Aging, Animals, Dogs, Emotions, family, Food, Life, Love

Essie, Moose and Stella

I guess today’s blog will be about the kids.  Today is Essie’s 10th birthday!  I can’t believe that we have had this little bundle of awesomeness for 10 years now.  Chris brought her home to me (or rather he stopped at my work with her) to replace me having to give up Lily Rose, another Pitty rescue.  Lily had bad separation anxiety and was destroying the house while we were at work.  There was nothing that helped.  So I got a little 7 week old puppy that I named Esmerelda May.  She has been with us ever since.  Baby girl has been through a lot in those 10 years.  She is one of the best dogs we’ve ever had.

Today we are also celebrating Moose’s birthday.  He turns 8 years old.  I rescued Moose locally before they put him down.  He was only 9 months old.  He has been my baby ever since.  He is too damn smart too.  There was the times he managed to open the sliding glass door and let himself and his siblings out.  And when he opened the side door and let everyone out.  Then there was the time he opened the oven…. you get the idea.  But he is my baby.  I can be gone for a few minutes and he is so butt wiggly happy when I get back.

Now we know today really is Essie’s birthday.  But I counted back from when I got Moose and that would make his birthday in July (if they are right about his age, I say that because the people I got him from it was their roommate’s dog and he couldn’t bear to give him away and asked them to take him to me).  So I decided that we would just celebrate both of them today.  If I have Stella’s age right she can celebrate with me as she was born in August.

And speaking of Moose and Stella there is a local restaurant named after them!  Chris and I stopped at one of our local places we might eat at every few months yesterday.  It was a fun train themed tiny place with really good food.  Imagine our surprise to find that the place as now called Moose and Stella’s and was now dog themed!  The décor was all dog stuff: plaques with sayings about dogs, dog bowls, dog photos etc.  When we got home I looked at my Moose and Stella and told them it was about time they picked up some of the bills since they have their own restaurant!  The food was amazingly good (I had one of Moose’s burgers) and we will definitely be going back.  I may need to see if I can get a tee shirt….

I will leave you with some photos of all three babies.  I am very blessed to be able to call them mine.  I hope you have a great day!  Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Animals, Creativity, Dogs, family, Food, Learning, Life, Nature, Photography, Writing

Butterflies and Writing

As I write this everyone is up.  Chris has gotten up because allergies.  The kids are up and about because Chris is up so that means that they don’t have to be quiet.  Meanwhile I am trying to do this (for once I am on time) but the dogs are insisting that I play because Chris is up.  Stella has gotten the hint and has gone outside to lay in the sun with her ball.  Essie and Moose have gone into Chris’s office with him.

I read through all of the current issue of Poets and Writers and am currently going through the current issue of Writer’s Digest.  I seem to be supplementing with various research books on werewolves.  I’m not sure why.  That is what seems to have pull for me right now.  So maybe I will incorporate this in the short story?  I hadn’t intended to but it might be a good spin to put on s cursed village.  I’ll keep reading and writing and see what happens.

Dad and I had a nice talk yesterday.  I had to hang up with him because my phone kept getting hotter and hotter.  I am hoping if I replace the battery all will be well.  I don’t want to get another phone.  So for now I will keep an eye on the phone.  I have to get the Jeep in for repairs first.  Hopefully Tuesday or so I will be able to get it in.  Chris’s truck is supposed to be done Monday.

I am afraid to turn the AC on.  It was making weird noises last night so I turned it off.  I is on most of the time either as a fan or for actual AC.  We could be down to no AC (which is bad with the dogs) and no dishwasher.  Luxuries to be sure but the AC is what I am most concerned with because of the dogs.  It can get very hot in the house even with the windows open.  None of them enjoy water other than to drink so putting out the kiddie pool that we had for Minion won’t make a difference.  And there is only so much ice that can be made at a time.

