Monday, December 30, 2019

What next?

I've decided I'm over this holiday break. Over. It.

Marco is still sick, but no worse. He's eating ok and seems to be hanging in there, for now. I emailed CVETS in Columbia yesterday, asking about what resources they have for parrots, and a nice lady called me first thing this morning to let me know which vets on staff are certified to treat exotic pets, and the shifts they're working for the rest of the week. So that option is there for us.

Last night Gregg's sister, nephew, niece, and nephew-in-law came back over, and then we discovered that his brother was in town and so he came over too and brought his wife, daughter, and two small grandchildren. It was chaos with that many people and two very excited dogs milling around. They didn't leave until almost midnight and we were exhausted.

Full House

(Did I mention that Gregg and I are both still sick? Well, we are. Not the best time for loads of company).

Then this morning my mom called and was in the Emergency Room with my dad. He went to the doctor for a scheduled appointment and they discovered that his blood pressure was alarmingly high and his heart rate was way, way up. We thought for a while they were going to admit him to the hospital, but now it looks as if they're just going to have to adjust some medications, and he can go home soon. I'll be going to see him tonight to check on him.

What else is going to happen to stress me out this week? I'd rather be at work on my regular schedule than dealing with all this crap. December has always been a very unlucky month for me and I'll be glad to see the back of it.


  1. Too much, too much! December is just a bitch of a month.
    I can completely understand why you are looking forward to getting back to your regularly scheduled program.

  2. ew ew ew! too much company and too much sickness! ew ew ew!

    may 2020 be better!

  3. Drop the blinds, pull the curtains and lock the doors !

  4. Sounds like things can only get better from now on! It seems somewhat inconsiderate of your guests to invade your home in such large numbers for so many hours at such short notice when you are both not well.
    By the way, your beautiful, beautiful card was in the mail on Saturday - thank you!!!

  5. Oh Good Lord! Way too much excitement, and not in a good way. I'm sorry to hear about Marco but I hope he continues to get better. And I hope you get some rest for the remainder of this week before school starts up again!

  6. That picture! They do seem to be having a great time in Barlow Mansion. All laughing and delighted to be inhabitants of Trump's earthly paradise. Gregg's magnificent aquarium seems to be attracting much fascination with the children's little faces almost glued to the glass. Happy Days!

  7. The aquarium is so vivid and lively. Your husband does a great job.

  8. Ugh! No fun when one is under the weather. I bet Marco wasn't all that pleased with the crowd too.

    Hope you guys are feeling better soon.

  9. Thank you all for the support! Marco is doing much better today, all guests are gone, and Gregg and I both feel like our colds are almost gone. Hooray!

    Happy New Year, my friends!

  10. Get better soon, Marco needs you. That room is full. That tank is simply amazing! Have a Happy New Year!!

  11. May 2020 be a better year- a groovy one if possible.