Data on Data - Basic Backups

By: DataPilot , 2:20 AM GMT on March 24, 2014

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My prior blog posting included a couple of long-winded comments about a neighbor's recent run-in with Cryptolocker and the need for everyone to back up their computer's data regularly. I cringe a bit when I read through the posting now, since I seem to have done a better job at pontificating about backups than explaining how to do them. I hate it when I do that.

The purpose of this post is to rectify the situation. In the "Data on Data" series, I'm going to try to explain some of the backup options available and how they can be utilized to create a backup and restoration strategy that is effective for you. No two people use a computer in exactly the same way, so there is no one-size-fits-all strategy that works for everyone. Picking appropriate tools and using them in a way that aligns with your strategy is what you ultimately want to achieve.

First, a little background on me. I'm an IT professional, specializing in the management of large amounts of valuable data. Data is what I do, day in, day out. (I didn't name myself Data for nothing.)

Part of my job is ensuring that the data under my care is well protected, while at the same time keeping it as available as possible for legitimate work purposes. Those two diametrically-opposed goals can make my work very interesting - or maddening, depending on the day - but they can never be ignored. I bring up that point so that you, as the owner of your data, understand that you should keep both protection and accessibility in mind as you plan backup and restoration strategy.

Protection AND Accessibility? Backup AND Restoration? Huh? Isn't just making a backup good enough?

Well... yes and no. The important thing is that you keep all of those factors under consideration when you develop your backup strategy.

Notice that I called it a "backup strategy", not a "backup procedure". A backup procedure is a routine that you follow regularly. You just do it. Or, better yet, you automate it and let the computer do all the work. (We'll get back to that point later.) A backup strategy - or more accurately, a backup and restoration strategy - is the plan that you make to minimize loss of data due to unforeseen circumstances. Your backup procedure is just one part of your backup and recovery strategy.

For crying out loud, Data, you're making this backup thing awfully complicated. All I use my computer for is ordinary stuff. Why can't I just configure the backup program that came with my computer and be done with it?

Vendor-provided backups are one option, and in many cases, they're also the best option. In fact, if you haven't formulated your backup and recovery strategy yet, the vendor-provided software is an excellent place to start. It's always a heck of a lot better than nothing. Adopting a basic backup procedure is easy, but developing a full-blown backup and recovery strategy takes time. So let's do the easy part first.

If you haven't at least got basic backups in place for all of your computing devices - and by "computing devices", I mean "desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones" - do it now. Here are some handy links to help you get started. If your device isn't listed, Google for it. Information on "How to back up 'device X'"is usually not hard to find online.

Microsoft Windows 7 Backup

Macintosh Backups

iCloud Backup (for iPhone, iPad and other Apple devices)

Samsung Galaxy Backup (Verizon)

Once you've gotten the basic vendor-provided backup procedure in place, we can talk about formulating your backup and recovery strategy. In my next blog posting, we'll discuss some of the options available, and how you can use them to your advantage.

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160. WeatherWise
9:27 PM GMT on September 05, 2014
Hi Data, How are you? Checking on you to see what's going on. Wiggle a toe or something to let us know you are still kicking! Take care!


A Little Birdie Told Me I Should Check on YOU!


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159. GardenGrrl
9:56 AM GMT on September 01, 2014
White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits, Happy September!
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158. WeatherWise
4:04 AM GMT on September 01, 2014
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157. WeatherWise
3:05 PM GMT on August 27, 2014
Hi Data, Just dropping by to say hi. I have recovered from my DC walking and am back to my old self again. Just taking a lazy pace, today, getting reved up to go for a midday walk. Lighting should be beautiful and hoping to spot a bird or two.

Leaving you a special butterfly photo from the local butterfly garden - the giant swallowtail.

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156. DataPilot
2:09 PM GMT on August 26, 2014
Sandi, Briar, GG, Linda- thank you all for stopping by. A LOT was happening at work last week, and our internet is barely functional now. Am using my phone for this comment.

Wow, droids DOS'd (denial of serviced attacked ) NWS? Holy moly. That's worth going into town and finding good internet access just to read it.

Will try to get back here as soon as I can to provide personalized responses.
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155. Thoughtsteader
12:11 AM GMT on August 26, 2014
Speaking of technical problems, I thought you'd get a real kick out of this:

Rogue Android App Takes Down NWS Website

I wondered why I wasn't able to get a forecast this afternoon. Here's the latest update.

