Sunday, December 10, 2023

Tim has a DIY Christmas

 Houdi continues to do alright. He's not himself, but he eats and he drinks. He is a bit more reclusive than usual, but he's stopped hiding. If I can't find him, I know where he's gone. He doesn't mind being picked up and brought upstairs from the basement, and still enjoys his scritches under his chin. 

We will take that as a good sign. 

He will be seeing a vet as soon as we get a call back. 

No news on Tim, but he knows just how to distract himself. Friday night, he came out and said, "We're going to look at a tractor, so we'll be getting up early."

I probably should have debated it a bit harder, but I find that I can't. Whatever it is that makes him excited in life, I want him to have it. 

Which means, in the last 30 days, he's bought a new crossbow and arrows, a floor standing meat saw/grinder (me, suspiciously: "You're not planning to get rid of your wife and doing away with the evidence are you?") 

And yesterday, he (of course) bought that tractor. 



He's a happy chappy. 

I told him his Christmas shopping is done. 

Other than that, it was a quiet weekend. I made chili for supper last night. I made a quiche lorraine for supper tonight. Tim is tickled pink that I'm not experimenting with new recipes for a while. 

LATE EDIT: HIS TEST RESULTS ARE IN; ANYTHING UNDER .1 IS ACCEPTABLE, HIS NUMBER IS LESS THAN .02, WHICH IS THE LOWEST READING THEY CAN REGISTER. NO FURTHER TREATMENT IS NECESSARY. 

Oh my god, what good news!

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  1. The waiting is extremely stressful. I'm very glad that he has such good test results.

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  2. I'm so glad he got the results back and that the results are good. Merry Christmas indeed. He's also made out like a bandit with the crossbow, meat saw/grinder and tractor:)

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    1. I asked him if he actually thought he had been THAT good...

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  3. Hooray! That’s fantastic news! What a relief for you both..! Xo, Ricki

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    1. I can assure you that we both slept soundly last night. It feels as if this has been hanging over our heads for such a long time.

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  4. What wonderful news and a new (to him) tractor. Looks like a nice one and can move some serious dirt.

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  5. Glad his results are dandy. I'm thinking about his new toys: bow and arrow; easy chopping on a saw, and a digging shovel on that new tractor. If you suddenly stop blogging, we'll call the police. Linda in Kansas

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  6. 🥳🥳🥳🥳 sooooo happy for you all!!!!!

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    1. Tim was pretty darn happy for himself, that's for sure.

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  7. That test result sounds like the best Christmas present ever - though I suspect Tim finds the tractor more exciting . . .

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    1. Oh he was very moved by the good news. I think he was awfully worried.

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  8. What a relief. Now you can really enjoy your Christmas.

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  9. Good news! I think a celebratory tractor is allowed!!

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    1. As long as the celebratory tractor is the tractor he just bought Saturday. I would hate to have him think he's due another tractor.

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  10. What great news for Tim and you. Such a background load from your minds. I am a bit like Tim. I like the food my partner regularly cooks. Experiments can be interesting but none have ever been added to the regular evening meal list.

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    1. Well, poor Tim has had a wife with too much free time on her hands.

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  11. Great news. You are going to have a heck of a job wrapping up that tractor in Christmas paper. I've put one on my own Christmas present list if anyone is feeling generous.

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  12. Excellent news and the best Christmas present you both could have had.

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  13. I know that feeling; you feel as though it's OK to take a breath now. Once every year, my husband gets the same result again, and it always makes me so relieved. I need to be able to tell Cliff what kind of tractor Tim got, in detail; he is a tractor nut and likes to know these things so he can tell me all about it. He will probably know what brand it is just by looking at the picture when he gets up.

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    1. Cliff is guessing that is an International, maybe a 524 or a 560. He says it looks like it was one of those made in the 70's.

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    2. It is a 404, 1965. Tell cliff if he ever wants to come and play in Pennsylvania dirt, we would be pleased. He can even pick his 🚜 . he has to bring his wife too!

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    3. I've always wanted to see that part of the country, but it's a little too late to do it now.

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    4. Well, just maybe we will have to come and see yours someday.

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  14. What good news - making for a good Christmas

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    1. Such a relief. I really cannot tell you what a relief this is. All I know is that it seems as if both of us slept soundly last night.

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  15. That is certainly delightful news... the test results, not the tractor!

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    1. The funny thing is that I checked Sunday am, not expecting to find anything. On a whim, I checked Sunday pm. I expected to find nothing. I was shocked to see the results listed.

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  16. Oh hallelujah!! That is most excellent news.

