Sky, (full name Skyhawk -like TA4j Skyhawk airplane) had to have a Cyst that has been bothering her removed from her tail yesterday. Yep, surgery. I have a great vet, as in an honest vet who tells it like it is. He doesn’t mess around. Hard to explain, but he is not one of those vets who rushes to cut or prescribe drugs to make a killing. As a matter of fact I brought Sky to his office last July before I had my own surgery (tendon replaced in my ankle) and he thought it best to wait till it seemed an issue for her. Well it became an issue for her about 2 weeks ago when I noticed her constantly trying to chew at it so last Friday I went back to the vet and he agreed we should probably go ahead and remove it. After weighing her Steve the vet had me hold her in my lap as he gave her the injection to give her her surgery nap. That was at noon and he told me to come back around 3pm. At 3 she was still in the recovery cage. A little freaked out-still waking up and probably not happy about being in a cage that reminded her of her pre-rescue life. I sat there with her waiting for her to feel comfortable and steadier on her feet. At about 4pm she was ready to go home. I was told to limit her food and drink for several more hours. She really was thirsty too. I would let her drink a little and then have to take it away from her. Now the dilemma! She has to leave her tail alone so it can heal but since I live on a boat a cone around her head...
Tonight I am watching, in the background on the tele, the Chinese New Year Parade in Downtown San Francisco – technically it’s a re-broadcast. It’s the year of the Sheep/Ram/Goat. I read an interesting bit of news regarding childbirth in China associated with this Chinese Zodiac sign. Apparently this sign is in a sense considered ‘the black sheep’ of Chinese Zodiac signs. Many see the sheep as timid & weak and destined to be a follower and not a powerful leader or wealthy etc. The Chinese New Year’s date was February 19th this year concluding the year of the Horse, a very desired year of birth! “Every 12 years, some Chinese couples are thrown into a frenzy, fearing their child may be born in the Year of the Sheep.” (per China Daily and quite a number of other resources). I think the year of the Sheep/Ram/Goat would be a pretty good year to be associated with. They are supposed to be calm by nature, with fewer health problems and generally to be in good spirits. Possess an appreciation for the arts and are wise and compassionate. They may not turn out to be conquerors or dictators but rather pretty consistently in what I read of the sign, sounds like the year of the Goat/Ram/Sheep is equivalent to the birth of someone who will prove to be a good and caring person -probably the child that could be most counted on to care for his or her parents in old age!!
Yesterday was spent reading & re-reading my neighbours blogs. I found a number of new blogs to follow as well as some tags to keep an eye on. In the spirit of the assignment I have come to realise as was stated in the assignment: ‘publishing is only half of blogging – engaging with the community is the other’. The result of engaging = inspiration! I thought I would summarise some of the blogs that have piqued my interest – in no particular order.