Monday, May 8, 2017

Happy Dog

Who had a great weekend at the lake?  This guy.  
 Naps on the porch,
 Swims with his best dog buddy,
 And after-swim drying off naps.
He was worn out, but oh so glad to get to enjoy the first swim of 2017.

Monday, May 1, 2017


It has rained, and rained, and rained.  Last I heard, this April will take it's place among the 5th wettest Aprils in my area. The ground can take no more, and the lakes and rivers are overflowing.  On Sunday, over 700 roads were closed due to flooding.

What's one to do while it rains and rains and rains?  Go to lunch and flea marketing with a friend, of course!  Christina and I had lunch and dessert at our favorite tea room to celebrate her birthday, then spent some time seeing what treasures we could find.  A couple of booths had 50% off, which made treasure hunting even more exciting.  I've had my eye on the bear at the left since before Christmas, but his adoption fee was just a bit more than I was willing to pay.  As luck would have it, he was in one of the 50% off booths!  I think he's just the perfect little bear for the old toy display.
In that same booth, there was a little antique doll bed.  It was originally marked $18, then down to $12.  At only $6, I couldn't resist.  Silly, I know!  I had to bring it home too.  What can I say?  I like toys!  Especially old ones.  I covered it's mattress with some ticking fabric and made a little pillow out of fabric Christina had given me.  The little quilt is the main reason I bought the bed - it was with some of my Grandmother's things when we cleaned out her apartment.  I wish I knew more about it - whether she made it or where it came from, but I love it just the same.  If anyone needs me to do any adulting, I'll be upstairs playing with my toys.
 On Sunday, once the rain had let up, we headed to the cabin to see the fallen tree and see how high the water was.
 This big pretty oak had fallen over during a storm earlier in the week.  It will really make the cabin look bare in the front until we're used to it or plant something else, but we are all very thankful that it fell the direction it did rather than back toward the cabin.  The damage to the deck appears pretty minimal, all things considered.  The big tree is scheduled for removal today.
 The lake has been very low since last fall, but that has certainly changed in the last few weeks!  It's much higher than I've seen it, and it'll be a while before anyone can get to the docks.
Many people have suffered significant damage to property because of the flooding, so we certainly can't complain.  I will sure be glad to see the sun again though!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Our Four-Legged Boy

Riley has always been an enthusiastic eater - dog food, treats, pizza crusts, paper towels from the trash can, pine needles in the yard, a cookie you weren't holding tight enough or high enough - so when he stopped eating his dog food, we were concerned.  After a first trip to the vet did not solve the problem, we took him in so she could check his teeth.  Perhaps the problem was dental.  The pre-anesthesia blood work, however, revealed a much larger problem.  Riley's kidneys are not functioning at all as they should.
We were shocked. He was eating, just not his food.  He seemed happy.  He was energetic.  He certainly didn't seem sick. He stayed two days on IV fluids before blood was checked again.  His numbers were slightly better, but no where near normal.  We picked him up and brought him home, anxiously watching our happy, sometimes wild, puppy for signs of distress.  He took a quick liking to the canned kidney diet food, eating each of his four daily meals in record speed, while we watched anxiously.  He was spoiled with new toys and treats, and the company of his grandparents while we were at work.

A week later, back to the vet for more blood work.  We were hoping that his numbers would have gotten much closer to the normal range.  Again, a small improvement, but not huge. That wasn't great news, but the vet noted his usual exuberance and said he seems to feel well. So, armed with more kidney diet food, we headed home.

He isn't well, but no one has told him and he certainly doesn't seem sick.  We'll manage his kidney failure with food and medication for as long as he is happy and feels well. We're hopeful that will be a long time.  In the meantime, we'll continue to spoil him.  There will be new toys, lots of snuggles, trips to the lake, and car rides.  So far he doesn't seem to mind the extra attention.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Nothing Quite Like Texas

This past weekend, we made a quick trip to Texas to visit David's mom's family, including a cousin visiting from Alaska.  On the way, we made a couple of fun stops.  First, to my cousin's new antique store in Anna.  Sadly, I didn't take any pictures, but it was in a neat new-but-looks-old building and she had everything fixed up and displayed so cute!

After that stop, we headed on down the road and stopped again in Waco at Magnolia Market at the Silos.  We were there about an hour and a half before closing time, so we thought the crowds might be gone.  We were wrong - the store was still very busy and the line for the bakery was long.  

It was plenty of time for us to look around at the store, the garden and seed store, and see what the food trucks had to offer.  

We think we were the only people who left without a big bag of purchases. ;) 
 David spotted an empty swing, so I got to practice one of my favorite childhood pastimes.  Pumping your legs to swing higher must be like riding a bike.  I hadn't forgotten how, but I don't remember it being quite so much work as a kid! ;)

 Once we arrived in Salado, we enjoyed a delicious dinner at The Shed.  Then next morning we were up and at 'em early(ish) to get sausage kolaches at Creamy Donut.  Just as good as I remembered from last year!  Good thing I got all that exercise on the swing!

After some time poking around Salado and exploring the stores and flea markets, we headed out to David's grandparent's farm, which is now owned by one of his cousins.
 We enjoyed visiting with his family and looking at his grandfather's old truck.  We even met the neighbor who had purchased the truck from David's grandfather before later selling it to the cousin who has the farm.
 We had every grilled meat you can imagine for supper, and lots of it!  My favorite table was the salad and sides table - cole slaw, broccoli salad, pasta salads, deviled eggs...

The next morning, we decided that it would be a shame to be only about 45 minutes from our favorite donuts and not take a small detour to have some.  So we headed off to Round Rock Bakery before turning north and heading home.
Riley spent the weekend in the company and care of his grandparents at the lake.  He reports that he had a great time and didn't really even miss us!
We enjoyed the photo updates of his activities! :)

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Biggest Show In Town

Sometimes if I ask David how his day was, the answer is something like "busy - the circus is in town."  In his case, he literally means the circus is in town.  He takes care of the tire needs of the circus whose winter quarters are just north of our town.  
The circus travels all over, but once a year does a weekend of shows close to home.
 There is just something about it that I love.  This year in particular it was the aerialists, because I just happen to be in the middle of The Orphan Train - a book about a traveling circus which is set in Europe during WWII.  The main characters are aerialists with the circus.
It was a spectacular show as always!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mulch Mania

I may have mentioned before that someone who lived in our house before us, sectioned off about a third of the back yard and (we assume) mulched it.  By the time we moved in, it had been sorely neglected and we have found to tame it ever since.
 The rock and the mulch help give it that "park like setting" look, but my oh my it's a lot of work.
 We ought to do it every spring, but sometimes we get lazy or busy and don't get around to it.
A note for future David and Erin: 7 cubic yards of mulch just covered the main area.  We'll still need another scoop or so to do the small beds and the front.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Happy St. Paddy's Day

This year's St. Patrick's Day Parade extravaganza might have been one of the best yet.  The weather was absolutely perfect!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hippity Hoppity

I love the season of spring, but I'm not usually big on spring decorating because of the pastels and bright colors.   
 Time to take matters into my own hands and paint some paper mache eggs in colors I like.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

New Year's Eve

We had a great time at the lake on New Year's Eve.  The weather was even pretty nice!                              
It's not easy to get 2 dogs and 5 people to cooperate for a picture. ;)
We played games and ate, watched the NYE special and ate, and tried to stay awake until midnight (by eating). :) 

 Some party goers did not make it to midnight and couldn't figure out why we were up so far past his bedtime.

Christina and I have spent a LOT of New Year's Eves together over the 36 years we've been friends. :)