Finally, A Breather Maybe

Bandit and R Fish Haul
Bandit and R Fish Haul

It has been hectic of late!  I’ve not had much time to myself except when I was sick for a day and didn’t get out of my nightgown.  Feeling better now and beginning to catch up.  Had Khandi, Fancypants, Gypsy (vaccinations), Pepper (vaccinations), Mimi (vaccinations) and Zoe (leg injury that is healing) to the vet for various reasons.  Khandi goes back Monday morning to spend the night getting micro-chipped and her heartworm treatment started.  Fancypants goes back to the eye doctor Tuesday afternoon and will hopefully get a clean bill of health or at least a reduction in meds.  Her eye looks so much better now so it’s all been worth it, but she hates us poking medicine in her eye all day; we’re down to 3 times per day now from 4.  The corneal abrasion is better but there is still a lot of calcium deposits there.  I don’t know if that will ever go away though; he said it was related to aging.  Guess we’ll see what they say on Tuesday.

Mom has been having health issues so we’ve had her in for tests, doctor visits, lab work and physical therapy.  Since she’s not able to motivate we’ve been helping with her chores, too.  We don’t mind.  It’s just made things more hectic at times.  Then I managed to get bronchitis and still have some coughing though I’m feeling more like myself now.   It’s always something, right?

I have more sewing projects in the plans.  Today R got out the hat hoop that came with the 10-needle; it’s still sealed in the box.  Hopefully we’ll be able to play with it soon.  I also have a couple of gifts that I need to get done soon or they’ll be too late.  I have piles of supplies bought for everything…and still a stack for a new purse…but there hasn’t been a supply of time delivered yet.

R has managed to go hunting and bagged a deer, then he took Bandit and the boat for a 4-day fishing trip which was productive.  Today I fried fish for us all and it was yummy.  I made chili from some of the deer but have yet to cook anymore.  The freezer is full of it.  R used the vacuum sealer to package it so it won’t freezer burn.  More yummy on tap.  I told Mom yesterday that R has proven his masculinity now.  When I told him what I’d said, he just laughed.  But he’s happy, so that’s all that matters.

Taxes are done (and Uncle Sam paid, unfortunately).  Politics are on simmer but it won’t be a pleasant 4 years ahead.  Not liking the new insurance.  It seems like everything we’ve had to do is not covered and part of our maintenance medications are not on the formulary–which means we pay for them out of pocket.  The “dental coverage” boils down to a reimbursement of $150 each for cleaning and x-rays once per year.  Since we do cleanings every six months we will end up doing a lot ourselves.  And any treatment is on us.  Thankfully the insurance is cheap.  I was paying $550 for Obamacare so this is a breeze even considering what we’re having to pay out of pocket.  I can still bitch about it though, right?  I pay for this space!  LOL



Still Dogging

Khandi enjoying her car ride
Khandi enjoying her car ride

Yesterday was errand day and the first stop was at Petco (we had a list), so we grabbed up Khandi and took her with us so she could have some “Me” time.  She enjoyed the trip through the Starbucks drive through and her puppy whip and then the shopping at Petco.  She even got a new harness out of the deal.  Little did Khandi know that she’d have to try on clothes.  She’s doing well.  We’re still treating the heartworms.  She has one more dose of the stronger oral medication then goes back in for a recheck so we’ll know if she’s ready yet for the final treatment at the vet.  I’ll be glad when she’s heartworm free but I dread having to keep her still for a month at a time.  This girl loves to play so it’ll be hard to keep her down.  But it won’t be the first time we’ve gone through this with a dog so we know what to expect….that’s why I dread it so much.  <sigh>

I haven’t done a lot of sewing since xmas with Khandi and Bandit running to the vet, and now Fancypants is going, too.  She has a corneal abrasion on her left eye that refuses to heal.  Our vet treated her on two different regimens but it wasn’t getting better so she sent us to the ophthalmologist.  So now we’re doing treatments 4 times per day and she goes back next Monday.  Tomorrow Pepper and Gypsy go in for shots.  See where I’m going here?  There’s been no free time to sew!

