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Jun. 9th, 2021

Still here.

Went to the InLaws' for the weekend, first time in 2 years.

Leo's anxiety was on high all weekend, because the FiL could not get it through his head that THIS DOG does not like you, LEAVE HIM ALONE. And yes, Leo snapped at him several times. He still didn't learn. (Thank gods for muzzles.)

Brought back an antique china set from Mark's grandparents'. There's another set that's supposed to go to his sister, but we both know, she'll never go get it. She'll make up excuses as to why. Need to look up our pattern on Replacements.com and see what it's called. We plan to use ours from now on, whenever we have company, instead of leaving it packed away. I'll have to get photos.

Also brought back 75% of a collection from his dad. He kept calling it 'a burden'. If it's such a burden, why keep it? Why keep collecting it? anyway. I'll use it to fill out my collection and figure out what to do with the rest. It's not like I'll get any of my dad's collection, after all, it was supposed to go to my brother, though Mom has said she was going to split it between us and the grandkids. It's not that large, Mom, just give it to Dan.

Cooked and froze at least 3 months worth of meals for the InLaws', since MiL is completely bedridden and mostly non verbal now (damn Alzheimer's). It'll make things easier on the FiL, who is her primary caregiver, when it comes to meals.

Mom is moved out to my brother's. She never told me she was moving that quickly. Last I was told, she wouldn't be until the middle of this month. Still deciding how I feel about that.

Trying to get back into the groove of going to the dojo, and trying to find motivation for it again. Caena's 13th birthday would have been tomorrow, so I know that's influencing things.

Voted yesterday in the Democratic Primary. At least one person I voted for won. So that's something. The other two who won (that I did not vote for) were honestly , well, why bother type of wins. Because both have been in their positions before, so both were essentially shoo-ins. and unfortunately, older White Guys. Again. But our new Dem Lt Governor candidate is a Woman of Color, which is a first for Virginia. So hopefully that opens the floodgates from here on out.

Got a KickStarter reward on Monday, themed dice that we plan to use as Yule gifts for our gaming group. They're really adorable. Need to photograph them as well.

Anyway, that's the bare bones. More after I ruminate on it a bit longer.


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Mar. 26th, 2021

"There's an unceasing wind that blows through this night...

...And there's dust in my eyes, that blinds my sight..."

Caena was Mark's heart dog.

Adorableness Incarnate


He's not dealing with her loss very well. And having had Dante as my heart dog, I know how he feels.

She would chew on sticks, and we indulged her by letting her bring them inside to do so. She'd literally make *mulch* out of them. We called it 'making mulch'.

So Tuesday, I picked up every piece of the final stick she chewed on, earlier last week, before she crashed so drastically, and made up a couple tiny bags of it, one for him, one for me and some in the bag of her fur.

I gave him one and he asked for some of her fur to be put in it, so I added some.

He now carries that little bag in his pocket and says it's helping.

Yesterday, we got the Chewy order that contained the picture frame I found that'll hold a photo of her and her collar. He saw it laying on the shelf, waiting for this weekend to be put together, and immediately choked up. He'd forgotten we were getting it yesterday.

I promised him it does get easier. I still miss her a whole hell of a lot, particularly in the mornings, or when we come home and she's not waiting just inside the door, but not near as much as he does.

*He* picked her, she was his, from the start. He's not a dog person, but she made him one. He was her person, and she was his dog.

...And silence that speaks so much louder than words
Of promises broken...



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Mar. 23rd, 2021

When a house is not home...

Sleep is extremely elusive right now. Has been for days.

I hate this.

I hate how *empty* the house feels now.

You don't realize how big of a presence a pet has until they're gone.

This is a different feeling of loss than I felt when I lost Dante. Caena had a different presence.

And that presence filled this house in so many ways.

We miss her so much right now. We're not ok, but we're ok *enough*, for right now.



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Mar. 22nd, 2021

"It won't rain all the time, the sky won't fall forever..."

