Losing another Family Dog | A Tribute to Findlay

I’m sorry to say that Ms. Findlay (my grand dog) did not make it. She had a blockage in her intestines. They did surgery. Her bloodwork wasn’t good so they did a plasma transfusion (?) and that did not work and they went back in for a 2nd look and found 8 inches of infection in and around her intestines and put her down because her survival rate was next to nothing. Bottom line, she just couldn’t heal properly from this. Everyone is a bit devastated. They didn’t get to have proper good byes or be with her like you usually do. No one knew it was going to be this serious. Everyone prayed. God had other plans. My daughter recognizes that and knows God knows what He is doing and knows the reasons why. It’s been a hard year for dogs in our extended family. It’s been a hard year for everyone in many different ways. As my daughter and I talked yesterday she said “God is building character within us”. “The end times are getting closer” and basically the heat is being turned on so that the focus is applied where it needs to be.

Our hearts hurt however, at the loss of our very unique and loving little Findlay. Dogs have such personality, each one. Findlay was playful, loving, funny, and sometimes had us scratching our heads as she loved her dog beds just a little too much, lol (she humped them, lol). She loved to chew on things including her beds. She wanted the stuffing out of them. She was curious. She was smart. She was energetic. She was mostly potty trained and would run around in circles in front of you to let you know she needed to go out. She was mostly obedient. But most of all she LOVED Little Roo. She was a good little girl and learned to say she was sorry when she made a mistake (Katy taught her, lol). The kids (they’ll always be our kids) will be sad and hurting for a few days. The pain will get better. The fond memories will remain. But they will miss her. And we will too as she will not be there to greet us when we arrive in Texas in November.

I’m asking my blog buddies to leave comments in today’s entry for Katy and Cody to give them love and encouragement after the loss of their little sweet Findlay girl. It’ll be a hard few days. But it will help them so much to hear your words of comfort.

I tried to find the video where Findlay was chasing bubbles and Little Roo was laughing. I could not locate it. But our thoughts are with them today and we will all miss our little Findlay. She has been a great pet. I’m glad Little Roo got to meet her but he probably won’t remember her when he grows up. He’s just too little.

Thanks in advance for any comments and encouragement you can leave for my daughter and son-in-law and Little Roo. I appreciate you and I know they do too.

Bye my little Findlay girl. You rest within our hearts always. Give my love to Roger, Maisy, Tugie, and all our little fur baby friends when you see them in God’s “Rainbow Bridge”. And thanks for being the wonderful little being that you were!

Near Death Experience or Just a Dream? | Slim and Husky Pizza | My Hair Products

Photo by Khanh Le on Pexels.com

Well, it’s my morning to do video work, but I felt the need to blog and I’ll reverse the roles tomorrow morning or do what I do best by robbing Peter to pay Paul with time, lol! But I had to come in and record my dream.

Around 2:00 a.m. I woke up and mistakenly (ok…on purpose) looked at my phone and when I do that, it wakes me up for at least an hour. Then I go back to sleep. But last night it was spotty sleep. Cat naps, I guess you’d call it. And then this happened. Was it a dream? I guess.

As I slept I was awoken by this bright light. It was shining at the top of my window and it lit my room and I remember the blues of the room being so pretty as the whiteness of the light touched it. As I looked toward the light, I remember smiling a big smile as the light and the warmth and the purity of it hit my face. My body was trying to sleep though and yet it was trying to be awake. There was a struggle between trying to wake up and trying to sleep. I remember longing to be awake and needing to be awake but I couldn’t wake up. During the struggle to be asleep versus awake, I felt a tugging upward and the covers I was under fell around me in a twirl and laid on the bed. As I sat up in bed and rose upward, the furniture around me looked smaller. And then there was an another struggle between sleep and being awake. Then I woke up for real. I sat up in bed. There was no light, the furniture was regular size and I was still under the covers. I was shocked that it was not daylight outside and that I had been asleep. I sat up and drank water, and tried to think about what had just happened as it felt so real.

I tried to find a picture of the purist light as best as I could on Pexels. Above, is the best I could do.

This dream, or experience, whatever it was reminded me of the “near death” experiences that people have described. I wondered if I had just had one. Did I quit breathing for a long while? I dunno! Maybe it was a just a dream. But the similarities are strikingly close.

I also remember Katy telling me “bye” in a dream just before this when I woke up the first time. But it was Katy, Cody and River gathering their things and heading out the door and she was letting it me know they were leaving. That was kindof a play back scene from Christmas when I had a fever and was in bed and she came back to say bye. It was not that I was the one leaving. But I did remember that dream and her saying “bye”. I did NOT see flashbacks of my life before the light though. Nothing mattered at that point but the bright light until I noticed the furniture was small and then woke up.

Weird. But if that is what death is like, I will not be afraid of it. The light was beautiful, calming, welcoming, and nothing like it except the sun is the closest thing to it but the sun pales in comparison to this light. I always have weird dreams. This one tops most. I don’t think I’ll ever forget it. So I had to come write about it.

