Busy Summer Days!

On Friday I was driving all around Manchester and Southern New Hampshire. Heidi was going to the groomers I had several doctor’s appointments and then I was going to my daughter’s home for the night.

So, my day started at 5 AM and by 7 o’clock we were on the road.

Heidi was dropped off first, and I raced to my appointment with my Glaucoma doctor. Good news. My pressure numbers are staying down and so between the surgery last year, and the drops, all is going splendidly.

Next was my appointment with my Primary Care, Nurse Practitioner. May I just say, I may never use an MD for Primary Care again. I simply love my Nurse Practitioner, and I know I am getting far better care from her.

Most all is well, I just need a few tests. Oh yes, and to get back on my diet!

They sent me over to Dermatology to have my rash looked at. Heat rash. Yuck.

After that, it was back to get Heidi, who looked totally adorable, and the last leg of our journey was to Amanda’s.


If I had any worries about Heidi getting along with Mandy’s dogs, they were quickly dispelled. Not one growl or bark. The three of them got along so well. Especially Winter, an American Eskimo, and Heidi.


Those two played and played and played, and then collapsed and fell asleep.


The next day was the Pool Party, which was so much fun, and it was great to see Heidi do so well in that environment. My grandson, Quinn, told me that Heidi is the Cutest Queen Puppy! I agree.

2022-08-13-10-44-07-751My granddaughter, Savannah, and Heidi.

Then it was time to come home. After all the racing around, I was exhausted and collapsed. Today I need to clean things up here as my sister and brother-in-law are coming for a visit. I want the place to at least be dust and dog hair free.


The Friday Five ~ August 12th

The Friday FiveThe week flew by and now here we are and it’s Friday. Wow! That sure went quickly! I could write an encyclopedia about the week, instead, I will select the top Five!

  1. My Cell Phone finally arrived and after trying to get the darn thing to work, I went to Verizon, and a nice young man got all my stuff transferred. Yay! I will say, this whole phone replacement from the Insurance Co. was more of a pain in the neck than simply going out and buying a new phone. *Groan*
  2. The heat finally broke on Thursday, but not before leaving me with a heat rash that has exacerbated my Eczema.
  3. Today, Friday is a very busy day for me and Heidi. I’m driving Heidi to the Doggy Beauty Salon near my daughter. Mandy uses this woman for her American Eskimo Dog, Winter. So I am hoping all will go well and that Miss Heidi who hates to have her nails clipped, will enjoy a good pedicure.
  4. While Heidi is getting beautiful, I go to see my Glaucoma doctor for an exam. Then off to see my Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. And since the eczema is bad, I’m swinging in to check with the dermatologist. (Also my yearly skin cancer exam.)
  5. I will stop to get Heidi, and then we are off to Mandy’s house for a visit with the kids, Matt, and their two dogs. We’re staying overnight and I’ll come back home on Saturday.

So that’s the week that was. Hope your weekend will be a great one!


Cell Phones

Last week my Cell Phone Screen cracked. After weighing all my options I decided to replace the phone. I was told it would be here overnight, which meant it would arrive on Friday.

Friday came and went and in the evening I received an email that there was a delay. Something to do with bad weather and the phone arriving too late for delivery.

Okay, so when on Saturday would it arrive? They do not deliver on weekends. Ugh!

On Sunday night they wrote and said the phone would be delivered between 9:15 -11:15 AM on Monday!

Needless to say, that time came and went with no delivery. About 1:00 I got an email saying it would arrive by 7:00 PM.

That didn’t happen either. It did finally arrive at 7:30 PM.

Excitement filled the air as I unpacked the phone. My hands were shaking with anticipation!

But as I began to set up the phone I found that they had not activated the phone. OK that’s fine, but they had not added the phone and it’s serial number into our account. So there is no way for me to register the phone or transfer my Apps over.

So, my first stop tomorrow will be the Verizon Store for help. Oh well, this is a learning experience. One I have not enjoyed!

Dackel Shopping

This & That ~ August 6th


  • I was at the VA earlier this week wearing a new top I’d gotten. A complete stranger told me how much they liked my shirt. I told her she made my entire day.
  • I think my Internet Service Provider’s modem is dying. My plan is to call them in the next 24 hours and have them send me a new one.
  • My new phone is en route to the house. Yesterday I was told it would arrive today between 9-2. Then Friday morning I was told it would arrive on Sunday. Later in the day, I heard from UPS again and they told me it was out for delivery! I would be happy if it came today as I could slowly work to move my Apps over and get the phone set up.
  • We must have had a new hatching of Dragonflies. There were so many and young Heidi was running around like crazy trying to catch them.keys
  • It reminded me of the “Winged Keys” in Harry Potter. There was such joy in Heidi as she ran after them, jumping trying to get them. Likewise, the Dragonflies were watching Heidi. They were just as interested in her as she was with them.
  • It is still very hot!
  • Heidi continues to enjoy all the little places in the house.