Caena, aged 2 yrs, 2010

Caena Kamikaze Ryu

June 15, 2008 - March 21, 2021


"...And though the night seems long, your tears won't fall forever."



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Apr. 13th, 2020

Bleh.

Insomnia is in full force lately. Resulting in me tossing a turning, or waking up when Mark snores, then kicking him out of the bed to the couch, only to continue to toss and turn.

Tried sleeping in the Mordor room (guest room/downstairs office), in the daybed last night. Caena wanted to sleep with me rather than in the bedroom where she can stretch out.

She's not a good bedfellow in a twin sized bed.

The door, if you don't latch it fully, shifts open rather suddenly, just about an inch, which makes the hanging that's on it, rattle.

And we had a massive rain storm system come through last night through this morning. Nonstop rain, both downpours and steady. The result was the sump pump, which is located directly below the daybed, literally kicked on every 30 seconds, for precisely 54 seconds.

Yes, I counted the seconds. The wall clock ticks them off very loudly.

The modem lights flash in an indiscernible pattern though.

Yeah.



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Mar. 27th, 2020

Ow and Yum!

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Took Caena and Leo for a really long walk yesterday, 1.27 miles. Leo was literally leaning against me as we walked up the driveway to the house. I think I broke them.

We had martial arts class online using the Zoom app last night. So stiff today. Hard wood floors are not conducive to proper workouts. We are biting the bullet and making a quick trip to get mats for next time, after we go and mow my brother's front yard for him, on Sat.

So, yesterday I said I would post the recipe of the Slow Cooker Citrus Salmon with Melted Leeks if it turned out good.

It turned out amazing. Here's the recipe-

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Slow Cooker Citrus Salmon with Melted Leeks

active: 10 mins
total: 3 hrs 40 mins
Servings: 4


Ingredients

Cooking spray
3 cups sliced leeks (from 2 leeks) {I used 3}
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme {dried works too}
1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage {Oregano works as well as dried}
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
4 (6 ounce) skinless salmon fillets
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil


Directions

Step 1

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Coat a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Place the leeks in a bowl; toss with the thyme, sage or oregano, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper, and spread in an even layer in the bottom of the slow cooker. Pour the wine over the leeks and dot with the butter. Cover and cook on LOW until the leeks are tender, about 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Step 2

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Place the salmon on top of the leeks in the slow cooker. Sprinkle the salmon with the remaining salt and; top with the lemon slices, and drizzle with the oil. Cover and cook on LOW until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of the salmon registers 140 degrees F, about 1 hour to 1hour 15 minutes. Transfer the salmon to a platter, and serve with the leeks.



Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 fillet, 1/2 cup leeks

Per Serving:
369 calories; 20 g total fat; 6 g saturated fat; 569 mg sodium. 10 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 35 g protein

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I served it with oven roasted asparagus seasoned with lemon juice and slices, salt pepper and olive oil. If you get a chance, and like salmon, make this. You won't regret it.


Virginia numbers-

7337 tested
604 positive
83 hospitalized
14 dead

3 in my County (no change)




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Mar. 16th, 2020

Various and Sundry

Caena is doing well.

Came home Sat morning. They didn't have to put a drain in and it looks like they got all of the cyst out. She looks so much better now. Lots of stitches, and she'll have a gnarly scar, but she's ok.}:)

Her appetite is definitely back up. She raced to the kitchen last night and danced while we were prepping their dinners. And today, she refused to eat the Clavomox in her food , then proceeded to fight me when I tried to force it into her mouth. It took 4 tries to get her to swallow it. That's my girl!

Took the dogs on a long (1.19 miles) walk through the woods yesterday. Found what we think are rabbit warrens. Discovered that there's another abandoned barn structure at the end of the private airstrip behind the house. We'll have to go down there sometime when the weather is better, to get some photos. Otherwise, it was quiet and peaceful.

