Roger Dog’s Woes and Some Pictures that Make me Smile

Good morning! It’s Saturday here. Going to do a bit of shopping today and I am looking forward to it. I don’t really have a lot on my mind this morning except for shopping and Roger. I’m giving it a break. Live and let live. One can simply only do each day the best they can. But I know I’m thankful for the sleep from last night, even though it was broken with yelps and howling from Roger. And I know I’m thankful for the day before me.

Roger. He is in his last of days, I’m afraid. It’s just time. He is now in a miserable state. Being the beloved dog of George’s, he will have to make the final decision himself, and the final steps. I will not make this step for him. Both Mom and I know it’s time. It is just so hard to let go. He’s no longer enjoying life, is miserable, and now a hazard to himself. It’s no way to live.

Yesterday he shat in nearly every room and then laid in it and went to sleep. Mom was unable to deal with it, but did the best she could. He had gone under my bed, pooped, laid in it and slept. George had to move the bed, get him out, and deal with it the best he could. Somehow my phone charger got drug through all of this. I guess his legs got caught in it. The whole thing got drug through the poop. George said “uhhh just order another one”. I did and it will be here this morning before 8:00. They have 52 minutes. I was going to pay the $2.99 extra but since I ordered vitamins, it’ll get here by then for free – or we will at least see if it will. May already be on the porch but I don’t think so.

He has started howling and moaning off and on for two days, two nights. He’s not resting as much. We lose him and find him in weird places. He is wanting to hide. This morning I found him under the ironing board with the ironing board cord wrapped around his right front leg (iron was sitting on the ironing board). Had he moved, the iron would have come down on him. He seems to have a relationship with cords and bags. He gets all hung up in both. Yet he seems to seek them out.

He is having a hard time drinking his water. He can’t find it. He can find the bowl and go up to it but he can not find the water itself and drinks the air. Then he steps in it and knocks it over, or falls asleep with his ear in it. We are afraid he will drown.

So, keep us in your prayers. It’s a sad day already watching this. It’s almost agonizing to continue watching it. I’ve gently asked George if he was thinking it was time. He said “it’s crossed my mind”. I thought he might decide today, but he has not mentioned it again. So I will go on about my day then shopping. And we’ll see what the week brings. I hate that Mom has to be here all day to listen to the moaning/groaning. It has to be nerve wracking for her.

So to just lighten the load today I’m going to share some pics that I’ve taken in my room recently, just to make me smile. You have seen some of these before. I have tried to make this a good homey and relaxing space – my office and bedroom.

Upcoming Book to read!
God, Grace, Grattitude, and where I take off my jewelry every night! LOL
An “everyday mess” but a “beautiful and inviting mess”
My home office and where I love to be.
The soft and cozy bed that gives me comfort and rest each night, and the cute little friend I pretend is my “dog”. I miss having a dog sleep at my feet. This one is easy to care for. His name is “snugie” short for “snuggle with Tugie”. Tugie is my former poodle of 17 years. This is a sloth but he looks like Tugie. He makes me smile. Sometimes I’ve called him “slugie” b/c it’s a cross b/w sloth and Tugie, but I like Snugie better.
This is for the trolls. You know who you are. But I choose to love your spying ways anyway. So we’ll make the most of it. Thanks for making my daily blog visiter count go up. Now there’s looking at the bright side of things. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Yesterday’s calendar. Yeah seems appropriate. Why am I still here? lol. This dream seems so far away now. I’m strapped and capped and getting old. Other than realizing that, it made me smile.
Yesterday’s salad a coworker brought back from Publix for me. It was so good. It was filling and made me smile. Made me smile someone offered to bring back lunch for me too.
Guess who is too big for his car seat?
Bean soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Made those while George was mowing. Soup already made by George was leftovers. Yes each side had butter slathered on. Just call me “Paula Deen” and move on. Yes it was good. I’l try to be better today.

I did something weird while cooking dinner. I had Alexa play frog noises. I totally listened to frogs until after we cleaned up the kitchen dishes. It was relaxing and felt like we were away from the world, in a log cabin, by a stream. It was little touch of nature. Strange and weird but it was very relaxing! I needed it. I also sipped the last of the Coppola Red we had left over from Tuesday night. Did a bottle of wine last that long? Apparently so. That is how busy we have been.

