Today’s Doggy Moment

Since many of you have asked, (and some haven’t) I thought I would take a moment and tell you a little about my girls. My wire-haired dachshunds are my passion in life. The thing I can talk about for hours on end until most people run screaming from the room from sheer boredom. So I apologize in advance for boring anyone with today’s doggy moment!
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ABC’s of Me (well sort of)

A is for Age – 46
B is for Booze – don’t drink
C is for Career – Mommy
D is for Dad’s name – James
E is for Essential Item to bring to a Party – A good attitude
F is for Favorite Songs at the Moment – Only Love, by Paul McCartney (an oldie)
G is for Goof off thing to do – definitely kill time on the computer.
H is for Hometown – I grew up in Falmouth, Massachusetts
I is for Instrument you play – Played flute when I was a kid
J is for Jam or Jelly you like – grape
K is for Kids – 2 daughters 1 step daughter
L is for Living arrangement – My husband and the 3 dogs
M is for Mom’s name – Rosamond
N is for Names of best friends – Ya know who you are
O is for overnight hospital stays – too many to count
P is for Phobias – Crowded places. A concert to me is almost a cause for a melt down
Q is for Quote you like – Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention
of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved
body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used
up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming –“WOW — What a Ride!”
R is for Relationship that lasted longest – not counting familial, friend Gail
S is for Siblings – a sister Mel, brother Dickie who died of cancer
T is for Texas, Ever been? – Drove through. Big state
U is for Unique trait – I’m like the dog whisperer. Only with cats too.
V if for Vegetable you love – summer New England Butter & Sugar corn
W is for Worst traits – temper
X – is for XRays you’ve had – again too many to count
Y is for Yummy food you make – My cheesecake is to die for, but so is my Sauer Braten
Z is for Zodiac sign – Scorpio

Thursday’s Random Thoughts

It’s the last day of June. Can you believe it? This is going way too fast! Like many New Englander’s I appreciate our summers so much, mostly because they are so brief and then we are back into the cold, gloomy winter. I wish summer would stick around a bit longer.

It’s two weeks today since I had my operation. I think I’m doing very well. If I could just get the double vision under control I’d be a lot happier, but over all, things are good. :~)

Shubi goes in today for a liver function test. When she had chemotherapy a year ago it started to damage her liver. We’ve noticed a few changes in her lately and felt that a liver function test was a good thing, so we know exactly how well her liver is functioning.

After a few days of frozen pre-cooked meals and leftover’s, I’ll actually have to cook tonight. Not sure what I will pull out of the freezer to turn into a culinary delight. Maybe chicken. Ah yes, “Rubber Chicken Extraordinaire“!!!

How Good is That?

Over the years many people have come and gone in my life. I’m lucky to have a wonderful sister, Mel, who all but raised me when we were growing up. She is 5 years old than me, and due to our mother’s inability to bond with me, she became my surrogate mother. What I know about love and nurturing, I know because of Mel.
My cousin Janet, has always been in my life. She’s just a year older, so I can’t remember a day that she wasn’t a huge part of my world. She helped me to learn to be free. To play with wild abandon, to laugh at the ridiculous and to have the confidence that I was really okay.
I don’t have a friend from my early childhood that is still in my life. However, when I was 13 I went to a Christian summer camp and I met Gail. We had so much in common, and in one week we developed a friendship that has lasted 33 years. She’s family now. A sister. I know she and I will be friends until the end.
It’s funny about this friendship. We’ve never lived close by. Our relationship has been molded through the written word. Even with the advent of computers we still prefer to sit down and write an old fashioned snail-mail letter to share our thoughts. Occasionally we talk on the phone and it’s like we are sitting at the table drinking coffee together. Happily, she is coming to visit in August! I am so happy!!!
It’s always been hard for me to meet people and to form relationships. So when I met Uschi and we began to correspond, I was amazed at how quickly we got to know each other. And I was even more amazed when I began to see how much we shared in thought. After all we grew up in different countries and had no real common experiences. Over the years, we have become sisters. We both know that special feeling of being able to free yourself of heavy thoughts to the other, with the knowledge that you won’t be judged, just understood. When we are lucky enough to get together, it is so wonderful to be able to talk and talk and talk. And so much laughter fills the air.
I am so lucky to have these 4 special women in my life. Each one gives me their unconditional love and acceptance. Think about the special sisters or friends in your life. Isn’t it great to have these special people with you in this crazy world? How good is that?

For the Love of Fur

There are days I don’t feel particularly lovable. or loved. Those are the days that perhaps a pint of Ben & Jerry’s starts to look appealing. When you are lucky enough to be owned by a dog, those are also the days, that you will find your fur friend attached to your side.
I wonder how they know? Our furry little beasts. How can they tell that we need their adoration on that particular day?
From the day I brought her home, Shubi has known me better then I have known myself. In her puppy days, there were times I was so depressed I didn’t want to get out of bed, and there was Shubi kissing my face and snuggling me and enticing me to leave the safety of the bedroom.

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Doctor’s Report

We just got home. What a long day. The heat is incredible once again, and I think that made everyone very testy in the doctor’s waiting room. He was late. I accept this. He usually is. I comfort myself with the knowledge that when I needed surgery he spent 3 + hours operating on me and I have my vision. So I don’t complain when he is running late.
I had an appointment for 10:45. I got in at noon. Several things concern me, the first is that my eye pressure has jumped from 8 to 25!!! I have to stop one of the eye drops, (that could be causing the problem) and I go back in two weeks for a recheck.
The other is that things are just healing slowly. The fog is caused by that, and the pain I continue to have is caused by that too. He explained that after an eye has been operated on as much as this one has (5 times) it heals a little slower each time.
Also it appears that my allergies are also causing problems with the poor eye. A normal eye can wash out the pollen, but it is getting caught in my eye and causing me some trouble.
My retina looks beautiful! And after 10 days we’re less concerned about a detachment. Not that I plan anything like a ride on a roller coaster, but I can get back to life and not worry too much about that.
My vision is still poor, but he told me not to expect it all to be fine so fast. These things take time.
I know, I know, I know. I just am not very patient. I want it to be fixed NOW!
Oh well, at least for now, I don’t have to worry too much. The next hurdle is getting the eye pressure down.

Fog & Nerves

I’m feeling so nervous! I go to the doctor’s this morning for a check on my eye. The last few days it hasn’t been doing as well. It’s been sore, very bothered by light and the vision is foggy. Like your glasses get when you lean over a steaming pot. Only I can’t seem to clear it. I also have a terrible headache. That’s probably stress related.
Hubby is driving me, which is a good thing. I’m actually still not driving at all. With slightly doubled vision and all this fog in my eye I’d just be a menace. Hubby doesn’t mind. He is such a good guy.
My appointment is at 10:45, but of course it is on the other side of the state. 55 miles away. So it’s an hour and 15 over and another hour and 15 back. I may get a free lunch out of this if Hubby is feeling hungry! Perhaps a small breakfast is in order! ;~)

Slow & Easy Sunday

I decided that today I would slowly do the things I needed to do and if they got done, great and if not, well, that’s okay too.
I started the day by getting the laundry down to the basement. Sorting it, and then getting it all going.
Next was the ironing. Actually, I don’t mind doing that on a hot day like this. (another over 90 degree day) My ironing board is in the basement and it is blessedly cool down there. I didn’t have too much, so that was done quickly.
Then I got out the clippers and gave Shubi another hair cut. Her hair had grown so much in a month and she really needed this trim. She was so good and now she is all smooth and sleek.

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