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Sounds like your store is a really busy one Maryalice. You say that you have to close, often. I take it that means your store has a limited time opened. The Walmarts around here are all 24 hours, I think.

Yesterday I went with friends from church to see Tim Hawkins, who is a Christian Stand Up Comic. That was really funny. I did miss the meaning of a few things, so probably didn't seem like I thought it was so funny. My friend was laughing so much that her whole face started hurting (she has fibro, so I guess that causes a problem with it).

When I got home I made some of the Vanilla Ricotta Cheese Almond ice cream that Jorge Cruise had on The Doctor's TV the other day. I didn't have the almonds on top, though, so mine is vanilla ricotta cheese with strawberries. It turned out a bit rough, but tastes okay other than really cheesey. It would have been better had I used a blender instead of a spoon. All it uses is the cheese for the base, vanilla and stevia. Then you put the sliced or slivered almonds on top for serving. He had two other recipes that I want to try. Both use almond flour instead of wheat flour. One is a chocolate cake that gets baked in the microwave (just bake a mug at a time and save the rest for later) and the other is chocolate lace cookies.



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"It may be those who do most, dream most."
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Good morning, Well I didn't get my wish, yesterday was crowded at work. I was only in CS for a few hours. the rest of the time I was on a register and i didn't have to close. I close tonight but it is only a 5 hour day so I go in late. To bad it is so hot, the dogs would get long walks.


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"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."
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Good morning, It was so busy last night at 11 when I should closed down and gone home, there was still a line. I got the last customer at 11:30 Then had to clean up the mess I hadn't been able to put away during breaks in the customers, because there had never been a break, turn the totes, clear the counters, sweep and do the trash. At 11:58. I told me manager it wasn't clean but it was as clean as it was gong to get. Several departments where either understaffed or had no one, so not only did I have to do my job, but I had to do someone else's so I could do my job.

I got to get moving I have to be back at work at 11 this morning. Heres hoping everyone is either at church or BBQ with Dad.


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Oh, my friend was really off, then. The only vines I have are the choke thing, that gets on EVERYTHING, and my grape vine that really needs cut back. I got the tree cuttings and one bush cutting down to the Extension people at the Farmer's Market, but they only know for sure what one thing is and maybe what a second is (the tree that grows up most, though gets cut down more, mainly because I don't get stuck from thorns on it). I do not like using the herbicides, either, but I think I am going to have to use Weed and Feed on my lawn to get rid of some of those weeds and maybe it will get rid of the choke weed, too.

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Good morning, Another hot one. not sure what I'm doing today. My get up and go done got up and went. Don't know what is going on at work, but all my co workers where very pleasant, even the one that doesn't talk to me said a few words and they were in a very pleasant voice. Well I do have an idea, some workers were complaining about things people say and do that is against their religion. Things legally they have to put of with. I told them to get over it HATE was against my religion. I manager heard me. I was off the next two days, and something tells me it got around that they couldn't be offending my religion.

A month or so ago, Mutt was walking funny and didn't have any pep. I took him to the vet. The vet told me he had the crystals in his pee that showed he was coming down with a bladder infection. She said he got the crystals first and since I'm always on the look out for garbage gut, I caught it before he got the infection.

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Wow. I didn't realize how many days have gone by. I had a friend in need, and I put myself aside for her. That was after having a bad headache for two days. But here I am, until the next crisis.

Char, I hope your kitty is feeling better. My house dog had a bladder infection and we had no clue. She was getting chemo treatments for lymphoma and having routine blood and urine tests. One time she refused to pee for the tech, so I took her out and caught what looked like Hawaiian Punch. Everyone was shocked. I gave her a course of antibiotics and she was (and still is) fine, but I sure wish she would have shown some symptom.

Darlene, my dogs prefer the chunky canned food. During the winter since five of them are outdoors, they get canned food added to their dry food. We were giving them Iams and Science diet, but they wouldn't eat it. We ended up getting some Alpo chop house, I think it's called, and they'll eat that. One time I was being really cheap and got Gravy Train canned food, and that was a big hit (as a kid I always wanted a dog because I used to help my neighbor feed his, and I loved making up the batches of Gravy Train food).

