Saturday, November 30, 2013

Christmas Decorating Done (At Least Mine Is)

I stayed up watching the Garth Brooks special last night. It ran a little past 11 pm and just watching him run all over the stage made me so hyper that I was wide awake and when I went to bed, I didn't fall asleep until after midnight. So...Hiker and I slept in until 8 am. Well, I should say I slept in. Hiker kept trying to wake me up so I'd play with her. After a bowl of cereal, I went out to the garage and found my outdoor Christmas lights and started putting them up. My neighbor Jean happened to drive by and saw me on the ladder so she stopped and asked if I'd like some help. I said “sure”, so she went home and put her car away and then came over and helped me with the rest of the lights. I also put a little 2 foot Christmas tree on my porch. It's got fiber optic branches so it lights up nicely. This is the first Christmas I've put any kind of Christmas decorations up since Ben died. This is my third Christmas without him. After we finished my house, I took a little break as I needed to wait for my gardener to come do the lawn and I needed to be here so I could pay him. After he left, Hiker and I headed over to Jean's house to help her put up here Christmas yard decorations. She has TONS of them that she has bought at craft fair through the years. Last year she one third place for best decorated house/yard at our community Christmas party. Just like last year, I was at her house for about 3 hours helping her put up all of those decorations and we still didn't finish! So tomorrow after we walk the dogs and then go to our community's craft fair at our clubhouse, Hiker and I will once again head over to Jean's house to finish what we didn't get done today. I needed this good day of work as for the past 2 days, I did nothing but stay inside the house watching movies.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Rainy Friday

Well my plans for today were squelched by rain. We were supposed to do a dog walk with Jean and then I was going to start putting up Christmas lights on the outside of the house. But that's OK. We really need the rain. We had showers off and on all day, so Hiker and I didn't get any chance to get out for a walk or play in the yard. I watched a movie on Amazon Prime called “Message In A Bottle”. I had never heard of it, but I liked it. The forecast for tomorrow says sunny and in the 70s so hopefully Hiker and I will be able to get a walk in plus I'll try to put up the outdoor Christmas lights after my gardener comes by and mows the lawn. Jean and I are planning on going to our community craft fair on Sunday. I thought they picked a strange day to have it as they are having it on a Sunday instead of Saturday, plus it's a long holiday weekend, so a lot of people will be out of town.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Hope Everyone Had A Great Thanksgiving

Slept in until around 8 am this morning. I fell asleep on the sofa last night watching “Criminal Minds” so I finally got up and went to bed. It was only partly cloudy when Hiker and I got out of bed, but by noon, the clouds had completely blocked out the sun. Then had said that we were going to get rain today, but so far, nothing. Watched a couple of prime time TV shows ON DEMAND. I had missed them during the week. Then I watched some of the “Twilight Zone” marathon episodes and Ben and I always did on Thanksgiving. I didn't have any lunch today as I decided to have an early dinner around 3 pm. I put my small ham and homemade scalloped potatoes in the oven around 1:15 and the house got to smelling so good it made my stomach growl. I don't know about everyone else, but I ate waaaaay too much. But it was yummy. I “might” start to put up some outdoor Christmas lights tomorrow if the weather is good.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Eve Of Thanksgiving

Slept in a little today. I have found that the older I get, the more sleep I seem to need. Had some breakfast, ran my weekly/monthly scans on my computers and then cleaned both of my bathrooms. I usually don't do them both at once but since I didn't get to clean them when my back was hurting so bad, I wanted to get them done. Watched Y&R and had lunch then took Hiker out for a walk. Would you believe it was 78° here today?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Nice Day With Friends

Very short blog today. My back felt better today than it has felt in several days. I went to my support group. We have so many members now that we are packed in our little room like sardines. Went to lunch with some of the ladies after group. We always have such great conversations. Was a really nice day the low 70s and breezy but they say in a couple of days, we may get some rain. We sure do need it.

