Monday, July 22, 2019

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Outside my window...

We are getting a break from the heat. Today is currently 86* with little humidity. We are supposed to be only in the upper 80's the rest of this week. And even though we had so much rain in the spring, we are really needing some rain now. My grass is starting to get brown in spots. We've been a bit on the windy side. They have scheduled spraying for mosquitoes from a low-flying airplane and have had to cancel the last 4 nights because of wind speeds being too high. The mosquitoes here are bad because of the all the rain. How are they in your neck of the woods?


Good News...

Look at my new roomie. His name is Charlie Jaxon. I got him from a rescue and he came to live with me yesterday. We are still getting acquainted but I will admit he has already stolen my heart. Here is a bit of his story....he was found about 6 weeks ago, in a carrier, left on the side of the road. He wasn't in the best of health when found. They thought he might have testicular cancer because of the size of his testicles. And he had elevated liver enzymes. He is on medication for the liver problem and we do not yet know if that will continue for the rest of his life. He takes it really well. He was neutered last Monday and a tumor was found but the vet thinks he is cancer-free. They think he is somewhere between 7-8 years old. I wrestled with the desire to adopt him or not because of his health problems and the fact I had just lost Bailey and was a bit devastated by that. But once I heard his story, how could I say no. He is here to stay. And to be treated like a Prince!!


Watching...

I haven't really been watching anything special this summer. The news has not been great. Donald Trump continues to act like an ass. I am sure he is wanting to deflect as much attention away from something that makes him look bad. Which is how he looks every time he opens his mouth. In my opinion. 


Reading...

I just finished a really good book. I read/listened to it. It was free from my Kindle Unlimited app. The book is Winter Loon by Susan Bernhard. It is her first book. The writing is amazing. So much imagery. The story is about a young boy who lives with his mom and dad and they sound like a very dysfunctional family. Then he watches as his mother falls through the ice of a lake and dies. His father leaves him with his maternal grandparents. He learns much about her life he did not know. When his dad never returns to get him he sets out to find him. Very hauntingly beautiful book. I hope she will write many more. 


Learning...

All of my learning has been centered around Charlie and his needs. 


Planning....

I am planning to purchase some doggie steps so this little guy can get up on the couch. He is smaller in height than Bailey was and just cannot jump up that far. Do any of you who have little doggies have any suggestions for me? He weighs about 6.5 pounds. Very small. 


Drinking....

Have you ever tried a Henry's? It is a HARD sparkling water. Zero sugar. Comes in flavors like Blueberry Lemon, Strawberry Kiwi, Lemon-Lime. I find it refreshing. Tastes beer-like to me. 





A quote to share...










A final thought...


I don't have much to say this week but I am trying to keep my writing alive. Be kind to each other. Kindness is free. Give it away!!


32 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your new lil' prince! He's mighty adorable! I know you'll do your darndest to make certain the rest of his life will be the best of his life.

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  2. Charlie looks completely adorable. What a sad story, poor thing. Fingers crossed it's not cancerous.

    Let me know if you're interested in trying Stitch Fix, I can give you a code. :)

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    1. No cancer found. I will let you know about the Stitch Fix!

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  3. Rescues are the best. Lucky Charlie that you came into his life. I love that they bring us as much (or even more) as we bring them. Maddie saved hubs and I...grief was threatening to overtake us after Dad and Ginger passed.

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    1. I know exactly what you mean. I am so happy to have him

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  4. Cute little doggie. I hope he soon gets a clean bill of health.

    Rain in the summer? Really? I guess you guys could use it. (I could probably count on one hand the number of times it's rained here in the summer in my lifetime. It just doesn't.)

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    1. They have given him a clean bill of health. (Except for the liver thing and that's a wait and see thing) We get the most of our rain here in the spring and summer.

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  5. Glad you wrote, Paula! Welcome Charlie Jaxon!What a cutie he is! And so small! So heartless for someone to just leave him on the side of the wood like that. They should start a safe area for people to leave pets they don't want; like babies can be left at fire stations (at least here) with no questions asked. You take the dogs into the animal shelter here and want to re-home them and you have to pay a surrender fee so what do most people do? Yep, take them somewhere and dump them. Just not fair for the poor little dogs!

