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Monday - July 1st, 2019 - Good Morning!

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Good Morning! ūüôā

Wow! It's July, already!! Is time flying, or what?!?

Worked, last night, for about 1/2 shift. Worked 5 hours in the E.R., which was relatively "Q". Then, around midnight, I went home On Call. Did not get Called In, allowing me the potential for a fairly good night's sleep. I would have slept better if our elderly senile canine-family-member was a little less senile. (Ugh!) It seems that night is turning into day for poor Mayson. When I got home, he was in my 2nd floor studio panting and anxious. I helped him downstairs and put him outside, thinking he had to "go".  Apparently he didn't, so I put him back inside and stayed with him for a while. When I thought he quieted down, I went back upstairs to try to go to sleep. Well, that woke him up again! So, I helped him upstairs and stayed with him in the studio room for a while. I stayed with him for about 2 hours, and left when he definitely fell asleep. So, around 3:30 AM, I climbed into bed and caught a few ZZZZZZs for myself. Around 5:00 AM, the sun rose, and so did Mayson. Gratefully, I did not get Called In, but I didn't get that nice, extra sleep that I hoped to get. (Whine!) Been with Mayson since 5:00 AM, keeping him company, safe and sound from whatever "demons" that are running through his poor doggy mind. We're not used to seeing Mayson like this. But according to the research Amy has been finding on-line, well-aged dogs can get their form of dementia. He seems happy, which is nice. But he's much, much, much more needy and "confused". 

Today?!? It's Mow the Freakin' Lawn Day. The top part of our lawn really needs it. I can't avoid it any longer. Of course, it rained yesterday, which made the grass grow happily longer. (Damned grass!) Will probably start mowing in a few hours. Don't want to wait too long because it's supposed to be hot and humid by mid-afternoon.

Working tomorrow. Off Wednesday. Working Thursday. THEN, I'm off from 6 mights in a row! 

Nothing much else going on. Hope everyone has a pleasant day today! ūüôā

Ted

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Morning Ted.  That does sound a little like sundowning, or whatever the canine equivalent is

Quieter day yesterday for me.  Was at church early, our tenor was doing a solo and wanted a few of us to join him on the refrain (it was Ray Charles's version of America the Beautiful)

Met dad for lunch.  Storms struck while we were at lunch but the rain had let up by the time we left

While I was at the restaurant J finally called.  Things have been going well in CA, he's just been busy.  His flight home leaves tonight around midnight

Rest of the day was fairly quiet, exercised and worked on my cross stitch.  

Today it's the start of a 3 day work week for me.  Going to be warm most of this week though by the end it should be cooler.  More rain expected too

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Good Morning!

Ted, glad you got some sleep and didn't get called in.  Hope Mayson gets to a happier place. 

Joe, safe travels for J. Hope your short week goes well.

Have a great day!

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Morning-

I tried to post yesterday, but we kept losing power d/t thunderstorms.  Some of the storms were spectactular.  Fiance and I took my mother out for lunch.  Tomorrow she turns 87.  She's getting hard of hearing, but otherwise is doing very well.  We were up in NSIME's hometown getting fried clams.  Delicious, but not healthy at all!

This morning has been crazy.  Our allergy shot nurse mistakenly thought she had the day off, so we had a waiting room full of patients who were not happy.  I did as many as I could, but I also had to see my patients, and I'm not very fast at doing shots.  I'm not familiar with how all the vials are set up, so it's like hunting and pecking for keys on a keyboard.  Fortunately, someone else was able to come in and is doing the shots.  Crisis averted.

Ted-Poor Mayson.  I've been doing some reading on elderly animal behavior, as I have a very senior cat who has some behavioral issues.  I'm going to talk to the vet about putting her on fluoxetine.  Might be an alternative for Mayson.  I know Stars gives her dogs Bach's Rescue Remedy which calms them down.  

Joe-A three day work week is nice!  Glad J is on his way back.

Hi Tweety!  

Hi to everyone else.  Hope Monday is kind to you all.