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Start Of Thanksgiving Week

Did our usual dog walk and play date with Jean and her dogs. After they left to go home, I headed over to Sam's Club to do a little shopping. Turned out to be a prosperous. As I as driving home, I was not far from my house when I noticed something in the road that appeared to be paper money. I pulled over as soon as I could. Luckily I was on a street with not much traffic. I got out of the car and picked up two $20 bills! Looked around to see if there was any other bills floating around, but didn't see any, so I got back in the car and drove the rest of the way home. After lunch, I took Hiker up to Todd Longshore Park. We didn't really do a “walk” but we just wandered around a little. Had not planned on going to the park but when Hiker heard the end music for “The Young And The Restless”, she came running from the other room, jumped up on the sofa next to me and started kissing me. That's what she does when she is trying to tell me she wants to go for a car ride. I'm planning on going to my support group tomorrow. I'm hoping that I'll be able to sit on the hard chairs they have for the 2 hours of the session. If I had not gotten my Federal Court jury duty postponed until July, I would have been on call this week and next week for service. I was kind of mixed about postponing it. I wanted to because I didn't want to be going to downtown Los Angeles in the dark and also going home in the dark, even if I do ride the train, I didn't want to have to travel in the dark, but then I may not have had to serve much because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Beautiful Sunday

I have really made it a new custom to sleep in until 8 am on most mornings. The bed just feels so good in the morning and Hiker and I cuddle while watching the morning news. Had some breakfast and then took Hiker with me when I went to get my lotto tickets. Came home and started the laundry and then vacuumed the house. My back still hurts some but not as bad as it did. I'm trying to do a little more work around the house, but I'm being very careful with my back. I find that moving around keeps me from getting stiff. Hiker and I went for an afternoon walk. It was a beautiful day outside, not cold like it was yesterday. The sky was very blue and the sun was very bright. I love this time of year.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Feels Like Winter

Cloudy and cold this morning when Hiker and I got out of bed. All that running around I did yesterday must have worn me out because I was very tired last night and still a little tired this morning. My back is still hurting some. It's on the lower left side in the muscle that they doctor and the physical therapist told me felt so tight when I saw them last week. If I sit too long, it starts to hurt and get stiff on me and when I stand up, I'm bent over for a few seconds. It almost feels better when I'm walking around. Did a load of laundry this morning and then this afternoon, Hiker and I took a walk. My back did pretty good while I was walking, in fact it has felt much better since we got back from the walk. It was very cold and windy outside while we were walking. Actually feels more like winter than fall, and I am loving it. I enjoy this kind of weather much more than those nasty hot days we have in the summer.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Cold And Windy Day

Last night a little after 7 pm, Hiker and I were sitting on the sofa watching TV when the sky opened up and it poured down rain and hail for about 30 minutes. It scared Hiker. She ran into the bedroom, up onto the bed and borrowed under the covers. We were supposed to do a dog walk with Jean this morning but she called me around 6:30 and said maybe we could do the dog walk this afternoon when she and I get home from shopping because it was so wet and muddy out this morning. I agreed. Jean had to have an eye exam this morning to get some new eye glasses, so we went to Kaiser first so she could do that, then we went to Soup Plantation for lunch. I'd never been there and I was not very impressed. I was surprised to see how many people were there. They have a nice salad bar, and if you ask me, they should be called “Salad Plantation” (LOL). We left there and went to Best Buy so I could get some ink for my printer, then we went to the Saugus Drug Store. They are a “mom and pop” drug store so they always have “fun” stuff for sale there, especially when it gets close to Christmas. After leaving there, we headed up to Bed, Bath & Beyond, then Pet Smart and then Big Lots. Headed for home and took the dogs for the walk we'd promised them I bought Hiker a little squeaky Santa and Pet Smart. I hid it in a plastic bag when I got home to see if she could find it. She did and she put her head in the bag and grabbed the Santa and started running all around the house squeaking it. We let the dogs play on my patio for about 40 minutes and then Jean headed home. It was very cold here all day. Our high was 50° and it was very windy. May put a log on the fire tonight.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Little Rain

Was drizzling at 5:45 am when I let Hiker outside. Nice morning to go back to bed, so we did. Drizzled off and on until around 10:30 am when the sun came through the clouds. We get a little bit of rain, but it is not enough. We are still in a drought here in SoCal. My back was hurting me more this morning than when I got out of bed yesterday morning. Don't know if it's because of the wet weather or because I went out and did a few errands yesterday. So tomorrow, I'm supposed to spend the day shopping with my neighbor Jean. I'm hoping my back holds up.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A Much Better Day