Our local Food Lion was thoroughly picked over yesterday. It doesn't help that the other small, local grocery store shut down 2 weeks ago (and won't reopen until sometime in April, under new ownership), creating a food desert in that part of town as well as our Food Lion being half the size of a regular one. And we have no ethnic food stores here either.

We did our grocery shopping last Weds, and luckily, thought to stock up on some dry goods and canned goods. This Weds, we'll go get our usual weekly perishables. Hopefully.

It started with a rumor that our all toilet paper comes from China(it doesn't) and escalated from there. People are trying to price gouge and well, it's illegal to do in at least 38 states, so they're now finding themselves in trouble with the law.

The panic shopping here is odd. It's not even in our half of the state, it's all on the coast. But, well, human nature. Yesterday when I went to see if I could get some coleslaw, half the egg supply was gone, almost all the milk. There were 3 lone paper towel rolls, at the back of the top shelf where no one could reach them. The canned goods were distinctly reduced- not cleared completely, but definitely well shopped. The fresh meats had no chicken left. It's the cheapest, so not surprised. Glad we got a couple packages of thighs last week.

But the *freezer section*. That was practically empty of frozen pizzas and dinners. Seriously.

Mark just texted that they were being given the option to telecommute now until the 27th, if they so chose. Our internet being what it is, he's going in unless they physically close the building. He asked if I was ok with that, I said it's not in our area, once it reaches here, we'll reassess.

Martial arts classes have been cut back, so they have time to wipe the dojo floor mats and such down between classes. It only makes sense. We also have to bring our own water now. The water dispenser will be removed for the duration. Not sure what this will mean for the black belt test. I imagine if/when it gets worse, it'll be postponed.

I'm actually ok with that.

Talked to my parents on Friday. They're of the generation that grew up with shortages and probably are best suited for knowing how to prepare for a crisis like this. I'm glad they passed that on to us and we know to keep at least a month, if not 2 months, worth of dry goods and canned goods on hand. Though, I'm pretty sure we had 6 months worth growing up. Heh.

Knowing how to grow your own food, and how to preserve it, will definitely come in handy this spring and summer.

Meanwhile, keep your heads down, wash your hands and stay well out there.


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Oct. 23rd, 2019

'Trees are the Ambasseors of Time.'- Edwin Honig

And the trees that surround Five Oaks are gorgeous when wreathed in dense fog.

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Aug. 14th, 2019

Pertinent things...

Until I have more time available to me...

My brother finally moved out, after a year of living with us. After telling him, repeatedly, to save money for deposits that he may or may not have, he still ended up 500.00 short for electric and water deposits. And now has a loan out with our mother.

Like clockwork, 2 weeks after he moved out, he made himself sick. *Every month*, he'd get sick for a week. He'd claim it was his stomach, we think it was deliberate. *Every. Month.*

We lost Miss Sassy, suddenly, in December 2018. She's buried out back, as will all our pets from now on. Morrigan, Caena and Leo are doing well.

My mother in law is in the final stages of Alzheimer's. WE expect by the end of the year, she'll be gone. Of course, she could fool all of us and hang on for another few years.

My dad had a new pacemaker put in, it deals with *both* D-fib and A-fib, since, he's contrary and has both. He's doing much better now.

My second oldest niece is expecting her first, a boy, this Christmas.
My oldest niece apparently is going by 'Owen' now. I have no idea if that means they are deciding to transition or what, as we do not actually communicate.

My youngest niece graduated high school, will be attending community college for a few years, then transferring to a university.

We are now black/green belts in martial arts, and green belts in C.O.B.R.A. self defense fighting systems. We test for black/blue belt in martial arts next month. After that, it's black/red, then full black belt, 1st degree.

Garden did exceedingly well this year. Lots of beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, some zucchini, some potatoes. Pulling the sweet potatoes this weekend, hoping for lots of those too.

