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by » Wed Mar 17, 2021 01:14 pm

Thanks Tim!  Wow, sounds like you're really getting in good shape!  You get a lot more exercise than I do and eat a lot healthier than I do, and I still haven't stopped smoking.

One of my cats had bad teeth but he was too old to have them pulled so he had to go on soft food.  So glad to hear Noah is doing better!

Everybody is doing OK here, except maybe me!  Last night I started getting cold symptoms.  It's so much like the common cold that I don't think it's anything else.  Karly brought it home from school and gave it to Cheri, who then gave it to me.  Karly is over it now.  I think Cheri is about over it.  It's the first time in over a year that I've been sick.  With all the people I've met and all the hands I've shook, I had to get something sooner or later, and I got it from someone in the first grade!  John

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by » Tue Mar 16, 2021 05:25 pm

Hi David Sorry it took so long to get back to you but as far as my diet goes now I eat mostly chicken and sometimes fish or just taters and beans and I don't fry or or use oil or grease I use cooking spray and bake or airfry. I was taking High Blood Pressure medicine when I had the heart attack which ran in my family Mom and Grandfather and Dad and Mom both had heart attacks. But I was able to get off it because of the changes I made I also exercise more now I just go out and walk in my neighborhood just leisurely walk started at about 2 miles a day and have got up to 4 miles a day I was also a smoker for around 30 years but quit smoking in Oct 2005 so that is a good thing too. Sorry Nova is having to go to vet so much But I know you are giving him the best of care. As for Noah she is doing really well with no teeth she has gained weight since and is doing really well her little tongue hangs out of her mouth most of the time but I just love her more it looks cute.Here is picture I just took but she really wouldn't look at me and show it. And to John and Peggy glad work is picking for you John but I still worry about this Covid so I hope you take care to try protect yourself as much as possible.But I have to go get ready for work. Take care Tim

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by » Tue Mar 16, 2021 04:34 pm

I wondered how long it took you to get in town.  What does Nova have done?

I was shocked that my guitar was done so fast and it was a lot less expensive than I was afraid it might be.  The "nut" is the most precise part on the guitar, even though it doesn't look like it.  It's the part at the end of the neck, next to the tuning keys, that the strings slide across.  43 years of rubbing .009 inch thick, steel strings back and forth over it had worn it down to the point where the strings were right down against the frets.  It's glued in and has to be chiseled out.  A new one has to be glued in and 6 rat-tailed files are used of different sizes, to file down the grooves the string runs through.  They have to be precisely the right depth or the strings will be too high.  If you accidentally file too deep, you have to chisel it out and start all over.  I figured on a week and a half and $200, but it was done in a day and a half and cost $50, and he got it perfect.  Traditionally they're made of bone but they can be plastic.  I had a bad experience with a bone nut cracking on me while I was in Arizona, so I didn't want to go through that again.  Plastic worked fine for 43 years but I chose a third option, graphite.  Much harder but smoother than plastic and it should virtually never wear down.  So if I use it for another 43 years it still shouldn't need replaced.

Had a serious but very short thunderstorm yesterday.  Rained in sheets, wind blew, lots of lightning, marble sized hail, tornado sirens blaring, but it didn't hurt a thing.  Just dropped the temperature from 50 to 40.  Today it's kind of chilly and rainy.  Expecting thunderstorms again tonight.  Kind of a dark day today.  John

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by » Mon Mar 15, 2021 09:28 pm

No, Nova does not come to my office. I work across the road from our vet, so I drive home about 11:15am (30+ minutes), get him (and now he knows better and hides from me) and drive him to the vet, then go back to the office. I'll pick him up at the vet after work then go home.

Hope you get the guitar fixed soon. :)

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by » Mon Mar 15, 2021 04:08 pm

Taking care of the furkids does take precedence.  Since you take Nova to the vet 3 days a week, do you take him to work with you?  If it didn't bother him too much it would save you a lot of drive time.

Had to get out and get hay and bedding for Piggy yesterday.  He gets celery, strawberries, carrots, apple and occasionally part of a banana, but he goes through hay the most.  It still amazes me how much food he can eat.

Had to have work done on my guitar last week.  That's a little scary because I've had it now for 43 years and I'm used to it, and if they get it wrong I'll have trouble playing it.  Cost a lot less than I figured, it was back a lot quicker that I hoped, and it plays just the same.  I've got a spare I can use but it's harder to play and I'd probably make more mistakes with it.  Got to keep that money coming in.  John

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by » Mon Mar 15, 2021 01:45 pm

Hi John,

Yeah, Nova is taking up more of my free time for his 3 vet visits a week now and I have had a bunch of sales and trying to play with new toy ideas. That all takes my attention away. Sorry. :/

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