    Here is another picture of her lounging around!

    2022-06-27_04-41-29Isn’t she the cutest thing ever?

  • Our Toad is back. Or well, is growing up here. We used to have several big Toads. Then last year we had none. This year we have one little guy who loves to jump around and tease the dogs.P9040004 (2)
    Heidi could care less, but Lili is like a little kid and I have to remind her not to bite the toad.
  • Well the Cell Phone did not arrive on Friday. If the scanned package entries were correct, it should have arrived. I will watch things closely and if it doesn’t arrive tomorrow I will call.

Friday Five ~ August 5th

Friday FiveThis week sped by. Not only that, but it is now August! Now how did that happen? Here we go with this week’s Friday Five.


  1. It has been so dry and so hot this week. Perhaps that’s not the best way to put it. The humidity has been on the same level as Florida (super uncomfortable) but we have had very little rain. In any case, I am grateful for our air conditioners!
  2. I had to drive 57 miles down to the VA for blood work on Tuesday. And then 57 miles back home. The blood test was important, and the news about my blood levels is great, so it was worth the drive.
  3. It was beautiful that day and I enjoyed the ride. I stopped to pick up groceries at Market Basket. They were having a sale on two of Jack’s favorite soups, and I was able to stock up. At our local store soup has risen to $3.25 a can. That is crazy and unacceptable. Market Basket had this soup for $2.25 a can!
  4. I also got gas. I paid $3.82 a gallon. I was feeling a bit ticked off because after 20 years they have come up with a new traffic pattern. There were no signs directing you either. I drove around and around until I finally figured it out. I did complain and explained that they need a new sign which reads “Gas: New Traffic Pattern“. You see, they are the cheapest place around for gas and they are inundated with customers.
  5. Lastly, a few days ago I took my cell phone out of my purse and the phone screen had a crack! I drove to Verizon and discovered the Screen Protector was two months out of warranty. I called a local Mr. Fix It, who wanted $150.00 to repair it, and then I called the insurance I have through Verizon who offered me a $29.00 repair, (but my phone would be gone for over a week) or a replacement for $150.00. They would ship it to me overnight. That was my choice.  This morning I got an update. My new phone is delayed. Ugh!

So that was my week. It looks like the next few days will be hot, hot, hot, with a side of spot showers.

Enjoy your weekend wherever you are!


The Friday Five ~ July 29th

Friday FiveIt’s been quite a week for me. No big appointments, but it seems that I kept myself busy. Here’s how it went.

  1. We had some beautiful weather this week. Perfect temperatures, robins egg blue skies, and just perfect conditions all around. I looked up one morning and I could see a jet plane flying along. And after several minutes I could hear it. I’m not sure why this thrilled me, perhaps it reminded me of a time that I traveled all the time. I truly enjoyed that. Seeing new places and meeting new people. It was wonderful.
  2. I was able to go out to the local shops. The tourists were not too bad, but I still chose to wear a mask. I am still trying to figure out where on earth I got Covid at the start of the month.
  3. My recovery has gone well, I am just tired. Remember back when naps were a punishment as a kid? Not any more! I love my little naps.
  4. I decided that since I am sick of my cooking I would try a few new dishes. One night was Chinese food. Pork fried rice, Chinese pork slices, and a mix of stir fry veggies. I also had Shrimp spring rolls. It’s not quite right, but I will keep working on it. The other was ravioli night. I thought it was good, but it was a fail for Jack. Oh well, the salads were good.
  5. Lastly, this week was a lovely rainbow that arrived at dinner time on Thursday. It was a nice way to end the week.

2022-07-28_08-11-50Have a great weekend everyone!


Happy Birthday Melodie!!!

Today is my sister’s birthday. I wish I could be down with her to celebrate her big day. Alas, this is one more Covid-19 moment.

I do want to tell you all what a wonderful sister Melodie is. She is five and a half years older than me, and I was her “first baby”. She cared for me like a little mother and was always more like a mother to me, than a sister. I am so blessed to have her!

Mel is one of the kindest women that I know. She always has a smile and a warm greeting for those around her. She loves her family with her whole heart and rejoices in their successes and comforts them in their sorrows.


Ron and Melodie

She has been married to her husband, Ron for 50 years. They met at the age of 13 at summer camp and wrote to each other for many years before their wedding in November of 1971.

So today, on her Sixty-ninth Birthday I want to wish my beloved sister, Melodie a very Happy Birthday!

