Friday, April 19, 2013


The end of the week finally comes.  A long week of working every day, getting home by 7 PM and then starting my 'other job' of doing the things that Carl is unable to do. He is feeling really well and is finally done with the twice-daily IV antibiotics.  The hope is that he might be able to go back to work next week--Paws crossed!

Cissy continues to do well.  Her skin in some places is still red and itchy, (especially her feet) and other infections are still not quite cleared up, so she remains on medication and frequent baths with a prescription shampoo. She has a good appetite, but for whatever reason, she won't or can't eat out of a dog bowl and so I feed her from an old pie pan that works well for her.  I find Cissy's personality very sweet and endearing.  She hobbles around, has to be in the middle of what's going on, and with a bark that is a slightly hoarse, howling and rambling, she gives us her opinion about whatever may be happening!  She really loves attention and frequently surprises me by licking me when I least expect it.  We really enjoy having her as part of our household and I think we've become good friends.
To end my week this afternoon I had lunch with a couple that I consider long-time friends.  They are the very first friends I (we) made when Carl and I came to Virginia in 1995.  We've both moved twice since that time and even though we don't live too far from one another, life takes us in totally different directions, and we only are able to get together once every couple of months or so.  My friend personifies all the best qualities a friend could be and she is one of the few people with who I can truly “let down my hair.”  She has known me in good times and not so good times.  I know I can share my thoughts with her and she won’t criticize or judge me and I trust her completely.  I only hope I am as good of a friend to her as she is to me.

Afterwards we stood outside the restaurant and chatted a little more before we said good-bye and got back to our daily lives.  Just as with every time we get together, I find myself not wanting my time with her to end.  I've decided that spending time with a good friend is just like the cheesecake that I brought home to share with Carl--Why do all good things need to come to an end?  I guess it's a good thing that I bought two pieces!
Finally, my blogging friends, I'm sorry my visits to your blogs haven't been as frequent as I would like.  And because the rain this weekend will keep me from mowing the grass, I'll look forward to catching up with your news!

**My apology to Jo, and to anyone else I may have offended when originally in this post I referred to Cissy as 'being like an old lady.' It was not my intention, and I meant it only in the most endearing way. ~Kim~


  1. fingers crossed for carl, here! yay for cissy settling in! at least she's eating - even with a pie pan. :) cute girl...

  2. Glad to hear from you! Glad Carl is improving as well as Cissy. She LOOKS better!

    So glad you had time with a good friend today. I think you should make it a priority to see her at least once a month!

  3. Gosh, I hope Carl can get back to his daily life again.
    Your time with your friend was very well deserved after everything you have been through and continue to go through. Get some rest this weekend. Cissy looks really good, nice to know she is doing well.

  4. True friends are worth their weight in...well, cheesecake.

    Glad to hear Cissy is fitting in well. We hope Carl is back to his usual self soon.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  5. Evening Kim, yes, fingers crossed for Carl.....So happy Cissy is adjusting in her wonderful loving home now, love her sweet old face......That is so great you spent time with a good friend, think you do need to let your hair down, so much on your plate......Wishing you a relaxing weekend, Hugs Francine.

  6. Sounds like things are getting better there for you and your clan , I am glad to hear it ! We all get busy with life and you have lots on your plate every week so don't worry about our blogs we just like to know things are ok with you guys ! Thanks for sharing . P.S that cheese cake looks YUMMY ! Have a good evening !

  7. ah, so glad that things sounds they might...just settling down a bit. Yeah for Cissy (silly girl) and yeah for Carl feeling better...and YEAH for the weekend...enjoy!(which poochie is in the last picture? I'm sorry I still can't put all the names with them)

  8. What a sweet post. You can't beat spending time with good friends. I'll bet Carl loved that cheesecake!

  9. How cute that she is like an old lady. All she needs is a "pocketbook" to keep nearby.

  10. Crossing claws that Carl can feel useful again. I'm sure he is as tired of it as you are. Glad he is doing so well now.
    Cissy sounds like a dear heart. We have a walk-by licker too and it's quite endearing.
    I'm sure you needed a nice lunch with your friend. Happy that you enjoyed it, but showing off that cheesecake at this hour is kinda mean... :D

  11. Longtime friendship never fades, my oldest in time friend, we are now in our 59th year, and began when we were about 14..( Wow!!that tells just how old I am), an email, a phone call, and like great cheesecake, priceless, always.Cissy, great that she is doing so well,her pie dish, well whatever fits, she seems so happy, her eyes are smiling. Greetings from Jean

  12. I am sure you are every bit a good friend to her as she is to you. A pie tin huh. Well whatever works. Personally I'll eat out of anything.

