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Week of 16 March 2009

Latest Update: Sunday, 22 March 2009 4:00 p.m.


Monday, 16 March 2009

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Up and out early this morning for  my 7:50 doctor appointment with my orthopedist. He ordered two x-rays of my just operated on knee. One front view, one side. As he told me when he did my surgery, it is ugly. The outer side of my knee looks great, the inside and the knee cap not so good. I have a cyst on both creating the current inability to walk with full weight on the knee. 

The best cure is a knee replacement. He agreed with me I am too young since they only last about ten years. And, of course, the longer I wait the better the technology gets. They measured me for a high tech, personally made brace that runs into the thousands of dollars and gave me a brochure on the Synvisc shots.  They will call my insurance to see if one and/or both are covered and the cost to me. The other option is to do nothing for the time being and continue to take my anti-inflammatory medicine and limp. I can play golf, work out at the gym, etc. If the knee will let me do it, I can and will. 

Another nasty day.  We had roughly 2 inches over the weekend with maybe another half inch today. This is all supposed to move out of here by tomorrow.

The current Stephen Booth I am reading, The Dead Place, is not as good as the previous books. Not sure what I don't like about it, just not enjoying it as much as the others. I have two library books to read then I am going to read some of the books on my TBR shelf for a week or so before reserving more of the Tapply, Booth, Hills, and Susan Albert's I have been reading of late.

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Tuesday, 17 March 2009

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The sun finally made an appearance this afternoon. First time since Friday. It also warmed things up nicely.

Our Southern Foods order arrived just before I got home. We ate dinner first then unpacked and put away the food in the freezer. 

I had feedback from one of Bob's readers concerning my knee replacement and options. If any of you have had experience with the Synvisc shots or the knee braces I would love to hear from you. The one I linked to is similar to the one I was measured for. I have very few options but some big decisions to make.


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Wednesday, 18 March 2009

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Thursday, 19 March 2009

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Okay, who keeps adding extra days to the week. I swear, the last two or three five day work weeks have been 7 days instead.

I am taking a non-fiction reading break grabbing a short book from my TBR shelf last night. In the past I have always taken a break from reading mysteries by picking up a non-fiction book or a non-mystery novel. I have not done that lately which I why I think I did not enjoy the latest Booth. I am reading another Jon Katz Border Collie book:  A Good Dog: The Story of Orson, Who Changed My Life. I have read two of his previous books which touch on his adoption of Orson, his writing, and his purchase of a farm in upstate NY.

Speaking of Border Collies. Duncan is not getting around too well these days though he is still as stubborn and grouchy as ever. His back left leg almost drags along behind him it is so far out of the hip socket. He can still walk but falls down a lot especially in the house. When he falls outside and sometimes inside he panics and starts thrashing around when we try to help him up. I am not sure what will happen first: he will fall causing his hip to break or completely dislocate or he will have a heart attack from the panicking. He is still alert, enjoys going out and trying to play ball, and is eating well.  

Malcolm is still a maniac at 9 years old though he is slowing down a little.

NCAA games started today. Duke plays late tonight, 9:30 but I may try to stay up long enough to watch the first half.


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Friday 20 March 2009

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Saturday, 21 March 2009

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Last night we went out with scope observing for the first time in several month. The conditions were as good as we have seen in the last year that we have tried to get out.  Bob and I bagged between 6 and 8 objects on our lists. It was somewhat chilly with the wind kicking up every once in awhile. We left around 11:20 getting home at midnight. After giving the dogs an out and some playtime and reading a few chapters in my Dana Stabenow mystery it was one o'clock before I turned off the light.

Malcolm was still  up rather early even after the late night last time. Bob got up with the dogs letting me sleep in.

We needed to make a trip to Home Depot  so we combined that with my trip to Wal-Mart to do the weekly shopping. It was time to pick up a few things I cannot get at the grocery store.

This afternoon I had the dogs out to run around while I did some yard work. I dug up two dead bushes and moved one to the spot where one bush came out. It may do better in that spot. Then I mowed the lawn. It was high in spots plus it helps it to regenerate better by mowing the grass tops down.

Wake Forest lost last night but Carolina and Duke play tonight. Golf and basketball, rest and reading for this afternoon.



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Sunday, 22 March 2009

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This morning I did the weekly house cleaning chores then off to my folks for a visit. I took them to lunch at IHOP. Back at their house I did a couple of things they needed taken care of before coming home to wash my car.

This morning we had a light frost. It warmed up this afternoon to the high 50's or low 60's by 1:30 or so with light winds and sunny skies.



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