- I put a You Tube video on for Jade of cats and kittens meowing, and she acted terrified. Her claws came out, and she looked really scared. We had to turn it off. I wonder if it reminded her of the shelter? Immediately after we turned it off, she let me hold her and comfort her for a few minutes, and then she ran to Pookie to rub up against him. They are now inseparable.
- We haven't declawed Jade, and have been trying to train her to use her scratching posts by using a cat nip spray. What we didn't expect was that Pookie went crazy over it, snorting and rubbing himself all over her post, and then crashing. After some research, I discovered that some dogs are affected by catnip too, but in canines the reaction is the complete opposite from felines. Dogs seem to mellow, and in some cases, get sleepy (like Pookie). Jade, on the other hand, seems oblivious to the catnip. We are not sure if her nose was damaged from her illness, so there is a possibility she cannot smell as well as she should. She still sneezes often, but seems quite healthy and is growing. And she is getting brazen and jumping pretty high. Just a little while ago, she jumped onto my high dresser and knocked over a few movies that were up there by the TV set.
- Kerri has been having an easier time at school, and her teacher has been really supportive. He even called us at home a few times to check up on her, and admitted that he was aware that there are some very mean girls (his words) in the class. He is telling Kerri that she does not have to play with them, and is encouraging her to play with girls she trusts. He even rearranged the classroom and put one of Kerri's closest friends right next to her. He has told her and us that he and all the school staff have Kerri's back. This really has helped her with her anxiety over the situation at school.
- As for the "suicidal" child that is giving Kerri (and others) a hard time, the child is being closely monitored during recess breaks, and the teacher is now fully aware of the actions of the child and the child's followers, who have been bullying Kerri or calling her a bully in defense of their friend. Off the record, I have been told the child manipulates and lies, and has a very mean streak and is power hungry (so it appears they don't think the child is suicidal at all). Kerri became a target because she tries to be nice to everyone, and tried to help the child in question, and has stood up to him/her in defense of others. We have heard some very troubling things from Kerri, the teacher, and the Vice Principal about this kid. We have told Kerri to just ignore him/her, walk away, or stay away (the kid follows her with taunts and threats), and if followed, go straight to a teacher. The teachers ALL have been advised to take Kerri seriously if she approaches them and have been made aware of the problem child. I feel sorry for this child. Luckily, Kerri now knows she has everyone supporting her and watching out for her. Kerri is back to being confident, happy go lucky, and quick to put the bullying child and his or her friends in their place.
- Hubby has been interviewing with a lot of head hunting firms, but there seem to be more head hunters than positions available. There also seems to be a new trend where companies are contracting out BA work, but no one seems to be developing anything. It also appears companies are using the BA title to pay programmers and developers less. After changing up his resume format, and highlighting his skills and accomplishments, hubby has had an influx of calls, so he is going on interviews, but so far they do not have any positions to offer in our area. He had one such interview yesterday, and is on his way to another today. I really hope he can get something soon - even if it is just short term contract work.
- My kidney stones are back. Yay! It's been a very painful week.
- We are having the coldest winter ever! I have read that records are being broken daily, and that this is the coldest winter in 20 years in Canada. I haven't seen this kind of weather and snow since we moved here. And Kerri and I are loving it! (Hubby, not so much). We don't have to plow or shovel, since that is taken care of for us here, so the only snow removal we need to worry about is whatever is on the Mama Mobile. This morning it was 7 degrees Fahrenheit, with a windchill of -6. Glorious!
- Kerri has decided that next winter she wants ice skates and a snowboard. She wants lessons, but we cannot afford them right now. She uses her sled as a snow board in the backyard. Last night she made hubby sign a contract to promise to buy her skates next winter. I told her to put it somewhere safe (she stuck it in his night table drawer) and she said she didn't have to because she trusts daddy and he promised, and he will remember he signed the contract so he cannot break it.
- Speaking of winter sports, Kerri is loving that her teacher takes the class out to participate in snow shoeing, sledding (and there is even talk of going ice skating!). The school is next to a huge park, where giant snow hills have been created, and there is an ice rink. So the teacher has been encouraging the kids to do winter activities as a class during school hours. Much more fun than PE in an indoor gym!
- I really love living here, but my only regret is that I am so far away from friends and family when they need me. My dad is going through chemotherapy, and I can't do a thing from up here. My friends are going through some hard times, and I am not there to help out either. It is pretty frustrating, especially since I cannot afford to send any financial assistance anymore. I am really praying hubby finds a job soon - not just for the obvious reasons, but also so I can afford to go see my dad. I wasn't there when my mom died, and I am having a hard time forgiving myself for that (even though I know I couldn't be there, I was hospitalized and unable to travel). Dad chose to not visit us this past September (we send him a plane ticket every year) because he was planning to move and sell his home, so we haven't seen him since 2012. And he was diagnosed with cancer shortly after his move. I do talk to him every few days, but it's just not the same.
It's way too quiet here...hubby is out on an interview, Kerri is at school, and I have no idea where Pookie and Jade are at. So I better go now and find out what they're up to!
Life with Kerri is hopefully up to date.