Friday, October 19, 2012

Cinnamon Spice

In the last post I said that I had gotten a new Guinea Pig named Cinnamon Spice. On May 12th, my Guinea Pig Cocoa died unexpectedly for an unknown reason. She got very sick within 2 days and I had to put her to sleep because there was nothing the vet could do for her. I was so sad and I was heartbroken. It happened on my mom's birthday, the day before mother's day, and 4 days before my birthday. I thought it was going to ruin my week.

I was still very sad by the time my birthday came around, so Louis and I went over to a local pet store named Denny's Pet World to look at the baby bunnies. There weren't too many bunnies but there were a lot of Guinea Pigs. I lifted up the house that was in a pen and we knew, as soon as we saw her, that Spice was ours! She looked just like a Mini-Ginger. I just had to convince my mom to let me get her because I was still living at their house. She told me that she would think about it.

The next day she told me that she would go over to the pet store after she went to the fabric store. She called me later that day to say that she had a feeling that she needed to go to the pet store first. When she got there, someone and their little 5 year old were already looking at her. She talked with the lady and told her what had happened with my Guinea Pig. She was able to put Spice on hold and I picked her up that day after work. I am so glad that everything worked out for the best. She is a great little Guinea Pig!

Ginger Has Gone To The Rainbow Bridge

We got back from our Disneyland trip late Friday the 22nd of June and I didn't get home until about midnight. I unpacked some of my bag but saved most of it for when I got up in the morning. I brushed my teeth and then went to say goodnight to the Guinea Pigs. I knew something wasn't right because none of the piggies were coming out of their houses. Cinnamon Spice was still a baby so she was still a little scared sometimes(I'll take about her in the next post), but this was very unusual for Ginger or Vanilla Bean to say hi when I get home. I put my hand in the first house and felt Spice so I knew that Ginger and Bean were in the other house. I moved my hand to the second house and was greeted by Bean, but she wouldn't let me put my hand inside. I pushed her aside and was met by what I had dreaded for the whole trip. There was Ginger's limp, lifeless body laying there. It was 1 AM and I ran to tell my mother. I also asked her when she did the Guinea Pigs last. She told me that they were done only 4 hours before. That means that sometime in those last 4 hours Ginger just couldn't hang on. I was heartbroken that he didn't wait for me to get home.

I took his body out of the cage and had my final goodbye along with the other animals. I know I look like crap in the pictures, but I had just gotten back from a week long trip, was sunburned, had been crying, and was very tired.

I really miss him, but I know he was also really old too. 8 1/2 years!

Ginger will never know how many loved ones he had by his side that night. I believe he is watching over me right now and is waiting for me at the end of the rainbow bridge.

I'm so glad Louis was able to meet my little guy while he was still with us. He was an amazing little guy!

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Okay, I know it's been a long time and I have been really busy these past 8 months. On Christmas Day, Louis's parents told everyone that they were taking us on a trip to Disneyland. I was so happy to learn that I would be going too. We left Washington Monday June 18th and got back late Friday June 22nd. These were a few pictures from the air plane on our way to California.

Tuesday was the first day we went to the Disney Park. Me, Louis, and his sister Mercedes got dropped off first. We thought we would be able to get our Disneyland passes first, but found out that we needed his father to get them. So, we had to call his parents and let them know, then stand around, get some pictures, and wait until his parents showed up.

We had such a great time there. Here are some pictures from Disneyland.

The best part about Disneyland?

On Tuesday June 19th, after the World of Color show, Louis proposed to me. It was wonderful and I said yes!!! I can't imagine being with anyone else.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Ginger's 8 year Checkup

I can't believe Ginger is going to be 8 in about 2 weeks. It feels like just yesterday I was bringing him home as a little ball of fur.

Now, he is an old man and I love him so much!

The vet said he is in great shape for how old he is. She was a little worried about a blood vessel going through the cornea in one of his eyes, but she said he should be okay as long as it is not bothering him. He also has a few small sore spots on two of his feet, but she said that is normal for his age. I just have to keep an eye on it to make sure they don't get worse. She suggested I put soft bedding (like Carefresh on top of the aspen bedding I am using now. That should help his feet. She also looked at his teeth and said they were a little longer than she would like, but they were all even. Guinea pig teeth are much like horse teeth as they continuously grow and have to be worn down by chewing on hay, wood, or anything hard. Since his teeth are even on top and he can still close his mouth all the way, she said not to worry about it. Usually they would be sedated and have their teeth ground down. It wouldn't be worth it to do that.

Here's to, hopefully, one more year!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I caught him!

So, this is what Gollum does in his spare time.

Friday, January 20, 2012

L-Tryptophan: Nights Two and Three

Wednesday night I got another good night sleep. My brother Dan even woke me a little after 7am because the power was out at the house and he couldn't get ahold of my father. I was able to get back to sleep right away. I was so happy!

Last night I got to sleep very easily again for a third time. It felt so good. I don't even know the last time I fell asleep that fast and slept so soundly.

Also my cravings for Carbs is going down. I'm not feeling like I NEED to eat bread all day. YAY!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Look who came to visit me today

This morning there was still snow and ice on the deck and when I looked out the door, I got a surprise. There were 5 birds hopping around on the snowy deck looking for food. After watching them for a while, I began to feel sorry for them. I finally gave in and put bird seed out onto a plate for them. They were so cute and I was able to get a picture of one.