After cleaning and scrubbing carpets in my bedroom (both George and I), I finally just moved my bed back into place. And slept. Only to be woken up a few times b/w 2 and 5 as I forgot to turn on my sound machine.

The coffee pot made an entire pot this morning without going all over the counter. I sat and watched it for 5 minutes or so to make sure. So many weird things keep happening.

All Mom’s flowers had no water in them. Same morning we got up to water all over the floor. Not sure. We thought it was Roger’s water bowl, but then where did the water go in the flowers? Did someone knock it over? Did the flowers soak it all up in one day? So I put more in it.

Somedays you wake up and go “huh? what happened overnight?” It’s like having an invisible elf on the shelf!

A souvenir from Florida many years back to play Sol (Solitaire). I brought them upstairs to play – soon! I love dolphins. I should have been playing all along. Real cards are more fun than the iPhone version.

So I’m going to go start my day, shower and get on my way to shopping. I’m truly looking forward to it. We’ll see how it goes. Pray for our situation with Roger and George. George is going to need your prayers, if Roger’s behavior continues as is. George – and none of us – will want to continue watching him suffer. I’ll keep you posted.

Night Out and She-Haven Before and After Pics

We had the nicest time with my BIL and SIL going to their house for drinks and appetizers and then heading out to dinner at Chop House in Hendersonville, TN. We laughed at how our 6:30 reservations and the darkness made it seem sooooo late for us “old folks”. My BIL was turning 60 so we lived it up!

The fireplaces and ambiance made the place a wonderful spot for a 60th birthday celebration. We had a nice steak dinner, most of us getting Prime Rib.

As packed as the place was (after this pic was taken) one would not have been able to determine that we lived in a COVID world. Matter fact, I, myself, forgot to restock my purse with a mask. When we were back from TX I removed all of them from my purse for a wash, and totally zonked out at putting one back in my purse. The freshly washed ones all went back into my Work Bag since that is usually where I go these days. So….

When I exclaimed I’d forgotten my mask, my SIL said, “Oh I have lots”. I said, “well let me borrow one and I’ll give it back”. She handed me one with “Coffee” all over it and I teasingly said “wait, I may not WANT to give this one back”. She said “oh you can have it”. I said “I was only teasing – well not really! I love it.” She insisted I keep it. I absolutely love it! She made it and said she had made lots more. So cute. I cannot think of anything more appropriate for me to wear as a mask!

Yes I have on make up. It felt good to apply make up yesterday. Really I wore it to film in but knew we were going to dinner anyway.

We ordered dressed eggs with bacon. They accidentally placed two orders so they brought us another plate, lol. George said “I hope they do that to our drinks!” LOL

We had cocktails as the bottles of wine were pretty “up there”. Since my drink was so big – I didn’t need but one. It was a drink called “Reasoning with a Hurricane”. Leave it up to me to order a “weather” drink. The only reasoning I needed after that one was to find some sleep! After that drink and a steak I was ready for bed. LOL

The prime rib was excellent. This was a “medium” order. I think maybe it was medium rare, but I ate it and it was good.

BIL got a half price birthday dessert and we split it 4 ways. (Gone are the days of a free one? You can’t argue with half price though during COVID days. Nice of them to offer THAT!)

The She-Haven Before and After

I worked really hard on the She-Haven the last two days. Are you ready for the before and after? It’s not TOTALLY finished but I will show you more pics as I add the “final touches” – which is a table, a throw, a colorful pillow, and I will add another floor lamp to the room b/c I moved the one by my desk to be able to have a reading light in the chair. I miss the light by my desk now, but no fret – those floor lamps are cheap at like $29.99 at Target. Yep it’s on order.

BEFORE / CORNER 1

AFTER / CORNER 1

So it will look better when the throw and the pillow are added and the side table and would honestly have taken a better pic if it were sunny out and not night. Since “functionality” played a part I tried not to hyperventilate over the “whiteboard” where it is. It’s a “thinking” corner too so I left it there. Started to move it but it would just start an avalanche of other moves. I decided to just be happy with it. The white board is easy to access there.

BEFORE / DESK and CORNER 2

AFTER / DESK and CORNER 2

Not a lot of change. The floor lamp is missing and the rug is scooted back. Area cleaned up a bit. And you can see a table on the left wall that I moved around.

