Saturday, February 21, 2009

Adi Can . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Have a hard day

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It all started last night (Thursday). "Nothing to eat after ten."

Adi had her teeth cleaned today (Friday--but I'm posting this for Saturday). She also had Xray's of her heart to check on her heart murmur.

Our ride to the vet was fairly nice, Adi was pretty quiet. She knew something was up that involved her, something not good.

She decided there would be one more pit stop before she went into the vet's office. For a minute or two I think she forgot about the ordeal she was going to have.

At the vet's a young lady came out to see us. She greeted Adi in a nice voice. I gave her the leash and Adi headed off with her. She did stop in the hall for a last hug and goodbye from me. I told her to be a good doggy and she headed on in.

I got the call (I called the vet) about three. Adi was ready to come home.

The green bandage covered the place where her catheter had been in place. She was all smiles and hopped into the car. Adi was also a little loopy still from the anesthesia.

All was okay, her heart was normal sized and her teeth had a lot of plaque which was removed. She is on light duty for five days but otherwise is all ready to go again.

She spent a lot of time on this bed. At first she was very much wanting to know what all was going on but as the evening wore on she relaxed more. She did a lot of sleeping.

Since she didn't eat in the morning, I gave her three 'half meals' and some Blue Bell Vanilla Light Ice Cream a couple of times.

Things are looking up again for Adi.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Sins and stimulus checks already!

Update! Update! Update! Update! Update! Update! Update! Update!

ABC's GMA said now-a-days greed was men's major deadly sin. People are wanting a lot for nothing. All over the place. (Women's was vanity, wanting to look good for other people.) (Come to think of it, slothfulness was also in the top five for women!)

That said, I got a stimulus check today. Mrs. Jim did too. Some people are getting one of the smaller ones for the whole family. It will be for $250, probably that way because you are in a high income bracket.

We don't have to pay taxes we make so little, our checks were $2500 each. All they asked is that we burn our autographed picture of PALIN AND McCLAIN together.

Anyway we both got stimulated BIG TIME.

Remember, I don't lie to hurt anybody. (I don't think lying is a sin unless it is done to hurt someone.)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Aboard the Queen Mary 2 -- What to do in January? Go to St. John in the Virgin Islands -- Our holiday, or vacation from retirement life, Part Five

[This is a part of a work in progress, more will follow (I hope). Click here to read what else I have posted about our Holiday at Sea.]

This was a nice thing to do. Our ship was to be in the port at St. Thomas for about six hours. Follow me:

First, turn the volume up and you can hear the little waves. What you see is 'Beach Bum Jim' of Jim1Jim1 walking the beach in front of the Westin Hotel. Then he picks up the camera and pans up and down the beach.

Not much excitement but you can see and hear the action at the Westin Hotel Beach.
(link to Jim1Jim1 YouTube) .

St. John's Island is mainly a tourist place. For the geography buffs, more than half of the island is a park. (
link) With an area of 19.61 sq mi, it is smaller than our Galveston Island here in Texas. The population is only 4,197 permanent residents.

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We took this taxi to the Red Island Ferry. The views were nice, it rained on us a little all the way so the pictures weren't so hot.

The Red Island Ferry ride was uneventful except that we got to ride free.

We didn't know the beaches. Two other couples said they were going to the Westin Hotel Beach and that it was free. So we did that. On the left is the Westin stuff we had to walk through to get to the beach.

Their pool was very inviting but we were headed for the beach. Besides we didn't bring our bathing suits.

Where to sit, where to sit. "First walk around."
"No, lets get us our chairs first." As if they might run out.

The beach was nice, the water was warm, and we wished we had our swim suits.

Views are to the east on the left, to the west on the right.

We didn't have much time to look around before catching our ferry back. We rode one that got us to the port this time. Red Island Ferry which we took first was on the other side and end of the island. It was cheaper and somehow we rode for free.

We did ride the second one for half price at the senior rate. They only wanted to give that rate to the locals but we said we were U.S. citizens too. And that we sure didn't discriminate like that in Texas. The young lady got tired of fooling with us and the ferry was waiting for us, the last passengers. So she let us ride as seniors. Our fare was $five and change each.

This time since the ride was short, our 'taxi' fare was $2.00 each Here is a view down a side street.

We were happy to be at our ship almost an hour early. Three people were running late and the ship waited for them. Wasn't it nice that Queen Mary 2 would do that for them!

We decided to stop at the Internet cafe across the street to catch our e-mail and peek at my blog. This was all day for $4.00 or $1.50 an hour. We had used all of our package on the ship and were now paying 75¢ a minute.

We headed back to our cabin to change for our meal. The view is from our deck. Ladies don't miss much with their phones, Mrs. Jim discovered that our cell phone worked here at the St. Thomas port. She had missed a whole day of being on the phone except for this half hour or so.

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