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Blondie the Lutino (almost albino) Oscar fish

Blondie the Lutino (almost albino) Oscar fish

Doing great…hate this damned boot…get my stitches out in 4 days.

On another note.  Got the latest build (9929) of Windows 10 Technical Preview loaded and working on my desktop PC and loving it for the most part.  I’ve enjoyed each build so far but this one is the most challenging as 2 things didn’t work at all and one is still a pain at times (Internet Explorer hangs).  I’m enjoying the novelty of being back on my desktop after using my laptop for over a year.  I had put the 27″ monitor in the sewing room after a while in order to have the extra space on my desk but brought it back in here when I was recouping from surgery.  Since I couldn’t do anything else for a few days I worked on computers day and night.  I reloaded Ronnie’s laptop (Windows 7 Professional), my laptop (Windows 7 Ultimate)  and the sewing room laptop (Windows 8.1).  This is the first time they’ve all been freshly loaded at the same time.

In addition I’ve sold a sewing machine on EBay and have another listed.  I sold a netbook but am waiting on payment before I ship it.  I have a Touchpad, wireless keyboard and Touchstone charger listed and a Babylock serger that will go next (I still need to troubleshoot it to see if it’s worth servicing or just sell as is).  I guess this is the beginning of spring cleaning season.  It’s nice to be able to see my furniture again.

As of today all my new spool racks are installed on the Ellisimo Gold.  The Update #3 is installed (I don’t want #4 and #1 & #2 came pre-installed) and all the boxes are put away.  I mended Ronnie’s shirt and jeans and generally improved the appearance of the sewing room.  I pooped out before I started embroidering though.  I simply ran out of gas.  I’d only had a Starbucks coffee and the part of the cookie that Fancy and Gypsy didn’t eat and it was after 5 o’clock so it was time to get some fuel onboard.  I ate a baked potato so am ready to eat again now.  I guess a PB & J since I’ve had no protein all day except what was in the skim milk in my coffee.  I live such an exciting life.  LOL

We went to Starbucks for coffee, CVS for sodas, Petsmart for the dogs and fish (bought Blondie some feeders), then to O’Reilly’s Auto Parts for a door handle for Ronnie’s truck.  Evidently someone tried to break into Ronnie’s truck last Wednesday and broke the plastic parts on the inside of the handle.  Thankfully they didn’t break the window or mess up the door.  It’s repaired now so they can have another go at it.

Post-Op

'Great news! We found a donor body!'

Surgery was as noon today and I’m doing great.  The pain meds are beginning to wear off but it’s not too bad (yet).  I have a big black ugly boot to hobble around in for a while, have to elevate it and pack it in ice the first 24 hours, then go back in a week to get checked out.  I can handle that.

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

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!

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