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Week of 11 October 2010

Latest Update: Sunday, 17 October 2010 1:40 p.m.


Monday, 11 October 2010

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I dropped Malcolm off at the vet's office this morning for an ultrasound to make sure his leakage problem is nothing serious and to do a culture of his urine. Bob went back out to pick him up late this afternoon to keep me from having to leave work early and so I could go on to the Y. The ultrasound showed a little bit of swelling but nothing Sue was concerned about. We are waiting on the results of the blood work and urine culture before we take the next step.

I am reading a Kate Ellis mystery, The Marriage Hearse from her Wesley Peterson series. Ellis is Canadian and her books are hard to find here in the US. I think I ordered this 2006 novel and the next one in her series from a small, independent bookstore in Canada I learned about the year I went to the mystery conference Malice Domestic. They have been sitting on my TBR shelf for a while. She has since published three more which I will order at some point. The library had the books from her earlier series but stopped getting them about four or five books into the series. Bob and I both like her books.


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Tuesday, 12 October 2010

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Still not work from the doctor on my MRI. If I don't hear something by tomorrow I will give them a call. My back, legs, and overall mobility have greatly improved since I started taking the prednisone. I am still having the numbness issues in my left thigh which I want to discuss with the doctor before refilling that prescription.


Since I did not go to the store last week I made a quick stop on the way home for milk, drinks, and a few things for my lunches.

We've been watching Castles and more Brothers and Sisters.




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Wednesday, 13 October 2010

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No update.



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Thursday, 14 October 2010

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My friend Nancy's mother died last Sunday afternoon. She was 93, and until recently, in fairly good health. A couple of years ago Nancy was looking for someone to come sit with her mom, take her out to run errands, etc.  I hooked her up with my friend Marcy who provides that type of service. Marcy continued to visit Nancy's mom even after they had to move her from her home to a nursing facility. So, last night Marcy and I went to the funeral home then out to dinner afterwards.

We had a very brief thunderstorm move through this morning around 6:30 dropping about half an inch of rain before moving on out.

I finally heard back from the doctor on my MRI. Or rather, I called them. When my doctor's partner in the practice called me back I concluded my doctor is probably out this week. They did not find anything serious other than the generative arthritis they found in my lower back in the x-rays. Since I have some follow-up questions I will wait to see if he calls me back next week.

The vet called Bob this afternoon. Malcolm has an e coli bacterial infection in his bladder. I left work at 4:15, drove out to Clemmons to pick up his medicine, then went on to the Y.



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Saturday, 16 October 2010

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I went over to the folks house around 10:30 this morning dropping off a load of cardboard at the recycling station on the way. We first went to the grocery store then back home to drop off the food. Then to lunch at K & W Cafeteria followed by a trip to CVS. All that took most of the day which was not problem. I had planned to spend as much time as they needed to get their errands run, etc.

It was about 2:30 when I got back home. The day is just beautiful; clear blue sky and warming up to the mid-60's with a pretty good breeze from time to time. I was thinking out loud to Bob about needing to get the leaves up in the yard but not wanting to disturb the seed and fertilizer still on the ground. That 1/2 inch we had the other night wash most of it in but I can still see some lying on the ground. He suggested mulching which was actually a good idea since they were not too thick. It only took about 45 minutes to mulch as opposed to an hour plus to catch them or use the lawn vacuum.

I am readng the third book in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, Eclipse, on load to me from a co-worker.

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Sunday, 17 October 2010

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Another pretty fall day, almost perfect weather. I've had Malcolm out several times to run around the yard or for a walk. After I finished the house cleaning I picked up the big sticks I toss off to the side when I was mowing and put them in the yard cart. I think I'll go sit outside on the front porch and read for awhile. It's just too pretty to be indoors.

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