And it’s that time of year when there’s taxes and politics and insurance changes, and, and, and…..  So I’m just coasting until I can get back in the sewing room.  I’ve bought multiple tote bags, shopping bags, caps, etc., and tools to play with.  It’s all in a pile on my cutting table and some day I’ll get back in there to fondle it.  <sigh>

So, for now, I’ll just keep on dogging it………..


Happy New Year 2017

R has gone deer hunting at his brother’s house.  The dogs and I have been baching it.  The weather is cool and rainy with fog in morning and nights, so I’ve stayed pretty close to home.  I drank the bottle of Champagne then ate Cheetos because it was too cloyingly sweet.  Then that made me hungry so I ate a baked potato.  Now I have a sour stomach.  Wonder where that came from.  Yeah…Right

I spent the past 24 hours backing up computers and files for 2016 and dumping them all to dvds.  Finally finished that tonight so I’m good until 2018 now.  I have a copy on 2 PCs, a backup drive, a copy in the cloud and now a hard copy on DVDs.  I’m good now.

Tomorrow I’m planning on getting back in the sewing room again.  I’m doing tote bags to donate then will get to my wall hangings I stitched that need to be framed and then to my new purse….maybe not in that exact order, of course.

New Year's libation for one

New Year’s libation for one in front of the computer

All is quiet around here.  Have to take 2 dogs to the vet Monday.  I have a hair appt. one day.  Other than that I’m planning to sew.  Birthdays are coming up and I need some “things” done.  And some “things” to donate.  Going to learn to do ball caps, too, this year.  I’ve got a lot of plans, yes indeedy!

Survived Xmas Again!

I made it!  One more time.  And I did it my way for the most part, and without my usual depression this year.  I usually battle Seasonal Affective Disorder in the fall months but we increased the wattage of our lights and slowly my depression is fading.  Well, what do you know??????????!!!!!!!!!!  So I’ve been sewing up a storm for everyone and making ornaments and tote bags and lace and snowflakes and….2016-09-26-17-58-01 img_0133img_0138 2016-09-26-17-57-30 2016-09-27-15-41-07 2016-09-29-15-12-34 2016-10-02-16-52-47 2016-10-02-19-13-55 file-dec-23-4-04-55-pm file-dec-23-4-05-16-pm img_0136 img_0137 img_0138 img_0186 img_0459 img_0480 img_0481 img_0488 img_0489 img_0491 img_0493 img_0497 img_0499 img_5025 img_5028 img_5029 img_5032 img_5033 img_5034 img_5036 img_5037 img_5038 img_5039 img_5040 img_5041 img_5062 img_5065 img_20160926_175647 img_20160926_175655 steviesgifttag



















See What I mean?  I’ve been sewing a LOT!  And this is not all of it either.  Since xmas is over now I’ve started sewing again.  I have 5 or 6 tote bags to do, wall hangings for myself to frame, and a purse for myself to sew.  Then I’ll do some more blankets, of course, because they’re my favorite things to stitch since they allow me the most creativity in designs.  I’ll be doing more lace, as well, since I have fallen in love with it.  I already have ideas for transitioning some from xmas to normal life…we’ll see.


And we have fallen in love with Miss Khandi and are keeping her  (as if we needed another dog, right?  LOL).  She’s really a great little girl and plays with our dogs and gets along with them just fine.  She’s happy and peaceful and loving, well-socialized, good on a leash, etc., etc., etc.,…  So, we’ll take her in next week to get ready for her heartworm treatment probably some time in January depending on when the vet schedules her.

We took our xmas decorations down today.  This is what it looked like xmas eve:

Xmas Eve 2016
Xmas Eve 2016

This week I’m planning more sewing, a run for groceries at some point, a trip to the bank, and to spend the rest of my time with my little family.  What will you be doing this week?

Xmas Is Nearer Every Day

FSL Angels
FSL Angels

And I’ve made it just fine, for once.  I’m still sewing up a storm and mostly finished with xmas items.  I’ve been making free standing lace items this week and using thread like crazy.  I have a bunch of stuff stitched out but still in the washaway stabilizer.  Hope to get them out and assembled this week.  Tomorrow Bandit goes in for his 4 week checkup and I have to have blood drawn for a follow up, so I probably won’t get much sewing done.  I’ll post some more pictures later.  Midnight is not exactly the best time to find and edit photos, at least for me.