BEFORE / CORNER 3

AFTER / CORNER 3

Not a huge noticeability here. Since I had functionality as a goal for the office, I decided that having camera equipment in the corner was totally OK. I can quickly grab it without a lot of fuss. I got rid of the plastic drawers. I put the “Choose Happy” in the den for now as it’s slightly off the colors of my office. It’s more the colors of my blog, lol. I decided I really needed to keep the plastic filing system as that is convenient for me and I can keep important papers as well as some “idea files”.

I left the 5 lbs of fat on the table to remind me that even losing 5 lbs is that much gone! I also decided that despite how the silver table kinda stands out – I really need it and it provides function so I am keeping it in the room. I think it worked better here than I thought it would. And the files fit underneath it and that made me really happy.

BEFORE CORNER 4

AFTER / CORNER 4

SO of course the Christmas stuff has been removed and the chair put in it’s spot. Roger’s bed had been improved, that plastic drawer as mentioned is gone. The last two pics overlap a bit. Notice I added a fisherman’s hook or whatever that thing is by the Cafe pic. I went shopping downstairs for that one.

Yes there is a guitar in the picture. We have more guitars than we do rooms with corners, LOL. I may ask if I can switch it to a different one though that will go with the room more!

I LEFT THE CLOSETS OPEN FOR A REASON.

I needed the shelves to be part of my office extension.

Ooops I forgot to get a before shot of the closet in a photo. I did in my video version for the vlog but anyway, here is the AFTER.

The top shelf remains George’s. I need to move his microphone up but hey, maybe I’ll use it sometime, LOL. I need to move some things around still on that middle shelf but it has my Canon box which is empty and not really needed but I keep the boxes to my equipment and devices most of the time. My letters for my message board – OH the sign is in the floor and I need to hang it up but decided to wait til floor lamp comes in so the floor lamp doesn’t block it. My weights I left in here b/c the rug in the middle of the floor can provide an exercise spot! I can do a YouTube video.

So….that lower shelf – on the left is my laptop – windows based. Sometimes if we travel or I want to just sit in a chair instead of a desk, I’ll use it instead of my iMac. It also has Paint Shop Pro on it. So I’m keeping it. And the little basket has greeting cards. The middle basket is just device accessories for phone, earbuds, my older camera, etc.

Here’s some pics.

The larger basket holds just some office supplies – sticky notes, push pins, clips, command strips and book marks. I don’t use a lot of office supplies for what I do in here but needed someplace to put a few things.

Don’t laugh at the mess. But I put the shopping bags from like Target, Walmart, etc in this “world bag” to use as trash bags for my little silver trash can in the office. This was supposed to be a laundry bag, but my goodness, it wouldn’t hold even a day’s worth of dirty clothes hardly. So I needed a different use. Wish I didn’t have to have my off season clothes in here but they have to go somewhere! And this is easy.

I’m pretty happy the way it all turned out.

I watched a show and had a small pizza at lunch sitting in my chair!

I read some too in Kate Chastain’s Lucky Charming book about being a stewardess in the yachting/boating industry. I think I’m watching Sailing Zatara on YouTube above. I didn’t realize what on earth was on my iMac screen when I took the pic! LOL They are so funny on that show but the recent one they were dodging a hurricane.

Today was productive otherwise. I had synergy in the day – meaning it all flowed together. Laundry, ironing, taking Christmas stuff downstairs, working on the office, got nails and toes done, Target order done, and got the telephoto lens ordered this weekend. Also opened my new filters George got me and made sure they fit the lens. They fit the one that came with the camera kit which is the main one that is good to shoot from – as far as a general lense is concerned for most uses – it doesn’t fit the wide angle but the wide angle I mainly use indoors anyway. I feel accomplished getting things done and in order and in control. We had just been away for two Saturdays and the ones before that were all Christmas related and just busy.

So it feels really good to be able get all this done!

And it’s not the most beautiful office in the world, but it’s my office. It’s my She-Haven and I’m happy with my Space. It’s set up to serve a purpose! My “corner” will look even better when the table, throw, and pillow arrives. They yellow pillow matches my yellow desk chair and will tie the room’s colors together.

Ahhhhh, now to download Big Sur, but have to get the back up drive first. Then after that I can start on the next video.

