Tuesday, November 20, 2018


Photo Challenge picture of the day.

I saw this on my way to my client's office today.

My day started out early.  I had to take Lucky to the vet first thing.  Turns out she has a cut at her toenail on her left back foot.  It is infected.  One of three things will happen: 1) she will heal and be fine, 2) the toenail will fall off and she will be fine or 3) they will have to remove the toenail and she will be fine.  She was not happy when the vet touched her toe in the exam.  The vet says to me I will send you home with oral antibiotics and a topical cream.  I said to him didn't you just see how she reacted when you touched her toe?  Do you want me to get bit?  The vet says We also have an antibiotic shot that lasts 10 days and an anti-itch shot that lasts 10 days also. I said I want that!  So they gave her the shot and she seems better.  I have not taken off the cone except for her to eat, then it goes right back on.  If she is still having toe issues in 10 days she has to get another shot.  Since it will be right in the middle of my brother's wedding, my friend offered to take her.

For dinner I made a lovely Vegan Curry Butternut Squash Soup with Kale.  It is so super good.  I didn't cook the butternut squash enough.  Well, that isn't right.  I don't think I made all the pieces of butternut squash even so when they cooked there were some that didn't cook as well as the others.  Most of the pieces were thoroughly cooked but a few where a little firm.  Next time I will take more time.  It was late and I was in a hurry.  I also cooked the rest of the butternut squash by cutting slices and roasting in the oven.  I can eat them over the next few days on a salad or in a grain bowl or a burrito.  The uses are endless.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, November 19, 2018


The Photo Challenge picture of the day. For the lack of another picture: 

Lucky in the cone of shame.

The bad smoke is back again. It smells like there is a fire in the neighborhood.

This morning I woke up to Lucky chewing her back foot. It did not look good. I know her nails need to be trimmed and with this bad air it has been hard. Businesses have been closed.

I called the vet and I will be taking her in tomorrow morning. Meanwhile she is in the cone of shame to keep her from chewing her foot.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, November 18, 2018


Photo Challenge picture of the day. A Thanksgiving wreath.

I have been wondering if this is the best month to be doing a photo challenge. I can't go outside and take photos so it isn't much of a challenge or maybe too much of a challenge.

I decided to run a few errands: pet store, food store, library drop off.  Then home to do some work.

Until tomorrow..

Saturday, November 17, 2018


Photo Challenge picture of the day.

My gardener was supposed to come and work on the devil ivy today but she asked to postpone until next week due to the air quality. So I ran a few quick errands. I worries my mask. I had to get my mail from the post office, pick up my meds and put something in my safe deposit box.

I also got some makeup removal pads to use with my eye wash spray. I use it to clean off my eye lids and keep from getting eye infections. So far this is the best eye medicine. It is not goopy or sticky or annoying like the other medicines.

Then I went to see Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald with my friends kid.  It was a good movie. It had a slow start and, I'll be honest, I started to doze a bit but then it picked up. I was happy I went to see it.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, November 16, 2018



Photo Challenge picture of the day.  I had a picture I took yesterday and I was going to use that picture but I have not left the house today due to the "Very Unhealthy Air Quality".  It is a purple on the air quality chart.  That is one level lower than Maroon.  Maroon is toxic air.

This was taken today.

This was weeks ago.

The smoke hurts your lungs if you go outside.  Today two people I spoke to were sick from the smoke.  One person said their doctor said it was like carbon monoxide poisoning.  Both of them got lightheaded then began vomiting.  Both, it turns out, had leaks where the smoke was coming in a vent and they were breathing it in.

This is so bad they have cancelled all schools, tourist attractions, public transportation is free, and libraries are staying open late so people have a clean place to go.

I am supposed to be at a going away party for a colleague but I am not leaving my house.  My gardener called to say she is coming next week instead of tomorrow.  I am supposed to go to the movies tomorrow and I think it will be okay.  What better place to be than a movie theater!?

Of course, we have it easy.  We have a home to sit in.  We have our lives. We have our jobs.  We have our dogs and families.  For us it is an inconvenience.  For those in the fire zone, they have lost their homes, animals, family members, and jobs.  My heart goes out to them.  Please donate to a reputable organization to help.

For animal relief, the Butte Humane Society at 2580 Fair St. in Chico is accepting pet supplies, such as wet and dry dog and cat food, litter boxes, kennels and carriers, leashes and toys. For those who don’t live nearby, the Humane Society also set up an Amazon wish list to donate pet supplies online.

