Monday, January 19, 2015

Life with Blackie

In August 2004, I just bought a new house and got a new puppy, a three month old Border Collie named Blackie.

I kept him in a crate while I was at work and to house train him that took him only two weeks to figure out. He loved to play tug of war with a piece of rope while he showed me his moves by twisting and jumping over my arms. He also liked to play fetch with the same rope as I'd throw it down the hall and he'd run back with it jumping up and hitting me on the legs with his paws until I was black and blue from the experience. He'd play for hours like this and when he was nine months old I took him running with me for the first time. He loved it and he would strut down the running path. Obedience training was a snap for him. By this time he was out of his crate and allowed to run around the house while I was at work. He'd sit by the front window and wait for me to come home. All the neighbor's knew him and always asked me about him. They didn't know he'd chewed up two window sills and some carpet while he waited for me to come home for lunch and after work. I thought he was lonely so I got him a playmate, a little Border Collie female from the same breeder, and I named her Koko.

Koko and Blackie never really bonded like I thought they would and all she wanted to do, and it's still the same to this day, is to chase Blackie with a toy in her mouth. I'd take them to the local park and let them run around and smell everything and we made the best of it.

Then I met Patra and everything changed. Patra had three cats and a bird. The Border Collies didn't mind the cats and the bird but they weren't happy that they were losing their precious spots on the bed at night. Blackie hung onto his spot on the right side of the bed, Patra got stuck in the middle, and I got the left side with a kitty cat who slept on my head. We got married and moved to a bigger house in Dallas with a huge backyard and everyone was content. However, we lost two kitties the first year and then got another one who's never left the house. The dogs made do with the new house by playing in the back yard while Blackie would run with me at White Rock Lake and White Rock Creek.

Life was moving along for the animals and then we adopted another dog, Zoe a Blue Heeler mix, and the house became full of tension.We kept Zoe until we were getting ready to sell our house and Patra's brother took her in. Tension among the animals resolved itself.

Then in 2010 our twin boys were born and the animals had more humans to deal with in the house. Things went well until the boys were walking and Blackie snapped at them a couple of times. By this point he was getting, "grumpy" as the boys called him. He'd slowed down to the point where he didn't really like playing in the backyard anymore and would only run with me in cooler weather. Koko spent her time hanging around in the backyard barking at the neighbor's dogs.

Now it's 2015 and Blackie has really dramatically slowed down. He can no longer run with me for any distance at all and only walks with me to the park on short walks and even that seems to be stressful for him. Getting up and jumping into the car is now a real problem for him. My heart is breaking with thoughts of losing him but Patra has told me not to mourn him that he's got a lot of life left in him. We go to the vet in a couple of days to find out if there's anything other than old age dragging him down so quickly. I'm just sad that he's not the puppy he used to be and it's hard to watch an animal age so rapidly.

I love that little monster.

Update: Blackie's running days are officially over. Arthritis in both hips and his right rear knee. Doc has him on pain medication and supplements to manage the arthritis. Now we wait and see how he does on the medication. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Painted Furniture

I've been painting furniture!  I've been invited to attend the Dallas Swap and Flea to try and sell some of my pieces.  I hope it goes well.  I really love doing this!  Here is what I've done so far.

Wish me luck!

Friday, August 29, 2014

It's Just A Friday

Paul was rear-ended in our NEW CAR this week.  It was a 4 car pile-up.
What a pain.
The woman driving the Mercedes, who didn't even hit the breaks before ramming into him, was accusing everyone but herself.  She was the sole reason for the pile-up.  She hit Paul, pushing him into the car in front of him, and so on... and so on....

While is doesn't look all that bad in these photos, the reality was worse.  
About $7600 worse.

I have some fun pictures of the boys too.  Christopher has embraced roll playing.  Sean loves his toy animals.  Sometimes these two activities go together like peas and carrots... 

but most of the time it doesn't.

And now, in no particular order... THE BOYS:

Dr. Phlegm is accepting new patients.
(yes, he chose that name himself)

An Officer and a Pirate

The Sully's are hugging!  I promise it didn't last.