We had a monarch butterfly in the yard yesterday.  So that makes three different kinds of butterfly.  I need to get a reference so I can tell the difference instead of just by color.  I know that there is a butterfly that is similar to the monarch but the pattern on the wings is slightly different.  I always enjoy learning stuff like that.  I wasn’t able to get many pictures but I got a few.

I’m going to wrap this up.  I need to get to the grocery store for things for dinner.  I will download a few photos before I go.  I am frustrated with the monarch photos because whenever I pressed the shutter button the photos would go out of focus. Thanks for reading!  Stay safe!  I hope you have a great day!

Animals, Cooking/Baking, Dogs, Exercise, family, Food, Gardening, Life, Thinking, Writing

Another Beautiful Summer Day

The sun was out.  The clouds seem to have rolled back in.  And that is fine with me.  I got started on another story yesterday so after get as much as I could on paper I went and worked in the gardens.  I will probably do the same today.  I need to go get kibble for the girls and canned for Moose.  I will call the vet to see if they sell the canned food there.  I’d rather save the $20 coupon for the bag of kibble when I order it.

I kept the kids busy yesterday so everyone was ready for bed by the time the sun went down.  I have been trying to do some kind of exercise every day.  Yesterday I got Chris to try the hula hoop that I got.  I did it too to show him I wasn’t any better at it than he was.  We both had a good laugh.  I try to do about 15 minutes or so a day with it since I can do it while I watch tv at night.

The marinade I threw together for the steaks I got turned out awesome!  I made a yogurt pie as well.  A very simple recipe that I got from my Grams.  Graham cracker crust, small tub of Cool Whip and two fruit at the bottom yogurts (it has to be the fruit on the bottom stuff… and if they are tiny like the current Yoplait size get three).  Just mix up the yogurt and then mix the yogurt into the the Cool Whip.  Put it all in the crust and refrigerate until firm. Voila!

I am feeling rather restless this morning.  I will probably take atleast Moose with me to the store.  I need to get Essie another frisbee so I won’t do the curbside pick up this time.  I may splurge and get the kids some toys too.  They never last long but they make the kids happy while they do last.  I think I will wrap this up and try to get out the door and back before Chris gets up.  I hope you have a great day!  Thanks for reading and stay safe!


Animals, Books, Dogs, Exercise, family, Food, Life

Exercise and Food

We got up late but that was more because I ate something bad for dinner.  Around 10pm my tummy wasn’t happy.  I got to the point I couldn’t sleep around midnight and pretty much tossed and turned (gently to be sure) til almost 3am.  I still feel wrung out this morning.  I am grateful that coffee and water are staying down.

I think I understand another reason I read The Howling so quickly.  There was only on story.  The Terry Pratchett stories always have multiple storylines going on top of the satire.  It can be too much to plow through the whole Watch series in a few days.

I am contemplating (again) starting to run again.  When I lived downstate I ran with my Mom and my best friend over the course of a summer.  It was fun.  I would like to try again.  But I also want to take the dogs (one at a time) but that means I need to get them each a harness.  I would prefer to have the dog there to try said harness on instead of trying to order by measurements.  I think they need harnesses to begin with since it will make things easier all around it I want to start taking them outside of the home for exercise on a regular basis.  But I also need to have things replaced around the home as well.  And get the Jeep fixed (we are getting Chris’s truck in first since he drives more than I do).  So I guess do I spend the money and get good shoes and some harnesses for the kids or wait?

I am trying to do atleast a few exercises a day.  Last night it was way hot for all of us (I still enjoyed it) but I still did some exercises.  And apparently I did enough to still feel it today which is good.  It means I am working the muscles I want.  I think I am going on bout all this exercise stuff because I am really not feeling like doing much of anything after last night.  But we shall see.  I need to wish my neighbor a happy birthday before they leave for the day so I am going to wrap this up.  Thanks for reading!  Stay safe and have a great day!

