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Bertha Venation

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Gender: Female
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Current location: Charles County, MD
Member since: Wed Oct 15, 2003, 09:30 PM
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must find placement for seven cats - please offer links

I'm in Maryland, but will travel.

Long story short, we're moving to California. We have nine cats* and can only take two. We're taking the two with special needs.

If you know of any foster organizations, rescues for cats, no-kill shelters, or any other such organizations that I might contact, please post the links here.

Of course, if you are willing to offer a home to one or more healthy senior cats (ages eight to 14), I'm happy to discuss it with you.

Thanks very much.

* They have plenty of room, are well-fed, well-cared-for, enriched, healthy, and happy.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Sun Jan 24, 2016, 04:01 PM (5 replies)

must find placement for seven cats - please offer links

Long story short, we're moving to California. We have nine cats* and can only take two. We're taking the two with special needs.

If you know of any foster organizations, rescues for cats, no-kill shelters, or any other such organizations that I might contact, please post the links here.

Of course, if you are willing to offer a home to one or more healthy senior cats (ages eight to 14), I'm happy to discuss it with you.

Thanks very much.

* They have plenty of room, are well-fed, well-cared-for, enriched, healthy, and happy.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Sun Jan 24, 2016, 04:00 PM (4 replies)

must find placement for cats - please offer links

Long story short, we're moving to California. We have nine cats* and can only take two. We're taking the two with special needs.

If you know of any foster organizations, rescues for cats, no-kill shelters, or any other such organizations that I might contact, please post the links here.

Of course, if you are willing to offer a home to one or more healthy senior cats (ages eight to 14), I'm happy to discuss it with you.

Thanks very much.

* They have plenty of room, are well-fed, well-cared-for, enriched, healthy, and happy.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Sun Jan 24, 2016, 03:56 PM (2 replies)

must find homes for seven cats - please offer links

Hi. I'm in Maryland but would drive to Delaware to find placement for my cats.

Long story short, we're moving to California. We have nine cats* and can only take two. We're taking the two with special needs.

If you know of any foster organizations, rescues for cats, no-kill shelters, or any other such organizations that I might contact, please post the links here.

Of course, if you are willing to offer a home to one or more healthy senior cats (ages eight to 14), I'm happy to discuss it with you.

Thanks very much.

* They have plenty of room, are well-fed, well-cared-for, enriched, healthy, and happy.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Sun Jan 24, 2016, 03:55 PM (2 replies)

Have you ever melted a cabinet floor?

I need to figure out who does this kind of repair.

We had a leak under our kitchen sink many moons ago, and didn't realize it - until one day I reached for something way back in the cabinet, and it came out dripping. The bottle wasn't broken. I looked in - and found a puddle. Apparently the leak had been there for some time. The floor of the cabinet was melted and now most of it is a crater.

We made do with a stiff board across the crater. But now we're selling our house. We need to get a new cabinet floor.

I've pinged a handful of cabinet companies on Angie's List, and the first one came back with "we don't do partial jobs." That makes me wonder if they're all going to say that.

Do you have any idea who would do this kind of repair?
Posted by Bertha Venation | Fri Jan 8, 2016, 06:02 PM (13 replies)

Have you been to traffic court in MD - specifically, PG County?

I'm contesting a ticket I got as a result of a hair-raising wreck on the beltway. The driver of the 18-wheeler that hit me said that I made an "unsafe lane change" and hit him. Bullshit. And I can demonstrate why it's bullshit.

Because we each blamed the other, we each got tickets. I'm not admitting to something I didn't do, so I'm going to court. "State of Maryland vs Bertha Venation." Don't you love it? (Maybe I'll go in drag. My court date's not until late next month; I have time to contact my drag king friends and go shopping. . . .)

I'm hoping someone reading this has been to traffic court in Maryland, but especially in PG County. I have no idea what to expect, and I would like very much to have some idea, however small. I've never been in traffic court in CA, my native home, either.

Even if you've been to traffic court in any other state, I think anything you can tell me would be helpful. Thanks.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Thu Jan 7, 2016, 08:47 AM (9 replies)

Lupus/Arthritis drug

I don't have a lupus diagnosis, yet. The doctor I've been seeing has been trying to get my hip/knee pain under control before she diagnoses me. She says, however, that I do have the - marker? - for lupus.

