SoCS: Bagging the Last Two Weeks

Gibbs bagged himself a spot on the couch arm recently, and hung out. He was happy his human was home from vacation, but nevertheless gave that “poor, poor me” vibe.

Things would turn worse, unfortunately, when the poor soul went to the vet for dental and had two incisors pulled. They are smaller teeth between the canines on the upper and lower jaw. I had a cat once that had all of his lower incisors pulled and afterward, he had a hard time keeping his tongue in his mouth. Gibbs is doing well as he hasn’t stopped sitting at the edge of the living room carpet (when not asleep) and asking for food and love. He gets both, along with a twice-daily dose of antibiotics, which we would both rather do without.

Yeah, poor soul. Gibbs has bagged his human’s undivided love and attention (and ability to buy cat food) now and forever.

Last Saturday, the weather here was summer perfect. A high around 76, low humidity and dewpoint, blue sky, plenty of sunshine. Biking buddy and I headed up to Green Bay to bike two paved trails, both of which rambled alongside a river. No hills…only winding curves, shaded blacktop, bunnies and deer scurrying toward the green underbrush of the woods.

There were plenty of people on the trails – walking and biking – and on the Fox River Trail, a few people were fishing.

I’m not sure if this guy bagged any fish, but he was wise to be in a place that offered shade and a comforting breeze.

Biking buddy and I rode 30 miles that day, which some may think a lot. It didn’t feel that long, but perhaps it was because we were enjoying the day and took a break in between to have an amazing lunch.

Corn waffles, pork belly and poached egg. The yellow was pickled onion, which I pushed to the side (blech). The corn waffles were the best part. I could have eaten an entire plate of them, but I suppose the protein was a good idea considering our two-wheeled activity.

This past week, I bagged a cute top at Kohl’s for $3.00 after having lunch with a friend I hadn’t seen since April of 2021. She winters in Florida for most of the year now, but when we get together, we always have to shop at least one store. Our preference has been thrift stores, but I can’t argue about finding a good bargain at Kohl’s.

The week before, I had breakfast with another friend, who I hadn’t seen since before Covid. It was nice catching up and I hope we connect again soon. Three years was too long to not see each other face-to-face.

Lastly, the patio plants are doing exceptionally well this year. I either chose good, healthy plants, or the weather had something to do with it. Or maybe both. Watering helps too.

That’s it – the last two weeks bagged and ready to be stored in memory or waiting for its owner to re-visit the patio and bike, and stay in touch with friends.

How has your last two weeks been? Good, I hope.


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30 responses to SoCS: Bagging the Last Two Weeks

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Glad to hear some things have returned closer to normal. It’s weird to get so excited about meeting a friend, but I understand that feeling. I hope Gibbs is off the antibiotics soon.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Well, Dan, Covid made life weird. I have another set of friends, near Milwaukee, that I hope to see in August or September. It’s been 2019 (maybe longer) since I’ve seen them. We go back a long way, so, yes, I’m excited!

      I have found that Gibbs will eat his soft food with the antibiotics mixed in. Yay for us both! We can relax.

      • Dan Antion says:

        That was a good discovery – 😊

        I went to an impromptu after-work party at my old employer. I was surprised by so many new faces. A lot changes in three years. It’s too long to go without seeing friends.

  2. JoAnna says:

    Gibbs is so expressive. I enjoyed your description of the Wisconsin summer ride. It has been muggy hot in NC. I say, if you find clothes at retail stores for thrift store prices, go for it.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Gibbs is totally expressive and talkative, sometimes to my consternation!
      I had a $10 reward at Kohl’s, so that gave me the $3 price, along with a sale.
      Stay cool, JoAnna, and enjoy the weekend!

  3. murisopsis says:

    Glad that you are back and that Gibbs is on the mend… As long as the canine teeth remain his tongue should be in no danger of “falling out” of his mouth! And I loved the bike ride – 30 miles does sound like a long trip to me. If you liked the corn waffle you should try a Cachapa (Venezuelan street food) it is really exceptional! Your Coleus plats are wonderful and big and healthy… mine died/were murdered. I didn’t know that woodchucks would attempt to eat them.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      My patio faces north, so it gets morning and evening sun and shade in between. The coleus seem to thrive in that environment, so I usually have it every year. Plus, I love all of the colorful varieties.

      I tried corn pancakes one time, but they didn’t turn out. I blame the recipe, so perhaps I’ll look for a Cachapa recipe and try again.

  4. Herman says:

    Wishing Gibbs all the best and a quick recovery! Jimi sends his regards!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Herman! Gibbs is doing well and has returned to his sassy self. I had a little PTSD when I took him in as Ziva went downhill after I took her in for dental. It was unrelated kidney failure, but still…
      I’m glad Gibbs came through this with flying colors.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      His left eye works. He had a color change about four years ago, but I have the vet keep an eye on it. I miss the pretty green eye, but it is what it is. Doesn’t keep him from finding his food, the cat tree or my lap. 🙂

  5. J-Dub says:

    That is summer perfect! All of it. From the weather, to the biking, the food, and renewed companionship! Hope Gibbs continue to do well.

  6. But did you find that when you did finally meet your friend face-to-face it was like no time had passed?
    Poor Gibbs. Hope he stops having to take the yucky medicine soon.
    What a stunning day for a bike ride and your patio plants look amazing.
    My past two weeks were back to work last week and before that the second half of a two week hike which will hopefully make it into a blog post. 😏

    • bikerchick57 says:

      The answer to your question is YES. Good friends may be parted physically, but the connection remains.
      Gibbs is fine. He has been accepting the antibiotics in his food (to my surprise), so win-win.
      I hope you find the time to post about the hike. I want to hear about how much fun you had!

  7. dweezer19 says:

    Nice waffles. I love cornmeal pancakes too! The plants all look terrific. Have fun catching up. I have friends back home I haven’t seen since 2016. Why did Gibbs need his teeth pulled?

    • bikerchick57 says:

      The teeth were infected, in bad shape, which can affect kidney health if left untreated. They were most likely bothering him. He’s doing well, back on some hard food and yelling at me when dinner is late. 😉

  8. Aw, Gibbs is so lucky you take such great care of him. I hope the ritual of antibiotics ends without any mishaps. You were wise to cease the beautiful weather! The lunch looked delicious. 🙂 Big score – a $3 dollar top!!! Spending time in person with our friends is one of the best medicines – keep up the visits and keep smiling! 😁😎

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Gibbs is done with the antibiotics and is back to his usual “feed me, I’m hungry” self. I’m hoping there are no more vet visits until his annual check-up.
      Friends are good medicine. Shelley – I’ll be seeing one today and three more tomorrow, so WooHoo! 🙂

      • Yay for Gibbs. And now I saw that he has a new buddy to play with. I hope all is well with you and your new furry friend. She’s adorable by the way!
        Aw, Mary, that’s such wonderful news – enjoy every friendship moment! 😀😁

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