And we have a new foster, even though we swore no more fostering.  We named her Khandi (xmas candy=khandi???).  She’s really sweet, happy and healthy except she’s high heartworm positive.  We’re medicating for a month and then will go back for a recheck to see if we can do the heartworm treatment.  Then, we’ll have her up for adoption and hope to find her a wonderful home.

Just thought I’d spend a moment to check in since I haven’t been posting much in recent months.  Hi, y’all!!!!!!!

Almost Made It To Thanksgiving

I’m in the sewing room today, still working on xmas gifts for next month.  Almost done with most of them but the rush is on.  I’ve left the things that require sewing with the embellishing for last…and I dread the sewing.  I have already added more projects to my list of things I want to do though.  I never run out of ideas…just run into ideas I’ve sometimes promised to others that I should have never volunteered for.  Will I ever learn to say no?  LOL  Doing another project (3 pieces) with glow in the dark thread again today.  Wish me luck.  Since it’s new thread I’m learning its properties and they’re not all good.  One spool (so far) breaks repeatedly.  I had to finally change to another spool.  It was $20 per spool so that sux big time.  I hope that’s the only one that frays.

Fancy and R in Petsmart

Miss Fancypants turned 16 years old Wednesday.  We spent the bulk of the day making it a special one for her.  First we went to Starbucks for a puppy whip.  Then we went through the bank drive through, then to PetSmart for shopping.  Last stop was for cheeseburgers to take home to share with the other pups for her birthday celebration with the entire family.  She was so tired on the way home that she fell asleep in my arms.  She normally is the only one who stays awake the entire time she’s in the car but not that day.  So sweet!  With her age and health issues we never know how long we’ll get to keep her before her days are done so we try to enjoy all the moments now we can.  It was a great day.

A week ago I bent over (just at the waist) to reach into the cabinet below the fish tank to retrieve a new filter.  Ouch!!  My lower back screamed at me.  I knew enough to start icing and NSAIDs immediately and by the end of the day it was better…until I bent down to reach the mouthwash after brushing my teeth before bed.  A bolt of lightening shot through my back generating up to my head and down to my ankle.  It hurt so bad I was shaking and couldn’t put any weight on my left leg.  I thought I would fall down.  I couldn’t walk over to sit down and I couldn’t stand much longer.  R was snoring and I didn’t want to wake him to ask for help.  What to do?!!!!!!!!!  I ended up standing, shaking until my left leg would hold me then hobbled over to sit on the toilet lid until I could manage better.  I could not walk without holding the walls and wasn’t sure I could make it to get my cane out of the closet.  Thankfully I did make it and got more ice and medicine until I could breathe again.  Monday I was at the doctor and am on steroids.  Good news is that the pain is gone.  I hate the side effects of the steroids but I’ll survive.  I’ve got to be careful bending over.  <smile>

Deep Thoughts

My husband made a comment today that has led to some thinking that I hadn’t bargained for.  We’re always sharing stories of cute things the dogs do that make our lives much more happy.  We have a lot of dog-related memories that still make us smile and that we’ll never forget even after that dog has left our lives.  DH said something to the effect: It’s your attitude toward the things that the dogs do that make them so enjoyable.  You choose to view them in positive and amusing ways when others may not see them that way, and that is a big part of why we have so many of the memories we have.  I remarked that I wish I’d been this kind of mother when I was raising my children because it sure would have made their lives better.

Since then I’ve thought back to why things are different now and then.  When I was raising my children I was surviving the effects of an abusive childhood, abandonment, childhood emotional and sexual abuse, and rape.  I had no tools to work with in the aftermath of the abuses.  I didn’t know how to handle the fear, shame, anger and loss I lived with every day.  I tried to do the best I could with my children and to give them a better life than I’d had.  What mother doesn’t want her child to have a better life?  Since I had no positive role models I couldn’t come to terms with my past life.  There were times I was angry and my children became the scapegoats.  There were times I was preoccupied and distant to my kids.  I was unreasonable, excitable and hard to understand.  I didn’t know what normal was but I was trying to model it for my children.  I failed miserably but fortunately both of my adult children are responsible, loving people who have also survived their childhoods.

