I am amazed at how pure and simple children are. And dogs. The feelings are honest and easily understood. I love watching Greta and Matina interact. There is this bond between them that I haven’t seen Greta have with anyone else, except maybe me. Greta will sit at the back slider and watch out the door for Matina to come. Patiently she will sit and wait. It’s really a beautiful thing. And then when they are together, well it’s magic!
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A Good Doc

Yesterday I went and had some blood work done at the local hospital. It was to monitor medication I have to take all the time, but which lately has been causing me a few problems. About 1:30 my phone rang and it was my doctor.
“Hi, Maribeth. Are you okay?”
Basically, my blood levels were too high and he had called out of his concern. I was so pleased. How many people have doctors that actually do that? I have an appointment to see him tomorrow anyway. I figured we would just go over the results then. However, as soon as he saw the results, he called.
So I feel pretty lucky to have this guy for my doctor. I know that he really does care about me as a person. That’s a nice feeling.
And for inquiring minds, I wasn’t feeling too good. The side effects from that drug have been making me feel pretty darn sick lately. So a decrease in the medication is a most welcome thing.

The Love of a Child and a Dog

I think the most beautiful thing in the world is the look on the face of a child when they are playing with a beloved animal, be it dog or cat. I love it when the kids come and play with our doggies. The kids laugh and giggle and smile, and our dogs get so happy, with wagging tails and the slightest smile on their little doggie lips.
Yesterday I had my camera set to paparazzi, so I could just point and click, click, click. I got this shot of Greta and Matina. Had I used a traditional setting I would have missed the moment. I plan to get this printed for her grandmother, as I think it’s a great shot.
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Knock, Knock, Knock!!!

Yesterday morning, as I stood in front of my pantry shelves trying to organize them, I heard several wild knocks at the sliding glass doors. That, of course, sent the doggies into a wild and crazy barking session.
I turned and looked and saw the two kids, Matina and James, peering in looking for the dogs. They’d arrived!
So, I stopped what I was doing, (any excuse) and we all went outside to play with the kids!
The kids love the dogs. Matina’s favorite is Greta. It was funny, but those two just bonded last summer and it’s the same this year. And James loves Shubi. She is gentle and slower and easy to love.
We walked all over the yard, playing with a ball, and then they went back home. I think they were gone for a half an hour before knock, knock, knock!!! They were back.
I was having my lunch so I took it out on the patio and ate it while the kids played with the dogs.
Now before anyone feels bad for Fritz, they like Fritz, but he is a big bumpkin and tends to get a little too rough and tumble with them. So they tell him to be gentle and since Fritz likes to run wild and free, he will go off with Hubby and is quite happy.
But now the kids are here, we’re so happy. I know I’ll be seeing them daily and on some rainy days we’ll even watch kid movies! All the while, they’ll be snuggling the dogs. Pictures to come…

Sunday, Beautiful Sunday

Today is probably the most perfect summer day. A sunny cloudless blue sky with low humidity and a temperature of 75 degrees. It just doesn’t get any better then this! I spent a good part of the morning outside, as my neighbor’s grandchildren arrived from Oregon! We love them and they love the dogs (!) and us too!
But around lunch time Greta started to act strangely and then she got sick. And the next thing I knew Fritz got sick. I’m a bit puzzled. Did they eat or drink something? Or do they have some sort of virus? I’ll have to call their Vet in the morning. For now both dogs are asleep. Yes, it’s a strange day when Shubi is the most healthy dog in the house!
We watched The Tour De France! It was wonderful to see Lance Armstrong win his 7th, but then, sad too, because he is done now and we will not see him race again. He is a remarkable athlete.

Saturday Soundings

I’m proud to announce that I have lost four pounds this week! I had gained three after my surgery, (too much Cherry Garcia comfort food!) and everything started to feel tight. So, back to Phase One.
We had one heck of a storm here last night. 46 mile an hour winds that blew up out of no where, and 1.2 inches or rain in 20 minutes. Thunder, lightening, and a blown satellite LNB! (The repair man is on his way as I write)

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Meg’s Questions du Jour

Megan always posts some great questions on Fridays!

What are you looking forward to? My friend , Gail coming to visit on Thursday!!

What did you have for breakfast this morning?
Two eggs, tomato juice, coffee.

When was the last time you…

– had a job interview?
– cleaned your house? Today
– ate chocolate? too long ago…

What is your favorite brand of …

– soda coke, the new one with splenda
– shoes softspots
– clothing LL Bean
– chocolate Any sort of dark chocolate.
– makeup Clinique

What do you like best about blogging? I feel less alone.

What are your plans for the weekend? Cleaning and getting ready for my friends visit.