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Saturday, March 06, 2010


Going Out:
Compliments of my best friend Michele who bought us tickets for Christmas this past December, tonight we are going out to hear "Mozart Treasures" at The Francis Winspear Centre For Music here in downtown Edmonton.

We've been there before to listen to our beloved Classical Masters, and this time she bought tickets for herself and her own sister, and myself and my sister Pammie. It's a beautiful place with wonderful accoustics, and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra rocks!

Pet Stress:
It's an especially good time to get out with the girls for a nice evening too. This past week in our house has been particularly stressful, with Pammie's doggie Misty just now recovering from a very bad illness. She spent the entire weekend and Monday night in the veterinary's and they think she had Pancreatitis.

The poor little baby girl started vomiting last Friday night and became so weak. Saturday morning she was still vomiting and even more weak so we took her to the Vet and after doing bloodwork they decided she was very sick and kept her. After being hooked up to an IV for days with antibiotics, anti-nausea medicine and pain killers (not to mention some nutrients as she hadn't been able to keep anything down) it wasn't until Monday that she stopped vomiting and, as the Vet's office put it, "started getting her personality back".

After having her home for the last 4 days she's been improving daily, and is eating again! (she wouldn't eat for days) She's perky again and seems to be almost back to 100%. You may remember that Pammie lost her other dog LadyBugs 4 months ago so this was especially stressful. It's a good night to get her out of the house and help her relax! I'll see if after the performance the girls might want to go somewhere for coffee and dessert. There's a great restaurant here to go for that too, The Cheesecake.

My Owies:
My arm is getting better than it was, the pain levels are much more manageable now. I took myself off of Lipitor (for cholesterol) as I started suspecting muscle degeneration from it, and it started to help. It's not all gone though, and I do still have ongoing osteo-arthritis issues in that arm and taking Shark Cartilage again will help that.

I don't wish to cause havoc in my body being off Lipitor so I'm eating oatmeal daily as that helps with cholesterol levels. I'm just going to see if once the arm muscles aren't hurting anymore and going BACK on Lipitor again if that causes the muscles a bunch of pain again. Then I will know.

Meanwhile I still use my heating pad nightly, and take pain killers before bed so that I can sleep comfortably. Not NEAR as much as I had to before though, so there has been definite headway. :-)

The Workplace:
We've been informed that throughout the province (with the exception of a few smaller centers) all of our Alberta Motor Association (CAA/AAA) offices are to be open later on weekdays. Our center is open until 5:30 p.m. but some are 5:00 and now we will all be open until 6:00 instead. This is a result of a few members complaining that we're not open late enough, but we also have those who complained that we weren't open EARLY enough so a few years ago we changed that too! As of May, our center will be open a full hour longer than we were a handful of years ago. PLUS we're open all day on Saturdays. Ah well, this new change hasn't made anybody happy but there's nothing we can do. Because our "suits and ties" deem that we are a "retail" business if they ever tell us we have to be open on Sundays, there would be a mass exodus of staff I think.

The Contest:
The "Black & White" Photo Contest is still ongoing over at Stardom Awaits! and there is still one more week to vote, so if you haven't already, head on over!

That's about it for news from the Hippie Chick for this time folks. I'm still feeling withdrawals from the Olympics on TV (yay Canada!) but now I can go back to regularly scheduled favourite shows. I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the start of some spring weather like we have been.

Take good care of each other, we're all that we have!

Love Jude


Blogger Tracers said...

So happy to hear the pup is feeling better, and that you are too!

Enjoy your night out =)


7:21 PM, March 06, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad the dog is feeling better. I know all too well about animal illness. It's no fun for the pet or the owner.

A night out, sounds like fun. Cheesecake did you say. Yum!

You might ask your doctor to change you to a different cholesterol med if you find that stopping Lipitor works. Just a thought. Glad that your starting to recover.

Retail business and hour changing, yeah I totally understand. I'm a member and for the record I never complained. I just pay my bills and move on. I tried to shop the auto insurance because I thought I was getting a jip - funny thing is no one can even come close. AAA has the best rates.

Longer hours aren't ever fun but the money is nice when your paid by the hour. :) Don't work too hard.

Ah yes the weather, looks like it's going to turn nice again. I'm game for that!

Hang in there kiddo. All my best!

11:59 PM, March 06, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

It was a great night of beautiful music! We had a nice time and we did go to the Cheesecake Restaurant after for coffee and dessert. Hope your weekend is good darlin', love you! xoxox

Our Insurance department does a lot of business too, so there rates must be fairly competitive like AAA's.

I know you're going through pet health issues as well, I sure hope things clear up soon for you. Vet bills are WAAAAY too expensive!

Take care, and have a good week!

12:21 AM, March 07, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about Misty, Sister of Mine. However, I'm relieved to hear she is better now. Like you say, Lady's death is just too darn close for anything to happen to Misty!
Glad your arm is better too. It's terrible when you can't sleep because of pain. I have a friend who told me that Lipitor caused problems with her arms as well.
Well, hopefully your workplace won't open on Sundays!! I can't imagine why they would. Saturday should be enough for most people you'd think!!
Take care and I love you tons!!
Linda Lou

8:05 AM, March 08, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

Thank you Sister Dearest, I'm getting pretty sure it's the Lipitor but I will find out for certain when I put myself back on it again in a bit. Yes it's great to see Misty almost back to normal again, she was one really sick little girl.

Have a good week, love you! xox

10:03 PM, March 08, 2010  
Blogger Bobbie said...

Sounds like a night out at the Symphony is just what you and Pammie needed. And to top the night off with cheesecake must have made the evening perfect.

I'm glad that Misty is on the mend. The vet bill was probably huge but you can't put a price on the devotion a beloved pet gives us.

Hope your arm is less painful now. My sister has been suffering with joint pain and I told her about you and the Shark Cartilage. I think she may give it a try.

I've been missing the Olympics too but the Para-olympics are starting tomorrow and I hope to watch some of the sledge hockey games.

Take care and hope you have a great weekend.

1:24 AM, March 12, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

It was a lovely evening out Bobbie, thanks. And tell your sister to be patient, she'll have to get lots of Shark Cartilage into her system before she notices a difference. And a great place to purchase it for LESS money is online from a place in B.C. called "National Nutrition.ca" if she wants to try it. It can be expensive here in the city stores. I wish her luck, and please keep me posted?

Have a good weekend Bobbie!

7:12 AM, March 12, 2010  
Blogger Janna said...

How are you feeling since writing this entry, Sista? I hope better!


5:45 PM, March 13, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

Aww thank you dear friend, much better! I'm thinking it just might be the Lipitor. Now it doesn't pain me so much unless I lay on it when I sleep, which I pretty much have to do. I hope all is well with you Sista J.! Love you! xox

6:01 PM, March 13, 2010  
Anonymous Xavierism said...

Awwww...so happy the little angel is feeling better. Love the heading of your blog! The Winter Olympics were wonderful. I loved the stories Mary Carrillo did throughout Canada.

Hope you're lovin' Sunday! xo

10:58 AM, March 14, 2010  
Blogger Jude said...

Thank you Xavier, it is SUCH a relief that little Misty is feeling back to herself again. And yep, after a couple of weeks I'm STILL missing the Olympics!

Hope you are having a great weekend dear friend, sending you much love! xoxox

11:15 AM, March 14, 2010  

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