Ya’ll have a wonderful Monday ahead.

Sunsets, Masks, DIY Cleaning Solutions, and Office Decor

What a great day of “therapy” it has been. I’ve cleaned on the house, done laundry, rearranged my office walls. Everything is always ok in the house. It’s outside the walls that go awry. Well work is fine. But the rest of the world needs some help. My day at home was all one could ever ask for and it’s not over yet and there’s still tomorrow.

To relax during commercials in the evenings, sometimes I will take a glance at my Web Cam online app. I like people watching and weather watching mainly. Lately I’ve been wanting to see if people in other countries are wearing masks. They are. Anyway, look at this pic of a rainbow, sunset, storm that I caught in Cheyenne, WY. (Mona, do you know where this is?).

It’s the oddest place to have a webcam but there is the best weather scenes there in the background. I pop in occasionally to see some nice sunsets or interesting storms.

We had more interesting sunsets here as well. I’ve been known to be in a middle of a movie, look out and sprout from my chair to go catch a sunset yelling “it’s almost too late, I bet it’s too late, where’s my camera?” lol

Of course, at this time of night, even though we have a limited view of the sunset, I’ve enjoyed a moment of just savoring the skies and the breeze. I love the breezes the Lord has sent to us lately. It’s as if he is saying “I know you all are going through a hard time but I’m going to keep you amused with Saharan Dessert Sand sunsets and nice warm breezes for your faces to feel – for those of you that get out to enjoy my little loving rewards that I have provided for you”.

And George has provided good meals of late. I loved the bites of venison and chicken kabobs. He even made a kebob for the dogs to split. Of course he removed the bites for them. ha.

I kinda cheated though as I needed some protein and some “love” and I had ordered this for lunch Friday.

Sadly I ate both Logan’s rolls it came with during the day, along with the rice. Oh dear. So I wasn’t very hungry coming home. I had used a gift card since there is not one where we BOTH can go. There is one close to work so he told me to go ahead and use it. Well I love their salmon and chicken and steak at Logan’s. So I ordered this and picked it up and ate it in my car. I enjoyed my time away from my desk and watched the news since I’m not allowing myself to be on social media.

So I could not eat much of my dinner that George fixed and I felt bad. But…he was able to eat it for lunch today. So that was good.

Our new masks came in.

I have a little mask laundrymat going on in my bathroom. I have Dawn dedicated to mask washing and a little bowl I use to soak them in. Usually overnight, but I had so many to wash lately that I would soak them at least for an hour or two and hang them to dry. I first hang them in the shower.

I have these spots that are made for sponges to hang. I don’t use sponges, so it works out great. When I get out of the shower and I hang the ones that have been soaking to dry there as you see above. And then after they get through dripping they go to the towel rack.

The towel rack happens to hang over over the toilet paper. I don’t like my toilet paper wet. So that’s why they first have to drip dry in the shower. There is a vent on the floor that blows air onto them on the towel rack and finishes them off – then they go to the door knob of the bathroom to be put in either my work bag or George’s work box, lol! So a little system which works well as I come and go from the bathroom. This is all so absurd. Like, last year, can you imagine thinking about having to go through this. I never thought that we’d be going through a real Pandemic. I thought it was only for the movies. Or if so, for a brief period. It seems forever though doesn’t it. I know it won’t be, but for now, it feels like forever. We are starting to wonder if we will be able to travel in August as some of the states are starting to shut borders or are at least considering it. Countries definitely are closing up tight again. So time to batten down the hatches again. I’ve decided I’ll be ok with it. I mean you have to come to terms with it right? Otherwise it will drive you crazy. God says we have to find our contentment in whatever situation. So I’m trying!

So I had researched the cleaning “homegrown” style – a few weeks ago when I feared we may not be able to buy cleaning items. Also was trying to find a solution to the plexiglass shower doors we have that has a permanent array of soap scum that will not budge. It is totally my fault at not being able to keep up with it. And then realizing “oh crap a good scrub doesn’t even take it off”. If it were glass I think there would not be a problem but it sticks to this plexi material like concrete. It’s not coming off. It’s why I bought the shower curtain to go outside of it. Geez.

