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                              Feb 24 - March 2 well, it "came in like a lion" and there has been no let up. more
                                          snow last night
(almost five inches) with bitter cold tonight.......March 2nd
                                          (tonight) the low will be -
14F with the extended forecast over the next 10
                                          days providing only 2 days with slightly above 32F
                                             note: all four dogs had their Heartgard Plus pill - March 2nd
    Mar 3-5 more snow (5") and forecast lows for the next ten days will be "ridiculous",
                                          8F, 21F, 27F, 8F, 26F, 27F, 20F, 15F, 13F and 16F. The expression
                                          "enough is enough" has taken on an entirely new message.
                              Mar 6 interesting how the weather forecast changes so much in one day, those
                                        "temp" forecasts on the 5th are now changed to
                                         ----,  20F, 25F, 10F, 33F, 31F, 26F, 16F, 21F and 20F = warmer!
                                             note: measured undisturbed snow fall area where no drifting has
                                                       occurred and the depth was 18 inches
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                               Mar 7-12 thawing has been slow as the weather remains mostly cold with today's
                                         high of 27F and ten days show very little relief
                                             note: took cover off swimming pool temperature was 70F and it didn't
                                                      take too long to heat up, a little cloudy and need to take sample
                                                      of water in to be tested for "where it's at"...PH, bromine level, etc.
                                             note: income tax e-filed early this year (good to have out of the way)
                                             note: shoulder therapy is going very slowly......range of motion and
                                                      muscle strength is on target (according to the "Doc")
                              Mar 13-26 almost two weeks with nothing worth writing - cold, ice and snow have
                                         just begun to moderate.....still below freezing at night, the plan is to move
                                         the duck/fish camp trailer to the regular parking spot (last year moved it
                                         April 1st) forecasts do not look all that great for awhile
                                             note: tonight's forecast low is 13F
                                             note: finished screen saver project - selected favorite photos from the
                                                      last ten years & computer presents a slide show of all
                                                      Kwick's Screen Savers (link)
note: tomorrow is the last official shoulder therapy session which means
                                                      I'm on my own from now on, started daily "aqua" therapy in the
                                                      pool two weeks ago......working well (less pain and better results)
                              Mar 29 afternoon drove to Duck/Fish camp to move trailer out of storage into "camp"
                                             note: Grandson rode along to help (shoulder still not ready to lift)
                                             note: Kooly, Daisy and Gunny went for the ride & Taffey stayed at home
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                               Mar 30 - April 1 still a small patch of ice in the airing yard with 30F and a wind
                                          chill of 17F and night time "temps" for the next ten days in the low thirties
                                             note: shoulder therapy is now almost all done in the pool, there is huge
                                                      difference in effectiveness, the routines are daily with alternating
                                                      stretch vs. strength vs. endurance plus Jacuzzi for about an hour
                                                      in 6 out of 7 days a week - the best points of these routines are less
                                                      pain and more noticeable progress
                                             note: training will begin anew on the 15th of April
                                             note: recently three gates were made from PVC to help in making the
                                                      house safer for Lylah (our autistic Granddaughter), they have make
                                                      "traffic flow" with the dogs and Lylah much more "friendly" for all,
                                                      in addition to the gates all eighteen doors in the house now have
                                                      latches on them, the last two were the linen closets in the up stairs
                                                      area, one day Lylah had discovered a stored crutch in the last
                                                      "unprotected" bedding closet and was and was using it to reach
                                                      up and unlatch another door
all four dogs had their Heartgard Plus pill April 3
Taffey, Daisy & Gunny Frontline Plus with Preventic collar on Kooly
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                                April 8  snow  "gone", in the fifties this afternoon, finished placing Illinois boater
                                            registration numbers on Migrator
                                                note: needed to make a few decisions on what would be best, after
                                                         talking directly with the Illinois game warden that checks boats
                                                         at Big Slough launch, I went with a "normal" placement & will
                                                         use a clamp to hold up a "revealing flap" for full view when
                                                         underway (down while hunting)
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                                 April 10 - trained Daisy, Kooly and Gunny at the Riverside Park DTA - short,
                                          stand alone singles (individually) Taffey could not see or hear me, so
                                          we did a fairly long "walk about" with her carrying a Dokken
                                April 11 decided to get some action photos - did several short "stand-alone"
                                         singles at Riverside Park with a jump in the middle of the retrieve,
                                         just looking for exercise fun and photos with Daisy, Kooly and Gunny,
                                         brought Taffey out to help pickup the equipment, gave her a chance to
                                         jump the log.......once up on top and then over and on the 2nd "go" she
                                         decided to take the easy way
(see photos in following link)    

