Friday, November 13, 2020

Never Another 2020

 How is it even possible that I stopped blogging?? It has been the craziest of years hasn't it? I think about all of my blogging friends a lot but I just don't have the gumption to sit at the computer and compose. Has anyone else felt this way? Any how I will try to catch you all up on what is going on in my life. 

 I am pretty much still in 'quarantine'. Our town opened back up and the people went crazy and we are now suffering for it. We have more Covid here right now than months ago when it was bad everywhere else. Our hospital is full and turning patients away. We have had 28 deaths. I know that doesn't sound like a lot but we are not a big city. Just a town of about 40,000. The fools here will not wear masks. It is a Republican town so they think it is a hoax.  I haven't much left my house since all this nonsense started. I get my groceries through ClickList with Kroger's so all I have to do is drive down and get them loaded up. I have been doing this for a long, long time so that really isn't new. I have driven to the post office and went inside ONCE to mail a package. I wore my mask and social distanced. The cost of mailing the package was almost more than what I was mailing. That is a crime, isn't it? I have been to one funeral. I told you about that in my last post. It was my ex-sister-in-law who died. She was the reason I became a nurse and I really loved her a lot. Saw a lot of the ex's family members. Even saw the ex, but didn't get close enough to talk to him. LOL! Went to one wedding (more on that later) where there was NO social distancing and NO ONE wore a mask. But, thank the good Lord, I did not get the virus. I have been to Walmart once. While there I got a haircut, bought some bread and a can of hairspray. I wore my mask and everyone in the store (except one man and one teenage boy) had a mask on. And that is the only places I have been. It is a good thing I like to stay at home because I cannot imagine what people who like to gad about are going through. My sons have been here a few times. The grand kids have been here when I let them come. I talk outside in the yard with the neighbors, the mailman, the UPS dude and that sums up my social contacts since March.



This is a 'first peek' 
Some of you may know that Harley got married. It was a tumultuous beginning of the year for her and her man but they went ahead and decided to get married. I mentioned that too in my last post. I did NOT help with most of the wedding plans. She has a pretty pushy mother-in-law who wanted to do a lot of it so I said let her. The wedding took place in his parents church in a little town about 10 minutes from here. It wasn't as big as she had hoped but it was nice. I walked her down the aisle. They had a reception/dinner after the ceremony and that was the end of that. She and Isaiah went to Colorado for a few day honeymoon and now both are back to work. I guess everything is okay. I don't hear a lot from her as she is working 12 hour shifts and they are the night ones. So if she is not at work she is asleep. I remember those shifts from my 25+ years of working nights at the hospital. The nursing home she is working in has several cases of Covid-19 so I do not encourage her to visit. To be honest, I forbid it.
A beautiful gown and veil

This sign hung on the end of the pew where I sat

Last minute advice

Paige was her maid of honor

Putting her veil on

My oldest son, Harley's dad

Paige, Harley and me with Papa's picture

This charm was tied into her bouquet
Her favorite picture of her papa

These are my bonus grandkids with their 
mom and dad at the wedding

Now for the bad news. On August 28 my precious

little Charlie died. We were at home minding our own business and having a good day. He had eaten normally, gone outside a bit, had normal bathroom habits and mostly a good day. He seemed a bit quieter than usual but I wasn't really concerned about him. That evening he was in his bed (which was at my feet) when I noticed he was sitting up and panting heavily. I was immediately alarmed and placed a call to the vet. My vet does not offer in town emergency services and I would have had to drive him to Wichita. I was NOT going to do that. So I called another vet and after he talked me through a few simple observations told me to meet him at the office IMMEDIATELY. Harley happened to be coming to my house and we set off. Sadly, little Charlie died in my arms just as we got to the parking lot of the vet. (It was about 15 minutes from my house). The vet thinks he had a heart attack. It was a muggy, hot day and he said that often takes little old doggies like Charlie. Needless to say, I was devastated. That little guy was the reason I got up every morning. This vet thought Charlie was probably older and sicker than the vet I was taking him to believed. But nevertheless, my heart was broken. I vowed right then and there to NEVER have another dog. It is just too damn hard to lose them. First Bailey, and now Charlie.

