Newest Member: Delilahh


Him: FWS
Kids: 22 & 25
Married for 30 years now, was 16 at the time.
D-Day Sept 26 2008
R'd in about 2 years. Old Vet now.

Baby Mockingbirds and other random thoughts on a Friday Morning.

We built our house in 2000. We live out in the country, and I have feeders up for birds year round, but don't hang hummingbird feeders due to having bee hives, and sugar water is not good for them.

We have never had Mockingbirds here, and I love to watch them they are such characters, and truly will mock just about any routine sound they hear. That is until about a month ago I noted that I had a couple visiting my big bird bath which is right outside the windows from where I sit for work. They bathe, and then flit up to a branch on my sand cherry, and preen and bicker with each other.
Well yesterday, I thought I saw what looked like a miniature Mockingbird. But when I rolled over to have a better look it was gone.

Then my younger lab decided he needed to be outside was being silly about the urgency of it. Well he somehow put 2 and 2 together, and we have 4 young mockingbirds hanging out in a bush at the other end of my porch, so of course, being a bird dog he was ready for game on. He was doing laps around the bush, the babies were flitting up and sitting on a bluebird box, and my porch railing while Momma was dive bombing him. He of course thought this was all a game. He is clueless that not every creature in the world wants to be his friend. I was a bit worried that they were being forced to fledge before being fully ready, but this morning I have seen 3 of them at the birdbath.

Which brings me to share another fun memory of my labs. We vacationed in FL in May, and took our boat so we could go to beaches that were less crowded, and fish as well. We took the dogs with us on early morning fishing adventures, and actually had the opportunity for both dogs to meet nose to nose w/ dolphins. It was amazing, the dolphin were as curious about the dogs, as the dogs were about the water puppies. My boy mentioned above, really wanted to swim with them, but we decided that was probably not the safest thing to do.

So pondering these thoughts, and memories, vs doing my work, which I don't want to do today, makes me stop to realize what wonderful opportunities I have had to enjoy nature in many ways.
When I was a kid it was rare to see deer in our area, and even more unusual to spot an Eagle. Now I see both almost on a daily basis.
When I grow up I want to work with animals in a meaningful way.

That is all, Have a Happy Friday everyone. Duty calls.

6 comments posted: Friday, August 19th, 2022

It's official, I'm a Grand!!!!

On Wednesday July 13th, at 1pm we welcomed our first grandchild a boy into the world. He came by C-section, and the kids did not find out sex prior to arrival, so we were very excited to welcome this little man into our lives.
He did get off to a rough start and had to be transferred from the community hospital to our Children's hospital which one of the top 5 in the world. He is doing great now, and most likely will come home today or tomorrow. Mom and baby had to be separated for about 24 hours. That was very hard, so I stayed w/ my son the new Dad in the NICU overnight, and all day until she could get there.
He is a perfect little bundle, and looks like momma. The only thing we see that my sons genetics had a hand in his long fingers and toes. LOL

Anyway, I know there are a few of us here that are entering this new and exciting phase of life. I can't wait to spend more time with him.

37 comments posted: Friday, July 15th, 2022

Weight Loss

Good Sunday, and Happy Fathers day to all.

Some may remember a post I made a few months ago about non-invasive weight loss procedures.
Well I bit the bullet, and got my rear in gear, and signed up for it.

I lost over 25lbs from April 1st until the procedure on 6/7. I am now at 35.5 pounds lost.
I have been on a liquid diet for 2 weeks, and start on pureed/mashed foods tomorrow.

I feel good, and am proud of the progress I am making. I ultimately decided to move forward with this due to the progressive nature of my autoimmune arthritis, and worsening back (My lumbar spine is a disaster). I have to get my weight down to a normal BMI, which I haven't had in almost 20 years.
I knew I would not get there on my own.

I have to say that while it wasn't fun the first few days, it hasn't been awful either. So if anyone here is considering something like this I would encourage you to start moving forward, and get evaluations. I am giving myself one year from procedure date to reach my total weight loss goal of 100 lbs. This will put me at a normal BMI, and healthy for someone my age, and height.

