April 23, 2021

It seems almost like a hospice around here.....


Sioux, a few years ago.  

I know I keep saying she is getting better ~ and she does for a day or two.  Then she slides back down.  She has become so thin it's scary.  The first vet did not do much for her, and we decided we needed a second opinion.  The second vet has diagnosed her with severe IBS.  I didn't know dogs could get IBS (which is irritable bowel system).  She is now on prednisone, and we've ordered a supplement of B12, because she had none in her blood work.  None.  Which helps you absorb nutrients from food.  

The first vet told us she had a food allergy, and on her advice we ordered an expensive dog food for her.  But, she wouldn't eat it.  Luckily we had not opened the case of food before we discovered she would not eat it, so we can return it, so we can get our $107.00 back.  I wish I could get the $$ back from the first vet, which will never happen, but we are both feeling quite disgusted that she could be so misdiagnosed.   Maybe it's not an easy diagnosis to make, I don't know.  

Romeo is very discouraged.  He wonders if she will survive the treatment.  He is the one that is with her all day while I'm at work, and works at trying to entice her to eat something. I wish there was something I could do or say to help, but other than trying to find ideas on food she might go for, there's not much else I can do.  

I had taken a few days off the first part of March hoping we could drive up to Santa Fe for the day, but I don't see it happening.  I'm so desperate to get away, even for the day.  But I'm not going to do that without Romeo.  I'm already gone much of the time with work.  

Well, if you feel inclined to pray for a dog's life, it would be greatly appreciated. 

Love, 365

***The next morning ~ she has eaten more this morning than she's had in the past 4 days.  She's begging us for whatever we have in our hand.  So, today looks like a good day.

April 17, 2021

What happened to spring?.......

 I was looking at the forecast, and Santa Fe is predicted to have snow tomorrow......here in Albuquerque we'll have temps at night of 32 degrees.  So, I guess I will wait until next weekend to buy my garden plants.  I'm not big on seed planting.  My garden is small.  I want to give them a head start, so I always buy plants.  Plus, I'd probably forget to water my seedlings and they would die....so there is that.  Always be aware of your limitations 😊

Peg reminded me of the El Arroyo signs, thought I would share this one.....lol.

Here I am working on the bread again.  This will be my third go.  I change a little something every time, with mixed results.  This is not my usual sourdough, it's bread for communion.  If this doesn't work, I'm going to look for a new recipe, because I'm not sure it's worth my sanity!

Found out ~ through the grapevine of course ~ that our pay increase, which was brought up by one of the doctors, was nixed by the other one.  Our office manager hasn't told me, and my coworker has known for a month.  No one in management has any balls.  Cowards, the lot of them.  As usual I was upset and mad for about 48 hours.  Now I'm in the resignation stage.  It's not worth looking for work, I'm too old for consideration.  One more year.  I hope I can get everything done in one more year, then I can retire.

In the past I've posted the beautiful flowers on my wisteria.  Not this year.  Romeo went out and trimmed it back (which does need to be done every year), but he did it too late, and now all I have is two pitiful little flowers.  I mentioned to him that the trimming really needs to be done in February, he promptly became annoyed with me and said I can do it next year.  So, I've put it in my calendar.  I don't want to miss it next year.  He's actually done this before....but he works on his own schedule....he said he didn't want to be out there freezing his ass off.  So, if I want flowers I have to get out there and take care of it.  The life of a wife.  Sometimes good, sometimes not.  I hope no one told you marriage is one big happy party, because it is definitely not.  Luckily, if you choose wisely, the good times out weight the not so good by a wide margin.  Anyone who tells you they never have any problems is lying to you :-)

Ok!  I am off to the races, have stuff to do.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Love, 365

April 11, 2021

Since I got nothin, you get the mishmash of thoughts, bwa ha ha.........

 Today's bread.  So many bakers strive for the "ear" (the part that is sticking up), and I can't stand them, and of course, that means I get them every time without trying. It tastes good, so there's that.  The funny thing is, that peak is rather sharp and will cut through the gallon size bag I store my bread in (which I have to do or it will dry out completely in 12 hours).  

