Catching Up 3/8/15

Is everyone on the right time today?  I remembered to set my clock forward THIS MORNING – even after being reminded twelve times by Ted.

You see, Ted is away for a few days, and you should have heard all the instructions before he left. Like – setting the clock forward on Saturday night; emptying the garbage every evening (that was actually one of Blake’s instructions); don’t forget to lock up at night; don’t forget to get the newspaper in every morning; don’t forget to get the mail; don’t forget to let Maddie out around 7:30 because she’ll need to “go” between her walk at 5:00 and her last walk at 10:30.  I mean, really.  He does realize we live in the same house, right?  Like all this is new!?  Ok – I’ve vented.  Thank you very much.

Ted has a meeting in Macon (Ga.) on Monday, and he’s getting our taxes done in Georgia on Tuesday (hard to break those old habits), so he decided to leave on Saturday and spend a little time with the gang at the ri’vah this weekend.  SO WISH I could have gone with him, but there’s another volunteer meeting here at the hospital on Monday (lots of red tape involved in hospital volunteering).  Good news!  I got just what I wanted – an Emergency Room shift – Thursday from 8 a.m.-12 noon!  The bad part is I can’t start training until after an all-day orientation session on March 30.  Patience, patience, patience!

In the meantime, I run out to the Flagler Humane Society twice a week with my trusty camera.  When I arrived last week the empty room they’ve been letting me use as a “studio” was full of kitties because THEIR room was being painted.  So, I decided to try my hand with a few dogs . . . not as easy as I thought it would be.  First, I have to glue myself to one of the dog walkers (because we know what happens when I try to walk them myself).  But – everyone was very friendly, and after all, it’s all about finding these babies homes.

Gibbs - a 6 year old Hound mix.  Such a sweet dog!

Gibbs – a 6 year old Hound mix. Such a sweet dog!

Meet Boyze - a 7 year old Shepherd/Chow mix with a touch of arthritis.  He deserves to be pampered and loved for many years to come.

Meet Boyze – a 7 year old Shepherd/Chow mix with a touch of arthritis. He deserves to be pampered and loved for many years to come.

Cute little Buster!  This little guy has a great personality! and is only a year old.  He's a Beagle/Pug Mix (a Puggle)!

Cute little Buster! This little guy has a great personality and is only a year old. He’s a Beagle/Pug Mix (a Puggle)!

Even though Flagler Humane Society is NOT a no-kill shelter, they work very diligently to adopt out their dogs and cats and are certainly in no hurry to euthanize.  Last week I was witness to the reunion of a pit bulldog mix with his family – after having escaped from their yard over six months ago.  He was such a nice dog the humane society removed a fatty tumor from his side and neutered him during his stay with them – they were determined to find him a nice home. The owners (who did not live in Flagler County) had not checked shelters outside their county, and the dog was not micro-chipped.  Then last week – almost as a last effort to locate their dog – they started calling surrounding county shelters.  And there he was.  The reunion was such a joy to see – one big wiggling body and a tail wagging so hard it was a blur!  Yes, I cried.

IT’S BEEN MIGHTY WARM

We've had a couple of days in the 80's - just right for sitting on the deck, sipping a nice glass of wine, and watching the sunset.

We’ve had a couple of days in the 80’s – just right for sitting on the deck, sipping a nice glass of wine, and watching the sunset.

The next morning after the above photo, the wind started blowing like crazy, it rained, and never got out of the 50’s.  Due to warm up again this week though!

Oh – it’s BIKE WEEK down here.  I’ve never seen so many Harleys in my life.  They are literally EVERYWHERE!  What is Bike week, you may ask.  As far as I can figure out, it’s when folks who love motorcycles drive down to Florida from all over the U.S. just to ride up and down the beach highway for hours on end.  Great for the economy – bad for your ears!  Sounds like an old woman talking, doesn’t it?

UP NORTH

This the front yard of friends Lowell and Faye Greene from Olivet, Michigan (close to Lansing).  Lots of snow - then it rained - then the rain froze.  Does that look slick to you?  It is!

This the front yard of friends Lowell and Faye Greene from Olivet, Michigan (close to Lansing). Lots of snow – then it rained – then the rain froze on top of the snow. Does that look slick to you? It is!

A beautifully layered sunset from Clark Bloswick . . .

A beautifully layered sunset from Clark Bloswick . . .

. . . followed by Clark's Thursday morning shot of the moon setting.

. . . followed by Clark’s Thursday morning shot of the moon setting.

Ok - this scares the stew out of me!  A shot from one of the Mackinac Bridge towers (by the Michigan Department of Transportation) of the icy Straits of Mackinac AND one very brave soul walking down the suspension

Ok – this scares the stew out of me! A shot from one of the Mackinac Bridge towers (by the Michigan Department of Transportation) of the icy Straits of Mackinac AND one very brave soul ambling down the suspension walkway.  Oh. My. Goodness.

