Oct 012015

Most of you know that my baby dog has been sick for the last week. My son and I took her to the vet last Tuesday and they put her on some medicine. We took her back Friday so they could see how she was doing and she seemed to be doing better. Then Saturday she stopped eating and drinking and vomiting. And I think she had a stroke Sunday night because Monday morning when I woke up she wouldn’t get up and walk and wasn’t acting normal. I picked her up and carried her to the car and my daughter and I took her to the vet. They wanted us to leave her so they could run some tests, give her some fluids, take blood and do some x-rays. They called me around 3:30 and wanted me to come in to talk. My daughter and I went home and got my son because I wanted them to go with me. My oldest son was at work in Tampa and wouldn’t have made it home in time to go. When we got there they told us she wasn’t responding to treatment and was getting worse. Her white blood cell count was 36 and normal is 15 I think they said. She also said she probably did have a stoke from the way she was acting. The vet said at her age they didn’t think that anything else they could do would help, but if I wanted them to try the few options they had left, they would. But I couldn’t bear watching her suffer anymore. She was shivering, panting on and off, and kept grunting, which are all due to being in pain. Plus she couldn’t stand up or walk and would focus on our faces but didn’t respond to us at all. The only thing I knew to do was to put her sleep. It was a very hard decision but it was one that had to be made. Thankfully I got to hold her for a while before they started the procedure. Then they put her up on the table, on a towel, and I sat down and pulled her to me. I kept rubbing her and telling her how much I loved her and what a good girl she was. I kept doing that while the vet gave her something to put her to sleep and then while they gave the medicine that would end her suffering. She took her last breath with me rubbing her and telling her how much I loved her. And then her pain ended. I was so thankful that I was with her, and that they let us stay with her as long as we wanted. Walking away from her was the second hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. The first was walking away from my husband after he passed.

Patches was 17 years old. I got her when she was a puppy. She lived a very long life and was never sick until the last week.  She did have an ear ache once but we cleared it up in just a day or so.

Patches definitely knew she was loved. I told her how much I loved her every single day I had her. She would get in my lap every night and I would squeeze her and tell her she was the best doggy in the world and how much I loved her. I threw her ball every day, for hours, up until about 6 months ago when age started catching up with her and she could only chase it for an hour or so without stopping to rest. But then she was back at it. She loved that ball. And she loved her momma. She showed me that she loved me every day. She followed me from room to room. She was my shadow. When I’d leave the house I’d pull into the driveway and there she’d be, sitting on the back of the couch waiting for me to come home. And she’d meet me at the door with her tail wagging 90 miles and hour, letting me know how much she missed me and how happy she was that I was home. When she had to go potty she would jump in my lap and put her nose an inch or two from mine and just stare at me. She sat by me on the couch while I watched tv or read. She slept beside me every night for 17 years. There is no way to express how much I loved that dog. I was certainly Blessed to have been her momma.

I am still grieving over the loss of my husband Henry, who I lost in January. This year has definitely been a hard one. I no longer have my husband by my side which hurts so much every day. I have cried every single day since January 22nd,  and now I don’t have my baby dog.


Patches laying on the floor beside me

This is a bed Patches would lay on, on the floor beside me while I was on my laptop. I have so many pictures of her like this, and in every one of them she is laying on it different. She never once got on it with the pillow inside it. She was such a funny dog.

Patches looking out the window

Here she is looking out the window, waiting for me to come home.

Patches on the boat

She loved going out on the boat with us.


She loved going out in the yard with her daddy and chasing squirrels.

RIP Patches. Momma misses you and loves you very much!


Aug 152015

palm crest

This is the Palm Crest. My family and I stayed there every year when we came to Florida from Ohio for a two week vacation. I loved this hotel and the friends I met each year. I live in Florida now and still visit this beach.  I took this photo the last time I was there, when my son and I went. So many good memories!!

Saturday Snapshot

Jun 272015

This isn’t the main beach, it’s a little secluded spot my son found yesterday when we went to Fort DeSoto. The tide was going out and you could walk on the sand dunes between where we were and the island that you see in the distance. There were a lot of birds and even a raccoon. People must have been feeding him because he sure wasn’t afraid of us.  The whole time we were eating he would come really close to us and my son or grandson would keep shooing him away. He kept coming back though, until we were done eating.

racoon fort desoto

Saturday Snapshot

Jun 202015

When we made plans to for our June vacation, we planned to go to St. Augustine, Fl for a week and then go to Orlando and stay 2 days. We went to Gatorland and then on to Old Town in Kissimmee. I didn’t get any photos of Old Town, but got a bunch at Gatorland. The first is the water park, and the second is of something I had never seen before.  I thought it was a great idea, but also very funny. Have you ever seen one?