Still weaving, took the summer off, have a show the end of next month, then one a month for the next three. Have a whole list of things to create between now and then, so back to work I go.


Apparently my Galaxy Fit thinks I'm cycling... Fool thing.



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May. 18th, 2017

Adventures in home ownership.

Dear Leo-

When I flip back the rug to reveal the cellar door, since I need to go down into i and check a breaker, I realise it's a new, unexplored patch of floor, but really buddy, I don't need you standing on said door.

There's a reason you were babygated with Caena into the kitchen. And that's because the cellar really is no place you need to investigate.

Sorry, buddy, but its not happening.

*sigh*

Note to self- don't run the hose to water the garden *and* the washer at the same time. The well pump doesn't like it and will quit, requiring an apparent breaker reset to get it to start up again.


I'm thinking we really need a higher horsepower pump, honestly. Water pressure isn't the best, and we have no idea how old it is- note to self, look into the paperwork on that, so we know.

Yeah, that was fun.


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May. 15th, 2017

Dammit.

Last night, we heard a gunshot. Fairly close to the property. Given that the nearest neighbor we can see, has told us before that they do pistol training/target practice in their backyard, we didn't think too much of it, other than being really close. (And yes, we looked around and didn't see anything.)

Just now, on my way to the mailbox and back again, I had to fight* with both dogs to get them to keep walking past a certain area along the edge of the driveway, where the hayfield meets it.

They shot the damn fox last night and it died there. They mowed the hayfield around him, so I couldn't see it until the dogs beelined for it. (Which makes sense or the resulting mess could mess up the cutter *and* the hay.)

I get trying to keep wildlife from your chickens, what have you. But dammit, you *knew* we walk our dogs along the driveway. Why couldn't you have killed the fox at the pine tree line or something instead.

Now, we get to bury said fox tonight and hope it rains soon to wash away the scent, otherwise, *everytime* we walk the dogs through there until it does, it's going to be a battle with them.

* I literally had to take both by the collars and march them well passed the area, on the opposite side of the driveway.

Jan. 17th, 2017

Adventures in fostering, or, my new favorite saying is 'No, Leo.'

Such a pretty big boy at almost 5 months

This is Leo. He's a 5 month old (well, almost) Akita puppy. He's also already 60lbs. Yeah.


Leo

I mean, look at those paws! He's going to be a big boy when he's full grown. A gentle giant, so to speak.


This puppy...

Such a character. I told him to stay and he really wanted off the couch. Heh. This lasted all of 30 seconds. We're working on manners.


Follow the leader

Caena likes him for the most part. The first day, she was all about playing with him. The second, not so much. Today, the third, she's growled at him twice when he tried jumping on her to play. Which made him stop jumping on her immediately. He learns quick, that one. He follows her around, sniffs what she sniffs, if she eats grass, he eats grass. I have two goats now.

The cats, well, that's a work in progress. They're coming around slowly. Though Miss Sassy did not approve of being bathed by him and when he tried it with Morrigan, she hissed at him. So he hasn't done it again. But he wants to be friends oh so badly. We're working on it.


Leo is camped out under my desk. In typical Akita fashion, it took 6 tries to get him to look at me.

In typical Akita fashion, it took 6 tries to get him to look at me for this photo. He is also very much a people dog. He very much wants to be as close to 'his people' as he can get. In fact, right now, he's chewing on the arm of my chair. *sigh*. There's been a lot of 'No, Leo.', ' That's not for you, Leo.', 'That's not a chew toy, Leo.', 'No, down, Leo.' But, once he learns manners and how to co habitat with cats properly, ie, not trying to get them to play or run after them when they leave the room, he'll make someone a wonderful companion.

Hey, at least we got him to stop putting his front paws on the counter in 2 days.

And now, he's chewing on the chair leg.

No, Leo.



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Jan. 12th, 2017

Caena absolutely loves snow.

Flying Akita

Flying Akita is flying.

Too bad the snow is now gone.




