Saturday, January 26, 2008
The trailer is unloaded, but the wood is still in the back of the truck. We didn't get it stacked in the wood shed tonight. Jerry did get it tarped, good thing because it started pouring rain just a few minutes ago. I got some cleaning done. The house is fairly 'surface' clean, the oven, stove top, frig and freezer, bathrooms, all need scrubbed. It took me hours to do the refrigerator.
We love it here. We both feel like we are camping at some lodge. The pine scent in the air, the sound of the wind in the trees, the frogs are croaking in a nearby wet area, and we are in this wonderful log house. Jerry made us a nice padded bed on the floor in the living room in front of a nice hot fire. The rain is singing on the roof top. I'll head back 'down the hill' in the morning to take care of the horses and pick up more belongings while Jerry meets with a painter and carpenter.
Several friends have offered to come up and help repair fence, we'll call on them tomorrow. Once we have the pasture ready to move the horses up, we'll move up here in the 5th wheel and 'camp' while we get the house in order.
Well, I'm off to sleep my first night in our little log cabin in the woods.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
We were up bright and early this morning and took a nice little drive, please join us.
Sit back and enjoy.
The sky was cloudy and the weather cool and it was a great day for a drive. We've crossed the river and are headed up and over those foot hills.
The road is a steep, winding road. Guard rails are present every here and there, which is rare in California. As a native 'Flat-lander', the lack of guard rails on the mountain roads here used to bother me, causing anxiety, sweaty palms, and abdominal distress. Now I am just thankful when there's no ice.
We reach our destination mid-morning and are greeted by these lovely January blooms, brightening the dark cloudy day......
This pair wasn't exactly greeting us; it was more like, "who are you and what do you want?" They checked us out a bit and then casually strolled away. They act like they own the joint....
But they don't..... WE DO! Hurray! We have our 'little log cabin' in the woods.
I am feeling blessed, excited and very overwhelmed. Did I mention excited?
Monday, January 21, 2008
I do understand that topics I find fun and interesting as a veterinarian may not be your idea of a good time. If surgical pictures bother you, this may be the time to visit another site. I promise not to do this often.
I didn't think of having pictures taken of this one until the tech had him on the prep table and I was feeling a bit of a challenge presenting itself.
This adult Boxer was diagnosed with a lipoma on his neck 2 years ago. A small one. Not a problem, as lipomas are generally benign fatty tumors that usually cause no problems, unless they grow... and grow.... and grow.... He came in recently for his vaccine boosters and an exam of the lump. It had grown so large he had trouble turning his neck. He is a real sweetheart of a dog and the owners wanted to know if something could be done. I wish I had a picture of him standing so you could see the extent of that mass, it extended from his mandible to his shoulder blade (or scapula to you anatomy buffs).
He is under anesthesia and is being shaved and scrubbed for surgery.
Bit by bit the tumor emerges from the incision. The goal is to keep it intact as one piece, it is easier to remove and that helps control hemorrhage.
This lipoma has quite a healthy blood supply. Look at the size of those vessels. Hemostats and suture material are used to tie off bleeders as needed. See how it glistens? The outer surface slips and slides like melted crisco has been poured on.
Slowly the lipoma is being separated from the attached surrounding tissue and eased out of the cavity it resided, grew and thrived in for the past 2 years. It wasn't leaving easily. It actually extended deep beneath the scapula, quite a 'hole' to work in and tie off blood vessels.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Jerry continues to improve and is doing amazingly well. He has had two recent check-ups and received an excellent report from his cardiac surgeon. He was given the OK to drive a week ago Friday and has been driving...alot....too much....if you ask me.
The horse mugging for the camera while she hugs Jerry is my mare, Rock. She cut up her pastern Friday night on some fencing. I wasn't home yet and the cowboy doctored her up. He did a good job describing the injury so with dread I unbandaged her foot yesterday morning and it is bad, but not crippling. So we spent Saturday morning sedating, cleaning, suturing, bandaging, changing pastures and checking fences. She'll require daily bandage changes, twice daily antibiotic injections, pain meds and probably 6-8 weeks of no riding. I hate when our horses are hurt or 'off ' . Plus I'll be out of town for 4 days and Jerry will have to deal with it all. He's good at doctoring the critters, but dang, it's my job after all.
I scheduled 3 weeks at a job out of town. The same place that I was working when I received the calls about Jerry's heart attack. The deal was, I'd go down and Jerry would come along and stay down there with me, recuperating and catching up on computer work and phone calls. It lasted ONE week. The second week he was allowed to drive and insisted on staying home and going to work. Most people would eagerly accept three months off work, this man couldn't wait to get back in the loop again. Of course I worry that he is doing way too much.
The town is 3 1/2 hours south, the fog above is what I drove through to get there last Monday. The fog hung around all week. I left my truck there Friday and to avoid driving in fog, took Amtrak home for the weekend. Tomorrow morning my train leaves to head back south at 6:30 a.m. I'll be gone 4 days. I'd rather be home. I find myself worrying and feeling a kind of dread when I have messages on my cell phone. Probably some minor form of post traumatic stress that I just need to get over.
I couldn't resist posting this picture. It is a 3# 'something' on a scale. It has to do with veterinary surgery and is quite motivational. Any guesses? Sorry this isn't a contest with prizes to award, I am just not that organized, but go ahead and guess.
I'll post about it next time (Di may want to skip that one)
Saturday, January 5, 2008
A river runs behind the ranch. I took this photo in September as we rode along the river bed.
This was the river today, taken 24 hours later than the above photo and from the same point on the levee.
Friday, January 4, 2008
WINTER STORM ALERT!
Thursday, January 3, 2008
I seem to have somehow missed the entire season. Christmas, and multiple family birthdays in December and now January. No Christmas cards or gifts, no birthday cards or gifts.... I need to get my act back together.
Spending last Christmas and the New Year was wonderful in the Midwest with my grand kids and daughters and the rest of the extended tribe.
I was looking through last year's pictures and was reminded of how much fun we had and how funny the kids are.
Six-year-old Princess of the day (2007)
I hope the seventh birthday was a fun one. I am sorry I missed it.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Here's the lift-off. Kind of a pathetic tree isn't it?
We had planned to visit Vallejo during the Christmas season to see the decorated tree. December kept us busy with hearts and doctors and travel out-of-state; the tree was forgotten.
.......until yesterday. We had no New Year celebration plans and I happened to find that the tree was still up at Six Flags and a New Year's Party was scheduled. I just couldn't imagine that naked tree decorated and I just absolutely love roller coasters. Love 'em! Jerry was agreeable to the last minute plans.
He made a phone call. He had been offered complementary tickets for his involvement in the tree transport, he arranged for passes for 4, we rounded up a couple of friends, and headed to Vallejo, arriving at 5:00.
It was cold out there near the water and we were bundled up warm. We were the oldest folks there. Mostly young people having a blast and lots of families with young children. We watched the seal show, the dolphin show, listened to Christmas carols, enjoyed the warm shark aquarium, and rode Roller Coasters. Jerry didn't ride. There were no lines so we just walked up the ramps and got right on the rides. I had a blast. We left before the midnight laser show and fireworks and were home by midnight.
We spent some time walking around the base, examining how they attached the branches and cables and anchors. They did an impressive job.
The animal shows were cute and creative. Lots of children and adults laughing.
A fine way to end the year.
Peace to everyone.