Thursday, December 31, 2020

Happy New Year!


We hope and pray that this year is so much better than last for everyone! 

Happy New Year!!

We wish you love, peace, health, and happiness.


Carmine, Tylan, and Mom Sierra

How Can I Make Life Easier for My Blind Cat?



A cataract developed on Carmine's left eye when he was young. As time went on, the cataract continued to grow in his left eye, and he eventually developed a cataract in his right eye, too. Now, at nearly 16 years of age, Carmine is completely blind in his left eye and can see very little out of his right eye.

Carmine and I have always shared a very special bond. I believe his progressive vision loss has only brought us closer. As someone who is legally blind and struggling with progressive vision loss myself, I can relate to what Carmine is going through in a way few other people can.

Despite the challenges progressive vision loss brings, Carmine has adapted quite well to being nearly completely blind. In fact, if you didn't know him, you probably wouldn't guess that he has any vision issues here at home.

Over the years, I've learned quite a few ways in which I can make life easier on Carmine. I want to share what I've learned in hopes that it will help others with blind cats, too.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Siamese: The Social Butterflies of the Cat World


Tylan is a handsome seal-point Siamese who came to the United States after being rescued from Bangkok, Thailand.

My cat, Tylan, is a handsome seal-point Siamese. Tylan was rescued from Bangkok, Thailand. He was being cared for by a cat hoarder who rescued him from Bangkok's streets. True to a Siamese's nature, Tylan is loving, affectionate, and people-oriented despite the extraordinary challenges he's faced in his life.

I've been owned by Siamese for more than 15 years now. While their gorgeous appearance is what initially drew me to the breed, it is the breed's personality characteristics that stole my heart. I have no doubt that after you read about the Siamese, you'll fall in love with them, too.


Siamese cats originated in Siam, which is now Thailand. The Siamese was first depicted in an ancient manuscript called, “Tamra Maew” (Cat Poems), which dates from 1350. The breed made its first appearance in Europe in 1871 at London's Crystal Palace Cat Show. The first Siamese cat arrived in the United States in 1879. The cat, named Siam, was a gift to President Rutherford B. Hayes from the American Consul in Bangkok.

The Siamese occurred as a result of a natural genetic mutation. The Siamese have been instrumental in the development of several other cat breeds over the years, including the Balinese, Havana Brown, Javanese, Colorpoint Shorthair, Burmese, Tonkinese, Birman, Savannah, Bengal, Snowshoe, Oriental, Himalayan, and Ocicat.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Don't Look In Book Review


Don't Look In

About the Book: Psychiatrist Gus Young left the big city to escape the shame, gossip, and glares of his family, friends, and colleagues after he damaged his reputation. He finds himself in a backwater rural town in Maine where he can start over. 

But someone is out to get Gus. Gus's patients start turning up dead, and he is the main suspect. 

Wanda, the town prostitute, is one of Gus's patients. She is having a secret affair with the town's married mayor, and she is demanding he leave his wife. Meanwhile, Wanda's brother has just been released from jail where he spent 10 years. Wanda's testimony was critical to sealing his conviction. 

Wands is found shot in the head in front of her apartment shortly after a session with Gus. However, due to doctor-client confidentiality, Gus cannot reveal that Wanda was his patient nor what she shared with him in sessions, even if it means helping the police catch the culprit.

Then another patient, Ned, who is suffering from paranoia, and who is certain he knows the identity of Wanda's killer, is found dead in his home after having had a confrontation with Gus. 

The police find circumstantial evidence that points to Gus as a suspect. Both victims were shot with bullets that match a rare type of gun, the Lee-Enfield No. 4, which has coincidentally disappeared from Gus's basement. The police also find Wanda's turquoise necklace in Gus's possession.

Gus takes his patients' confidentiality seriously, even after they are dead. He doesn't reveal any information about them, even though it could help prove that he is innocent. Instead, Gus puts his own life at risk to try to track down the killer. When his estranged daughter comes to town to visit him, her life as well as the life of his friend, Sheila, are in danger - the killer wants to harm both of them. 

As the plot unravels, Gus discovers a terrible secret from his past.