Greetings from a frigid evening in West Des Moines, Iowa.
At 6:00pm pm the digital thermometer by my desk says it is 18 outside. With a little breeze it chills to the bone even with a hoodie and winter coat on.
Love shoveling snow at 6:00am. Brisk way to start the morning.
On Monday found out that my Uncle Darrell on my Dad’s side of the family suddenly passed away at the age of 64. My parents were out of town at a fruit and vegetable growers conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan but I was able to track them down at their hotel that evening to let them know.
Then went to the memorial service in Iowa Falls, Iowa on Saturday where I meet up with my Dad. The drive took me around 90 minutes – Iowa Falls is north east of Ames, IA. I had not seen Darrell or his wife Cindy for 20 years, or my other Aunts/Uncles/Cousins for that matter. Long dysfunctional family drama story… So was nice to see everyone again and to meet some of my cousin’s children for the first time – just wished it was at a happier occasion. The service was nice and they had a yummy meal at the church afterwards. Darrell was planning his 65th birthday in January – so the meal was a reflection of what he was planning – complete with cake and Little Debbie cakes (his favorite).
Work on my paint by number painting continues. Finally have several color in place and it is slowly coming to life. This is what it currently looks like:
- Slow progress on the paint by number painting
On Thursday Ethan the cat went in for his declaw surgery to have his front claws removed. Know this is a controversial procedure – some are for it and some are against. We wanted to have his claws match what Prince has so they are equals. Ethan was not mean with his claws, but he did give Prince some good scratches at times.
He went through the procedure without any complications and we were able to bring him home on Friday. He has a bandage around his neck that is holding a “pain patch” in place on the back of his neck. He’s been in la-la land on and off over the weekend. He walks around and occasionally jumps up on the sofa and bed. He goes so far, then stops to rest and shake his little feet. Poor thing. On Saturday he scratched his bandage a lot, but not as much today. I purchased him his own bed, but like I posted on Facebook earlier this week, he does not like it and lays next too it. Not sure if it smells funny or what his issue is with it.
- Laying down next to his new bed..
We have had the Litter Robot for a week now and the cats appear to be used to it. Only found one
pile of poo “present” on the carpeting in the dining area left by either Prince or Ethan. I picked it up and put it in the litter robot so they could see where it should have went.
One mistake I made early on was to run the litter box through it’s cycle while the cats watched it. It freaked them out for a day – they just could not figure out what was going on. I left it off for a few days and ran it with the door closed. The cats got used to the sound. On Friday I started leaving it on during the day and yesterday I saw Prince drinking from his water bowl with it was running in the same room like no big deal. Success!
He goes back to the vet tomorrow to have the bandage removed and his feet inspected. Expect to see him getting back to normal by next weekend.
This afternoon had my last skating lesson of the year at Metro Ice with Coach Beth. Good news is that I have passed the requirements for Adult Level 3:
- Forward outside and inside edges on a circle, (clockwise and counterclockwise)
- Forward crossovers, (clockwise and counterclockwise, 5 consecutive)
- Backward 1-foot glide, right and left, one time skater’s height
- Backward snowplow stop
- Backward 1/2 swizzle pumps on a circle,( 4 to 6 consecutive, clockwise and counterclockwise)
- Moving forward to back ward and backward to forward two-foot turn
- Beginning 2-foot spin
So now I progress to Adult level 4 in the next round of classes that start in January. I still have a few more sessions downtown at Brenton Plaza with Coach Jenny. Next one is tomorrow (Monday) night. Hope the weather warms up a bit by then.
Not much else going on – it’s only 6:30pm but is dark out and it feels much later. Will probably do some paint-by-number, watch TV and head to bed a little early this evening. Never under estimate the power of a little extra beauty sleep. Gives a nice glow to your skin