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Dusty Shirt

DustyShirt

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:

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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.

Daisy Update

 

Daisy playing with her friend, Toby, at the sanctuary

Daisy playing with her friend, Toby, at the sanctuary

We received new photos and an update on Daisy’s stay at the sanctuary.  It looks like she’s having fun playing with the toys we sent and one of her playmates named Toby.  They sent 7 photos and we were happy to get them; we’d been wondering how she was and if anyone had developed more than a passing interest in her yet.  No one has, unfortunately, but the director at the sanctuary has been great about sending us updates and pictures.

Thanksgiving is over for 2014.  We only had 3 visitors due to family illness but the food was good and plentiful and everyone seemed to have a good time as long as it lasted.  The dogs loved having the attention.  Only Mimi had to be ferreted away into the bedroom since people upset her so much that she wants to bark and bite.  We put a crate in our room with a blanket and she quieted down.  The rest of the day she actually played with Bandit and Zoe in the backyard without getting snippy like she usually does.  It was a beautiful day in our part of the world but I’m glad the holiday is over.  Only one more to survive this year and I can breathe a sigh of relief once more….and my sun will come back out again.

I also survived my podiatrist appointment last week.  He did a little minor surgery on my toe and will be doing some not-quite-as-minor surgery on my heel in the coming weeks.  As it was the first visit I was surprised at him taking action quickly to get me out of pain, and I really liked him personally as well.  I told Ronnie we’d found our new foot doctor, so he will go once I’m done with my bit.  No need for both of us to be limping any more than necessary through the holidays.  LOL  I took my last antibiotic pill tonight and am glad to be over that phase.  We actually had a few rum drinks with family today since it was the last of the meds.  I’d been religious about staying off the sauce while I was on the pills.  I wanted to do the maximum amount of healing while I had the chance.  Now that that is over I can see myself tucking into a Margarita soon.  Been missing my Tex-Mex and margs.

On another positive note, Winkie may have an adopter.  There was someone who had lost her own dog to old age who volunteered for foster-to-adopt, so Mr. Winkie may get his furever home very soon.  Most things have begun to look up.  The only negative thing with our canines was that Jolie’s blood values are continuing to go downhill.  Even after increasing her sub-cutaneous fluids (doubled), her kidney values continue to rise which indicates that the rate of her renal failure is rising and her life is coming to an end sooner than we hoped.  Her white cell count has begun to also rise again so we’re doing more antibiotics to see if it will turn again.  Poor baby!  I hate to see this happen to such a sweet little dog but we’ve had her 3 years longer than we thought we would and she’s about 13 years old now, so she’s had a good, long life.  We can see a slower step with her now, and she doesn’t wake up as quickly as the rest of the dogs, or as quickly as she did just a few weeks ago.  She sleeps a lot and is more lethargic with passing time, but she’s not experiencing pain yet like Buffy did before her kidneys failed.  When we get to that point with Jolie it will be time to say goodbye.  Not something I’m looking forward to at all.

Wanting to end this post on a positive note: I love my new Babylock Ovation serger!  I’ve had 2 classes one-on-one and have learned so much already.  The final class is next week and I’m already packing what I want to learn in that class.  Since I’m the lone student I have been picking out the things I specifically want to learn and she has been great with it.  I had already bought her book last year but when I looked for it last week couldn’t find it anywhere.  After a couple of days I ordered another copy online so I’d have a chance to read it again before the last class.  Of course, the day after I paid Amazon for the second book I found the original one on the bookcase right where it was supposed to be and where I’d already looked multiple times.  Well, this way I’ll have 2 copies, can get them both autographed and share one with my daughter-in-law who also sews.  Things always seem to work out in the end.

