Thursday, August 08, 2013
A little over two weeks ago, our little 8 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Abby , died suddenly of a heart attack. She was only a few feet away from me, just out of my line of sight as i sat drawing in my recliner. She never made a sound and i didn't even notice until i called her for dinner and she didn't come. We are heartbroken. We expected to have her for many more years. Our consolation is that she went quietly, at home, amid the safety of her pack. She never had to stay in the hospital or get old or suffer through declining health. Her last day was just a normal, happy day for her.
She leaves her pack one short. We still have Ozzie, our 11 year old Brittany, who is confused and lonely for her. My son Tom, who lives with us, is so bereft. he is 33 and has Aspergers. Abby and he formed a bond unlike anything I've ever seen from him in his life. She brought out the affectionate, paternal, protective side of him and was someone he was safe being vulnerable with. From the time she was a puppy, she gravitated to him.
Will we get another dog? Of course we will. As painful as the loss of a dog is, it is nothing compared to the joy they bring our family, each in their own way, every hour of every day. Abby was the fourth dog we have been privileged to share our lives with, and I plan to have dogs until i die. I will be crossing that "Rainbow Bridge" in the middle of a huge dog pack!
So we will be on a quest to find a new dog, this one to belong just to Tom. It needs to be calm and cuddly and he has requested silky as well. The tactile aspect is very important to him. If we can find a line of Cavaliers without heart problems, we will maybe go for another, although I have learned that many of them share Abby's condition, so I am a bit scared of that. Other than that, they are a fabulous breed.
Ozzie helps us through our grief just by being himself. Our vet told us in May that his elevated white count may well be a sign of cancer, so we have been watching him for signs and symptoms and bracing to possibly have to say goodbye to him. We never thought he would outlive Abby. So we are loving on him all the livelong day, and it is a joy to be able to do so. God did a wonderful thing when he decided that dogs would be "Man's Best Friend".
Friday, October 26, 2012
I got these from my friend CHERIRIDDELL
1. What song do you love to dance to?
The Flight of the Bumblebee. ( Just kidding, but can't you just picture it??? I'd need a pot of strong coffee and some speed first.)
2. If you could have a drink with someone from history who would it be?
Jesus, the wine he made out of water.
3. If you were assigned a seat on a plane beside your favorite celebrity, what would you do?
Stammer, blush, sweat, and make a fool of myself. Then I'd be asked to move to a different seat by the flight attendant.
4. What is the funniest thing you have heard a child say?
"I can't wait until I'm a grownup, and no one will make me do things I don't want to do"
5. What would you do if you were invisible for a day?
Spy on people and terrify my dogs and go everywhere in my pajamas.
6. What major company would you like to work for?
The United States Post Office
7. What is the most beautiful language?
I like Italian when it is sung, like in Operas.
8. What was your last "brush" with the law?
Got caught speeding a few years ago :(
9. What animals make you smile?
All baby animals
10. What "redneck" activity do you like to do?
11. When have you embarrassed yourself in public?
A whopper was when I was strutting along in platform shoes thinking I was so very stylish, and I hit something uneven on the pavement and went sprawling. Then I sat there, all by myself, laughing like an idiot because I am a sucker for slapstick.
12. If you could go any place right now where would you go?
Hawaii or the Grand Tetons.
13. Do you still watch cartoons and which ones?
I don't really like cartoons, but I used to like King of the Hill, and if my husband is watching South Park, I laugh in spite of myself at some of it.
14. What kind of smoothie sounds really good right now?
15. It's 2 a.m. and you get a text message...what's the first thing that comes to your mind?
I am up way too late and need to get myself to bed! ( I keep my phone downstairs in my purse, so I would never hear it if I was in bed)
16. What do you do when (you think) no one is looking?
Now why would I tell anyone that?