  13. We missed you this week, knowing that you were very busy. So glad that you might be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with Carl improving.
    Wonderful to see the brightness in Cissy's eyes!! It is all attributed to the good care she id receiving.
    Still thinking about Lucas. I know it is so hard on you.
    I am so glad you had a wonderful lunch with obviously a very special friend. It sounds as though she is just what you needed.
    The cheesecake looked wonderful!
    Have a great weekend.
    Gus's Mom

  14. Hmmm, Kim . . .

    I bet you will find when you are an "old lady" you may not wish to be stereotyped like the rest of us don't. Even Cissy wouldn't like it, I bet!

    Jo, aged 74

  15. simply beautifully captured shots... lovely!

  16. Friends like that are few and far between... :)

  17. I only have a couple of friends like that and seeing them is such a treat. You must be exhausted after this week. x

  18. My public apology to Jo, and to anyone else I may have offended when I referred to Cissy as 'being like an old lady.' It was not my intention, and I meant it only in the most endearing way. ~Kim~

  19. Kim, you are "that kind" of friend - I've always known I could call on you if I needed you. I hope you get some rest this weekend.


  20. The shot of kitty in the background is absolutely adorable...

    And kitty looks like our Boo.


  21. Hi Kim,

    I'm glad to hear that Carl is on the mend and Cissy as well. I'm sure she doesn't mind being an old lady because she is a HAPPY old lady and that is what is most important :) Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, I was so happy to read your comment. Don't worry about not being able to stop by too often, I understand that sometimes life can get in the way of blogging!

  22. I wonder if she doesn't like having her vision blocked? I have a horse that won't eat out of deep feeders, and we discovered that is why. Give her hugs from us and we will continue to keep sending healing GOLDEN vibes to Carl.


  23. I think Sam is right about Cassy. I think it is probably a vision thing with her!! I know how bad it messes up my life and until you live with it you can not understand how much it affects everything!!!
    Poor Carl!! My good wishes go out to him!!!

  24. We're glad to read that Carl is getting better. Great seeing Cissy too - she's now a happy lady with you!

    Nadine & goldens Neeli & Elle

  25. that dear little smudgy face looking at you over her pie plate ~ and smiling! yes. i think she is.
    remember when she first got to you?
    no comparison to those pictures now.
    she is loved and she knows it.
    and it shows.
    i love kisses from dogs.
    more power to dear carl!
    and you... rest. REST. you probably don't even know how to spell the word.

  26. Time with good friends is healing indeed, and I'm really glad you got some yesterday. And what good news about both Carl and Cissy - you're working your magic with both of them!
    (And thanks, Jo, for the reminder, and thanks, Kim, for responding so graciously!)

  27. Glad you had some time with someone important to you and got a chance to relax.

    Cissy looks so different already. Morgan has that same deep gravely bark and is constantly 'talking' to me. I wish I could understand what she's saying. Sometimes I guess right, but more often not.

  28. Yeah for Cissy! And yeah for you that you didn't have to mow the lawn and instead you can catch up on our blogs! I've been terrible about reading blog posts for a few months. I think it's the whole ADHD, working too hard and with too many hours, and well, searching for my dog today took up some time. Oh, and good for you for taking some time for yourself to be with your friend. Wish I could do the same!

  29. Hi Kim, I am so glad that Cissy is doing better-I expected as much being in your loving environment. Glad too that Carl is on the mend and feeling better plus done with the IV's. As for being that kind of special friend, Kim I know that you also personify those traits. I know I would love spending time with you if we were close in proximity. I can't believe that anyone would take offense to our comment. I think it is an enduring way to refer to her or those of us that are getting there.
    Hugs today.

  30. Kim ~~~ Cissy is a sweetheart and your tender touch just seems to help so much!
    That dessert looks deadly !!!! Smile!!!!

  31. Oh Kim,
    Having not met you in person I can only say that anyone would be proud to call you a friend, and even more a best friend. You have a heart as big as the ocean! Good friends are so comforting and I am glad you got out and had a fun time.
    My best to Carl and his recovery. Sounds like he is on the mend and I hope it will not be much longer before he is back doing the things he loves to do.
    Cissy, sounds like she is a true gift :)
    Take care my friend!

