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{September 5, 2018}   Pet Cemetery

I’m going to have to start refuring to my house as the pet Cemetery. I had to go beary another guinea pig today. As I am getting ready to go to the store and my interview and everything else I had to do, the older kids tell me another one died. One died about 9 months ago or so. I told them take the live one out put the cage outside until I could deal with it.

I had to take care of it after I got the kids from school. I had to tell Little Bitty her’s died. She didn’t seem bothered at all went on carrying on as always. Then dinner time I guess she really thought about it and it hit her. She got all upset. But after that she calmed down was okay.

We now have a dog, two pigs, two frogs in our yard. I should have made a spot in the back corner or somewhere an put them all but I didn’t. The dog we did she is in the front yard under my bedroom window under the tree. But the two pigs are just random spots in the backyard. I just wanted it done and over with. I don’t do dead animals.

I think my older son has the right idea about tortoise they live forever.



{February 17, 2017}   Poor Little Guinea Pigs

Our younger dog found Bubbles and Dory tonight in the bathroom. I was in my room laying on the bed and didn’t know they were out of the cage. I heard something in the bathroom like the little house thing moving around and it kept happening. I thought what are they doing they sure are playing tonight, I heard it again and something said look. This has been going on for a few minutes now so I look and see the dog in the shower pawing at things and then I hear the pigs start whistling and making noises. I jumped up and ran in there and tried to grab her but before I could she had one in her mouth. I grabbed her and she put it down she was trying to get away and get to them more. I had to force her out of the tub and the kids had to make her go to the other room so they could close the door.

Poor little Bubbles even after she put her down she ran and hid behind something and nothing was close to her she kept whistling and was so upset. Dory just ran in the little house and was watching what was going on. I don’t think she ever made a sound. I picked up bubbles and made sure she was okay and calmed her down, then Dory came out and started looking to see what was going on I noticed she was a little wet too so I guess she had gotten her one point too or licked her good at least.

I don’t think she wants to hurt them at all like I as worried she would want to do or try to do. I think she truly wants to play with them. When she picked it up she didn’t bit it or anything like that it didn’t have any marks or anything. It was like she was just trying to keep it from getting away and trying to get it to play with her and not run. She wasn’t really trying to hit it like she was trying to hurt it again more like she was trying to move the house to get them to come out or run and play rather than hiding in or behind something.

I feel bad for the poor little things because they were just starting to come out and come over to where you were when you came in the room. Dory would run up to the side and sit and look at you and run around and play or eat why you were there. Bubbles is a little more scared still but Dory was even going in the house and pushing her to go out and things like that, she was starting to come out and get a little closer than normal too but not as trusting as Dory. I hope this don’t scare them and make them start hiding in their little house again.

I finally got them out of my shower tonight after that happen. I thought of the top we made for the sandbox when they got crabs, we took it and sat it on the frame I built. It isn’t big enough it sits down in there and don’t go to all the edges but it gives them plenty of room for now and will work for the time being. I wanted the out of the shower so the dogs couldn’t get to them again because now they will be trying to every time they are out of the cage now that she knows they are here. She is in my room now crying at me wanting me to let her out of my room because she knows where they are now and she wants in there to them. I need to have better sides on the cage as well before I can let her go in there too. I was going to finish it today and can’t find the wire that is supposed to be here.

I am just happy that they are ok and the dog didn’t try to kill them. We already have a problem with one of theirs eye I don’t need the dog hurting it too. I am going to have to call the pet store tomorrow and see what they say about it. I hope it is fine it hasn’t been around anything to hurt it unless it poked it on the hay or something but I wouldn’t think so.



{February 12, 2017}   Building a Hutch

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I got up about 10 finally after laying there for awhile after the kids woke me up, I made sure they had eaten, the dogs were taken out, kitchen cleaned up and all that then went outside to start on the cage. I want them out of my bathroom, I want to be able to breath again without feeling like my throat is closing up. Gathered the drill, bits, drink and all that I was going to need and took with me. I had Big Boy get the wood out of the truck why I was doing that. I got out there is he bringing one piece at a time out of the truck. This lazy kid I do not know how to change this. But anyway I went and helped get the wood out of the truck. When he came back he said hand me a piece I turned around with an arm full said hold your arms out and gave it all to him. It was only like 2×4’s the two foot ones. I gave him most of them. He didn’t like that to much but he took it and came back.

