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I laughed aloud when I saw this picture.
My husband and I got used to sleeping when we could, wandering around when we couldn’t, reading for another hour, then sleeping in, or taking a nap.
Then came Amber.
Amber is a 3 month old yellow Labrador retriever. We adopted her at 10 weeks old, a month ago tomorrow. And what a whirlwind of a month we’ve had!
Now our lives revolve on when Amber was last out. We take her out for at least a short walk every two hours from 7:30 in the morning until about 11:00 at night. If we’re not walking her, we make a point of going out to the porch to cuddle, play, talk, as well as check her water dish. (She’s definitely a water dog. We fill the bowl half full, and then she cannot seem to stand it until she gets at least one paw in it. She drinks it, plays in it, splashes it all over the floor. We’re hoping that she’ll learn that when she does this, she might have to go for a bit where the bowl is empty. (Not long, but we’re hoping long enough to get her attention and maybe get her to change her ways.)
She desperately wants to jump on, and play with, our 12-year-old cocker spaniel/schnauzer cross, Molly,
and our cats, Abby
The problem is, NO ONE, except her people, wants to play with HER!
The one who handles our new family member best is Smoke. She routinely gets nose to nose with Amber, and then whacks her with a paw. Abby disappears until ‘the baby’ has gone back out on the porch Molly tries to disappear, and then growls and snaps a bit when Amber relentlessly continues to try to jump on her face. Of course, even when Amber was being good, standing in front of Molly with her head down, front paws straight out in front of her, bottom high in the air, and tail wagging furiously, Molly still growled and snapped.
The only one NOT giving us a hassle right now is Boo, my new black fish. It’s really hard to get a picture of her because of the reflection of the light on the bowl.
This picture is a professional one I found on the net, but it gives you a good idea of Boo’s face. She swims right over to me when I feed her, wiggling her body and lots of fins while goggling at me. She doesn’t say much and doesn’t give us any problems – a real relief right now.
To say logistics of where animals are at any given time is a full time job around here is a vast understatement. Also, in our efforts to get Amber acclimated to the house more, we try to invite her in several times a day. This is complicated because she loves to jump into the kiddie pool just before coming in from a walk, so we have to check to see how wet she is before she is allowed inside…
Suffice to say we fall into bed at night and are probably asleep within 30 seconds or less. We wake up still tired from the day before, but are determined to adapt to our new lifestyle, feeling lucky to have a houseful of wonderful animals.
“Alzheimer’s Advantage #2: You can hide your own Easter eggs.” ~ Unknown
I’ve told you about some of the books I’ve been reading lately – ones about the White House written by people who worked as support staff for a gazillion years. It’s very interesting to me to get impressions of our presidents, first ladies, and their families, plus what was happening while they were in the White House by people who were loyal to the country and the ‘house,’ rather than one party or another, having to change with each new administration. I’m on my third one now.
I’m also into Nora Roberts – writing as J.D. Robb – in her series of “In Death” books. I have avoided them for years because when I really like an author, I don’t usually enjoy the things they do to ‘cleanse their palate’ before they write another of their more usual style books. I was told by a good friend that this series was one of her favorites, so I bought a used book from Amazon – the first in the series. Now I’m on #4 and hooked. The main character is a strong female detective who impresses me with her character and tenaciousness, as well as her guts.
I told you recently about an author new to me, Douglas E. Richards. He wrote The Cure, and I almost couldn’t put it down. All I can suggest is that you don’t start it late at night if you want to get to sleep any time soon. Since reading that one, my husband told me that he had several of Richards books on his Kindle. Since we have a sharing set up, I was able to ‘deliver’ the other books my husband had to my Kindle Fire. It makes me feel rich to know they’re waiting for me. :0)
Today I’m going to get more plants to put in our garden! I told you recently that we had finished converting our square foot garden into a RAISED BED square foot garden. This was a LOT of work for these old folks, but well worth the struggle. I now have SIX 4’x4′ x 8″ deep boxes on legs, like tables, about my chest height, filled with Mel’s Mix now and marked with string to make the squares. The only thing planted right now is some Georgia Sweet onion sets.
I’m going to get a good number of plants today, since it looks like our area in Arkansas MAY be free from more hard freezes (although the average last frosts aren’t over, according to the books, until April 10th.). I’m going to risk it and get some plants into the ground.
The main thing I want to grow is as many kinds of lettuce and similar plants as I can. I love to go out and cut leaves for our salads at lunch or in the evening. I’ll also be looking for spinach plants, although I usually have trouble finding those. I’ve started some seed on my window sill, but I don’t know if I’ll be successful.
I have celery and spaghetti squash plants I started inside that I’ll transfer to the garden after they’ve spent a few days on the back porch getting used to the outside temperatures. I’ll be looking for broccoli and cauliflower, and I’ll be starting radishes. That’ll be a good start. I’ll take pics to share with you as things come together.
“If you have a Garden and a Library, you have everything you need.”
When I first saw this, I laughed. Then I started thinking.
On its face, I think of trophies for everyone, everyone getting a first place ribbon, being told you’re special every day, etc.
On further thought, I think it’s healthy to feel that we’re each worth the water of which we’re made.
- We don’t have to be able to sell a gazillion albums in order to truly enjoy singing, if only in our own shower. We can sing our favorite songs, full-throatedly and joyfully, not having to worry about what others think of us.
- We don’t have to win a Nobel Prize in order to love discovering something new, a brain-blowing new idea, a new way to create, the solution to a long-standing problem.
- We don’t have to want to win a beauty contest in order to push ourselves to get out of the recliner and onto the yoga mat, or cook something healthy in order to be the best we can be at whatever age we are.
- We are unique if we look at each day as another opportunity to make a difference. The difference doesn’t need to be earth-shattering. If we make one person smile by extending extra kindness, making THEM feel unique, we’ve made a difference.
- We are unique because we each look at the world differently. Some of us remain mired in our past, unable to appreciate that we can lift ourselves up. Some of us are paralyzed with fear, real or imagined, that stop possible progress. Some of us are allowing our worlds to implode, only looking inward. Hopefully, there is a time that we realize we are each uniquely shaping each day, doing the best we can we what we have at the time.
- We are uniquely able to create our own happiness from something deep inside ourselves.
- We are uniquely able to reach out to others.