Furkids are our lives, we cherish them and take care of them. It never ends well and the ending never gets easier.
While we were on the fence about whether it was time for Dexter with his dementia making life very hard on us all (with 3 separate biting incidents in the past month or so), Cinder decided to stop eating, has been sleeping almost constantly, and has started having bladder control issues.
We decided it was best to send them on their way to college with a vet we knew and trusted. Today was truly a horrible experience.. having to say good-bye to not one, but two of our loving companions.. and things didn’t go smoothly.
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In April 2010 Michael and I took a month and went coast to coast. It was a wonderful trip but eye opening. Tipping the scales well over 300 I was using a mobility scooter to go any farther than 50 feet. Between my degenerative discs, fibromyalgia and weight getting from point A to point B always involved a struggle.
When we returned from the trip and I looked through the pictures we took I saw myself for maybe the first time as I was. Obese, unhealthy, and honestly believing that I wouldn’t see 40. I made some changes.
These days when old pics pop up on slideshows I often have to pause to recognize that version of me.
It was a lot of work, pain, sweat and tears — but I wouldn’t go back.
We pulled into Red Bay yesterday afternoon. The service lot is about half full, so we don’t know when we will be getting in to get the work done. We stopped outside of Little Rock on the way here to visit with family. We had a nice dinner and breakfast visit with Michael’s Aunt & Uncle.
We are doing well and will be heading to NC after this.
Apologies if you tried to follow along this past trip and the live feed was down. Think we have that squared away. Not much to see out of the window now except the back of some rigs waiting on service and rain. =)
Hi all – just an update to let you know I am HOME. I was released from hospital yesterday. I wanted to thank everyone for the cards, flowers and thoughtful gifts. It was a rough week to be away from my babies and Michael. I had the best room in the hospital. No joke, it was a suite and every staff member that came commented on it. I had a fridge, a view of Dallas skyline, ROOM SERVICE style meals instead of a plate of whatever / whenever. I think I gained 5 lbs. None of that would have mattered if the nurses and staff were not STELLAR.
If you need anything and you are in the Plano Texas area — The Medical Center of Plano should be your go to.
The staff at ER at Burleson also impressed the hell out of me. Was in and out in record time for ER and Dr. Singhal was quick to get me to a hand surgeon. Not only did he get me to a hand surgeon – I feel like he got me the BEST. Dr. Steven Clark was AMAZING. He explained everything, sometimes twice thanks to pain meds. I have regained much of the use of my middle finger. But, those who know me know that if I HAD to lose the ability to bend any finger — the MIDDLE FINGER is the one.
I can’t thank David & Brenda Bott enough for taking such good care of my babies while Michael sat with me in the hospital. You guys are the best!
If you want to see pictures, leave a comment. I will get Michael to post some album or something. I don’t want to see them — Dr. Clark used words like FILET THE FINGER … I don’t need to see that.
Love to you all!! Now I am of going to have a CUPPA and binge on some Scandal!!
We have made it to the DFW area.. but not without one BIG – small incident.
On Saturday, as we were driving through El Paso, TX… Dexter (our 9yo Corgi boy) became distressed. We believe he got one of his nails hung in something, but we’re not quite sure. He was yelping in pain, so.. like any caring person would do, Lehnanne reached in to help free him from his bindings. Unfortunately, Dexter didn’t realize it was her, and associated her touch with the trigger of his pain, and Lehnanne got bit. Dexter is a good boy… as soon as he recognized it was his mom that he had, he released and allowed her to free him of his painful predicament.
We decided to add LEDs behind the valances of our coach windows. We’ve seen some other brands that have a similar setup, but they appear to be down the sides of the windows and cause a lot of light bleed to the outside, even with the night shades down. We only put them along the top valance and found that this gives plenty of light without any bleed outside when the shades are down.
The LED strips we used are color changing (red/green/blue – RGB) strips. I also went with WiFi control modules for them so we could adjust the color and brightness from our smart-phones.
Spending a large portion of our time in the desert south west, we’ve come to the conclusion that 2 stage filtration and a water softener simply isn’t sufficient. Plus, with the hardness of the water in this area, we’re having to regenerate the water softener every week (about a 30 to 45 minute job). It’s not particularly difficult, but gets old after 10 weeks..
We arrived in Arizona on Saturday. It was a long day of driving for me but uneventful.
The park is nice and quiet. We have great views and we are looking forward to exploring the area — but first HOCKEY.
We are going to Glendale tomorrow to tick Gila Arena off the must see list. One of my bucket list items “See a hockey game in all NHL arenas.”
Already missing Vegas — but we have been in one spot long enough. Time to get back to exploring.
I am a bad girl for not blogging more often but honestly I was too busy having a blast to stop and tell you about it. We took in a lot of shows and I can sum them all up with this one fantastic phrase: A Variety of Sexxy Evil Dead Zombie Chippendale Penis Puppetry and Elvis.
Saturday my cousin and I went to the Women’s Holiday Expo and we met Bella LaRocca. Bella decided to do something positive to help those less fortunate in her community. “The Blessing Club” provides backpacks filled with day to day essentials that are in such demand but often overlooked.
The Blessing Club is based on the dream of a nine year old girl, named Bella LaRocca who had a vision of helping the less fortunate in our community. Through her compassion and the love of her family, she found herself volunteering with a group that fed the hungry and homeless. While interacting with the less fortunate, she noticed the stress of those receiving food and clothing and the difficulty transporting all their belongs in ripped grocery bags. While preparing to start the school year, Bella had her AHA! moment…why not provide “backpacks” to the less fortunate?
These backpacks would include everyday necessities such as socks, underwear, toiletries and hygiene products.
The Blessing Club allows children the opportunity to make a difference and pave the way for all of our children to make this world a better place. We have ongoing projects, outings and events to support valuable life lessons such as managing money, understanding life goals, gratitude and respect for others. It is through parent involvement and family participation that our club will be successful. While we are learning the lesson of compassion we will be distributing backpacks filled with simple necessities to those amongst us in need.
You can help Bella make a difference by donating to their fundraising page at GoFundMe. Follow The Blessing Club on Facebook and Instagram.