Last Update: Tue Aug 26 00:10:01 2014 GMT
NWS TOC Operational Status Message
Mon Aug 25 23:02:39 2014 GMT

NOXX01 KWBC 252257
TO - ALL CUSTOMERS
SUBJECT - POINT FORECAST ISSUES
.
NIDS CONTINUE TO WORK WITH AKAMAI TO BLOCK THE
TRAFFIC THAT IS THE PROBLEM. A CHANGE WAS MADE
TO THE AKAMI CONFIG FOR FORECAST.WEATHER.GOV, BUT IT HAS NOT STOPPED THE BAD TRAFFIC YET.
WE
CONTINUE TO WORK TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE.

Talk about a bad day at the office.
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154. GardenGrrl
2:23 AM GMT on August 22, 2014
Hi, making a quick run through saying Howdy's. It's my short weekend and dang, I have lots to do that involves being a responsible adult instead of playing on the blogs. Guess you can relate to that. Pat the horses for me ok.
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153. BriarCraft
3:55 AM GMT on August 21, 2014
It's been good to see you out and about in WUville lately. And thanks for stopping by my place for a visit. Just curious, with all the problems you have with NUWU and iOS, have you tried http://classic.wunderground.com/blog/. It may not be as slick as NUWU, but it loads fast for me and might be more agreeable with iOS for you.

Anyway, I would love an update on Vicki and Zelda when you get the chance.
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152. sandiquiz
12:33 PM GMT on August 15, 2014
I am glad to read you are "here" and around, and everything is fine, except the technical side of posting comments.

My IOS problems are twofold.... It often drops out and takes me back to Safari, and if I open two tabs, when I return to the first, from the second, it sometimes reloads the page wiping anything I might have written before I wandered off to another tab and site! lol
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151. DataPilot
8:06 PM GMT on August 14, 2014
Aww, what a lovely butterfly photo! I've tried and tried to photograph insects, but have never quite been successful at it. You have such talent.

I've been here on WU, browsing, but haven't posted much to the blogs due to technical difficulties with the new website. The site works fine from a PC, but not at home on iOS. It took me 3 tries to get last night's comment on GG's blog. Ugh. Anyway, I'm here, I'm fine, I'm lurking on your blog, just not posting much. :)

I'm sorry that walking causes you so much pain. At least ibuprofen and baby aspirin help. Maybe your doctor can recommend something stronger if the pain starts disrupting your life too much. Even if you only take it to sleep at night, it could be helpful.

I *love* the Smithsonian, especially the American History museum! My dad and I visited there in 1995. Mom couldn't travel that far (too painful for her), so Dad asked me to come instead. We went to all the Smithsonian museums and saw the First Ladies' gown exhibit. I couldn't believe how small some of those gowns were! Either the First Ladies wearing them were also very tiny, or they wore some mighty tight corsets. Probably both.

My very, very favorite exhibit at the American History museum was the old Jaquard Looms. Those looms were one of the first "programmable" machines, a direct predecessor to computers. The looms were fed long strings of boards with patterns drilled through them - similar to old computer punch cards - and from the hole patterns, they created fancy weaving. Because no one else was as fascinated by the looms as I was that day, a Smithsonian employee not only gave me a specialized tour of the machines, but let me climb under one to see its mechanisms. Such a treat.
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150. WeatherWise
7:25 PM GMT on August 14, 2014
Hi Data, Good to see you out and about around the blogs. We missed you.

I am just back from a trip to Washington DC. Still uploading my photos. Seems the uploads are so slow. Plus all of my photos are on my laptop and I really don't use it that much when at home. I upload a few and then forget to go back and upload a few more. Just going through the photos to decide which ones to upload - So many have photos of other families standing in the middle of them - I hate to post those even though might be my best shot of the inside of the Lincoln Memorial.

Quite honestly, it was difficult to grab many outside shots as I was busy trying to keep up and cross the street before the seconds ticked off of the street crossing sign. Hahaha....not to mention me digging in purse for another ibeprofen or baby aspirin for the walking pains. So many of my shots are inside shots and am thinking perhaps I should upload those to photobucket.com and link here.

So I am dragging my feet, plus I was still hurting the first few days back. Today I am feeling better, no pain except that arm or shoulder or whereever that pain is located which I could barely feel with the other pains from long days of walking in DC. It is letting me know that yes it is still here. However, I can live with that without med - mostly hurts at night. I sound like such a whiny I know. Sorry, I just am not used to pain and never take any meds.

