Aaargh!

I’ve seen more of San Francisco in the last 7 days than I had in 4 years. Ok maybe that isn’t quite true. We did go north and south of the city to see the sights. I am exhausted.

On Friday Argo was adopted. He recovered nicely from his neuter surgery, and managed to catch the eye of a nice couple before contracting any diseases that would take him off the adoptable list. Too bad I can’t say the same for the rest of the little guys. Lyra, Orion, and Leo all have ringworm.

Ringworm is not that bad, just to be fair. It is a fungus that eats the top layers of skin. If left untreated, it will go away on its own in about 4 months. The problem is that, ideally, I will have a kitten no longer than 2 months. The kittens must be free of ringworm and upper respiratory diseases to get neutered. Leo made it under the line, but Orion and Lyra are still unaltered.

The added difficulty of ringworm is that it is contagious to people and animals of other species. Today I had to treat every cat in my house with a lime (or lyme, I am not yet sure which is correct)/sulfur dip. My house and the cats all smell like rotten eggs. This treatment must be reapplied about 4 times over the course of 2 – 4 weeks. Additionally, the kittens are being treated with athlete’s foot cream on the actual patches of fur where the hair fell out. I have to take them into a dark room, turn on a black-light, and treat everything that fluoresces green. Lyra is covered in patches of fluorescent ringworm. The other two have very limited patches of the stuff. When I get the kittens out of my home and into the home of one of our ringworm specialists, I have to clean every room the kittens were in with an anti-fungal spray. For the record, I don’t fear ringworm and I am willing to treat it in my home, but the stars are way too tiny to be exposed. I had to choose a specialty, and bottle feeders are more needed in our foster group.

I am so sad about the ringworm because I really wanted all the constellations to get adopted before we left for our trip. I know they will be well cared for, but I am still really, really sad.

Ah, but the weekend was not all sorrow. On Saturday, Carisa and I went to the Maker Faire in San Mateo. Someone we both care about dearly was there:

Yes – that is Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, the Yarn Harlot! Carisa does not like to read, but has devoured every book that Stephanie has written (and that Carisa has gotten her hands on). I absolutely love her blog, her books, and everything else about her. Stephanie is very nice in person. She is very gracious about accepting her fans’ adoration. I like that in a celebrity. 🙂 Jamie Hyneman from the Mythbusters shops at my grocery store, and he was just as gracious when I told him what a big fan I was. (I wasn’t a complete dork, I didn’t ask for a picture or an autograph. I just introduced myself.)

After her big speech, Stephanie sat with a bunch of us knitters to just hang out. We knit, some people brought books for her to sign (if they had missed the signing earlier), and some brought presents. I brought her a ball of Touch Me yarn. Carisa got a shot of Stephanie before she realized that I was giving her the yarn.

Not the greatest picture of me, but you have to keep in mind that we were in a tight space, this was not a posed shot, and I was very grateful that Carisa had her camera at all. I managed to leave my house without mine. How dumb can I be? I knew I was going to blog about this. So, Carisa, I publicly thank you. What do I owe you?

I have pictures of the stars with their eyes opened, but they will have to wait a bit. I had to get the info about the Maker Faire posted before my brain exploded from all of the excitement. Seriously, Carisa and I were all giddy and trembly the entire time. I think we both turned pink from all the excitement.

I have one last thing to mention. On Thursday, I picked up yet another kitten (making 9 total). He was neutered with my boys, but his foster mom was out of town for the weekend, so she wanted me to get him adopted out. Well, he has now been exposed to ringworm and had to be treated, plus he came out of surgery with a pretty bad URI (upper respiratory infection), so he is no longer adoptable either. I will post a picture of Oscar with the latest pictures of the stars in my next post.

And Nebby is as cute as ever!

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