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By beckysdad on Feb 11, 2016 at 6:03 PM

Well that had to be loads of fun. Give me a task where I have to put my body in awkward positions to access stuff and then give me hands that are painful and not working at 100%. I've paid my dues to replacing disposals and I don't relish the next time. I had a near disaster when I did mine. I had it all replaced and was ready for a test run when something caused me to review everything I'd done. In that review I realized that I hadn't punched out the seal where the dishwasher connects to the disposal. Can you imagine what kind of mess I'd have had if the dishwasher didn't have anywhere to drain to? I hope Chuck enjoyed his beer. He certainly earned it. This morning Becky and I ran into an exuberant male black lab that we've known for more than a year. It was fund and interesting and frustrating all at once. McGinty belongs to the K9 cop that I've mentioned a few times. He was being walked by the wife this morning. She's not nearly as adept a dog handler but she's grown more comfy over the last year. She wasn't as fearful about Becky and McGinty meeting this morning but he has a lot of energy and is a bit lacking in manners. He's a passionate little guy and rather than controlling him through discipline she tries to do so with his leash. They went nose to nose to say hi and McGinty was something of a spaz. After he mellowed a bit I went to one knee to say hi to him. He approached me as his mama worried. As I was rubbing his ears Becky leaned in to join. Mama was concerned as she was watching these two goggie heads coming together right up against my chest. She just knew something bad was going to happen but I wasn't concerned. McGinty then reached out with his tongue and started cleaning one of Becky's ears. Mama didn't know what to make of this but I started joking about it asking McGinty if that was his big move with the ladies. Becky didn't seem to be bothered by it and might have even enjoyed it. Becky moved away after a bit and left me and McGinty to our own devices. As I said, I had taken a knee and after a time McGinty started exploring the inside of my thigh. Mama got embarrassed but I told her that McGinty had a very good nose and he had just sniffed out the treat in that pocket...which was true. It could be fun to get the two of them together but McGinty is still something of a wild card. He lives with a German Shepard and they don't get along. You'd think that in the home of a K9 cop that harmony would have been expected and demanded.

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By beckysdad on Feb 11, 2016 at 1:19 PM

It's interesting that he always starts down the behavioral path but sometimes something tips him off and he sends them off to the vet to see if there's a physical ailment that is responsible for or contributing to the problem. I like how he's able to view the world from the cat's eyes and uses that to find solutions. Imagine that...trying to see things from the other ones eyes. If people started doing that with world problems there'd be a a lot less strife. Sadly there's not much chance of that happening. Ah, so your knee employs a pre-game ache...that kinda sucks. There's plenty of time for acting up after something actually happens. Knees...sheesh!

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By beckysdad on Feb 11, 2016 at 7:25 AM

There's one thing that seems a little contrived in the show or maybe it's just the nature of the people that finally reach out to him. Inevitably one of the two humans is always right on the edge of walking out the door. I understand how great the frustrations can get. I would hope that the frustrated one would be more interested in finding a solution that doesn't involve getting rid of the cat. There's always one that loves the cat unconditionally no matter how egregious its behavior. I would feel much better if the frustrated partner was anxious to try everything and be optimistic to avoid putting their partner in the awful position of having to re-home the cat they so clearly love. If nothing works then consider the regrettable alternative but why dig in your heels if you haven't tried everything. It would kill me to think I would ask a loved one to make that choice no matter how frustrated I was.

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By beckysdad on Feb 11, 2016 at 5:20 AM

I have to admit that I did feel very at home with that crowd. Theater crowds as a rule are largely old and white to begin with but this group was especially so. I suspect you'll find My Cat from Hell episodes Saturday on Animal Planet. It just occurred to me to look on Youtube and they have a bunch of episodes there if you want to check it out. Here's one as an example. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrAriifTK2o

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By beckysdad on Feb 10, 2016 at 9:37 PM

That's sure good news that Chuck has felt better today and that there's hope for even more improvement. Common and fixable are my favorite types of conditions. Actually, I found the Irving Berlin show quite enjoyable. If there had just been a medley of hit after hit it would have been pretty boring. As it was the show opened with young Berlin badgering old Berlin for being such a curmudgeon and reminding him it wasn't always that way. They then went back and took him through his life and explained the story of many of his songs. It was very informative and had some good humor as well. Throughout the show I found myself thinking "damn, he did that one too?" The other thing that was funny was the demographic of the audience. I've never seen such a collection of old white people. Definitely check out Jackson Galaxy. He's a hoot and a great advocate for cats. You'll love him. The Mac n cheese was quite good and I didn't feel cheated. Mom did show some empathy on her own and offered to take some frozen corned beef out of the freezer for me...uh...pass.

