Thursday, July 8, 2021


 How can it be summer already? We're still a whole year behind. Shouldn't things slow down and give us a chance to catch up? Oh well.... onward! I have recovered fully from my gallstone operation and my knee is doing much better with a steroid injection and some therapy. A couple years ago I had surgery on my foot. I had injured it kicking a rock during a temper tantrum. Unfortunately, the surgery didn't work and because 2020 was a lost year, I finally had the surgery redone a couple days ago. Let's hope for better results and yes, I have learned to channel my anger in better ways.

Mackey is doing pretty well with her tendonitis. The steroids really helped but when they were done the limp came back. Dr B said it would be a long slow recovery, so we're making her take it easy, as much as we can.

We've still been getting lots of rain. It's even forecast for the rest of the week. Our yard has never been so green. The weeds are growing like weeds. The fungi are also growing. Here are a few that I discovered last week. These are growing on an old tree limb that fell a couple years ago.
See the little red one. There are a couple like that, pretty but probably deadly.
This cluster of tiny pink ones is interesting.
We also have wild strawberries growing all over the place, both front and back yards. The birds probably planted them and the night visitors sometimes eat them. They're very small and not sweet so they're welcome to them.
I've been keeping myself entertained during my recovery by reading and knitting. I've added to my collection of knit dogs.
Each of these is the size of a real puppy, so I will soon be out of room. 

Then I decided to try something different. I've seen Bernie popping up everywhere online so I attempted to make my own Bernie doll. Here he is.

The deer come around most mornings and evenings but lately they've been stopping by in the late afternoon.

Rocket still comes by every evening for dinner. He's been coming earlier, even before it gets dark. He finishes his dinner and plays in the fountain for awhile. Then he hides in the hedge while Rob gives him a second course. The door is barely closed before he's back to stuff himself some more.   
One of his favorite meals is dog kibble coated with bacon grease. He gets it a couple times a week and he licks the feeder clean. Unfortunately he then plays in the fountain for awhile and leaves a film of bacon grease floating on the water. Rob has to clean the fountain daily because Rocket makes such a mess.  
So, as you can see, nothing very important has been going on here. Springfield, Missouri has been in the news a lot lately because Covid is surging here. Most of the citizens have decided they don't need to be vaccinated. Rob and I are both fully vaccinated but we stay home unless it's absolutely necessary to go out and we both wear masks in public. There's no reasoning with stupid!                                                  

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Uh Oh !

Hi Everybody,

It's been a long time since Mom has let me post, but I have a lot to say. Besides, she's feeling sorry for me. You see a couple months ago I began limping a little. It wasn't even very noticeable but Mom has an eagle's eye when it come to us dogs. She gave me a little tasty Rimadyl tablet for a few days and everything was fine again. I was back to running and jumping and moving rocks to look for lizards.

Then a couple weeks ago the limp came back. We did the same treatment but it didn't go away. Then last week it got a little worse and over the weekend it got really bad. So Mom said those terrible little words that no dog wants to hear, " You're going to the vet".

 Oh no!!!!! 

Monday morning Mom got up and reached for her coffee. Nobody talks to Mom before her first cup of coffee because she's really grouchy. After the first cup she turns back into Mom again and things start getting done. She called the vet's office and they said to bring me in that afternoon. Oh no!!!!

 When we got in the car I thought we were going to the library. When we go there to pick up a book for Mom the nice lady at the window gives me a cookie. One of the ladies even gives me special meaty basted cookies that are delicious. But this time we didn't turn into the library and I realized where we were headed. Oh no!!!!

When we got to the vet's office I didn't want to go in but Mom dragged me inside.  Next they weighed me and said I'd gained two pounds when I was supposed to lose five. Then they took my temperature. How humiliating!

Then in walked Dr B. Oh no!!!! He and Mom talked a little, then he put me on the table and called in some helpers. Mom said her Porties never had to be held when they were on the table but it took six people to hold me still. Dr B did all the usual stuff, looking in my eyes and ears and feeling me up, then he grabbed my sore leg. He isn't as gentle as Mom. He pushed it and pulled it and twisted it and moved it every way he could. Oh no!!!!

Finally he let go of my leg but he and the helpers still kept me on the table.  He said to Mom, "Do you want the good news or the bad news?" She asked for the bad news, silly woman. He told her it would take a long time to heal. The good news was that it probably would heal. He says it seems to be tendonitis in my shoulder. It could be from an injury or an infection, but my jumping has aggravated it. I have to take an antibiotic and a steroid and try not to jump. Who's he kidding? Me not jump? 