 BUT, just five days later (yes, 5 days) the
The picture she sent

rescue person I had gotten Charlie from reached out to me. She wanted to know if I was open to seeing a picture of a puppy. I was pretty damn sure I didn't want a puppy but I said, "sure, send me a picture." And that is how I fell in love with Teddy Magoo. He is a 20 month old Havanese puppy whose owner was needing to re-home him. She had paid a bit of money for him but was willing to GIVE HIM for free to a good home. She brought him for a visit and I knew almost instantly he would be the one who would heal my heart. And, boy, has he. He is not fully housebroken. But we are making great strides. He has not been neutered but that will be happening soon. He needs to be caught up with his vaccinations and that is coming too. Right now the vets are running behind because of Covid-19 so we might wait until after the holidays. His previous owner's reason for re-homing him was she had recently gotten a divorce and was needing to go back to work and Teddy (she called him Zeke) used the dog door to go out but wouldn't use it to come back in. She also simply didn't have the funds to have him neutered and vaccinated. He was starting to mark inside her house. I keep him with a belly band on when we are inside but I rarely see him try to mark. He does have accidents and the belly band helps with that. He is such a joy. Much more rambunctious than either of my previous Yorkies. He loves to play. He loves to run after 'anything' I throw and he brings it back. He loves to sit in the bay window and watch the world go by. He loves to walk on the leash. We have had a few adventures that I will write about in future posts.He doesn't like riding in the car. Yet! We are working on it. And he doesn't really like other people or other animals. That will have to change too. He barks more than the Yorkies did but that is a behavior I am working on too. I am smitten, once again. 
Teddy Magoo

He loves being outside. I don't have
a fenced yard and he runs off so he has 
a tether for now

Adore this face

Such a good boy

 So that is my life right now. I am happy the election is over. Now we just need to have a grown up President that will admit he has lost the race. I think things will be peaceful once we get Joe and Kamala rightfully installed in the White House. It has been exhausting. But none of the crap he has pulled has surprised me. I am sorry if he was your choice. I am not sorry that he is going to be gone. So much division caused by his hatred. It is time to move on.

Hope everyone of you is happy, healthy, and looking forward to this God-awful year to end. Looking forward to getting around to all of your blogs and seeing what all of you are doing. 

26 comments:

  1. Glad to hear you are surviving this nightmare that began four years ago. And surviving COVID. I too have blogged less as have many others. I kept checking your blog for comments after your last post and wondering what happened to you. Take care!!!

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    1. Good to hear from you. When we all had plenty of time to blog we had nothing new to say, I guess. But I am going to really try to stay more connected. Yes, I am thrilled the nightmare is over.

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  2. Oh.My.God ... Paula. I am sooo happy to hear from you. I got up this morning and checked my email and a comment from my blog was forwarded to me from a "Paula." You immediately came to mind and it was too much to hope it was you. :-). We have had such a year. And, I too, am glad that it is almost over. And YES we will have new leaders come January - after they drag the huge mistake of a man out of the White House. I even lost a friendship over that stupid and arrogant man - she was such a Trump supporter that she couldn't let it go that I wasn't. Sending me pages of information why Trump was good and Biden wasn't. How can a President of the United States get so deeply into the hearts and minds of some people (people I respected for many reasons - one of which was intelligence) that they give up acting like normal people and start acting like cult members. Enough on him. I am so so sorry about the lost of your small furry friend but very glad you decided to get another. We lost a pet in April - our last cat - and adopted our first adult cat in May. It has been a journey, and I blogged about it. And what a lovely bride Harley was. It brought tears to my eyes when I saw how you included your husband in her special day. I was a bit surprise by my response - never met him - but then I remembered we were caregivers together during the years before his death and we bonded. Guess that bond is still there. Sure hope you continue to blog. I'll be watching for it. Elaine

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    1. Do you really think they will have to drag him out of the White House? I'm more of the belief he will slink away quietly in the night. And probably steal whatever he can. I have lost some friends and family over their belief he would be the KING but then I just tell myself I must not have really known them in the first place. He brought the worst out in people. I am sorry about your cat. They are like family members aren't they? We all felt Richard's presence at her wedding. He would not have liked the fuss though. Yes, we were caregivers together. I met some wonderful people during those times.

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  3. Harley and Paige look positively stunning! I'm SO sorry to learn of little Charlie's passing; that had to be traumatizing. Teddy's adorable.

    I, too, look forward to bidding 2020 goodbye, but strongly suspect unity's a long time coming. If ever.

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    1. I think it will take both sides to work on unity. And I don't know how that will go. I have tried my hardest not to gloat and be as nasty to people about Biden's winning as they were towards me with Trump. Forgiveness on all sides will be necessary. Hope you guys are well.

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  4. It's great to see a post from you and to know all is right in your world. So glad you were able to get the new puppy. He looks like one happy fellow! Hope you stay with us now and don't disappear again. I always love seeing your posts. And the wedding pictures were lovely too.

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    1. Teddy is a joy to have. But, oh so rambunctious. I am going to try my best to stay with blogging. Hope you are doing well.

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  5. Congrats to Harley and Isaiah! What a beautiful couple they make! Love how you honored Richard at the wedding. So very special!

    So sorry about Charlie. Always hard to lose a beloved pet. How neat you opened your heart and home to Teddy! Puppies keep us young I think :) I'm sure he'll get the hang of training soon; seems like you both are on the right path with working on that and other behaviors you might want to curtail (barking).