* I didn't realize that my sliding door had puppy nose marks until after I took the pictures*

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

L-Tryptophan: Night One

As I have said before, I have a really, really, hard time sleeping. I have tried Melatonin, Chamomile Tea, Warm milk, Valerian/Passion Flower combination, Etc.) but nothing worked. I talked with someone from a supplement store last week and she suggested L-Tryptophan. The first thing I did was look it up. I had never heard of it so I wanted to know what it was. I got my information off of (World's Healthiest Foods). This is what I got from them.

What events can indicate a need for more high-tryptophan foods?

*Anxiety - I can get anxiety at times
*Irritability - I get nasty when I don't get sleep
*Impulsiveness - sometimes
*Inability to concentrate - sometimes
*Weight gain or unexplained weight loss
*Slow growth in children
*Overeating and/or carbohydrate cravings - I have major cravings for bread and potatoes. I mean MAJOR! That's all I want to eat 24/7.
*Poor dream recall
*Insomnia - MAJOR!

Food sources of tryptophan include red meat, dairy products, nuts, seeds, legumes, soybeans and soy products, tuna, shellfish, and turkey.

What is tryptophan?

Tryptophan is one of the 10 essential amino acids that the body uses to synthesize the proteins it needs. It's well-known for its role in the production of nervous system messengers, especially those related to relaxation, restfulness, and sleep.

Raising Serotonin Levels

Second, tryptophan serves as a precursor for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps the body regulate appetite, sleep patterns, and mood. Because of its ability to raise serotonin levels, tryptophan has been used therapeutically in the treatment of a variety of conditions, most notably insomnia, depression, and anxiety.

What are deficiency symptoms for tryptophan?

As an essential amino acid, dietary deficiency of tryptophan may cause the symptoms characteristic of protein deficiency, which include weight loss and impaired growth in infants and children.

When accompanied by dietary niacin deficiency, lack of tryptophan in the diet may also cause pellagra, the classic niacin deficiency disease that is characterized by the �4 Ds� � dermatitis, diarrhea, dementia, and death. This condition is very rare in the United States, however, and cannot occur simply because of a tryptophan deficiency.

Dietary deficiency of tryptophan may lead to low levels of serotonin. Low serotonin levels are associated with depression, anxiety, irritability, impatience, impulsiveness, inability to concentrate, weight gain, overeating, carbohydrate cravings, poor dream recall, and insomnia.

So many of those symptoms sound like me. After reading this, I thought I would give it a try.

Last night was the first night. I took a tablet at bedtime and about an hour later I was starting to feel tired. I was actually feeling like I could just fall asleep right there while I was talking to Louis on the phone. We said our goodnights to each other and then I closed my eyes. I don't remember tossing or turning a lot before actually falling asleep. When I did wake up in the early morning, because I was thirsty, I was able to get back to sleep easily. I was still a little bit tired when I did finally get up a 8:30, but I also have a lot of sleep to catch up on. It may just take time.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Where'd My Car Go?

When I got up this morning, to my dismay, there was only a dusting of new snow. I was quite sad because I was hoping for at least a few more inches. I didn't go to work today because I didn't want to drive on the snowy/icy/slushy roads. I tried it yesterday and it was not fun. Well, not the whole time at least.

The snow finally started falling around 9:30am and didn't stop until about 2pm. I went outside around noon and the roads were completely covered again. I had a hard time finding my car though because it was almost completely covered with snow.

You judge for yourself. What do you think about this?

Monday, January 16, 2012

Snow: Part 2

Yesterday I woke up around 9:30 in the morning and looked outside in hopes that it had snowed during the night. Not that I didn't want to go to church or anything, it's just that I wanted snow more. I was disappointed when there was nothing new; not even a dusting. I happened to look out the window 10 minutes later and the snow was coming down....HARD. It's amazing what just a few minutes can bring. It was so beautiful; I just wanted to keep watching it fall down to the earth.

Louis and I had already decided that we were not going to go to church because the roads were too snowy for us to want to drive in. We did, however, get to talk with each other for about half the day. It was so nice to hear his voice on the other end! It really made my day.

The dogs were so excited to go outside to play. They could hardly wait.

Once they were outside, nothing could stop them from having the time of their life!

A view of the front yard. I am also sad to say that this will be the last winter for the maple tree in the second picture. It is getting cut down in a few weeks because it is getting to close to the water line. I am going to miss how beautiful that tree gets in the winter.

My dad and I went for a walk with the dogs after lunch. I put wax on their paws to protect the pads of their feet against the snow. If it's good enough for sled dogs, it's good enough for my dogs. They had so much fun!

Sadie looking cute and paw prints in the snow

The streets were so icy. There were hardly any cars at all.

Some pictures of me and the dogs

This one is for you Louis!

I tried to get Sadie to look at the camera but she was having none of it.

She only looked when she was good and ready for it.

Towards the end of our walk some of the neighbors started doing fireworks. Sadie hates fireworks, so she was FREAKING OUT! I had to hold her tightly in my arms to try to calm her down.

Me and my pups

Puppy kisses!

More pictures to come tomorrow. We are expecting much more snow over the next 48 hours. YAY!