 

All Quiet

Daisy's 1st night at the sanctuary

Daisy’s 1st night at the sanctuary

She’s warm and dry and with people who really care.  What more can we ask?  She has her crate inside and an outside play space that’s warm and dry, too, where she’ll be taken several times per day.  They are going to let her get used to her surroundings and then pair her with other dogs to see if she can bond into an established pack so that she has playmates and friends.  There are a couple of people already who may be interested in adopting her.  I hope she doesn’t have to stay in the sanctuary for long.  As sweet as she is and as friendly as she is I don’t see it taking long before somebody falls in love with her.  We did, even with all the problems with our pack.

As for those of us left behind in her wake, it is quiet.  The weather has turned cold and the doggie blanket stash has been tapped.  They’re 4 inches deep on the couch.  Diego has hidden his yellow tennis balls in the folds and the play is on.  As with every change in the pack in the past, the remaining pack is quiet and peaceful.  All the crates have been cleaned and rearranged, blankets washed, floor cleaned and disinfected.  Since the little dogs no longer have to be crated except for sleep or when workmen are in the house we’ve been able to downsize from 9 crates to 5 (Daisy took her crate with her, of course, which was the 9th).  The little ones have enjoyed getting more attention and have been pretty much glued to either mine or Ronnie’s laps all weekend.  We’ve been more lenient with them getting in the bed, too, so I’ve been able to catch up on missed sleep since the dogs don’t wake me to go potty now.  Over all it is more peaceful here and I’m getting my life back.

I woke today to cuddles and Chihuahuas changing position beneath the covers.  I tried to go back to sleep but they heard something upsetting and ran for the living room howling.  No more sleep for me!  Dusty is still in the bed.  He refused to get up when I offered so I’ll hear him scratching to get out some time soon.  I don’t even have any plans for the day; I purposely didn’t plan anything because I want to get back to living again without the stress of always running here or there, or of tending to someone (or some dog or other).  I have a new Babylock Ovation serger I want to play with.  I am still doing the Technical Preview of Windows 10 and I have a new Windows 8.1 laptop for my sewing room to play with.  On top of my toys, I have my sweet puppies who deserve the attention after enduring 4 months of spending entirely too much time crated for no reasons of their own.

I still have a To Do list to contend with, however.  And I have a doctor’s appointment for myself and have to take Jolie in for more blood work toward the end of the week.  I’m not on vacation all week.  LOL  Today I will probably soak in the tub, go to Starbucks for a coffee and play with my Ovation.  I have BBQ in the crockpot so supper is done already.  Hoping for peace and quiet before life intrudes and brings me back to Earth.

 

Miss Daisy Day

 

Daisy's Photo Op

Daisy’s Photo Op

I took Daisy on Monday to have her photos professionally done to help her get adopted.  Her picture is plastered on Facebook and on the Internet site of our rescue.   She has been accepted by a sanctuary and should go into their custody on Saturday.  We’re going to miss her; I’ve already had one cry over losing her but all we can do is utilize the best source we have right now of getting her a home.  We can no longer deal with the stress on us and our pack; something has to change.  We just hope she gets adopted soon and finds a loving home at last.  We love you, Miss Daisy!  After Daisy finds her home we will work on getting Mimi out on her own.  I can’t imagine having peace in the house again.

Winter has arrived in Texas.  It’s supposed to be just barely above freezing for the next three nights.  All the dogs wanted to do all day today was cuddle and sleep.  I don’t blame them; it was that kind of weather.  I spent the day working on my daughter’s laptop and snuggling with the canine coalition.  I had intended to do laundry and work on the laptop while the machines ran, but couldn’t get my own motor running today.

I ordered 3 more serger books from Amazon this morning since the local class I wanted to take didn’t have enough interest to make a class…then they called me about 2 P.M. and asked if I still wanted to attend the 3-part class starting tonight at 6 P.M.  I jumped at the chance.  It was fun, the teacher is good and it got me out of the house without taking a dog with me.  Can’t beat that with a stick.