Slow and steady will win this race. I am hoping with injections in my spine, and another 10-15 lbs lost I will be able to tolerate some light exercise and weight training.

Anyway just thought I'd update. I realize obesity is epidemic in our nation, and I'm not the only one out here struggling.

19 comments posted: Sunday, June 19th, 2022

Dog Question - Yup I have one.

So had my 2 gorgeous lovely Labs at the Vet this week for annual exam. My female is 13.5, and has been doing some stuff lately that seemed maybe she isn't feeling 100%, and has also been wanting to eat dirt, shedding excessively, more than spring shedding, but also eating fine, and wanting to play daily, and swim when given the opportunity.

Well labs came back and she is has some renal impairment. I have been making her food since last fall due to developing a second food allergy that was causing ear infections, and skin sores. So she couldn't have chicken or corn, even kibble that was free of it, was causing some issues. So I did my research and started making her food, which consists of lean ground beef, rice, peas, broccoli, green beans, an egg in the evening and scoop of yogurt in the am. She lost some weight, but with increased volumes of this concoction she stabilized. I make batches for 3 weeks at a crack, and freeze in individual servings.

Now to my question. Anyone have any experience with making food for a renal/kidney diet for an elderly dog, and if so do you have recipes?


14 comments posted: Friday, June 3rd, 2022

Funny phrases that you learned from elders

My Grandma who was the most amazing person ever, had only a 3rd grade education but she always was willing to learn new skills and had a bunch of what we refer to as Grandmaisms

1. They will glad in the same britches they got mad in. Always when you were worried about upsetting someone else.

2. Be really upset by something...."Shit a green monkey"

3. If we teased her to the point of aggravation she would show us her fist and say "See this I got another one" which was hysterical because she was barely 5 foot tall and weighed about 100 lbs.

40 comments posted: Saturday, April 9th, 2022

Experience with Non-surgical Minimally invasive weight loss procedures

Happy Friday All!!!!
Well I have unfortunately continued to gain weight in a slow and steady fashion since Covid started and being placed on a medication for my RA and it caused a significant weight gain over a 6 month period.
My BMI is over 40 and due to my RA I really don't do well with any exercise right now. Like if I do much of anything I can't move for 5 days, and the last time we had significant snow I shoveled and ended up needing steroids because it sent me into a flare.

I have cut back on the food, focus on high protein, low fat, low carb diet, and since Jan lost a whopping 5 lbs, yup 5.

So the point of my post is this.... Has anyone had the endoscopy balloon, or endoscopic gastroplasty (not surgical but done through an upper endoscopy procedure and totally reversible. IF so what was the outcome, what was good, what was bad?

I'm heading out shortly for an evaluation and would love some thoughts on real life experience with this as well.

12 comments posted: Saturday, March 12th, 2022

Great News on Covid

Well Gang I think we are on our way to seeing this thing dwindle and become endemic.
My health system that I am employed by has been very active in care, treatment, testing, and measuring data. As part of this we have weekly town halls when there are spikes, and things are bad.

Yesterday they had the "LAST TOWN HALL" The physicians that report on numbers, and data all were quite certain and relieved to report that numbers are dropping almost as fast as they spiked. They also had a consistent message that there are no new scary/virulent strains on the horizon.

My region is seeing a lifting of masks mandates, and people getting back to normal. This is such a great thing.

Now if MLB could get its ish together things would be fantastic.

18 comments posted: Thursday, February 10th, 2022

Well guess who else is joining the ranks of Grandparenthood?

Yup you guessed it.
My eldest has a relatively new girlfriend and they really like each other and have worked together for quite some time.
They started dating this fall, and she was supposed to be unable to get pregnant again. She also has an 11 yo and is a bit older than my son.

I was shocked and overwhelmed with the news last week. I have since accepted it and know that they will be wonderful parents and this baby will be loved so very much.

The other kicker is my sweet niece who is like a sibling to my kids is also due at the same time. Within days of each other!!!