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Darlene, sumac is a vine that looks a lot like poison ivy. Some of the trees are so covered you would thing they were sumac trees. The vine that grows up the tree has fuzzy roots. I cut the root and spray both ends with vinegar. If it is real bad and you can't get to the tree to cut the root or where the root is on the other side of the fence and I can't get to it. I spray the plant with round up. I don't do that anymore then I have to. I don't like using herbicides and it takes longer to kill the plant.

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Maryalice, what do you use on the sumac? I had one person tell me that is what some of the wild trees are in my back yard. I am going to try to find out what all the wild stuff is out there tomorrow if the Farmers Market is open and if the extension service knows. They have no one around here who will come out and tell you what things are and if they are safe to be growing in a yard with animals. I would need something that won't seep into my vegetable garden to get rid of anything, though, because it is right next to some of those trees. Not even sure I can cut them down with the saws I have around here. Maybe I can get new blades.



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Char, that is sad, but don't blame yourself for not realizing it. Now he will be doing better and you will know for if it happens again (hope it doesn't).

I found out last night why Orzo won't eat the Freshpet food. It sticks to his teeth/mouth like gum and then he has a total fit. When I saw him trying to get it out of his mouth I got out the dry food and gave him some of that. He was so happy then. I guess that is also why some canned food he doesn't like. The stuff that is just like the old dog/cat foods rather than the chunks of meat and fish in a gravy form he doesn't like and I guess it gets sticky, too. I try to always find the kind that is the chunks in a gravy. Besides, it looks tastier to me (not that I would eat it). I did have an uncle who one time mistook the Dash for hash. He couldn't figure out why it didn't taste right until he saw the can again in the trash. Yeck!



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well I was wrong about the marking thing- he wasn't marking- he had a MAJOR bladder infection with crystals. On Tuesday afternoon when he was crouched peeing on the floor again- I took a paper towel to wipe it up & it was pink!!! Oh my goodness- he has an infection & here I was doubting my first inclination I had on Sunday that he was in distress to figure out I should have gone with it & taken him in then. emoticon poor kitty was suffering all that time. The vet gave him a shot of steroids as his bladder was really inflamed. Then the antibiotic to get that going as well as an anti spasm pill to help with the sudden urges to go. It took from then till yesterday mid-day for me to stop cleaning up bloody spots on the floor & all. Now to wash everything he's laid on as he leaked there too. Poor baby. He is feeling better tho- he kept sleeping and sleeping because he was hurting. emoticon

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“People should be beautiful in every way--in their faces, in the way they dress, in their thoughts, and in their innermost selves.”

- Anton Chekhov

Good morning, I'm back to work today. Came at a good time, i have to wait the sumac I sprayed and cut to die before I can go any further.

Where is my camera when i need it. Yesterday Mutt and Freyja where being very loving. Mutt rolled over on his back like he wanted a belly rub. I laughed at him and told him there was no way Freyja could rub his belly. With that Freja dropped on the floor, next to Mutt, on her back with all fours in the air

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You might have only gotten half of the amount done on the fence line, but entertaining Duke has got to be more satisfying.

Orzo is mad at me this morning. He ate all the food in his dish and I gave him the Freshpet instead of the other stuff. I figured it would be easier for him to eat once in a while, besides it was a lot for the amount I got. But when he jumped up there and saw what it was he cried and went back in the bedroom.



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Good morning another hot one, I've walk one dog, played fetch with the other, well I was trying to clear the fence line and a little blue ball kept hitting my foot. I can only stay out in this heat clearing the fence for 30 min at a time. Did you know if you have to keep tossing a little blue ball you only get 1/2 as much done. Oh well I got some cleared and Duke tired out. I was being careful not to cut things on the other side of the fence. The lady next door said she is remodeling her house and trying to clear up her yard and clearing that fence line is on her to do list. Now if it is easier to cut branch on her side of the fence rather then a bunch of little ones on my side I just cut it off. She said I didn't need to pick up anything that fell on her side of the fence. She'll clean it up, that will be easier then having to cut it then clean it up.

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CATNURSE, that is funny about the dog that was such a beggar and they gave her kibble like treats to cure her.

Someone mentioned the cat throwing up because of eating too much. Seems that is definitely Orzo's problem. Yesterday he got something to eat and almost as soon as he was through he started throwing it up. So I am trying to keep from giving him very much at a time. I hope I can sleep when I am doing that. It seems that he is refusing to eat until I don't give him something different, then going in when he gets hungry and just gorging himself. Then up it comes. Cassie doesn't mine cleaning up, but he keeps worrying me.



