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Old 03-19-2017, 01:00 PM   #3949
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Putting some things away a bit ago, I found this card from the roses Doug brought me on our last anniversary together, 4 months before he died. Sigh.

I've continued the Ken Burns series today, while I am puttering, cooking, putting things away, etc., and threaded throughout the layers of development of the West is our absolutely indescribable, repugnant, and abhorrent treatment of the American Indians.

We not only took their land, which is of course what conquering armies did, but we starved them, lied to them, broke treaties and promises, tricked them, slaughtered them and did everything we could to annihilate the culture of these native peoples.

Tho more sophisticated in method, the efforts to exterminate the Jews in Europe were no worse than what we did in this country.

It is good to be reminded of our history here.

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Old 03-20-2017, 12:17 PM   #3950
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Good morning... I'm sorting and tossing here too... so finding things I'd forgotten about ages ago... but nothing as sweet as your card... hugs and love from out here...
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:37 PM   #3951
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Hi Miss Gail, I was just reading your email.

Finishing up fine tuning things from getting home, pitching the last of the junk mail that arrived in my absence, renewing my driver's license, scheduling this and that....I keep thinking of things I need to do, and my list is growing, but it's always like that when I am first home from a long trip, and I am not complaining because it is good to be back in my little house.

Did some cleaning in the Interstate this morning, now only need to vacuum crevices as well as I can...dog hair, you know...and it will be ready for the next trip, which will be to Iowa to see the loved ones there, and visit the cemetery.

Lily has her first teeth cleaning next week...it is going to be harder on me than her, I think. She can't have food or water from the evening before, has to be left at the vets for the day, will be anesthetized.

I hate it, but have to be a big girl, as it is best for her.

In the mid 60's today here, and sun is shining tho we had a storm in the night and I was awakened by a cold nose touching my cheek....I turned over, and she snuggled right in til it was over.

Sweet baby.

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Old 03-20-2017, 03:14 PM   #3952
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I'm sure she will be fine, but ask them to keep an especially close eye on Lilly as she wakes up from anesthesia. We lost our Golden Retriever a few years back when our vet's tech "extubated" him early as he was waking up, and then did not check on him again until it was too late. Tell them to make certain this does not happen to her.
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:29 PM   #3953
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That's a scary thought.

I'd like to stay with her, but I doubt they will allow it.

She's very precious to me, you know.


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Old 03-21-2017, 11:42 AM   #3954
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I had some panicky second thoughts about subjecting Lily to general anesthesia for a tooth cleaning, but after consulting with some experts, I am going to do it.

It seems the benefits vastly outweigh the risks.

The vet tech at my veterinarian's office spent a good deal of time with me on the phone this morning, explaining the why's and their process...which seems to be focused on insuring the procedure is not only safe, but also not traumatic for beloved, furry friends.

Doug would say I am projecting human feelings onto Lily...what he, with an accompanying eye-roll, called "the personification of animals" ...and he would be right.

I don't want her to feel abandoned or scared or anything negative whatsoever, but she will undoubtedly have some of that...I am assured that everyone works to mitigate against negative effects.

This is the same vet who came to the house early one Saturday morning to put our beloved Brittney Spaniel to sleep on the back porch, so that his last emotion would not be the terror he experienced whenever we went into their office.

It will probably be harder on me to leave her there. Ummm, yes.

I have done some research on how to reduce plaque and tartar naturally at home, so hopefully we can keep this from being an annual event....have had her over 6 years, and this was the first time he recommended it. We'll see.


Hauled the vacuum out to the Interstate this morning and used the tube attachment for the dryer lint trap to suckup a tremendous amount of mostly dog hair from under and behind the rear benches.

She is definitely shedding a minuscule amount, compared to pre-Shed No More, but still an awesome amount ended up in my vacuum canister after a 2 1/2 month trip. It's okay. She's worth it.

Doing labs, going to Blue Beacon, getting my hair cut, other miscellaneous errands tomorrow...hopefully by the end of next week I will have brought home a vehicle.

Fixin' to start lookin'.

