Saturday, July 22, 2017

In and Out of Luck

This morning was the In and Out of Luck 5K Run/Walk as part of Lucky Days in Luck, WI.
I went over to take photos of the race.
The 463 photos are posted on my page wjophotography on Facebook.

(I didn't stick around for any other Lucky Days festivities, although there was a huge car/truck show lining up on Main Street.  I had to get home and take care of medicating Barley.  
She's much better but now we have to be steady eddy with the drug administration to be sure we knock out the infection.)

It was a nice morning, and I was on the road about the time I usually wake up and roll over, ha!
I caught a nice image of a typical Wisconsin sight on my early morning drive.

I made a quick run by the West Denmark cemetery on the way home.
I was pleased to see Dad & Ev's geranium is thriving. 

And the hosta I planted for Grandma & Grandpa and Aunt AneMarie & Bill is also doing well.
A few bug bites on the leaves, but winning the battle with the weeds between the two stones.

Once home I noticed that the squirrels have had a successful bloom of one of their plantings.
They planted this sunflower in with my geraniums, I let it grow.

Summertime and the living is easy...

Friday, July 21, 2017

Kitty health

I have been lucky that Barley and Hops have been so healthy their whole nine years of life.  Trips to the vet have been minimal and that's just the way I like it
On Wednesday evening when I noticed that Barley was trying to pee anywhere and everywhere in the house and having very little success and a lot of pain, I knew we were headed to the vet for help. They were busy at the vet and but said I could drop Barley off and they would look at her in between appointments which was very fine with me. Eventually the vet called to give me her idea of a  treatment plan.
Well I'm no vet, but I know what the symptoms are for a urinary tract infection and I know what's in my checking account. So we had a conversation about what needed to be done versus what she would like to have me do. In the end we settled on a minimal treatment plan which included a urinalysis and medication.
Normally, the vet gives you the medications you need however this time they were out of amoxicillin. So they called the prescription in to Walgreens for me. It was a source of confusion at Walgreens as, if you can imagine this, Barley was not in their prescription system. So she had to be registered as a new customer complete with HIPAA consent forms. But the Walgreens people were very helpful, maybe a little amused, and I got the drugs without much drama.

This morning at about 4 a.m. I managed to get the second dose of antibiotic down Barley's throat along with a dose of pain medication. She should be resting most of the day with the medicine on board after that day filled with anxiety yesterday. 
I don't think cats like stress anymore than humans.
From what I have heard, most cats start responding to the antibiotics within a short period of time so I'm hoping by this evening Barley will be feeling better and peeing better and then we'll have two weeks of fun, with twice a day dosing of liquid medication. I have a pretty good system of wrapping her up like a burrito but it is still a fight to the finish.
The Vet also suggested I switch the cats from a mostly dry cat food diet to a mostly wet cat food diet, something the kitties will love. Of course I'm also to feed only certain brands which are lower in phosphates to help their kidney function as they age. So the hunt is on for the right cat food with the right consistency, as the cats are a little picky.
I'll be really happy to see Barley acting like her old self and I'll be doing the dance of joy when I have given her the last dose of the medicine 2 weeks from today. In the meantime, I'll be sticking closer to home then usual to keep an eye on her and make sure that she doesn't need further testing or other diagnostic procedures and that her diagnosis is really UTI as I currently am believing.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Felt like a weakling yesterday.
Got 13,000 steps today. I guess I needed a day off.

Red Verbena

Red impatiens

Red is in this year in my yard. 

And the beat goes on

Every morning a few new day lily blooms open and I am every amazed.
On Tuesday morning I snapped some photos between rain showers.
I love these beauties.

Everyday a new batch open, so while I'm sad that they only last about 24 hours, 
I'm delighted to have the new day.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Got it done

I got my walk in this morning, went to the dentist and then came home and tackled the sewing room/ office project.  I have friends coming over to play cards tomorrow,  it's a great motivator.

I'm very pleased, good light,  room to get around,  access to the window,  organized and ready for lots of sewing. 

Along the way, I ran across this certificate in a box.  I pulled it out and framed it. Now it is on the wall in the office on my Coors wall of fame.

I got the 10,000 step award from my phone about the time I was finishing up.  It's a great feeling to have it done. 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Even with all that went on, it was good

I had a good week.
This was my first 7 day stretch of hitting my 65 minutes of activity goal.
Hopefully, I can stretch that out to 14 days in a row.

My phone sends me an award whenever I meet my goal, it's a good motivator.

BTW, the phone also scolds me if I am not getting any activity, 
that feature I don't appreciate as enthusiastically.

Who's watching who?

