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Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Wedding and Reception.

I took lots of pictures, so I am going to bore you with most of them.  If you do get bored looking at them, please skip to the last one, but I would prefer that you look at them all.

This first one is of my grandson, Jimmy, holding his son (my great grandson), Lane:

Lane being held by a bigger boy, whose name I do not know:

Grandson Jimmy and soon to be wife, Tamany, about to take their vows:

Jimmy and Tammany showing their son, Lane, the brand:

 Here is a better picture of it:

Jimmy, Tamany, and Lane:

The bride with the groom and his buddies.  Notice that they are all armed.  I guess they didn't want anyone backing out the ceremony: 

This is a picture of Jimmy's uncle (my son) and his family:

The bride and groom waiting to make their little speeches, mostly praising each other: 

And of course the bride and groom had the first dance at the reception:

This was the sign at the entrance to the hall.  Notice the deer antlers?  Both bride and groom are avid hunters:

It was a wonderful wedding and reception.  It just couldn't have been any better except for some of the relatives that have passed away left a void, but I am sure they were watching from up above.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Saturday, April 28, 2018

What is Going On in Back Yard

We have a part of our place cleared and I call it my back yard.  The dogs have a part fenced in where they can go out and get some air, check things out, and do their business.  They have to share that area with the bird feeder, so there are always a lot of birds and squirrels that come to our free food bar.  Their was even some woodpeckers working on the suet.

Of course there is usually a bunny or two or so out there somewhere.  This one didn't seem to want to run very far.  It just ran to the edge of the thick growth so that it could disappear in a flash if needed:

Then I found something a little strange.  There must have been some hanky-panky going out there.  Or maybe some cross breeding between different species of trees.  Take a look at this leaf and you tell me how it happened to look like that:

Our grandson is getting married today, so I have to cut this short and go get ready to go.  Don't want to be late.   Now, I am planning to have a great day and I hope all of you have a great day, too.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Not Much to Say.

I don't have much to say if anything, except that there is an emptiness in me I can't seem to fill and ache in my heart that will not go away.  I know it isn't good to mourn over a pet for this long but I will probably keep mourning for a long, long time to come.  I will always miss her.  Muffy (Ginger Muffin) and a pup I had before and a little after we got Muffy, Buttons, were the two pups that I have missed the most.  Muffy is now buried next to where Buttons was buried.  The way I feel now, don't be surprised if I don't post for awhile.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Lost a Huge Part of Our Lives

This morning at 10:30 am, we lost a huge part of our family and our lives, Muffy.  I stayed up all night with her because she was feeling quite bad.  I held her in my arms most all night and this morning she passed away while I was holding her.  I am so broke up that I can hardly type this because of the tears in my eyes.  Both my wife and I have tears in our eyes and the sniffles they cause.
My wife and I dug a deep, wide hole that the container she was in would fit into.  We wrapped her up in her favorite blankets, placed her in the container and lowered her into the hole.  Both my wife and I filled in the hole while sobbing.  I am still sobbing and probably will for quite some time to come.  She was extra special and kept the other two pups in line.  My son stopped by and offered to dig the hole for us but we refused.  My wife and I had to do it ourselves.  It is going to take a long, long time to get over this, if ever.  I have nothing else to say, just have to go blow my nose.  Sure do hope that you all had a better day than we have had.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

What Is This?

I thought I would put a picture of something that was my Mother's and see if you know what it is or what it was used for.  Yes, I know what it is, but I bet most of you middle aged and younger readers have never seen or held or used one of these.  But then I may be wrong.  Here is the picture:

Well, have you figured out what it is yet?  Well guess what, I found a picture of one of these for sell on: https://www.etsy.com/market/antique_button_hook

Yep, it is a button hook.  Can be used on blouses, shoes, etc.  How many of you knew what it was and how it was used?  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Monday, April 9, 2018

For Those Who Have Been Asking About Muffy

For all of you who have been wondering about our dear little Muffy, here is an update.  To be honest, I am not happy with her progress.  She sleeps most all of the time.  I don't know if that is all the medication she is taking or her illness.  This morning she seemed to want to eat, but when I tried to give her something, she just walked away.  Now, she is sitting in front of my wife's chair just staring at her as if to say, "get up off your rear and get me something to eat!!!"  I hope she eats some today.

I gave her the medications, even set my alarm for the one in the wee hours of the morning.  I smash up the pills in a folded piece of paper, put the required amount of water in the syringe, added the smashed up pills along with a some honey to sweeten it, and gave it to her.  I had to sit down on the floor, hold her in my lab, and force the medication into her mouth, which she swallowed.  I don't try to hide it in any food or treats because she is just way too smart to let me get away with that, and like I said above, she doesn't want to eat anything.  She does drink water so I keep her bowl clean and filled.  She is a tough old gal and I am hoping and praying for the best.