I think I have some great shots of the First Ladies's gowns that might be fairly easy to put together without too many decisions. They were on the third floor of the Smithsonian American HIstory Museum. I really enjoyed reminiscing through the that museum - even took a photo with Julia Childs. If that was a lifesize photo, she was VERY tall and I was VERY short!

A few pretty butterflies have arrived to my area. I am seeing lots of small ones and lucky to see one big one.

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149. sandiquiz
3:29 PM GMT on August 05, 2014
It was great to see you in my blog, and I am so pleased all four-legged friends are doing well, but not so pleased to see that four-wheeled friends are playing you up!
It is great, though, that the company will cover the repair.

Take care, hope it is soon repaired so you can get out and about again!
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148. GardenGrrl
3:03 PM GMT on August 01, 2014
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147. sandiquiz
9:23 AM GMT on August 01, 2014
White Rabbit, White Rabbit, White Rabbit
Wishing you a very happy month of August :)

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146. sandiquiz
4:12 PM GMT on July 28, 2014
Yes, are you OK?

We worry about you and your four legged friends:)
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145. BriarCraft
10:37 PM GMT on July 27, 2014
Time for an update, Data. Did you wander up the McKenzie River and decide to relax for awhile?
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144. sandiquiz
11:32 AM GMT on July 20, 2014
Morning, how are things over at your about now?
I do hope both horses are recovering well, and that everything else is now running smoothly.
I have seen you around WU- ville, but not in your own blog, so I know you are okay :-)
Have a great Sunday.
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143. BriarCraft
11:06 PM GMT on July 19, 2014
I think I drove the mower over a ground bee nest this morning. Happily I didn't get stung, but there were half a dozen puzzled bees circling around me for awhile wondering if they should.

Just wondering -- have you been able to take Zelda for a ride yet? I guess Vicki won't be up to that for awhile yet, but she could maybe walk alongside you and Zelda now.
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142. WeatherWise
6:15 PM GMT on July 11, 2014
Hi Data, Glad the horses are more stable now and home and able to be out and about even if with a grazing muzzle. Sounds like you are a very smart and caring caretaker and very clued into what is going on with them. Hope you have not more sickness with them especially not laminitis.

Don't eat the Wildflowers!

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141. BriarCraft
10:28 PM GMT on July 10, 2014
It does seem strange that some animals don't have sense enough to avoid foods that are bad for them and/or to stop eating when they have eaten enough. This sort of trouble is not unique to horses. I have heard of dogs that eat themselves sick. I wonder, is it only animals whose evolution man has messed with? Otherwise, it seems that evolution would have taken care of such tendencies long since.

The good news is you have a grazing muzzle to keep silly horses from eating themselves sick. To bad you have to do that and fence off your favorite apple trees, but at least you have workable solutions.

Here's to a happily boring summer for you and all your critters.

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140. clearlakemike
3:52 AM GMT on July 08, 2014
Hi DataPilot. Got any tips on computer forensics? Like evidence of hacking? Briar said you are also watching over a cat colony. I have one as well that I think I have finally stabilized through several years of trapping and fixing. I started out feeding just a few and then their population started exploding!! They are interesting creatures and have become good company, lol. They have sort of taken over.

As for backups, I use the iCloud and external hard drives for documents and photos, etc. More of a drag and drop thing. My partner, who is in IT also, is always on my case about being more thorough about it. But I have the photos thoroughly backed up at least. Have been trying to back them up into the cloud also via Flickr more and more as they have a lot of storage available now.
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139. sandiquiz
7:20 PM GMT on July 05, 2014
Not being a 'horsey' person, I knew nothing of the problems that can occur....it sounds to me having the two horses is far more trouble than a class full of hormonal teenagers!!

Hope all goes well, and Vicki adapts to her new, lush pasture.
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138. DataPilot
7:06 PM GMT on July 05, 2014
Sandi, seeing Vicki wandering around her pasture again, grazing, does indeed put happiness in my heart. And for some reason, Zelda is thrilled that she's once again able to get into the barn. There's plenty of shade trees in her pasture, so I see no advantage in using the barn during the summer, but Zelda likes it. I think she was unhappy about being locked out during Vicki's convalescence.

When I first turned Vicki out, she immediately attacked an apple tree, devouring sour green apples. Ack! That's not good, because little green apples can cause severe digestive upset and even laminitis and/or founder (a potentially fatal hoof disease). No horse needs that, especially not a surgical colic survivor with a propensity towards laminitis. So, I pulled her away from the tree and put her grazing muzzle back on. :(. Then, Hubby took a chain saw to all of the lower branches of the highest producing apple trees, since we don't like eating those apples anyway. There are also two other apple trees that we do eat the apples off of, so I'm going to have to fence them off.