They keep saying we are going to get some rain. The sun was out this morning but then just before lunch it got really dark and cloudy. I need to get my car washed but will have to wait and see what the weather is going to do. I actually went grocery shopping this morning and I'm not all bent over like a troll under a bridge. Came back home and wrote some checks for my homeowner's and earthquake insurance on the house. After lunch took Hiker with me up to the post office to mail the checks. It got so dark this afternoon that I had to turn the house lights on around 3:30 pm. Think I'll have chili and crackers for dinner. Seems to be the perfect day for it.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Day By Day

Each day, a little less pain. Hiker and I slept in this morning. It was cool and cloudy when I let here outside around 6 am. We decided to stay in bed until 8 am. Hiker was all tucked in under the covers and had crawled all the way down to my feet. Got up and made some pancakes for breakfast. I had just sat down to go on my computer when my older brother Ron called me from northern California. We talked for almost an hour. He said it was raining up there. Told him to send some of it down here if he could. The do keep saying we “might” get some rain here, but the sun came out before noon. My brother Keith texted me that he was out walking. It's bad enough that I was getting lazy and not walking much before my back problem and now because of those problems, I'm getting lazier. I'm hoping tomorrow or Thursday I'll be walking somewhat better because I really need to go buy a few groceries. Plus I'm hoping that I'm even better on Friday so Jean and I can finally go do lunch and some shopping.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Another Day....A Little Less Pain

I'm beginning to wonder how long this backache is going to last. When I've been in this situation before, the pain usually lasts no more than 3 to 4 days. Today is the 6th day. I supposed it's because I'm getting older so things take longer to heal. I'm trying to not let it depress me. I really need to get better because I'm going to have to go grocery shopping sometime this week and I need to be able to walk around the store with no problem. I called Jean this morning and told her I couldn't do a dog walk but for her to bring the dogs over to play with Hiker in my backyard for awhile. Hiker needs to play since I have not been able to walk her or play with her. I probably won't be going to my support group tomorrow because I would not be able to sit in those hard chairs for 2 hours. Jean and her dogs stayed for about 2 ½ hours. Hiker was so happy to see the other dogs. Jean also had Rev, the cockapoo puppy that she takes care of now and then with her. Hiker and Rev were playing and lot together. After they all went home, Hiker and I drove down to the liquor store to buy my lottery tickets. At least I was able to do that but my back was hurting a little more after I drove the car. Did a little reading this afternoon. It's nice to be able to once again read a book and comprehend what I'm reading. For such a long time after Ben died, I could not do that.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

A Hallmark Sunday

Felt a little better again this morning. Each day my back aches a little less. I guess the medications are working. Still did not feel strong enough to do any of my normal stuff. No walking again. No changing the sheets on the bed because it involves too much bending and stretching. Still no going to this weekend's craft fair with Jean. I'm hoping that I will feel up to a dog walk tomorrow morning. It's been a week since the dogs have gotten to be together. Jean called me around 10:30 am to see how I was doing and I told her that I plan to walk the dogs tomorrow morning, but if I don't feel like walking, I want her to at least bring her dogs over to play with Hiker since Hiker is getting cabin fever. We've decided that if I feel well enough on Friday that we will go out to lunch and do some shopping that day. I noticed that my back has been itching where it was hurting me so much before. I remember my mom always telling me that if you had an injury or a wound that when it itches that means the injury/wound was healing. I sure hope she was right. All I know is that the itch feels like it is really deep inside. My TV was once again set on the Hallmark Channel all day.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Cloudy Saturday

Today's plans for going to the craft fair and then out shopping with Jean did not pan out. Although the muscle relaxants the doctor gave me have taken the tightness out of my back muscles, the muscles are now extremely sore. I'm guessing the soreness could be caused from the physical therapist re-aligning my back yesterday plus the fact that the muscles were so tense, now that they are relaxing I am feeling the soreness more. Hiker still cannot understand why I am not playing with her and taking her out for walks. She keeps bringing me toys to play and I feel so bad for her. I was able to do a load of laundry. I just have to remember to squat and not bend when I have to get things that are low to the ground. Was lying on the floor again with my legs up on the sofa. Almost fell asleep. The medications they gave me say they may cause drowsiness. The physical therapist had said that lying on my back with my legs up was a good thing to do. Spent all day watching Christmas movies on “The Hallmark Channel”.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Long Day At Kaiser

