Next year in Jerusalem…
We got the wifi fixed at home but my laptop has a major trojan on it and I’ve not been able to clean it. I really hate windows 8 and get the ‘can’t update to 8.1’ error off the Microsoft website, meaning I can’t use any of the microsoft crappy security software and all of my antivirus and antimalware software has been compromised.
My Ema’s credit card was also compromised. We went to Home Depot last week to pick up some stuff for the garden –only time she has been there in a year — and two days later her bank called to tell her that there had been a major hack at H.D., the hackers have her credit card info (and g-d knows what else with it) and that they are sending her a new credit card because they canceled her current one.
I have good news on the cat front and a bit of mixed news. Batya does not need to have all her teeth out because the infection is all in the roof and back of her throat. She got a steroid shot and a new 14-day antibiotic injection. In Israel we only have antibiotic injections that last for 2-3 days and they are hellishly expensive, this 14-day shot cost about the same as the 2-3 day version. She’s going to have to be on monthly steroids shots to control the stomatisis infection –expensive but less expensive than the nearly $2000 it would cost to remove her teeth and still not fix the problem.
The news on Mischa is all-around good (well not on the expense front but in all other ways). He had a heart specialist do a full cardio workup on him yesterday and the $400 it cost was well worth it. He does not have a heart murmur or heart disease. At the vet, he always shows up as having a heart murmur, from the time he was a kitten. He doesn’t. He doesn’t have any heart disease at all. The arrhythmia the vets hear is just because he gets so stressed out at the vet. This means he can have his problem teeth out and the rest cleaned –and he desperately needs some of his teeth removed as the roots are actually exposed on some of them and incredibly painful. He also does not have a thyroid problem or hypertension and the heart specialist said he is in better shape at nearly 16 as the majority of cats he’s seen that were much younger. I was quite pleased when he said that I obviously take excellent care of him. So now I’ve got to schedule the teeth extraction and I think he will be a new cat once that horribly painful problem is fixed.
(It is totally like vet hospital here and I’ll do a post on 3 of my Ema’s rescues and their current medical travails).
News on gardening in exile: The micro-greens I planted in a container last week are up and thriving and should be on the table around Oct 5th. Yesterday afternoon I started 5 Buttercrunch lettuces, 8 arugula, 8 mustard greens and 4 kale seeds in plastic cups BUT no sooner did I get them set up on a little outside planter stand than the blue skies turned to grey and wind started blowing hard enough to knock two off. Four more committed suicide as we tried to get them off the plant stand and onto a tray to carry to the protected area of the front porch. The garden is going to be critical as I can’t believe how much food –specifically fruit and vegetables – costs in the U.S.
No wonder there is an obesity epidemic here because who the hell can afford more than a dollar for single bell pepper (not even organic) and I won’t even go there on the cost of tomatoes (that almost all seem to come from Mexico where they use pesticides that are banned in Israel and nearly everywhere else) or from Canada. At five different grocery stores we’ve found only 1 that carries tomatoes from the U.S. –and they are ‘organic’ ones that look like and taste like crap and are nearly $7 a lb. Garden.