Who would have ever thought that I would make homemade cat food for Callie, but it appears that I have done just that. My sister shared with me a program that she had watched on Netflix about the pet food industry and how disgusting the ingredients are with even the high-end cat and dog food and that it is appalling what sells for fancy pet food these days.
Callie has suffered from asthma and itchy ears and my veterinarian thinks the ear problem could be food allergies. I had the brainstorm to cook up a batch of soft cat food for her today and I was amazed at how easy it was. A nutritious and fresh homemade cat food that would last 2 whole weeks and it only took me about 30 minutes to prepare.
I simmered one chicken breast in water until tender and then added 5 baby carrots and a 1/2 of a zucchini and let them cook until soft. I also combined 1/2 cup steamed rice with 1 Tablespoon avocado oil, a boiled egg and then puréed the whole mess until it was the consistency of baby food. I let it cool down and excitedly served Callie her first homemade cat food, and what did she do? She turned her nose up and walked away.
I couldn’t believe my eyes! She didn’t like the food I had so lovingly prepared for her. How could that possibly be? I didn’t skip a beat though and thought to myself, “what a spoiled rotten cat, I wonder if Michael would like this dish?” I could add a sprig of parsley and present it ever so artistically on fancy China and see what happens. There wasn’t anything particularly wrong with any of these ingredients except that they were all mashed up and looked like something the cat had thrown up!
Fortunately for Michael, I didn’t have to do it because Callie came up to me while I was resting on my bed about an hour later and signaled to me that she was hungry. She licks my hand and chews to express her desire to eat. I excitedly jumped off the bed and ran over to the homemade cat food and brought it back to her and once again tried to introduce her to the food. At first, she just stared at it, so I rubbed a little on her chin and she licked it off and was mildly interested. Her attitude changed once she really tasted it though and she wolfed it down and relished every bite! How could I have forgotten that particular step when introducing her to the new food? She just needed to be served her lunch in bed.
I stored the new food in little glass containers the size of a small can of cat food and will freeze the rest. I hope she continues to enjoy it and that there will be some relief with her itchy ears. The proof will be in the pudding if she tries a second helping though. I did share with Michael my hope that if she doesn’t eat it, maybe he would?
As most cat owners know and understand, and reluctantly accept, is that cats make their own bed decisions. A box is preferred over most fluffy pillow purchases and you won’t be able to make a cat sleep where it doesn’t want to.
In Callie’s case, she has discovered Lara’s stereo. It has become a favorite place in which to rest her chilled bones because it gives off heat! I placed my hand on it and was surprised at how hot it was. With the weather having turned cold, ( in the low 60’s with a low of 45 at night) for all of you bracing the snow and ice conditions of the Midwest, you must think we are crazy, but to Callie, this is cold. When we went to Zion in Utah, a little less than a month ago, she froze and Utah was experiencing a warm spell!
We leave the stereo on now so that she has a place to rest during the night, and she loves it. A winter storm has blown across the desert this week, but there will be another warming trend starting in a couple of days.
So for now, Callie has made her bed, and will sleep on it too!
When a winter storm makes it’s way past the barrier of the San Ysidro Mountains, it does so by way of wind. You can usually hear the storm advancing long before there is much in the way of clouds. If the storm is powerful enough and the clouds heavy with water, rain will be dropped on the dry side of the mountain. If not, the desert will just embrace the wind and the wind will send the sand flying in all directions, making it difficult for birds to fly, road runners to run and coyotes to hunt. Anza- Borrego Desert State Park has had a very dry winter so far, so I am hoping for a little rain.
First thing this morning, I awoke to the roar of wind through the olive trees and watched as the tall Mexican Palm trees danced and twirled while being anchored in one place. Cloud shadows raced along the sides of the mountains and the foothills at the base, which then glowed with molten light as the sun rose in the east. Callie loves to climb the olive trees when there is a storm developing, and gets a kick out of being tossed around while surveying her view of the desert.
This storm has produced dramatic light and shadow, but very little rainfall so far. Another storm was predicted in a couple of days, but I can already see that that storm too has given up its punch and fizzled out. It takes a really strong and powerful storm to push its way past the mountains, that is why it is called a desert. Rainfall has trouble getting over to the other side!
The wind also makes it next to impossible to cycle in. At the very least, you have to work so hard to push forward with any momentum, and I always worry about getting sand in my eyes. As a high schooler, I use to bike to school, and one day during a particularly strong Santa Ana wind, I actually scratched the inside of my eyelid and it took months for me to recover from the pain and discomfort.
Today will be a day of writing and I will be reading indoors, so I am appreciative that I was able to capture the photographs that I did at sunrise. Now I can write and share with my viewers, the beautiful cloud shadows and Callie climbing her beloved olive trees. Every morning she attempts a dash up at least one of the trees before going back to sleep for a nice long nap.
I am not only a photographer and Callie’s very special owner and playmate, I am also an artist. For many years I painted, but for various reasons, I am now enjoying the art of photography and writing and rarely paint anymore. Someday it would be nice to pick up a brush again, but for now, it gives me great pleasure to post my thoughts and travel experiences on this blog. I do want to share some of my past works with you though, my darling followers at WordPress! Enjoy!
To see just a small portion of the paintings that I’ve done, click here. I’ll add more when I am able to.
What with mild temperatures, few cars and very little hill work, Anza- Borrego Desert State Park is an ideal spot for cycling. Street bikes have numerous locations in which to explore and if you are so inclined, the many nature trails also allow for off-road bikes. One of my favorite trails is Coyote Canyon, and if the weather stays mild, Michael and I might take an off-road ride in the near future.
Yesterday, Michael, Lara and I rode to Henderson Canyon and Lara is capable of doing 15 miles now! She has a beginner, low end priced, Alight that weighs much more than my Cannondale and Michael’s Trek, and she has managed to keep up with us. I am very proud of her.
Henderson Canyon is a beautiful stretch of flat road that has a north view of Coyote Canyon that during the springtime, and if conditions are right, explodes with wildflowers. For now, it is mostly sand with creosote bushes sprinkled sparingly among the low lying dunes. We also biked to Seley Ranch, an organic citrus fruit grove that offers free chilled water and sweet, ruby-red grapefruits for visitors to sample. An entire 10lb bag of grapefruits only costs $3.50. A table and benches are set up under a palm frond roof and a cutting board with a knife is provided. We usually bike along Di Giorgio and pass the scorpion and locust sculpture that sculptor, Richardo Breceda created and erected maybe 10 years ago, and then finally to the De Anza Golf Course on our final leg of the journey.
It is a delightful way to pass the time and you are left feeling relaxed and stress-free for the rest of the day. There is also Borrego Bikes which rents bikes out for the day if you don’t own one, or simply don’t want to haul a bike into the desert.
Callie is climbing her beloved olive trees, and this morning, she climbed quite high in order to survey her domain in the crisp chilled early morning light. She is feeling wonderful and there is no residual sneezing on her part. Her appetite is ravenous so I am going to have to be careful not to indulge her too much. She is getting a little pot belly, and as cute as she is, too much weight gain will be hard on her asthma. She sure is persuasive and charming though when it comes to begging for food!