Still no relief with my back this morning so I called my neighbor Jean to see if she could take me over to Kaiser Urgent Care. I checked my doctor's office online to see if he had any openings today but he didn't. Kaiser's Urgent Care is have to make an appointment with them, which I didn't know. So we get over to the facility and I go to check in and they asked me if I'd called my own doctor and I told them I had checked online and he didn't have any openings. So they check their schedule and said the first opening in Urgent Care was at 11:20 am. Being that it was only 9:30 am, Jean and I drove back to my house and then headed back over there later for my appointment. While she was at my house, she took Hiker out for a walk since I have not been able to take her out for 3 days. We were wondering if Hiker would be hesitant to go with Jean since I was not going with them. She was a little...kept looking back to see if I was coming along. Jean said that Hiker kept looking up at her and then would stop, lay down and expose her belly to Jean. We don't know if she did that because Hiker knows that Jean rubs her belly whenever she see's Hiker or if it was Hiker's way of telling Jean that she didn't want to walk and that she wanted to go home. So off they went down the street and Jean decided to go over by the community office and visit with Marcie for a few minutes. When she said “Hiker, are you ready to go home” Hiker yanked Jean out the door and practically ran the rest of the way home pulling Jean along behind her. When the got back to my house, Hiker immediately ran up to me on the sofa and started kissing me. Jean and I headed back over to Kaiser for my appointment. The doctor spoke with me and prescribed some prescriptions (an anti-inflammatory and a non-steroid muscle relaxant) then she had a physical therapist come in and work with me for about 10 or 15 minutes. He felt the tightness in my lower left back muscle and he told me my back joints were a little out of alignment, so he did a couple of procedures on me to realign them and then he showed me some exercises to do to help my back muscles get stronger. He told me to try to do a few of them each day. I told him the ones I'd been doing and he said they were good also. He pretty much said if I start doing these stretching exercises regularly that I should eventually have no back problems. He told me to call or email him in 2 weeks to let me know how I'm doing and if I'm still in pain, he will have me come in and align my back some more. I'm hoping the prescriptions will do the job. I normally do not go to the doctor for something like this, as I have had this problem off and on for about 20 years, but the pain was so severe this time that I decided to go. After we picked up my prescriptions, we headed over to McDonald's. I don't normally like McDonald's but I told Jean I was buying since she was nice enough to driver me back and forth to Kaiser twice today, so I let her pick where we would eat. Took the meds with my lunch to get them started in my system. Hopefully they will now kick in and the pain will go away. Today would have been my mom and dad's 75th wedding anniversary.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

My Boring Day

My back was still killing me when I got up this morning. I feel sorry for Hiker because she knows “mama” is not acting “normal”. She knows there is something wrong with me and she doesn't know what to do. We are not doing our “regular routine” so she seems confused. She keeps coming over to sit or lie down beside me and she just looks at me with sad brown eyes. I called Kaiser this morning to reschedule my appointment with my Retinal Specialist. Jean was going to take me to that appointment tomorrow morning, but I felt I would not be able to make it due to having to walk a lot. What makes me mad is that Jean and I were going to have lunch and go shopping after the appointment and I was looking forward to that. If I feel better by Saturday, she and I are going to a craft fair here in Santa Clarita and then I guess we can go to lunch and out shopping. I've tried alternating heat and cold treatments on my back. Don't know if it is helping or not. I've been told to lie on the floor and put my legs up on the couch as if I were sitting in a chair, which I did and it seemed to help a little. I think it's just one of those things that has to run the course. Jean offered to take Hiker out for a walk, but I told her I think Hiker can do without a walk for a day or two. She can go out into the yard and run around with her toys. After lying on the floor with my legs up on the couch for about 2 hours, I couldn't stand being in that position anymore. Had to sit up for awhile. My back still hurts, but doesn't seem as intense as it was this morning. Would you believe we hit 90° here today? What's up with that?

Hiker stayed right next to me while I was lying on the floor with my feet up.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Oh My Aching Back!

