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Lists and schedules

I’m sitting here with a stacked to do list that itself is part of the to do list (go through and get some of these lists consolidated and clear the clutter!). I have notes, lists, and post its with things I want to do, need to do, and should do.  Some items are duplicated on various lists or notes, and I need to get them consolidated into one big list.  I have catalogs sitting here, usually tied to an item or two on one of the notes.  Right now Mid-States Livestock Supplies catalog, Valley Vet Supply, and Springwater Animal Supply are all front and center, as I need to get some items in preparation for next month’s shearing, and then lambing six weeks after that.  I have a list of supplies I need, and want to be prepared for both events.  

I’m also doing Internet research for veterinary information on Farley’s nail condition (his toenails have been sloughing off for the past month), though not having much success, so the secondary list is to get a vitamin/supplement order together for Swanson’s Vitamins (another catalog sitting here).  More lists.  I took him to a new-to-me holistic vet and was disappointed; first I waited over 50 minutes after my appointment time, then the guy would hardly let me get a word in edgewise.  We left with a sheet of paper and some ideas for a few supplements, but no diagnostics were discussed.  Sigh.  Next week we are going to a dermatology specialist—hugely inconvenient hours and location, and much more expensive but hopefully we’ll find some answers and something to work with that I can live with, financially and emotionally (treatments that don’t have gnarly and/or life threatening side effects for the patient).  

I just finished up a large book edit (80K+ words) and need to prepare the invoice for my client.  I’ve been holding off as we’re still in the tail end of back and forth with refinements.  I may also help her with her letter to an interested publisher (she’s self-publishing) and am excited to see her book in print.  My next job is to assist with an overhaul of a website, moving content and editing articles to appeal individually to two different demographics—pet owners and veterinarians. It could be a very big job, but I’m putting out the good juju that it will go smoothly and easily.  Fingers crossed. 

In all of this I’m trying to get my calendar figured out. In addition to the above tasks, I keep signing up for classes and workshops. All these great opportunities keep presenting themselves and I can’t let them pass me by.  Last weekend was Winterschool (more on this in my next post) and next weekend I have an all-day seminar, with a cooking class two weeks after that (only a single afternoon).  I’ve signed up for two classes in April, one is a one-day environmental writing workshop – (the same weekend as the Shepherd’s Extravaganza at the Puyallup Spring Fair) and the other is a 4-week online course (editing topic).  

And I want to get Daisy back into school.  The next session for intermediate obedience starts in March and goes for eight weeks. Right now that feels like a mega-commitment, but we both need it.  I’ve neglected working with her as much as I should be over the winter and it’s beginning to show—she has a lot of energy and her own ideas of how things should be done.  I love how smart Rottweilers are, and how independent-minded too (in a different way than the single-mindedness of the Setters), but I also like a dog that listens to me.  She’s mostly responsive, but likes to stay busy and sometimes drifts into willfulness–the long winter nights and short weekends lately have been a challenge for all of us.  

That said, the days are definitely getting longer and I am loving it!  It’s now light until 6:00 p.m. and on clear evenings there’s light enough to get some chores done outside without needing my lighted baseball cap (a wonderful tool – it keeps rain from collecting on my glasses AND lights my way to the sheep shed or the chicken coop, hands-free).  This weekend is supposed to be sunny and I’m looking forward to getting outside for some late winter yard work, like picking up sticks and downed branches after last month’s storm.


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6 thoughts on “Lists and schedules

  1. Hi, Mo, Sorry to hear the holistic vet trip was a bust. Paws crossed that the dermatologist will be better. I’ve had good luck with dermatoligists for various of our Scots, but you do have to hold the line with them on how many scrapings you let them do! I’ve never dropped so much money in my life–the bills for Duncan at first were (as you might remember) mind-blowingly huge, but once we made progress, it was a blessing. Take care–hope to talk soon!

  2. Pickles had an autoimmune disorder that caused his nails to slough off. It was awful as they would split all the way up and then be so painful. What helped with him was to go completely grain free. And I mean no absolutely NO grains, not even in treats. Also he had to be on tetracycline for the rest of his life. It really helped and he had useable nails, Never grew out like the other dogs but at least the splitting stopped. all I had to do was give them a little once over with the dremel but going grain free and the tetracycline antibiotic where what finally helped. Sounds like you are super busy and those classes sound fun.

    • mcfwriter on said:

      It sounds like Pickles had SLO, Bliss, just like Farley does (diagnosed last week). There are actually several Rottweilers on the Yahoo list I joined for SLO dogs. And one gal has an SLO Rottweiler AND an epileptic Rottweiler too (so I guess I can’t feel sorry for myself with another health issue dog). I’ll write about his condition and treatment in my next post or two, but he’s on the doxycycline and niacinimide treatment. He’s been grain free for a couple years now, but have gotten sloppy about the treats since Cutter died – still good quality, but I’ve loosened up on the grain content. I’m hoping I can get Far used to the Dremel – he’s always hated nail trims and when I tried with a Dremel when I first got him he just couldn’t handle it. Or, more accurately, I couldn’t handle him! Thanks for the feedback and info!

      • Yes that was what it was, I couldn’t remember the name. We tried the doxy but his sensitive stomach couldn’t handle it. The tetracycline was the only one we could find that didn’t bug his gut at all so since he had to take it for the rest of his life that was the one we chose. Good luck with Farley, I hope you find a regimen that works. It is such a painful process. Dremel was definitely the way to go as it didn’t split the already fragile nails like a clipper. Also I could dremel a bit of the split to keep it from splitting further.

      • mcfwriter on said:

        Farley’s didn’t split to start with – they just lifted up off the quick and came off (very painful) – but I’ll watch for the splitting as they regrow and start conditioning him to the Dremel now (noise and vibration). And with the treatment regiment I’ve got my fingers crossed that they DO regrow! Thanks for the tips!

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