                                                        Kwick "Obstacle" Exercise (link)  Website Page
Kwick Slide Show (YouTube link)

                                      note: YouTube has a free method of making a slide show (if you open an
                                               account). Since I already had one...clicking on the "upload & create"
                                               buttons started the process. Dragging a set of photos from a file on
                                               your computer is simple. High quality photos aid in making a HD
                                               presentation. The order of the photos can be edited. There are not
                                               many ways to "play around" with the photos, but with quality shots
                                               the "extras" are unnecessary....especially when the process is free.

                                April 14 snow/rain, cold and windy - this morning, we had a hand gun instructor
                                         work with us one-on-one in the "proper use", this was the first step in my
                                         Illinois CCW process and my wife's home protection situation - went well!
                                                 note: worked at a private. indoor gun range
                                                 note: we have FOID cards & my CCW class starts May 6th 
                                April 16 cold and windy morning...50's this afternoon 
                                April 18 did leaves in back yard, Kooly, Daisy and Gunny ran four easy "Ya-Ha"
                                         singles in tandem (alternating "send backs") at Riverside Park DTA, Taffey
                                         had to have her hind end lifting into the van longer strong
                                         enough to hop in
                                                 note: Vet appointment on Monday at 8:30 - shot updates for all
                                April 21 all for dogs at Vet shots updated, heart worm check for Kooly, Taffey did
                                         NOT get Parvo or Distemper (at her age advice - not necessary)
                                                note: Kooly dental work (June or July ?), Daisy & Gunny (no issues) 
                                                note: last time at Vet's Taffey's weight was up more than I expected, so
                                                         lost 7 pounds and looks about right now, "upping" the Carpovan
                                                         to twice a day, ramp into van is better, wouldn't go down the
                                                         five "easy" steps out the back of the house (first time for this)
                                                         and she had one open sore to keep a close eye on for the next
                                                         few days - mostly the changes are becoming more noticeable
                                                         every week  
                                                note: burned leaves from the airing yard
                               April 25 in the low 70's today, power washed garage and driveway, ran three 
                                            dogs at Riverside Park DTA - Kooly, Daisy & Gunny did four singles in
                                            tandem (remote line "send backs" with all three out in the fields taking
                                            turns, Taffey did five short marks afterwards near the line, she is taking
                                            her sweet time adjusting to walking up the ramp into the van, rain the
                                            forecast for the next five days
                                                mote: did more leaves in backyard - able to burn those
                               April 26 trained late in the afternoon - Kooly, Daisy & Gunny did four singles with
                                            each coming off the van to run alone, Taffey did three short marks and
                                            "told me" that was enough (better using the ramp today)
                               April 27 day off - cold & windy 
                                                 note: switching to "maintenance mode" has turned out to be the right
                                                          choice as Lylah is becoming more than a full time "adventure",
                                                          it is much simpler to keep the dogs in shape and plan for hunting
                                                          season without running any hunt tests, weekends would be much
                                                          more difficult without the two of us at home to watch over her,
                                                          progress has been a very slow, incremental process with no end
                                                          in sight....I will be in my "eighties" when she is nine 
                                                 note: on a more positive note my left shoulder is rapidly improving
                                                          thanks to regular therapy in the pool, still can't give a straight
                                                          left arm angle back....but it's getting closer
                               April 29 - Bulls out of the playoffs
  , BlackHawks - going strong, Cubs - wait
                                              until next year

                                                 note: today is the first time my left arm can reach back to the middle
                                                          back belt loop with no pain
  aqua therapy is way better at
                                                          this stage of the shoulder surgery recovery (Nov 19 - April 29
                                                          equals 23 weeks since surgery or slightly more than 5 months)
                                                          "Doc" said to expect 9-12 months for recovery....I think we are
                                                          ahead of schedule and wasn't too sure until this week
                                                 note: lousy weather for several days
                                                 note: it seems a bit strange not gearing up for any hunt tests, working
                                                          Madison Retriever Club's Derby stake Friday morning