Honey's Surgery. (& Philippine Typhoon update).

Honey got bit by Olive a few weeks ago. It turned into an abscess (which I've dealt with many abscesses over the years with my pet rats & never saw one like this). It started off marble sized, but did swell to quarter size. We were treating Honey with antibiotics (Baytril) and the abscess was drying up into a scab.

Monday when I got home from work, either her abscess had burst on it's own, or she chewed at the wound. She had a hole in her leg a little bigger than a quarter. It looked really really bad & it was really deep. She also kept licking and chewing at the wound, which was making it bleed worse.

Tuesday I called the vet at 9am, and we took Honey to the vet in the afternoon for an exam. Her abscess was badly infected and her chewing on it did not help the infection.

We had to leave Honey overnight at the vet for surgery so the vet could remove the infected tissue and stitch her up. He used metal sutures so she won't chew out her stitches. She also got a Baytril injection & will be on Cipro for 2 weeks. She has a check up next Wednesday evening.

She was doing really well when we picked her up, they had done the surgery late last night. She is pretty active, but will be staying in a smaller "hospital" cage while she heals up. She was boggling on the car ride home, I had the carrier on my lap and was petting her, while my husband was driving home.

Honey after surgery: (click to enlarge photo)

Thank God for Mastercard though... ugh... her surgery was a couple hundred dollars and since I just started back at work on the 12th, (after a 6 week furlough) I don't get my first paycheck until October 3rd. I didn't have enough in checking to cover her surgery. Like I've said many times before, people that think rats are just pocket pets or disposable pets... they require the same care as a cat or dog. And the vet prices are about the same.

(Blog Article: Why Rats!?

In other rattie news... Iris' tail has healed up from her infection & her back injury seems to be healed. But I don't think she will regain use in the lower part of her tail. She can move the base to about the middle. She's still pretty active though and doesn't seem to realize her tail is paralyzed.

And Violet moved in with my 5 girls downstairs in the Ferret Nation cage this past weekend. There was some wrestling & a bit of fighting. But she is all settled in now. She is about 3x's the size she was when we got her in August. She's not a little baby anymore. :-)


And just a quick update. You might have heard about the recent Typhoon in the Philippines. Manila was hit really hard, and the photos are just crazy to look at. Like the US Embassy! Places I've been... They are saying Manila has not been flooded like this in decades. My husband's family is okay and they did not get flooded, thank God! We were really worried, since there was a devastating typhoon & flood there just 2 years ago that did effect my husband's family.


Fall, & Sally Hansen.

Yesterday was the 1st day of fall, one of my favorite seasons. Unfortunately it did not feel like fall AT ALL. There was 94% humidity and it was sticky, humid and rainy. I'm very much over hot and humid weather. It's been an unusually HOT spring/summer this year. I'm ready for cooler weather, hoodies, jackets. Hot pumpkin spice latte's!

At least the stores are stocking with fall and halloween items already! Picked up some baby pumpkins yesterday at Giant Supermarket. I love baby pumpkins! I got 2 orange and 1 white one this year. For some reason though it turned into a real hassle during check out... it took 2 clerks & a manager (who all appeared annoyed) to ring up my 3 for $2 baby pumpkins?! Really?! Sheesh...

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I also found one of the new seasonal creamers from Coffee-Mate! Brown Sugar Maple Latte. I had some this morning, it's good. I love maple syrup and it has that flavor.

Shannon posted on my Facebook the other day because she found Halloween Sally Hansen Salon Effects designs! They are too cool looking! She found hers at CVS, so I checked 2 CVS's on Friday. I got the skull ones & there was only 1 silver spiderweb one left! I had a $1 off coupon, but CVS must double coupons because I got $2.00 off my purchase and $5 in coupons for my next visit! (The clerk at CVS was checking out my nails too- hahaha. I had Sally Hansen Insta Dri: Lightning with OPI  black shatter over it. She had never seen the crackle polish in person!)

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So excited to wear them in October! If you haven't tried the Salon Effects- do try. They last 2-3 weeks without chipping! And when they do chip, they start chipping at the base of the nail, not the tip. They are awesome!

Winner of the Giveaway is...

Thank you to everyone who entered my Philadelphia Giveaway! And thank you for sharing your favorite thing about your hometown!

I've used random number generator to select a winner out of the 14 valid entries and the winner is....





Congratulations Lynn!!! I will be contacting by private message on Twitter so you can claim your prizes!

I also wanted to let everyone know to keep reading this blog, because I will be having another giveaway soon; where I will be giving away a gift certificate to Fortune Cookie Soap! My cousin Jessica bought me some of their products for my birthday and they smell amazing! Especially the Cupcake Lipbalm & the Cinnamon Rolled soap!

Wordless Wednesday: Fish Jerky!

My husband was on the news!

Hahaha! My husband was on the news today! Channel 6 Action News at 4 has a segment where they feature Facebook Pages of Action News Fans, called Facebook Flash. I told my husband we should fill out the form for him to be featured since he came to Philadelphia in March of this year. And having the Liberty Bell in your profile picture doesn't hurt, haha! ;-)

We were in the kitchen cooking dinner when my Mom called to us and told us F.B. was on the news. We are lucky they upload all the archives onto their website, because we just caught the end of it. My husband's "13" seconds of fame as he says, hahaha! Video Below! He is number 3 in the video!