Animals, Cooking/Baking, Creativity, Dogs, Emotions, family, Food, Life, Writing

Feeling Scared

This morning’s anxiety is due in part to Moose.  He’s been sick the past two mornings and doesn’t eat breakfast.  He does eat dinner.  This morning he has been very pacey.  This started around 7am.  I finally gave up and came out to the living room with the girls after I let him outside.  He hasn’t laid down and slept since we came out here.  He just stays in a spot for a few minutes then he will get up and wander around to another spot.  I have already called the vet and left a message.  I am very concerned.  There is something wrong.  I just don’t know what.  He comes to me every little bit and stays a few minutes for love then wanders off.  He will do a partial stretch then plop down in the middle of it.  He’s finally drinking some water.  But not very much.  And he has wandered outside.

I just don’t know what to do.  All this seems to be symptomatic of kidney disease.  My concern is that it is progressing way too fast.  I may call the vet’s office back and added a few new issues.  I just don’t know what to do.

The other concern is my writing.  I am stymied mentally.  I seem to get flashes here and there but not very often.  I just do the paper anymore.  Things are all messed up all over due to the COVID-19 so there isn’t much to cover outside of the virtual meetings.  I’m just grateful I can still do that.  Atleast it is writing.

Moose has wandered back in and laid down on the floor (he is usually on the couch but this morning he seems to prefer the floor) in front of me.  I think he actually shut his eyes and let himself fall asleep.  He is my baby.   If anything happens to him…

Oh, the dinner I prepared (Chris did sear the meat then slow grilled it) was a big hit.  It turned out really really good.  I’m going to wrap this up and call the vet again.  Thanks for reading!  Have a great day and stay safe!

Animals, Cooking/Baking, Dogs, family, Food, Life

In a Fine Fettle

Things have gotten complicated here.  Last night I managed to break my toe (a heavy mug fell and the rim hit just above the main joint of the big toe that connects it to the left foot… twice as it bounced).  Feels lovely this morning.  But more importantly there is something wrong with Moose.  I have been up since around 6am with him.  He has gotten sick numerous times and won’t eat.  I thought we could go back to bed but he just laid on the floor beside me until him tummy made him get up.  Then back outside he went.  I finally gave up around 7am as he was getting sick a lot.  So here I am.  I don’t know what to do for him.  I will call the vet tomorrow even if he gets better today.  All these things are symptoms of his kidney disease getting worse.

It is still cool out so I will wait to put the plants back out.  I had them out yesterday since it was sunny and warm.  We didn’t get frost last night but it was a near thing.  I’m glad I brought them all in.  I still have seeds that I need to get out.  My concern is that I have planted seeds and seedlings alike and their growth compared to the ones in the containers is stunted.  I can’t help thinking that the ants have something to do with it.  I even put the good dirt down when I am planting in the gardens but every time a few days later a bunch of ant mounds show up all over the area I just planted in.  It’s very frustrating.

Since today is Chris’s day off I will be making another Mexican dish (his choice).  It will be a bit different from the recipe since I couldn’t find the meat they called for and I added a spice or two.  The dish is called carne asada.  I even made my own pico de gallo last night.  (I was going to do it today but I thought it might taste better if it sat a day or so.)  Hopefully it all turns out.  I will let you know tomorrow.  Speaking of which I should get to it.  I have to make the marinade and it has to soak for atleast two hours.  So thanks for reading and I hope you have a great day!  Stay safe!

Animals, Cooking/Baking, Creativity, Dogs, family, Food, Life, Photography

Exploring New Things

Last night I was up til past 1am dinking around with the camera.  In and out I went trying this angle and this exposer time etc. trying to get the “perfect” shot.  I got some nice shots over the course of the day as well that I will share.  I found out that I can connect my Nikon camera and my i-Phone and get into all kinds of trouble.  It makes it easier to share on my social media platforms (I don’t have any of that on my laptop except for this because the phone has better protection against viruses and hackers (knock on wood)).  I haven’t really messed around with the camera and laptop beyond installing the apps.  When I found I could pair it with my phone I messed around a bit (I can even take a remote photo from my camera with my phone).