Lunch Out at Slim & Husky

I had lunch with a friend at work at Slim and Husky. It’s been on my bucket list. It was so good. I am looking forward to George trying it. This one has three types of pepperoni on it. I’m a pepperoni freak. But I had them add spinach and they laid it on too, so I got my greens, lol. They used olive oil on the crust – at least at looked like olive oil. I hope it was. It was brushed on before they added the sauce and ingredients. So good. It makes me want to make pizzas at home. The crust was thin and good. It had corn meal in it I think.

They also make their own cinnamon rolls and had about 6 different ones or maybe more. I got the regular ones.

So much for cutting back on the bread. I guess it was good the pizza had thin crust so you could use the rest of the bread for cinnamon rolls, which I’ll have for breakfast today.

Inexpensive Hair Products I Use

A friend was asking me to send a pic of the hair products I use. So I gathered them up and took some pics.

*The Herbal Essences Curl Boosting Mousse is used if I’m in a hurry and I usually use it on dry hair. This particular moose will aid the curls to stay in place and will take wavy to a curlier status and will calm any frizz. I mainly use it in the back and scrunch it. I use it 1) if I’ve let it dry by itself and I will style the front a bit and then just scrunch the back and 2) Sometimes on 2nd Day Hair (I love that phrase as opposed to 2nd Day Air) I will just style the front a bit and scrunch up the back.

*The Aussie Hair Spray is wonderful, but I don’t use much. I lightly spray on most days if I have light curls or waves I want to stay in place. Just know that adding a lot of product makes it feel dirtier on days you don’t wash it, so I go light on it if I use it at all.

*The HS Professional Argan Oil – honestly I found it in the cabinet last night and haven’t used it in a while, but I think I will use some when I’m going to be using a flat iron or curling iron.

The fun thing about having a layered bob and enjoying growing it out a bit, is getting to experiment with the styles and various products, including various hair clips. I’m having a grand time with that.

*Herbal Essence Dry Shampoo – is good for 2nd day Hair of course. It really just makes you feel shampoo’d. I use it on the roots for a quick lift me up and a clean feeling. Just in a few spots. Usually not the front.

*My favorite product though is this American Crew forming cream, b/c I’ve finally learned how to use it. Putting just a tiny bit in my hands and rubbing them together then using my fingers to piece apart in the front, put hairs into place, fix some little wisps or make my layers do what I want and then the rest I crunch the curl in the back. It’s just enough to shape without weighing it down.

And I’m throwing these in here b/c they are the newest addition to my hair styling – I have only used each of them once. I will have to use them again before giving a review. I mainly just wanted to experiment but really haven’t had time to think about it. I forget they are there as a choice and do my regular thing!

I don’t really straighten my hair much, but I really should experiment with that as the stylist made it look good that way. I have experimented with the curling iron some and making the curls at the root but not the bottom. My hair is a little short for it to work but I moderately got some effect from it yesterday. I want to try that with the flat iron too. Anyway it’s fun to play when you have time. Mostly I don’t have time and end up just using my curling hair dryer with the brush like wand – making it straight as I dry it and then crunching it up for waves.

Ok I need to head out. It’s been nice to get to go out for lunch. Rarely get to and I’m going out again today.

Here was my breakfast yesterday. It was Rice Chex cereal, Whole Grain Cherios, Alpine Muesli, a package of Heart Healthy nuts, a banana, and Vanilla Silk Almond milk. It was really good except the cereal gets mushy too quick for me. This morning I’ll be bad and eat the cinnamon rolls, lol.

I was also very happy to find Cucumber Perrier! It made my heart glad. I love cucumber water with citrus. We make it at home sometime in just regular water, and we call it Detox water. It’s so good for your body. I love mineral water anyway.

Ok I need to get out of here. So ya’ll have a grand day. It’s Thursday and Cinco de Mayo meal is tonight at home. And also it is supposed to storm today and tomorrow. And I hope it doesn’t storm while I’m out driving around. I’m going to pray it doesn’t. The storms where tornadic in Oklahoma. But I don’t think it is supposed to be that bad here – although there is still the possibility – it’s just not as great. Right now it looks like a lot of rain! But it’s the spin up cells in the dry sector than can build up in the sun that causes the most problems.

OK I’m running wayyyyy late today. Over and out.

Progress at Work, A Death in the Family, Another in the Hospital, and Building Up the Immune System

We had the prettiest sunrise yesterday morning! And I got to enjoy it all the way to work. It was very quiet at work yesterday and had done a lot of my payroll duties yesterday at home so I had a chunk of the day to finish up withholding returns for both businesses, including the Oregon “all in one’s” for both and including the STT taxes for Oregon for both company’s. I am almost through with unemployment returns for one side of the business and have to do it now for the other. Then I can begin working on the year end reporting for all states. I think there are 26 states or something like that. It’s the bigger ones that are the problems – where you have to hand enter a w-2 in its entirety – I think Oklahoma is the worst, lol. But I have to stop to do payroll and the weekly taxes for this week so they won’t be late.