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Someone told me cheap perfume would help. Since most perfume gives me a headache and I sure don't want my house smelling like cheap perfume I never tried it.

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Good morning everyone. My foster kitty, Marmalade is now marking the house. He's been with us a year now w/his brother Cocoa. I let them out on the decks (front & back) on occasion & the neighbor kitty came over & they fought. This was Thursday. We were gone for the weekend & then Sunday when I came home- he was acting funny- crouching down as if he was in pain. But no- he was marking the floor, then stood up to shake his tail and mark the wall!!! Oh boy- he's stressed. So I've given him some extra attention & I've been spraying Feliway around. It seems to be helping. I haven't noticed him marking again- hoping it lasts.

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Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
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Good morning, Freya is alternating between kneading my belly and climbing on the computer so if this is typed completely wrong you know I didn't see what she wrote.

I've walked the dog, the cloths are in the washer and as soon as they are done I'll hang them out and go to the Dr to pick up some meds.

I was joined on my walk by a shaggy little thing, not much bigger then Freyja. She was in the middle of the road and I tried to find her home with no luck. Finally she went in a yard and didn't want to come out. No one answered when I CALLED. Hope that was her home, I was really dreading bring her home, she chased cats and bite Mutt when he put his nose down to say hi.. I'm afraid Duke would see her as one of those possums he kills. I don't know much about little dogs, the smallest dog I've ever had was 40 pounds. This one had been a mother more then once, she was white with some light brown patches, so I couldn't tell if her face was turning white but something told me she was an older dog. No collar, no tags, not that I could get close enough to look at them if she had them. When I first called her out of the road I called her Little Thing and she looked up as soon as I said Little. Later in the walk she was getting too close to some guard dogs and I called her Little Dog and she came right to me. I'm guessing here, but she is someones pet and is called Little something.

A couple of years ago, I wore up one morning an reached down and putted Mutt on the side. he let out a scream i didn't know dogs could make. DH came in and asked what happen. he tried petting Mutt and got another scream. I took him to the vet. She told me the proper name for what he had was garbage gut. He eat something he shouldn't, it got stuck and he got a bad infection. Now I recognize the symptoms and get him to the vet early. That is why I caught his bladder infection before he had any symptoms. The vet said a good pet owner knows her pet and when things aren't right.


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Yea, Freyja! It's like being in kitty rehab -- the first couple days are the hardest. I hope you continue on your journey of health.

My indoor dog, Lucy, has what her vet calls too many "dietary indiscretions". A nice way of saying we feed her too much. Hubby loves the cookie jar, and Lucy has learned the sound very well and will show up from wherever she is to get some of the cookie. She doesn't like it if they are cookies she can't eat. I caught hubby once trying to get a piece of homemade chocolate chip cookie without any chocolate chips so he could give it to Lucy. Pathetic.

Lucy's trainer told us a story of a woman who had a dog that was a notorious beggar. The owner said her pup would sit and stare at them while they ate, and they'd cave and give her treats. Shame on them! So the trainer suggested having a small bowl of kibble on the dining table. Whenever the dog came begging, they gave her a piece of kibble. And it worked! Once the dog caught on that the owners were "eating" the same food that was in her bowl on the floor, she stopped begging. It didn't work for Lucy.

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“The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.”

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Good morning, Good thing I just checked my schedule, I thought I worked 4:30 to 9, thats tomorrow, I work 2 to 11 today. Now to rearrange all the things i planned on doing. Oh the joys of no schedule.

Freyja went 3 days not eating because she wanted the dogs food, but went back to eating. Now that the dogs are on taste of the wild too, she doesn't beg for their food.

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The cats and dogs might not starve themselves, but Orzo can come pretty close. I got him some Felidae (feline Canidae) one time and he wouldn't have anything to do with it. He was losing so much weight I got worried about him. I ended up trading it to a friend for some cheaper food. I got that stuff that is all natural and in a refrigerator a little bit ago and he really liked it the first couple times I put it in his dish. Now he wants nothing to do with it. Picky cat!

I need to clip Orzo's nails because he will use my legs to move off my lap or he will land on me while jumping across me. He doesn't intentionally hurt me with them, but I have some long scratches on my arms and legs. Cassie would have hers worn down, I think, if I could get out and take her for walks more. I know that my first 3 dogs never needed theirs trimmed.





