Nineteen days have passed since my last update. I will combine all of my ramblings into this post, in order to simplify things.

Category: Wendi

Wendi saw the eye doctor on November 23. Good news: her vision has actually improved since her last visit. She had a visual field test on December 1, and the results were improved since her last such test in 2002.

Wendi’s neurologist, at her request, ordered tests for Huntington’s Disease on November 15; she exhibits several of the symptoms, and her uncle has the disease. The results came in on December 2 but were inconclusive. She may be sent to a geneticist for further testing.

Category: Seasonal

We had a great Thanksgiving Day at home, just the three of us. We watched the Macy’s parade on TV and had a lovely turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

Category: Charlie (family-related)

We visited my mom (Joe’s grandma) in Whitewater, Wisconsin, on November 27. She is 81 years old and is mainly confined to a wheelchair, but her mind is alert. She was glad to see us; we stayed for two hours.

Category: Our Cats

We took all three cats to the vet for their shots: Shadow and Stormy on November 29, and Sunny on December 3. Stormy is growing; she is six months old now and weighs 5 pounds, 8 ounces (2.5 kilos). Sunny weighs 12 pounds, 2 ounces (5.5 kilos) but is a long cat, so he isn’t overweight (he chases Stormy all over the house, so he stays trim). But Shadow is up to 10 pounds, 2 ounces (4.6 kilos) and is a bit pudgy; the vet said it isn’t a problem yet, but we should watch to make sure she doesn’t get heavier. She isn’t as active as the other cats.

Stormy will need a booster shot next month. We will have her spayed in February, when she is eight months old (and we can afford the surgery).

Category: Leftovers

Woodman’s, a large supermarket in Janesville, added some self-service checkouts in November.

Roherty’s, the Irish pub and restaurant on Milton Avenue in Janesville, has been sold and will close December 11, and another restaurant will open in its place. Roherty’s has been owned and operated by the family whose name it bears, since 1903.

Category: Seasonal

We put up our Christmas tree and decorated it on December 7 with lights, garland and ornaments. I had to laugh when listening to the radio and hearing a commercial for Walgreen’s. “In a perfect world,” the ad proclaimed, “Christmas lights would always burn brightly instead of burning out, and our pets would not think that every ornament is a chew toy.” To that I say, “Amen.”

Category: Website Progress

I’ve made a few more minor improvements “behind the scenes” at The Oo Kingdom:

My apologies to anyone surfing the site during the evening of December 3; I was switching themes at intervals, testing the new setup.