The cats always seem to know when something is out of the ordinary.  
The cats are such creatures of habit, I can predict where each will be sleeping, most time of the day.
But then, once in a while, the cats will do something completely random, out of pattern.
And when I notice, it makes me laugh.

Another favorite lily from this morning's bloom.
2017 07 15 Lily of the Day

Friday, July 14, 2017

The pressure

At 8am today the well truck pulled into the driveway.  The workers did not waste anytime getting right to the work of pulling the pipe out of the well.
I watched until I saw the pressure tank come out,  then I had to leave to meet friends for coffee and bridge. 
When I got home a couple hours later,  the work was done & the garden hose was running in the backyard to clear the lines. 
Later the company owner stopped in to put a filter in the water line and to explain to me the work that was done.  
It's done but I think it will take a while for the lines,  water heater and water filter to clear completely. 
Pump is fixed,  wallet is dry. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Water water everywhere, and not a drop to drink

I wonder where that quote originates.  I'll be checking Google.
So, the well guys called.  He thinks I might only need a new pump, so that is only $1000.  He thinks my pressure tank might be just fine, but if it isn't, add another $500.  So, here we go.  And of course, they have an opening tomorrow, so there ya go.  I can't imagine what it will be like to have almost double the water pressure, wow.  I hope it doesn't blow up all my appliances & other fittings.  That would be about my luck, now why did I even say that.  Geez.

On a lighter note, I went to the Farmer's Market today where they have a little of everything and bought a stand for a bird bath that I have out front.  The metal base was rotting away so I took the base off and set the top into this wooden stand.  I think it is cute as a bug.  They guy who made it was super nice and gave me the scoop on the construction.  I think it will last a long time.

BTW, The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner, in case you were wondering.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


While I love where I live and my house, I have had a multitude of plumbing problems here.  It all started with one leak under the house, but that was followed soon after with another.  This lead me to understand that the brass couplings used to tee off my main Pex water lines were slowly deteriorating.  Whether this was due to inferior quality or reaction with my high-in-iron well water, I'll never know.  But I think all in all, at least 10 fittings have had to be replace in the water lines running under the house in the crawl space.
Asian Lilies in the backyard

So, this week, when my water pressure dropped to near zero, I quickly assumed I had another leak.  I looked under the house and saw a wet area, so turned off the pump for the well and called the plumber.  I'm lucky that my plumber is a friend, his brother is married to my niece, so he's kinda almost family even.  Anyway, he kindly came at 6am the next morning and fixed the leak.  He made a comment in passing that it wasn't a really bad leak, and didn't seem like it was leaking enough to cause a drop in the water pressure.  Then we had a short conversation about how long well pumps last and he went on his way.  I put it out of my mind and carried on.
Flowering beans

Then, Monday night, the water pressure again dropped to almost none.  So, I messaged my plumber friend and he suggested I call the Well repair guys.  So, at 8pm at night, I called and left a message for the guys who actually dug the well here, and explained my problem.  I assumed I'd get a call back the next day.  But, within an hour, I had a call back and a promise for someone to stop in the next day to diagnose my problem.
One of my favorite day lily blooms
Today, a very nice man was here about an hour and found the problem, which is good.  Got me water again, which is good.  But gave me news that is pretty bad in terms of my finances.  Looks like I'll be flushing some money down the drain, or in this case, the well.
So, my water system has a pressure tank located in the well.  If this is TMI, sorry.
The pressure gauge and switch are located  in my utility closet.
What we found today was the gauge plugged with rust.  Because it was unable to give a signal to the switch to shut off the pump, my well pump had been running non stop, dead headed.
For a pump that is 14 years old, this is not a good thing.  
It's probably not a good thing for a brand new pump either.
By replacing the gauge and switch, he gave me back a working system, but either the pressure tank is damaged or needs a recharge and the pump is failing, so the water pressure is low.
At this moment, I could care less, I'm happy to have a working shower and flushing toilets.
Doubles in yellow
Tomorrow I'll be talking to those folks about my next steps.  It sounds like I get to flush about $1500 into my water.  It is a little upsetting, although when I think of the monthly payments I made to the City of Arvada for water over a year's time, there is an ROI to have my own well.
So, stay calm and carry on, enjoy the flowers and flush away.
Castor Bean leaves & hyacinth bean vines

Monday, July 10, 2017

On with the show

This time of year, the day lilies start showing off.
Here are a few examples from Sunday afternoon, in between rain showers.
These ditch lilies were here when I moved in, but they have having a really great year!

These 2 clumps have over 500 buds, so this is going to be quite a show.

The red ones are a little bit behind, but they will have a show of their own once they get started.
It's going to be a really big show.


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