Tasks and Helpers

Zoe, my bath mate— When I need a bath she lays on my used clothing and keeps me company.

Well, all surgeries are over for the year (I hope, anyway). DH is home from the hospital after a two week stay. My physical therapy is complete; his physical therapy is ongoing and we’re just trying to live our lives again.

The girls didn’t know how to function with their daddy away for 2 weeks. It was very quiet around here. I went to the hospital most days, but he never came home with me. The dogs were suspicious but very quiet and well-behaved. Maybe they thought I’d lose them, too. The first couple of days he was home, they remained quiet. It was as if they were afraid they’d run him off again. He’s been home almost a week now so they’re back to full volume and demanding his attention once more. All, it seems, is right with the world again.

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Ch Ch Ch Ch Changes

Adding Zoe’s footprints to new patio

Well, a lot of changes happened in the past couple of months. We finally got our new driveway and patio. Above DH is pressing Zoe’s feet into the new concrete to remember the date. He did all the dogs’ feet; Zoe was the one who was the least sure about the process.

Had my shoulder replaced in May; currently in physical therapy for that. We bought some new furniture, tore down an old shed in the backyard, and about to order new doors for front and back of the house. DH is on plan for orthopedic surgery next month so trying to get all our ducks in a row prior to that event. He’s due to be out of commission for an extended amount of time. We did find a housekeeper who comes in monthly so I no longer worry about the housework while everything else is going on.

Your furniture should always match your dogs, right?

It’s A Dog’s Life Here

Gypsy loves relaxing on her couch in my sewing room. We love happy doggies. All seem to be happy and healthy right now.

Prepping for surgery in a couple of weeks. Trying to hire a house cleaner and catch up on what I can prior to being out of commission for a month or so. Sometimes my To Do list is longer than my energy supply. Guess that’s what old age does for you. But, the alternative is not feasible.

Spring Has Sprung, I Think

The squirrels and birds are enjoying the gorgeous weather, and so are we! The dogs are giving the squirrels fits but not bad enough that they stop coming back to eat all day every day. Flowers are blooming so it’s pleasant to watch the dramas.

All the girls are doing well. Khandi had her last vaccination booster yesterday. Zoe has one more in May. Other than that we’re on maintenance again. Fingers crossed that we can coast for a while again.

DH and I are both having orthopedic surgery this year so we’re doing doctor visits, etc., in preparation. Another year in retirement; another joint replacement or two.

All in all, it’s just beautifully quiet and life is peaceful. Trying to keep it that way.

No Complaints, I Suppose…Maybe

Life is quiet right now. Little blips on a daily basis at people who refuse to use their heads for anything other than decoration. Such is Life, I suppose. I try not to get aggravated at other people’s garbage but sometimes it’s causes a blip on my screen.

The girls are all doing well. We’ve been to the vet multiple times with Gypsy and Zoe, and once with ZsaZsa (for shots). Gypsy is having all kinds of health issues that we didn’t know existed. She has collapsing trachea, stones in both kidneys, a host of lab values we’re trying to correct and now she’s on special food, like Zoe. Too bad it’s not the same special food. LOL Both seem to be doing better. We’ve changed Gypsy’s meds multiple times but now we’ve hit a good place. As long as she doesn’t sneeze so much she doesn’t irritate her neck as much, so we no longer have to medicate for pain and inflammation. Now we’re treating for the cause of the allergies and stopping the sneezing. She goes back in a week to recheck her urine issues. ZsaZsa goes back for a vaccine booster. Zoe goes back for a urine recheck; she’s finished with boosters. Then we’ll have to get Khandi in to start her shots. She’s up to date on most everything except leptospirosis which is a whole new vaccine.

The retina specialist told me last month that I needed new glasses. What? I had just been to the eye doctor and no one said anything about new glasses would help. He kept telling me there was nothing else they could do. So, I made another appointment with the optometrist. Of course, our optometrist had retired overnight (??????) so we had to change doctors immediately. Strange. So, come to find out they knew in November that I needed new glasses but they never changed them. So, here I’m complaining to the retina specialist about my vision; he’s talking another surgery; I’m depressed over my bad vision, etc., and I just need new glasses! See what I mean about people not using their heads? I got new glasses and went from 20-165 to 20-40 vision instantly. Jeez!!!!!!!! I can see better now than I have for almost two years. Not perfect but good enough. Almost miraculous how much better I see. Of course, if I take the glasses off I’m lost, but with them I’m good.