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As for nail clipping, I only do the boy cats in my house (the one female can keep hers). They rough house and come out of it with scratches on their noses. Plus Linus, the youngest, likes to grab onto you like a koala, and it's painful. Lucy, the house dog, has her nails trimmed as they get grow very fast and get caught and break. She is not nice if you have to treat her for a broken nail. The huskies keep their nails regardless how long they get, as long as they aren't causing any problems. They need them when they're running, especially on the ice.

Off to the kitchen, though a nap sounds much better.

Happy Sunday!

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Good morning, Another hot one and another Sunday where I got off at 11 last night and go in at 11 this morning. Seems that is the one thing they are keeping stable on my schedule. It has been that way for well ver a month and will be that way as far out as they have made the schedule.

The sprayer head on my round up broke last night, so I guess I'll have to get a new now today. I gave plenty of the stuff left just no way to get spray it. I'l be so glad when Ii get this mess cleaned up. I can only work out in this heat for about 30 min a day. When you work the hours I do there are no cool hours except when you are working or sleeping. The dogs hate it. They want their walks, but both are very even more sensitive to the heat then I am.

I don't cut my animals nail hardly at all. I'm told I really don't need to. The dogs walk theirs down and Freyja, well I'm not sure what she does.

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Good luck with Orzo. I worked with vet that said dogs will not starve themselves, and if you're trying a new food or way of feeding, don't cave and give them what they want. He obviously didn't live with some of my cats (he personally had a 25 lb. Siamese cross). I had a roommate with a Boxer that had a flatulence problem. It was narrowed down to canned food with liver in it, so those were omitted. Of course, he wouldn't eat, and while my roommate was on vacation, I decided to change his diet since she wouldn't be there to sneak him food. Have you ever heard a Boxer howl? It's very sad. I would put him food down and he'd sniff it and lick a little of the gravy, then go outside whimpering and start howling. Luckily, we lived in B.F. nowhere, or else I'm sure there would have been complaints. After two days, he started to eat a little, but he kept the "poor me" look for days. By the time my roommate came home, he was off the liver foods. I can't say what she did after I moved out, but I bet he was back to eating Alpo.

As for cutting nails, all my animals are different. One of my Alaskan huskies is very good about having them done, but she's vocal the whole time. I go deaf. The two boys are grumpy and don't stay still. The daddy dog shakes and acts like you're beating him (we think he was abused before we found him), and the mama dog trembles but is very good. She looks for praise when you're done and is very proud of herself. Our house dog, the Golden Gordon, is a pill. She will lie down, but can't stay still. As long as there is no blood involved (very rare) it's okay. And by the last foot, she's like a snapping turtle. I guess I should be grateful that none of them lose any bodily fluids during the ordeal.

The cats are another story.

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I wish I could get Orzo to eat the moistened food. Maybe I will try again with just giving him a tiny bit of food soaked like you said. The food expanding causing the vomiting might be a lot of the problem, too. Orzo can be a total pig when he does eat and I know eats more than he should in the day. If I don't leave him with a full bowl, though, I do not get to sleep or anything else because he lets me know he wants more in his bowl.

Taking him to have his nails done was surprising to me. I always hear about people having to fight with their cats to get them in the pet taxi. I wondered how much trouble I was going to have. I put the taxi down in front of Orzo and was going to pick him up to put him in, but I only had to put his tail in because he immediately walked in on his own. His tail was too long to fit until I folded it in. The groomer had a guy from the store hold him with the scruff hold and just holding him under his rear and he stayed completely still until one dewclaw was done (I think that was the last one, but at least the last foot). No problems, no fighting. Nothing at all like when we are trying to do it here. I have marked my calendar for when she will be back at that store so if I have $10 I can get him done by her and not have any fight.



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Holistic Select pet food has grain-free recipes for both cat and dog. They are expensive, but there are virtually no fillers, so there is less waste. I have all six of my dogs and five cats (the outdoor cats eat Science Diet) on it, and the less waste part was a plus for me, especially since they are big dogs. I know a lady that has a dog with digestive and skin problems, and the salmon formula worked for both of them.

As for cats (or dogs) that have trouble with dry food, one way to remedy that (if they will eat it) is to moisten it first. Take the dry food and twice as much boiling water and wait until the dry food is completely soft, cool, and let them eat. This saves on buying wet food. If calories aren't an issue, using chicken or beef broth (I think there's even shrimp broth as well) works. I had a cat that would not eat wet food, but he would gorge on dry food and always vomit. My vet (who was also my boss) told me that the food was expanding in his stomach and had nowhere to go but back the way it came. But moistening the food worked. I had to use broth, and he loved it.

