Wesley Chapel, Florida (high 83, low 59)
I believe Florida currently has the best weather in the country. I hope it lasts.
Al and I are early risers. We always have been. That’s not to say we get motivated early, but we’re up and drinking coffee usually before daylight.
The first thing we do when we get up, is play a quick game of “fetch.”
It started a while back when we were trying to make the bed. I make Al help me since it’s about 1000 times easier making an rv bed with two people!
We start by pulling back the covers and smoothing the bottom sheets. Well, the sound of that gets Baxter excited, so he flies onto the bed and hops around like a crazy cat. He pounces on and bats anything and everything moving. It’s extremely difficult to make a bed with a 14 pound cat pouncing on your every move.
Al started throwing a q-tip on the floor so that Baxter would go after it instead of help us make the bed.
Baxter fooled us though when he brought the q-tip back and dropped it right back on the bed. The game of “fetch” was born.
So, now the game is, smooth the sheets as quickly as we can before Baxter hears us, wait for Baxter to pounce, throw the q-tip, quickly smooth the sheets some more, this time a little faster, throw the q-tip and repeat. It usually takes 7-8 times before we can get the bed made.
The next picture shows him as he has just dropped the q-tip. He’s waiting for Al to pick it up and toss it again.
This next picture is the q-tip falling in mid air. I just wasn’t fast enough to get one with it in his mouth.
It’s become a fun game that we look forward to every morning, and it gets the bed made!
The next picture is a few minutes later when he has his typical Baxter attitude. It looks like he needs his butt smacked!
Yesterday morning, after playing fetch, drinking coffee and reading blogs, we headed over to the gym and got a good cardio workout and then a nice swim in the pool. We skipped the weight machines. You are supposed to give your muscles a day of rest between weight lifting routines, and both of us felt our muscles were crying for a much needed rest.
We grabbed a quick lunch from Subway, came home and Al broke the toilet. We have a Thetford Ariia II automatic toilet. We’re not fond of the mechanics of this thing, but it’s a nice quality china toilet. It has a one button flush, which I guess is nice, except it makes a lot of noise. If anyone out there has one of these things, have you got any tips on how to quiet it down or better lube the valve? You have to keep the valve lubricated and we had let it go too long I guess, and the valve wouldn’t open. Uh oh. We finally found that there was a manual release valve. Thank goodness! After Al released that and lubricated the valve, it started working normally.
After the toilet emergency, we headed over to Mom’s house to take her to her doctors appointment. She has the greatest doctor. He reminds me a lot of Dr. Welby. Remember him? Dr.Cichon never rushes, and spends whatever time is necessary when he sees patients. He even gives the older people a chance to answer his questions, in full……and you know how long that can take. :)
So….since we got squeezed in at the last minute, and he does take plenty of time with each patient, we ended up waiting over 2 hours just to see him. It was worth the wait though as he adjusted her thyroid medicine, and gave her a prescription for Tamiflu, just in case she should get the flu. It’s supposed to shorten the length of the flu if you should get it. Of course it can have some serious side effects, so it’s not something you should take unless necessary.
She also got a script for a Shingles vaccine. He said the thought Medicare was now covering shingles vaccines because of all the flu outbreak.
It was a very long day. Mom can be tiring sometimes. We were glad to get home.
Al is off today doing some pest control accounts and I’m going to try to get caught up on laundry. It’s sunny and warm so I’ll be able to use my little clothesline.