MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR TUESDAY, DAY 330 OF 2013: All reports from the weather wizards indicate that the massive snow bearing storm currently on a north easterly path will completely bypass the local area. Mlle. Renee and I sure hope so. She bruised her front paw last week and she was limping around for a day or two. For some reason, she thinks I’m the great medicine man of the house. So, she always comes to me and shows me all of her ouchies and expecting me to rub medicine on them and make them better. At least she doesn’t expect me to kiss them. Now, if she gets a cut or scratch, I can clean it and rub in a bit of Neosporin Ointment. If she develops a summer rash on her tummy, I have an anti-itch cream to rub on. But what do I do when she comes to me with a bruised paw where I can’t see any visible damage? Probably what most doctors do with their patients. Commiserate with her, examine her paw, wash it off with warm water and tell her it will be better.

Now my grandfather would have treated her in a completely different manner. With one exception, he did not believe in doctors or medicine. His one exception was patent medicine known an SLOAN’S GREEN LINIMENT. It was an elixir that was made in Saint Louis.Sloans_3And the basic ingredients were cayenne pepper extract, methyl salicylate, camphor oil, turpentine, and pine oil. According to my uncles, it burned like hell when you rubbed it on the skin. Now, my grandfather used it for all aches and pains, and cuts and bruises on himself and any of the many animals who called him their friend. He never saw a doctor and he lived into his nineties. Hey, it worked for him.

But I would never use anything on Renee that wasn’t recommended by her veterinarian. And I keep all of her meds in her own bag, so I don’t get them mixed up with the ones I use on myself.


Well, it sort of looks like a turkey.DSC08347

Here’s a shot from a different angle.DSC08351

Now, here’s what we were taught that a turkey looked like when we were in kindergarten.animal-turkey1

But when my grandfather raised turkeys when I was little, this is what they looked like.GrampsturkeyAnd they would run up behind me and peck me on my hienie. Bad birds! But they weren’t that bad when grandma roasted him for dinner after my first communion.

So naturally, this will always be my favorite turkey image …Thanksgiving Turkey

DSC08351  SO TODAY MENSA PUZZLE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY A TURKEY.DSC08352And it’s not math, it’s a logic puzzle.


About Robert Edler

... a somewhat unknown and/or imaginary actor, writer, director, producer, photographer, friend, brother, uncle and all round good fellow that you really should get to know because he lives with that most glamorous fourpaw Mademoiselle Renee. (Mlle. Renee for short)

Posted on November 26, 2013, in MY DAILY CALENDAR and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Poor sweet Renee. I’m sorry she bruised her paw. Are you SURE you won’t kiss it? 😉

    How’s your ankle?

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