She's had me on etodolac for pain for about six weeks. It helps, but not a whole lot, and not consistently.

Two weeks ago she added Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). To my surprise, the combination is working pretty well. Thank you, Dr. Nandipati!

But I have a problem: since I've been taking the Plaquenil, I've been having anxiety attacks. Not full-blown - it's mostly the physical feeling of an anxiety attack, with the blood running cold, and the weakness in the chest and just generally that I get.

Even pseudo-anxiety attacks - that's all I need. Has anyone else had this problem?
Posted by Bertha Venation | Thu Dec 31, 2015, 10:27 AM (15 replies)

Edited: Two questions for those in the know about residential rentals.

What would happen if I rented a house that accepted one pet, and I signed that I had one pet, but actually had three, and later - days, months, years - the landlord/owner discovered that I had three pets?

Edit: Do you know if there is a legal limit on pets in a single-family detached house? I'm going to the county website, but if you have a quick answer for Orange Co, CA, I'd love for you to educate me. Thanks.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Sun Dec 27, 2015, 07:31 PM (13 replies)

I must re-home six cats.

We have ten. All are healthy and very well-cared-for. Both of us loves each one of our kids as individuals. The funny groups and sounds they make in deciding who's going to groom whom, who's going to play or rip together, and who's going to growl over his or her breakfast, make us both laugh every day.

We're moving across the country (Maryland-California) next year. We need to re-home all of them, really, but four of them have problems and I wouldn't ask anyone else to take them on.

It will be hard enough to find them homes, but making it harder is that the youngest of them is eight years old. Two of them are tame only with me. They are all beautiful in heart and spirit.

First, thanks for listening.

Second, do you have any ideas for where I can go to get the word out, and/or how I can find potential fosters/homes? I'm in Maryland and will drive to any part of this state, and to DC, northern Virginia, Delaware, and part of Pennsylvania. Thank you.

(Tomorrow will cross-post to the lounge.)
Posted by Bertha Venation | Tue Dec 8, 2015, 10:56 PM (17 replies)

I would like to say I'm thankful.

Although our immediate needs are met, although we have more than many, I'm anxious and afraid.

My wife has rightfully decided, after suffering a brain injury that has probably ended her career in IT, to retire. There are (is?) a number of financial problems with this, but the fact is that she needs to retire. I told her that if we have a poorer retirement, so be it. So fucking be it: it is her happiness that is important. Her quality of life. Her enjoyment of life. Her sanity. Those are the important things.

We've said for 15 years that we will move home to Southern California after she retires. But we didn't envision her retiring like this.

We're underwater in our house. I've been reading up on short sales. The thought scares me, but I don't know if housing in this area will improve enough in the near future for us to break even. With the huge, enormous growth of new residences of all kinds surrounding us (where used to exist trees with attendant wildlife), I doubt it. And I don't know if a short sale would even be approved. Since I've been unemployed, we've maxed out our credit, so I doubt this, too.

I haven't worked since July '13. I'm studying to be a medical transcription editor. My goal is to finish by March 31, and to secure employment very soon thereafter. But I don't know how much I'll earn; there's really no way for me to tell at this point.

When we move home, we're merging house with one of my sisters and her daughter. My sister retired early, in July '13 (forced to do so by unendurable working conditions), and she has a small retirement income, but not enough. I don't know how she's squeaking by. Surely she will have found work by the time we move home. My niece, due to some emotional problems, has never worked. (She will be 28 on the 6th.)

I'm anxious and I'm afraid. I'm navigating the worlds of real estate, cross-country moves, merging a home of three cats with a home of ten, moving ten cats across the country, and starting a new career - all without a map.

Did I mention that I'm anxious and afraid?

However, we have

deep love, affection, and respect for each other
a roof, affectionate pets, ample food and clean water, and safe personal transportation
people who love us and whom we love - family and chosen family and friends

and I am deeply, deeply grateful.

How can I be anxious and afraid with all of this? But I am.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Thu Nov 26, 2015, 08:42 PM (3 replies)
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