Vicki's hooves have also been very sensitive since they were trimmed a week ago. While some of that sensitivity is probably due to her transitioning from standing in a stall with deep sawdust bedding to walking around on rocky ground, I do worry about the possibility of laminitis. I'm not going to let her graze in the pasture without the muzzle until she's walking sound. I don't see obvious signs of laminitis, but the ouchy-footedness in combination with noticeable hoof wall quality changes since being hospitalized has me a little worried. However, it is normal to see hoof quality changes whenever a horse suddenly changes feed (like going from pasture to hospital fare).

I wrote a blog entry about green grass causing laminitis in horses a few years ago. But really, almost anything that causes extreme physical distress for a horse can also cause laminitis. Overindulgence in green grass is a very common cause.
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137. sandiquiz
11:28 AM GMT on July 05, 2014
I hope Vicki going out into the field helped erase the memories of another 3rd of July.
With that in mind, I hope you had a lovely 4th of July :)
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136. WeatherWise
9:50 PM GMT on July 04, 2014
Hi Data! HOpe your are having a great 4th!

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135. calpoppy
3:45 PM GMT on July 04, 2014
Happy 4th!!

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134. DataPilot
3:19 AM GMT on July 03, 2014
Thanks for stopping by and leaving good wishes, Sandi, WeatherWise, GardenGrrl and Briar. I do hope that July will be restful (and a lot less expensive) than the prior 2 months.

Tomorrow is Vicki and Zelda's Big Day. I will be turning Vicki out into the pasture for the first time since she got sick. I can't predict exactly how the horses will react, but I bet they're going to be happy.

Vicki is the second horse I've had that colicked severely enough to require surgery. My first experience with colic surgery was 11 years ago, when my wonderful gelding - appropriately named "Gem" - wound up on the table. Once the surgeon had opened him up and could see the cause for the colic, he knew the situation was hopeless. I will never forget sitting in the waiting room at OSU, signing my name on that green piece of paper, a request that my beautiful Gem be euthanized. July 3, 2003 will haunt me forever.

But July 3, 2014 will be the day when Vicki gets to have her normal horsey life back. Triumph over tragedy. That horribly expensive surgery was worth every penny.
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133. BriarCraft
11:22 PM GMT on July 02, 2014
Zelda and Vicki must be thrilled to be close to each other again. I feel for you on Vicki's hospital bill. Even cat surgery is pricey any more. But when the alternative is death, what are you going to do but suck it up and pay? I know there was no guarantee that Vicki would recover, so with her return to health, you are at least going to get your money's worth. happyhappydance
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132. WeatherWise
11:42 PM GMT on July 01, 2014



Happy Summer!



Happy Summer to you!

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131. GardenGrrl
9:46 AM GMT on July 01, 2014
Generic but heartfelt "White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits!"
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130. sandiquiz
7:09 AM GMT on July 01, 2014


Wishing you a very happy, and less expensive, Month of July :)

Glad to hear that both horses are making great progress:)
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129. DataPilot
12:17 AM GMT on June 27, 2014
Just a quick flyby prior to leaving for home. I've been having so much trouble getting NUWU to load on my iDevices at home, that I confess that I've not been stopping by here as much as I should. Sigh. Way to go, WU, for annoying your loyal user base so badly that they stop coming. Yes, I know that classic still works, but even it hasn't been as fast as it used to be.

Vicki has officially been released from stall rest, and is now allowed to go outside into her little pen. In another week, she should be able to graze in her pasture. Yay! Nursing a horse back to health has eaten a lot of my free time. At least it isn't costing boatloads of money, like her hospital stay did. I just got her finalized bill, so it's a good thing I had been told about what to expect in advance. It's staggeringly huge. As in, I could buy 4 or 5 nice horses for the same price... but they wouldn't be Vicki. :)
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128. BriarCraft
10:02 PM GMT on June 26, 2014
Stopped by to say Hi, but it looks like you're still awfully busy. Catchya later!
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127. WeatherWise
2:34 AM GMT on June 22, 2014



Happy First Day of Summer, Data! Summer is Here! Sharing a most unusual heron pose that I observed while on the Riverwalk Trail today.



