Monday, January 26, 2015

Rough Week. Tribute

     It's been a rough week here and that's the reason I haven't posted.

     This past Saturday morning Michele and I had to put our beloved Brookie Dog down after 14 1/2 years. The last week was a dramatic down turn in her quality of life. The last 8 months we've had to clean up after her uncontrollable bowel movements. We've had blankets covering the floor to protect the carpet. She's a Rottweiler Malamute X and for a big dogs, 14 years is a long time. She had dramatic  weight loss and her hips were so bad that she could barely pull herself up and stand. When she did she couldn't walk far before falling over.
     We were giving her a cortisone shot monthly and daily doses Tramadol  an it helped for a while but over time she just got worse.
      She was my boo boo dog and I was really attached to her. and it pained me a lot I will forever love her and remember her as she was, not what she became at the end.

Brookie 1999-2015

We will miss you forever and we know you are watching over us and free of pain.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Busy Saturday!

                                                                                                                                              Jan 17, 2015

     Michele and I got up early and headed to Montana City to pick up 2 bountiful Baskets. one for us and one for her daughter Krystle. We decided we needed to do a little shopping and headed to Wal-Mart. We bypassed Wal-Mart to head to Shellie's Country Cafe to get some good breakfast. Michele had the Breakfast Burrito with bacon and I got the Country fried steak. Both were good and filled us up. Off to Wal-Mart we went.
      On our way home from Wal-Mart I called our friend Tim, who I was going to help remove and axle we had purchased for out friend Albert. A few months ago Albert was heading in to Helena from his cabin above Marrysville, MT and the rear end went out of his 1989 Chevy 4X4. Tim found a newer 3/4 ton axle for a better price that we could fix the old so Tim, Michele and I all went in on the axle and will split the repair cost. When I went to pick Tim up he had his son Bart there and he joined us, making the removal even faster.
      We got to the truck we were removing the axle from and Tim and Bart removed the rims and tires and began working on removing the rear break lines and emergency brake.  I crawled under the axle, removing the shocks and  four shackles, this lowering the rear end. We also grabbed the extra leaf springs for the 3/4ton to add to Albert's truck when we install the axle. All in all it took as about an hour and a half from N leaving Tim's house, removing the axle, loading in the back of my truck and returning to Tim's.  Not bad.
       Returning home to a excited Sasha, wanting to play so we did. Came in the house. shedding my dirty Carhartt coat and bibs and relaxed a little. Michele was making Baked Hony Sriracha Chicken and letting it marinate while doing a little cleaning.
       After a very good dinner we decided to head to Tim's house to pay a board game called "Reneck Life"  it turned into a 2-1/2 hour game with me winning. We sat around and chatted a bit before heading home.
       Got home, loved on the dogs and headed to bed.  Goodnight.

Early Friday!

                                                                                                                                              Jan 16, 2015

       Woke up a little after 4am to the sound of Brooke moving around and the smell of poop. Yep, Brooke pooped and tracked it around the living room. Good thing we have blankets down. 4:30am, started laundry and tried to go back to sleep but just tossed and turned til about 6:30am.
       Got up, showered and made some breakfast. Sat on the couch and read through Facebook to what was happening in the "Real" world. Played with Sasha before heading to work.
       I was ready for Friday at work.We got some circuit boards moving through production and got orders boxed and ready to ship out on Monday.
      Ended the day at home with some grilled cheese sandwiches and chicken tortilla soup and DRV TV.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Feeling Bad!

                                                                                                                                              Jan 15, 2015

      The last couple of days I'm been feeling really bad about not keeping up with my waking and calorie counting. The temps have been in the single digits for the last week and that doesn't make me want to get out there and walk. Also, instead of eating a healthy, balanced breakfast I've opted for the local market on the way to work for greasy fried breakfast.  Today the temp was again single digits. the temp was 7 but I forced myself to get up, shower, throw on some clothes, adding long johns and go for my walk. I walk along side  the Missouri River and the wind there today was brutal but I completed my 2 miles. At the end I sat in my truck with the heater going full blast, warming up before heading to work.
     Got to work and bagged up our "Goody Bags", a ziplock  filled with cables and connectors that go with our products. Michele showed up earlier than usual and got the circuit boards going. As those got through the oven I got to inspect the assemble them. They are now waiting their turn to go through the wave soldering machine. All in all, a good productive day at work.
      After work, we invited our boss Forrest and his wife Debbie out to try the new Japanese Restaurant in town. Nagoya, is a Sushi and Hibachi Restaurant. We tried the hibachi side and  we enjoyed the experience. I've tried sushi before and it's not to my liking so I won't be trying it there but will return to try more items on the hibachi side.
     At home and played with Sasha and Brooke before changing into something more comfortable (Lounge pants) and sitting down to write this. All is well.

