Sunday, November 24, 2019

It Takes Two

Cup of coffee in my favorite holiday mug

 The latest in Spenser series-
Not the same as Robert B's
but good enough.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

So Pretty

Anything to cheer up her mama
My grand-dog David

That's after only one deep brushing.
He looks younger and is dramatically thinner.
He's a sweetheart but THAT hair 
goes everywhere.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Christmas On The Porch

Twelve days of Christmas

My tables always have "quick removal" displays for dining

Reds appealed to me this year

Picks and House of Hatten collectibles
There is a light inside of the log cabin,
and red berries now on the greens.
I kept coming back after I snapped photos.

That stucco you see is the original rear of house.

View from the family room couch
That empty basket beneath the table
is now filled with greens and berries also.

As always, my decor is just loads of picks plunked
into existing decor. I remove nothing unless
 I need a little space.
This time I removed a pitcher of flowers 
from the table so I could lay down greens.

Merry Merry 


Friday, November 15, 2019

Getting There

You don't get over it.
You get through it.

I am slogging thru life at the moment.
One bright spot is this visitor.

Kitty has been setting off my motion detector 
many times, day and night for months now.

Two days ago I opened the back door 
right after the "ping" on my phone 
and kitty walked right in.
I believe he lives in the same model
as I have, as he went straight to laundry room
as if looking for food or litter.

He roamed a bit and left.
I worry for him, don't know how far he wanders.
Local coyotes love kitties.

Today he was back and visited me on porch
where I am trying to find holiday spirit.
Slogging thru is correct term.

I am deep in a fog.
Pain so thick and heavy
 it needs to be shaken off and shed.

So much additional love
from kids and blog friends who know that
pain far too well.

In the past, doing my House of Hatten tree
 would take about 90 minutes.
Yesterday it took me hours as I kept 
wandering away or sitting down and just ...well

Good thing I'm starting early.
I'm going to be awhile getting there.


Friday, November 8, 2019

Howie My Love

I lost Howie yesterday
I am heartbroken

My dear best friend was not even given
 the grace to go gently.

I won't be around for awhile I suppose.
My constant companion has left
me floundering out in this harsh world 
that I want no part of.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Howie Up Date

Howie turned south pretty quickly
 after I posted last night.
I decided to stay up and watch him all night and I
am so grateful I did. 

Vomiting and worse came on very fast and by 
2:30 am I was racing cross town to 
the emergency hospital.

By the time I arrived he was critical and they 
jumped into action. At 5:30am I had to
 drive home to get 
another 0/2 tank as mine had run out,

I was back at emergency by 7:00am
and then I transported him IV's and all
back to original vet hospital.

By now he was in serious condition but
even the short ride over spiked his fever and we
were dicey again. He has been admitted for 2-3
days and prognosis is still up in the air.

I'm a mess. Three hours sleep in 3 days
and I've cried rivers.

All I can think is he's in pain which 
he is and it's severe. They cannot give pain relief 
because of other issues.
He looks at me, when he can, to say
why Mom why?

I can't stay there with him,
even though they all notice his breathing calms
 when he can see me.

My heart is breaking.

He needs your prayers also, not just the hundreds
Hannah and I have been sending out, so
please if you would?

As soon as there is good news I'll write again.

thanks guys


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Poor Baby Boy Howie

That is what Hannah said when 
she called to check on Howie

Here he is right after he came home
from his oral surgery.
His head so heavy he could not lift it up
from his water bowl.
He is one drugged up pooch.
It is now 9:00 pm and he has barely moved.

I was a wreck all day worrying
myself sick. He is nearly 15
so anesthesia is risky.

He has not been eating much
 at all these past weeks
so that has me worried also.
Perhaps it was his teeth.

We'll know in a week or so.
Meanwhile I have to get three HUGE 
pills a day into a dog who
 is too whacked out to eat and opening his 
sore mouth to push them down is an 
impossible feat on a good day.

Of course I'll be on the couch listening
all night to be sure he is OK.

My heart is breaking for my

Poor Baby Boy Howie


Sunday, November 3, 2019

The Studio

You would need to be very familiar
with my studio that made it into magazines and books
to notice the changes perhaps, but 
changes indeed have occurred.

Several cabinets that were either on the floor
 or hanging on the walls
are now gone.
Inside the cabinets studio materials
have been down sized and rearranged.

The curtains are gone from the loft opening,
bringing needed light. 
They were only there to hide the backs of cabinets
that could be seen from downstairs.

This small table sits where a triple doored cabinet
 and large easy chair used to be.
Now my Cricut and Gemini 
are always out and nagging me to use.
The table can be easily pulled to the end of my
work table for when friends come crafting.

The tablecloth is temporary.
I just found the mustard paint I want
 to re-paint the top which was 
severely in need after years outside.

I know folks who haven't changed
 a thing in their homes in decades.
This I find hard to imagine.
For me that would be like always eating
in the one same restaurant,
wearing the same clothes every day,
watching only the same few shows
eating the same meals,
sleeping in the same linens forever.

I am not the same person year after year
and my environment is crucial to my 
sense of comfort and peace.

I am not a fan of wastefulness
and it takes very little money to 
be creative. In fact I am making
money as I change over my home; 
selling off many items for what I paid and 
some even for a small profit.

The two carloads to donation 
and several hundred books to local library
make my heart happy.

go forth 

be bold

Make your corner of the universe
work for you
and please your soul.