Shortly after I came out to British Columbia in early 2006 I had a case of severely high blood pressure. It wouldn't have been fair to an employer for me to work for them until I got my health situation sorted out. I was on medications to lower the blood pressure and it took until early 2007 to find the cause. I finally went to a naturopath who found that a microscopic parasite was the cause for all this.

While getting my health in order, I took up blogging to share my photography. This way I wasn't wasting time and others got to enjoy the photos, not just me and those close to me.

In May of this year I had a mini-stroke cause again by severely high blood pressure. I may end up gong to the naturopath again since the specialist and other MDs can't seem to find the cause. This has only been a problem out here. Before that in Ontario, the blood pressure was only marginally high, not severely high like in BC.

Knowledge is good because being forewarned is forearmed!

All that said, enjoy this blog and all the photos I share with you.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Meet Emilie and Marie!

I have an adopted son living in Jakarta, Indonesia whose cat, a Persian flatnose named Lisa, gave birth to 4 kittens three weeks ago.  One of them died a few days later and another a week after but the kittens shown above are strong and healthy.  My son asked me to think of names for them, so I eventually thought of Emilie and Marie, names that come from my father's side of the family.  I thought them simple and elegant for a couple of cute female kittens.  The one on the left (smaller nose) is Emilie and the one on the right (larger nose), Marie!  We don't know the father but Lisa was 16 months old when she was brought to the home by my son's guardian earlier this year.  In the winter earlier this year, my son and his guardian thought she (Lisa) was sick only to find out she was pregnant.  The Persian cat was a gift to my son for having done so well in his exams in December 2012.  He was 2nd of 235 students in the college he is attending.  A Persian cat is what my son wanted when I asked.  You can see the mother cat in the background if you look carefully (chocolate colour).  Stay tuned for more news.

- Volker