I started with putting the basic part of the frame together to work from there. I made it 2ft by 4 ft. I would have liked a little bigger but with it going in the house I figured I better not go any bigger. It took about 45 minutes but I got the frame put together with no problem

20170211_131026 The only thing I ran into that bothered me was with putting the screws in, I thought I would be able to drill it in the first piece of wood then right into the next but it wasn’t working. I ended up marking it all then drilling the holes in it two at a time in the first piece then line it up and drill the screw through until it was marked on the other piece of wood. Then I would pull it out and drill the hole through the second piece of wood. After that I would put them together and drill the screw down though the hole into both of them. I had to do most every one that way so it took some extra time than I expected. The boards were not cut right at the inches I wanted or what but it isn’t to far off it still lined up and is working so far.

I took a break for a few hours and then went back to it. I got all the legs drilled and put on and then had to go feed the chickens and drop the food off. I was going to try to finish it when I came back but their were bugs out there trying to carry me off before I stepped out of my truck no thank you I will wait until tomorrow. But at least I am about half way done, give or take. I need to put the bottom in, put the support for that in. I need the bottom cut but I was not able to cut it all how I needed to so I am going to see if my oldest can cut it right tomorrow. With my hands the way they are it is hard for me to do that with them. I have been working on this by myself. Oldest has been in bed sick and Big Boy tries to help but he does everything but what you ask of him to do. I have gotten this far pretty much on my own I am sure I can finish the rest of it. My oldest said take their money and buy a staple gun tomorrow so that I can just stable the wire on instead of having to screw it all in around the cage 20170211_173254It’s standing all on it’s owns all the legs are on it now just to get the bottom figured out and how to fix it. I hope that it works good for what I want. I still am not sure what the top is going to be made of but I am not to worried about it. My Little One isn’t going to be able to just reach down in there I don’t think because the legs make it stand just over two foot off the ground. Then I have to put the sides on the top and they are going to be 2ft around so all together the top will be 4 foot in the air. I think it should be ok. I made it so that the bottom lays on the top of the legs and then I will put some supports in the middle of the long sides. I was thinking of doing the supports one way but I just thought I have some other wood out there so I think I have a different way to do it than what I was thinking. I will have to look at it and try it when I get back out there to work on it and see what is going to work best. Right now I have to get my school stuff done then go work on it and get dinner in the crock pot. Some random pictures from working on it yesterday.

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20170211_121955I had nothing to lay this stuff on or anything to do with it so I had to use the chairs or the stoop of the porch. I am sure it has been a show for my neighbors as well I see them slowing down and looking when they drive by and things. The ones that live by me keep stopping and watching. Like they never seen someone build something. I seen one go for a “walk” with his kids and come by. I’m like really why don’t you just come over and see what is going on? It’s not like we don’t talk or know each other. One is the guy who I have known forever who cuts my yard the other is the ones who had their truck stolen so we all talk. I wouldn’t care if they came over wanted to know what I was doing? I think it is the women building something that throws them all off. My friend laughed when I said let get pallets and build one then they were all joking about it. I don’t have patients for things like this if they do not go right and everything starts happening and making it take longer and harder than it needs to be. My friend yesterday ask me how much I had thrown of it already when I told her I had the frame and legs together. I told her for the most part it was going fairly quickly and with no problems so far. I am glad it didn’t turn into a disaster mess like the blinds when I tried to take them down and hang more up. I would have really not been happy. I probably would have tossed it all in the trash gave the kids their money back and told them to buy a hutch. But I can not see them spending $75 or more on a hutch that will work not really what they need or could have when we can make one for so much less.



{February 11, 2017}   Death By Guinea Pig

These little two pound furry rodents may be the cause of my death after everything I have been through in life, this is what may take me out once and for all. Not the 4 accidents I have been in, the over dose the hospital gave me, the infection the doctor’s office gave me at a few months old that they thought I may die from, no none of that did it, but these two guinea pigs may do it.