Got home and finished the computer, got the dogs all situated and sleeping, hubby in bed snoring, so now I’m having my time of day…just me, myself and the computer with a couple of Chihuahuas snoring in my lap…an awful lot of snoring going on in this house today!!!!!!  I guess that just goes to show how peaceful it is right now.  Not complaining at all…

Late Night Update

After spending the past couple of weeks feeling like the pressure on me was building and getting no help from my spouse, I finally realized that my problem was lack of decent quality sleep. Am I super smart all of a sudden? No, of course not…I just got 10 hours sleep and felt like a human being when I woke up today. I finally realize why I was feeling so exhausted all the time and so short-tempered. A little sleep can be a miracle, and I should have realized this before. Dummy!!!!!

I had a good day. Ronnie was out fishing until dark so I had the day to myself. I did all the things I normally do on payday: balance the checkbook, make phone calls, go to the ATM, put gas in the car and go shopping. Yeah, great day to add to the beautiful weather in Texas.

Even the doggie situation is looking up. Mr. Winkie has been moved from medical hold to ready for adoption, and Daisy may have a place to go and a chance for a new home.

Daisy today was so sweet and mostly well-mannered. She’s been a riot lately with Ronnie and me, and our bath water. Daisy loves water in any way, shape or form. And when we bathe she thinks she can just get in with us & share the bath. Usually I’ll tell her “No” and not let her in, but today I thought I’d just watch and see what happened. Of course, she got right into the bathtub while the water was still being drawn, got out to get her toy and went right back in, chased a piece of dead grass that’d washed off one of her feet and blew bubbles in the water through her nose. It was a riot and I wished I’d taken a camera into the bathroom with me. Fortunately, Ronnie had taken his iPhone into the bathroom recently and caught Daisy’s antics:

Daisy in the bath

Daisy in the bath

 

Mr. Winkie

Mr. Winklestein

Okay, you have to admit this little guy is cute as hell! This is "Roy" I wrote about in August who’d been attacked by a bigger dog. He’s mostly healed from his injuries and has had his first heartworm treatment. I go visit him every Thursday and take what I’ve begun to call "Winkie burgers". I took a child’s sized plain cheeseburger to him and one for another dog that was in the next cage. He wanted it so much that he couldn’t even wait for me to tear it apart for him. He was taking the other half of the burger out of my hand. So, last week when I went in, I went prepared. I took 5 cheeseburgers. I fed Winkie one and left the others for the rest of the dogs ( I wasn’t feeling good that day so I didn’t stay long enough to pass them around myself). When I go this week I’m going to get bigger burgers. Those babies love their Winkie burgers!

I haven’t had much time to sew lately because I’ve been working on computers for the family—9 of them so far. I have one in the shop that needed a motherboard so was out of my league, and one was scavenged for parts because it was beyond repair. We ended up with one old laptop that is ready to go to some needy person as yet unidentified. Ronnie says one of his coworkers is going to bring us another laptop so I know I’ll have at least one more coming in some time soon.

I’m also participating in the Windows 10 Technical Preview program so I have that loaded on an extra laptop. So far I like it, much better than Windows 8, though 8.1 was an improvement. In order to use my "sewing room laptop" for Windows 10 I purchased a cheap laptop (yes, purple!) from HP that’s supposed to arrive by the end of the month. Even custom-built it was only $400, and it will give me a new machine for my sewing room and allow me to play with the one that was in there. Windows 10 is supposed to be released to manufacturing next summer so this will give me time to evaluate the preview. I did the Preview program on Windows 7 but not on Windows 8. I hated Windows 8 on sight and wanted no part of it, but it does grow on you once you’re familiar with it (never thought I’d say that).

Today was my follow-up at the pain specialist. I don’t know what happened but he’s no longer there–just like that!! I asked his PA if he was moving the practice or if he’d retired. She paused, looked away then back and said, "in his mind I think he thinks he’s retiring, but he won’t be practicing anywhere else". What the hell does that mean???? He was a good doctor; both Ronnie and I went to him and we’ll miss him terribly because he was so good and funny. Dammit! On the good side, I am doing much better and not dealing with as much pain as I had the first part of the year.