 

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This time of year our Dukie Dog and Pearlie Girl bark and bark because someone nearby sets off LOUD fireworks from dusk to after midnight. They have a doggie door and choose to run and bark whenever we use our hands to do something other than pet them. 

At least neighbors don't complain because the fireworks are louder than the dogs.

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Poor Mayson, Ted and Amy. Wishing you all peace.

Having a decent day at work: processed some paperwork regarding immigration, got some specimens ready to ship. Watched the routine Monday TB webinar. I read about the latest measles case in Seattle. Apparently it is in a child who couldn't be immunized for underlying health issues, and now he is hospitalized.  

Very pleasant weather again, supposed to get to 80. I have some chicken I will grill on the barby for dinner, and there is some romaine lettuce in the garden to harvest, and I have some beets that I'm going to try cooking on the grill. 

Starting today fireworks are legal, so we shall see how Angus does. In the past he has ignored them, but he is getting older.  

Pleasant day all. 

 

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Getting toward the start of evening here.

The next few days are supposed to be scorchers, so I googled "heat problems and the elderly" and read to Nanny why it is important to heed the guidelines, the do's and don't's....which naturally made her p.o.'d. And I know she won't remember, but OH WELL!

Later we all sat outside with iced (non-alc) drinks, but when I went in because I was starting to get a headache, she made a point of tossing her head and saying, "Well, *I* feel just fine!"

Well, boop-boop-bee-doop for you!  So, later, after hubby and she came back in, Her Majesty decided that she was going for her walk in the yard, and threw caution to the wind... (B'BYE!) 

As long as she doesn't go out during mid-day, hubby and I decided it wasn't worth arguing with her about, as she will do as she damn well pleases, ESPECIALLY if the words 'no', or 'don't' challenge her ideas about her what she wants  and/or her abilities.

But boy can she whine if you offer to help her run through her PT exercises: "I don't feel good.",  "They didn't do me any good  anyway." , "I'm too stiff." ( Yeah, no kidding? You lost more flexibility 'cause you refused to keep up with PT.)

She then has to demonstrate for the gazillionth time, how her legs --- from her ankles to her knees --- won't bend. "See?" she says as she pulls up on her foot, trying to move it over to cross her other knee. She grunts and gasps to impart the exertion it requires. "It won't bend!" 

Hubby said if her leg ever bent between her ankle and knee she'd be in an ambulance, on her way to the hospital with a bone fracture. SHE insists it is because she was 'cripple' all her life (not A cripple, or crippleD...) being born double-club-footed and having all those surgeries and having to wear casts and be in traction. I understand it was THE defining experience of her life, but I'm sorry, thirty years of hearing the tale tends to make one do a mental eye-roll and an inaudible sigh, and pray for a distraction to interrupt her momentum! 

Hubby and I rode out to The Big Mall, which is about 15 miles away; I got Ozzie's CALM DOWN drops at the HFS because July 4th has everyone fire-works-crazy.

We located the large bookstore, but didn't go inside to torture ourselves. Next SS check, we can afford a good Bird ID book. I took a 16 week Bird-Watching course, um, ....only 39 years ago, ----and yet I'm amazed at how much I have forgotten!  Gee whiz, I'm not too much of a Whiz anymore!       

I have no clue about when we might be getting that 2nd storage shed, because if we could actually get to our stored stuff we already have a couple or three bird books. It'd save us some money. But first, we have to spend $$$$ (the new shed) to save $$ (on a book).

Basically her lower trunk and thighs are QUITE ample, and it is that which impedes her movements; that and being "almost 90". 

While I was writing this, Nannie and my hubby had a brief tug-of-war over the advisability of her taking a second walk. She sat down, then  muttering, got up, took her walker, and out the door she went, saying, "I'm going to walk and I DON'T CARE if it's what you call 'a safety issue' or not!" 

She came back, sat in her recliner, and won't speak to or look at anyone....she's not even chirping to the dogs! 

I don't really know too many people who get happy when their MiL gets mad at them and gives them the cold shoulder.

 

 

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ūüėʬ†¬†FRIED CLAMS????!!!!

ūüė≠¬†fried clams?!?

ūüė쬆fried clams.*sigh*

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