P.S. Remember my blog giveaway ends 9/16!

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✯ 10 Years Later ✯

Rainbow Nails! :-)

Rainbow Nails! All Sally Hansen Insta-Dri colors. (Lightning, Speedy Sunburst, Mint Sprint, Brisk Blue, Lively Lilac). I ♥ my nails!

I was inspired to do them after I saw this picture in a Yahoo Article.

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In other news... I got a call from work on Thursday. My 6 week furlough is over and I will be back on the trains and heading to work 6am Monday morning! I will have Friday off though because F.B. has his driving exam to get his PA drivers license, he already has his permit.

P.S. Remember my blog giveaway ends 9/16!

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Iris has a back injury.

Iris was rough housing with her sisters about a week ago and she got a wound on her tail and on one of her fingers. There's still a scab on her tail. Her tail started getting a splotchy look to it, almost like dried blood- but the color keeps spreading and won't wash off. Last night we noticed she is not using her tail- (Rats use their tails to climb and balance. They can even wrap their tail around your wrist). Her tail was very limp and she doesn't seem to have any feeling in it when you press on it.

I called the vet this morning and we took Iris for her 10:45am appointment. Besides an infection in her tail from the bite wound she also has a lower back injury which was very painful when the vet pressed in the area of her lower back. The back injury is what is causing the paralysis in her tail, because it's all inflamed.

He gave her metacam and antibiotics. We are hoping the tail infection heals, because then he could give her steroids for her back injury. If the infection spreads or gets worse in her tail she could have to have it amputated... Hoping her back injury heals too. I'm not sure if she will get use of her tail again or not though.

Iris: (Her nickname is Ratatouille). ♥



Wordless Wednesday: Fortune Cookie Soap

I thought I'd jump on board with Wordless Wednesday. ;-)

Birthday gift from my cousin.

29th & 29th. ♥

The very first birthday I ever spent with F.B. was on his 29th birthday back in 2008, in the Philippines.

This year was the first year F.B. was able to celebrate my birthday with me... my 29th birthday.

Strange coincidence that the 1st birthday's we ever celebrated with each other were both our 29th birthdays! ♥♥♥

Hesh's Chocolate Chip Cake!

P.S. Remember my blog giveaway ends 9/16!


Philadelphia Trip: 8/31-9/1/2011 & a giveaway!

Note: The Duck Boat Tours in Philadelphia, no longer operate.

On Wednesday we had our overnight trip in historical downtown Philadelphia, for my birthday weekend! (My birthday is Sept 4th). We had a really nice time and we got to see a bunch of places!

We took the train downtown and the weather was sunny and around 86 degrees both days we were down there which was good, because we walked everywhere! Our hotel was down the street from Independence Hall and right in the middle of all the historical spots, so it was ideal for walking. We didn't need to take any transportation, aside from the train to get us downtown and back home.

To view all 108 pictures from our trip please click here!

Here's a few from our trip! Wednesday before we checked into the hotel, we got to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall!
Liberty Bell
Independence Hall- they were renovating.
Chestnut Street
Best Western Independence Park Hotel
Our Hotel is a historic building.
We took the Duck Boat Tour Wednesday evening. When we got there to check in, they refunded us $12 on our tickets, because they said they weren't going to be going out on the water that evening because of the aftermath from Irene. I don't know what changed but midway through the tour- we did go out on the water after all, lol!

There was a lot of debris floating in the Delaware River but we kept to the side.There wasn't room service at our hotel, so for dinner we walked down to a Wawa on Walnut street and picked up a salad and wraps for dinner Wednesday night.

Benjamin Franklin Bridge

First Congress
Where Ben Franklin had his society for intelligent gentlemen.
Betsy Ross House
First Post Office in the United States.
First Stock Exchange in the United States.
 Video of our Duck Boat going into the Delaware River:

Thursday morning we had breakfast at the hotel and checked out around 12pm.Then we visited the Independence Visitors Center and Christ Church Cemetery. After that we went to Reading Terminal Market and finished up at The Gallery before taking the train home!

Constitution Center- we didn't get to visit.
Christ Church Cemetery- Benjamin Franklin is buried here. There are so many old tombstones, some of which the writing is no longer legible.

Benjamin Franklin's Grave- they throw pennies on his grave. A penny saved, is a penny earned.

Sad... Eleanor, aged 5 months, 2 weeks, 3 days.
This little girl was only 9 years old. She passed in 1791.

Entrance to China Town. We didn't get to visit, so we'll go back some time.

Reading Terminal Market was crowded! I saw these Chocolate Rats and wanted to get some, but they probably would have melted on the train ride home, lol! Afterwards we headed to The Gallery. We picked up Popeye's Chicken and Cinnabon to take home for dinner/dessert, hehe.

I'm giving away some Philadelphia souvenirs! (Liberty Bell post card, Love Park Philadelphia Pen, Love Keychain with thermometer on the back). Also a family pack of one of Philadelphia's favorite treats- Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpets! And a 3 pack of Starbucks Via Italian Roast!

This giveaway is open internationally & also to family & friends. You do not have to be registered on Blogger to leave a comment. Anyone can comment. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling me:

What is your favorite thing about your hometown? (Place, Food, Etc.)

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Giveaway Ends: September 16th, 2011.12AM EST.

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