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    1. Isn't it? Now we await your most excellent news on Wednesday!

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  17. That is fantastic news! Now you can all heave a sigh of relief and enjoy the holidays!

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    1. Oh my goodness, how much lighter I feel...how much brighter the season seems!

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  18. Excellent news! Tim's spending spree made me think of the programme Home Improvement where the main character had a tv show called Tool Time. I think his name was Tim - it was a long time ago. Now we know where the inspiration came from!

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    1. Tracy! How funny. He used to love Home Improvement!

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  19. I’m thrilled for your good news! Happy Holidays!
    Bonnie in Minneapolis

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    1. Thank you Bonnie. Happy holidays to your house from our house!

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  20. Sigh of relief for you guys! I'm glad you got good news, Debby!

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    1. Thanks, Ellen. We were trying to stay positive, but at the same time, you're steeling yourself for bad news.

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  21. Excellent news! Merry Christmas to you all. XXXXX and that tractor looks like a really useful piece of machinery.

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    1. Oh, all our tractors are really useful pieces of machinery. Or so I am told.

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  22. Such a relief for you both, you will be able to spend Christmas without worrying. I think a tractor for Christmas is a bit extravagant though.

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    1. Do you? So did I. I think he over estimates his ranking in Santa's book!

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  23. Oh, Debby! THAT IS THE BEST NEWS!!!!!!!!!!
    I am thrilled and relieved for you both.
    Will he now stop buying heavy equipment?

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    1. He has been told that he has done enough shopping for himself.

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  24. Fantastic! Buy that man another tractor!

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    1. Bobert!!!! You are not allowed to talk to Tim!

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  25. FANTASTIC news! I'm so happy for both of you! Why don't you go out and buy a celebratory dump truck? :D

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    1. Oh, and I'm glad Houdini is still holding his own. I'll be interested to hear what the vet says.

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    2. He will be seen tomorrow. I couldn't believe how hard it was to find a vet willing to take a look at him. They are far and few between. One place is not accepting new patients. The other offered an appointment after the holidays. I was giving up hope, but the final place said they'd see him tomorrow morning at 9.

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  26. Ditto what everyone else has said...I'll just chime in that I also loved Tim the Toolman Taylor...Home Improvement was full of good laughs! So happy for your Tim the healthier bow-chopper-tractor-owner! Now for the kitty...

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    1. That was Tim's favorite show when we first started dating. He found it again once we started streaming and introduced William to it.

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  27. Best news I've heard all day, an early Christmas present for sure!!

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    1. The best part is that we got to open it early. It would have been killer to wait until Christmas to get that gift!

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  28. This is wonderful news about Tim and Houdini. Happiness abounds!

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    1. I am anxious to see what the vet thinks tomorrow. Good news there would be just about all the happy news I can take right now.

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  29. That Christmas present had a bow on it! I hope Houdini continues to improve. A Holly Jolly Christmas, indeed!
    Paranormal John

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    1. Glad to see you around, Paranormal John. Thought I lost you!

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    2. I'm around Debby. I faithfully read your blog. Just don't post much. So glad you got an appointment for Houdini. Keep us posted!
      Paranormal John

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    3. Occasionally, I'll see a comment from you somewhere, and I always think "I gave him that name!"

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    1. I see that hallelujah and raise you a hosanna!

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  31. Wonderful news, Debby!! A sweet Christmas gift for you both.

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    1. Yes it IS wonderful news! Merry Christmas to your house too!

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  32. Fabulous news! Hope Houdini's vet appointment goes well. Hugs to you & Tim!!!

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    1. I am anxious to hear his/her results on that. Hugs right back to you.

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  33. Phew! So happy to read this— now keeping fingers crossed for Houdini! Joan in Brittany

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    1. It is. I couldn't believe they were finally in...and on a Friday night for all of that! I told him that they were in, and he came in. I don't believe that I understood how worried he was about the next phase of treatment until I saw the look on his face. We were very, very glad for the good news.

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  35. Well, good news for sure, and some good treasures accumulated too.

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    1. It is good news. Treasure? Well that's in the eye of the beholder, and he is very happy with his goodies.

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  36. Excellent news about the cat and even better news about Tim's results. Whew.

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  37. Yay! Such good news!
    Rachael

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  38. Oh yay!!!! What great news, Debby! I thought I heard a huge sigh of relief from up north of me!

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  39. Well I call that the best Christmas present you could ask for so Congratulations to you both and now you can both relax and prepare for the festive period without this hanging over your head

    Lesleyxx

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    1. I really can't think of anything I want. That gift has checked all the boxes!

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