Then he showed Mom how to give me a shot in my hip. I have to have the shots every week for a month. Mom is going to have to tie me up like a calf in a rodeo to give me those shots but she doesn't seemed concerned about it. I wonder what she has in mind.

So now Mom's knee is getting better and she isn't limping anymore, but I am. She said she had to have a shot and take medicine too, but I don't believe it. She's just trying to fool me. Dad put pillows down all around the bed so if I do jump off I land on a soft place, not the hard floor. He also said I can't chase squirrels anymore till I'm all better. Oh no!!!

At least Mom says I can post on the blog, but I'd rather be chasing a squirrel or moving rocks to find a lizard. It's not easy being a dog.

Your limpy friend, Mackey



Sunday, May 23, 2021

Do You Know What Today Is?

 Today is National Turtle Day.

We have a neighborhood turtle that walks thru our yard every spring on his way to a pond about half a mile away.
In the fall we see him walking back down the hill and we give him a lift to the woods where he continues on to his winter home.
He's been showing up every spring since we moved here and the dogs let us know he's arrived. They all watch him closely, but Tsar is the only one who ever interacted with him. Tsar picked him up and carried him to the door where we took him and set him back on his route.

I had a little turtle when I was a kid. It was ok but as pets went, it was pretty boring. I still like turtles, but I'll stick with my knitted ones.

 To all the turtles out there, have a wonderful day and stay safe.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Playing Catch Up

Last week I finally had my gallbladder surgery. I had postponed it for over a year due to Covid and once everyone involved was vaccinated I decided the time was right. I had planned on doing a lot of easy tasks while recovering but I felt to tired that nothing much got accomplished. Finally yesterday I felt like knitting again and today I was able to face the computer. 

There isn't a lot to report because I just read and watched tv most of the time when I wasn't napping. I did continue to feed Rocket J during my down time. Last night his dinner was dog kibble soaked in bacon grease. Yum!

Rocket thought it was yummy and even turned up early while I was getting it ready. As you can see, he's no longer a tiny little runty raccoon. He's a big boy now. The opossum family has been missing for about a month. I hope they're just busy and haven't left the area.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Goodbye Cousin Bo

 It was announced yesterday that Bo Obama has died from cancer. 

His family is heartbroken as we all know from experience.

Bo was 12 years old and was the cousin of our boy, Fudge. Can you see the resemblance?
Rest in peace, dear Bo.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Spring Come Back !

 Monday was a lovely Spring day, warm and sunny.

Syd and Mackey spent most of the day searching for lizards.

Tuesday when Mackey and I went out to feed the birds, we saw this.
It continued all day. We wound up with about 2 inches.
My crabapple trees looked like this.
Today we're back to sweatshirts and the dogs don't want to stay out. It's cold but sunny. Most of the snow is gone.
Wonder what tomorrow will bring. The weather dude says thunderstorms, then into the 80s. Weird!

Sunday, April 18, 2021


Isn't it nice to have choices? Sometimes the choices are easy, but today I'm presenting some more difficult choices. First up is the choice of favorite season. 

My favorite is Spring. I love seeing all the trees in bloom. I don't even mind the runny eyes and sneezing that go along with the blooms.

Next choice is which Spring bloom is the prettiest? Here are the choices: Cherry blossoms

Plum blossoms
Crabapple  blossoms

I love them all , but our Crabapples are glorious this year.
Next up, some of the spring flowers in the yard. Periwinkle
Bleeding Heart
Whatever these are
I'm very partial to violets any time of year.

Now on to another topic of choices. Breakfast. What are your favorite breakfast choices? I usually have coffee before I can even think about food. I think my brain works on caffeine and needs it's first dose before any thought process can take place. The choices here are between warm homemade banana bread straight from the oven or scrambled eggs with asparagus.  Here are the answers. I had warm banana bread with my second cup of coffee.

The scrambled eggs with asparagus were for my little pal Rocket J, the raccoon. I put it in the feeder along with his nightly kibble and he loved it. I enjoyed watching him shovel the eggs into his mouth.
Okay, I know I'm spoiling him, but I can't help myself. He comes by every night to see what I've put out for him and the only thing he leaves behind are green veggies.

The final choice today is which flavor do you prefer? Licorice



The answer is I love them all and have a hard time choosing but maybe in this case I'll choose Rootbeer.

Thought I was talking about candy, didn't you?
Have a great week and don't forget to hug your dog.