Saturday Snapshot

Jun 132015

June 2nd was my daughter Kilah’s birthday and all she wanted was to go to St. Augustine, Fl for a week. So, my youngest son and I, Kilah, her husband and kids went. We walked and walked and then walked some more (most people walk, ride bikes or take the trolley rather than drive), but we had a great time and did a lot of interesting things and visited quite a few places. Other than the beach (of course) , my favorite was the Whetstone Chocolate Factory Tour. It was very interesting to see how they make their chocolates. The tour guide was great. He was full of information, asked many questions, was very funny, and best of all, he handed out lots of different chocolate samples.

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I loved this tour and will probably do it again the next time I’m in St. Augustine. See that t-shirt in the next to the last photo? I love that! “Put The Chocolate In The Bag And Nobody Gets Hurt”.


Aug 032014



Today has been a sad day. The dog my son rescued from an abusive owner and gave to me as a present 13 years ago died today. I ended up having to give him to my daughter because he didn’t get along with the dog I already had, but I loved visiting him and listening to his hilarious bark.

My daughter and her family live on a one way street and her husband’s parents, a cousin and an aunt live a few houses down and/or across the street, so there 4 different households to visit with. He was such a good dog who loved having his head and back scratched and his belly rubbed. He was also a great balloon popper!

You’ll be missed for sure, lots of people loved you. RIP Fart !

(his name was Bart, but I always called him Fart)


Jun 032014

Yay!! I remembered to post for RRT!!!

Last Friday I went to my granddaughter Alecia’s 5th grade graduation. She was so happy to be graduating because next year she gets to go to middle school! Yep, a really big deal for her. At the graduation ceremony they surprised a few kids with awards. I guess Alecia is her grammy’s granddaughter because one of the awards she got was for the student who visited the library the most times during the year (Top Reader)! I couldn’t have been prouder!! I absolutely love that she loves to read as much as I do! Her teacher read them part of the book Flipped by  Wendelin Van Draanen, and Alecia loved it so much that the teacher bought her a copy!!


It’s hard to read the award, but if you click on the photo the writing is clearer.

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Mar 162014


Sunday Salon
Small Victories

Family News…
My grandson “Little” Harley’s 4th birthday was the 11th. He’s such a Blessing to us!

My son in law “Big” Harley finally went back to work after his accident. It’s such a relief after a hard couple of months for them. I thought my grandson would be a handful since his daddy has been home for so long and he’s his daddy’s shadow, but my daughter says he adjusted ok. So happy about that!

On The Blog Last Week…
Audiobook Review: Bones In Her Pockets by Kathy Reichs
Review: A Stillness Of Chimes by Meg Moseley

Reviews Coming Up On The Blog…
Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

I’m Reading…
Round The Bend by Alistair McGuinness

Listening To…
Can You Hear The Music? by Sandra Farris

I’m on an old classic movie kick again. My favorite is An Affair To Remember

Lots of walking. I really want to get my bike out this week and hit the trail soon. Me, the hubby and our friend James waked it on Friday and it made me jones for my bike.

I’m Looking Forward To:
The flea/farmers market tomorrow & picking up the books I have on hold at the library.

I’m Thinking…
I hope the warm weather is here to stay. Tired of the back to back hot/cold days.

I’m Thankful For…
Our friend James who had a second heart attack a month or so ago had a stress test and passed!! He was worried because he’s still having chest pains. The dr. told him there isn’t any more blockage, but his heart is still not strong so he needs to walk as much as he can. We’re going bike riding soon too.

In the kitchen…
Eating not so healthy tonight, turkey hot dogs with hot chow chow.

I’m going…
No plans for the week except for getting fruits & veggies tomorrow and the library.

A favorite quote…
“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” Stephen King

One of my favorite things…
My yoga blocks. Oh how I need and love them!!

A picture I thought I’d share with you…

My grandson loves…seriously, LOVES chicken nuggets, so my daughter made him a chicken nugget cupcake. He loved it!! He loved his real cupcakes too! And yes, her kitchen is orange!