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Thursday, January 20, 2011

~ Cushings Disease ~ Cloud Formations ~ Penguins

Good 33ยบ morning. It's gloomy now with fog but
 yesterday the SUN CAME OUT!!! Yeah!

Took Maggs to the vets and he wants to do a test for Cushings  Disease. The test kit has to come from Denver and the test samples are sent to Tennessee. She will have to spend the day at the vets, as they have an 8 hour window between the first blood draw, a shot, and the second blood draw. He has already tested her for kidney, liver, diabetes, and something else....
"Symptoms: Symptoms of Cushing's disease can be vague and varied and tend to appear gradually and progressively. It is thus easy to mistake Cushing's disease for normal aging. Additionally, many of the clinical symptoms are not unique to Cushing's and could reflect a number of other health concerns.
The most common symptoms include: (I have marked Maggie's symptoms)
      • increased/excessive water consumption
       (polydipsia)  X
      • increased/excessive urination (polyuria) X
      • urinary accidents in previously housetrained dogs
      • increased/excessive appetite (polyphagia)
      • appearance of food stealing/guarding, begging,
        trash dumping, etc.
      • sagging, bloated, pot-bellied appearance  X
      • weight gain or its appearance, due to fat  
        redistribution  X
       • exercise intolerance, lethargy, general or
          hind-leg weakness
      • new reluctance to jump on furniture or people
      • excess panting, seeking cool
         surfaces to rest on  X
      • symmetrically thinning hair or baldness (alopecia) on torso
      • other coat changes like dullness, dryness
      • slow regrowth of hair after clipping 
        (Noticeable where her baboon butt was shaved in
          Dec. Hair hasn't grown back)
     I know that thrilled you reading all of that. This is the least common of diseases dogs get. Naturally. So, she'll have this done probably next week.

Then we went to Grants Pass to Brian's office. He got pig ears and light bulbs (Costco stuff) and I got a long sleeved red shirt with STATE FARM on the front. Advertising for my boy! Stopped at the post office and mailed off a bunch of people photos I found that were about 20-30 years old. Thought they folks I sent them to would enjoy. I didn't stop and see the geese and ducks, as Maggie was ready to go home after sitting in the vet's office for 2 hours!

This is I-5 coming into Rogue River from Grants Pass...

After we got back home the sun was so nice and warm and Harley found a spot in it on a dining room chair...

Historically this date....
1885L.A. Thompson patents the roller coaster.
1887 – The United States Senate allows the Navy to
            lease Pearl Harbor as a naval base.
1920 – The American Civil Liberties Union is founded.
1929In Old Arizona, the first full-length talking motion
             picture filmed outdoors, is released.
1937Franklin Roosevelt is inaugurated for a second term as U.S. President. This is the first inauguration on January 20. The date was changed from March 4 by the 20th Amendment to the Constitution.
1941Franklin Roosevelt is the only President inaugurated for a third term.1945 – Franklin Roosevelt's fourth and final inauguration is held at the White House due to wartime considerations.
1953Dwight D. Eisenhower is inaugurated as the first Republican President in twenty years.
1961John F. Kennedy is inaugurated as the youngest elected and first Roman Catholic President of the U.S. His inaugural address is one of the most memorable of the 20th century.
1977Jimmy Carter is inaugurated as the 39th President of the United States. He is the last President inaugurated at the east front of the Capitol, which had been the traditional site for Presidential inaugurations since 1829.
1981 – Twenty minutes after Ronald Reagan is inaugurated, at age 69 the oldest man ever to be inaugurated as U.S. President, Iran releases 52 American hostages. It is the first Presidential inauguration to be held at the west front of the Capitol.
2005 - the marriage of Wilsonites, Sarah Nicholas and Al Chacon, classmates in the great Delphian Class of S'63!

.......Interesting side note, most everyone I have ever heard pronounce Delphi - says "Del-fi", but when I was in Greece in 2009 and went to Delphi... the Greeks pronounce it "Del-fee".
And births today include.....
1896George Burns, American actor, comedian (d. 1996)
1902Leon Ames, American actor (d. 1993)

1910Joy Adamson, Austrian naturalist and writer (d. 1980)

1920 – DeForest Kelley, American actor (d. 1999)

1926 – Patricia Neal, American actress (d. 2010)
 Never could stand her acting or her voice!

1929 – Arte Johnson, American actor

Remember when he'd slowly fall over on his tricycle on Laugh-In? I did that on my Harley once. Stalled it in the beginning of a turn from a stop and
s-l-o-w-l-y fell over! Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

1937Dorothy Provine, American singer, dancer and actress (d. 2010)
 She must not have gotten old, there are no pictures of her except for when she was young and beautiful.

1958Lorenzo Lamas, American actor

1963James Denton, American actor
1968 – Melissa Rivers, American reporter and actress
Going the same route as her mother
Speaking of the big mouth Joan Rivers.. this story surfaced...
"Joan Rivers says FOX News can "go f**k themselves" after canceling her Thursday appearance on the network's morning show for what she claims is retaliation for some biting comments she made about FOX contributor Sarah Palin.
Why so riled up, Joan? It all started when the loud-mouthed legend told TMZ over the weekend that critics were "right" to blame Sarah Palin for the tragedy in Tucson, Ariz. Reports surfaced on Wednesday that FOX heard the diss and nixed Joan and daughter Melissa's visit on 'FOX & Friends.'"

 Can't think of another word to describe Rivers other than "beeotch"! Well, ignorant also comes to mind!

After I put down Paul Rodriguez in yesterday's blog, I received two of his jokes from an old pal, Dan, in Texas.......

 These made me laugh!! Very politically incorrect too! LOL

 "We have cable in East L.A. - Jumper Cable!" 

 "I was in the grocery store and two women were speaking Chinese.  I told them, 'This is America; speak Spanish!' "

Interesting clouds in the sky yesterday afternoon....

It looks like an eagle following another .....
But in the cloud that looks like another bird in flight there was this
little kitty face!
And............. above that one there was this 'eye' looking out....
Somebody up there is watching me!!!!   
My normally dry creek beds are filled ....
This one runs from the pond way up in the trees all the way through my property, through Frank and Cindy's, and through Dave and PJ's. Then it dumps out into the ditch along the road. One year, I'm thinking 1999 or 2000, it was up over the banks, you could kayak in it, and it washed out some of the road at the culverts.
And then we had a gorgous sunset.....
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Thursday. Ciao.
Well, one more thing, this site has a mind of it's own and
won't straighten out the people having birthdays and they are all jumbled up. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr....................
xo Mom/Soupy/Sue
January 20th
Penguin Awareness Day
Penguin Awareness Day, and World Penguin Day are great opportunities to learn about and appreciate one of the few natives of Antarctica. On these days, spend a little time learning about them.... a pictorial book or internet site is fun. You can also watch a documentary of these cute and popular, grounded birds.
These days are also a time to wear black and white---penguin colors. However, wearing a tuxedo in their honor is optional. It is also popular today to tell a penguin joke or two.