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    married 23 years to my wonderful husband
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  1. @Violet Crown I'm sorry to hear about your roof! I'm glad you guys are okay. I finished Tiamat's Wrath, the eighth book in The Expanse Series, which brings be up to date for the final book to be released next year.
  2. You'll be in my thoughts on Monday.
  3. Purina Pro Plan SSS was the second choice on the list we were given by the cardiologist. FYI our dogs were on Orijen when two developed DCM. The Acana line has the highest number of cases when I last looked.
  4. An elevated BNP is indicative of further testing if possible. Did they recommend an echocardiogram since he was eating grain free? Without one it's hard to determine what the exact issue is before treating. If it's DCM because of the grain free, treatment is different than other cardiac conditions. Cardiac food choices are Royal Canine Early Cardiac, Purina Pro Plan Sensitive Skin and Stomach (what we use), and Hills. If you are looking for an exact list I believe I have it around here somewhere, but it's going to be the big three, because that's what cardiologists have studied.
  5. @mumto2 I finished Persepolis Rising. Not knowing where you are I won't say to much. I do realize that this series is written as a set of trilogies, so with this being the beginning of the last trilogy I'm not surprised that we had to spend a large amount of time learning new characters and figuring out what has happened over the last thirty years, but it was slow going for the first half of the book. While we learned about Laconia and it's development, we didn't learn much of anything about the main characters, which was very disappointing. It didn't feel like thirty years had passed among the crew. Once we finally got to some action the book moved quickly. I was supposed to be reading Wolf Rain, that just came out (I finished my reread in anticipation), but I won the book and am waiting impatiently for it to arrive by mail. The reviews look very good, so it's going to be hard to wait.
  6. Well I took a weeks break for some gardening, which fell by the wayside last year and was in dire need of some attention. I got back to reading the end of this last week. I listened to the new Mercy Thompson book, Storm Cursed, which was very good. (I ❤️Mercy.) I am continuing to make progress in The Expanse Series by James S.A. Corey, and finished Caliban's War (595 pages), Abaddon's Gate (539 pages), and Cibola Burn (581 pages) in a marathon read over this last weekend while my husband worked and I couldn't sleep. It felt really good and I was able to follow along well without rereading to much, for which I am thankful. We spent Monday at the parade and memorial ceremonies, which are very important for me to share with our children. I am now taking a short reading break (I overdid it with my eyes) and finally finished listening to the audible by Wild Country by Anne Bishop last night. The next available books in The Expanse series are in transit from area libraries, so I will start those again soon, but will try to pace myself better. @mumto2 I'm reassured that you're still reading the series!
  7. We used to do 12hr Sudafed, 12hr Mucinex, 12hr antihistamine of choice for a while. Now, the docs prefer a nasal steroid. We still do the first with DH, it's the only way he gets better.
  8. I would simply ask them to pull the original script and check it against their records. CVS does this a lot in my area, and the original script always solves the issue.
  9. Did you plant that idea in my head? If so thank you! I did not read the prequel. I started Pandora's Star on audible, and returned it. The audible version didn't delineate the change in characters or scenes, and I was constantly confused. Maybe they have updated the version, but I don't think the one I tried to listen to did the book justice. I started the story over with the print and it went much, much better. (I tried listening to it after my fall, so take that will a grain of salt. 😉 ) @Kareni thanks for the recommendation. I will file that away on Goodreads!
  10. I'll admit to being bored. I'm still listening to Wild County by Anne Bishop. I took a detour and have stepped out of my normal genre with The Expanse Series by James S. A. Corey finishing the first book, Leviathan Wakes. I just started the second book, The Caliban's War. Every once in a while I detour to space opera, which seems to help when I'm bored. (The last time I read The Commonwealth Saga by Peter F. Hamilton.) For Leviathan Wakes: "Humanity has colonized the solar system - Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond - but the stars are still out of our reach.Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, the Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for - and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to the Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations - and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.
  11. There are also a few non-hormone medications that have good results in decreasing menstrual bleeding. I had to stop birth control pills for blood clot risks and that is the route we took.
  12. I finished rereading the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. It took me way to long to remember the river otters when they were mentioned a few weeks back, so this was a good time to get ready for the new release, Storm Cursed, which comes out on Tuesday. I'm still working my way through the audible of Wild Country.
  13. My last two started as 15 years old sophomores at the local CC. They are enrolled in the middle college program (so different than DE), and aside from a required class took electives. I wasn't worried about only A's because they are average students and these are classes I couldn't provide, like black and white photography with a development lab. My older daughter just graduated from the program with her high school diploma (Mom issued) and three associates degrees last night. We haven't had any issues with peers or the environment.
  14. I abandoned anything but the paper kind years ago, and this years experiment is the edible grass. We'll see how that goes, but so far I haven't found any outside of the bin I put candy in this year. (We do a different usable container each year.)
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