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Posted: 01/04/20 02:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sending prayers for Tall Friend. They have a bit of road ahead of them to be sure. The Spotacus in our family has grown into a very loving and sociable gentleman. He sits on the sofa and casually converses with whoever stops by their house. He thinks he's part of the conversation and that these folks have come to visit him apparently. [emoticon]


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Posted: 01/07/20 10:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tall Friend is in the rehab facility, but Short Friend is still having to stay with him all the time, so she's exhausted. We'll spell her as often as we can (and Tall Friend will accept), but it's tough.

Magnus, your Spotacus sounds very much like ours was, although he was not all that chatty, and his voice was very quiet when he did speak.

We had a buck visit the south porch this morning. Scared off the fawns and yearling, but when he left, they came back and WLToo fed them. Leoghaire strolled up and shared the feed, but they all kept staring off to the west (where the buck had not gone) and acted quite nervous.

Rudy's in my face, wanting me to move the laptop so he can get comfortable. Later, y'all.


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Posted: 01/08/20 09:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I know how exhausting it is when trying to support a loved one through illness. We manage but I'm glad you're there for Short Friend.

Cats are quite personable and friendly. Those who don't like them must have had a bad experience with them when they were young.

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It's a foggy, foggy day, and rather damp. We've managed to get .6" of rain registered in the gauge. We need much more, but we'll take it.

Tall Friend is doing well, but Short Friend has regular meltdowns. She still thinks she has to do everything herself. Not. Today we researched traveling notaries and handyman services for her, so they can get some paperwork signed and get their bathroom door widened before he goes home. Luckily, they have room to widen the door and put a sliding door on it later.

Whoever thought it was a good idea to make bathroom doors 24" wide should be dug up and hanged from a lamppost... I'd forgotten that so many are too narrow, since our unique fixer upper has all interior doors more than wide enough for a wheelchair and/or walker.

I'm taking Sister to Fort Rucker, where Nephew One is graduating from Army Flight School. WLToo will stay home to cat sit and help Short Friend. Just doing the laundry at our house will help, as our washer/dryer are more efficient and fast. When I get back, I'll go over and straighten up her place every few days. She's been going home, throwing stuff in the laundry, tossing things here and there, and bagging up more stuff to take to the rehab facility. Now she doesn't know what's where at home. I'll straighten it up, take photos of where I put it, and hopefully ease her mind a little bit.

Meanwhile, the cats want to play. Later, y'all.

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Posted: 01/13/20 06:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good idea to take photos. Glad to hear TF is going better. You’re a good friend. Won’t you be my neighbor?[emoticon]

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TF comes home on 3 Feb. Yesterday, we got the grab bars and new shower head, and his patient transfer/mover thingie arrived, but needs assembly. He still can't really walk, so the mere act of getting out of bed/up from a chair requires SF's assistance, and the 15" height difference between them makes it very much harder on her than him. The one good thing is his speech is just barely slurred anymore.

We'll go over every other day to help SF force him into walking therapy. Takes at least two people: one to hold him upright in the walker and one to be right behind with the wheelchair. We will not be as kind as the physical therapists: some serious military discipline will ensue. We're all tired of him not wanting to make the effort -- that's not an acceptable attitude in a retired first sergeant. Snort.

SF just drove up. Need to help her. Later, y'all.

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Posted: 01/27/20 05:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If that retired 1st Sergeant is a Marine yell at him. Semper Fi - Marine! Ten Hut!

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Posted: 02/22/20 03:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

WL, haven't heard from you in a while. How is everyone?

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Magnus, he was Army, not USMC. It's been frustrating. TF was home for 10 days and did absolutely zip to get better. It's like the lizard part of his brain was in charge, and anything he could do passive-aggressively to get others to do everything for him ruled. SF got so exhausted that she finally heeded the experts' advice and told TF he would be going to long-term rehab, and she would NOT be there every single day to fetch and carry. He would either do the rehab and get better, or he could live as an invalid by himself. So he agreed to go.

He's been there since last Wednesday. He complains about having to do for himself, but he's doing it (because no one else will do it for him). SF slept for a couple days after TF went, and now she's headed to the airport to pick up her folks. We helped her organize the house for their visit, and she's feeling so much better. Last Saturday, the three of us went to a musical theater (first time in over a year), and laughed our fannies off. Felt great.

Meanwhile, winter is taking one last shot at us. Today is cold, with the wind howling. We'll have about six hours of a hard freeze tonight, and then back to normal by Saturday. We've nothing in the garden to freeze, so no worries there.

Leoghaire and two yearling does still come to the south porch each afternoon, so we feed them deer chow (no corn). Which reminds me, we need some more.

What with the COVID-19 virus in San Antonio (about an hour away), some folks are assembling a 30-day supply of stuff, just in case they feel the need to self-quarantine. WLToo thought we might want to add to our standard survival supplies, such as cat food and cat litter, so we'll head to the county seat in a bit. Brrr...

Czarny has been a real pest of late, playing kitty on the wrong side of the house. He'll run out one door, go around the house and want in another door, then go back out the first door. We're not letting him outside today at all, what with the cold, stiff wind keeping the wind chill factor down close to freezing. Rudy could care less -- he'd rather lay on me or in bed. At the moment, two lumps are under the covers, where I expect them to stay all day.

Yesterday, they were both outside, then Rudy ran into the house calling out in some distress. Czarny was right behind him. As I was trying to figure out the problem, I realized Leoghaire was standing by the door the cats had just fled through. Aha. Rudy is quite the hunter wannabe, as long as Leoghaire is on the other side of a closed door. But that door was open! Aaaahhh! So both cats decided to stay inside the rest of the afternoon.

Time to haul the recycles and pick up some deer feed and cat supplies. Later, y'all.

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Posted: 02/28/20 05:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Glad that SF is finally able to get some much needed rest. Rehab helps both of them. Glad to hear that Leoghaire is still there and the Dynamic Duo are doing well. We don't have any COVID-19 concerns. We just have our normal stock of stuff that we have in case we're snowed in. SOS tastes good on cold days.

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