Cold temps

                                                                                                                                              Jan 14, 2015

     Woke up to 7 degrees and didn't feel like walking, so I didn't. Lounged around the house for an hour before heading to work. I don' lead that interesting of a life.
     Work was good. Got a few orders in that I box up and ship out. Got a few that are waiting on parts  to come in. Seems we're always waiting on something.Once we get our new inventory system up and running we're hoping that cures all that. Fingers crossed. I did however get all the batches what were in mid production finished, tested, labeled, bubble wrapped and stocked on the shelves. I am ready for Michele to run more circuit boards through the pick and place Machine so I can inspect, final assembly, test, label, pack and stock. It's a viscous cycle, but most of the time a good one. Glad we have new and existing customers that buy lots of product.
     Got home from work and Michele had made Pork chops and rice for dinner. We added a salad for some greens. After dinnerwe check Brooke's ears and they seem to be doing better. They have stopped draining and looking a lot cleaner. Watched some TV we recorded on the DVR before heading to bed.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Catching up

                                                                                                                                              Jan 12, 2015

Here I go again....

     Monday was a relaxing boring day in the life. Got up, showered, fed the dogs got dressed, played with Sasha before heading to work.
      Work was productive and got some inventory on the shelves. Shipped a few orders. Kinda of a boring day.
      Got home, played with Sasha and noticed that Brooke had something seeping from her ear. At first we thought it was blood and that Sasha might had been playing a little too rough with the old dog. we washed Brooke's ear and think an infection in her ear is draining. We decided to check it in the morning  and go from there.
       We relaxed after that and watched Mysteries at the Museum that we recorded on the DVR before heading to bed.

                                                                                                                                           Jan13,  2015

     We woke up to some very thick fog. So thick that we couldn't see our closest neighbor.

     This morning we checked Brooke's ear and it looked okay. We washed the area again and decided to give it another day and watch it.
      Also, we are in the discussion mode of putting Brooke down. She's 15 and having all kinds of issues. She can barely walk at times, with tramadol daily and a month shot. She has become incontinent and we have blankets strewn all over the floor and have to wash them daily. She has a very hard time getting up the stairs and usually falls/slides down them. I'm just having a hard time with it. I feel like I'm giving up on her and don't want that, but also want want her to suffer. Most people, including the Vet are surprised that she's still around. I just don't know what to do.
      Michele and I carpooled today in my truck as we need some supplies from town. we got our supplies and breakfast at Burger King before heading to work.
     Work was busy and fast. Working on stock levels, time seemed to fly. Got an order shipped and and getting another one ready to ship. the work day ended well.
      Got home and found that Sasha had pulled some of the blankets out into the yard and chewed holes in them. BAD GIRL! After cleaning up that mess and Brookes  "Mess" in the house, we put a Pappa Murphy's pizza in the oven and relax.
     With some pizza and Mountain Dew I sat down and started to update this while also watching "The Librarians that we DVR'd


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sunday, Sunday.

                                                                                                                                               Jan 11, 2015

      Today was the one year anniversary of us bringing Sasha home from friends house in Kalispell, Montana. Our friend, Don found her and her brother in a tote in a shopping cart at the Wal-Mart in Kalispell. Don could not keep Sasha or her sister so he posted pictures on Facebook and Michele decided we needed Sasha. This morning I took Sasha for a ride in the truck, something she thoroughly enjoys to check on cache and went to a walk in a new place for her. She really enjoyed herself, stopping and smelling tons of things and playing in deep snow, something else she enjoys.
                                            Sasha a few weeks after we brought her home

      Returning home after checking on the geocache and letting Sasha have some fun I another exciting task, laundry. A necessity and boring task that needed to be done. After folding and putting away I grabbed the Frisbee and played with Sasha while Michele went thru the ads and making a shopping list for our trip to town for groceries.
      We made it to town, got groceries and back home without incident, which is always good. Put away the supplies and had dinner. Tonight it was fried chicken from the grocery store deli. Something quick and easy today. we watched a little TV and now as I write this Michele is reading.
     All in all a good weekend. Oh, and I don't count calories on the weekend but I know I didn't over eat.