Other than all that life has been chill. Weather has been up and down, but that’s Texas normal. No place has as much beautiful weather as Texas. Clear blue skies, puffy white clouds, a little breeze spells TEXAS. So does dropping 40 degrees in an hour and show-stopping rainstorms when blue skies were forecast. You never know around here; just be prepared for anything and you’ll never be disappointed.

Rainbow Bridge: Meet Mimi

Miss Mimi started a steep downhill slide just after Christmas. By the first week of January it looked particularly dire. She didn’t want to eat, then couldn’t walk without wobbling. Then we had to carry her out to the potty and hand feed her. We knew how miserable she was and made that hard decision to euthanize. We planned on taking her Friday, but when I got up Friday morning she had taken the decision out of our hands. She had gone peacefully. It’s amazing how quiet it gets around here when one of our babies leaves suddenly. She’s been gone a week now and the pack is just beginning to normalize. We’ve been spending a lot of time babying the girls and taking them in the car on almost a daily basis. It’s just beginning to gel.

Mimi’s last week

Gypsy has continued to suffer pain from her neck issues and is still taking pain medication most days. We have an appointment for Gypsy and Zoe on Monday to get shots and renew meds. Zoe seems fine, having just turned 9 years old on Thursday. We took her out for her birthday ride and spoil, of course.

Zoe’s 9th birthday–Starbucks goatee

Survived Xmas 2021

Well, we made it through xmas and it was better this year. Got to see some of the family we don’t usually get to see. It was quiet and peaceful and happy. That’s enough.

And the HP laptop arrived and is PERFECT! Can’t complain about that anymore. No more crazies over any orders; they’ve all arrived safely. We have one to send back but not a bad experience so far.

The babies are happy and enjoyed Christmas treats. We even brought them a small loaf of pumpkin bread on Christmas when we ate lunch out. They finished the last of it last night. We have something around here called “Cake Thirty” which happens at 9:30 PM. They have their dinner at 5:00 PM then nap, bathroom and play until 9:30 PM when we heat the cake in the microwave and give them all bites until it’s gone. We were buying a slice of pumpkin bread at Starbucks with our morning coffee but one day I wanted a blueberry muffin. We brought it home and looked it up to make sure it was puppy-safe then gave them a taste. Voila! Booberry is their favorite now. If you say booberry they know immediately and eyes begin to twinkle. DH bought some mix so we can make them some at home.

Gypsy Snoozing in the sewing room

Gypsy has been under the weather with her allergies; with time and age progression they have only worsened. We took her to the vet a few months ago but nothing got better. So we took her to another vet last week and things are looking up. She’s on all kinds of meds but feels better. This week she also has a sore neck (cervical spondylitis) so she’s on even more meds and laser treatments. But she looks like a new dog (if you ignore the grey hair). She goes back tomorrow for another laser treatment so it’s a matter of time. She seems better and the allergies are completely at bay because she’s on steroids. Time will tell.

HP Lying Again

Khandi and Zoe on my desk today

Well, the last of the HP saga is that the laptop will ship December 6th. (Loud scream here!!) I did receive my Surface tablet and it will be fine until the laptop arrives. Then, this morning (Sunday) when I checked my email, lo and behold, there was an email from HP saying the laptop shipped from China today. OMG! Do I believe this email? They sent a tracking number so time will tell. Argh!

More laundry today (and yesterday). The new sheets were a no go because they wouldn’t stay on the mattress. Wah! I loved the color (light blue) and the feel of the soft fabric. We didn’t need sheets; I just wanted to match the wall color, which I picked out.

The pack is doing well. Saturday will be Khandi’s 11th birthday; I’m looking forward to it. We rescued her when she was 6 in Dickinson. She’s been a great girl and since Bandit’s death January 2020 she’s been the leader of the pack. She’s a great alpha. Nobody crosses her, not because she’s mean but she never makes a sound unless there’s somebody walking down the street that she doesn’t approve. She’s a chiweenie but when she barks she sounds like the biggest dog in the world! The sound comes from deep in her chest and out the loud speaker that is her mouth. When she barks she commands attention and doesn’t take no for an answer. Occasionally she’ll roll one of the little ones with her nose but she doesn’t hurt them. She weighs 15 pounds; Zoe is 4 pounds so when she’s rolled over forcefully she whimpers and scrambles for cover. But Khandi cuddles the littles and treats them gently most of the time. We wouldn’t let her hurt them.