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By beckysdad on Feb 10, 2016 at 5:42 AM

That would sure be nice if Chuck could get back to sleeping without pain again. Talk about your things that one would take for granted. Let's hope Chuck can deliver a good report when he starts moving around. While it's worrisome that Trump won by such a large margin we can take some solace in the fact that about two thirds of the electorate wasn't buying into his adolescent approach to solving the world's problems. With any luck the other two thirds will fall in behind someone more palatable. It will be an interesting day with the folks today. We're going to an Irving Berlin themed matinee. Then, since it's Ash Wednesday and the folks are very observant Catholics, meat is literally off the table for dinner tonight. Mom asked that I make my mac n cheese for dinner tonight. I'd love to grab a couple of sausages that I could eat on the side but I'll respect their tradition. It's only one meal. I know there are a few other things on my to do list so it should be a productive day. I glanced at your forecast...Saturday is going to be more than a bit chilly. I'm sure all the critters will be looking to you for comfort. I've been watching a fair number of episodes of My Cat from Hell lately. It's funny how in those shows, just like with Dog Whisperer, 90% of the problem lies with the humans. The solutions are similar but then depart in one critical area. The similarity is that cats and dogs do best with both physical and mental stimulation each day. With cats it's lots of play. With dogs it's walkies. The big departure is that with dogs you have to let them know that you're in charge and they thrive is a structured environment. With cats it's do everything you can to make them happy and then all will be good. Jackson sure seems to have a rapport with cats, though.

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By wuxie on Feb 9, 2016 at 11:13 PM

No, that is a kewt pup I found in Google images I think. But my Rottie, Einstein, just turned 9 this past Saturday.

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By beckysdad on Feb 9, 2016 at 4:48 PM

I certainly don't agree with all of Kasich's positions but at least he's an adult and reasonable. Those are qualities I find all too scarce in the rest of the Republican field. Enjoy your dinner. I hope Chuck will have full use of his hands.

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By beckysdad on Feb 9, 2016 at 2:59 PM

The nap zombie caught up with me after breakfast and again after lunch. I feel a whole lot better now. I'm glad Chuck got some relief from those steroid shots. At least you got some encouraging news and a plan for the future. That's a hell of a lot more than you've had. Let's hope we get some decent news out of New Hampshire. I'd love to see Kasich pull off a win and Trump get taken down a peg.

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By beckysdad on Feb 9, 2016 at 6:24 AM

I wasn't able to get any more sleep. I suspect after breakfast I'll feel a bit nappy. It's not the way I want it to happen but I do need more snooozles. Obviously we're not happy about the hip situation but at least she's home and working rather than being stuck in the hospital with an infection. Sadly there's not much we can do anyway. But there seems to be progress in any event. We'll take that.

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By beckysdad on Feb 9, 2016 at 2:43 AM

I did make it through those final few hours and yet here I am. It didn't translate into a sustained night of sleep. I suspect I'll nap out a bit before walkies but it's frustrating my body didn't say hey I need more before I found myself wide awake just before two. More importantly, you're right about it being nice to hear some positive comments from Syl's camp. It's much more encouraging to hear that in the days following this treatment that she's fighting walking issues rather than the infection issues she fought in round one. It's impossible to get a true idea of what I'll face in Oregon until I get up there. It's impossible to get a great feel from looking at the MLS, as helpful as it is. I suspect one of these days (maybe before too long) I make a two day run up there to get a better lay of the land. It's only six hours to Medford which represents the bottom end of what I suspect is my search zone. It extends two to three hours north from there. I've always enjoyed my drives through there. I know I love the scenery but none of my previous trips have been focused on paying attention to amenities, neighborhoods and more subtle geographic differences. Given my tendency awful hours, I could start a road trip and be in Medford by 9am with little trouble. I could spend the day poking around Ashland, Medford and Grants Pass and end that day In Roseburg. I could spend the following morning-early afternoon exploring Roseburg to Eugene and then hightail it home and only be gone one night. It wouldn't answer all my questions but it would give me lots of fodder for dawn walkies ponderings. I hope you get that cat nap before going and getting some good news with Chuck.

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By beckysdad on Feb 8, 2016 at 7:57 PM

I've resigned myself to having others come along and do LOLs better than me. There are so many talented people on this site. It has been tough not napping this evening. I've got another couple hours to go. It was amazing being able to open up the house today. It was a very nice day. I did hear the little monsters next door part of the day...sigh. It's making me wonder if I have to factor more space in when I move to Oregon. In all my years and different places I've lived this is the only time I've had to worry about this. What time is Chuck's appointment?

