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On 4/12/2019 at 6:28 PM, BETAQDAVE said:

As we are going back to the store where we bought it tomorrow to see what, if anything, is available, hopefully I won’t have to MacGyver it after all.

    Well, happily it turned out that I didn't need to MacGyver anything.  We found a box spring at the store that was five inches high and should fit the bill to raise the frame just the right amount.  The only bad part of the deal was trying to get it home, as it would not fit in our car and we didn't know anyone with a truck.  That left us having to have the store deliver it which wasn't a big deal except for the fact that they couldn't do it until the 19th. 

    So, I had to struggle getting out of the low bed for another week without it.  Finally it was delivered and they set it up for us.  The box spring was set on some sliders at the corners to sit on the floor.  The adjustable frame was put on the new base and anchored in place with some metal brackets.  Then the mattress was set on top and I tested it out with my transfer board before they left just to be sure.  Well, low and behold, it worked!

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     I called the salesman at the store that sold the stuff to us and thanked him for working things out with us with free delivery of the box spring.  But, I did suggest for him to discuss with his manager that some area of the bed displays be set up for lowering at least one bed to allow shorter or handicapped people to try them out.  Seems that most people want to try out something before they shell out a grand or two for it.  B)

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On 3/29/2019 at 6:37 PM, BETAQDAVE said:

  I reviewed the manual again and found that an accessory (shown below) was available to extend your reach to operate the pump.

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    As this model has been discontinued I will have to make one myself.

    I have had a real hard time trying to locate my pipe bender.  The last time that I used it was quite a long time ago when I did the wire conduit for my shop.  I'll bet you that I searched every place in my basement at least twice before giving up.  I decided to just rely on that old law by Mr. Murphy that clearly states that: you can never find something when you need it or are looking for it, you just have to wait until you are looking for something else. 

    Sure enough, while searching for something for the Easter decor for the admiral last week I found my pipe bender buried in a corner behind some storage boxes filled with the Easter stuff! (Does that make it some kind of miracle?)  So anyway, I located the proper sized light weight pipe left over from an old project that should, with the now located pipe bender, allow me to MacGyver something for the stand up frame.   Here is a photo of the offending tool, in case you are unfamiliar with it.

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Just hanging out today fighting off boredom.

 

Did my exercises like a good boy then sat at the kitchen sink and did the dirty dishes. Can’t stand long enough to put them away so will need to wait until the older boy gets home from school for that part. Watched TV for about an hour and gave that up as a lost cause so read for a while instead. That was better but still found it hard to maintain concentration on what I was reading and gave that up also.

 

In the mean time I am following orders and keeping the foot elevated. I’m supposed to keep it above heart level but I’m not certain I have a heart, (At least according to my wife) and besides the only way I could do that would to lay down all day and night and then I would be REALLY bored!

I did find some You-Tube stuff that is kind of soothing.

 

There are a few other people playing this instrument, called the “Hang” and I am starting to explore the different styles. Much of the sound kind of reminds me of listening to the rain in a way.

So it has been 31 days since I pounced on my ankle and it is doing pretty well I suppose. Looks like this now:

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It’s getting a little less scaly but for some reason wants to stay swollen. It is about twice as large as the other foot even after all this time. I am hoping that it changes after I am allowed to put pressure on it. Sometimes it gets upset for some reason and turns an interesting shade of purple!

So in another five weeks, (33 days actually but who’s counting) I get to bunny hop to the doctor again and hopefully at that time he will let me start trying to put weight on it again and hopefully be walking by the end of the summer without the stupid walker or crutches! It would be nice to get rid of this thing too:

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Well on to the next phase of my day and catch up on what other's are doing. By that time the boys should be home from school and I will need to attend to whatever their needs are. It will probably involve food!:unsure:

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33 minutes ago, lmagna said:

In the mean time I am following orders and keeping the foot elevated. I’m supposed to keep it above heart level

Dang, Lou. No wonder they want your foot elevated above your heart. It looks like it's going to pop as swollen as it is. Do you have a device to keep it elevated or a recliner, or ??

 

I'm glad I don't have to show a picture of my feet. Someone would probably call National Geographic and say they had made a sasquatch siting.

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I kind of wish I had Hobbit feet right now for the extra fur! I haven't been putting a sock on my left foot because of the swelling and at times it gets kind of cold. I may give it a try, if it starts hurting I can always take it off.