293050308_10226394720787413_331198945436785005_nMy beautiful sister! I love you so!

The Friday Five ~ July 22nd

Friday FiveThis was a crazy and wild week for us weather-wise. It was so hot and humid with storms. It was great to be out again, but it’s even better to get home to Heidi. I am still amazed that she can sleep like this.


Here’s what else is going on.

  1. I finally got a negative Covid test. Despite that, I was still wearing a mask when I went out. My first stop was at the grocery store to stock up my pantry.
  2. After just getting well, I was shocked to see so many people without masks, especially a very pregnant woman.
  3. I was huffing and puffing due to my asthma and the crazy heat at the grocery and a man came over and with a snide tone to his voice said I should take off my mask. I told him I’d had Covid and I was just getting out, and how did he know I wasn’t still contagious? He shut up and I finished my shopping.
  4. One thing I have noted is that my asthma has been worse. Last night I had to use my inhaler during the night.
  5. Thursday afternoon and early evening we had major storms blow through the town and around the big Lake (Winnipesaukee) and other areas of New Hampshire. With many trees taken down and serious car accidents, our power went out again. It was early enough so that it was still light and I was able to do my prep work for dinner.2022-07-22_07-49-47

    All homemade Chinese food. Mostly it was ok, but I am still learning.

So this was my week. I’m praying for a break in this heat, but the weather reporter said it’s going to be a while. I’m trying to recall why I moved back from Florida?

Dackel Shopping

The Friday Five ~ July 15th

Friday Five

  1. A few years back I was online shopping on Amazon. My old Merrell Clogs were falling apart and I was looking for a new pair. Since I have terrible arches I almost always use these clogs as indoor and outdoor slippers. These gray clogs were on sale and I snapped them up even though I didn’t like the style. (I will say, I have grown to love them and their sort of funky style.)merrell-women-castlerock-encore-kassie-slide-wool-clogs-mules-sandals-merrell-724usacom-men-women-clothing-shoes-accessories-online-shopping-492651-10-B Over the years I was wearing them more and more until the other day when I realized that their days were limited.
    71Bq6wc5Y9L._AC_UL1500_So, after a couple of weeks of shopping sales (I refuse to pay top dollar for anything!) I found these cute Clogs. I’d ordered the black pair first, but I liked them so much that I decided to get the brown to use as slippers. The black I will use when I go out.
  2. The next favorite thing on my list is a video picture frame. I’ve loaded up a bunch of pictures and each time I walk by the frame I glance down at this frame and the assorted pictures.

    2022-07-10_03-16-59I think this is one of my most cherished gifts! It’s made by FRAMEO.

  3. Amanda and the kids gave me a Scentsy Dackel warmer for Christmas. Isn’t this the cutest thing?9a76df91bf56d19197d88a3dac740dae
    I love it and it’s near enough to me that the scent drifts my way making me very happy.
  4. My case of Covid is getting better. I think the weird thing is that the exhaustion has lingered on. I seem to sleep massive amounts. I am also using my inhaler a lot. The fever is gone, and most of the time so is the cough. My advice is to avoid getting this at all costs.
  5. This brings me to my last comment of the week. I was finally able to go out to get groceries yesterday, and I was one of the only ones wearing a mask. I live in a vacation destination and so many people from the North East have driven here and well, brought their Covid germs with them. The advice given to me by my doctor was to stay as isolated as I can. Getting another virus would not be welcome at this time.

So that’s it for the week of July 15th. I hope your weekend is a good one and that your weather is as lovely as ours.


The Friday Five ~ July 8th

Friday FiveThis week will go down as the week where I slept more than anything. Even my darling puppy, Heidi, and old girl Lili find my sleeping excessive, but, it is what it is.

  1. I have 4 frozen dinners for Jack and two leftover meals.  He is not thrilled about this, but that’s too bad. With no appetite and no desire to eat a big meal, he just has to put up with this until I am well.
  2. I think for me, I will make good old Cambell’s Chicken Noodle Soup with a small dish of crackers. True excitement in my culinary world!
  3. Did you hear that Raphael Nadal had to withdraw from Wimbledon? I’m heartbroken because he was to have played the Angry Aussie, Nick Kyrgios and I really wanted Nadal to take him down a peg. The Matches I watched with Nick Kyrgios playing was like watching someone who has a serious mental illness. The boy ain’t right. He kept talking to people around him yelling and screaming.
  4. Once again I must tell you that Heidi is helping to keep me calm and quiet.2022-07-07_07-48-08

    Heidi is an amazing little girl!

  5. So my goals over the weekend will be to do some laundry and try to make some small furniture adjustments in my room. Quite honestly, if I can get the laundry done, I will be very pleased.