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126. sandiquiz
3:12 PM GMT on June 19, 2014
Hope all is continuing to move forward, and Vicki has not chewed her way out of the barn in sheer frustration! Once you let her out she will kick up her heels and gallop around the field.
And have you managed to restrain Zelda from eating too much clover... it's not good for her, tell her! lol

I have a plastic box of treats that I rattle when I want Max to come running. Last night I "tempted him downstairs so I could fasten him away for the night. Unfortunately, I forgot to remove the box of treats, back into the drawer where they are safe... so this morning I was greeted by the empty box on the floor!
Needless to say, some young man got no breakfast!! lol
(I did let him have some lunch, but he wasn't really hungry...I wonder why!)

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125. WeatherWise
12:03 AM GMT on June 18, 2014
Hi Data, Sounds like you have been busy and a bit stressed between your two horses, DH, and daily life. Good to get an update and know you are well. Summer has hit my area again with temps in the 90's. Looks like you are still nice temps. Have a great week!
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124. BriarCraft
9:25 PM GMT on June 16, 2014
Glad to read that all is well -- or as well as it can be with a bored horse. I have been absent quite a bit lately, too, so I don't wonder at your busy-ness, but do appreciate knowing there hasn't been some horrible complication with abscessed tooth, etc.
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123. DataPilot
8:13 PM GMT on June 16, 2014
Hello, Friends! I've been gone way too long, nothing terrible but life has been busy. Between work and personal responsibilities, I haven't dropped by for a while. But I do appreciate all of you. Truly. :)

Vicki is continuing to recover well. She's so BORED! She has also been a demanding pain in the tush lately. She's been whinnying at all hours and tearing her stall apart, eating (not just licking) her salt lick, and basically trying to figure out what to do with herself. I keep telling her that her stall rest will end in two weeks, but she doesn't care. Sigh.

Zelda's formerly-gory wound has healed up very nicely. She's got a good-sized scar on her side, but it's not too awful. She already is covered with scars from her former, pre-rescue life, so all she did was add another scar to her collection. The biggest problem I'm having with her now is that she's eating way too much, and I'm having a hard time controlling her. Vicki has the barn to herself, so Zelda is outside with all the green grass. Actually, the green grass isn't my main concern, it's all the white clover that Zelda gorges herself on. I'm watching her carefully; if she start getting a tummy ache, or shows owie feet (early signs of laminitis), she'll get locked in a pen. Which I haven't built yet, and hope I don't have to build.

Hubby is doing OK, although will probably put off his surgery for a while longer.

And it's raining, btw. That's a nice change, since we tend not to get much rain this time of year. Best of all, local farmers had ample time to get their hay crops made and put under a roof, and lots of rain at this point might mean a second cutting of hay. That would be awesome! Fingers crossed.

I'll try to find time tonight to stop by again and visit all of your blogs!
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122. sandiquiz
2:11 PM GMT on June 16, 2014
Hi there
How are things over with you? Hope both horses are nearly back to full recovery. Thanks for coming over to my blog to support me in my creative coding disaster!
I think I tried to bite off little more than I can chew. But what I did learn will be of some use to me.
I am going to use the time to carry on with my family story. I have found that I can use voice control on my iPhone 5 and that is how I am posting this comment to you. It actually makes less mistakes than I do when I'm typing!
Have a good week :-)

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121. calpoppy
1:39 PM GMT on June 12, 2014
That is a tough surgery for Vicki!! I would imagine she is on a special diet? One of my friends horses has an acute problem which I can't think of the name of it right now. She has to have her food mixed up with warm water. A chore each day but well worth the horses survival! Plus the many vet visits :)

Glad to hear that Zelda's wound has healed. It is amazing how well it heals from the inside out, instead of when they get stitches.

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120. BriarCraft
2:14 AM GMT on June 12, 2014
I had fun catching up on all the progress Vicki and Zelda have made in my absence. An abscessed is worrisome, as dental infections can cause other health problems, not to mention that they are awful darned painful.

So, that was 11 days ago and we haven't heard a peep from you since you took a coffee break over on my deck on June 2. I do hope that you are simply busy tending to the crew and mowing, weedwhacking, etc. How did the heart monitor results turn out? How's the abscessed tooth? How the heck are you?

Sending lots of happy thoughts and well wishes your way...
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119. GardenGrrl
8:22 PM GMT on June 06, 2014
Howdy, I'm back from vacation and coming to check on everyone.
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118. WeatherWise
8:14 PM GMT on June 02, 2014



Hi Data, Just dropping buy to check on you and leave you my favorite flowers. Happy June Days of Summer! I had three Stella de Oro Daylilies in bloom today! Should have zillions but last year right after I said that some critter came and ate all of the tender buds. I hope that does not happen this year. My daisies are slow to bloom. I have one that is trying to open with several that will be right behind it. I just love the daisies and day lilies of June!






