Friday, July 18, 2014

It's Official

Hard to believe it’s July, and typically our hottest days of the year, when our temperatures have struggled to reach 80. We enjoyed another beautiful, low-humidity day on Thursday, and Friday is expected to be similar. The heat and humidity will start its gradual return over the weekend, but the weathermen is saying that it won't "get its legs back" until next week -- And we're all okay with that!

The dogs are enjoying it, especially Charlie who is way past due for his summer haircut, which he'll get on Saturday.
Gus's pressure sore continues to heal and I'm so happy with how the wound is starting to look underneath the bandage.  I heard from the rescue this week, and it's official, Gus will spend the remainder of his life with us at Golden Pines.
As you know, the original vet that saw him said that she estimated he'd live 6 months or so.  The vet that first saw Gus about his pressure sore, saw no value in Gus at all.  But his current vet, Dr. C has become our hero for her great care, expertise, kindness and positive attitude that has restored my hope that this chapter in Gus's life, no matter how long it will be, can be one of comfort and contentment.
I hope your weekend is one of "comfort and contentment" too.
~Early morning in our yard~

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The To-Do-List

The end of another week where the number of things on my "to do list" was as high as the humidity. Here are just a few things I've done this week while I was gone.

Absolutely nothing was done on Tuesday evening because...  
~Charlie, doing nothing~
a fast moving storm blew past us and knocked out our power in the early hours of the evening. Thankfully power was restored about 3:30 in the morning. However, it was a quiet and enjoyable evening where all we could do was sit on the porch and watch the day end.
~Sunset from our front porch~
On Wednesday we were playing catch-up getting done what we couldn't do the night before.  
Thursday rolled around much too quickly and after work I was back at the vet with Gus. The pressure sore is slowly healing, but it still has a ways to go. Also on Thursday I guess Gus had decided that he'd had enough of being kept in our bedroom during the day with Sheba and Cricket because he chewed up the door frame and broke the door knob.  Necessity truly is the mother of invention because using a tee-shirt, I've found a way to cover Gus's hip-bandage that will keep the other dogs (namely Sunny) from bothering the wound.  He'll now be allowed to be with the other dogs during the day.    
~Gus with Cissy in the background~ 
By Friday, just as I always am, I was exhausted.... 
~Sleepy Cricket~
and we went to bed early.
Today we've just been relaxing, and spending a little time at home and with the dogs.
However you're spending your weekend, I hope it's been enjoyable!    
~Josh, enjoying a taste of ice cream~ 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

What July Offers

The July 4th weekend really and truly marks summer, doesn't it?  Summer weather patterns set in and we get thunderstorms -- Some are pretty severe like the one we had on Thursday which closed our road for a few hours when a tree fell.  As long as our power doesn't go out, I love to hear the rumble of thunder in the distance, watch the skies darken and hear the pounding rain.  I enjoy watching the sun come out again--Then there are those times when there is both both rain and sunshine at the same time.
In July, I think everyone slows down. After all, it’s too hot and humid to do much of anything but sit. Grab a cool glass of something to drink, put your feet up and relax.
To me, that sounds pretty good, and we did just that on Saturday when we met 2 other couples at a local winery.  The setting of the winery is lovely and it was an enjoyable afternoon catching up with friends we don't often get the chance to visit.
I think that every month, every season has its own pleasures. Though I like to complain about a lot of things...
I’m just going to be quiet, and appreciate what July has to offer.
~View from our front porch~
I hope you've had a good weekend too!  

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Gray Skies Are Gonna Clear Up!

Despite the searing heat and humidity (it is July after all) its been a pretty good week so far.  It began with the first vet visit of the day on Monday for CarrieAnne to recheck the lump on her right shoulder. It's good news for her, in that the lump is less than half the size it was originally.  I am happy, relieved, and extremely grateful for all of you who have sent good vibes that I've no doubt helped make it possible.  There is still a little ways to go, the lump is a bit smaller than a tangerine, but we're optimistic. The vet and I agree that it's probably a tumor that has gotten infected. So CarrieAnne will remain on medications (and Chinese herbs) for a couple of more weeks when we'll recheck the lump again and decide the next step.
I got CarrieAnne home, relaxed for a little while, and then packed up Gus and took him to see my other favorite vet, Dr. C. The pressure sore is beginning to heal and looking healthier. We're trying a "honey-bandage" on the wound to help it to heal. I don't know about you, but I've never heard of using honey for anything other than for eating.  But when Dr. C was telling me about putting honey directly onto wounds, I felt that it was something we needed to try.  Raw-honey helps draw fluid away from the wound and suppresses the growth of microorganisms that can be resistant to antibiotics. When I changed Gus's bandage this evening, even though it has a way to go, it looked to me at least, that the wound was starting to heal.
The other dogs are doing well too.  Yesterday when my dog-walker came, Gus, Sheba and Cricket had somehow gotten locked in our bedroom.  The door has a keyed lock that we never received the key for and despite her best of efforts, she was unable to get it to open.  I wasn't worried, and knew they would be okay until Carl got home. But I just had to grin when she told me that slid treats under the door for them--Is she a gem or what?