Monday, March 29, 2021

It's That Time!

 Today is a lovely sunny Monday in Spring. Sydney and Mackey have gained a few 'pandemic pounds', but who hasn't?

Mackey thinks a little time on the trampoline will make those extra pounds disappear. I don't think so.

 The warm sunshine over the weekend brought out some Spring greenery. The crabapple is leafing out.
 The bleeding heart is starting up.
 The first violets of the year have appeared.
But the very best thing about this time of year is the start of lizard season. The girls are spending lots of time staring at the rocks where those pesky lizards have been hiding away all winter.

 They have to come out sooner or later and we'll be ready.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Sniffing The Breeze

 Today is a beautiful sunny day here in Portieville. Signs of Spring have begun to show up around the yard. We have leaves on the wild rose.

There are tiny buds opening on the plum tree.


The red maple is turning red with little helicopter seeds.


The neighbor actually has flowers.


We have dandelions which pass for flowers in our yard.

We have a new puzzle finish. Rob did most of the work on this one.

Syd spent most of the day yesterday outside chasing squirrels, rolling in the grass and barking for the sheer pleasure of barking.

Mackey has to be supervised outside because Mackey has a seizure disorder. Friday was Canine Epilepsy Day. The folks over at the Five Sibe Blog are a great source of information for dogs that experience seizures.

Dr B feels pretty sure that Mac and Syd's mom had distemper while she was pregnant with them. Most likely all the pups suffered some brain damage as a result. Syd has sudden bouts of rage where she attacks any other animal nearby. Mackey has seizures that last from 12 to 15 minutes each. Fortunately they don't happen frequently, her last was in December. I've studied her closely and she seems to know when one is coming on. She acts unusually quiet and seems fearful. A couple times I've been able to ward one off by giving her valium as soon as I notice her odd behavior. Seizures are scary for her and for us.

So, come on Spring! We're ready for you!

Thursday, March 25, 2021

It's Spring, I Guess

 Hi, Here we are again, back at Blogger. Don't ask me what's going on because I don't have a clue. On Saturday I sat at the computer for hours trying to post on the other site and it wouldn't let me on. It still won't. So today I sat down at Blogger and on the first try it worked. There's no guarantee that it will tomorrow or even this afternoon, so here we are. 

On Saturday I was going to wish you all a happy Equinox. The calendar says it's finally Spring, but it's chilly and rainy and the Spring blooms are late this year.

 Rob gets his second vaccination tomorrow and I'll get mine next Wednesday. Till then we pretty much hang out around the house. I've got Rob hooked on jigsaw puzzles. Here's the most recent finish.

There were two pieces missing in this one and it was driving us crazy.

I'm still playing with sharp objects aka knitting needles. In honor of Spring I created this little fellow.



Then, just because I wanted to, I made an Old English Sheepdog. He's big and cuddly and I'm in love with him.

Mackey is having a great time napping and chasing squirrels. What more could a dog ask for?

So that's what we're up to. Let's hope that Blogger continues to allow us to post. I've missed you guys.