I still can't quite wrap my head around being called grandma but it's going to be a blast!!!

24 comments posted: Monday, December 20th, 2021

GD Stoopid Dumb Dumb Rona

I've had it. I mean it I am fried, I am spent. I need a week away from the madness and illness.
Rona or the Vid is out of control in my area and local estimates are that at least 30% of hospitalized patients are fully vaccinated.

My son popped positive this morning. He tells me yesterday that 2 coworkers that he worked with 3 days last week, and one he hung out with on Saturday, that chose not to get vaccinated, were positive as he was hacking, coughing, snotting, and giving me the heebie geebies in general. So he went this am for a test, and Yup he has it.
He doesn't have a fever, and his appetite is decent, but he is snot nosed coughing mess. He went to bed and has not been coughing since he went to bed. Hoping he can channel his inner child and rid himself of this like he did every other bug he picked up. He would typically sleep for 24 hours straight and wake up well.

In the meantime I have to worry and wait for symptoms for my spouse and myself. He is sequestered to his room, and under strict rules about being out of it. Luckily he lives on the second floor of the house and we are on the main level.

But seriously I know everyone that was against the vaccine is going to say see. It doesn't work, and will continue to run about getting it and spreading it while our hospital staff, nurses, Dr's, support staff, everyone is exhausted, and mentally beat up from this stupid thing. It isn't going away, and when it does it won't be soon.

Please be careful. If it's not up in your area, still take precautions, wear your mask, socially distance, and limit your outings. Wash your hands frequently.

Most of all. BE KIND.

79 comments posted: Friday, August 6th, 2021

Welp one kid is done and out .

This weekend was a major one in our lives.

My youngest graduated from University with a degree in a field that she wanted. She also has her first grown up job, and starts tomorrow.

We went to her school and moved her from her apartment there, to where she will be working, even further from home, and moved her in with her boyfriend, who really is a great kid. They are so happy and excited, and they have a beautiful apartment in a lovely town that is growing and developing.

But man was it bittersweet for me. This kid has always been a go getter, and I had no doubt that she would move away from home at least for a while when done with school. Her boyfriend is also pretty independent as he is the second youngest of 9 kids. Yes I said 9. He has a great job too. It just sucks so much that they are almost 6 hours away.

I did really well no tears all weekend. Was happy and upbeat, and celebrated her success in finishing school in 4 years from a very difficult university, I mean everyone in our state knows when you say you went there that it is much harder than a lot of other schools.

On our way home we stopped in nowhere's ville MO to grab a lunch, and was walking to make our drinks, while my H paid the bill and I wiped out on a slick floor, like BOOM, wiped out, and hurt my knee pretty good, everyone in the restaurant looking at me, trying my best to hold it together, my H helping me get to the table, and then became tearful.

The real breakdown came later when we arrived home, knee swollen and hurting, and walk in, and my son and his girlfriend actually got me a card and lily for mothers day. I fucking fell apart. Like boohoo cried. We don't do greeting card holidays at house. They are silly and waste of money, but the fact that these 2 night shifters thought enough to go to the nursery and pick out a lily I don't have in my flower beds (I love lilies and have many differe varieties) and to sign a card, and put it on the counter for me was just too much to top off this weekend.

I am of course emotionally better, sometimes we just need a good cry. My daughter starts her job tomorrow, and my son just keeps plodding along doing his thing (come on frontal lobe).

Anyway, I just want to say for all you Mom's out there, College Graduation is a pretty amazing mothers day gift, but it is also filled with some bittersweet feelings. I know I did good because she is totally prepared and heading out into the great big world. But damn it's gonna suck to have her so far away.

17 comments posted: Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

Prayers Please for HfSsC

She reached out to me this pm, her Dad is in the hospital, and they couldn't figure out what it was at first, but now they know. They are admitting him, and if all goes the way it should he should be able to celebrate Easter with his loved ones.

So our dear sweet HFSSC could definitely use some of the famous SI prayers, and of course our infamous MoJo!!!!

Thanks Gang!!!!

23 comments posted: Friday, April 2nd, 2021

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