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Another day of sorting and cleaning.

Itzl and Xoco are very glad they aren't enduring this:

Itzl, Xoco in the snow

We were supposed to get snow yesterday.  I can't tell you how happy the dogs were that we had temps near 60*F with sunshine.

Even with the sun, they'd rather be doing this:

Itzl on Xoco Cave

Especially Xoco, who is so not a morning dog.  No agility training for her!  Well, she can't do the jumps, anyway because her back legs and back never healed properly from when we got her, with her hips broken and and partially healed the wrong way - they couldn't be properly reset, just adjusted enough with braces to allow her to walk and run, but never to jump.

Itzl loves agility, and now that his knee is all healed, he's been getting back into it.  I don't make him race through it anymore because I worry about his knee, and I keep the jumps really low (he's only 6" tall, so they're already really low to begin with - 3"!).

He especially likes that he can jump and do things Xoco can't.  It's like he sometimes teases her about her inability to do some of the agility, like jumping the poles and hoops, and the balance bar.

I'm borrowing some of the ideas from the equipment the physical therapist used for Itzl to incorporate in his outdoor toys.

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  •  Tip Jar (15+ / 0-)

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 09:34:07 PM PST

  •  Whatta day I had. Not in a good way, although (9+ / 0-)

    it's all good. I was hoping to spend the day resting so I could maybe get over this rotten cold I came down with on New Year's eve. Heh.

    LuvLee my cat ( who has had to go back on insulin after a brief remission from diabetes) suddenly came down with a massive case of diarrhea late Thurs night or Friday morning. I've spent nearly all that time cleaning up her litter box after nearly every use, and trying to find something to help her through it.

    Between advice from my vet and the good folks on the pootie diary thread, I got some rice baby cereal at Walgreens (I hadn't planned to go out today, so much for that, and Walgreens was the closest place). It was easy to mix a small amount of the cereal with water to reconstitute it, then mix it with her food. Much easier than boiling rice and chicken and putting it in a blender, etc etc. Best of all, LuvLee ate it quite readily and she already seems to be feeling a little better. i'm hoping she'll completely recover soon.

    Meanwhile, I'm totally beat. I didn't get much sleep last night what with the sore throat and congestion, so now I'm sitting her tired, stuffy nose, bleary eyes, yadda yadda. Even the sore throat was bugging me a while, but I remembered something I saw on Pinterest about eating marshmallows (!) to ease a sore throat. It's the pectin in the marshmallows that does it. So when I was at Walgreens I picked up a bag of marshmallows and when my sore throat got sore again just now, I ate some of them - and it worked.

    Last call! - ends Sunday night: New Year's sale! 20%off everything at my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet

    by jan4insight on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 10:22:31 PM PST

  •  The Door is In, The Door is IN!!! (9+ / 0-)

    that's our big news for the day!

    15# of solid oak, home-made, hand-made front door, on its hinges and trimmed so it actually completely closes!!!

    will get hardware on Monday, and then it will be DONE DONE DONE 100%!!!

    It's absolutely gorgeous, but boy are we glad it's finally almost finished!

    then on to the next "fix before selling" required job! and the next, and the next. This was the really big one, though. WE bought this place 20 years ago with an interior door (hollow core, punched-in small hole) for a front door. Didn't take us long to figure out that was why the place had such a first-class storm/screen door!

    waiting one more minute for midnight, so I can do my comics and go to bed! flea market tomorrow morning. We just found out about the exploding Pyrex and have been replacing corningware lids. also on the lookout for antique RevereWare (made in America's); Victoria magazines; brass for steampunkery; etc etc. 8-) $3 admission for 2 is cheap entertainment, you betcha'!!!

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:01:57 AM PST

  •  Good morning... (5+ / 0-)
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    Caedy, broths, Noddy, weck, liz dexic

    Woke up early but waited for the sun to get out of bed. Sophie spent the night curled up on my bed, and sometimes Bit's bed (but I think Bit is too much of a restless sleeper). Had to alter my morning routine slightly. I fed the cat, cleaned the litter box, fed the puppy, took puppy out... Going to be the new routine. Freya hasn't been out yet, she hasn't deigned to get up out of her bed except to make sure she got some petting too. She'll get up when my daughter does as is her habit. Sophie is now asleep on Dad's feet. For a while this morning I had cat and puppy in my lap, so it seems like she's getting over the fear of the pootie.

    It's warmer this morning, 60 degrees already, but foggy. Supposed to get up into the mid 70's today with possible rain.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 05:05:25 AM PST

  •  Good morning everyone! (3+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, Noddy, weck

    Gloomy out right now, it may rain later.

    Going shopping and other errands.

    Have a good day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 07:24:08 AM PST

  •  Work day for me (4+ / 0-)
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    weck, FloridaSNMOM, liz dexic, Noddy

    My assistant comes in to the office today, and I'm going to have him do some print jobs while I start putting together the things I'm going to take to the next convention.  The card games should be coming from the manufacturer soon (I hope the cards are all nicely cut and that I don't have to cut them out myself.)

    I've really neglected the art and product over the past 5 years and it's hard to slide back into it.

  •  Hoping for a lazy Sunday, with talk shows, and (5+ / 0-)

    newspapers and football.  I will tie some more knots in the lap quilt and maybe make stuffed shells or lasagna. I have some good leftovers so the Italian food might wait for another day.  We shall see how lazy I can be!

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 09:58:17 AM PST

  •  well, no flea market today after all. Himself is (1+ / 0-)
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    having much-worse-than-usual trouble getting to sleep. So he's still out at almost 2pm.

    It's just amazing how much light is coming in through the window at the top of the new door. I'm loving it a lot! This is a very dark little hutment! and any increase in ambient lighting from outdoors is greatly welcomed!

    so, maybe shopping, but maybe just TV & computers, like any other day, 8-)

    found a pocket of new garden websites just now, will have to go through them more thoroughly!

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 01:58:05 PM PST

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