The irony of this payroll is that it is month end again, lol. I’m rolling my eyes because it seems to never end, lol – but I have until Feb 15th to get that monthly withholding payments done and it goes fairly fast. At least now I’m starting to feel some relief but there is still a lot to do and it is still questionable as to whether it can all be done by Feb 1st, even working on the weekend, but we will see. I’m not even sure that if I didn’t have payroll whether I could even get it done or not. There is just not much time in my week normally to work on extra things so why would there be now? lol But I will at least have the returns done 2/1 and should have quite a bit of the annual reporting done by 2/1. I predict there will be some left to do but we’ll see. I’m trying to accomplish the goal. I was happy being in my office yesterday and so glad I didn’t have to waste a day being at a legal meeting downtown. It’s just so much easier working in my office than from home in my temporary set up.

Meanwhile I learned that my 1st cousin has passed and on line I saw the funeral was a graveside service about an hour and half away from us in the middle of the day. She was a generation older than me and our families have not hung out really since I was child. We really only saw them at family funerals which is kinda sad. I’m not going to be able to go. I thought if there had been an evening visitation that we might try to go if it was late enough where I didn’t have to leave early from work. I’m sure Mom would have liked to go but after talking with her, she said “no we are just too far away”. And with that variant virus so rampid I guess the simpler the service the better. So that is some pressure off. I was afraid Mom would be bitter and hold it against me for not taking her. So I’m relieved that she was not expecting to go. I am glad because I don’t want to lose my job and I’ve had to take off for so much already and still much to come as I will be needing to make some of my own appointments this year too. Unfortuneatly “cousin” is not on the funeral excused list, either. So I will send a card of sympathy to my remaining cousins and George and I plan to donate to the American Diabetic Association (whatever was listed in the funeral notice). I’m quite fond of Lynn, who is more my age. And I want to reach out to her for the loss of her sister. I’m sad and I’m also sad that our families did not hang out more. People grow apart for various reasons through the years. We all know how THAT goes. I’m of the mind that if you don’t see people while they are living, it sucks to go see them after they pass. Sorry but just a weird thing that kept going through my mind yesterday. I know we need to be there for those that remain, but it’s just sad that extended family ignores each other until there is a death. I guess our world is just so huge and explosive with so much going on that there is not the time to spend with all the people you would like to. And no one ever cared enough to do family reunions to tie us together so we end up not even knowing who our extended family is anymore. It’s really sad to me.

Coming out of the neighborhood.

Driving over the lake.

So I worked late and got home and George fixed a soup and sandwich for us as I showered and changed and put on warm PJ’s. We sat into watching the 3rd show of Ozark for this new season that released. And we get a call from Katy. She has been throwing up and sick from food poisoning or some thing. And was dehydrated and almost passing out, so Cody took her to the hospital and she was put on IV and given nausea meds. She began feeling better immediately once she had liquids. She can dehydrate so fast. She is frustrated as they have all been sick over and over again. River had also been throwing up some in the last day or so but seemed fine otherwise.

So I am thinking that they need to boost their immune system. I know that being around kids in school and day care exposes one to everything the community has as it is such a collection of germs from all over the place. As a woman and to build up immunity, what would you take in vitamins and supplements to get well? I want to suggest these that I take:

*Vitamin D – this is one thing that really makes a difference. My legs and body get really week when I’m low. A shortage of Vitamin D can impact a lot of things.

*Zand Naturals, Immunity Gummies which has Elderberry and Zinc (on Amazon) – Just gives an extra boost.

*Vitamin C. I don’t drink juice and probably don’t eat enough fruit but I think this has helped some.

*Vitamin B Complex – Oh my gosh. This is my feel good pill right here. If I don’t have enough B’s I get emotional, nervous, and anxious (I know I know I’m always anxious, lol) but seriously it’s on steroids if I don’t have this. There is certain brand I use that works and has a veggie capsule so it will actually get in your body.

The rest is just trying to get in some greens and fruits and eat healthy nutrition including a lot of protein. Sometimes even a spoonful of peanut butter can get me through til I can get something better.

Do you have any suggestions for Kate? She reads the blog and she will read your answers. I’m worried about her. She is home now after being able to keep sprite down.

So pray for them all out there in TEXAS. They are having a rough time trying to keep everyone well. But I’m thinking it’s time for Katy to work on the immune system. And see if it won’t help. It’s frustrating to me to be so far away and can’t run over and help with River. But someone came over while they went to the hospital. I just pray she feels better today. And I know she feels like she can’t miss work either. But she will need her rest and to get better.

Ok off to get ready for work and get payroll done. Ya’ll take care!