Update:  Molly McGreevy.  On Friday afternoon Molly underwent nearly 5 hours of breast cancer surgery.  We’ve chatted several times online, and she is so thankful to be over that part of her journey.  She has been in quite a lot of pain since the surgery and is hoping that will lessen soon.  Now.  Imagine having had ANY kind of surgery and then having to go home over 5 miles of ice on a snowmobile – OR try to maneuver yourself into a tiny plane for a flight from the mainland to the island.  Either way, it’s not going to be easy, and we all need to add that element to our prayers – getting Molly safely, and as comfortably as possible – back to Mackinac.  A huge thank you from Molly for your continued prayers and for the donations that are helping her and Ed through this scary part of their lives together.

I think that’s all for tonight – except to say “thank you” to my trusty companion Bear, who had my back on Thursday night.  Believe me, he got extra Milk Bones the next morning!

Love y’all!  God bless.

P.S.  Blake and I went to the movies this afternoon to see McFarland, U.S.A. with Kevin Costner.  If you haven’t seen it, RUSH to the theatre.  It’s based on a true story, and it will make you stand up and cheer at the end.  Loved it!!

 

9 thoughts on “Catching Up 3/8/15

  1. My yard looked just like Lowell’s until today. 44 degrees took care of some of that snow. You are one busy lady. I hope I have your energy when I retire!! Prayers continuing for Molly.

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  2. Your pictures of the dogs are so good that I want Gibbs, and I’ve always been a cat person! I can just feel those silky soft ears. Just the right size, too. Somebody’s going to love on those dogs – they’re all so sweet!
    Hasn’t the moon been gorgeous? From Florida to Mackinac Island, it’s just outdone itself. I hope it shines on Molly and makes her smile, too. Still holding a good thought for her, of course. And as always, thank you for sharing such gentleness and warmth. It’s much appreciated!

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  3. Yes, it’s finally starting to warm up a little and the snow is slowing melting. I can only hope that this is the beginning of Spring. Whatever it is, I sure am liking it a lot! I love Gibb’s two different ears. Spots on one and the other looks brown, and so soft. Love the story of the family and their pit bulldog mix. Even after all that time, they were finally reunited. That is awesome! Happy ending 🙂
    Many good thoughts and prayers for Molly. Happy that all went well with the surgery and hoping for an easy trip home.
    Thanks again to Bear for keeping us up to date. 🙂

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  4. When my family goes on vacation, I often don’t bring in the newspaper until I come home from work and grab the mail, as well.
    It upsets one of our neighbors that it’s going to invite people to break in. I keep thinking that since it’s my house and life, I can decide when to bring in the paper.

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  5. Continued prayers for Molly. I want Buster! Cute little guy. BTW I’ll be in Key Largo from 3 June until the beginning of July for PADI training.

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  6. I had to laugh when I read your vent about Ted. Too funny! Our yard looked like Lowell’s too. I thought it was so pretty though with the sun shining on it over the weekend. The spring thaw begins and we couldn’t be happier. 50’s here this week will feel like your 80’s. Thoughts and prayers to Molly. I can’t imagine trying to get back home after surgery via snowmobile or plane. She’s a tough cookie I suspect and will make it through all this.
    I can’t imagine being away from my dog for 6 months. I bet that family was so happy to be reunited with their dog. What a happy ending!

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    • I felt bad after I wrote and published that, Karen, but he’s so funny about making sure every little thing is done correctly. There’s a name for that, but I won’t mention it here 😃.

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  7. Brenda,

    Sorry to be so late in commenting on your wonderful as usual blog. No excuses, just late.

    Remembering Molly daily. Do you know when she will be returning to the island?

    I was extremely surprised to see the picture of our front yard. I must admit it was beautiful. A couple days after Faye took that picture, it went above freezing and has been there most of the time since then, so after all my moaning and complaining about the bitter cold and having a hard time thinking that Spring was so far away that I couldn’t see it, probably 3/4 of the snow has melted. We can even see the dormant grass in places. Oh, Happy Day!

    The picture of the bridge worker is definitely a great picture, but I think it’s enough to give me nightmares if I let my imagination go. I’m not afraid of heights (usually), but that’s just plain unreal. I’ve been up in the Hemisfair Tower in San Antonio, the University Tower in Austin and the Space Needle in Seattle etc, and driven in the mountains numerous times, but that’s sure not the same as having the wind blowing by my ears hundreds of feet above the ice and water.

    You sure have done a good job with the dog pictures. Boyze looks a lot like our Nellie in the face, although Nellie’s tongue is just partially and not completely black. She is half Chow too, but I think she is some kind of Terrier for the other half.

    Happy Springtime.

    PS: I thought Jason was going to be coming home from Afghanistan this summer, but his comment sounds like that’s not so. Do you know when he’s due to come home for good.?

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