Friday Has Got To Be Better! It Was, Later In The Day!

“What idiot called it insomnia and not resisting a rest?”

Let’s hope so!

Up and at ’em. I got up on the South wall and crowed this morning waking up all the neighborhood chickens,,,and liberals! Just wanted to see how it would sound since I am seriously contemplating buying chickens and putting in a chicken coup!

To keep from waking up Sue, I went to the back yard to make a phone call to Aunt Kaye and I got a real surprise while I was talking to her…a Mourning Dove was sitting in the garden just looking at me. Perhaps he (or she) wanted to join the conversation?

Did You Know? The mourning dove (Zenaida macroura) is a member of the dove family, Columbidae. The bird is also known as the American mourning dove or the rain dove, and erroneously as the turtle dove, and was once known as the Carolina pigeon or Carolina turtledove.

It is one of the most abundant and widespread of all North American birds. It is also a leading game bird, with more than 20 million birds (up to 70 million in some years) shot annually in the U.S., both for sport and for meat.

Its ability to sustain its population under such pressure is due to its prolific breeding; in warm areas, one pair may raise up to six broods of two young each in a single year. The wings make an unusual whistling sound upon take-off and landing, a form of sonation. The bird is a strong flier, capable of speeds up to 88 km/h (55 mph).  It is the national bird of the British Virgin Islands.

Mourning doves are light grey and brown and generally muted in color. Males and females are similar in appearance. The species is generally monogamous, with two squabs (young) per brood. Both parents incubate and care for the young. Mourning doves eat almost exclusively seeds, but the young are fed crop milk by their parents.

We were up a couple of times during the night but she was able to go back to sleep. The anti-nausea pills will hopefully work when she wakes up. The pill seemed to begin to work as the day progressed on…thank goodness! All of our kids called… Robin, Michele, Colleen, Joe, and Mitch. The older grandkids also called to check in on grandma! The meds for nausea was ondansetron (Zofran).

It works!

Did You Know?  Nausea is an unpleasant, diffuse sensation of unease and discomfort, often perceived as an urge to vomit. While not painful, it can be a debilitating symptom if prolonged, and has been described as placing discomfort on the chest, upper abdomen, or back of the throat.

Like pain, the purpose of nausea is to discourage the person or animal from repeating whatever caused the unpleasantness. The memory of pain elicits safer or evasive actions; the memory of nausea elicits revulsion towards whatever was eaten before vomiting it up — even if it was not the cause of the nausea.

Nausea is a non-specific symptom, which means that it has many possible causes. Some common causes of nausea are gastroenteritis and other gastrointestinal disorders, food poisoning, motion sickness, dizziness, migraine, fainting and low blood sugar. Nausea is a side effect of many medications including chemotherapy, or morning sickness in early pregnancy. Nausea may also be caused by anxiety, disgust and depression.

Medications taken to prevent and treat nausea are called antiemetics. The most commonly prescribed antiemetics in the US are promethazine, metoclopramide and the newer, extremely effective ondansetron. The word nausea is from Latin nausea.

Sue was still sick this morning so I continued my filing desk clean out activities. OMG, I found an AOL Disk…No, worse than that… I found a savings bond dated 1991. We had to buy them when we were executives with Rockwell and we bought a lot of them! This one was a $1000 denomination Series EE and it earned $890 in interest…I cashed it for,,,ready for this… cash! We have been finding savings bonds around here for years and years…maybe this is the last one?

We plan to keep on digging… Maybe there is more!

Sue rested and I fixed her a small lunch before she crashed. During the crash, I did some quick errands like ordering a birthday cake for our dinner dance on Sunday…Brian is turning 76! I went to the bank and then did some shopping at Staples!

When I got back home, Sue asked for a puzzle that she had selected be set up. I set it up and gulped after seeing it…this is going to be difficult! Bits and Pieces – 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle -Spring Ahead – Scenic Spring – by Artist John Sloane – 500 pc Jigsaw

The flowers, grass, and sky will NOT be easy!

Mid afternoon, she was feeling quite a bit better so I decided a “wine run” was in order…Off to Wine and More to buy St. Regis non-alcoholic wine! Three cases, one each of Chardonnay, Cabernet, and Rose!

Figuring I would zip up the 605 to Long Beach Town Center, I was rudely awakened by….TRAFFIC. Thank goodness I only had two off ramps to go before getting off at Carson!

I looked worse than it really as… at least for two stops ahead
(Beep Beep, Beep Beep; My horn went Beep Beep Beep)

Arriving in the Silver Bullet, I entered the store and the staff immediately stood at attention and said “How many cases today Sir?” It was so easy, I responded with “Just one of each!” The wheels of progress began to turn within seconds…the portable ladder was in motion and the salesman was climbing to the top and locating full cases. I was in and out in a matter of minutes. Of course, I had to stop and talk to my “girl friend” as ask about her Dad and tell her about Sue.

Safely loaded in the back seat, I was off like a flash!

The best laid plans of mice and men…I had to make a quick turn and the top case fell over…nothing broke…YET! After pulling into the car barn, I opened the back sliding door and then heard the all familiar “crash, tinkle tinkle”… One bottle had met its maker! Oh well, a few seconds with the hose and the garage was spotless again. Getting everything off the floor was such a good idea…should have done it 40 years ago!

We called several folks to let them know that we were staying in this evening. We watched some TV and crashed about 10:15 PM. I stayed up to make sure Sue was sleeping OK and then I crashed about midnight. Tomorrow is a full day!

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Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet loving my best friend and wife, having fun, learning, and passing on helpful things to others.
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