Below is a picture I just took of her.  No, her eyes do not look like that.  The odd coloring must have been from the flash of the camera.
I will say adios for now and I want you all to have great day, you hear?

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Not Much To Say Tonight

I don't have much to say tonight.  For those who know me, you know that I always have something to say.  Yep, I have a hard time keeping my mouth shut which at times has given me a dose of "Foot and Mouth" disease. . . No, I guess that would be "Foot In Mouth" disease.  It is a good thing that I have rather small feet. (grin)

For those of you who have been wondering how our little Muffy has been making out, I will give you an update.  I would say that she is doing a lot better, especially when they thought she wouldn't make it through that first night.  The medicine seems to be working and she is resting and sleeping a lot better.  She is also eating a little, but not like normal.  Her breathing is still fairly fast and labored and her heart seems to beating rather hard, but she is a lot more like her old self.  I feel much better about her tonight.  I want to thank all of you for your concern.  Have a good evening, you hear?  I am going to stay up until going on one a.m. so I can give Muffy her medication that is due at that time.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Update On Muffy

Muffy spent all of yesterday at the vets having treatments for her congestive heart failure or what ever it is that is ailing her.  After we got her home she dank lots of water and ate a big supper.  She wasn't eating much at all before, if any, so it gave us hope seeing her eat her meal and drink water.

Her heart murmur is so loud I can hear it when she sits on my lap.  She is a tough, stubborn pup and that alone will give here a more than an even fighting chance.  I hope she has the strength left to keep on fighting.  Why oh why do we get so attached to our pets.  They are like our children, and of course we love them and treat them as such.

She definitely does not want to take her medications.  It doesn't work to try and hide them in food, like Vienna Sausage or cheese.  She finds them somehow and then will not eat any of it.  We have a big syringe that we use.  We crush the pills and then dissolve them in a little water.  Then we add a  couple of drops of honey.  She still does not want to take them, but so far, I have been able to get them in her using that syringe method.  I am still quite depressed over her situation.  The other two pups just seem to mope around and sleep.  They know something is wrong. . . .

The phone just rang, it was the vet's office asking how Muffy is doing and my wife is talking to them right now.  They were checking on our pup since they will be closed for the weekend and just wanted us to know.  They really seem to care.  By the way, all the personnel at that clinic are women.  Maybe that is why Muffy likes them so much.  They are so very kind and gentle with their patients.  Just wanted to update the situation with Muffy for you, and now I want you all to have a great day, you hear?

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Not Good News At All. . .

Our precious Muffy is not doing to well.  We went back to the Vets this afternoon and they said that she was close to death.  They put her in a pure oxygen chamber and then gave her a cocktail of medication.  It seemed to perk her up some.  When we got home she even ate a little bit and has been sleeping ever since.

They said that if she made it through the night to bring her back in the morning or if she doesn't, to call and tell them.  It sounds to me that they don't expect her to make it through the night.  Yes, I am very, very upset and can't seem to keep my eyes clear of tears.  The vets kind of suggested that we should put her down, but she doesn't seem to be in any pain and as long as she seems to be active and enjoys being petted, I will continue to pet her.

We mentioned that she was getting up in years and must be at least 13 years old.  They told us according to their records that she was 17 or 18 years old.  Wow, I guess she has been training my wife and I for a long time, and keeping the other two pups and my wife and I in line.  Yes, I know that none of us can live forever but as long as someone lives on to remember, they are not really dead and forgotten.  Of course, we hope that she may rally and get back to her old self, but I have to realize that is a very slim possibility.  I must end this blog before I really start crying and short out my laptop's key board.  I sure hope you had a better day than I did.

Monday, April 2, 2018

What Have We Been Doing?

What have we been doing lately?  Well, the major thing is trying to keep our oldest pup, Muffin, alive and well.  She is old but normally full of life topped off with vim an vigor  She has had a few heart attacks and had another bad spell yesterday.  She screams and falls over on her side with her feet sticking straight out.  I hurriedly picked her up and rocked her.  It didn't take her long to get back to her perky self, but she sure does scare me.  I know, one of these days, she will not snap back.

She takes three different medications for her problem and last night we ran out of one after she took the last pill.  This morning my wife and I ran up to the Vets and got that prescription renewed and then hurried back and gave her one of those pills to keep her on schedule.  She takes her medication at ten in the morning and again at ten in the evening.  She will be on medication for as long as she lives, which I hope is a long, long time.  Our other two pups sense that something is wrong.  I believe that dogs know a lot more about what is going around them then we humans do.

I know that I have published a blog posting about Muffy's health problems, so just think of this posting as another follow-up.  Now, I hope you and yours will have a great day, you hear?