New Year’s Eve 2014

Whew!  I made another one–mostly intact, healthy and still kicking.  This year saw challenges with fostering dogs, changes in our health, a financial redirect, more emotional awareness and some character faults I realized and had to learn to deal with (in the I’m-too-old-to-change-now category).  Other than deciding that we can no longer do dog fostering anymore there weren’t any surprises or big upheavals.  With the health issues there were largely age-related changes and challenges but nothing we haven’t dealt with on one level or another.  The rest is incidental really, but issues dealt with nonetheless.

All the dogs are healthy and happy with the exception of Jolie’s issues which we are dealing with as they come.  Daisy is still at the sanctuary and no adopters on the horizon yet.  She is still happy and enjoying playtimes with her canine friend, Toby.  January starts another year of vaccinating all the animals which means more vet trips but hopefully no big surprises.

I’ll start doctors appointments next Monday with a surgical pre-approval with my GP, surgery on the 15th and a dental visit on the 21st.  I’ll get to wear a big, ugly black boot for some weeks which I’m sure I will come to hate.  I may do some rhinestone decorations with it if I get bored enough.  I’ll add that to my To Do list.

Ronnie has added a depth finder to his arsenal of fishing equipment so he’s liable to catch more fish and have more fun in 2015.  He’s currently on vacation and enjoying his time at home doing a lot of nothing (I’ve watched more television in the past two weeks than I have in a long time).  I asked him today if he’d missed work the past couple of weeks and he said a firm “NO!”.  He’s increased his pension savings in the past year so is likely to make retirement an item on his To Do list.

As bad as I hate it (and yet look forward to it), I intend to do the normal-for-everyone-else dieting when Ronnie goes back to work Monday.  There’s no sense in even trying to change a habit with him underfoot…and he snacks all day and night.  Even when I’m not thinking about food he’s eating something else.  Plus the holiday desserts still exist and at times I will partake though not every day.  There are still a few things I want to cook before I cut the calories so will try to get those out of my system before the belt-tightening begins.

I have been doing the Technical Preview of Microsoft Windows 10 and until recently found no problems with it.  Lately (and several times tonight) it has frozen up and rebooted with no explanation.  I don’t like this a bit.  Now in the middle of this post I may have to log out and change computers.What a bunch of crap!  Guess I’ll close and call it a day………Welcome to 2015.



48 Hours

…to go on this holiday season (for me).  Tomorrow is prep day (clean the rest of the house, make the birthday cake, clean the stove, etc.), then Wednesday the immediate family will come over for a while for gift exchange.  Since most of the family lives too far away to be here there won’t be a big crowd.  In fact, there’ll be almost twice as many dogs here as people.  But the dogs know the people and, except for Miss Mimi, they’ll be out to say hello.  Mimi will have to spend the holiday visit in her crate in our bedroom just like she did on Thanksgiving.  That arrangement worked out better than anything we’ve tried in the past.  She cuddles into her blankets and snoozes, then when the guests leave she comes out to join us again.  Her stress level stays on “keep warm” instead of “high alert” this way.

Tomorrow (today actually since it’s after midnight) is my mom’s birthday, December 23rd.  Ronnie’s birthday is December 25th.  Since we celebrate xmas on the 24th we’ll celebrate both birthdays as well.  It’ll be carrot cake this year; usually it’s German chocolate.  Both flavors are Ronnie’s favorites.  I was going to also make applesauce spice cakes this year but that plan fell through the cracks.  All’s well that ends well.  Right?

Poor Miss Jolie went back to the doctor today.  I took her Friday to have her blood drawn.  They called Saturday about the results, and Ronnie took her today to pick up two new meds and to get a growth removed from her eye.  Poor girl has so many skin tags and growths and scars.  They don’t seem to bother her much though.  She just motors on through them like nothing bothers her.  I wish that were true!  Her health is gradually going down the tubes, so we’re just doing whatever it takes to give her a good, happy life of love and peace for the length of time she has left to share with us.  I’m not expecting to have her any more than a few more months (hope I’m wrong”), because she fails a little more each day.  If we see signs on the outside, you know there are things going on inside, too, that we don’t see.  I seriously have been surprised at the times when she’s so sick and I think she’ll never make it through the night, and she does.  It’s going to be rude awakening when she doesn’t.  She’s a momma’s baby now.  She’s my girl!  Ronnie took her to Shepherd, Tx., this weekend to see her true mama, so they could spend a bit of time together in case it’s the last time they have with each other.  Ronnie said she had a good trip.  She smelled everything inside and outside her mom’s house.  He took her for a walk around town so she could say hello to her friends, human and 4-legged.  She spent her puppy-hood in the town of Shepherd.  A lot of people miss seeing her every day since we moved her in with us to care for her health.

A pleasant day today will lead into another cold front tonight.  The rain will be here by late morning so I’m looking forward to sleeping in a bit, which is my favorite past-time.

Dusty Shirt


I found this design printed on a white ladies t-shirt a couple of weeks ago on Ebay.   I had to have it!  Love it.  Here it is beside the dog who inspired the purchase, my Dusty:





My little Dusty Man is my arm-candy. He goes everywhere I go in the house.  He’s always in my lap, in my bed, and in my arms.  Spoiled doesn’t even play a part in his dictionary.  He feels entitled, not spoiled or just deserving of all the attention.  LOL  I’m not supposed to be out of his sight for any longer than absolutely necessary.  He watches me like a hawk and doesn’t miss a thing.  Love that little fur-boy…….


On another note, Winkie (now Rowdy) has been adopted and is happily learning to live in a home with his new mom instead of a kennel in a vet’s office.  Daylight and dark are those two!  So happy for you Rowdy-Man!!!

Daisy is still doing well at the sanctuary.  They’re going to start getting her to adoption events and see if they can find a home for her.  Fingers crossed for her!!!!!!!!!!

Been doing some serging and some machine embroidery.  Made some blankets for kids and embroidered a blouse for a birthday party.  Finished my last class about Babylock sergers and have gone down to Mom’s and showed her some tips, took her some supplies, thread, spool winders, etc.  Showed her alternate ways to thread the Evolution and how to use decorative thread on a serger.  It’s been fun.

Trying to work on xmas somewhat, too.  Tomorrow I have my car in for its first oil change then have to take Jolie to her doctor’s appointment for another blood draw test.  She’s been having some really rough days followed by some not so rough days, but I’m at the point where I expect any day for her to just go to sleep and not wake again.  Poor girl!

Well, it’s time good little girls and dogs head off to bed.  Try to write more tomorrow.  Night.  Night.