Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Work begins on the cart shed. . .

We spoke with a builder here in the park about getting a golf cart shed erected. Mom and Dad have a golf cart and they keep it in the shed on our (formerly their) lot. We will be removing our shed next year and building a Texas room, so they will lose their cart shed. So we are erecting one on our double lot and it will include a workbench for Terry to tinker with whatever he likes to tinker with. Terry wanted to put down a two inch concrete cap to set up off the pad in order to keep it dry and to deter termites which can be a problem down here.

Terry called Oscar on Monday morning and he came by yesterday to tell us when he would do the job. It was a very small job as concrete goes and he said they would be here Thursday morning. Today we had to take Neal to the vet, and when we got back, Oscar's guys had already started. Wow! A day early. They formed it up this morning and came back this afternoon to pour the concrete. Oscar had several small jobs to do so he ordered concrete in one larger load and spread his men out to do all the jobs. Oscar is the man who is responsible for most of the concrete in the Martin ranches. He got together early with the developer. He is quick, efficient, and knows concrete. I took this picture of Oscar while they were waiting on the concrete. Hah. I'm sure he was tired, because he gets up and on the job early and worked past 6:00 this evening. A lot of people have cause to complain about the Texican workers they hire here in the valley. But I must say that everyone we have hired has been here on time or early, worked long days, and finished on time. Hopefully we can now get the cart shed erected and then next year we will concentrate on the Texas room.

Our white Scottie, Neal, has been having some digestion problems. Neal is our special needs Scottie and never complains, but we know he hasn't been feeling well. He isn't eating and has lost a couple pounds and we have tried numerous things to get him to eat. We decided we can no longer treat this problem ourselves so we took him to see a vet today. We weren't really impressed with the veterinary clinic he visited last year for the rock removal, so we found another. This doctor was very interested in helping and ran some bloodwork. Neal really has nothing wrong that shows up, but his stool showed no signs of any bacteria at all. No bad and no good bacteria. Since good bacteria is essential for good digestion, the vet suggested we add some fiber to his diet and also some enzymes to aid digestion. Well, he has not been eating well, but he ate the canned dog food the vet sent home. I hope it helps. We never change his food because that doesn't set well with him either. He is too much a creature of habit. Having autistic traits, he doesn't handle change well. Hopefully this will help him and we may just need to change to a senior dog food for him.

Tomorrow we are meeting some friends for lunch at BJ's Brewhouse, then Friday we are meeting other friends at Rudy's BBQ. Yum yum. Let it never be said that Winter Texans go hungry! Hah!

Till next time. . .

Dale

5 comments:

Janice said...

Looks like a nice addition. Keep building and you'll have a house - haha!

Dale said...

It will be the Pace family compound. . . not unlike the Kennedy compound or the Trump compound! Hahahaha.

Dale

Dale said...

BTW, Janice, come visit. We have room for friends.

Dale

Anonymous said...

We have a Westie with digestion problems. Made many trips to vet that did not help. We finally were referred to a speciality vet hospital where they ran tests and endoscopic exam. They found that she has IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). She is now on a diet of Hill's prescription diet food of potato and salmon. She takes prednisone daily. This combination has worked wonders for her. Hope you find something that works well for your dog.
EM

Dale said...

Thanks, EM. Neal has responded exceptionally well to a canned diet plus an enzyme the doctor recommended. Things are back to normal and he is eating. He is 13 1/2 and apparently just needed something different in the way of nutrition since he is now considered "geriatric." Glad your little Westie is doing well. People think Neal is a Westie because he is white, but he is actually a Scottie. I love them all.

Dale