I have been sick all week, it started with the right side of my throat hurting and one side of my sinuses draining the next day it went to the left with right side fine and then yesterday just my nose stuffy and running. I had some coughing but not horrible and not dry. Last night and today I have this horrible dry cough and it gets worse when I am home and my throat feels like it is trying to close. Not just hurting and I’m sick but closing. It dont’ hurt anymore either one day each side that was it. I guess it just so happens that I am allergic to the hay they have and it is the hay they have to have they eat all the time it is always in their cage for them good for their diet hay. They are in my bathroom in the shower with the door closed but I feel it get worse when I come into my room. I am not even sure I can sleep in here tonight. I woke up off and on all night last night. I had had a cough but it was not dry and scratchy like this one. I can’t wait for them to go to the boys room. I hope and pray I can get the cage done tomorrow and not have any problems. I can’t keep doing this.

I was at the store with my friend today and she was like get these cold pills they will dry that stuff in there up. I bought some not even thinking about it. Then tonight when I got home and started putting stuff away I thought of it and called her. I said I don’t have anything in there that needs dried out. I don’t have that wet cough like I had its dry and itching and my throat feels like it is swelling. She said yeah your right I didn’t think about that it is really dry. I think I need to take something for a reaction tonight sine I don’t have to be up and go anywhere tomorrow. I think if they put them in their room I don’t mess with their cage or go in there I should be ok. If not they may have to go in their hutch outside. Nothing I can do about it or that backroom for a while.



{February 9, 2017}   Introducing

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Dory ^^^Little Bitty’s and Bubbles^^^Little Guy’s first pets of their very own. They are about two month’s old and females, I am sure everyone knows who Dory is from Nemo. Bubbles got her name from his favorite Power Puff Girl. Miss. Dory is a little more scared than Miss. Bubbles but they are still both trying to get use to our crazy house and all that goes on here. The dogs are in their cage they haven’t been allowed out yet because we had to get them settled and they still are not so we are having to babysit the 4 of them to keep them from each other tonight.

I have been to Tractor Supply twice tonight and still do not have a cage for them. I went and picked one up before we headed out to get them. I found one that looked like it would work good for now with them and said it just unfolded and snapped together. One minute of set up now tools needed. I bought the pan to go with it because I needed something to put in the cage so they weren’t walking on the wires and poo and pee wasn’t going everywhere. We get out little pigs and get home all excited we are going to pop this bad boy up slap in bedding, food and water and make some dinner then take some time to get the cage straight. Wrong I get the cage of the box and start putting it together I am far from impressed it is like one of the wire dog crates. We start trying to pop it together and there is a spot that is broken and bent around, one of the little clips is bent through to the other side and we can’t pry it out to snap it together and it has to be. I wasn’t to worried about the it being broke in the spot it was in the back and wouldn’t be a problem, so I thought. Never could get the one clip out couldn’t get the other side to go in and line up because of it all. After trying to put it together for 20 or more minutes, 19 more than it is supposed to take I got the thing back in the box the best I could and took it back. The guy had no problem with letting me trade it for a new one. Didn’t look at my recipe the cage or anything. I told him what was wrong and he just said so just go get you another one and took that one.

My oldest joked that we should ask them to help us put it together so we could check it out and make sure we were doing it right. I told her if she wanted to ask them to go for it but I could get it together when we got home. She I guess decided not to and we went home. I open it pull it out of the box and start clipping it together and it is bent up and broken worse than the first one I think. The two sides are split in two and then hooked together they don’t line up and leave gaps at the back of the cage, the door opens down into the cage so you can’t really get in to it to clean it or hardly get the animals in or out or put food bowls and other things in. I tried flipping it over and having it open to the top but then it falls down on you unless you make a way for it to stay up there and when you close it and lock it don’t stay shut it comes open so that wouldn’t work. I wanted to put the tray that should go under it in it and it was to big, I thought I would just leave the bottom off and the sides down into the tray and then find a way to attach it but the cage is bigger than the tray once it is together and the bottom don’t come off. After fighting with it for about 45 minutes and trying to cut the box down to fit in it until I could find a way to fix the bottom I got so aggravated I told the kids to take it and the tray and put it back in the truck it is going back. It is not worth the money it cost to make it. You can’t do anything with it I do not know how someone could keep an animal in it and do anything with the animal. It is pretty much made to sit your animal in and not take it out or clean it out and forget feeding it.