Daisy

This is our Daisy all healed up and learning new things–like how to cuddle, be still and wear a muzzle. She is beginning to come out of some of her puppy stage and is easier to handle now. She will wear a muzzle (she has 3 of them) while she’s out when the little dogs are also out (like first thing in the morning for potty and breakfast time). It’s funny that when she’s wearing the muzzle it’s like, besides keeping her from being able to bite/attack the little dogs, it muzzles her brain, too. While she’s wearing it she is calm and will not move around much especially toward the little dogs. She will lay on the couch and cuddle, sometimes not even going to potty until the little ones are back in their crates and I remove her muzzle. And once the muzzle comes off, Daisy is super-charged! She runs and barks, grabs toys and throws them in the air, chases her tail, jumps on the furniture, etc.! She’s a different dog. Weird!! We are still wanting to rehome her but she’s so damned sweet that sometimes I forget to post her stats. LOL I’m definitely a dog person!

Can’t Miss August!

Actually I’ve been trying to find the time and the brain power to post for this entire month, but both have been in short supply.  On July 19th we drove to Ft. Worth, Texas, to rescue a female blue heeler mix to be a playmate for Bandit.  Her name is Daisy and she’s a good people dog but not a good dog to be around other dogs.  Therein lies the problem.  She has tried to attack every dog she’s come across and did get into a fight with one of our larger Chihuahua mixes.  Once was enough so now we are trying to find a new home for her.  Until that happens we are back to playing musical crates with the dogs.  The little ones alternate every 2 hours with Daisy.  It’s a pain in the butt but we’re managing.  She’s very sweet, smart, happy and playful, and she seems to want to play with the other dogs but we can’t risk the damage she could do to one of them.  She is bigger even than Bandit though not by that much, maybe 10 pounds.

Freckles has started his heartworm treatment.  He got his first shot and goes back on September 15 & 16 for the last two.  Then he will be all healthy and can live in peace in his new home.  He loves his new family and the feeling is mutual.

The next issue on my agenda is our home air conditioning.  On Saturday, after attending a birthday party for a one year old we came home to find the temperature inside the house at 79 degrees with the thermostat set at 70.  When it’s 100 degrees outside the AC will not reach 70 during the daytime, but it rarely gets over 75 much less almost 80 and running full out.  So Monday the repair peeps replaced a part, added Freon and told me that its time has come and will need to be replaced soon.  There goes my new sewing machine!  But these babies must be kept cool in the Texas heat (to say nothing about Ronnie and myself!) so replace it we will, but not until the weather cools enough to do without the AC for a full day or two.  This time the ductwork in the attic will have to be replaced as well.  Last time they only replaced the unit in the attic and the one outside but left the ducting.  It has seen its better day since it is original with the house 22 years of age (have I really lived here that long????).

On the sewing front: this month I have learned to make burp cloths and the things NOT to do when making them.  I have made a multitude of blankets, even a couple that will reside overseas (the farthest I have ever mailed one).  I have figured out some of the foibles of my most expensive machine and read some of the instruction book.  I actually learned a whole new section I didn’t know existed.  Go figure!  I have stitched a couple of things for a friend and volunteered to stitch something for another friend’s child.  The dogs love my sewing days because we have covered 1/3 of the floor in cushy doggie beds and they lounge while I enjoy my machines.  Works for all of us.

We also have volunteered to pay for vetting of an injured Chihuahua mix found in Houston that had been attacked by a bigger dog and left to die in the sun.  One of our friends saved him (named him Roy) and took him to our vet where he lives until they find a home for him.  There are a couple of possibles already so that is encouraging.