Well today didn't turn out the way I had planned. My plans were to take the car to get it washed then head over to Wal-Mart and then come home and do some housework. Well most of my plans didn't happen because my back went out on me this morning. It was really odd. I got up just before 6 am to let Hiker outside. When she was done, we went back to bed. I played with her awhile while in bed and then around 7 am, decided to get up and get going. When I sat up on the edge of the bed, the muscles in the lower left of my back felt extremely tight. I tried to stand up and stretch the muscles but they just got worse. I was able to get dressed, but when I tried to put my shoes on, which I did after about 10 minutes, but had a heck of time trying to bend down and tie them. Got some breakfast and decided the car could wait to be washed and the housework I was planning on doing could also wait, but I needed to go over to Wal-Mart to get some Fresh Pet Dog Food for Hiker. I had to buy the small size of Hiker's food as Wal-Mart did not have the big size I usually buy. Don't know what is going on lately with Wal-Mart and Sam's not having the dog food I normally buy. Maybe when Jean and I are out and about on Friday, we can go by Pet Smart and I can get some Fresh Pet for Hiker there. I was in pain walking around the store, but got in and out pretty fast. Bought a couple of those Solanpas Patches for my back. When I got home, I called Kaiser. I had received a voice mail from them last night when I was in the shower. It was from the Radiology department in Panorama City. They were calling to make a mammogram appointment for me but my doctor has me doing mammograms every 2 years, not every year, and I just had one last year, so they said they will call me back next year. I spent the entire day trying to get comfortable on the sofa. Tried sitting up, tried laying down. The hard part was when and if I needed to get up like to go to the bathroom.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Cloudy Day

Was cool and cloudy when Hiker and I got out of bed this morning and it stayed that way all day Wish we would have gotten some rain out of those clouds.. Decided to go to my support group at the Senior Center today even though I didn't really feel like going. I wasn't sick or anything, just felt more like hanging out at home. But I've been doing “nothing” since my brother Keith visited so I needed to get out and about again. Had a full house at group today. A new lady came. She lost her aunt who she had been a caregiver for and she said she didn't grieve right away, but now it has hit her. We let her tell us her story and she cried. She kept apologizing for crying and we all told her that she did not need to apologize and that it was good that she was getting it all out. There had been a time when our group seemed to be getting a little smaller, but now it has increased in size again. Glad I went. After group, three of us went to lunch at Jimmy Dean's Grill and then I headed home to Hiker.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veteran's Day

Did our dog walk with Jean and her dogs this morning. After Jean left to go home, I went up to Stater Brothers and did my grocery shopping. I was surprised at how crowded they were today. The only thing I could figure was a lot of people didn't work because of Veteran's Day so the went to do their grocery shopping. Didn't do much else today. Thought about going out I the afternoon for a walk with Hiker but got lazy sitting on the couch watching TV.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sunday In The Fall

Another sleep in late morning. Seems that's getting to be my normal morning. Hiker and I had breakfast and then went to buy my lottery tickets. It was a cool morning and it started getting a little bit cloudy. Watched a little bit of TV then put Hiker in the car and we headed over to Central Park for a walk. The parking lot was really full. A lot of people there with their dogs and also people playing baseball and/or soccer. Came home and gave Hiker her mid-day snack then I vacuumed the house and had my lunch. After lunch, I watched a movie on Encore called “The Thing Called Love”. Since Ben and I never went to the movies when he was alive, there are a lot of movies I never saw, so now I'm catching up with them on Encore and Amazon. Around 2:30 pm I looked at my phone and realized I had a voice mail. It was from Jean and it was from around 10:45 am when Hiker and I were over at the park walking around. She said something about her new printer that I installed for her last week was not working. I tried to call her back but got her voice mail. Oh well. She'll either call me back or I'll see her in the morning for our usual Monday dog walk.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Simply Saturday

Hiker and I decided to be lazy this morning, or actually, I decided to be lazy. Hiker kept trying to get me to get out of bed. We got up at 8 am and had breakfast, then we went for a 1.5 mile walk. Hiker did not give me any problem this morning about putting on her collar and leash. Maybe she is a “morning person” or is that “morning dog”? Anyway, she didn't pee all over the place when I got her ready to go. After we came home I did a load of laundry and then settled down to watch some holiday movies on Hallmark Channel. Later in the afternoon, saw a movie on “Encore” called “The River Wild” with Kevin Bacon and Meryl Streep. Had never seen it before. It was pretty good.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Grooming Day

