A place where I can come to unwind and let it all out. I'm a very quiet person and hold a lot in. This is my personal, but hardly private place to voice my opinions.
A Tornado Stole Our Hearts
This morning I went outside to feed the birds as usual and Nellie saw something outside the fence on the sidewalk. Our house sits up higher than the sidewalk so as I walked over there I saw the cutest little dog running loose. She looked absolutely terrified of the traffic and since we live between two busy streets I enticed her to come to the back gate.
What a beauty! At first Nellie wasn't very thrilled to have a young whipper snapper running around her yard but soon they began to chase each other around. Over the last 10 years I have saved so many dogs from certain death by putting them in the yard and calling animal control. Most dogs don't have collars or tags so I have no choice but to call. Most dogs I don't let in the house because they pee all over but I let her in. She ran around exploring every room and followed us everywhere. Being a young dog still she had bundles of energy; her and Nellie raced around the living room, up over the couch and everywhere in between.
My husband said she races around like a tornado so that's what we called her. She'd jump up in my lap and Nellie would get up my face to get the same attention. Finally I sat at the table to balance my checkbook and she fell asleep at my feet. Only asleep for about 5 minutes, the animal control guys came. One guy said she was a English Setter and she would surely be missed. They slipped a leash over her neck and pulled her outside and scanned her for a chip; none was found. As they started to go down the stairs, she tried to pull back inside the house. That's all it took, I started crying. How in the heck can you get attached to a dog in 90 minutes? And then when I left the house they were still parked outside and I started crying again worried about her being scared in the truck.
We don't ever talk about getting another dog, we're all pretty set in our ways and our family is fine with just one. But I'll tell ya, this girl sure stole my heart and it was so quiet when I got home this afternoon. She will leave a mark on my soul for a long time to come.
My husband just called animal control to inquire as to if her family had been found but had to leave a message. Just curious mind you; just curious.
A Very Merry post Christmas to you all!
The Kid had her Wisdom teeth removed a few weeks ago. It was easy extraction, so they say. I don't have any embarrassing video, just one chuckle-worthy shot of her after we put her coat on. She had her arms sticking straight out and I said she could put them down. She only got them as far as her face and has no recollection of this. They waste no time in getting them out the door; basically just wheeled her out and put her in the car. She was out until we got to the drugstore to pick up her meds. She got the usual anti-biotics as well as a course of Prednisone. For pain they prescribed Hydrocodone and Oxycodone. That seemed a bit extreme to me so thankfully all she needed was the Hydro. When she finished the anti-biotics, she got a rash from them. It doesn't bother her but she looks like she's got measles, even on her palms!
Christmas Eve was spent at my Mom's with brothers and their wives, nephew and wife, and us in attendance. …
I don't do politically charged posts, but sometimes you just have to do it and get it off your chest. Humor helps a lot to deal with the disbelief, anger, frustration, and sadness. This is just a sampling of the funnies I have seen the last few weeks.
We only have one tree to deal with as far as raking. A big old Oak that reaps us about 10 bags. Our neighbor's Maple trees contribute some but only if the wind is blowing the right way. Then ours blow in the street, so it's about even. Every Veterans Day the high school sends out different groups to rake leaves up in the neighborhood. It took us a long time to remember not to do it ourselves and wait for them. The weather held up and stayed dry and our leaves were raked in less than an hour.
We don't send ours to the dump, rather mulch them up for our compost bin. In the spring, my husband dumps the bags on the lawn and runs the lawn mower over them several times. It's a lot of work and I was trying to find something to make it easier for him. Plus it's pretty hard on a mower and dulls the blade quickly. I did a lot of research and found a nice little chipper/shredder. It will take small branches and leaves of course.