Roy, prior to treatment

Roy, prior to treatment

Here are some other photos of him with his wounds cleaned.  Thankfully none of them were deep and none required sutures.  They got fluid onboard with pain medication and antibiotics and the report is positive.  Unfortunately he is heartworm positive so will have to endure the same heartworm treatments that Freckles has had.

Roy's wounds

Roy’s wounds

Roy after starting treatment

Roy after starting treatment

 

I haven’t gotten to see him yet since yesterday I waited all day on repairmen and today I had to buy groceries, pick up dog prescriptions, put gas in the car, etc., so I didn’t have the time to drive over there but I will see him Friday when I take Daisy in for suture removal (she had a bump removed last Tuesday).  Tomorrow is dog training in Galveston, my hair appointment and nail appointment, etc.  Then, Thursday the housekeeper will come and shovel out my house.  LOL  I love to watch the dogs when she leaves: they tiptoe around with this expression on their faces like, “who fucked up our floors?  they smell funny now!”.  Love it!  And love our dogs!!!!!!!!

Been Too Bored To Post

3rd baby quilt done

3rd baby quilt done

Life has its ups and downs and I guess I’m on the up side right now.  I’ve been to all the doctor appointments, physical therapy, been under and over medicated and given medicine that didn’t do a damned thing.  I wore a black back brace (that was only missing the sleeves to be a strait jacket) over one blouse and under another blouse for a month.  (Do you know how hot that is in Texas?  Too damned hot!!!!) So the amount of clothes I’ve had to wash has gone up by leaps and bounds.

Last week I had the follow-up appointment with the pain specialist.  I brought him up to speed on all the things ordered for me by the neurosurgeon.  Here’s what he said:  1. the reason the pain pills are putting me to sleep is because they are giving me too damned much.  He prescribes 300 mg/per day until the patient gets used to the side effects, then increases as necessary.  The NS (neurosurgeon) was having me take 300 mg 3 times a day (and I wondered why I was falling asleep sitting up!).  2. NS sent me to physical therapy which had done nothing but cost me and the insurance company money.  Pain doc says: my pain is caused from a cyst pressing against a nerve & no amount of PT will help that.  Quit immediately and save my PT visits for when I really need them.  3. stop wearing the back brace because the more I wear it the weaker my core muscles will become and then I’ll really have problems.  4. if the medicine isn’t helping just don’t take it  5. come back in October and we’ll reassess.  ……I love my pain doctor!!!!!!!!

So I went back to sewing.  We have another baby shower to go to on the 26th and I hadn’t started any of my baby gifts.  I had another baby quilt to put together, too.  In the past week or so I’ve finished the quilt and made 3 simple blankets (2 receiving, 1 fleece).  I’ve got several dog blankets hemmed waiting for embellishments and stuff to make another personalized baby blanket for Ronnie to take to work.  I have 6 bandanas for dogs completed and more yet to do.  They’re cool because you slip the collar through the top and the bandana doesn’t have to be tied on, so it doesn’t fall off.  There is a multitude of designs.  This is one of them:

no-tie doggie bandana

no-tie doggie bandana

This week we babysat for a Chihuahua that belongs to our housekeeper while she & her husband drove to Tyler, Tx, for the birth of her grandson.  They are over the moon!  I’m so happy for them.  Since they had been planning on taking their other grandkids to San Antonio for 3 days this week, that trip had to be postponed.  So we’ll get to spend some more time with him in 2 weeks.  Freckles is about to become the permanent property of his new mom.  She’s going to come get him tomorrow and keep him for a whole week.  If it works out, she may not bring him back until time for him to go in for his heartworm treatment in August.  He’s on his premeds right now so it won’t be long now.  When Freckles and Conway aren’t with us we will be down to 8 dogs (counting Jolie, who isn’t ours but we are medically fostering her and she’ll be with us for life).  For a while I’ll get a rest and a bit of time for myself.

