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06:06 pm: The Inadvertent Nap
Last night I got Spirit into the guest bathroom by putting my beading aside and holding her to me with my left hand and pushing up with the right. She didn't yell as much last night as before, but I still felt mean. She wouldn't sit in my lap at all today.

I took trash and recycling out, dropped a DVD at the post office (I'm watching a TV series, two more eps and I'll talk about it), dropped off six different sets of scarves, hats, and mittens at the charity (using up the extra yarn from this year), and then had lunch at Uno's with a coupon. I couldn't get my coat back on afterwards and just came home without -- I had a sweater on over a turtleneck and the van was warm -- but this is the third time this has happened.

When I got home and brought in yesterday's mail, I just collapsed in the recliner and accidently napped for 90 minutes, without Spirit. Our current mailperson brings mail about 5:30pm which is annoying enough in the summer -- having to go back out to get it -- but really unpleasant in the winter. All the other mailpeople we've had have come at about 3pm, so I could just pick mail up on my way in. I've decided to pick mail up on the way in, just the previous day's mail.

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From:kaffyr
Date:December 10th, 2009 03:27 am (UTC)
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How cold is the weather down there? And how's Spirit now?
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 10th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
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It's in the 40s today and is supposed to bounce between 30s & 40s for the next week or so.

She's had three days of Prozac so far and does seem to be changing a bit today. She came out from under the end table toward the computer and got halfway before she went back. And then when a friend stopped by, she hid behind the recliner first, but then came to sit on the towel on the end table. She wouldn't have done either of those yesterday.

Unfortunately, Junie has figured out there are pills in the pockets. I'm going to try again tonight, but I may have to go back to trying to get the pills in her mouth by hand.
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From:kaffyr
Date:December 10th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
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If you don't have to give her the pills for too long, you might want to try a version of what we've done in the past; if you happen to have any of that pasty-textured beef boullion (I think the actual trade name for it is "Better than Boullion:") you can take a small amount of it on your finger, and smear it all over the pill. Some cats love the stuff so much they'll swallow a pill covered in it. The only problem is that there's a lot of sodium in the stuff, so you don't want to do it for many days in a row.
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 10th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
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I'll keep that in mind! Thanks!
From:c_crockett
Date:December 10th, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
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That's wonderful about the knitted goods. I bet you made several people's day.

Marilee, I think you'd look really dashing in a serape.

I broke my elbow a few years ago and getting coats on and off was tough. This did have to happen in the winter, of course. Asking for help? I got cured of that _really_ quickly. People tended to interpret that as a request to grab, shove, and twist my arm into my sleeve, rather than to just hold the coat steady. Maybe they mistook me for a recalcitrant toddler who needed to be inserted into her snowsuit.
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From:mjlayman
Date:December 10th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I like to use up the yarn, I'll just buy more (and extra, because you never know what something will need) next year.

I'm not sure I'd be warm enougn in a serape -- I've had people help, but they always volunteered and they were very good at it. The coat is even too big for me, and I just can't get the second arm in.
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