Monday, March 29, 2010

Doggy Do and Dead Bird (aka my not-so-typical day after work)

Before leaving work today Mike called to say he would be late because he needed to do an IEP with one of the school kids. He had the feeling I'd come home to a mess because our middle dog, Charlie, has been having issues ever since we took Tucker in for surgery. We thought he'd be okay since Tucker is home and doing fine, but guess not. I knew when I had barely walked in the back door that something was amiss and after following my nose to the hall bath I found this:

Eeeewwwwww! Something's up with his intestines because it had a rather green tint and was rather runny. Yeah I know TMI, but just wanted to share this "joy" with someone! Okay, so after walking away from this mess, thinking to myself "well Mike said he'd clean up any mess I found", I walk out the front door to get the mail and am promptly greeted by this:

Since there weren't any visible signs of injury, as in cat puncture wounds, all I can assume is that the poor thing ran head on in to the front picture window! On Saturday a pair of robins swooped in so low they nearly hit one of our guests on the head as he exited his car. Guess with the warmer weather comes mating season and with mating season comes craziness, huh? So, long story short, I cleaned up the doggy do and left the bird for Mike to haul off (in a plastic sack of course.)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

My homemade night splint for plantar fasciitis

Here's what I did today, well actually over the past week. I sewed a rough version of one of the night splints found in a specialty catalog called Foot Smart. It wouldn't hold my foot at a 90 degree angle though, so yesterday I bought a heavy duty metal shelf support and revised my pattern to accommodate that support. The slideshow includes a pic of the real night splint which of course looks much better than mine, but hey, this one is custom made and fitted for my foot and leg AND was almost free! The shelf support set me back just a little over five bucks and the fleece, elastic, velcro and rubbermaid shelf liner all came from my stash. I'll let you know how things go after I've slept with this contraption for a couple of nights. SOMETHING has GOT to help eliminate this pain in my foot, so wish me luck!

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