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A nice Tuesday

Posted by joeabbott on June 6, 2012

WP_000455When we take our pets to the vet for regular checkups, it poses the usual problem of any chore that needs to be done during business hours: coordinating time away from work. Additionally, it requires we “touch base” at home twice: once to get kitties and another time to drop them off. Suzy and I handle this usually by Suz heading to work and I work from home in the AM; I then drive the pets to the vet where we meet her. After the checkup, she’ll take them home and return to work; while I simply leave from the vet and go into the office. A Rube Goldberg schedule manipulation for sure, but it works.

As we planned for yesterday’s vet visit (Trimble’s annual, Trasper’s second “I’m a new cat to the world” check-in), one of us floated the idea of just taking the day off. It sounded good and our work schedules could support it so that was the plan. Here’s what we did with our “take a day off for no reason” Tuesday.

WP_000457Every morning we’re both home I look forward to a big breakfast. I don’t think there’s anything you could serve for breakfast that wouldn’t be awesome. Tuesday was no exception as we had a simple meal of scrambled eggs and croissants. We may have even enjoyed some apple slices. Delicious.

Before we knew it we had to run to the vet for our 10AM appointment. As always (and as long as she’s practicing), we saw Dr. Wilford. And, as always, she treated us and our pets better than ever. We got a ton of her time, our cats appeared to be the very picture of health, and we were happy to drop off a few dozen eggs on the side. Keep your vet happy!

By the time we got home and dropped the cats off, it was time for lunch so we ran down to BBQ Pete’s for a lunch. Suzy got ribs and I enjoyed the brisket with hot BBQ sauce. Yum! We got a to-go box for a rib Suz couldn’t manage to eat and some cornbread scraps for the chickens.

WP_000458About then the rain had tapered off to next to nothing so we decided to head to the Weyerhaeuser Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden. It’s a lovely park-like setting that specializes in rhododendron plants but has many other plant species. We figured if the day was a bit off weather-wise, we’d have the place to ourselves.

Well, we absolutely had the place to ourselves but the weather down there was wonderful. Temps seemed to be up, no rain was in sight, and we even had blue skies! I admit that after a stroll around the park I felt a bit knackered so I took a nap in a gazebo while Suzy contemplated the flora around us.

After this we headed north, stopping at a local nursery to get a replacement indoor plant. A few years back we picked up a Norfolk Pine that’s done great in the corner of our back room, but since we moved it a bit away from the sliding door, the entire side by the wall had died off and the side facing the light has grown outward quite a bit. So, it’s time to see how the Pine does outside and we got a spikey grass-like plant to replace it.

Then it was a run through the nearby grocery store for some dinner (we got a pork loin and Suzy made a delicious “medallions meal” that I enjoy), and onto home. After the meal and cleaning up the dishes, I headed to bed for some reading and an early retirement.

Quite a lovely little day. Quite.

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