Or you can donate to the San Francisco SPCA Disaster Relief Fund that has taken in 30 injured animals.  The Fund is going to take care of their injuries, house them and reunite them with their owners when the time comes.  San Francisco SPCA shows up to most disasters to assist with animal rescue.

Help if you can.  The animals always get forgotten.  They are wo/man's best friend.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, November 15, 2018


My Photo Challenge picture of the day.

Yesterday the air quality was Red -Unhealthy but today it was Purple -Very Unhealthy.  This is super bad.

The air quality is not getting any better.  The people who live in the fire area have lived through a horrendous situation.  My heart bleeds for them.

I heard from the vet.  Happi's test results say that she does not have an UTI.  Her kidney function is elevated.  Her pee is diluted again.  It can mean she has a kidney infection.  So the plan is to put her on the  antibiotics for a month.  At three weeks I am to bring her in and test her to see if her kidney function is normal.  If it is while on the antibiotics, then it is a kidney infection.  So we wait and see. 

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


Here is my Photo Challenge picture of the day.

I saw this and it looked cool.

I saw my primary doctor today.  We talked about my weird reaction to the Shinrex shot.  My lymph nodes being inflamed in my underarm and upper arm.  The lymph nodes are getting better. They don't hurt anymore.  They are still swollen.  I am supposed to get my second Shinrex shot in early December.  I am going to wait for at least another month and get the shot in my right arm this time.  Spread the love!

Then we talked about what to do with my other medications: Xeljanz.  Do I go on it while I am having these issues with the Shinrex shots?  Do I take the antibiotics for the Ocular Rosasea?  Or will that complicate things?  I don't want to go on antibiotics now with my brother's wedding trip coming up.  Then there is this horrible smoke in the air.  Will I have to go on a puffer?  Last time I used a puffer I got thrush and then I had to take another medicine to get rid of it.  Each medicine means another complication.  So I have to think this all through carefully.  Taking Xeljanz and having the complications with Shinrex could make the complications worse.  So right now I am staying off the Xeljanz which means no relief from my RA so I can get the shingles shots and don't get shingles.  Right now I am staying inside my home so I don't have to use a puffer and get thrush.  It is all trade-offs.

Then I got my flu shot.  So at least I won't get the flu on my trip.

I also took Happi to the vet because I think she is getting another UTI.  They ran some tests and I will get the results tomorrow.  She has lost 4 pounds since her surgery.  Poor baby.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Here is my Photo Challenge picture of the day.

I like the pattern of this picture.

I went to my clients office today and almost the whole staff stayed home.  Their office had whiffs of smoke and I could not breathe.  I came home and came into the safety of my home.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, November 12, 2018


My photo challenge photo of the day

I thought it was a funny picture.  Sort of like a mix of Pinocchio and a tree.

Happy Veterans Day!  It is so sad out west.  The fires are burning worse than ever.  People are dying.  The air is choking us all.

Here is a photo of Lucky on her walk with the dog walker in the middle of the day.

I am staying inside all day.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, November 11, 2018


Photo Challenge picture of the day

 I thought this onesie was so adorable and funny at the same time.  It has dogs dressed in holiday sweaters.   And what is up with the white belly?  I could not figure that part out. 

Okay my post for the day.  I am cutting the cable cord. Friday I tried to watch a show on On-Demand.  It said $5 to rent.  WHAT??  I tried a bunch of channels and shows and they said the same thing.  I do not want to tell you what I pay for cable and I pay for two premium channels and get one for "free" in the package.  I tried those premium channels on-demand and once again $5.  I thought it must be a mistake.  So yesterday I called the cable company and they told me that on November 3, they changed the policy and many channels are no longer free for on-demand.  The letter explaining will be mailed out next week.  WHAT?  That seems a bit backward.  Aren't you supposed to get the letter first? 

I spent the evening figuring out what to do.  I checked out HBO Now, Showtime, and Hulu.  They all have 7-day trials so I can try them out. 

This morning I called the cable company and told them I was canceling my premium package.  The customer service person seemed unconcerned.  I have been a customer for more than 25 years and I guess that means nothing these days.  I now have basic cable and that may be going away soon.  I want to check out Hulu first to see if I like it.

Then came the time consuming part.  Last night I tried to log into Hulu with no success.  Today I called customer service and told them I was unable to log in.  I had a Hulu log in about 10 years ago when it was a free service.  Turns out my log in was active in the free service but I was unable to use it with the current service.  The nice guy had to contact three different departments to clear it up but it got straightened out.  I got the free 7 day trial. 

Now I have to see if I like it.  It has DVR, on-demand and live TV.  So far so good.

Until tomorrow...