My pets eat better than the humans in the house, but they're worth it. And speaking of pets, I must go clean up a hairball now.....

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Hi just want to say hi to the forum. and I love my kitties. La la and tipper get along so well and they don't fight. Found la la winking at tipper this morning which is a sign of affection among cats. I thought it was so sweet. They must think they are boyfriend and girlfriend but they don't want us to know. When were not looking the sniff each others faces. (A kiss?) So, time to give the kitties attention. Little furballs..gotta love em.

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Mary Alice, my last dogs had to have grain-free or they had terrible digestive problems. Mostly they had Taste of the Wild until they had trouble eating dry food. They liked it. Orzo has also had samples of it and liked that kind. He is so picky. He will eat something a couple times, then he doesn't want it anymore and wants something different.

When I was looking for the food the other day I noticed that a lot of the even natural foods for cats the first ingredient was some kind of grain. I can't understand why they have to put so much grain in them. Those foods were even as expensive as the grain-free (and more than the one I ended up getting, which I hope he will like). I started to get one that was supposed to help control hair balls, but it was mostly grain so I left it. I don't know if it is hair or just food getting stuck, but Orzo has been throwing up more often the last couple weeks. He doesn't chew well, though, because of lost teeth. Can't afford canned except for treats but will try to get some from the Pet Food Pantry in a few weeks.

Orzo was upset last night. Cassie keeps moving down to HIS spot on the bed and he seems to not like sleeping up next to me. He prefers by my feet or legs.



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Good morning. I Got 27,000 steps yesterday and my feet are telling me about it. Last night I worked till 11, at midnight I checked my computer before shutting it down. My tracker showed I only had 16 steps for today and my 7 day average was 20,018. With only 16 steps for today, my weepy average was 20,000 a day, no wonder my feet hurt.

DH decided the best thing to do about Freyja steeling the dogs food and getting sores was to put the dogs on a corn free food. So all the animals are on Taste of the Wild now. The corn free foods are expensive, but Freyja eats less and it is cheaper then vet bills. Now the dogs, I think they would eat till the popped, so I'll have to see how much they really need.

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Oh, that poor preacher.

I put Orzo's new scratching post in back of the one chair he was starting to scratch on and he seemed happy with it. Just a minute ago he went back of another chair and started clawing it. To be fair, he isn't the only one who has clawed it and I need to recover it if I can ever afford any material to do so and learn how, but this is getting ridiculous. The recliner I sit in now is leather and he has gone after it a few times, but mostly it just has holes from his "kneading" and grabbing hold of it to not be pushed off.

Cassie and I went out and checked the new squash plants I put in the garden. So far so good, but it has only been half a day. I noticed that I put my tomato plants in the wrong place, so I need to move them. They are too shaded where they are. I might have to cut back the big pine tree if I can't get more sun there. It is the only really sunny place in the yard to put the garden.

Today is donut day here and I so wanted to go get some. They give away one donut free to anyone who comes in. This year three different donut places are doing it. But I was good and just stayed home and didn't go for any. I just love the donuts they have at the one place (or maybe I should say the bismarks, cinnamon rolls (donut style), and twists). The place makes huge ones compared to everyone else and they are good. The bismarks have so much filling you have to suck it out or it will be all over. They don't fit the low carb or gluten-free, though.

Tomorrow I will take both cat and dog to get their nails clipped. I hope that won't be a problem with Orzo. I know he would like to get outside loose, but it isn't a good idea here with the coyotes and foxes, so he is strictly an indoor cat.



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I go in at 2 this afternoon, got up got dressed and had plans to do all kinds of things and haven't gotten out of my recliner since.

I took Duke for a 3 mile walk yesterday. The first 1/4 mile was a fight and i had to be ready to grab the leash close to his collar anytime I heard another dog, but for the most part he did good. After a 3 mile walk where he came home panting and drooling, he grabbed his ball and wanted to play fetch.

