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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Finishing up May

My weekend off was wonderful.  I didn't do much but relax and enjoy myself. I did do some cooking, and I ate big beautiful salads like this both days:



I also took a trip to the newly opened butcher shop on Saturday afternoon and grilled quite possibly the best barbecued pork chops I've ever made that night. They were seriously delicious.

While I was out shopping on Saturday I bought myself flowers. Aren't they pretty on the table? The tomatoes in the bowl came from the farmer's market.



I was off again today (I get three days off this week because Monday was a paid holiday) and I got some errands taken care of. First of all, I took Ginger to the vet to get her yearly steroid shot. Every summer about this time she has an allergy flair that makes her miserable until she has one. My normally stand-offish girl actually made friends with an old lady and her puppy while we waited to be seen. She liked them so much she sat beside them instead of me while we waited! She has good taste, I must say. The woman was kind and kept gently petting Ginger's face, and the puppy was absolutely adorable. I think Ginger was telling him that the vet is nothing to fear. :)




Things took a scary turn for a moment after Ginger had her shot. Our doctor (an excellent vet who doesn't miss much) noticed two tiny drops of dark colored urine when they were about to lift her back off the table. He said, "Hey, what the hell's this?!" and grabbed a syringe to collect the tiny sample. My poor girl had a UTI and we had no idea! Just to be sure it wasn't caused by kidney or bladder stones, he did an xray too. Thank goodness she didn't have any stones, and so we have to give her antibiotics for 2 weeks and then take her back for a checkup. I was so scared while they had her in the back doing scans. It's hard for me to describe how much we love this dog.

After the vet drama, I went to the bank to make a deposit and then did a chore I'd been putting off for way, way too long.

CARWASH!!



Is that 70's song about Workin' at the Carwash, Hey! playing in your head right now? Good.

The end result:



My Scion is shiny and clean again! I vacuumed out the inside (which it desperately needed) and wiped down the interior with special car wipes. It's funny how a car seems to run better when it's freshly cleaned!

Other things I did today: finished my application for the SC Guardian Ad Litem program, mailed out the rent check, had lunch at a new Mediterranean restaurant in town, and rescued my husband when he ran out of gas on his way home from work. The old truck he drives to service aquariums has a broken gas gauge and about once every other year he'll misjudge and need to be bailed out. Fortunately I was at home and only about 2 miles away when it happened this time.

Not too bad for finishing up the month. Steady on to June!

26 comments:

  1. Sounds like a very good ending to the month indeed! And that salad looks incredible.

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    1. I've been eating loads of salads lately. The hot weather calls for it.

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  2. It sounds like an enjoyable and achieving weekend. Hmmm, pork chops with apple sauce. Nice.

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    1. The weekend was great, yesterday was busy. But the feeling of accomplishment was worth it!

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  3. What a great weekend. You have the cutest car ever.
    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. Thank you--it's awfully red, isn't it?!

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  4. A filled petrol can (10 litres) would make an excellent Christmas present for your husband!

    I love salads like that; the sweet and savoury together is so good.

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    1. He normally carries one, but the bed of the truck was full of aquarium servicing equipment yesterday! :)

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  5. I like it that you bought flowers for yourself when out shopping! The salad looks great - it's a bit like what my evening meal often is these days, especially when I've had a "proper" lunch at the canteen at work during the day.
    Sorry to hear about the scary time at the vet's, but good job that he noticed something out of the ordinary and immediately took action. I don't know what an UTI is but if it is something that can be cured by antibiotics and doesn't need surgery, all the better!

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    1. UTI= Urinary Tract Infection. Sorry!

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  6. You've just reminded me that raspberries are great in salads. Hope Ginger is OK.

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    1. I've just discovered how good raspberries are in salads. Yum!

      Ginger is all bright eyed and bushy tailed this morning. Thank you!

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  7. We had a Scion! Loved it! I also loved sitting in those drive-thru carwashes... and the song (but not the movie). So glad you were at the vet at the right time!

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    1. I love Scions! Mine is my favorite car ever! :)

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  8. You made really good use of your days off. I loved the car wash photos - like modern art - Jackson Pollock perhaps.

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  9. I have been rescued a time or two by my husband when I have run out of gas.

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    1. I've never (knock on wood) run out of gas!

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  10. Love the car wash pictures.

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    1. I grabbed my camera as soon as the suds started!

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  11. I felt exhausted just reading this Jennifer!

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    1. It wasn't too bad. And the feeling of accomplishment was totally worth all the running around!

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  12. Oooh, I love your car wash pictures! Thank goodness your girl is OK. Good on the vet for spotting that urine problem! A good vet is a wonderful thing!

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    1. Yes, our vet is great. We're lucky to have him.

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  13. Good that the vet spotted the urine problem. I had a similar panic on Monday when Alexi ( mini schnauzer) did some very greeny/blue poos, with big " seeds" in them. I went home and googled and the result terrified me. He had been eating rat poison. The man told me that the dogs wouldn't be able to get to it, but he had buried it in a plastic bag under a hedge in the garden!! Luckily the vet had an emergency clinic as it was Bank Holiday here, and he has been treated with charcoal tabs and vitamin K tabs for 3 weeks. He has had 2 blood tests and it looks as if he will be fine. So glad that my dog always poos where I can see it, otherwise he might have had a very different outcome!

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    1. Oh my goodness! You poor thing! That sounds terrifying. I'm so glad that everything is ok!

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