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So how's your day going?

Locked myself out of the house this a.m. while trying to leave for an appointment. Keys weren't in my purse where I usually put them. My OCD tendencies that usually make me tripple check things like that decided to take the day off. So I go to get the spare key hidden for emergencies, not where it's supposed to be either. So I start to hunt for it but it's kind of dark and I think longingly of the flashlights locked in the house and car. Then it dawns on me that I can use the backlight on my cellphone(no flashlight app) as a light source. I felt like MacGyver! Found the spare, went in got the regular house key and car key and was on my way. Was only a minute late for the appointment and I wouldn't have even been that, if there wasn't a flag man holding up traffic when there wasn't even any construction equipment or workers in the road. He kept facing the drive way to the county complex and making the come ahead signal but there was no one coming out. The construction trucks were way down at the other end of the property and not anywhere near the driveway, no one was, but he had the stop flag out for me and the driver coming the other way.

So I learned a few lessons this morning. I must normally leave way to early for my appointments, problem solve before panicking, OCD has a useful side, and doctors aren't the only ones who can get God complexes. Now don't get me wrong I love DPW workers, my dad was a head mechanic for our local city DPW but I think flag dude was just enjoying making people sit and wait because he could. Why else motion to an empty driveway?

Keeping Dogs entertained in fall/winter evenings! Suggestions?

Marnie's really high energy! We have a fenced in play area but now with it getting dark darker earlier not to mention colder, I've started pondering ways to keep her from getting too bored inside without resorting to just food stuffed treats.

Any ideas?

I tried buying one of those doggie puzzles that uses tennis balls as a reward. She loves tennis balls. She was supposed to figure out how to retrieve the ball out of one of three hidden compartments in this volcano looking type toy. It took her five minutes to figure out if she took the toy in her mouth and tipped it over the ball would fall out the top and she didn't have to bother with the compartments.

I did finally get her to do it the right way but that took her seconds and after that she showed more interest in chewing the puzzle than playing with it.

I am afraid this is going to be a very long fall and winter. LOL

Has anyone here ever tried Audible Free Trial?

Do they make it really complicated to cancel and do you get to keep your two free books?

I've been considering trying it, just don't want to get caught up in a mess.

Puppy Advice Needed

Have to go to a meeting that it's too late to get out of tomorrow.

My dilemma is I don't have central air conditioning and it's going to be 90 degrees. So my poor 8 month old GSD Marnie's going to be stuck in her crate for a few hours on a really hot and humid day. I do have a window air conditioning unit for my living room. My sister thinks I should move the dog's crate in here, run the unit till I leave then shut it off, and keep all the windows and drapes shut and it will stay cool enough as long as we keep the sun and hot air out. I think I should just leave it on period but then is that safe because it's a plug in electrical one?

I just want to keep her safe and comfy while I'm gone.

Any weigh ins on which is the better option?

Cat Lovers Please Read and Help if you can!


The group Colony Caregivers originally formed to try and help make a difference in the lives of feral and stray cats in Ontario County New York! They have done so by trapping, neutering/spaying, vaccinating, and returning the kitties. They are literally the only organization in our county willing to help with stray/feral cats.

Now they are being asked to handle some pretty serious hoarding situations with no help financially from the county. Our local Humane Society insists their mission is primarily to take in stray or surrendered dogs . They've taken in a few cats now and then but very few and from what I understand have washed their hands of these hoarding situations, and Lollipop Farm in Monroe County, the nearest major shelter, has their hands full with their own cases.

So basically the Colony Caregivers are these kittys' only hope and they are exhausting all their resources trying to deal with these hoarding cases. If you are able to send them even a small donation it would be greatly appreciated. The link to their emergency fund raising campaign is above and they are also eligible for and on Amazon Prime. They are a registered not for profit!

I am not a member of the group but they have been helping me with caring for and getting the feral cats living in my barn, spayed/ neutered, and vaccinated.

Thanks for reading!

A big thumbs down to Discovery and Myth Busters

They are dropping Kari, Tory, and Grant! Apparently they want the show to only feature Jamie and Adam! Got this from a petition request forwarded by Care 2 action, who is involved because they said Kari helps to inspire young girls to get involved in science.

I like Jamie and Adam just fine but I think the other three add a lot to the show's success as well!

So Angry at my Neighbors Right Now

They are pet sitting their son's best friend's dog again. Every single time they do the dog ends up roaming around loose. Now if we lived on a quiet street or still a truly rural setting that would be one thing but we don't.