This past Friday someone (& believe me, I'm going to find out who) scheduled the dental IT guys to come and set up a new intra-oral camera starting at 2 pm.  Which is when our Friday work day ends.  My coworker and the doctor were discussing who was staying late, and she told him she couldn't.  What's funny is that we were talking about it before this chance meeting, and I told her I would be willing to stay until 4 or 5, but it would cost them $400.  Her eyes widened and I said, hey, my time off is precious and expensive.  So, unbeknown to me, she told him that I would stay for a price, and he immediately said, no.  Fine.  Then he left without saying anything to me ~ chicken shit b******.  I was livid.  The only thing that kept me from blowing my lid was that the guy was done by 2 anyway.  I don't know who scheduled this set-up, but we are having words next week.

Our dog is doing better ~ I know I keep saying that.  We did go back to the vet, and the result from that was that she is apparently now allergic to poultry/bird proteins.  So, we were making things worse by giving her boiled chicken and rice.  We were given a bag of very costly prescription dog food (with hydrolysed protein).  Which the dog is refusing to eat.  She has gone from eating 3x daily to one (if we're lucky).  We have added the tiniest bit of bacon fat to it, and she will condescend to eat it once a day ~ probably only because she's starving.  I suppose it's a good thing she had become rather pudgy and had some weight to lose.  The household stress levels are like a roller coaster ~ down to the depths when it's been 24 hours since she's eaten, to the highs of watching her eat, even if it's not that much.    I know I've thought how lucky we all are that dogs can't speak English, but when they're sick, I sure wish they could tell us what the heck is going on.

It's Son #2's birthday today ~ we called and he said he was doing laundry and cleaning his place ~ fun times, eh?  He's having to look for apartments right now, which doesn't make him happy.  I told him it's just part of it.  I moved many more times than he has, but that knowledge didn't seem to make much of an impression. :D

I hope all of you have a wonderful week!

Love, 365 

April 5, 2021

Hope y'all had a great Easter.......


Did you have a great Easter?  I did not.  I spent Saturday and Sunday with body aches and fever, that went as high as 103.5.  It was not fun.  The only thing I forced myself to do was drink lots of fluids.  I didn't feel much like eating until Sunday evening.  

Today I feel fine.  No fever.  So I am catching up from chores I didn't do this weekend.  And of course, this all happens on my 4 day weekend.  Sigh.....

So, I wonder, did I have the "regular" flu?  Might I have had Covid?  No matter really ~ the vaccine worked very well if I only had to be sick for 2 days.  2 days!  The last time I had the regular flu I was sick as a dog for 5 days.  

Speaking of the dog, she is still recuperating.  She is eating well and enjoying walks.  

Love, 365

April 2, 2021

Good Friday best wishes to y'all!....


Such a cute little bunny!  I love love love Easter candy.  I don't have any, but I sure do love it.  

When my sister and I were kids, Mom made us baskets up until we had our own kids, then she made them for her Grand kids.  They weren't extravagant, but had all the basics ~ chocolate bunny, jelly bean eggs, other assorted chocolate goodies.  It was kind of fun digging through the fake grass to find those last few treats.  

Sioux is improving, but slowly.  She still sleeps a lot, and every now and then has diarrhea, but she still has more energy than before, and is enjoying a couple of short walks a day.  I attribute her slow recuperation to her age I guess?  Truthfully we don't have any idea what is going on.  We might go back to the vet for more tests if she isn't fully better by next week.

Ms Loud has been on vacation.  It would be so much easier to enjoy if we weren't so incredibly busy, lol.  

About three or four months ago, I made an appointment with an optometrist  right next to Coscto, since that's where I order my contacts.  I liked the doc ok.  She gave me a pair of trials to try, and also mentioned she would order a pair of lenses for astigmatism, since they don't have them on hand.  ~six weeks later, I still didn't have those, so I ordered a three months supply of the regular contacts, and while I was there asked about the other trial pair.  The woman at the counter said she hadn't seen them.  By the time I picked up the ones I ordered, she said the trial contacts arrived, and she took them to the doctors office ~ which was closed because one of the staff had covid.  In the meantime, I sort of forgot about them until about 6 weeks later when we were there shopping.....where one of the staff members promptly lied and said they mailed them to me.  I finally got them last week though (but not through the mail).  Man, it is so hard to find good help, isn't it?

If I forget to post again this weekend, Happy Easter!

Love 365 

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