Note the “gold potty” there. At least some good things have happened this year. I have a totally white potty now! ๐Ÿ˜‰

But….I am noticing that Dawn, vinegar, and water is gradually making a difference over time. And then I use the Daily Tilex spray to keep the current day’s soap scum at bay. I needed a better spray bottle so I ordered a couple from Amazon (they had the labels included, ha) and mixed the two mixtures above.

But the other mixture: Vinegar, Water, Lime and Rosemary (Lime juice b/c I did not have lemon peel, lol) I made for general use. I have cleaned SO MANY THINGS with this general cleaning mixture. I think I like it with the lime juice. I will try lemon next time. You can’t use Dawn in that mixture b/c some things you don’t need the soap suds situation going on. I cleaned crevices here and there and it immediately cleans! I am so impressed. It is FAR better than any other general cleaner I’ve used EVER. Take a peak.

My sink is as spotless as if I’d used bleach and baking soda which is my usual go to for our porcelain sink.

While cleaning I gathered help from George who could give our window some muscle. Got the window cleaned and that makes me happy.

George is making a Lamb Roast for dinner tonight. So excited. I love lamb.

He made simple syrup for the lamb.

He went outside and gathered some mint as we grow some. I also asked him to get enough for some cocktails with mint in them. He said he would fix mojito’s as he had made enough simple syrup for that too! So he did. It was kinda funny. Neither of us use lemon or lime juice on a regular basis. But today we both depleted the lime juice, lol. Mine with my cleaning mixtures and his with the mojitos. Do you know how many times this happens? We are always getting in each other’s way, but it’s all good. All’s well that ends well.

I enjoyed my Mojito. His is soooo fresh. Nothing like you would get at a restaurant. It was wonderful.

I also enjoyed a couple of cups of coffee BEFORE my Mojito. I needed something to encourage me to fix up my office after the letter board came in. It’s amazing how one little thing can make you try to rearrange your whole office. I rearranged it only to put it back again pretty much the way it was. lol I guess somethings you just perfect the first time around.

So this was a no go b/c I liked the table where it was before I moved it here:

So we are going with this:

Because I really like looking at this:

I did add the rest of the “travel” pics to the wall above the iMac. And I added the sailing ship to my table. Since I watch sailing shows and love to travel and in love with the sailing life (Will never happen for me at this point, but maybe a simple sail or a passage sometime).

So it’s not a “lovely” filming pic from when I film from my office but it’s “MY filming pic view”. And I guess I will be ok with that. It looks better and I totally love the message board. I think the phrase “Everything will be alright” is probably one of my favorite phrases. The white roses underneath is a nice touch that I stole from the mantle in the den. Now the den needs something, lol.

George helped me get my white board moved.

So Here ya go. All that and when I film you may not even be able to read the letter board, lol.

Sorry no make up here just testing things out. Ha! You can see I still have brown tinges in my hair. I will soon be cutting it out. But I’m trying to let it grow. I really am enjoying the hair going longer now that I have the new hair dryer round brush thingy!

My hair has more body using that and also not having color in my hair. I’m also getting used to the grey coming in and kinda like the highlights of gray agains my skin. God’s natural highlights. He knows what he is doing.

And still I say that George’s mojito is wonderful. lol

I have enjoyed my day today. And George also helped me to video the last piece of what I need to work on the next video.

So I’m ready to start working on that tomorrow! I’ll be downloading the music. I picked it out already. And I have some ideas going for the next one. So….these are getting easier to do. I hope I can get it down to a rhythm soon. My goal is to do one every two weeks but I think I can only manage to commit to every three right now. So maybe by the first of the year I’ll have it down. Til then I’ll just be “playing”.

But I’m happy with what I did in here today in the office.

I will leave you with a couple of pics. I wrote this list out for fun today. I love George’s “Another Dam List” pad. It’s on our fridge. But I just made one out for you all for fun. I wrote it while drinking coffee this morning and this was my plan for the day. I have done all but “read”. I’ll get to that soon.

And then while cleaning up, I just noticed this below and it just gave me a good a good moment. Good chi, which to me means a good “energy”.

It’ makes me just want to cook! If I only had a new floor that wasn’t blue and new countertops – ha!

Oh well, maybe one day I’ll be in the mood to cook again. I have to like my atmosphere before it likes me.

Anyway, ya’ll have a good day – I’m told dinner is ready and I must go!