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By beckysdad on Feb 8, 2016 at 4:56 PM

Yeah, I went a fair time as well in between LOLs. The photos haven't spoken to me nearly as much lately. I've got a notion on an old Becky photo that just needs the last bit of inspiration. It may be a while or the last of the idea may come quickly...who knows...it has potential though. I'm sure if you gave yourself a bit of time and stared at some of those photos for a bit the funny would come streaming back. That sucks about Chuck's fingers and hand and all. I really hope you get some encouragement tomorrow. I've managed to stay awake all day without a nap. Now let's see how I do through the evening. I was bummed that they announced it's the final season of The Good Wife during the Super Bowl yesterday. Losing that and Downton in the same year is going to be tough. There are only four or five Downton episodes left. Sigh... I was watching a Living Alaska show this afternoon. They featured a couple moving to Alaska from Florida. He's military and pulled duty up there and she's along for the ride. After looking at one house the wife mentioned that they'd need a fence to keep out the bears. They were working with a husband and wife realtor team and the gal said something like "fence ain't gonna do it...you're better off with a shotgun". I think she's got some adapting to do.

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By beckysdad on Feb 8, 2016 at 8:23 AM

It may turn out to be a good thing. I've been getting my days and nights turned around a bit. If I can curtail my naps some today I could make some progress in turning things around. Yeah, Gaga's eyes were too much. I guess she couldn't help herself and had to have a wacky element. I loved the first half of her rendition of the anthem but she got carried away towards the end. Manning did a fine tap dance with his post game interviews. I suspect his retirement announcement will come shortly after their parade. I'm sure he wants the attention to be on the team rather than himself. I'm very surprised by that FP. I don't think it will get the love that the last one I got did. I'm thinking the Becky cookie dough LOL will make its way to the FP at some point too. That was the most likely of the three though I didn't think any of them were headed to the FP. It's always fun though.

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By beckysdad on Feb 8, 2016 at 6:30 AM

Weird morning. I awoke early and sleep seemed elusive. I stayed up for a time and then crawled into my recliner and just woke up about ten minutes ago. It's time for walkies.The game sure didn't end the way we thought it would. As far as I'm concerned the halftime show was a bust. It did absolutely nothing for me. I'd prefer The Boss.

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By beckysdad on Feb 7, 2016 at 2:50 PM

It's channel 529 or 1529 out here (I'm ATT, too). It shows up as GAC. I've watched some puppy bowl too...way adorable. I even tuned into some kitten bowl earlier today. They've got some cutes, too. Shelters can indeed be depressing places. I was so glad that wasn't the case with ARF out in Walnut Creek where I got Becky. I've decided to wait until tomorrow for the big air out. It will be warmer and there's less chance of annoying noise from the neighbors.

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By beckysdad on Feb 7, 2016 at 10:57 AM

Curry got six tickets from the Panthers owner and he also has access to the Under Armour box. I was unaware of this but there's a huge drum that the Panthers keep on the sideline that gets beat before the game. They've asked him to beat the drum before the game. They had him do that for their season opener, too. He and Cam are good friends. He's said that if the Panthers win he hopes to be in a position to storm the field. It just seems odd that Syl has this huge thing going on that we're not a part of at all. Sigh...I so wish there was something we could do. If you do find the Great American channel I'm sure you'll get a chance to get caught up with all the log cabin episodes. They don't seem to sprinkle a variety of shows throughout the day. They seem to devote each day to a particular show and run marathons all day long. At least, that's what I've seen in the last few days.

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By 1TeamKSO on Feb 7, 2016 at 10:27 AM

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By beckysdad on Feb 7, 2016 at 7:29 AM

The great thing about being a Dubs fan and the season they're having is that it's truly a joy to watch Sportscenter. They usually open each broadcast so you don't have to wait and wonder if and when you'll get the highlights. They often have a second feature somewhere in the show about the Dubs or Curry or Green that makes you feel good about your team as well. The episode I watched for last night's game had both the game recap and then a second segment on Steph. If they were being fair they should have had a segment on Durant rather than Curry based on last night's game. There's a whole slew of shows I've found recently on The Great American Channel. I had no idea I had it...or wanted it. I stumbled across it quite by accident. I wonder how Syl is doing. It's been almost a week since her last chemo treatment. I sure hope this one didn't hit her as hard.

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By beckysdad on Feb 7, 2016 at 5:38 AM

I did watch the whole game last night. Durant really put on a show. He was incredible. The Splash Brothers were totally off with their three point shooting. It's rare that both of them are cold. It was a total team effort to get the win but that's what they do. I set a record for the Puppy Bowl and the entire day they're having great puppy programming on that channel. I've been watching more log cabin stuff this morning. They had two episodes that were centered in Bend. They really have some gorgeous homes there and the rivers, lakes and mountain views are incredible. It's all appealing except that it's high desert. I'd have trouble with the weather. The people are nice though. ;^)

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