 

Most of my time lately has been in my recliner during the day when I am not having to sit at the kitchen table or kitchen counter to get some work done. The only other place in the house I can get to is the main floor bathroom and I even have a special bench in the shower for that! I haven't been bothering but I could put a pillow under my leg when in my recliner and when sleeping, (On the living room couch) but I haven't bothered. I don't worry too much so long as I don't get another blood clot like after my last back surgery and end up waking up in the hospital with another pulmonary embolism or even worse not waking up at all. I'm taking all kinds of blood thinners just for that possibility.

 

I'm relaxing now, but I spent about an hour sitting on my outside porch stairs this afternoon, reinforcing my stair railings with metal brackets so they will be strong enough to safely use to get down the stairs when I need to go out. I had forgotten how cold it still is outside, especially when you are really only wearing a t-shirt and pajama bottoms and sitting on cement stairs. Tomorrow I will get my older son to help by digging a couple of post holes at the lower sidewalk steps and get a couple of posts set. Then I will be able to install another set of railings there and at that point I shouldn't be a prisoner anymore and I will be able to get myself to the cars without having to do it on my hands and knees. :( 

 

I can then become somewhat useful again and at least resume my family taxi duties. My wife left on her four day trip out of town to hang out with her friend and I had to pay $10 to get her a taxi to go a little less than a mile to the train depot! She has another trip down to California in a couple of weeks. This time for a week with her sister and mother and she will need to get to the airport, about 45 miles. That will cost a lot more if I can't get her there. 

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19 hours ago, lmagna said:

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It’s getting a little less scaly but for some reason wants to stay swollen. It is about twice as large as the other foot even after all this time. I am hoping that it changes after I am allowed to put pressure on it. Sometimes it gets upset for some reason and turns an interesting shade of purple!

 

    Man oh man Lou.  Those photos brought back a lot of bad memories for me.  Like you, it was 9 long weeks with no weight at all on my right ankle.  With the stainless steel plate and numerous screws down there now, it will be interesting going through a metal detector.

      It’s been a long time now, but I still have the boot to remind me!  Having MD, I was unable to get around with a walker or crutches, so I had to sit in a wheelchair with the bad leg propped straight out until the swelling finally went down, which made maneuvering around a real adventure.

    DON’T skimp on the therapy now or you may regret it later.  While I was laid up they should have given me therapy to at least maintain the muscle tone of the rest of my body, but I didn’t have any at all until my 9 weeks were up.  For me, that was a major mistake that cost me the ability to regain the ability to walk again.

     For anyone afflicted with MD, that adage of use it or lose it really rings true.   Unused muscles tend to atrophy.  For most people without this condition they can readily regain the strength and use of atrophied muscles with the proper therapy.  However, the unused muscles in someone with MD have a much harder time recovering, or in cases like mine, are just unable to recover.

     I spent more than three long years in therapy trying to recover the ability to walk, but my core muscles had become just too weak to allow that to happen. So my advice to you is to just grin and bear it through your therapy and know that you can regain the normal use of your ankle and will soon be walking again.  In the mean time maintaining a good mental attitude will be major factor in your recovery.  Good luck!

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I know what you mean Dave. I had a friend for years who had MD and almost everything was a struggle for him. and any time things went a little down hill in his case they stayed down hill. How long was your foot swollen? It has been a month for me now and it is still about twice the size of the undamaged one!

 

As for the extra metal I doubt that it will make much difference as my back already has a lot more metal in it than my foot. I'm not too worried about the muscle tone on the left side. The PT twice a week and my more limited, (I'm a wuss) daily workouts seem to be keeping up OK for at least the amount of getting around I am able to do at this point. I am a little more concerned with the lack of endurance when it comes to standing or covering longer distances using the walker! Hopping around on the walker one legged wears me out fairly quickly, and standing n one place for any length of time is even more limited. I have to sit to do the dishes, cook, or even take a shower! My mussels are improving and I am getting further than I was at first, and standing up one legged is slightly better. I am even able to get myself off of the floor by climbing and pulling but it is still a slow go. I am wondering what it will be like when I am again able to walk with both legs just how far I will be able to go? I have been restricted to such a small area for so long now there is no way to build endurance except to go around and around in  the same area.

 

Interesting stuff coming up, with a lot of unknowns on my end. I do know that by Fall I will need to be able to walk about a quarter of a mile and back so that I can escort my youngest grandson, (adopted son) to his new school in the morning and possibly meet him and bring him home in the afternoon. He is feeling pretty nervous about middle school. I could drive him, and may do so on rainy days, but the walk would do both of us good anyway.

