– I’m not sure why I took a week off from blogging. I haven’t missed more than a day or two for months. I had no new photos and I was so uninspired by life in general that I took a break.
– Worrisome news: Tashi has kidney failure, and it looks like it is more severe than Ping’s. He has lost two pounds since June. He’s about five pounds now, when he should be around 10. We thought it was because the hyperthyroid medication wasn’t doing its job, but it turns out that his kidneys, which were fine six months ago, are really struggling. But he is as active and energetic as ever, and he has a good appetite, despite being a finicky Siamese. The only thing different now is that he is as light as a feather. We have started him on a subcutaneous fluids regimen like Ping has. Maybe because Tashi isn’t doing well, I’ve been thinking about his brother Prince T a lot. He’s been gone for five months now.
– Ping is doing great, by the way, floofy and majestic as ever. Merlin is doing great too. Everyone seems to be fine except for Tashi.
– It is sunny today. And it was light around 7.30am. Almost spring? I know I’m being overly optimistic. But in China new year’s is Spring Festival, and the official beginning of spring according to the lunar calendar is actually in what we consider winter, which makes spring equinox the middle of spring not the beginning. It doesn’t have anything to do with weather or temperatures – where I lived in China was just as cold if not colder than here – but more to do with the subtle shifting of yin and yang.
So yeah, happy belated Chinese New Year’s. I can’t believe I let the day pass without a post (or the photo shoot I promised). But not all is lost… Lantern Festival is two weeks after new year’s and it was always my favorite part of the celebration because I love the black-sesame filled rice dumplings (yuan xiao).