Was so sleepy when I woke up this morning. I had been dreaming that I was out shopping with some of my retired girlfriends from Lockheed. We were getting all kinds of discount cards for some reason. It was cold when Hiker and I got up to get ready for our dog walk with Jean...thermometer on my patio read 40°. I discovered that those studio lights I saw the other night that I thought were in our community were actually up on the hill outside of our community filming in someone's backyard. With it being dark and the lights being so bright, it was hard to tell exactly where they were but once it was daylight and I looked towards where I saw them, I could tell it was outside of our community. But I did see two big white studio trucks drive up my street earlier that evening. After our morning dog walk, Hiker and I went over to Jean's so Hiker could get groomed. Didn't have Jean shave her this time since winter will be coming. I want Hiker to have her longer fur so she can keep warm. After lunch I went over to Sam's Club to see if they had gotten the food I usually buy for Hiker in stock. I usually buy her the Member's Mark Simply Right” chicken and rice kibble. They have not had it the last 3 times I've been there, but they did have the same brand in lamb and rice so I bought that for her. I hope she will like the lamb. She is pretty good about eating just about any brand I do buy for her.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Back To "Normal" Day

Hiker and I were lazy this morning. I didn't go to sleep until around midnight last night. I was reading until around 11:30. Don't know what was going on in our gated community last night but just before dusk, I saw two studio trucks parked up at the top of my street. Didn't really think too much about it, but then I went outside with Hiker after dark and I noticed big lights up on the hill about 2 streets up from me. Since they do so much TV and commercial filming around Santa Clarita, I could tell they were lights for filming. I'll have to see if Jean knows what was going on. She seems to always be up on the Canyon View happenings. Decided to do a load of laundry (sheets and towels) this morning because I didn't get to do it last Sunday and I got some bills paid. While Keith was here, I just set the bills aside figuring I'd pay them after he left. I do not know what has gotten into Hiker lately. She is really making me mad. She used to love to go for walks, but now that she knows there are skateboards and bicycles along the paths, she sometimes does not want to go. When she gets into that mood, she pees all over the house when I try to put her collar and leash on her. She's been doing that more and more lately. I don't know how to get her to stop. I wanted to take her for an afternoon walk today and she just did not want to go. She peed all over the entry floor. I scolded her and made her go out into the garage and stay out there by herself for awhile, but I don't know if that will help. We eventually went for a short walk. Today felt like summer outside, so it got too hot after awhile and we didn't walk very far. When she knows we are walking with Jean and her dogs or that she is going to get to ride in the car, Hiker wants to go and she doesn't pee when I'm trying to put her collar and leash on. Sure am not happy with “MapMyFitness” since they updated to a new app. It just doesn't work right anymore.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Keith Headed Home/Had Lunch With My Friend

Got up at 7 am this morning. Keith wanted to leave to head home at 9:30 and I had to leave at 10:30 to drive up to Sunland to meet Ben's best buddy Ed to have lunch with him at the Sizzler. When Ed and I sat down at Sizzler and the waitress came over, she was the waitress who used to wait on us back when Ben and I used to meet Ed at this same Sizzler. She said “Oh, there's only 2 of you today”, so I had to tell her that Ben passed away 2 ½ years ago. It was a beautiful day here in the mid 70s and breezy. The house sure felt empty (except for Hiker being here) when I got home from my lunch with Ed. When Keith comes and stays for 5 or 6 days, when he leaves, it always feels that way.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

More Computer Installation At Jean's

Slept in some this morning. It was windy today, but not blustery. Jean came over just before 10 am and Keith and I took her over to Best Buy for her to buy a new printer. She bought one similar to mine but a less expensive than the model I purchased awhile back. After we left Best Buy and we went over to PetCo and looked around then went across the street and Jean bought lunch for Keith and me. We came back home and I set the printer up for Jean, connecting it wirelessly and setting up the fax machine on it. Because of the wind here today, we are under a “red-flag” fire warning here in our area. We were way behind in rain fall totals last season and so far this season we are way low again so everything is very dry. We went for an afternoon walk near home today. I tried a different GPS walking app on my phone but I didn't like it as much as the “MayMyFitness” app. Hopefully they will fix the bugs on it that are causing it not to read accurately.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Another Busy Day

