Winter’s log, earthdate 201602.09

Once again I’m starting a little later than I really wanted to – but it’s well worth the late start, having had my favourite eldest daughter over for the day! She has her uni time-table, though the exact times largely depend on whether she’s able to get her preferred class times – but basically it’ll be Mondays and Wednesdays (I think – please correct me if I’m wrong, Lee!) As you can all see, yes, I’ve changed the Template and colours yet again (I’m going through my “mauve” period I think, because I seem to keep returning to these colours, for some unknown reason!) It’s a template that I bought some time ago, and although I haven’t used it since last November, and although I don’t really like light (or white) writing on dark colours, I thought that it was worth another visit… I made the new header this morning, so I hope you all like it! 🙂

Last night at about ten o’clock we removed all of Flipper’s food bowls, leaving only water for her, and this morning Julian took her up to the Vet for her tooth extraction. Apparently they do medical surgery in the morning, but do any dental surgery in the afternoons, to reduce the possibility of cross-infections – which seemed like an eminently sensible thing to do – so Flipper was put on a drip to make sure she was well hydrated before the procedure, while we sat at home, nibbling on our nails and wondering if we’d done the right thing… We received a call from the Vet a bit before three o’clock this afternoon, to say that Flipper had had four teeth removed, had come through the surgery well, and was awake and looking happy, which was an enormous relief for us, I can tell you! I think we managed to catch the worst tooth just in time though – the infection in the tooth had eaten a large abscess in her jaw, and the poor old girl must have been in quite considerable pain, constantly! That’s now been cleaned out and flushed clean, and the Vet has given her a “two-week” antibiotic injection (that is, the injection will cover her for two weeks, so we won’t have to give her tablets or the standard antibiotic paste, which would very definitely be painful for her!) so that should heal up pretty quickly now, with no nasty or unwanted side effects. The four teeth she had taken out – well, I think it’s actually easier to tell you which teeth she still has! 🙂 She still has all four of her “fangs”, the two large top ones and the two smaller bottom ones. Only one lower molar is left on one side (I think it’s the right hand side?) though its opposing top molar is missing, but she’s been able to retain both the top and the bottom molars on the opposite side – which means that she’ll only be able to “crunch” things on that side, but I’m sure she’ll cope! She’s always enjoyed chewing things, and really loves her big “pussy biscuits” (which are specifically designed to make cats who don’t like chewing things, to either chew, or go hungry!) and if she could manage to gobble through those by the bowlful, with the sort of pain she must have been enduring, she’ll most certainly be able to cope with only having one pain-free side on which to chew! 🙂 The Vet said that she was probably looking happy because the Novocaine hadn’t worn off at that stage, and her mouth was probably still pretty numb but that it would be quite sore when she started to get feeling in her mouth again – so they’ll keep her on the drip tonight, both to keep her hydrated as well as to administer pain relief, then tomorrow they’ll keep her under observation, and if she seems well, and is eating well without the need for an appetite stimulant, she should be able to come home tomorrow evening. Julian took in several tins of her favourite food this morning, as well as all her medications, so at least she’ll have familiar food that she likes this evening. She’s a great favourite with all the staff there too, so she shouldn’t miss her “Daddy Pats” too much, as she’ll get loads of attention from everyone! 🙂

This afternoon my favourite eldest daughter and I watched a couple of episodes of “Supergirl”, then the only episode we had left of “The 100” (hopefully there’ll be more next week!) followed by the latest episode of “The Shannara Chronicles” – and then finally, our remaining episode of “Supergirl”! So it looks like we’re all caught up with our episodic watching – we’ll have to see what we can find for next week! I know we’d both like to get more episodes of “The Librarians”, and I don’t know about Lee, but I’m really hanging out for the next Season of “Orphan Black” to start! However we had a good day, had some interesting discussions, and had fun watching all our shows – while Julian set about cleaning all the picture frames before we start hanging them (needless to say, they were all absolutely filthy!)

Food stuffz: Last night we had the (un-marinated this time, unfortunately!) lamb back straps, with properly prepared sugar snap peas, chips, and half of our very first home-grown tomato, which was absolutely delicious! 🙂 As I mentioned last night, there was a second tomato which we took off the same vine – not nearly as “luscious” looking as the first, but we had a little bit of that one sliced up on our lunch today. I had two Ryvita crispbreads, with Philly Light, sliced up sandwich ham, a small spoonful of quinoa tabouli salad, and some sliced up “Tomato #2” – which was just as delicious as “Tomato #1” last night, even if it didn’t look as pretty! 😉 Tonight we’re having cold cuts and a couple of (commercial) salads for dinner – and unfortunately you’ll just have to wait until tomorrow night to find out what they all were, because at this stage I don’t even know what they are myself! Sorry about that one, chiefs! 😉

Weigh-in this morning. Was a trifle better – I’m still retaining far too much fluid though – so thank heavens there’s only one more of those truly dreadful little pills left to take in the morning! However, I did go down a bit this morning – from 63.6kg to 63.2kg (four points) and once more I did manage to get in both my 1.5 kilometer walks. I think it might take a bit more “experimentation” for me to work out if it’s the lunch-time wraps that I’m so fond of, or the horrible little pills and the resulting fluid retention, that make me put the weight back on (of course, fancy lunches with very sugary desserts whilst out shopping couldn’t possibly have anything to do with it, could they! 😉 )

I’m not really sure what’s happening tomorrow – probably more picture hanging, and early tomorrow morning we have an “interview” with a possible new gardening and lawn-mowing person. We had a very good gardener and lawn-mowing man when we lived in Glen Waverley, and he’s continued to do an excellent job of mowing the lawns and doing the gardening for my favourite eldest daughter and her husband, since we moved to Doncaster and they moved into our Glen Waverley premises – but unfortunately he wasn’t getting any younger, and now he’s retiring :/ He’s sold his business to a younger guy, who will be taking over his duties in Glen Waverley (and elsewhere) and because we’re not terribly satisfied with the lawn-mowing man that we currently have, we’ve arranged to talk to, and get a quote from, this new young man! I’ll let you know how it all goes tomorrow! 🙂 Also, if you’re really, really lucky, I might even try to get up a few photos of the pictures wot we hang! Now, won’t that be exciting for you! 😉 Anyway, once again that’s about it from me this evening – do call in again tomorrow night – there’ll be lots of news and other fascinating bits of trivia for everyone – from whether my weight’s still going down, or if it’s gone up again, to the possibility of photos of some of our pictures, “in situ”! 🙂 And for the cat lovers amongst you, there’ll be the latest updates and bulletins on Flipper, and maybe even a quavering “meow”, followed by a dismissively vague tail wave from the Prima Donna herself as she wafts past! So, until tomorrow night, please try to behave yourselves, and to bee good! Remember that your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions – and don’t forget to look after yourselves, to drive carefully, and to keep warm – or cool – depending on the weather… but above all, don’t forget to stay safe! 🙂 ciao, all! 🙂

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