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Jan. 9th, 2017

So, we got a wee bit of snow on Sat...

Christmas lights left up just for the snow.


And I was up at 530 am that morning. Yeah. Hey, it was our first snow at Five Oaks and I really wanted to see it. We decided to turn the christmas lights on for awhile, when it was coming down and I got this absolutely stunning photo of our Phoenix, a Red Oak, in all his glory. Just gorgeous.


Snow!

Caena and I walked aways down the driveway, just looking around. It was so eeriely quiet and just beautiful.


Caena is absolutely loving the snow.

She, naturally, absolutely loves the snow.

Bittersweet

The bittersweet vines and berries made for some gorgeous shots too. And it's free food for the birds, who were going nuts at the suet feeders. And still are today.

Sunset on the first snow of the year

After the snow stopped, we had roughly 5". The sun came out and made for a lovely sunset.


Sunday, we woke up to no hot water. Apparently our tankless water heater decided to die overnight. Hrm. I'd say thank gods for the home warranty, but we still haven't heard back from them as to when a tech will be out to look it over, and we have no idea how much it's going to cost. *sigh* Too bad it didn't wait until tax refund time. At least we still have cold water and a stove to heat it on. Heh.



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Aug. 15th, 2016

Day 15 of the #CTMonthInTheLife Challenge...

The prompt for today is "Rest"...

The #prompt for day 15 of the #ctmonthinthelife  #igchallenge  by @createandthrive is #rest... What better place to take a break than on my very own #frontporch , usually with a #pet or two, in this case, with Morrigan and Caena.  Sometimes you can hear a

What better place to take a break, than on my very own front porch, with Morrigan and Caena. Miss Sassy deigned to not come outside with us, however briefly. This porch is absolutely perfect for listening to the birds, watching storms roll in, watching it rain, occasionally hearing a train or far away traffic. A great place to relax and a long time in the coming.



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Jun. 15th, 2016

Eight years...

Eight Year ago today, a very special litter of puppies was born and they and their mother were rescued by Heart of Dixie Akita Rescue.

Eight years ago today, Dante sent us our next Akita, born exactly 10 days after she left us. Had to go prepare the new pupper after all, for the crazy family she'd be living with 3.5 months later.

Eight years ago today, Caena Kamikaze Ryu was born.



Happy Birthday, Caena! Here's to many more silly birthdays with you.}:)

Sep. 25th, 2014

Where's the pliers when you want them...

Bleh. Stupid broken tooth. I made Mark promise to wait until after he's done with the computer rollouts at work to start setting up appointments to get my teeth done, which will be early next month. Meanwhile, because I have a bad habit of clenching my teeth when I'm sleeping and get stressed (we're supposed to go to the cabin this weekend and we're not taking Caena, so it'll be the first time for us to be away from her and we're not sure how she'll take it- she'll be at the InLaws so will likely thoroughly enjoy herself.) So Monday morning I woke up with the tooth that's broken below the gum line, trying to kill me. Ice packs, ice water and Motrin are awesomesauce.

It's getting better, slowly, as it usually does, but if it's not more than just tolerable by Friday evening, this weekend will be miserable, Shenandoah Valley Fiber Fest on Sat or not.


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Feb. 13th, 2014

So. This happened.

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Yes, that's a yardstick. And it's still snowing. Heh.

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This was Caena last night, when we only had a little over 6". She's all, 'Nope.'

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'Nu-Uh.'

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'NopeNopeNope'


Needless to say, it was a bit too much for her. Silly Akita.

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Feb. 8th, 2014

[Semi] Daily Photo

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Caena being a silly pupper this morning. Feb, 2014



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Dec. 30th, 2013

Random from the last week.

Tuesday of last week (Christmas Eve) we headed up to New Jersey. Had chinese for dinner that night. Very good food at the Fortune Cookie in Medford Lakes.