Once they were grown and on their own, I received the opportunity to work through my issues and try to learn to live my life differently, lovingly, calmly and openly.  I’m nowhere near any kind of perfection and I learn new things every day, but I took that chance at recovery to learn to love and be loved.  Eventually I adopted a little rescue dog named Sassie, who taught me about unconditional love.  The rest is my life today.

I love my dogs unconditionally every day, and they love me (us).  I’ve had the chance to foster and rescue many animals over the past 16 years. Each one has taught me new lessons.  Each one I’ve loved.  Each one is/has been a part of who I am.

So, when I came home and found 2 tiny Chihuahua puppies standing proudly in the kitchen amid the aftermath of destroying 2 doggie pads, I could have been upset.  But seeing how very proud they were of their accomplishments changed my perspective immediately.  I ran for the camera and took photographs which I shared with everyone with the caption: It snowed in Dickinson!!!!!!!!!  It’s become one of our most precious memories when it could have ended in a sulk instead.  I wish this was what I had modeled for my children…..

RIP Mr Freckles

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Yesterday was one of those days you hate.  We had to put one of our fosters to sleep.  He was at his new home walking with his human daddy while his mom was at work.  A big dog attacked Freckles and his dad.  His mom called us for help as she could not get there fast enough.  We picked him up and rushed him to our vet’s office, but he’d lost too much blood and was in too much pain.  He would have required lengthy surgery to repair the damage and he wasn’t in any shape to survive the surgery.  If he survived the surgery he still may have not survived the recovery which would have probably been two months or more and over $5000 in monetary cost.  The decision was made to euthanize and we stayed with him until he breathed his last breath, telling him how much everyone loved him and how much he would be missed.  He was such a sweet little dog who never hurt a fly and who loved his family and was loved by everyone he met.  Rest in peace, little one.  No more pain now.  Run free!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August Already

I looked and I have no new photos to share.  It seems like I’ve been so busy since I posted last but I don’t know that I have anything to show for it.  We’re looking at patio covers.  Here is someone I know at Lowe’s.  What do you think of this gazebo?2016-07-31 14.49.42It’s $1000 but made of steel.  Two of them will cover most of my patio (16′ x 33′).  I’ve just got to figure out how to pay for them.  LOL  I owe R a motor for his boat first so maybe by xmas???

Today we took Pepper to his new vet…yeah, right!  We went but they were idiots so we didn’t stay.  Went back to our current vet, convinced it was a bad move to try to change.  LOL  He had a wonderful time riding all over the county with us, so much so that he refused to get out of my lap when we took him back to his mom.  He was afraid we’d leave without him and he wouldn’t get to go.  Guess we’ll have to take him more in the future.  Mom takes him when she drives through to pay bills but said she hadn’t taken him anywhere for about 4 days.  Last time we were at her house, R took him for a walk on the leash.  Pepper came back with his tail wagging and his little tongue hanging down to his knees.  He was so hot!  And he never gets to go walking because Mom’s not able to take him.  It was too hot for them to go any further but I think Pepper would have walked until he collapsed that day.  He was such a happy boy.  R takes Bandit walking most every night but after dark so they don’t overheat.  Sometimes one or another of the girls will want to go, but most of them are just as lazy as their mother.  I never walk with them because of my back issues (can’t even make it through the grocery store sometimes without sitting down at least once) but I try to do things in small bursts of energy throughout the day when I can.

Still going to the gym 3 or 4 times per week.  R goes more often than I do but I do like it.  I even ordered myself a swimsuit so I can swim and get in the hot tub.  It’s supposed to be here Wednesday via FedEx.  I hope I like it better than the last one I bought.  LOL

R is headed for bed and me for the tub so I’d better go get a nightgown before he crashes; I hate to turn the light on in his eyes.  Good night, All.