    My hubby and son made wooden stairs for our corgi to get on and off of the bed with. Corgis are notorious for bad backs because of their short legs and long body so they shouldn't jump up and down a lot. He got the hang of going down the stairs but never the hang of going up them. We just picked him up and put him down a lot.

    Sounds like a good book! Did I tell you I was had read The Widow? Suspense thrilled long Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, but kept me riveted. I don't read much of him, and not for a long time, but recently read Nicholas Sparks' Two by Two mainly because I couldn't find anything else to borrow from the library digitally and I needed a book to read while exercising. It was a cute story.

    I think I've seen the Henry's in the store but haven't tried them yet. Sound good and great for a summer day!

    betty

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    1. I have never understood why the shelters charge someone a fee to surrender them. I wish they would do away with that and people might take them to a more humane place. I like Nicholas Sparks when I need a light read. Some of his are tear jerks though. Not that I mind crying. I do enough of it. Ha! Ha! I am not handy enough to build the stairs but I have been looking on Amazon.

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  6. Hi Paula - Charlie Jaxon looks a delight ... so pleased you've kept him - he'll be great company. It's hot - so look after both of you ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Thank you Hilary. Is it hot in Canada too?

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  7. Charlie is a very lucky dog considering the fact his first owners were so sub-human! I have such a soft spot in my heart for animals. I just can't understand someone abandoning a dog like that. There are other ways of giving up a pet. Poor little guy. Probably didn't understand and suffered at the same time - but that is all over now. He is in his forever home with you. He is lucky ... and so are you. He looks wonderful.

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    1. I can't understand it either. Especially the fact they had him locked in a carrier and he couldn't even get away. So glad he was found. He is so spoiled already!!

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  8. Congrats on your new companion. What a sweetheart. Yes we cannot give enough kindness. Always free, but means so much.

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  9. I'll try to remember that about kindness being free and to give it away.
    I'll give that book a try. Sounds quite interesting.

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  10. Charlie Jaxon is adorable! I had to buy some steps for my rescue Kaiyo who is 9 lbs. I ended up getting her a PetSafe Solvit PupSTEP Plus Foldable Pet Stairs at Pet Supermarket, but you can get them on Amazon too.

    I found a really funny sitcom on Prime Video. It's called Corner Gas and was filmed in Canada from 2004-2009, and it is hilarious. I'm on season 5 and when I finish season 6 I'm going to watch the movie they made after the show ended to update fans on what was going on with the characters. I also watched a movie called Remember staring Christopher Plummer and it was really good. The ending really shocked me and my friend.

    Love your final thought. My family's saying is "Always Choose Kindness".

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    1. I will look into that step. Thanks for the recommendation. I will also add those two to my "Watch in the Future" list for Netflix.

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  11. Charlie is so cute. I'm always happy when someone rescues a new buddy. Congratulations to the both of you.

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  12. Congratulations on your newest little fur baby! Hes so cute! There are cruel people in this world but Im glad you and Charlie found each other!

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    1. I'm glad we did too! I am really enjoying him

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  13. Aww Charlie is so cute. Glad to know he is cancer free. Hope he stays well. Yes being kind is important. I often said to my kids if you don't have anything nice to say, say nothing.

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  14. Love your final thought.. wise words! Your quote is great, too! Congrats on little Charlie Jaxon.. he is ADORABLE! I have a soft spot for animals, too. I have a little chihuahua (only 7 lbs) and I have several doggie beds on the floor for him. He can jump up on the couch, but not up on our bed. I've never had doggie steps for him, so can't give you any advice on that. I seem to pick him up a lot! He is definitely a lap dog..his favorite spot.

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    1. Charlie really isn't much of a lap sitter. But he does like sleeping with me.

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  15. A dog got you!!! How cool is that? This made me smile. Older dogs are often hard to adopt out but that's what I'm going to do later in my years. I'd like to be a last refuge for dogs left behind by circumstances beyond their control. They deserve that, right? Glad you are keeping the keyboard from growing dust. I'm doing the same. I have a ton of ideas when I'm out walking but my inner critic smashes them when I sit down to write. Does that happen to you?

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    1. Yes my inner critic smashes a lot of ideas. Especially those political ones. LOL

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  16. Yeah for rescuing a companion! Sure hope he adjusts well!

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