21 June 2018

Maintaining Cool

One of these days my real summer will start. So far it's been one dramatic event after another. Danny's hand is now doing nicely after his week in the hospital. During that week he was scheduled for a CT-Scan which we had to cancel. He finally got that done and was able to scheduled an appointment with another surgeon to fix multiple hernias that were side-lined during the other crisis. He gets surgery #2 next week.

Meanwhile, on Father's Day, after having a nice lunch with my father-in-law we returned home to find that one of our little dogs was indeed ill (we knew he hadn't been feeling well). Toby was going downhill fast; lethargic, not eating or drinking.  Danny slept on an air mattress in the living room that night, getting up with him every 30-40 minutes to go outdoors. On Monday morning we left early, heading to the vet. After exam and labs we returned home, $300 lighter and armed with antibiotics and nausea pills to gingerly care for our little munchkin. He's slowly doing better now although still sluggish and eating and drinking the minimum. I think he had some kind of bacteria in his gut.

Once I can get everyone well and stabilized around here I'm going to take a vacation and get out of Dodge for a while!

Other than that I've been reading, working on church stuff, crocheting a bit, and trying to keep cool (both physically and mentally). That impending yard sale that's been years in the making , that we'd thought to have this weekend, is on indefinite hold now. I could care less.

Good health is nothing to sneeze at. It's of the most importance for everyone.

14 June 2018

This That and Blast From the Past

First it was the mice, then it was the foxes, now it's the groundhog, and a baby one at that. He likes to hang around in front of the shop and grace like a miniature cow. I have only seen him from a window and have yet to get a photo, but the game camera should do nicely for that.

Meanwhile Danny is finally finished going through the shop and pulling items for our yard sale. Having his recent hand infection delayed his progress (he is healing nicely, thank you). I've been getting things ready from the house, including items from my online thrift store. Most of the house items have been stored in the garage. I try not to look around too much when I'm passing through - all that stuff sitting there makes me crazy! I'll be glad when it's gone and I can close that chapter of my life for good.

My Cabana Threads Hawaiian shirts are still being sold on eBay and have done very well over the last year (I reopened on eBay last June after hosting elsewhere for several years). You can follow us on Facebook to see the latest listings. I am thinking of dropping the ladies clothes and keeping life simple again.

Yesterday I was going through a drawer (for the yard sale) and came across a little Valentine card from my grandmother (my Dad's mom). I don't remember this card at all so I'm chalking it up to a wonderful discovery. She passed in 1988 so I know the card is at least that old. I don't know if it was sent to me or to one of my girls who were both born in the early 1980s. Perhaps one of them will remember if they've seen it before. Either way, I always cherish finding personal items (including signatures) from people I have loved in the past.

I thought I might get a clue to the age by googling online. I didn't find the age, but several results came up for "Trix elephant valentine" Who knew?!

02 June 2018

The Real Little Brown Fox

With all the drama over the mice in the toilet the other week the fox family took a backseat. We woke up one morning and found this little cutie resting and playing just outside our bathroom window (sorry the fuzziness is because of the window screen) over in front of the metal shop I guess the cement pad was warm enough to nap on.


Now that the field corn is growing around our yard it will be harder to see him or his 3 siblings much more. I haven't seen the mother in some time, which worries me. She had a bad leg/foot and was very thin. I hope she recovered OK.

29 May 2018

The Culprit

I think the mouse debacle may be over (but you never really know). We finally took a look at the game camera photos after a couple of nights and found our suspect.


 As you can see he had no qualms about coming back for more toilet tissue which was stored on the shelf above the towels. The camera showed him scurrying back and forth many times. What finally clinched his fate was that on Monday morning we found a huge 'wad' of paper in the living room by the fire place. We now believe that's where they were coming in. A full trap on Tuesday morning confirmed out suspicions and the offender has paid the ultimate price for his nefarious deeds.