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Week of 31 January 2011

Latest Update: Sunday, 6 February 2011 12:20 p.m.


Monday, 31 January 2011

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Much cooler today than yesterday. It never did rain but cloudy and windy all day. I went to the Y after my chiropractor appointment. I was mentally exhausted from the stuff I had to work on today so the physcial workout was a nice balance.

Left over home made stir fry and Costco egg rolls for dinner. Bob found some really good ones in the freezer section. They only take 20 minutes in the oven, and to me, are as good or better than some we get in the restaurants. We also use Costco stir fry frozen veggies. Bob makes the rice in the morning. Sometimes I thaw out frozen shrimp to add and other times I just do the rice and veggies.

Last night I grilled boneless pork ribs and made pasta salad. We'll have those leftover tomorrow night.

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Tuesday, 1 February 2011

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I had a vet appointment for Malcolm for this afternoon at 4:30. The vet called yesterday after I had left for the day to let me know they needed to reschedule because Dr. Sue was not going to be there in the afternoon.

Any way, we went this morning instead to have his rear leg looked at. For a long time he's had a hard, dime sized place just below his "ankle bone". Last week he started chewing on it. I kept it wrapped in vet wrap from Tuesday on until we could get to see Sue. Turns out it is a very large callous caused by the contact with the hardwood floor. He lies mostly on that side and plops down on that side. Sue said to keep it wrapped until it heals back up then try leaving it unwrapped to see if he will leave it alone.

We also discussed his incontinence problem which is better but not completely gone. She upped the dosage of that medicine. And, all this time I was thinking the red spot on his front leg was an alergy is actually where is his licking the leg from the arthritis bothering that joint. She did a test bending the left leg and then the right. He was fine with the right but uncomfortable on the left. We can't give him Rimadyl because of his liver problems. Sue also upped his Tramadol to help with the pain. When we first got it he was on two in the morning and two at night. That dosage was keeping so drugged up I dropped him back to one and one. Now we are going to try one and two. I guess at this point I would rather he be slightly drowsy all the time as to being in pain.

By the time I got him back home it was 10:45 by the time I got to work. I stayed until 5:15 to finish a project and make up some of my time. Today I managed to plow through about half my backlog.

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Wednesday, 2 February 2011

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I went to work at 8:30 and left at 10 to pick up mom and dad to take dad to his family doctor for a follow-up appointment. By the time we finished up there, stopped for a bite to eat, and took them home it was 2pm when I got back to work. Not a problem. I told my supervising attorney that with dad not being able to drive for awhile I would be in and out, late, and leaving early for awhile. He was very understanding as I knew he would be.

It  turned warm and sunny yesterday once the morning clouds and fog was blown away by the wind. I went to the Y after work. We are watching the final four episodes of Brotherhood.


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Thursday, 3 February 2011

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I am almost caught up with things at work that I fell behind in after being out those couple of days with dad. It was much cooler today than yesterday. I stopped at the library to pick up reserve books and then the grocery store. It is supposed to be warm enough tomorrow to be just rain here but the counties north of us could get ice/freezing rain. Hopefully it will stay warm enough up there for it to be rain as well.

I am reading a new Lucy Stone mystery by Leslie Meier, Wicked Witch Murder. This series is light but fun to read.


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Friday 4 February 2011

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Saturday, 5 February 2011

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It is a cloudy, damp, windy day. We had about half an inch of rain yesterday and last night. Yesterday afternoon when I picked mom up to take her to the beauty shop it was raining pretty hard. I went from there to my chiropractor appointment. We watched a movie last night on ROKU, I Capture The Castle. It was chick flick, but Bob got it for me. He hates to watch movies in general and chick flick's even more. After that we watched some more House.

 I've spent the day cleaning out my office closet and the junk accumulated on the floor. It looks much better. I just can't stand a lot of clutter. Read and watching the golf tournament this afternoon.

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Sunday, 6 February 2011

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House cleaning this morning then outside with Malcolm for some fresh air and sunshine. It's a very nice day; sunny, high 40's, very little wind. I picked up sticks and swept up leaves and debris off the driveway and gutter. The city always leaves a big mess when they pick up limbs. I had to vacuum out the back seat of the Trooper and clean the slime from the window after taking Malcolm to the vet last week.

I am reading the latest Karen MacInerney mystery, Berried to the Hilt set on Cranberry Island off the coast of Maine.



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