Sunday, October 11, 2015

Happy With Himself!

The weather and the weekend could not have been better.  I think Cissy (below) agreed! 
I went to a "tag sale" at a nearby town with two friends. My friends found a few more things to buy than I did.  I only bought a bag of clothes pins....But with lunch afterwards at a favorite restaurant and great company, I felt like I did pretty well. 
Back at home, Todd continued his landscaping and excavating in the yard, making-dead, not one, but two moles.  It was easy to see that he was pretty happy with himself.  
And I've a feeling that Todd thinks he had a better weekend than I did. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015


Clouds, heavy rain and fog followed me almost the whole way to Kentucky last Friday.
I made good time despite the weather and arrived on time at the place I was staying.  As you know, my family home has been sold.  And since my brother's apartment is too small, instead of staying at a hotel, I opted to try something different, and used Airbnb at the recommendation of some friends. (Airbnb is a website for people to list, find, and rent lodging in something like 190 countries.)  In my reading about it, I found there are a lot of pros and cons to the whole thing, but it worked perfectly for me. I really felt like I was staying at the home of friends -- The homeowners, a retired dentist and school teacher, were people I had a lot in common with and I could not have felt more welcome!  I felt so lucky to have found such a lovely place to stay and hope to stay there again on my next trip to Kentucky.
-My room, with a sitting area and kitchenette was more like a small apartment-
My visit with my brother was a good and productive one. It included a stop by our family home.  It's now for sale by the investor who bought it in April.  He has totally refurbished it, inside and out. It's good to see it looking all brand-new, but it seems a bit lonely, if a house can be that way.
Before going home, there is always a visit to the cemetery. 
On my return trip to Virginia the sun followed me the whole way. I've driven the same way for more than 20 years, and I am not sure what possessed me, boredom maybe, to try another route home.  The other route is about the exact same distance, with less traffic, so what did I have to lose?  The answer is "plenty!"  The other way had its moments of great scenery, but was boring, and seemed to go on forever.  Suffice it to say, lesson learned that sometimes it's better to not take the road less traveled.
I was so glad to get home!  All the dogs had done well while I was gone, thanks to Carl's great care!  I know he was helped in part, by Todd who kept an eye on everything outside.
Buddy is no better or worse, and is scheduled for an ultrasound on Tuesday morning.
Dusty is doing well and I'm happy that he's up and around as much as he is, and seems to feel well.
It is great to be home!  

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Scottish Weather

It's foggy, chilly and raining here today and Todd thinks that it's perfect Scottish weather and he wants to be outside. I've called him several times to come inside, but he's content to stay right where he is.
The rain is expected to last for the next several days as we await for the effects of Hurricane Joaquin to work its way up the coast.  The latest forecast predicts that it will stay out at sea -- Only time will tell if that prediction is right.
Buddy is still the same.  He feels "okay" for the most part, and is eating some, but is still really picky about what he wants. He was at the vet again yesterday.  Now that we've done x-rays and tried several medications, it's time to go to the next level, and take him for an ultrasound.  I'm hopeful I'll get the approval from the rescue, and be able to take him next week.  Until then, he's on an appetite stimulant, and we're feeding him whatever he wants.
On a positive note, Dusty is much better.  His appetite is fully returned, and he's up and around.  The tumor on his leg isn't feeling warm like it was previously, and the ulceration seems to be healing nicely too.
I'm grateful for your good vibes for both Buddy and Dusty.  I am still worried about them, and I'm hopeful they'll both be okay. On Friday I'm off on a quick dog-less trip to Kentucky.  I'll be back in a few days and just hope all goes well while I'm away.  Paws and fingers crossed that it will be.  See you soon! 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Another Weekend Ends

Another weekend has come to an end.  Our friend from Pennsylvania came for a couple of days, and we could not have enjoyed her visit any more.  At the moment, "Sid" is dog-less, and she said that she needed a "dog-fix" --so where is a better place to come than our house?  The dogs absolutely adore "Sid,"  Even Charlie put his babysitting duties with the kitten aside for her visit.  He is crazy about Sid, and even goes as far as sleeping with Sid at night.
Todd made me proud by (again) remembering his manners and more than once came to Sid for attention.  
Our friend may have come for a dog-fix, but I had something else in mind for her visit.  On Saturday we were off to West Virginia to an Apple Festival.  It was day of apples...
Apples of just about every kind -- Some varieties I'd not heard of.  
and many, many more waiting to be picked.  We chatted with someone from the orchard, and he told us that for every tree that he picks an apple from, he takes a bite from one apple. That's a lot of bites!
And if you wanted something besides apples, there were lots of varieties of pumpkins to choose. These "warty pumpkins" were interesting.
You could even "smooch da pooch" to help a local rescue.
It was a good day spent with a good friend.  The good energy from the weekend must have rubbed off on Dusty, who is definitely feeling better. His appetite seems stable, and he's up and around more.
~Dusty with Bella in the background~
Buddy lost his appetite a few days ago.  Nothing I could give him, could get him to take as much as a nibble.  So I cooked ground beef, and added a couple of scrambled eggs and pasta, topped with cheese for good measure.  It worked, and he's eaten the last two meals.  But he's turning his nose up at kibble or anything dog-food.  I'm trying to stay positive that Buddy is at least eating, and I just hope we can figure this out sooner rather than later.
~Buddy, feeling a little better~