My running yesterday was a bit of a mess.  Since it was chilly and overcast I decided to take Moose and Stella when I did my running.  It all went well until I got to the grocery store and found that with everything going on I had forgotten to bring the recipe so I had no idea what to get to make dinner for today.  Grrrr!  So I got what I could from our regular grocery list and then took the kids and groceries home and unloaded them then headed back out the door to the local grocery hoping (and succeeding) in find the rest of the things on my list.  And a few bonuses.  I have two more plants to take care of (a grafted cactus and a Venus fly trap) and two more Minions to join my…. I hate to say collection…. my Minion family.  They are Carl and Dave.  (Incase you were wondering they came prenamed as all Minions are.)

All three dogs are outside today.  Once breakfast was done out they went and have pretty much stayed out.  The sun isn’t sure if it is going to stay out or behind clouds today.  It’s supposed to be in the 70s (around 21C) today.  I plan to spend as much time as I can outside.   To read, to write, to take an embarrassing amount of photos.  But right now I need to get dinner started.  I have to cook things then put them in a crockpot.  I may be adapting the recipe a bit but that is nothing new when I cook.  I hope you have a great day!  Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Animals, Dogs, Emotions, family, Food, Life, Nature

Well That Wasn’t Expected

When I come up with the title for yesterday’s blog I did not realize it was going to be literal.  For those of you who are new readers a little less than a month ago I took my eldest Pitty to the vet to have a cancerous lump removed.  When I got a call from the vet yesterday about Moose it was revealed that he has kidney disease.  So for now he has to be on a special diet.  I say for now because he will be going back in a month to be retested to make sure.  Meantime the vet was awesome and gave us a 40lbs bag of the special kibble and five cans of the special wet food.  I did not realize this until we got home and I looked at the bill.

I got a call to come and get him much earlier than expected.  When I dropped him off I was told 3:45pm.  After the first phone call about the lab results it was changed to 3pm but I was asked if I could come sooner if he needed to leave sooner.  (Moose gets extremely stressed when going to the vet’s so I have anxiety medicine to give him before he goes but since he was going to be knocked out to have his teeth cleaned they were worried about his recovery time etc. so no medicine.  I brought him in later so he was the first one the doctor took care of.)  Not long after I hung up from the second call I received a third call asking if I could come and get him as he was becoming more stresses as he woke up.  I was putting my shoes on as I was hanging up the phone.

My poor boy was miserable.  He was still really wonky from the anesthetic but I could see that he was very happy to see me and go home.  Once I had him and his stuff loaded and paid for I tried to head to Kalkaska to pay my car payment.  Only everything was down to one lane from all directions (I suppose that is one way to cut down on the tourists).  I even tried taking back roads but traffic was backed up and Moose was crying in the back seat so I gave up and came home.  I will have to call the bank and suck up the $20 fee and do it over the phone.

I was scared because Moose did not seem to be getting better as the night wore on.  Part of it was that he was scared to sleep.  Every time he would start to fall asleep he would jerk himself awake and cry because he didn’t know what to do.  About 7pm the medicine seemed to be wearing off.  I did get him to eat (twice as a matter of fact) and he has been drinking a lot of water.  He has gone to the bathroom multiple times.  This morning he his still a bit wonky even after a long sleep (he did get up a few times).  And that bothers me.

So there we are.  Moose is sleeping now but I think we will go outside and putter in the gardens (I got a lot done in my anxiety waiting to hear from the vet yesterday).  I’m sure the vet will call to see how he is doing.  They always do. I will tell them about my concerns and see what they say.  I don’t want to have to take him back in so soon.  So I guess we will see.  Thanks for reading the extra long post.  Stay safe!

Animals, Cooking/Baking, Creativity, Dogs, Emotions, family, Food, Life, Nature, Thinking, Writing

Cooking Satisfaction

It’s been raining for nineteen hours.  I had just gotten back from the store when it started yesterday.  We are under a flood warning until tonight at midnight.  The winds have been steady and strong.  I’m sure there will be a lot of debris to pick up.

