A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Posts Tagged ‘family’

The Cottage Makeover Begins

This is the big weekend project that I mentioned last week. Pete’s family has owned this cottage since the 1940s. It was built by his grandfather and has gone through a number of changes when it passed to his parents as Pete and his 5 siblings grew up, got married and had children. The last…

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The Latest “Mews”

Yeah, been a while. No good reason other than trying to minimize the amount of time I have to spend at the computer, and most of that time is taken up by work activities. I’m trying to lessen computer-based work in the coming year, so we’ll see how that goes. Maybe my blogging will increase…

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The Slow Decline

Toward the end of November I could tell that our 13-year-old cat, Günter, who had been diagnosed with a malignant form of mast cell tumor disease last April, was on the decline: he wasn’t playing much anymore; he was spending more time on the heated bathroom floor; he became more finicky with his food; and…

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What a Crappy Week

This week not only marked the one-year anniversary of my dear cat Axel’s death, but it also brought his littermate Günter to the vet, ultimately for more bad news. Earlier in the week I noticed he wasn’t feeling well, and I thought I felt a lump in his abdomen. Along with his other symptoms I…

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Post-Thanksgiving Recap

My heavy workload did not let up until late Wednesday afternoon, which didn’t leave me a lot of time to prepare and cook for thirteen on Thanksgiving. I did manage to run out at lunchtime on Tuesday to get the grocery shopping done, but would have liked to have more prep time. Thankfully, I have…

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Tiling, Staging and Timing

The master bathroom tiling is dragging on. And on. I really want it to be over with. The contractor occasionally hounds me about it because he wants to do the finish work on the plumbing so he can get a final payment (although apparently he just realized yesterday that the plumber he sub-contracted didn’t include…

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Back Online

It’s been a while, but I’m hoping to catch up on all the happenings around here in the next week or so. Thanks for all your thoughts, prayers and well-wishes for my father-in-law. He is currently in rehab and appears to be slowly improving, although it’s doubtful he’ll be living on his own from this…

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Fighting the Good Fight

As some of you may have suspected by my absence this week, I do not have good news to report about Axel. While his appetite improved slightly after the vet increased his prednisone last week, it was still a struggle to get him to eat enough. I went through can after can of cat food,…

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Axel’s Progress

Just wanted to give a little update on Axel, the best kitty ever. He’s doing fairly well, but has lost even more weight and is very weak. His appetite decreased earlier in the week, so the vet upped his prednisone and he has been eating a little more. I’ve been trying to get him to…

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Now, the Bad News

My three-week hiatus from blogging was mainly due to a tight deadline with a big client of mine. The good news is that we met the deadline and the client was very happy with the results. During this heavy workload, almost three weeks ago, I took Axel to the vet for a much-needed teeth cleaning.…

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