Mimi, 17, thought she would be alpha when Bandit, who was 38 pounds, wasn’t in the top dog spot and she is not happy about Khandi being the boss dog. Mimi will jump Khandi just about on a daily basis, sometimes more than once a day. Khandi jumps back with that devasting bark and dishes out enough menace that Mimi backs off. But Mimi will jump on all the dogs when she’s in one of her moods. Yesterday it was Zoe. Mimi is an 11 pound Chihuahua so she’s much larger than our “babydoll”, Zoe, at 4 pounds. Mimi bites; she even bites people, and with no warning growl. You are bleeding before you know she’s mad. She strikes like a rattler and doesn’t care what damage she leaves in her wake. We rescued Mimi from a shelter; they were going to euthanize her if no one took her before the end of the day. She was what the shelter called “kennel crazy”; nobody could handle her. She bit anyone that came close to her. We assumed that if we got her out of the shelter environment she would calm down and we could get her adopted. Wrong!!! She bit me after I got her home then bit DH every day for 3 weeks afterward. No one would adopt a dog that bites so she’s still here.

Mimi will be 18 in January and is visibly fading, however she has yet to stop attacking the other dogs, especially Khandi. We are trying to make every day count for her since, as the vet stated, she is past her expiration date. She loves DH and follows him like a tail. If he leaves the house she has separation anxiety, barking and pacing. She expects him to carry her in the crook of his elbow and hold her when he sits. She watches him like she expects him to vaporize if she doesn’t. Obviously he can’t be with her as often as she wants but he’s done a commendable job, especially since I was the one who got her from the shelter. Gotta love him!

Baby Steps

Votive Wrap

Okay. Step One. This will be a free-standing lace votive wrap. It’ll go around a glass votive candle for Xmas. I also did a stitch test (3 tests actually until I got it adjusted) on the 10 needle. That doesn’t count for a lot of sewing but both machines are clean and oiled.

Mostly I’ve been fighting with HP over a laptop I ordered on October 14th. It was supposed to ship November 19th. I got an email last week saying it would ship early(?) on December 2nd. I called them; Tanya said the email was an error and it would ship on November 19th; if it didn’t she would call me. Never heard from her and no shipment notification. I sent an email to their customer service about it. They said to check back Monday (today) or Tuesday but it should ship the 19th. Nothing all weekend. Nothing this morning; today is the 22nd. About 3:30 I get an email that it might ship on December 9th. So this morning I ordered a scratch and dent Surface from Woot which is due in 3-5 days. At least I’ll have something until HP gets off their butts and does their jobs. I’m so angry! I will NEVER order another computer from HP. This is about the 30th HP computer we’ve bought over the years. We’ve bought computers for all of our kids and grandkids, and multiples for us from Windows 3.1 to Windows 11. We’ve done the Apple scene, IOS, Android, multiple PDA OS’s, Chromebooks, etc. But, no more from HP. I’m done!!!!!!!

I have the last load of laundry in the dryer. I feel like I spend my life washing clothes. Yesterday I did bedding. First I washed the new sheets I bought, then the bedspread that was on the bed. That is a story unto itself. Our Samsung washing machine, bought new when we moved here 2 years ago, won’t spin anything heavy. So we can no longer wash cushions, pillows or bedspreads. I threw away most of the cushions, put zippered covers on all the pillows but still have to wash the king sized bedspread from time to time. I wash it and then my husband takes over and it takes a couple of extra hours to get enough water out of the spread that it will spin enough water out that it can go into the (also brand new) Samsung dryer. Then it takes 3-4 hours in the dryer before it is dry enough to actually use. I have looked into purchasing an industrial washer now. Maybe that’ll be Xmas this year.

I think it sounds like a pitcher-of-Margaritas-day! Time to go feed the dogs. See ya!

Squirrel!

Whoa!!!!!!!! He looks like he’s giving somebody a piece of his mind.

Dinner time!

It’s a gorgeous day today and we weren’t the only ones who thought so. Our squirrel family came to visit this morning. This is the first time I’ve gotten pictures of them but I even got two videos. Fantastic! We had the bird feeder under a tree so the birds would be out of the weather but the squirrels found the feeder and have taken possession of it.

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