Sunday, May 31, 2009
So I asked my friends if they could take him in. None of them seemed to want a blind Pomeranian with severe separation anxiety and a deep-rooted distrust of little kids. I asked the local no-kill shelter. They aren't equipped for doggies with disabilities. I asked our vet. She was hesitant to take him for fear she wouldn't be able to find him a home. So we struggled along for another week or so, Audie and I, as he lived more and more under my bed and I felt more and more that I was failing him.
And then my friend Rachel (Bless her heart!) happened to mention my situation to a friend of hers who works at an animal hospital, and that friend told her about the Fluffy Butts Rescue Resort. (That really is the name; click on the link and see for yourselves.) I emailed them, explained my situation, and they agreed to take in Audie. They specialize in small dogs, and the lady who will be his foster mom has a lot of experience with blind dogs. She assured me that if they can't find the "pawfect" home for Audie that he'll live with her for the rest of his life.
So...today I gathered up all Audie's chew toys (which are in remarkably good condition, because he always preferred my shoes to any toy) and his blankie, and his stuffed animals that have no heads cause he tore them off. I kept his little tiny collar. And then I took him on his last car ride with me and he barked the whole way to the Outlet Mall, where we met the very nice lady he'll live with until he goes to the Head FluffyButter's house in Iowa. I was a little sad at first, but on the way home I remembered the "doggie deck" video on the Fluffy Butts website and it made me happy to think of Audie trotting down that deck and playing in their big back yard with the other doggies. Godspeed, little Audie—oh, and I told them how much you love munching on baby carrots and they promised me you'll have some every single day. It's gonna be a great life for you there.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Dylan places the ring on her finger...
And they seal their promise with a kiss!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
1. Finding my USB cable. Although I haven't found the time to blog in the past week, I did manage to find my USB cable. Under the bed. No doubt it was dragged there by one of the kitties. Unfortunately, I didn't find it in enough time to upload photos before I went to work. Maybe tomorrow.
2. My bestie Sharon. "Bestie" is a word I picked up from 15-year-old Megs and her friends, and it's what they use to describe their best best friends. Sharon's been my bestie since we were little kids. The past couple of weeks she's watched me ping crazily around my life like a pinball (for one reason or another) and Sunday morning on the phone she whispered, "Let's run away." So we did. Three days in St. Louis with no wedding-related phone calls, no house paint, no cats, no kitchen remodeling....and all the sleep, room service meals, late-night giggling and pomegranate martinis we could handle....ahhhhh. (Oh, and if you get the chance to pet the stingrays at the St. Louis Zoo, do it.)
3. Rachael Ray's Super-Stuffed Monte Cristo sandwich. Since my friend Sean passed away, I haven't wanted to cook. (Sean was a chef. I'm sure this is some weird manifestation of grief.) This sandwich is more assembly than cooking, and so it's what I fix myself when I can't face another frozen dinner. The combination of ingredients is odd, but delicious. Trust me on this one.
4. The way my Facebook wall becomes a chat room. I post some innocuous status and it sparks a conversation, reminds someone of song lyrics, starts a new friendship, and begins a friendly debate. Seventy-four is the current high-water mark of comments to one status update. I have no doubt that record will be broken soon. That open interaction among people from different eras of my life, of wide-ranging experiences and ages, is the best part of Facebook.
5. The pure, blissful potential of a new romance. Sigh.... Y'all know that feeling. Wow. Need I say more?
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Today I picked the spent blooms off my petunias, watered all my container plants, yanked a piece of trim off the porch (Mare thought it should go there; I did not), replaced a little piece of moulding at the joint between the porch ceiling and the wall of the house, cleaned up the still-not-done kitchen, re-hung the living room curtains that one of the cats pulled down, made an appointment to get my hair did, watered in my new rose bush, had a long conversation with my future daughter-in-law about food for their wedding reception, (which made me hungry so I fixed a big bowl of chicken salad) shopped for more wine on wine.com, moved my mother-of-the-groom dress and my wrap to my mom's house where they will be safe from kitties, cut four strips of wallpaper for the kitchen and hung two of them...and then...
Then I realized that today is Wednesday. And I work tonight. And there's no time now for a nap. Shoot.
Monday, May 4, 2009
But it wasn't until I uploaded these photos that I realized they look a lot like those hidden picture games. We'll start with an easy one.
Now for a little bit harder one.
See the rosebush in this picture?
It's a Mother's Day present from my mom, and it's a climber called Joseph's Coat. It doesn't look like much now, but I have big plans for it. The black thing in the background is part of an arch trellis over the gate opening in the fence.
And now for the Challenger Round....