 

One thing for certain is that it is clear that from posts on this forum a number of people have had the same kind of injury and done just fine afterwards. I am pretty certain it will be the same for me. I just have to put up with the confinement, (I will be working on that today and tomorrow) and the boredom. It is kind of funny though that last night I had some kind of stupid dream where at one point I was holding hands with my wife and skipping down the sidewalk like a couple of kids. I have no ideas what the context was but I knew it was enjoyable and somehow felt good. Then when I woke up I realized that I was probably unable to skip even before I wrecked my ankle!:unsure::wacko:

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    I got a warning on my computer today that next year Microsoft will discontinue tech support for my Windows 7.  Have heard numerous reports for years on all the bugs that Windows 10 has had since day one when it came out.  Apparently most of them have been worked out now, but it seems that just when you become somewhat proficient using one system, they come out with a new one.  So we are constantly having to relearn everything just to keep up.  Isn't progress wonderful?

   Like it or not, it appears that I'll need my neighbors son to install it for me now.  I'll be trying to relearn from him how to do everything again before I have no choice in the matter.  He has been using it for years now, but he still says that he preferred Windows 7 for ease of use.  Oh well, I guess that as they said so often in the Army; Lets get with the program son:huh:

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37 minutes ago, BETAQDAVE said:

    I got a warning on my computer today that next year Microsoft will discontinue tech support for my Windows 7. 

It's one thing when they discontinue support for a product, but it's quite another when they deliberately sabotage the old system and force us to install a new system. That's what happened to me a year or more ago. An auto-update to Windows 7 caused an issue that required an upgrade to Windows 10. It's been enough time that's passed that I cannot recall exactly what the issue was, but I do know I had to upgrade to Windows 10. My Windows 7 program was unrepairable so at that point, it was either wipe the hard drive and reinstall Windows 7 or wipe the hard drive and install Windows 10. They had already been threatening the eminent non-support on Windows 7, even well over a year before that happened. They are gangsters, make no mistake about it. 

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I think you will do OK unless you are doing some very unusual stuff Dave. You will also be able to continue using 7, except it will not be supported by Microsoft unless you claim you are a business and are willing to pay for the updates and patches. It will also continue to operate even without support just like some of the older Windows OS do even now. 

 

I had to switch over a few months ago because I needed to replace my laptop and even though I already had some experience with 10 because of the boys computers, (Games in many cases will only run on the latest greatest operating system) I have still had to look several things online to figure out how to make my computer work the way I want it to! I agree that 10 is not as intuitive as 7. I think it was designed with the touch screen people in mind and if you don't have that feature is unnecessary.

 

There is one saving feature in 10 that may help you though. You can enable "Classic Mode" or Classic View in Windows 10 and it will allow you to do a number of things fairly easily like you did in 7.

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I'm surprised that Microsoft didn't get sued over the "Windows 10 Upgrade" episode. It was sneaky, underhanded, and fraudulent, to say nothing of egotistical or narcissistic . A number of companies came into work and found their network systems totally down and they were unable to operate their business because their software was designed to operate on 7 and was dead as a door nail on 10. It took some of them days to get it all straightened out. I was able to use the program that Microsoft provided that reverted my computer back to 7 but even after reverting back some things didn't work quite the same. 

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Lou, not liking what I'm seeing there.  I'd say call the doc and talk to them about the swelling and purple.  But then, I'm not a medical type so what do I know?

 

Dave,  I follow some tech sites, and the advice most IT types have is: "hold off as long as you can on the upgrade".  Seems it's more of a downgrade right now with all the issues MS is having with it.   But, if you feel 10 is the way to go, get the HDD fully imaged so if Win10 blows a gasket you can at least re-install Win7.   FTR, I probably will have to be drug kicking and screaming to the computer and then forced at gunpoint to upgrade.  But that's me... if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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I agree. You can get a new drive that's probably bigger for $80. Go to best buy or something and have them make a duplicate of the drive.  Put the new drive in, upgrade and fall back to the old drive. EASY to swap drives. Best buy will probably show you.

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54 minutes ago, mtaylor said:

Dave,  I follow some tech sites, and the advice most IT types have is: "hold off as long as you can on the upgrade".  Seems it's more of a downgrade right now with all the issues MS is having with it.

When I installed Windows 10, I had to upgrade other my MS software as well, so that's something to be aware of. It's not just a Windows update. One thing leads to another and it all costs money, time, and lots of aggravation.

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1 hour ago, CDW said:

One thing leads to another and it all costs

The software isn't the problem, 'cause by the time the bugs are solved and the current version is really stable, a new version pops up. So why do you think they create new versions ...