    Congrats on the Biden win :) My prayer all along for the election was for whoever God's "candidate" was for God's purpose and glory and honor. I look forward to what God has in store however it goes and my intent is to pray daily for that administration and to trust in God for whatever may or may not happen :)

    We are all doing well here :)

    betty

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    1. I truly believe Biden will try to be the President for all Americans. If people will give him a chance. He has a lot of repairs to do following the awful Trump presidency. I am surprised we did not lose our democracy under him. I think we can all trust God to know what is best for us but I also believe God wants us to do our part to use these beautiful brains he gave us. Glad you are all well.

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  6. I'm glad I follow you in Instagram so I have peeks into your life, because I miss your blog!

    Hugs to you!

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  7. So good to hear from you. Harley looked so pretty in her wedding gown. So sorry for the loss of Charlie. So hard to lose a pet. Your new one sure is a cutie!
    I am a quilter so all the retreats I go to got cancelled. My daughter and family live in Seattle; I live in North Dakota so my 4 trips there got cancelled. I take the Amtrak train when I go see them.
    I am glad the election is over too and we got Biden and Kamala. My state always votes red but do know some quilting friends that vote blue. He sure isn't acting very Presidential since he lost. Big, spoiled baby!!!
    Hoping you will keep writing your blog posts as do enjoy reading them....survivor972002@midco.net

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    1. My life didn't really change that much with the pandemic. I am pretty much a home-aloner! I am going to try to keep my blog going. It was always good for me to vent in the past.

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  8. My friends, John and Kirsten, have a havenese. Adorable dog and very good but yes barks a lot...in fact, they named him Barkley. It is good to see Paige and Harley all grown up and happy. I am glad that Harley's Dad was able to attend the Wedding. Stay well and stay safe my friend.

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    1. Teddy really only barks when someone is outside, he sees another dog or cat, or the critters are out at night. Ha! Ha! That sounds like a lot, doesn't it. I was happy for her too that her dad came to the wedding. I have cautioned her on trusting him too much yet. But she will do what she wants!

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  9. Paula, lovely to see you back. I like Mr. Teddy, too, and hope you will be able to complete his vet requirements soon. That will be a big step toward great doggie behavior in my experience.
    So, welcome back and I joint you in highly anticipating a change.

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    1. Good to see you Joanne. Yes we will get those vet requirements completed ASAP

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  10. So good to see you posted again!

    I've really only gone to work other than a few hair appts. (only customer in the shop), to the doctor twice, and once my son and I drove to the lake we went out on our boat for the last 30 yrs. (only about 5 other people there and everyone was very spaced out).

    My town is mostly a Republican town but everyone is wearing masks. The stores etc. have signs posted on the doors that you must have a mask on to enter and everyone is complying. I even see a lot of people driving alone in their vehicle with a mask on. I take mine off when I get in my car. I've been ordering grocery delivery from Publix, and everything else from Amazon.

    I work in a nursing home/rehab center and we've only had 3 cases of Covid, all had little symptoms, 2 of them were CNA's. All the employees have to sanitize our hands, put a mask on, & get our temps. taken when we go in. Temps. are also taken when we're leaving. We're also getting tested every week.

    Congratulations to Harley & Isaiah! Her gown is beautiful!

    I'm so very sorry to hear about Charlie! I've been through that and I know how painful it is. I also said I'd never get another dog, but I did 4 months later because my son wouldn't stop bugging me. I'm so glad he didn't :) And Kaiyo helped me heal.

    Teddy Magoo is such a beautiful dog! I'm glad he's helping you heal!

    Glad you are doing well! Have a great week, I'm looking forward to you posting more!

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    1. We are a very red state too but most do not wear masks. They are so defiant and follow their 'esteemed leader' We have mask mandates from the Governor but no one really enforces it. I just stay home. I am glad you got another dog too. They help in so many ways.

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  11. Congrats to Harley. It's been quite a year, hasn't it? So sorry about Charlie. But happy to hear about Teddy.

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    1. I have thought about you often with the school closings and wondered how it was affecting you. I will hop on over and see what you are up to. Thanks Liz.

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  12. Good to see you here Paula. It's always a worry when someone in the blogging world goes quiet. So sorry to hear about Charlie. It's hard to know what to do for the best about getting another dog but it sounds like Teddy is keeping you on your toes. Not a bad thing at the moment. Harley was a beautiful bride. You must have felt very proud. Hope to see you here more often.

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    1. She was beautiful. I am just glad it is all behind us! I am going to do my best to post more often. Good to see you

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  13. So glad you are back, you are a wonderful writer and I enjoy reading about your life. I'm so sorry about Charlie. Then happy for you about all the good things that have happened since you last blogged. Teddy Magoo most of all, of course

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    1. Thank you so much Inger. It is good to see you visit.

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