They are spending the night in the shower in my bathroom I do not have a tub just the shower, I told them to take them out of the little box they had put them in to start with and stick them in there until I could get the cage done. Well it looks like that is where they are going to be spending their night and tomorrow until I can find another cage. I out their litter box in there we are hoping they will learn to use it since they are so small. I had them pick up the poo from the shower floor and put in so hopefully they smell it and go there. I stuck their bed in the other corner diagonal from it, I stuck there food in the  other corner they have room all around there to run around. The only problem is that my bathroom door does not latch when you close it so if you are outside you can just push on it and it opens. The dogs will eat them if they get to them, the dogs sleep in my room at night to keep them from messing stuff up in the house, tonight they can’t so the boys are sleeping on the couch to keep an ear out for them so that hopefully they don’t mess things up. If they do it won’t be my new couch. I am just so worried someone is going to forget and open my door and they are going to fly in here before we can stop them and get in there. I would put them in their cage but they been in it all day it isn’t fair to them. They have to be in it when I am not here so that they do not mess things up. I have to be at the school tomorrow and go find a cage.

I would like a wood hutch but I can’t find one like I am looking for. Most are way to much and have two stories. I am going to look around on line tonight see what I can find and going to the feed stores tomorrow. I have to find something tomorrow. I have looked all over the buy, sale, trade or whatever sites and can’t find anything. I would have never got them tonight if I had known we were not going to be able to use this cage. I thought it was just like the dog cages but it is different in ways and not good ones.

My oldest isn’t happy because they only had two left when we got there. We have been there three times this week, the last time just yesterday I was with my friends and my little one. My little one had her eye on the one little female they had there by herself, we were just waiting to get them all three at one time. She wanted that one and the other two were going to pick theirs out. We got there my oldest went to the bathroom and we went to look at the and find someone to help us. We got back there they had 4 left two male and two females but not the female that my little one had been watching. Of course the two little ones pick what ones they wanted out of the two females they had left. They said we needed to come in early when they open to get them and have a good pick because they only get about 4 to 6 and they go very fast even though they come in on a Thursday morning. I told my oldest we would drop the kids off at school and go up there so we would be there when they open so she could pick on out. Then I would take her to school and drop her off. She wanted to go to the pet store that is closer to our house so I called and they said that they had some but they were being held. She looked said she had one they could sell. I ask her if it was a male or female and she said they were so small she didn’t know if it they would be able to tell. Then she said it was a boy, we have to have a girl. That was out. I told my oldest we could check there maybe this week see if they had any girls come off of holding but the only thing I am worried about if they are to small for them to really tell what they are we may end up with a male still and then end up in trouble. We agreed it would be best to wait until Thursday and I would just let her go then go to school so she gets one and can pick it out like the other kids.

I just have to find a cage it has to be good size I think the one I got tonight was to small really but probably would have worked for a little while if it hadn’t been such junk. I wish I had let them put it together so I didn’t have to be bothered with going back a 3rd time now to take the 2nd one back and get my money back this time. I told them they are probably brought back a lot because if this and that is probably why the guy was so no big deal not bother to look at it just get another one. I guess I am going to go for the night and try to get some sleep. hope these little critters do not climb out of the shower and get out of the bathroom. I do not want them lose in my room and the dogs would really have a fit and be trying to get in here then. I think they forgot about them or something. The kids took them out feed them and walked them and they are now roaming around the house to do what they want and they have not been trying to get in here even once. My little one locked the other kids out of the bedroom so they can’t come in and the dogs get in with them. They keep coming to the door beating on it wanting to ask me something or come in to see the critters. I just tell them ask through the door and no they can see them tomorrow.

I am still sick but can tell I am slowly getting better. I hope it is much better when I get up in a few hours. I would like to go to breakfast in the morning we didn’t go today. We woke up really late everyone was half hour or more late for school.