 

Do as Mark and Brian say. Make a disk image you can switch the disks if it doesn't turn out the way you want to. You can even make two disk images, and use it as an external drive. You can start from the external drive to, through the system's start up menu (with system I mean the motherboard usually ESC or F2 when booting) Always keep one in a safe place!

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23 hours ago, mtaylor said:

I'd say call the doc and talk to them about the swelling and purple. 

If I had any real discomfort or if the color was that way all of the time I would be on the way to the doctor right now! But it comes and goes according to how active I am being. Seems like the more I am doing my exercises or being active like I have been this weekend it reacts by puffing up and if it gets puffy enough it turns purple.

 

Most of the time it is not quite as bad as it is in the picture even though it is still always swollen even after five weeks. That was why I was asking Dave how long his swelling lasted.

 

But today is FREEDOM day! Took me all weekend and had some help from my son and grandson for the harder parts that I still can't do but freedom from Stalag 13 is now a reality!

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I put steel brackets on the upper rail to insure that it is strong enough even if I really need to lean into it and then installed posts and railings on the lower steps to allow me to get up and down them unassisted as well! Still need some work on both the upper and lower but right now they are completely functional and totally safe! I will dress them up and finish the other stuff I want to do when I am able to stand better and walk without assistance, but as of now I am FREE. I can come and go as needed and when needed.:D

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Good on you and your son/grandson, Lou. No more feeling of being cooped up. Cabin fever can be bad for one's mental outlook. Don't hurt yourself too bad with this new won freedom.

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On ‎4‎/‎27‎/‎2019 at 5:31 PM, CDW said:

They are gangsters, make no mistake about it. 

I have beat a dead horse to death about that.

I now am in W10 its ok but my main gripe when they shutdown XP I lost a lot of programs that could not be used. 

 

Like Super phones come out monthly cost increases by thousands screw that Microsoft are gangsters must be some Chinese in that company.

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Spent some time the last few days designing a diorama base for my Model Expo Sea Mortar model.

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I have their smooth bore cannon (built), and Carronade kits, so I'd like to built a deck scene for the mortar. I looked at the pictures and drawings in the Anatomy Of The Ship - Granado book, and came up with this. The finished base will be the one shown on the left.

 

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The base as shown will be 12"X12". The notches in the mortar well are for the supports for the removable gun well cover, as shown on the right. I plan to also have a Pyro "Bomb Ketch" model displayed behind it. The ketch will be the hull with the masts and bowsprit cut down, similarly to an Admiralty Model. I know that the Pyro kit does not represent any real ship, but it will give an idea of how the gun looks on one. I had thought of building the cover and have it sitting on the deck, but at 12x12 plus the room for the hull behind it, it will already be a large model. To have room for the cover to sit on the deck, I'd have to make the deck about 12X24. the mortar will be displayed turned to the side, as when deployed in use. I may extend the deck behind the well to set the ship hull on.

 

The darker deck planks are 12" wide as opposed to the rest which are 9". That it the arrangement shown for Granado. They are labeled as "Binding Planks".

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1 hour ago, John Allen said:

I have beat a dead horse to death about that.

I now am in W10 its ok but my main gripe when they shutdown XP I lost a lot of programs that could not be used. 

    Precisely!!!!  I still have one computer that I only use for modeling and some other programs (that won't work on Windows 7) that is not connected to the internet and still runs on XP.  I have very few computer games, but I have this one here that I refuse to give up on, especially since I can no longer get out on the actual courses.  The play of the game is very realistic and you can even program it to duplicate your actual real life golf skills and see how well (or poorly) you match up with the real golfing pros.

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    While it was working fine on my old computer running on XP, when I attempted to load it on a new computer that ran on Windows 7 it would not function at all.  After much consulting with computer techs, I finally gave up and just left it on the XP computer.  It still runs just fine there and I can  even load and use the additional library course discs.  The only thing that I can't do is play anyone on the internet.  Oh well.

    So now I have 40 different courses to play, but my favorite continues to be the Plantation Course at Kapalua in Maui which is one of the only two of their courses that I have ever actually golfed on.  The graphics are excellent, I can almost feel the tropical breezes on my face as I play it!!!

    While the new computer greatly exceeded the minimum requirements for the program, there was something in Windows 7 that was apparently incompatible with it.  I will have a computer tech attempt to load it onto my computer with Windows 10 when I get it, but I won't hold my breath as I have no real expectation of success.

  

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9 hours ago, mtaylor said:

scream of "FREEEEEEDOM!!!!!"

It  was almost that way Mark.

