This post is a bit of a different one and I had to fight myself over posting it. I decided that I wanted the best for my cat though, so here it goes...
On Wednesday night I noticed something was up with our cat, Benny. He's normally the happiest of kitties and walking around with his tail high in the sky. He was still acting normal throughout the day, so I had no clue that he was secretly in a lot of pain.
At around 9pm he was licking his...um... self... and violently growling. I got up to look and noticed he was 'leaking' a bit which didn't seem normal at all. I kept an eye on him for a little while and did what I always do: Googled his symptoms and scared myself half to death. The online diagnosis was enough to make me jump to my feet and tell Dustin, "we need to get him to the vet... NOW!" So we found an after hours animal hospital and off he went with Dustin.
Upon arriving, Dustin called me and told me that the vet said he was in very bad shape. He was dripping blood wherever he went and very uncomfortable. I was shocked, because this seemed to have come out of nowhere. Just the day before he was running around and playing with his brothers as usual. She said that his bladder was infected and had swollen to the size of a cannonball, and she was surprised that he wasn't showing more pain. She said that other cats who have come in with his symptoms are usually on their death beds and cannot walk. My Benny is a fighter and always has been. He survived the whole first year of his life outside in our forest before we found him, so I have always known this.
The vet gave us two options. She said we could pay a ridiculous amount of money to get his bladder fixed up (there wasn't even a guarantee he would make it), or we could put him down. That thought had never even crossed my mind. I wouldn't be able to live with myself knowing that he was a perfectly happy cat previously and I'd put him down for something that could have been treated. Not only that, he is a part of our family. After a lot of tears we told her to go ahead with the procedure.
Like I said, he's a fighter and he made it through just fine. Upon further tests though, it turns out he has stones in his bladder and needs surgery as well... otherwise everything he just went through would basically just happen again. He's been at the vet since Wednesday night. He just came out of surgery I'm told, and we should get him back tonight.
This leaves us in a really hard spot considering that the bill nearly doubled in cost and we now owe a few thousand dollars. Benny's vet trip hasn't been the extent of our recent animal scares either. The past month, my pets have seen the vet more times than I've seen my own family. I feel like there is a bad omen or something because none of them have ever been unwell before. I'm starting to think that the addition of Oliver has caused some stress and they've all been dealing with it differently. Anyways, the point is, vets are expensive... and we've seen too much of them lately.
Dustin and I never ask for help from anyone, so the thought of asking for help with the vet bills has been a tough decision. I've always saved for these types of things. but never expected that 3 out of 4 cats would need vet care in such a short amount of time, so this Benny thing is kind of a shock... especially around Christmas time. Instead of just setting up a donation fund, we decided to use our own creativity to raise money and give you something back in return.
We've both created a printable Christmas card that you can purchase in my design shop. I kind of love his because it totally reflects him, haha. The cards can be printed and used immediately, so you also get to send a little holiday cheer to someone else. Also, all sales from my design shop will be going right to Benny until the end of the month.
Thank you for all of your tweets and kind words as well as I've been posting little updates on Twitter these past few days. I am excited to get Benny back home safe and sound.
These holiday nails are super easy to do and don't take a whole lot of time! I was inspired by my latest December printable calendar design and decided to put some little winter inspired stems on my fingertips!
It only takes three colours and some nail art brushes to complete this design. White, green, and red. You can follow the directions above to achieve the look! I used China Glaze polishes (OMG a UFO and With Love) and a cheap Forever 21 opaque white for the base. I finished it all off with some Nutra Nail gel strengthener that I've talked about before and am obsessed with. You can pick up some cheap nail art brushes at Romwe here (tip for artists: they make awesome watercolor brushes too!)
I hope you like this look! Let me know what you think!
Here's a great gift idea for the DIYer, artist, crafter, OR musician. I received this Make Your Own Ukulele Kit from UncommonGoods and knew exactly what I wanted to do to it right away. I was also pretty excited to have a fun project to complete over the weekend that didn't involve work related things!
The kit comes in a pretty blue box like this, with all of the pieces you need to create your own custom ukulele. You will need a few of your own tools, like a small screwdriver and glue.
Before doing any of the assembly, I decided to paint the base. This part is the most fun because you can really do anything you want to it. If you're not a painter, you could even stain it, cover it in Washi tape, or even do a little decoupage work. I decided to go with some florals, because really what screams "ukulele" like some florals...
I'm not going to lie, I did curse a few times putting this thing together. Not that it was difficult at all, but there were just minor annoyances with the fact that most everything is glued on and I was too impatient to wait for it to completely dry. The instructions weren't that clear in that the pieces needed to be glued on either, and I found some differences with the instructions vs. reality (spacing measurements) but in the end, I used my brain, found some patience, and it all worked out. Just don't ask me to string a guitar for you in the future.
I'll be using this little instrument as a decor piece I think. You can play it, but I have zero skills in that area so I was more concerned with it looking pretty.
I'd recommend this cute little kit to anyone who just wants a fun and totally unique project to do! You can pick one up from UncommonGoods and check out their other personalized gifts while you're there! (Check out the Pick Punch. I bought one for Dustin last year and he uses it constantly!)
If you're unfamiliar with UncommonGoods, they are a privately-owned retailer that features unique designs and handcrafted gifts with the environment in mind and without harm to animals or people. They make it their mission to support and provide a platform for artists and designers; in fact, half of what they sell is made by hand and about one-third of their entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials. With every purchase you make, they donate $1 to the non-profit of your choice. They've already donated over $700,000 to charities around the world! If that doesn't make you feel good about buying some Christmas gifts from them I don't know what will!
What would you do to your own custom ukulele?
The ukulele kit was provided to me from UncommonGoods. The project review is entirely my own opinion.