Saturday, October 31, 2009

Leroy the English Setter

Today I got the pleasure of meeting Leroy today on a rescue transport. My leg took me into Kentucky but pretty Leroy is going all the way to New York! The people who organize these all volunteer transports are just amazing. They make it so easy to help and make a difference. If you'd like to see more go to I drive almost every week and have met so many nice people and fantastic, deserving dogs. It's really fun.
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Thursday, October 29, 2009


I was offered a job today!! More later!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

keep it in perspective...

My mom continues to recover nicely from her mastectomy. She is a real trooper and jokes about stuffing her bra. She is starting to miss all the attention (that she said was annoying)she was getting when she was going through the operation and initial recovery.

I tried to take her over to Asheville for a quick trip to the Southeastern Animal and Fiber Festival, but alas, a huge rock slide happened about 40 miles out of Asheville that closed down the interstate. We had to scrap our mission. At least I got her out for a trip of sorts. She is very allergic to boredom.

I am still looking for a freakin' job and can't believe I am not working. I got laid off in April! My severance package has ended and the money is gone. Thank goodness my "moonlighting" at the vet school is helping, but I need a real job soon. My motivation has melted into a puddle. You would think I would be all revved up to be Martha Stewart around here, but I just get lazier and lazier...kinda smacks of depression, though I am trying to fend off that dreaded beast. I'm struggling to keep my confidence at a healthy level.

To my credit, I have not smoked a single cigarette since October 6 (I think that's the date...)--a week before my mom's surgery. I still want one and get pretty antsy when I see my husband sneak out with a cigar, but I don't want to have to go through the "quitter's flu" again. I really felt awful for several days.

Poor little Grayson's ashes are finally here at home with us. I miss him and dreamed of him last night. He was so pretty and so sweet. The folks who did the cremation didn't have an urn available with an integrated picture frame, so I took a plain one and will have to figure out how to do that myself.

So, that's where I am at: still unemployed, but thankful my mom is coming along nicely. I could comment on a lot of current events right now, but I think there will be enough of that going on elsewhere. I must remember to have perspective and to remember we have all the time we have.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Ha...redneck cat carrier

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Fancy dog tricks

Little doodles drawn at my mom's. I've been experimenting with scratchboard, too. I think Fancy Dog Tricks might wind up as a scratchboard piece-it's fun.

My mom did great with surgery and her lymph nodes were clear of additional cancer. I have been staying with her since Sunday night. She is tough as nails and never ceases to amaze me. Already talking my ear off ;-)
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009


My mom's surgery went great. She's the definition of "trooper." I am now "attempting" to sleep in a vinyl recliner that extends into a "bed" in her room. It's not all that bad but I am still wide awake as per usual. I am turning into a vampire.

It has been one heck of a stressful day starting at 6 this morning. Her pain is managed fairly well, but my God, what an incision. She is going to wish she could rent that pain pump at discharge. I am actually very thankful to be unemployed right now, because she is going to need some help for a while. Recovery is not going to be fun. She will have one drain removed after about three days and the other will stay in from 2 to 3 weeks. Pretty yucky.
Well, I guess I will get back to thrashing about in this "bed" and stare at the ceiling for a while. Before you know it, it'll be morning and I'll want to scoot over to my mom's house to get a shower before coming back.
I am just so VERY thankful today. Lots of friends and family have provided wonderful support.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Tomorrow is the day...

If you're the praying sort, please send good energy, prayers, or whatever you do to make good things (hopefully) happen. Mom's mastectomy for breast cancer is's a pretty long surgery (3 hours). I am super nervous and she is nervous, too. Trying to NOT act nervous though. I don't want to make it any worse for her. I'll be heading over to her house tonight and spending several days with her to help her while she's in the hospital and at home afterward. I'll try to update via BBerry if I can. She's strong and healthy otherwise, so we don't expect complications, but my really long streak of bad luck has made me more nervous than usual. It's actually a blessing to be unemployed right now so I can take care of her. Now if *I* could just CALM DOWN!! ARGH.

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month...

how about adopting a human? This is a cute video:

Friday, October 09, 2009

Petey is pretty sure...

that he is a person. His pleading eyes are saying, "I need a steak dinner. Make it a filet."

Sitting on the deck. I am thinking about the just-issued tornado watch as I observe a cloudless blue sky. Maybe someone hit the wrong button on the computer. .
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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Little Girl Can't Let go as Sergeant Daddy Leaves For Iraq - ParentDish

Little Girl Can't Let go as Sergeant Daddy Leaves For Iraq - ParentDish

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Billionaire Offers $75 Million to End Pet Overpopulation - Paw Nation

Billionaire Offers $75 Million to End Pet Overpopulation - Paw Nation

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Saturday, October 03, 2009

Today was a beautiful day...

When I got up today it was beautiful. I had reaolved to "think positive." Unfortunately I let troubled relationships ruin the day. With everything that has been happening lately it didn't take much to be elicit the "straw that broke the camel's back." The day has been pure misery. I knew all the emotions from recent happenings would eventually come to a head and it looks like today was the day. Sometimes life sucks-and then you deal with it.

Mom's surgery for a unilateral mastectomy is scheduled for Oct. 12. Please send good energy, prayers, and any other good stuff in whatever format you choose our way. It will be much appreciated.

On a lighter note, I am going to be posting a whole bunch of yarn on Ebay in the next day or two, so if you are a knitter, stay tuned. I will post notices of listings here when as soon as I get them up.

Hoping you are all well and in good spirits.
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