 

After about five weeks of being cooped up in for all intents three rooms, it was a good feeling when I tried it out for the first time yesterday and knowing that I can now do some of the things outside of the house that need doing. Today I will be taking my wife to her doctor appointment in the morning and then my older grandson to his dentist appoint that we had to reschedule a few weeks ago, in the afternoon. It is a good feeling to have at least some use and purpose again even if it is limited.

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11 hours ago, lmagna said:

Most of the time it is not quite as bad as it is in the picture even though it is still always swollen even after five weeks. That was why I was asking Dave how long his swelling lasted.

    In my case it took about six weeks before I had any noticeable reduction in the swelling.  While still quite tender it no longer felt or looked like a sausage ready to pop.  As long as you don't push yourself too hard to exceed your improving mobility capabilities and (heaven forbid) re-injure yourself, things will continue to steadily improve.  You'll find yourself up and about in no time!! 

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Thanks Dave

I was hoping that the swelling was more normal than not. After all it was smashed up pretty good. Came very close to being a compound fracture with the leg bones coming through the skin on both sides.

 

Note: You DO NOT want to hear the OMG comments from the firemen who arrive to scoop you up from where you fell, and later the same kind of reaction from all the people coming into the ER room before the doctor has reset everything. And most of all you don't want to have the ER doctor stopping back into your room after you have woken back up after he reset everything and show you the before and after X-Rays and brag about how well he did and referring to the before X-Ray as "This is what I had to start with!" 

 

I think the surgeon was able to do a pretty good job the next day when he did the surgery and there has really been very little pain through the entire process. (I keep comparing it with the pain after my last back surgery and find that there is NO relation between the two!) I have been VERY diligent about putting the boot on anytime I intend to do any movement even though it seems when sitting or laying that all is in pretty good shape. I DO NOT want to do any damage to it in any way and that is helping me to be to be a little more cautious than I normally possibly would be.

 

Again thanks for getting back to me with some personal insight and information.

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Re:  Microsoft 10

 

Unfortunately, the computer industry has marketed their products as a lifestyle, and the public has bought into it.  Few people probably need the latest models of their electronic gizmos or the latest software update but our culture has decreed that it is cool to have them.  Six years ago my daughter gave my wife an iPad and recently the button that called up the main menu failed.  My daughter told us that almost no one keeps an iPad that long so it’s time to get a new one.  A local repair guy installed a new switch for a fraction of the cost and the iPad is every bit as functional as before.

 

For me, computers are just tools and I am perfectly happy using hand and power tools in my shop that ar 50 years old and older.

 

Roger

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FWIW I am still running XP on a ThinkPad AND connected to the Internet.  Not one of my peripherals is supported by Microsoft on Win 10.  When Gates gives me $5-$10 Grand to replace all the peripherals, if I can even replace them, I will consider upgrading. As long as the Antivirus software still supports  me I have no problem.

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I spent this weekend tearing everything out of one of the bedrooms in our home. It had been occupied for 6 years straight and was literally packed with "stuff". When it became vacant, immediately started the cleanup and renovation process. 

Ripped out all the carpet and pad, removed the closet doors, scraped up all the vinyl flooring that was underneath the carpet and pad, patched all the screw and nail holes that were in the walls after the screws and nails were removed, removed a ceiling fan. Went shopping today for tile, thin set, and grout. Bought a couple of new ceiling fans and three gallons of paint. I'm giving myself a target date of 10 days maximum to finish the room, paint, fan, new tile flooring. Then I have to go shopping for new furniture. My grand daughter (14 years old) needs her own room as she currently shares one with her 9 year old sister. 

Not much modeling will be done for a couple of weeks.

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Finally, the sun is coming up (metaphorically speaking)  and things are settling down here.   

 

Both my desktop and the laptop I use to control the laser have SSD's (had a hard drive crash on the desktop) and back up systems (data and power) are in place.

 

Janet, the now "ex" is settled into her custodial facility and even though the early onset dementia is hitting hard and growing, the paranoia is somewhat retreating.   The dogger, which is a "momma's" dog has been rehomed from my 2 bedroom-2 story apartment (dog is only 5 pounds and too small to use the steps to the bedrooms on the second floor) to her new forever home.  The lady is the head care giver at Janet's place and Mitzi (the dog) jumped up on her lap and refused to get down when she came to pick her up).   I'm saddened but also happy that the pupper now has a human mom and dad, and human sister and brother along with a backyard and access to the whole house.  Early report is the dog seems happy and comfortable.

 

I'm finally making progress on Licorne.  Belle Poule, not so much.   I have a few days coming up where I'll need to spend some time 

 

Sorry to be long-winded but sometimes life is a bitch.

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