Got up early this morning for our dog walk/play date with Jean. It was a little chilly outside earlier but warmed up to the low 70s. Keith and I headed over to Wal-Mart to pick up a few things and then over to Sam's Club to see if they had gotten any of Hiker's dog food in yet, but they still don't have it. I buy her the Sam's Club brand of chicken and rice kibble. All they have is lamb and rice and I'm not sure she likes lamb. She eats just about anything I put in front of her so she's not a picky eater. I'm beginning to wonder if maybe they had a recall on it or something because they have not had it the last 2 times I've gone to Sam's Club. I'll have to check again later this week and I guess if they don't have the chick and rice I will buy her the lamb and rice. Will not be going to my support group tomorrow because Keith will still be here until tomorrow afternoon. He used to go over there with me but I know he gets bored being there. Jean wants us to go with her to pick out a new computer printer, so we told her we would do that and then the 3 of us can go to lunch. After lunch today we went took Hiker over to Placerita Canyon for a hike. My hiking app on my iPhone wasn't working properly. It was showing that we did more miles than we really did and that we did those miles in a very short time period.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Busy Day Hiking And Computer Repair

Well Hiker's bladder and empty belly doesn't know about changing back to standard time because she woke me up this morning at 4:45 am to let her outside and then she wanted to eat. I made her wait until 6 am to eat because I want her to get used to the time change. We stayed in bed until 7 am and when we got up, Keith was already up and sitting on the couch in the living room, but Hiker didn't see him and she ran down to his bedroom to look for him. When she didn't see him there, she went searching for him until she found him. We didn't have breakfast because we wanted to get out for a morning hike. We didn't know where we wanted to hike so Keith suggested we go back up to Vasquez Rocks because they have so many different trails there. When we got there, we discovered that they were having a “Supervisor Antonovich Trail Ride” and there were hundreds of people and horses there, but we still had a nice hike. We came home and there was a voice mail on my phone from Jean. She was having computer trouble and wanted to know if I could help her figure out what was wrong, but since Keith was here, I decided to let the “expert” look at it. Found out that her combination modem/router had gone bad so she went and bought a new one and Keith installed it for her. We just got back home around 3:30 pm so I thought I'd better get my daily email blog posted.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Another Beautiful Fall Day

Slept in a little this morning. My body as sore from our hike at Vasquez Rocks yesterday afternoon. Hiker kept wanting me to open my bedroom door so she could go wake Keith up, but I would not let her out. She woke me up at 5:45 am to go potty and when we change our clocks back tomorrow, she will start waking me up around 4:45 am to go out, but I need to try to get her to hold it if she can so she will get used to 6 am again. It is sure nice here when Keith visits. It's nice to have someone to have conversation with, especially in the evenings. I talk to Hiker all the time when it's just her and me here, and even though I think she understands just about everything I say to her, she cannot respond except to look at me with those pretty brown eyes. We hung out at home during the morning because I was waiting for the gardener so I could pay him for the month plus I wanted to do a load of laundry. After lunch we went over to Pico Canyon Park and did a 2 mile hike. We had never hiked that area before land we've decided it is not that good of a place to hike. The trail is very narrow with a lot of brush and there are no nice views. Going to make mac and cheese with little sausages for dinner tonight using some of the Loleta Cheese I mail ordered awhile back. Yummy! Probably will watch the movie “Contact” on Amazon tonight.

Friday, November 1, 2013

A Few Photos Of Our Hike Today

Me and Hiker

My brother Keith

Busy Day With Keith And Hiker

My daily email blog is late getting out today. Keith, Hiker and I have been out running around all day. First we had our normal Friday dog walk with Jean and her dogs. Then I made breakfast for me and Keith (Hiker had already eaten). Keith and I then went to the 3 Goodwill stores here in our valley and looked at all of the goodies in the stores. Also went and wandered around Big Lots and had lunch over at Carl's Jr. Came back home and picked up Hiker and the 3 of us headed up to Vasquez Rocks for an afternoon hike. It was a beautiful afternoon up the mid 70s and breezy. Just got home and will have to get dinner in a little while. I took a lot of photos at Vasquez Rocks (as usual) and I will be posting them later