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Week of 22 November 2010

Latest Update: Wednesday, 24 November 2010 6:20 p.m.


Monday, 22 November 2010

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This is the first time in a long time I have worked the week of Thanksgiving. I usually take Monday - Wednesday off.

I am reading another Karen MacInerney mystery, Dead and Berried, A Gray Whale Inn Mystery from my TBR shelf. Natalie, the Inn owner on Cranberry Island off the coast of Maine, once again finds a dead body. Between that and her ex-fiance showing up at the door and another fight to keep a developer at bay, Nat has her hands full. Plus, it's off season and she's worried how she will make it through the rough winter without paying guests.

We are still in our warm spell. Yesterday's wind brought down a bunch of the pin oak leaves from next door. Perhaps they will all fall in the next week and I can get them up when I mow for the last time.

 

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Tuesday, 23 November 2010

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Wednesday, 24 November 2010

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I dropped Malcolm off at the vets on the way to work. Speaking of which, it was a really, really, slow day. I decided to work today instead of using up a PDO and to be there just in case the secretary I support needed help. And, since I had to have Malc at the vets anyway.

By 3pm I was ready to leave but I could not pick up Malcolm until 5. I took a couple of hours of PDO time and came home to get my packing done for this weekend then went out to the vets.

Since his liver enzymes came back so high they did a scan of his liver and another urine culture to make sure the infection was gone. He does have a tumor in his liver but it did not show as being  metastasized.

Bob and I had already talked about what we would do, or not do, if they found something. As Sue, our vet said, Malcolm does not act sick and the tumor could have been there for a long time. At his age we would not put him through a surgery or treatment that may or not prolong his life but make him miserable. So, we will do nothing. He is on a low dose of tramadol for his hips. If the tumor is cancer and he starts showing signs of discomfort we will up his pain meds to keep him as comfortable as long as we can. His body is riddled with those fatty tumors dogs get. It could be one of those in his liver instead of cancer.

I am packed and ready to go. Tomorrow the folks and myself are taking a day bus trip to Shatley Springs; about an hour and a half from here to the west.  On Friday we leave for Louisville, KY for a Christmas light show and other holiday events and return home on Sunday. It should be a lot of fun. I am looking forward to both events.

Hope you have a great Thanksgiving Holiday.


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Thursday, 25 November 2010

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Saturday, 27 November 2010

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