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Week of 24 November 2008

Latest Update: Sunday, 30 November 2008 2:30 p.m.

Monday, 24 November 2008

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I very rarely get sick. Late yesterday afternoon I started feeling a little funny but at dinner thinking I would feel better. Instead I went to bed at 8 and was up most of the night. I cannot remember ever being as sick. This morning I called the doctor's office as soon as they opened. Bob drove me over. I pretty much knew it was gastroenteritis but the usual over the counter medicines had not touched it. 

Bob dropped me off back home they went to have my medicines filled. I have most of the day lying on the couch resting. My appetite is still way off but I am also being very cautious.  I had planned to get the leaves up in the back yard today before the rain came in tonight. Bob took the blower and rake and moved them all to the natural areas when they will rot down over the winter. 

They missed the weather forecast. It started to lightly drizzle this afternoon while Bob was out taking care of the leaves. 

I had also scheduled a vet appointment for Malcolm for his yearly checkup for today. Bob had to take him for me. I am feeling better this afternoon. I should be mostly back to normal by tomorrow.


Tuesday, 25 November 2008

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I went to bed last night around 8:30 and slept well all night. Bob got up with the dogs around 7, I was up shortly thereafter.  I feel close but not quit back to full recovery.

The Wilson Pest folks were coming by at 8 for our yearly termite inspection. I also had a 9:50 follow-up appointment with my knee doctor and I needed to take the turkey neck and giblets by my mom's house for her to make the dressing with tomorrow.

The doctor was pleased with how the knee is going. Just keep doing my exercises  and let the knee do what it can. I see him again in 8 weeks. Afterwards I ran a couple of errands while I that side of town.

This afternoon I will relax and take it easy and not try to push things too much. I am eating very lightly and drinking a lot of fluids to get rehydrated.


Wednesday, 26 November 2008

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Bob came down with the intestinal bug I had even though I was not supposed to be contagious. His started late last night and like me, was up most of the night. Hopefully he will also be like me and recover in the next 12 hours since tomorrow is Turkey Day at the Thompson house.

So, I have dog and nurse duty for change. I left the house long enough to run a couple of errands and go to the gym for a quick workout. I need to keep on my knee exercises.

It was very cold overnight but has warmed up nicely into the high 40's and lots of sunshine. Not as much wind. I shall spend a quiet day taking care of Bob and the dogs.


Thursday, 27 November 2008

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Happy Thanksgiving. Bob seems to be recovered. I finished reading the Tapply last night and started the new Anne Perry, Christmas Grace. Perry has sent Charlotte's sister Emily off to visit their fathers estranged sister in Ireland. After their aunt Susannah ran off and married an Irish Catholic Susannah lost touch with the family. Now the week of Christmas widowed Susannah has requested either Charlotte or Emily come to her small Irish Village to settle family matters before she dies.

It is a beautiful day. I will start Thanksgiving dinner preparations later this afternoon but will otherwise spend the day reading and relaxing.


Friday 28 November 2008

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Saturday, 29 November 2008

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I guess I will let the cat out of the bag. We had a wonderful visit with Marcia, Brian, Molly, and Lucy. They arrived last Sunday and left this morning for home. Of course, I came down with what I thought was a stomach problem Sunday night that turned out to be a stomach bug. As I said earlier Bob came down with it Tuesday night and Marcia and Brian on Thursday night.

On Monday while I recovered Brian and Bob removed the leaves from the back yard just in time for the Scott's lawn service to show up Wednesday to put down my winter feeding. If the leaves had still been piled in the back yard he would have had to come back or skip me altogether. I don't know what would have happened.

We had a lovely Thanksgiving Day. Brian cooked bacon and eggs for a big brunch then we snacked until dinnertime. The folks and Frances came over around 3:00. We used the team method of cooking with mom, Frances, me, Marcia, and Brian all helping with various stages of the last minute preparations. They stayed until around 7pm.

Unfortunately Marcia and Brian came down the crud during the night. Brian's was a mild case, Marcia was hit much worse. She spend Friday in bed which made us have to miss the crafts fair. I went out to the grocery store and also picked out my Christmas tree. Bob helped me get it in the house and in the stand.

The tree is now decorated as is the little tree in the den. It has been a cool, gray day but not rain so far.

I finished the Anne Perry on Thursday and am not reading the second book in Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey series. As I mentioned when I read her first one I fell in love with her writing in the first chapter. Lady Julia has such a dry sense of humor making either witting comments and/or thoughts. If you like late Victorian England I highly recommend her first two books. The third book in the series is due out the first of next year.


Sunday, 30 November 2008

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First thing this morning I gave Bob a much needed haircut before starting on the house cleaning chores. Afterwards I finished up the Christmas decorations getting my village set up and a the tabletops in the dinning room.

It is a nasty day outside. We just barely missed getting either frozen and/or white precipitation. Instead we've had a little over an inch of very cold rain with temperatures just barely breaking into the 40's.  I have bills to pay and perhaps will work on my Christmas cards.


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