Yesterday went pretty well.  I made the lemon pound cake using a recipe from my Winnie the Pooh cookbook (this is the same gem that has given my my much loved banana cake recipe as well as the ever popular sandwich bread recipe).  I wouldn’t be surprised it it did weigh a pound!  I had to hand stir everything so by the time I was done I hurt a lot.  But I got that in the oven and started on the enchiladas.  Those turned out very well.  Chris kept coming out to see what was going on with the myriad of smells.

We lost power around quarter to five this morning.  The girls left the bed in search of Chris but Moose stayed with me.  He shook a little bit but I ended up turning the light on just a bit (Chris made my tall bedside lamp an adjustable light many years ago) and he snuggled right back in and we were able to go back to sleep in short order.  Everyone is asleep now.  I just need to go and reset all the clocks.

I am hoping I don’t need to chose between fixing the car and taking Moose in.  The Jeep slipped out of 5th gear while I was at speed.  No hand on the shifter or anything (I drive a stick shift).  I am concerned about that.  But if I limit my driving… and I do have the motorcycle if needed.

My plan had been to do my yoga before I did this since once I am done the kids usually want attention.  Buuuut with letting them out after feeding them it is easier to use the time to set the laptop up and make my coffee.  Going to let them in and out doesn’t disrupt as much as it would trying to do a yoga routine.  So I guess I will give it a go once this is done.  Maybe I can do it outside on nice days.  There is a rather long warm up routine that needs to be done four times before you get to the daily routine (that needs to be repeated and average of two or more times on average… each day is a different routine).  I told myself if everything was still sore I just needed to get through the warm up once.  I am not sure how everything will respond so I will wait and see.  I think the Monday routine is the Sun Salute.  I will let you know tomorrow how that goes.  Oooo, I’d forgotten that I usually do my article writing for the paper before I do this so yes yoga will have to wait until after I finish my blog.  I have a meeting tonight to cover so that will be a factor tomorrow.

I’d better get going so I can do some yoga (before I make anymore excuses up).  I hope you and yours are safe!  Thanks for reading!  Cheers!

Cooking/Baking, Emotions, family, Food, Life, Motorcycles, Nature, Thinking

More Sunshine

The sun is out shining brightly.  It is supposed to be more of a summer’s day today.  So it becomes a question of if I am getting groceries today or tomorrow.  I dread going because it is was too people-y last time.  I swear everyone only gets a few things off their list so they have a excuse to go to the store to get out of the house.  I don’t blame them but does everyone have to go the same day I do?  So when I go I will end up power shopping also known as going through as fast as I can just getting what is on the list so I can get out of there.

We picked up Chris’s project bike yesterday morning.  It is an ’81 Yamaha 650 Twin.  He has been thinking about what he wants to do to it for the past two years.  It seems to be in decent shape despite having sat for 11 years.  Since that bike is now in the garage with the Tenaris and the 600RR I asked if Chris would help me move the Pearl (a ’92 CBR600) into the garage from the shed.  She is crammed in there with all kinds of other crap that was supposed to go into the garage.  So she will make her grand entrance tomorrow afternoon sometime.  Maybe having her out with space that I can actually work on her will get me going on fixing her up to be a track bike.  First thing she will be getting a bath to get all the grunge off from sitting.

Truthfully I would like to stay home today but I may have to get groceries today as I did promise to make a lemon pound cake (from scratch) and I need a few more ingredients.  There is also a Mexican dish it sounds like I am making as well (Chris sent me a recipe that he thought sounded good).  I got the treats made the other day so the kids will be set for a few weeks.

I’m sitting here looking at my two Minion kites.  I still haven’t flown either one of them.  My Bob one looks like it is going to need a fix as one of the corners won’t stay attached to the frame.  I’m not sure what to use to fix it.  I don’t want to upset the weight balance of the thing.  Maybe I will monkey around with that today too.  We’ll see.

I guess I’d better wrap this up and get my day rolling.  I hope you and yours are safe and well.  Thanks for reading!