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117. DataPilot
7:58 PM GMT on May 30, 2014
Oh wow, I didn't expect my absence to be noticed by so many folks! Thanks to all of you for stopping by. You people are awesome.

Things are going OK at the moment, although Vicki now has a draining, abscessed tooth, apparently unrelated to her colic episode. Criminy, if it's not one thing, it's another! But she is continuing to make positive progress at healing from her surgery, and is a little better every day. She's not totally out of the woods - she'll never be, given the type of surgery she had - but she is looking as good as can be expected. I have to keep reminding myself that she's got roughly a 75% chance of long-term survival at this point, and every day that she continues to do well, her chances increase.

Vicki is behaving herself, no silly attempts to run, buck or kick, which is important because she is still at high risk for developing a post-surgical hernia. Minor hernias are no biggie, but if she develops a big one, she'll have to have *that* operated on. So, taking the vet's advice, I've put her on stall rest until at least then end of June. That means that Vicki is not allowed to go outside on her own. I've been leading her out of the barn a few times a day so that she can nibble on green grass and chat with Zelda, but she's locked in her stall otherwise. I did make a nice stall guard for her out of PVC pipe and rope, and I'm leaving the paddock door open with the stall guard across it. That way, Vicki has lots of fresh air, and can see and smell her surroundings all day and night. It's kind of like giving her a "horse TV" to prevent too much boredom. She likes to watch Zelda graze, also the horses, llamas and cows across the road, and she especially seems to enjoy watching the next-door neighbor driving around on his tractor.

Hubby has pretty much recovered from his cold, and the kitties are doing fine. Zelda's wound is almost completely healed. I'm very pleased at how quickly that huge hole in her side mended itself! Horses never cease to amaze me. :)
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116. sandiquiz
3:38 PM GMT on May 30, 2014
Hope all is well with you, the horses, the cats and hubby:)

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115. Thoughtsteader
8:51 PM GMT on May 27, 2014
I'm so glad to find that everyone's back in place, and that you're beginning the journey to back to normal. I hope the irregular heartbeat's simply a blip, and that all is well.
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114. GardenGrrl
10:03 AM GMT on May 27, 2014
Sending horsey hugs to (((Vicki))) and (((Zelda)))
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113. calpoppy
8:55 PM GMT on May 24, 2014
That is sooo great!!! I bet the barn feels like it should now, with Vicki back!!!
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112. GardenGrrl
6:23 PM GMT on May 24, 2014
Hooray!!!!! (((Vicki))) (((Zelda)))
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111. sandiquiz
8:29 AM GMT on May 24, 2014
WONDERFUL news.... and like any creature, they can get anxious, it isn't only humans who do!
She will be fine now.... hope the heart monitor shows she is relaxed and back to normal :)
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110. DataPilot
6:30 AM GMT on May 24, 2014
Sandi: Thank you for the kind thoughts.

Foxxy: Oh my gosh, it's been a while since hearing from you! I'm so glad you dropped by,


Vicki is home! My "little" girl came home tonight after nearly 3 weeks of hospitalization. I can hardly believe it, and neither can she.

When I went to put Vicki's halter on at the hospital tonight, she hid her head in the corner of the stall and refused to look at me. That was peculiar, since she had been happy to cooperate with haltering earlier. (She knows that wearing a halter means going outside.) I think her behavior was a matter of her demonstrating how depressed she felt at having to stay in the hospital. After all, I was the person who'd left her there.

Her entire demeanor changed when she realized that there was a horse trailer waiting for her. She got very excited, and by the time we arrived home 45 minutes later, she was completely drenched with sweat. Zelda whinnied and whinnied, clearly delighted to have her buddy back. And Vicki didn't even seem to mind being locked her stall. After all, she's back home, with all the familiar sights and sounds and smells.

The young doctor that had been providing most of Vicki's had care noticed that she'd been acting increasingly anxious over the past week. Earlier today, Vicki demonstrated an irregular heartbeat, which was worrisome given that she'd had a post-surgical infection. So the doctors did an EKG, and fortunately that didn't turn up a major problem (like a damaged heart valve). Vicki was sent home wearing a portable heart monitor. She has to wear it until tomorrow afternoon, at which point I'll take it off and ship it back to them for analysis. They are now suspecting that the heart irregularity was the result of her anxiety over her hospitalization.

Time for me to turn in for the night. I think we all should sleep well.
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