We live on a road where people drive sometimes up to 80 miles an hour even though the speed limit is 45. There was a child hit and killed farther up the road for Pete's sake. Our house got run into by a speeding teenager on his way no joke to driver's education. Do my neighbors who are aware of all of this as I am really think the dog is going to be safe roaming wandering across it anytime it wants?

Now admitted it could have gotten out accidentally but I don't think so because as I said before it seems to happen every time the dog is with them. Plus they said to me a number of years ago that they thought it was wrong to keep dogs on a leash or in a confined area, that they should be allowed to "be free".

In a perfect environment I'd agree but it's not. Believe me if I had any way to confine the feral cats that come to my barn for shelter and a meal I would, or if possible I would relocate them to a safer area. That's what a truly responsible pet person would do, IMHO, and their not even my responsibility technically because I didn't buy or adopt them, or let alone promise a friend to safeguard them.

Sorry to rant I am just angry. Plus I got scared. Here Marnie and I are playing in our fenced in area in our own yard and suddenly there's this strange dog standing right next to it, and I have no idea of its temperament, etc. It seemed friendly but appearances could be deceiving and Marnie is afraid of other dogs which we are working on with her trainer in a controlled setting. We shouldn't have to be on guard in our own freaking yard. I don't know what I would have done if it had jumped the fence of course the neighbor was no where in sight. I did have my cellphone but not their number. They are just lucky I didn't have the dog control officer's number either.

Luckily though Marnie was barking and growling I was able to get her back on her lead and the other dog left when I clapped my hands and yelled shoo.

Had a weird dream last night, need help interpreting

All the clocks in the house were set to 9:15 in the house. It was daylight. I kept thinking this is wrong. I know it's later than that but every time I went to move them ahead they moved back to 9:15.

This was a weird dream and just wondering if it could signify anything?

My Dentist's Office Sent Me Flowers

As some of you already know from other posts, I got hives back in January. The dentist told me when I called to cancel an appointment because the hives were really bad that day that it might be best to postpone any dental work until it can be determined that it would not exacerbate any condition that the hives are a symptom of. It's been several months now.

So I called them this morning and left a message to let them know that I had not forgotten them and still wanted to stay a patient but that I still have the hives pretty seriously and that I am to see an immunologist on Wednesday.

This afternoon a local florist delivery van pulls in. I was thinking he had the wrong address. Instead it was a beautiful floral arrangement for me from the dentist's office staff.

They said my message sounded like I had been through the wringer and they wanted to make me smile again!

I just can't get over how nice that was!

Shaking My Head Over Doctors

I have had daily hives since January. Went to primary care doc they gave me a course of prednisone and when they came back after dose sent me to an allergist. Allergist looked to be about 85, and still using type writer and carbon paper, I kid you not. First thing he does is hand me a stack of copied newspaper clippings saying they often don't find the cause. Ran some tests. My immunoglobulin levels for A E and M were low and my CH50 was high. He just sent me a copy of lab work with note saying he didn't know what to make of this because he expected high immunoglobulin levels and low CH50.

No advice for follow up nothing. So I googled. Turns out not only can my low immunoglobulin levels and high CH50 cause hives but can be signs of more serious things. I call back prime cares office. Got "well we aren't immunologist we don't know what they mean either. So I said so refer me to an immunologist then.

They took forever but finally did. I go on Tuesday. Well the Immunologist's office tells me to stop taking all antihistamines for a week before appointment. I do. This a.m. I wake up, hives all over the place and swollen lip, all of which has been going on all along when I don't take the antihistamines. Doctor knew it, allergist knew it. All acted like oh it's no big deal. That I should just keep talking Zantac ( has antihistamine qualities and it's working) and learn to live with it.

So I call Immunologist's office, got voice mail and I say the hives are all over me again my lips swollen, I know yo don't want me to take antihistamines because they may throw tests off. Is there something else I can take to stop this itching? That's all. Then I left for meeting and had my cellphone off.

I was riding with a friend. She pulls in my driveway and a Sheriff pulls in right behind me. The immunologist had called my doctors office, my emergency contacts and 911 because they were afraid I would go into anaphylactic shock.

Nice they care and now I feel guilty for panicking everyone but I didn't think anything serious was going on. I just wanted relief from the itching.I wasn't saying it was serious because the primary care knows I have been having these symptoms for months and acting like hey it's no big deal. The kicker is there's two calls from them saying to take the antihistamines right away and that I might want to go to the ER. I guess they don't want me to just live with it now a big city doc told them it might be serious.

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