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Week of 18 February 2008

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Monday, 18 February 2008

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I spent most of yesterday afternoon finishing the Louise Penny book. I had the race on one channel and the golf on another. I would look up from time to time to see what was going on in the race or watch a couple of golf shots then go back to me book. I enjoyed Still Life and plan to read her next two in the series. 

Last night I tried out the first book in a new series for me. As I have mentioned before I have read Susan Wittig Albert's Beatrix Potter series and the series she co-authored with her husband under the name Robin Paige. They stopped writing those in 2006. I decided to try her China Bayles series which she started in 1992 with Thyme of Death.  At age 42 China walks away from a high flying law career for the easy life of running an herb shop in Pecan Springs, TX. She bought the shop and grounds which includes  four rooms in the back as a place to live and a small shop next door. Out back is a converted quest house. The shop next door is run by an eccentric new ager who is a polar opposite of China. Each title in the series features a different herb. China has an ex-cop boyfriend who now teaches at the local university.

Unlike a lot of folks, it was a working day for me. We do not get Presidents Day. I had an eye doctor's appointment this afternoon at 2:30. I go to the eye clinic at Baptist Hospital. It takes a little longer than some eye doctor's offices. After the initial eye exam to determine my vision and pressure reading for glaucoma I then have my eyes examined by a resident. After he finishes the actual eye doctor has to come in to sign off the residents findings and do his check. Since my dad has glaucoma which has damaged the optical nerve in one eye I don't mind the extra time I am in there. My pressure was good, I have the small beginnings of some cataracts and had to get new glasses. I was reading from the very bottom of the bi-focal.

From there I went to the gym. Tomorrow dad has his left knee replacement surgery in the afternoon. Hopefully it will go as well as the right one did four years ago.


Tuesday, 19 February 2008

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Dad did not have his knee replacement surgery today. They took him back to prep him for surgery around 1:00. Mom stayed back with him until 1:30 then we went downstairs to the cafeteria to get some lunch.

We got back up the waiting area about 2:15. Around 3:30 they came out to get mom which was way too soon. Dad's heart rate starting racing and his BP kept shooting up. Periodically his heart would skip a beat. When they came to get mom his knee doctor had called in a cardiology team to determine what was the best course of action. They finally decided at 5pm to admit him to a heart floor. We sat in the recovery area where he had been all afternoon until they had a bed ready. While Frances and mom went with him up to the room I went to the car to get his suitcase. After we got him settled we took off for home.

I guess tomorrow they will start a battery of tests to determine what was going on with his heart before they can decide when to reschedule his knee surgery.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

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The doctor's decided this afternoon to discharge dad from the hospital. His BP and heart rate were back to normal. The skip is still there. I picked them up from the hospital when at 5:30. After we dropped off his stuff at home we went by the drugstore to get his prescription filled for the heart skip and grabbed a bite of dinner.

We got back home about twenty minutes or so before Frances will be getting there when she gets off work. The doctors are not overly concerned about things though they did say it is a good thing we caught it when we did. He could have had a stroke or heart attack at any time.

Once he gets the heart condition stable they will try again to do the knee surgery.


Thursday, 21 February 2008

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Last night I finished the China Bayles. I will continue with the series. It's a lot of fun to discover new series and/or new authors. I just reserved some of the books from the other series Bob and I are reading so I will have to get through those first before I order some more of China.

Tonight I will start the new Hamish Macbeath, Death of a Gentle Lady.

Goodwill came today to haul off the stuff from the living room and basement. Bob stuffed a lot of trash in the cans to be picked up tomorrow. We are supposed to get some more winter weather again tonight and in the morning in the form of sleet and freezing rain. If so, the garbage collectors will only do curbside pickup and not back yard pickup. We are most likely one of the few cities left in the US that still has backyard garbage pickup. They instituted voluntary curbside roll out cans a couple of years ago. I am certain it will not be too much longer before curbside becomes mandatory.

I talked with dad this morning. He had a good nights rest and actually slept in late. He got very little sleep the night before in the hospital.


Friday, 22 February 2008

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We dodged the ice bullet. Nothing fell overnight although they had already announced schools on a two hour delay based on the Thursday evening forecast. We had  some off and on sprinkles that barely covered the bottom of the rain gauge. Fine with me. I like snow but you can keep the ice and freezing rain.

Since they were calling for the bad weather for last night and today I skipped my weekly Thursday evening grocery shopping and went to the gym instead. I didn't feel like fighting the bad weather panic shoppers. Tonight I made a library stop to pick up the books I reserved and did the weekly shopping.

Dad and mom volunteered as usual at the hospital today. I just talked with him. He said he felt fine. He delivers paperwork so he gets in a lot of walking. 


Saturday, 23 February 2008

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The Thompson cleanup and reorganization continues. This morning we moved two rows of non-fiction from the library/living room shelves to Bob's newly cleaned office shelves. We then moved three rows of more of his non-fiction to his office from my office shelves. I moved one row of my non-fiction to my office. That now frees up three rows in the library for spreading out the fiction. We have four This End Up four shelf bookcases along one wall in the library. The opposite wall has a long two row shelf. I have a library table in front of the bookcases which holds more books underneath. Moving books to Bob's office shelves helps to free up a lot of space in my office. In addition to my books I have more fiction as well as our paperback collection. We have three shelves downstairs full of books and books in boxes.

I also did a little more organizing of the big cabinet in the kitchen. Next we started on the tech room. Bob is hauling out old computer systems, monitors, etc to the living room for the next Goodwill haul. I did a quick vacuum and dust except for my office and the tech room. Now that I have more room in my office I can move my CD collection back in here. I had moved it to a small bookshelf in the den but they were hard to get to. Things are slowly moving along in the right direction.

I'm about ready to call it a day. Back to warm, t-shirt weather again this afternoon.


Sunday, 24 February 2008

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Malcolm at 8 1/2 years old is still a very active dog although he does take rest breaks in the afternoons when I am home and had him out for playtime. At night he moves around to four different places during the night; under the window, by the closet door, in/out of his crate, and the foot of our bed. The last one not as much during the hot summer months. He likes to go into the back of his crate and curl up to sleep. At times he is more maniacal then usual which require him to be crated for awhile at night with the door shut.

For the last several days when I have been coming back here to check my mail at night he has been lying in the hall softly whining. Friday night he kept running up and down the hall, whining, asking to be let out, and just not settling down at hall. Bob and I took turns letting him outside to potty. Yesterday he had three accidents in the house. After the one last night after dinner I told Bob something was going on with him. We pulled out the Merck Vet manual and a dog medical book to confirm my thoughts of a urinary tract infection. After much research Bob decided checked his stock of antibiotics and started him on a correct dosage. We had enough to get him through the weekend. Last night when we went to bed he settled down as usual and slept through the night. No house accidents today. No laying around whining. Now he seems to be back to his normal wild self. Malcolm has two gears...on or off.

I started working on my office some more this morning while Bob worked on the tech room. Both are starting to look respectable. I take periodic breaks at my desk to check my mail and web sites. As soon as I sit down at my chair Duncan comes in to stretch out just to the side and behind me to nap. He is often lying so close to the chair I can't roll it so I end up sitting here for awhile to keep from disturbing him. The things we do for our dogs.

It's a cloudy, chilly, damp day. I had the dogs out back playing a little while ago. The temperatures is 44 now and not to get higher than 47 with rain on the way. The air feels more like winter precipitation rather but will no doubt just be a cold rain.


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