This is a picture I embroidered & mounted on a stretched-burlap board for my grand-daughter’s birthday.  She likes giraffes.

 

Giraffe in Pajamas

 

I have all kinds of ideas for more things.  Besides the baby and dog blankets, I’m going to learn to make burp towels, a different kind of hooded baby towel, pictures for both bathrooms, more dog beds, more dog bandanas or other donations, and a million other things.  Finding the time and the energy at the same time is the stumbling point.  Some days I have time.  Some days I have energy.  Every once in a while they both arrive in the same day.  That’s the days I pray for.  LOL  What do you pray for?

This is the gift from me to me, my new car:

2014 Honda CRV XL-Navi Mountain Aire Metallic

2014 Honda CRV XL-Navi Mountain Aire Metallic

Just what I wanted, the model and the color and the price.  I love it.  Nice vehicle and a nice thing to do for myself.

There is also sad news that Freckles’ human daddy, George who lived around the corner and was the owner of Buffy who passed away last July, has passed away.  We currently have Freckles at our house but the caretaker/neighbor of George’s is trying to implement Freckles into her family.  Her dog is totally happy with Freckles but her cat is fighting it tooth & nail.  So Sandy is taking it slowly.  Freckles is with us most of the time, then she takes him to her house from time to time.

Ronnie with Freckles

Ronnie with Freckles, Jolie asleep in the background

Tonight is going to be an overnighter.  Our fingers are crossed.  Sandy loves the little sweetie so we hope she can get him on permanently.

The update is on my health.  I’ve been to the neurosurgeon now and he’s given me a compounded pain cream to rub on 3-4 times per day  (twice so far today), a pain pill to take 3/per day (haven’t yet), and I will start physical therapy on the 16th.  He also mentioned trying to get me a back brace made to help with the pain but I haven’t heard from those folks yet.  He said for me not to lift more than 10 pounds, no mopping or sweeping, and not to let Bandit jump on me.  I’m doing my best to do that.  The pain that I had prior to the nerve blocks is coming back so I hope some of this works.  I don’t want to live my life doped up all the time so I’m taking as little of this medicine as possible without just stopping my life and taking dope all day and night.  I’m not hurting that bad; I don’t know if I’ll ever hurt that bad, but never say never either.

Other than that I’ve been feeling very tired lately and found out my thyroid levels are low, so they’re supposed to increase my medication but there was a short between the doctor and the pharmacy.  When I went to pick up my prescriptions today it was wrong.  They’ll have to straighten it out on Monday.  Otherwise I’m just making it from one day to the next the best way I can until something changes for the better.

My Latest Update

WordPress bit the dust so I’ll continue today’s post from here. Miss Priss and Angie are so happy together. Every time I’ve asked about them Angie tells me “she’s so precious!!!!!!!!!!”. That’s exactly what we want to hear after an adoption. They’re doing great together. Priss gets all the attention and Angie has someone to keep her company. Two for two isn’t bad.

Today was my follow-up with the pain management specialist. Good news and bad news. Good news is that the nerve blocks have been 80% effective which is wonderful and may be hard to beat. Bad news is per the MRI results I have a 4MM synovial cyst on the L5-S1 disk and some bulging between the vertebras. They’re sending me to the Neurosurgeon to get his opinion (not surgery, just his opinion and we’ll meet afterward and discuss options before anything else is done to my spine. That’s kind of scary at this time but I will get more than one opinion before I’ll let anyone go slicing on my nerves or spine. They gave me a script for muscle relaxers which have helped more than anything else so far. Wish me luck.

On a bright note I’m about to get started on the dog bandanas, etc., I’m making to sell. This will be a first—to sell my handwork. The only thing I’ve sold so far was doggie blankets to a few people on Facebook. It’s time for me to open an Etsy account now though. I’m going to need a storefront very soon. Kind of excited about it. Wish me luck. I’ll post photos of what I’m making and my address on Etsy.

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