This quote got me partly because back when I did genealogy at a library, there was a minister I often saw there that preached that the sins of the father were passed down 7 generations and he was out to prove his relatives had been ministers for 7 generations. Well they wee for about 4 generations, then they where normal people. When he got to researching the 6th generation, we heard a crash, it sounded like one of the stacks, large rolling book cases, fell. Everyone ran to the back of the library. The minister was on the floor unresponsive, there weren't that many books on the floor and didn't look like they had fallen on him. Someone picking up the books, looked at where the book was open and cracked up laughing. His 6th generation grandfather was the executioner in the French revaluation. We never saw him again.

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I am thinking that this is a chat forum, so if I am wrong let me know.

Today I finally got a new scratching post (carpet only) for Orzo because he keeps trying to use my chairs. Now he has 3 of them so I hope he will be happy. I tried tape, but he just pulled that off. The other day I heard something rip, but couldn't find where.

I also was trying to find some food for him since the bag I got from the Pet Food Pantry is getting low. I got a coupon for Nutrish from the Sunday paper, but it seems that no one around here carries that anymore. So I went to the natural pet food store close to me and got something called Nutrista. It is a grain-free food. I am hoping that Orzo will like it. I got that Natural one that comes in a refrigerator for him one time and he liked it for 2 meals. Now he doesn't want it. Well, he will have to eat that one, too. Sorry Orzo.





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Good morning, I'm off again today. I've already walked Mutt. It is going to be another hot one with the heat index over 100. Wish I could walk Duke early, but I have to play fetch with him to calm him down before we can walk.

I worked with Leroy yesterday. Leroy is one of these co workers that never is down. He works hard while keeping everyone laughing. Yesterday another co worker told management that she couldn't CS when both Leroy and I were both there. She told management that we were both crazy and we feed off each other. Leroy thought that was the funniest thing. To give management credit, they told her that we had the fewest customer complaints and got our work done, so if being crazy helped us deal with the crazy, so be it.

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Good morning, I was off yesterday, have a short day today and am off tomorrow. Yesterday, as much as I could in this heat I worked at clearing the fence line. I have an acre and can only take the heat for about an hour at a time.

I'm almost done with the back yard. Most of the trees have become living fence post so I just trimmed them. Just one small space I have been putting off because of the sumac. Type of poison ivy. Then to the front yard. Not looking forward to that plenty of sumac. I had let it go because DH doesn't react to sumac the way I do and he said he was going to clean it up, but it had gotten so out of hand I couldn't even mow that fence line. Actually I found a way I can work with the stuff. I go in with long handled snips and cut the vine as close to the root as I can safely get. The vine dies and in about a week it is safe for me to remove. This means it thats a over a week to clean even a small space, but at least I don't brake out in hives all over my arms.

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Good morning. It is going to be a hot one.Our AC kicks on at 78. It isn't 8 yet and it just came on.

I just checked my schedule for work. Yep I wrote it on the board right. They have had me working 4.5 hours or 8 hours a day as long as I can remember. My board says 4:30 to 11. That is 6.5 hours. By law over 6 hours I have to have a lunch. I just pulled it up, yep I'm right tonight I work 6 hours. I have a half hour lunch from 8 to 8:30. Now to my way of thinking that makes no sense.


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MaryAlice, sounds like you are going bananas, eh?

My hubby is retired military, still has a lot of the little quirks that they drum into them, but I guess it's good. He's the early bird that gets up and makes breakfast (I do the other two meals) and gets the dogs out and takes Lucy for her morning constitutional. He, too, is a big believer in taking care of "the wife", and he forgets that I was a single mother before him and perfectly capable of taking care of myself and others. I stopped counting how many times he's said "You don't need to do that" when I do something for him. Maybe I wanna do it. He's one of a dying breed, that's for sure. He still opens doors, even for our daughters. And I have yet to take the trash out -- it's a "man thing".

One time when he was picking up our son from college, the kitchen trash was full and I took it out to the garage trash can. When he got home, he checked to make sure I put it in the right can and tied up the bag underneath it, etc., etc. It's just trash! I told him next time I was just going to start throwing the trash on the kitchen floor and wait until he got home to take it out.

I hope you have a good day at work. The hubby has to take the oldest son clothes shopping to prepare for an interview (he's flying and being gone for two days and doesn't have enough dress clothes -- how is he going to dress for work five days a week?). I'm glad I'm not there to witness that. Two red-headed Irish tempers trying to pick out dress shirts. That would be fun to watch, don't you think?

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Good morning. I got home from work at midnight and have to leave for work at 10 this morning. I asked for some consistency, so for several weeks in a row I have worked 2P to 11P on Saturday and 11A to 8P on Sunday. When I work to 11P I almost never leave on time. I should leave on time tonight.

