Yes you are AJ--no doubt about it.
Since it's only Thursday morning (and the internet installer doesn't arrive until sometime between 1 and 5 pm). And I'm in the library again--here's a sort of catch up.
Gotta' thank Lannie and Ken for the sacred recipes--I'll be careful to not pass them along. They both look like my cup of tea (?--um my kind of cassarole I guess) and I'll give you reports on the end results--I'm working my way through a scalloped potato and sausage number right now and have a batch of split pea soup scheduled for next week.
Oh, AB, Rich divulged a few more tidbits on his "secret meatloaf" yesterday that I'll pass along in case you need them. Seasoning, he uses lots of onion and garlic powder, and of course salt and pepper, to taste. The texture of the meatloaf should be loose but not sloppy. So that you can mound it in the pan but it doesn't collapse on itself. Not the firm kind of meatloaf that most people make (including me!) - this one is looser. I don't know, I think it cooks better that way, and it's tender and moist when it's done. He uses more or less crackers or eggs to get the right consistency, but of course you can make it any old way you like.
I got VERY little sleep last night. For some reason, the little runt kitten (the last one we brought in) decided to sleep ON me last night. He perched himself on my shoulder and went to sleep, so I couldn't move without waking him up. He has a rough time breathing with his massively stuffy nose, and the only time his breathing quiets down is when he's asleep and I think he breathes through his mouth then. Anyway, I have to move a lot during the night or I stiffen up, and of course, since I was awake most of the night from 11:00 to 3:00, I had to get up and pee TWICE! Of course THAT woke him up each time, poor little guy.
I've been doing an experiment on some of the other cats by mixing some turmeric powder into canned food for them each morning. There's a small group of them, four or five, that love their morning treats and have it every day, and they are clearing up!
I found out turmeric is exceptionally effective against Herpes simplex virus (in the lab, anyway), and since that's what the vet says they all have, I decided to try it in small doses to see if it made any difference, and it seems to be working.
Little Cubby doesn't partake of the canned food, though, I think because he can't smell it. He knows the kibble is food, so he eats plenty of that, but I'm going to have to start making a slurry and using an oral syringe on him, I think. Anything to make his breathing easier. He uses all of his energy just to pull each breath in when he's awake. I'm still not 100% sure he's going to make it all the way to adulthood, but we're giving it our best shot. He's actually started playing with things the last few days, which is a good sign. His favorite toys are fur balls from under the furniture, and any little scrap of feather or tiny pebble he finds on the floor. All the cat toys Rich bought them, and he plays with pebbles... cats, whaddya gonna do?
Anyway, the other cats that have been getting the turmeric are much better. They still sneeze, but not those horrible minutes-long sneezing fits they used to have, and they've stopped sneezing out huge snotgurgles and getting bloody noses from all the sneezing. It's just a regular sneeze now, and no more bloody noses. Now if I could just get ALL the cats to take their medicine, we might finally be able to beat this.
(The above statements have not been approved by the FDA and are not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
) And everything else is, of course, my opinion only, based on my personal experiences in life.