Chris in the bunker with his helmet.

Christopher's first selfie

Sean hugging a creepy height-limit character

My knight in shining armor with eye protection

Sean fell asleep watching Sharkboy and Lavagirl.

Christopher watching TV in his fort.
The flags really bring the whole thing together.

Christopher fishing in the Goldfish pond.

Jazz Hands

Sean is showing Pop how his fingernail is growing back.
I promise.
Also, he's showing him the wrong fingernail.

Of all the toys in Guitarget (Target), this was his choice.

A tired Fireman Christopher is being beamed up.

Paul and I were watching Castle before going to bed, Sean woke up and came into the living room. He landed here and fell back asleep.  Just like this.

Christopher either ate a blue sucker or he's turning into a Smurf.

Sean asleep at Red Pepper (Chili's) AGAIN.

Sean sitting on Grandpa Jay and Nunu's tombstone at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery

Sean throwing the ball and letting Christopher play catch.  
I'm having a margarita.

Christopher being a "Cooker" at Alice's house.  
He's modeling a LOVELY apron which he wouldn't take off.

I have no idea how this happened.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

It's a (DIY) Wrap

Has anyone tried any Detox/Slimming Body Wraps?  I had seriously been considering trying it since I have a little saggy skin where my C-section was. (sorry guys - TMI alert a little late ) The main goal of a detox wrap is to aid your body in detoxifying your skin and fat cells to help you trim a few inches from your stomach, thighs, arms, buttocks, neck and face. You can also reduce the appearance of cellulite and firm up loose skin. Who doesn't want that?  

I came across THIS blog, by Mandy Gladden, on Facebook.  She did some research and found Plexus's Fast Relief Cream and the Body Cream have many of the same ingredients found in various other wraps on the market. In fact, our creams have even more natural detoxifying ingredients than most wraps out there! You mean, I can make my own wrap?? Yes... Yes you can!

It was time for an experiment.
My tools

I worked late last night so by the time I'd gotten home, got the boys fed, and fixed something for myself, it was 9:00pm before I could try this out.  We didn't have a tape measure, or at least one the wasn't metal and stiff, so I improvised. I got some ribbon and wrapped it around my belly which was the area I wanted to test.  I cut a length of it that fit snugly, but not tightly, around me.  Now, when I finish the hour long experiment, I will use that ribbon and see if it's loose and measure the difference.  That was the plan anyways.

I undressed, took one pump of each cream, and slathered them on my belly and around my back.  I intended on wrapping myself with Saran Wrap since it's what I had handy, but thought I'd ask Paul to help me.  He said, "Wait, let me get this straight.  You're going to wrap yourself up in Saran Wrap."  I said yes.  He said "You know, you're supposed to surprise me at the door when I come home from a long day at work like that.  You're doing it wrong."  I just rolled my eyes and told him to roll me up. He did, but giggled the whole time.

I thought we had it tight enough, but almost immediately it started to slip and slide.  So, I improvised again.  I had a full body girdle because, well, you never know when you might need one.  Like now.  I pulled it on over the Saran Wrap.  This actually worked great.  Paul lost interest around this point. :-)

It was now 9:05pm.  I went upstairs to do a little work while I waited for the hour to pass.  At about 9:10pm I felt an intense tingling.  Was it working??  Maybe!  Then at 9:28pm the tingling actually got a little stronger. It was almost, but not quite, uncomfortable.  I actually like the way it felt.  No pain no gain, right?

At 10:05pm I went downstairs to unwrap myself and see if I had any success.  With my crude measuring method, it looked like I was down at least a 1/4"!  That may not seem like much, but I call it a success!  This morning when I woke up I thought I'd see if I'd ballooned back out, but now it showed a loss of closer to 1/2"! They say the benefits of the wrap will keep working for up to 48 hours. 

I will repeat the process on my thighs next.  Maybe I'll have pictures for that one.  Maybe.