body just won't let him.
For the last several weeks I've been working on this drawing of Junie in my spare time.

I really wanted to do something that had a LOT of detail. I drew this same picture a few years ago but in that version she is wearing a sleeveless shirt. The shirt didn't have a lot of detail in it so I swapped it out for this sweater. There aren't very many people who do 'extreme' detail work- probably because it can be so time consuming- but I really like it and I want to start making more drawings like this. Here is a close-up of the sweater:

Just this one little section took me over an hour and I'm still not happy with it. I'm guessing it will end up taking around 30 hours for the entire drawing- maybe it'll be finished sometime in 2011! I think the results will be worth it though.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Kitten Accident

We were given a new little kitten on Saturday morning. He's a very sweet little Persian and only ten weeks old. He looks kind of like Garfield, and we named him Samwise.
On Monday morning he met an accident named 'Junie.' Junie was leaning back in her chair while she was eating breakfast. We tell the kids all the time "don't lean back in your chair" but there she was leaning back in it again. The kitten was playing right behind where Junie was sitting, and her chair fell back and landed on him. He meowed a few times, then got really stiff and stopped moving. A few minutes later he started having seizures- I actually thought he was scratching himself but I found out later that that is what a cat does when it's having a seizure.
Matt called his mom right away and she came over to look at him. She thought he was dying because his breathing was so shallow and at one point he stopped breathing altogether. But we took him into the vet where he was given some steroid shots to reduce the swelling. The vet thinks that the chair hit him on the base of his skull. That was two days ago and he's still at the vet in 'intensive care.' Intensive care for a kitten is just an incubator that gives him extra oxygen. Yesterday, the doctor told Matt that he makes it until Friday he will probably live. From Monday to Tuesday there was a substantial improvement in his breathing and responsiveness. Though it will still be another week or two before he fully recovers. Even when he does recover his motor skills might be affected because of where he was hit. We're all hoping for a full and complete recovery.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

And the Winner Is...

It's time to announce the winner of my giveaway. I actually did the drawing on Saturday but I've been sick for the last several days, so, I am just now posting this.
Anyways, I assigned each person a number (two numbers if they wrote about my giveaway on their blog), and used to select the winner.

And the winner is Robin! Congratulations Robin you will soon be the proud owner of this print:

Thank you to everyone who entered.. I wish that you all could win!!