I use to eat a banana every morning, but for some reason stopped. This morning my foot cramped so bad. DD, RN, told me it was because I quit eat bananas and to have a banana. I guess it is a banana every morning again.


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Good morning, I was going to get dressed and get the dogs walked because the weatherman said it was going to rain at 2. Well it started raining at 7. Teach me to wash the dogs, It has rained everyday since. The dogs are muddy, smell worse than ever. Mutt hates the water and doesn't want to go outside even to do his doggy thing. Duke loves it and races though the puddles. I can't let him in most of the house because of the mud. Hope it stops raining long enough tomorrow so I can wash him again it only to get most of the mud so he doesn't itch so much. The joys of having a big dog that loves water.

DH was on disability when we met, one day he told me he could't ask me to marry him because a man was suppose to take care of his wife and he couldn't take care of me. I told him there was more then one way to take care of a working woman. He has spent 23 years finding new ways to take care of me. He is 72 today and is slowing down, but still does what he can.

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MaryAlice, my hubby is the same way. He says it stems from his Army days. He gets up about 4am, walks the dog and makes breakfast for everyone. During the summer, the girls and I get up at 9am unless we have appointments or shopping. Hubby loves the quiet morning hours. Kind of right now -- this is my quiet time.

This morning he had to take our youngest son to the doctor as he has conjunctivitis. It turned out to be a nightmare trying to get his prescription (we have insurance, plus he had Medicaid as he is disabled) as the pharmacy screwed up something. Really chapped my hide. But on a happy note, when I went to get the refund, they had their quarterly shipment of fresh buffalo, so I got my stash.

Hope your DH is feeling better. If he's anything like mine, even a little creepy crud is the start of the end.I'm so happy hubby doesn't get sick very often. It's very exhausting.

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Good morning. Most of the time DH slips out of bed before I'm awake, takes a shower in the back bathroom and is fully dressed and has breakfast fixed when I wake. This morning he came in the room in his robe and said he ached all over and didn't feel up to fixing breakfast. Sounds like the crude got him now.

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Good morning, I'm seeing the 90's in the weather forecast. I know 90's and Texas go together, but with the ditches full, it will be muggy and we will feel the heat

Mom is 82 and last year year DR said her life expectancy 20+ years. That will make her the 5th woman in her family live to 100. Our families thing is walking, now you know where I get it. Someone told Mom to go that a hike and she did. She spent a month hiking around her house, where she could come home every night. That started the fall hikes, every fall she goes on a 1 month hike anywhere between South Africa and Utah.

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I lived in San Diego from '78 to '81, moved to back South Carolina for a year and a half, then back to San Diego from '83 to '99 (left for two and a half years for college). Then it was Northern Cal from 2000 to '06 before moving up here. Prior to San Diego was Connecticut and South Carolina (a Yankee at heart). In CA, we were 30 minutes from the beach. When we first moved there (August) our goal was to go the beach every month. Not just go, but get dunked in the ocean. We (my sister, brother and I) were teenagers. We went on New Year's Day -- no one there -- and got completely dunked and then said to our parents that we were ready to go home. I think it took the rest of the month for me to warm up.

My parents are a big believer in nuts. My father has outlived both his parents -- he just turned 79. His mother was 78 when she passed, his father 71. He says it's "clean" living that does it. No smoking or drinking (which both his parents did right up to the end) and exercising at least five times a week. He is lactose intolerant, so he eats a lot of soy and rice products. He eats nuts every day.

My mom has a mini food processor that she uses just for nuts and makes her own almond butter and peanut butter and cashew butter and tahini paste which is her favorite. They put it on my dad's special grain-free bread. She also makes maple walnut butter and maple pecan butter. She said just grinding the nuts they were too try, so she adds a little maple syrup, which has to be pure Vermont (her preference). I'd do this except I have too many skittish cats, and the grinder causes mass panic. I do buy them occasionally, though, when I'm feeling rich.

Hope you're ankle is better. My "gutter" ankle is better, just in time to bowl again tomorrow.

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Good morning. I stayed off my feet most of yesterday. My recliner and I were good friends. My ankle is fine and my feet are better. Another 8 hour day today, a 4.5 hour day tomorrow and i have another off day.