  32. Good to hear that Cissy is well settled into Golden Pines . She sounds such a sweet girl with her little ways.

    Hope Carl is continuing to recover....just tell him not to jump off any more roofs!

  33. Howdy Kim, I too caught up with a dear friend the other night and she sounds like your friend too. We 'clicked' from the first day we met over 33 years ago and even though we only see each other 3 times a year, we pick up where we left off and it's wonderful. Don't worry about the old girl comment. I always called our angel Kara "old girl" and it was always with love and affection and a term or endearment. I know you meant the same for Cissy. Hope Carl keeps on with his good recovery. Enjoy your weekend. No worries, and love, Carol (and Stella and Rory)

  34. Maybe Cissy never ate out of a bowl in her previous home.

  35. I love the way you know and care for your dogs with such sensitivity and attention to detail. I have a feeling that any person would be lucky to have you as a friend as well :)

  36. Awww...Cissy looks so much better and happier. A pie pan, huh? That's so cute!

  37. Woof! Woof! Oh Kim. Hope you are enjoying the weekend. Glad to hear Carl is doing better. What a lunch you had. Mom is looking forward on meeting you for breakfast. Golden LOVE to the Golden Pines Gang and hope Todd is being good. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  38. Hey there, I always enjoy reading your post, and getting updates on all of the lucky little furr babies that you are so good to! and WOW that cheese cakes made this post just a little sweeter.

    I am starting over in blogland and hope when things settle down a bit for you, you can stop by and visit.

  39. That is the cutest picture of Todd.
    Great post, Kim!

  40. I have dsl here,& sometimes it is hard for me to get on your site.My heart goes out to you & your husband over the loss of Lucas,I tried posting that day,but for whatever reason,the page expired.I don`t know how you do it,but you are an angel for sure.
    I pray for Carl too,I had a compound fracture years ago of my lower leg,& I too,was on iv antiboctics.I had to have 4 different operations to have pins & a rod removed,then later to have my longer bone re-broken to allow the smaller bone to grow together,it was awful.You feel your life will never get back to normal,but it does.
    I like your picture of the fence you have inside your deck.Since we took in the little toy poodle & the other,smaller,sheltie,I cannot allow them to run in the fenced in outdoor space.But I believe I can rig up something,if only to allow the shelties to be together.Belle,the new sheltie,is not housebroken & needs to run around some to go.
    Have a blessed week,& I thank you always for taking time to visit me,phyllis

  41. Hooray that Carl is continuing to improve!! Happy to hear Cissy, for the most part, is doing well too. I'm happy for you that you were able to meet up with your friend - I'm sure it's something you needed after everything that's been going on. And that cheesecake.......yum! :)

  42. We all understand that your hands have been more than full with Carl recuperating and your many wonderful dogs that need care PLUS your job. Oh my - I'm getting tired just thinking about it.

    I love hearing the good reports on Cissy. And, I think that all of us know what a warm heart you have so no body is/was deeply offended by any of your words... Your good will shines through in every post.

  43. With all that you have going on Kim -- I'm amazed you have any time at all to blog. Love the photos and the news of Cissy. xo

  44. Woot! I'm glad you had the chance to do something fun for KIM!!

  45. Kim it was nice to read that the humans and the pets in your life are both doing better. And, you are so right in saying that there is nothing like sharing time with a good friend who will listen. I too have a couple like yours and we don't see one another often as both are still living in our home state of NJ. But, when we talk or see one another, it's like no time has ever passed...or distance. And, that cheesecake was a wonderful treat, my favorite as too! And, reading an earlier post about sitting in a rocking chair on the porch...not boring at all and something we do often, weather permitting.

  46. well, Kim, I'm an old lady and if I were as cute as Cissy I would be happy. I am so glad she's doing OK and how lucky she is to have come to your home.

  47. A delightful post and one in which does show the joy of friendship and of the heart.

  48. I don't blog anymore, but I do look in on my faves....
    Hoping Carl will be fully recovered soon, just in time for all the summertime fun at Golden Pines!
    As always, thanks for all you do for so many.

    Ps...we are all fine here, just getting older, and hopefully wiser... :)

  49. You are so loving. Dear Cissy enjoying your love.
    Hope Carl is much better x

  50. We are so happy that Cissy is doing so well. All of your love at Golden Pines is healing her heart and body.
    And its so wonderful that you got to spend time with your friend.
    I wish we were closer because we know for sure that we would love to spend time with you.
    Thank you for your gift of friendship.


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