Spent a nice Christmas with Mark's family, his uncle and aunt from California cooked a great dinner for us, Mark's parents and his Grandpop. We ate too much, as per usual.

Thursday, trekked over to Cherry Hill to visit a Wegman's grocery store (well, Marketplace they call it) for the first time ever. Discovered two things- we don't like Cherry Hill people- rude, snobby types, and we don't care for Wegman's either. We liked the deli side where the cafe and seafood was, but the rest we don't care for. Also went by Woolbearer's in Mt Holly, to see about a tabletop loom. They didn't have what I wanted on hand and I wasn't comfortable leaving my credit card number and not knowing the exact cost (they couldn't/wouldn't tell me shipping), so we left empty handed- I don't need more yarn after all. I know, it shocked Mark too.) and came home, whereupon, after a snack of meats and cheeses with the Parents In Law, I found one on sale online and ordered it, for cheaper than it would have been through Woolbearer's- even with shipping, it was still less than full price. Yeah. It should be here this Friday and I'll get to spend the weekend cursing it as I try to learn to set it up.}:P

Friday, Mark and I went to Philly and visited the Italian Market (again), where we went to DiBruno Bros (again), got cheeses - Mark got a wedge of Gorgonzola Piccante- all his, I hate blue cheese, I got a wedge of Capricho Cabra Plain- sooo good, and we'll share the half log of Homemade Sweet Soppressata. I also got a slab of Italian Noughet. We also went to the Spice Corner (again), and picked up at least half dozen more herbs and spice mixes. Then we found the Fante's store, where Mark got a 1lb of coffee (that I promptly forgot to put in the cooler yesterday morning and that his sister will be bringing back for us, along with my bookmark, since I finished my book and it fell to the floor when I got up to put my book in my bag. Yeah.) and I got a manual ravioli mold for overstuffed 2" ravioli. On the way back, we stopped in one of the butcher's there and picked up a whole rabbit, which I had quartered and Wednesday, I'll braise half of it for dinner. Wandered South Street for a little bit after that.

Friday night, the SiL, BiL, and niece arrived with their dog, Ashe. That night the FiL grilled out some very tasty ribs. Caena and Ashe could not get enough of playing and chasing each other in the backyard.

Saturday, we had Grandpop's 100th birthday party. Yes, 100th. The man is an android. He'll likely outlive us all. Heh. Crown Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill- so posh and elegant. I have photos, I just need to upload them. 100+ people at this party, almost all related to each other in some way. We knew maybe 15. Yeah. Mark got to catch up with a couple cousins he hasn't seen since they were all teenagers and grew up together- roughly 30 years. They moved out to California and lost touch. It was nice putting faces to the names, finally. All in all, it was a very nice birthday party. Lots of awards and letters from various officials and organizations for Grandpop.

Sunday, we came home. In the pouring rain. Yup. Apparently, Aries decided to go on a semi- hunger strike and didn't want to eat for Alex while we were gone. He did eat though, as he hasn't lost weight and has no mouth issues. It appears, he did not approve of the dry food we left for them, in addition to the raw. So we got a bag of the regular dry food and he chowed it right down. He was also typical very clingy kitty last night. Morrigan was Morrigan. She hacked up a hairball on my desk while we were gone in retaliation for leaving them. Yup. Typical Morrigan.

Ok, that's the good stuff.

Tuesday, we got news straight from Mark's parents that his mom has been diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's. They've known for a few months but wanted to tell us all in person. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest, for severity, she's currently a 2. They have her on meds to hopefully slow it down some. But they realize, there is NO cure. There is NO miracle drug that can stop this. It will, eventually, kill her. Hopefully, it's in another 20 years or so.

Called my mom last night tolet her know we made it home safely and found out my dad had another A-Fib episode yesterday. He is currently in the hospital for observation, as they could not find a cause yesterday and wanted to run more tests, as well as check out his defibrillator for malfunctions. Mom will be calling later this evening, hopefully with updates.


And that was my week. How was yours?



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