{February 7, 2017}   Not A Lot Going On

It’s been a pretty uneventful day, I picked up my friend R that I haven’t gotten to see much lately and we went to pick up my guns I had pawned. After that we picked up my friend J. We went and got lunch and stopped at the pet store for Little Bitty to see the animals. She has her eye on this one little guinea pig. It’s the only girl they have left and she is still there all alone. He said he has more coming in on Thursday but no one has bought her yet. I don’t know how long she has been there either. I know most the time they are sold out but they had her and two boys.

After I dropped my friend off that lives up by the pet store we dropped J back off, I had to pick all the other kids up at school and take them to the doctor. Three are sick the one that has been complaining the most and not going to school or leaving early she said has nothing wrong with her. I don’t know what is up with her lately. She said her ears are hurting and have bee’s in them. The doctor said they look great nothing at all wrong but my Little Guy has an ear infection starting in one ear. He hasn’t even been complaining about his ears or anything just coughing a lot.

Big Boy she said needs to get his eyes checked, but we already knew that. I took him because school said something about the cough. Plus the other night he told us sometimes I feel like my brain explodes and there is stuff running or dripping in my head!! WHAT??? But he never felt it was something to tell us about, why I don’t know. She thinks it is headaches, said it could be his eyes, could be his allergies, could be his sugar dropping to low. She said they like to start with eyes and work from there if it don’t go away. I already know he needs his eyes checked because of our talk at school about skipping things, holding his paper close and things like that. But the way he described how his head felt is crazy. He will tell me when he has a headache or something but he has never said that is how it feels.

We thought we had a chicken meeting tonight but then released it was next week. We ran got something for dinner tonight and tomorrow and came home. We had dinner and now are going to bed. I don’t know what it is lately we I have been wanting to go to bed before it’s even dark out. I have been sleeping. I am sick too so that may be it as well. I have this cough and tonight I started sneezing and my nose won’t stop running. I have to go to class tomorrow I can’t miss class. I don’t know what I am going to do if I still feel like this. I guess take something and hope that it don’t knock me out.  My tonsil is swollen huge on the left side the other day my right one was and had a blister on it. It has went down and this side is bothering me. I feel like I have something laying in my throat back there it bothers it more. My mouth is so dry and red all irritated looking on that side all around. I have to call and change my doctor tomorrow and hope I can get into the clinic so that I can get my medications refilled. I am trying to decide what to do about my gallbladder. Not sure if I want to get it out or just leave it there and hope it don’t happen again. Right now I wish my tonsil was out. It is just really bothering me. My mouth is itching all over on that side, I think from the swelling I am not sure.

I have been looking for a cage for the kids new pets we are supposed to get but can’t find one the size they need or even close to a good size for them. I am going to look around and see if I can find something and make our own. I have some ideas floating around I just have to see if I can find the things I want to make it and see if what i am thinking will work.

I guess I am going to go to bed if I can get this kid to her bed without waking her up. She is back to wanting to sleep in my bed again all the time. It was only once every 8 to 10 days, the last few nights it has been every night. I take her out she comes back in the middle of the night. I am hurting and sick I don’t want to be laid on and kicked hit all night from her rolling all over. She is upside down in the bed right now and has all my blanket rolled up together sleeping on top of it. I am thinking about getting up and taking the kids to breakfast in the morning but I don’t know if I will get up in time or not or how I will feel. If I am still feeling like this I will probably take the extra hour or so of sleep instead of getting up early to get ready and go there. Maybe take them another morning. The therapist text and said her kid and husband has had this for over a week and now she has it so she is cancelling the next two days. I don’t think she works on Friday so she will have the weekend as well. I hope she gets over it. She told me last Thursday her son had not been to school all week at that point and was going to the doctor the next day. Then today said they were still sick and she was. The older kids school said that they have three kids out really sick with all this stuff too. I know one of them have been out for a week or more now. I just pray we don’t get whatever that is they all have. This sinus thing is more than enough for me. I don’t know if I can handle them all sick with anything worse. I feel like now I want to sleep but at the sometime don’t want to lay down and go to sleep I am thinking of a million and one things I could do or want to do.

 



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