Also need to mix some cookie dough up and bake a loaf of bread....I'm not really home until I have baked a loaf of bread.

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Old 03-21-2017, 12:08 PM   #3955
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Hey, Mimi, PM sent, thanks for asking.

Yes, we are ridiculously dependent upon our electronics, even though we're allegedly camping, haha.
Would love to get info from you as well regarding your changes and set up that is working. Much thanks! We are definitely addicted to our Airstream Rose and connectivity!
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Old 03-21-2017, 07:24 PM   #3956
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Please don't misunderstand, I totally support your decision to have Lily's teeth cleaned. I'm sure she will be fine. We just had a bad experience and I wanted you to know how to prevent it. Sorry for any angst I may have caused.

judyjudy, I'll send you a PM per your request.
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Old 03-21-2017, 07:35 PM   #3957
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I understand that, Bill, and thanks for the input.

I asked the vet tech at the office this morning about aftercare, monitoring, etc., and they seem to have everything covered....she won't ever be alone, always at least one person present until I pick her up.


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Old 03-22-2017, 12:19 AM   #3958
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Sounds like an excellent veterinary clinic, great! I'm sure she will be fine.
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Old 03-22-2017, 05:51 AM   #3959
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To switch the topic a bit, I saw you mentioned dog hair in your vehicle.

If you don't already know this tip--it's a good one.

A small rubber window squeegee (real rubber is best, not the fake plastic rubber) is outstanding for very quickly cleaning up dog hair from vehicle carpets or fabrics. You drag it along and it will grab the hair from in-between the weave of the fabric and drag it out.

Much faster than getting the hair out with a vacuum. And then the vacuum can get the dust out of the carpet without worrying about getting the hair out as well.
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That's a good idea, PB, I may need to get one of those for the rugs.

My rear benches are ultra leather, so no hair sticks to them, instead falling under and behind the bench into areas not accessible by opening the storage doors underneath.

The hot water tank is under one, also lots of odd bits and structures necessary for the functioning of the Interstate but not designed to be easily accessible by mere humans.

I have found the long, flexible tube attachment I use to clean the dryer vent the best item for getting behind the benches....a good two feet in length and narrow, it reaches down into places I can only see from the top, where dog hair collects and then can be sucked out.

Other than disassembling the entire interior, there is no real full cleaning available, but I do the best I can a couple of times a year....preferring no insects or spiders taking up residence in my little home in wheels.

Off for errands and a haircut this morning, dough for rye bread is doing its thing in the counter to be baked later ....the sun is shining, it is a beautiful day.

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Mikki sends a hug to Lily. I know you worry...I would, as well. After all, these are our little furry "kids". I'm sure Lily will be home soon, none the worse for it. Have a good day.
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I'm sure it will be fine, but thanks, Evelyn. Monday is the big day.

Spent the morning out and about, a full hour at Blue Beacon, waiting my turn ....but worth the wait because they do such an excellent job at such a nominal price.

One always goes to BB expecting to wait...you turn off your engine, and settle in. The truck in front of me took a full 30 minutes, having "everything on the menu" done, per the young man who came out to finally call me in.

My little buggy is shining and sparkling clean, road grime from the last month or so...gone, and everything happily coated in RainX.

Labs and a quick stop at the new HyVee here....which I have been in only once, because it is so enormous it intimidates me...where I came across Junket, or Danish Dessert, which I remember my Danish Nana making we kids when we visited them on Long Island. Grabbed some.

Kind of a cross between pudding and jello, raspberry in flavor and color.

Mixed up a box, added a couple of cups of frozen raspberries I had in the freezer...yum.

Visited my longtime hairdresser, too, for a badly needed cut and a long visit to catch up on each other's lives. 21 years or so she has been doing my hair...from coloring it, to cutting it off short, to helping me grow it out post retirement.

She cut Doug's hair, too.

Lots of of life events we have been thru with each other...a good, good woman, who I am grateful to have in my life.

Rye dough resting, getting ready to go into the oven...

Sun is shining, Lily is waiting for her walk...

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