17. What did you get into trouble for most when you were a kid?
18. How often do you go the speed limit?
Only when a cop is in sight
19. Were you considered popular in high school?
No. I graduated a semester early, and my younger brother tried to trick me into believing I was named in one of the "Senior Superlatives" categories in the school newspaper (you know, that thing where they used to vote for who had the best hair, funniest laugh, cutest couple, most likely to succeed, etc.) I told my brother the only thing I could have won would be "most unknown", LOL
20. If you have to choose a movie title for your life story, what would that be?
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Well, I am back home after a whirlwind week of fun and friendship. I flew from Chicago to Edmonton, Alberta in Canada for 9 days to visit my "separated at birth" Spark twin, CHERRIRIDDEL, and did we ever have a blast. We went to a dinner theatre, on a road trip to a beautiful place called Pigeon Lake where Cheri's daughter's grandmother in law Sharon has a beautiful vacation trailer on a golf course and showed us the local shopping and lunching spots (yes, I did do a world of hurt to my food plan, but I'm back to tracking this morning, eh?) Went out this morning to get my suitcases out of "the boot" and I did come back with 8 extra pounds in my luggage in spite of having brought two quilts as gifts which I left behind. We found fabric at various stores and I stocked up on pain cream (shhhh! I am now a drug smuggler), and Cheri and friends showered me with gifts of body lotions, scrapbooking supplies and albums (I was a scrapbooking virgin but am now a convert) books and other souvenirs. Her friends are all like she is: warm, welcoming, funny and fun loving, so the time flew by. Her sweet little cuddler, Lacey, kept me from going through dog withdrawal, and her husband Al was a trooper, putting up with all the silliness we got up to like it was not slightly insane (example: We declared one day "Hippie Day" and dressed for the occasion. It was Far Out, man!) I am slowly getting myself back into daily life mind set after my playtime with Cheri. Luckily, we are only an email away, so we will go back to online playtime.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
This morning's weigh in moved me officially out of the "obese" classification and into the merely "overweight". I ran to tell my husband and did a dance of victory over being overweight. My dance may have actually been a rain dance, because we had a 5 minute cloud burst in our drought ridden area immediately after my little happy dance. To all of you living in my region, "You're welcome. I will try to dance more often".
I have lost over 20 pounds since early May. Exercise has been less than usual due to frequent heat advisories. I can feel my ribs again, though. I have not talked myself into going to the senior citizen exercises I signed up for on a whim in May. Not once. When I signed up they hadn't started yet, then I totally forgot about them, now i just don't feel like going. While next week is out of the question because I made appointments during the time that I forgot about my exercise pass, all hope is not lost. My pass is good through August. I am in a phase of being annoyed by all the group activities I am in that aren't meeting my desires, so I am not exactly excited to go to yet another one. I am a lone wolf!
It has been interesting to observe the relationship between certain foods and cravings. It has really helped to eliminate sugar and white flour and (sob!) white potatoes. I am finding now that certain salty foods, like nuts and string cheese, also make me crave more. Basically, anything with a strong pleasant flavor! Some is good, more must be better!
I am working on a pattern I have of feeling driven to feast after events and social things, especially ones i have been dreading going to. I am investigating plans to put in place for myself for right after those type of events that would meet my need to calm myself in a more positive manner. I think if the sun is still up, a walk would be good. i am also thinking i might enjoy one of those "Wii" games. Something to get me moving, but in a manner that I enjoy. Just exercising on the treadmill will not be something I'll do, because I am seeking to reward myself at those times. Other types of rewards like watching a favorite TV show or reading or sewing have proven difficult because I am stirred up and need to calm myself down before I can focus. So my pattern has been frenzied snacking followed by relaxing pastimes. I am not a dancer, but I like games, so that's why I thought I would price that Wii thing. Meditation and relaxation exercises might be good, but if i can't even focus on a tv show, will I be able to focus on my breath?
Anyway, these are the things I will be looking into. I am still committed to my food plan and it is a relief when I am out and about that most every thing offered in a drive through that I could impulsively buy and eat while driving is not in my food plan. I never realized how much I obsessed about what I could get every time I was driving alone. I get home a little quicker now, and don't have to "hide the evidence" between leaving the car and entering the house.
That's about it for now. i haven't been blogging much because my habits took hold and I didn't need to keep myself accountable as frequently as I did at first. I will be back to report if there are any more significant breakthroughs.
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