When you’re making plans . . .

I’m not sure of the citation, but as they say, life is what happens when you’re making other plans.  As you know, I spent the weekend taking care of a very sick dog.  Then I spent Monday and most of Tuesday worrying about the little dog in the hospital.  On top of that, there was the quilting machine that continues to break down, the house that’s a total disaster, and it goes on and on.  I’m pretty sure you’ve all been there.  You’re probably had times in your life when things have been much worse.  I know I’ll get through all of this and life will be free and easy again, but for now, things are a bit of a struggle.

On the bright side of things, despite X-rays, blood tests, IV fluids, lots of meds, and a day and a half of hospitalization, but vet bill was only $525.  Ya, that’s a lot of money for me, but for that level of care, it’s pretty much of a bargain.  And, I have my dog home again, and he seems well.  A bit subdued, but after all he’s been through, I guess that’s to be expected.  He seems to be very hungry, but the vet said that after being sick, he had the emptiest digestive tract she’s seen in a long time.  We’re taking the feedings slow, but he seems to be doing well.  Tomorrow, we’ll go of a walk — you may have noticed that the Fitbit stats have been on the nearly non-existent side for the last five or six days.  I may actually stop that posting until life settles down a bit.

My quilting machine has been giving me fits.  I have finally made an appointment to send it back to the factory for a complete overhaul in February.  That was the earliest they could take it.  In the meanwhile, as long as I’m doing all-over patterns using the Intelliquilter, it does just fine.  Well, almost.  I’ve been having this bobbin thread bite-off thing going on that is about to drive me over the edge.  I’ve cleaned, oiled, re-timed, changed the bobbin case a million times, and the problem persists.  I’ve never had this stuff go on for this long.  I’m very grateful to have the IQ to help me finish up quilts for the holidays.

So, that’s been my life in a nutshell for almost the past week.  I know things will get better soon.

Here’s my show-off dog, hefting his idea of a stick, last Friday, just before he got sick.  Like the other one, it was taken with the cell phone, so it’s not the best.  He’ll be back to normal soon, I’m sure.

Ozzie the mighty

Say a little prayer

I’m not really the religious type, but if you can spare a few positive vibes, my little pooch is in the hospital.  He continued to get more lethargic and droopy Saturday night and yesterday, and then began the vomiting and the diarrhea.  The poor little fella.  I took him in at 10:30 this morning and he is now in the hospital on IV fluids and some medication for pain and nausea.  He had x-rays and has had some blood drawn, but not all the results are back yet, so I won’t know for a few hours what is going on.  I did call, however, to make sure he is resting comfortably (he is).  I’d really like to go over there and hold his paw.  I don’t want to be in the way, but that’s my little buddy in there and, I have to say, I’m a bit lost without him.  I miss him terribly when I go away on retreat, but this is a bit different.  I know he’s not feeling well and, of course, he needs his momma.  Ozzie goes to Amazon Park Animal Clinic, and they are very kind and caring there.  I’m sure they will do their best for him, but I’d rather have him here so we could snuggle on the couch.  Of course, I don’t like all that IV stuff — had to do that with my cat Otis years ago, as he had kidney failure.  I’m hoping this is just a virus.

Let’s hope this little guy is back to chasing the ball again really soon.


Here she is!

Well, Sadie has been under the recliner all day, so I found her adoption photo and will post that here.  I’ve plied her with treats, food, and water, and she just came out for a bit, so I don’t want to spook her with camera flash.

When she is out in the room, she’s pretty frisky.  I’ve got a few toys to spring on her when she’s feeling a little more secure.  Vince is still hissing when he sees her, but I am SO happy to say that he has ceased howling.  Maybe the arrival of a new cat has brought home to him that Junior is, indeed, gone.  Sadie is so sweet, she begins to purr loudly almost the instant you touch her.  She and Ozzie have done some nose touching and rubbing up next to one another.  Now we just have to work on Vince.

I received a package through UPS today from the Country Register.  You may see these free publications in your local quilt store.  They are regional, so if you don’t live in Oregon, you won’t get the Oregon issue.  The February/March edition is the annual quilting and needlework issue, and guess who’s part of the story on page nine?  Just across from my ad on page eight!  I was so surprised to see it, but boy is it nice.

Ozzie and I ventured out in the downpour today (we have nearly 2 inches of rain in just over 12 hours) and ran errands to the bank, Costco, and PetSmart.  I had to go to the bank not only to make a deposit, but because when I tried to use my debit card yesterday (to pay Sadie’s adoption fee) my card was declined.  When I called the credit union, they told me they had cancelled the card and I was supposed to be using the one they sent me in October.  Say what?  I never did get a new card, so today, we had to go fix that.  We laid in supplies for both the animals and myself, and I’m very glad we did.  I have been wondering why my joints hurt so badly lately, despite my walking, walking, walking, and stretching exercises.  Apparently I have a virus, so I’ll be on the couch for a day or two.  I hope this passes quickly.