When they did the colenasyapy (sp), it was my first, They found I had an inherent problem with my intestines. The Dr said he didn't know how I reached 60 with no problems, but one of the things he told my that was likely to cause problems was if I eat nuts and didn't chew one completely. I love nuts and eat them a lot. He suggested I eat nut butters instead. I have been getting my nut butters at health food stores or on line. DH came home all excited he found nut butter at the grocery store. I showed him the ingredients. Water, high fructose core syrup, nuts. They just came on TV and said some yogurts have more sugar then twenkies. Read the ingredients.

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Good morning, today I'll be walking the dogs at brakes in the rain. Other then that I'm off my feet. That is what happens after a 35,000 step day. Ny feet and ankle hurt.

A guy came in to return 4 pedometers that didn't work. I told hime I was surprised he had that many that didn't work, I had never had one returned. He said he was surprised he only had 4. He had to come all the way to our store to replace them because he had cleaned out 4 Wal-Marts. They were having a contest at work to get people moving and he needed 80 pedometers. He asked if i wanted to join them. I told him I didn't think that would be a good idea. Because of my ankle I tried to keep my steps under 25,000. He agreed it wouldn't be a good idea, most of them were trying for 10,000.

San Diego has so many fleas because you need a couple good freezes during the winter to kill off the fleas. Houston is the furthest north II've ever lived, In both FL and TX years we didn't have a couple freezes the fleas were really be the next spring and summer. From what my son who lives in San Diego says freezes are rare out there. My sister has never said any thing about the mosquitoes, but then she talks about how windy it is, so the wind might be blowing them away where she is. My family is spread from Alaska to Central America and from the east coast to the west coast of the US.


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That is one plus of living in Alaska -- no fleas! Of course, we make up for it with mosquitoes. I really dislike those creatures.

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Good morning, I got off work at 8 last night. I was scheduled for 8 and the manager on duty knew what someone had done to my schedule and came in CS and told me I was leaving at 8, then told the guy working with me that he was to make sure I left at 8 and not to let anyone tell me otherwise. So I got to bed early, but I'm still pretty bushed this morning. Hope everyone is at a BBQ today.

Freyja loves caned foods, but brings them right back up, so only gets dry. Except for wanting the dogs food, she doesn't eat anything else people or other wise. She is very picky, she only eats her kibble. As for fleas, we live in the country and people dump animals. The people on either side of us put out food for the fatal cats. The cats run back and forth. Between what DH and I bring in from working in the yard and what she picks up on the porch, fleas are a constant battle.The vet says the coons, possums, skunks, coyotes, and rats that live in the cow pasture behind us also bring in the fleas.

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LOOD1962, good luck with the mouthwash. It's worth a try.

MaryAlice, once I moved out on my own, it was easier to control Buster's environment. I had other cats, people traipsing in and out of my house, and I worked at a vet hospital in the flea capital of the world (San Diego). So I know I was bringing home fleas all the time. I found a dry food that he really liked (Pro Plan Turkey and Barley, which is now Turkey and Rice) as he wasn't a canned food eater. I only ate tuna fish or seafood at work or in restaurants so he wouldn't come begging (one time he tried to get a shrimp as I was putting it in my mouth). It can be done with discipline. But man, I missed eating at home.

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Catnurse1, thank you for the info on cat mouthwash. I will definitely try to find some for Smokey.

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Good morning, I guess, I didn't get home from work till almost 1 this morning and had to leave for work at 10 this morning. So I'm not sure about much of anything, but I'm not bright eyed. and full of energy.

Catnurse, Freyja and I are lucky. The vet says Freyja's allergies, while bad enough she could scratch her sores and get infected, aren't bad enough to put her though the trauma of pills and shots. So I only have to keep the sores down and put some cream on any sore she makes bleed. The best way to keep her from scratching is to keep the sores down, but the next best is to rub the sores when I pet her. She loves it and doesn't scratch for several hours after.

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MaryAlice, many year ago, I had a cat that was allergic to fleas and fish. I had to read every single food and product label to keep the fish away. We were doing really well when my then roommate got a seafood pizza. He fell asleep and woke up to see a black cat with his head under the pizza box. He was ticked. I had to get him another pizza and my cat had to have a cortizone shot. I had Fleabusters put in the carpet and used Advantage and never had trouble with fleas. Oh, I also had to check his hairball medicine as there was one that had cod liver oil in it. He would get hives after taking it.

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