Wednesday, April 28, 2010

In The Pink

Hi everybody,

My sweet Princess had her surgery Monday. After a rough night, she is now on the mend. She is really one tough little girl and I'm so proud of her. She looks horrible in this picture, but that is only because she hates having the huge bandage around her neck. I get to remove it tomorrow and she will be very happy :)

The surgery was very expensive, but I have a wonderful vet. When I was checking out, the bill was half of what I was quoted. My vet knows I've been out of work and must have said something to the surgeon who performed the operation, or she picked up part of the bill herself - I don't know for sure. I will be doing something very special to repay the kindness at any rate.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Trips To The Vet and America's Food Source

First, I want to thank you all for your support in the decision I made about the stray dog. It has bothered me all week and I'm not sure I deserve your kindness considering I took him to his death. As much as he suffered in the gas chamber, it was nothing compared to being used for bait.

Yesterday was another emotional day for me. As if the stress of this job search isn't enough, my precious Princess has something medical going on - possibly thyroid cancer. We've been to the vet twice this week and I'm headed back there this morning. My wonderful vet will get some answers after a specialist examines Princess and performs an ultrasound.
*Update* just arrived home. She has a tumor on her thyroid :( When the tests come back, we'll proceed with surgery. She is quite dopey from the anesthesia, poor baby.

Now maybe you all don't realize what an animal lover I am. I've been involved with rescue for years and been a supporter of animals' rights since the 70's. Last evening I was laying in bed, trying to get my brain turned off and was flipping through channels. There wasn't anything I wanted to watch, so tuned in to the local PBS channel. Usually that have documentaries with a soothing voice doing the speaking. The documentary that was on was a film called "Food, Inc". I missed the first half but the portion I did see was alarming. If you have the time, just scan through this site for some alarming facts and information.

From now on, I am going to make every effort to buy the locally grown food at the grocery store. It costs more, but I don't eat that much and it's better for the farmers and the planet...and me!

Monday, April 19, 2010

An Innocent Dog

He was just laying there in the strip of grass between the highway and Wendy's. "If he's still there when I get out of Walmart, I'll stop" I thought to myself. I proceeded to Walmart to pick up the usual pet supplies - food and litter. They didn't have my brand so I left frustrated and had already forgotten about the stray dog.

He was still there. "He must be hurt", I said to myself. I turned the car around and pulled into the Wendy's parking lot. A young man was getting out of his car and looking toward the dog. "Do you know who he belongs to", I asked. "No", he replied, "but I thought he might be hurt". I got the leash from my car that I always carry. I instructed the young man to make a wide berth so we could position ourselves between the unmoving dog and highway, in case he bolted. I continued to walk slowly toward him and he watched me carefully. "Are you ok, buddy" I asked in a soft voice. His eyes never left mine and I wasn't sure what he was going to do. As I approached, he lowered his head to the ground and bared his tummy in complete submission.

I stooped down and slipped the leash over his neck. The young man and I gave him a visual exam and didn't see any blood or wounds, so it didn't appear that he'd been hit by a car. More likely, he smelled the food from Wendys and was hoping for a scrounged meal. He had signs of demodectic mange and was scratching. He also showed visible signs of tape worm caused by fleas.

I tried to walk him to my car but he didn't budge. I asked the young man if he'd hold the leash till I went inside and bought a plain burger to entice the dog with. He was hungry and his ribs showed. I gave him little bites till we got to the car and then the young man had to lift him into the car.

So here I was with a strange dog in my car, not knowing how he'd react. What was I going to do with him now? I no longer have a quarantine area for strays and I couldn't leave him there to get hit, or far worse, picked up and used for bait to train fighting dogs. The small no-kill shelter is full, as most shelters are. This dog wasn't exactly handsome, and was a medium to large size - no redeeming qualities other than a wonderful and loving personality just waiting to be tapped. He didn't stand a chance but I took him to the local Animal Control facility, which stays overflowing with unwanted and abandoned pets, and cried. They dispose of animals cruelly by gas chamber. The stray will be put in the black box and killed with gas Wednesday, if not sooner due to the Demodex.

This stray dog could just as easily have been your beloved pet. Thousands of dogs and cats are killed every hour in the US. Please get your pets spayed or neutered and encourage everybody you know to do the same. And don't fool yourself about pure breeds being safe from this fate. They are no more safe than a mutt. I will leave you with this - get a tissue.

Do I Go Home Today?

My family brought me home cradled in their arms.
They cuddled me and smiled at me and said I was full of charm.
They played with me and laughed with me and showered me with toys.
I sure do love my family, especially the girls and boys.
The children loved to feed me, they gave me special treats.
They even let me sleep with them - all snuggled in the sheets.
I used to go for walks, often several times a day.
They even fought to hold the leash, I'm very proud to say.
These are the things I'll not forget - a cherished memory.
I now live in the shelter-without my family.
They used to laugh and praise me when I played with that old shoe.
But I didn't know the difference between the old ones and the new.
The kids and I would grab a rag, for hours we would tug.
So I thought I did the right thing when I chewed the bedroom rug.
They said that I was out of control, and would have to live outside.
This I did not understand, although I tried and tried.
The walks stopped, one by one; they said they hadn't time.
I wish that I could change things, I wish I knew my crime.
My life became so lonely, in the backyard, on a chain.
I barked and barked all day long to keep from going insane.
So they brought me to the shelter but were embarassed to say why,
They said I caused an allergy, and then they each kissed me goodbye.
If I'd only had some classes, as a little pup.
I wouldn't have been so hard to handle when I was all grown up.
"You only have one day left." I heard the worker say.
Does that mean I have a second chance?
Do I go Home today?

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Week In Review

Geez - time is flying by! I know everybody else is as busy as me this time of year.

I helped Gail, and her husband John, at their greenhouses. They've been in business over twenty years...what a hard way to make a living! John is a farmer at heart and gets up before the sun every day to water plants. Gail does most of the ordering of merchandise and all the personnel stuff. This is in addition to running her specialty shop in town, The Garden Market.

As you can imagine this time of year, it is crazy busy! And pollen is on everything! In between waiting on customers Tuesday, I dusted as much pollen as I could, which gave me a migraine. Wednesday I was down with it and slept all day except for going to another interview (more on that later). By the time I got out, I felt like I had a fever plus a very upset tummy so spent the rest of the day sleeping again. Thursday and Friday I worked for Gail and John even though I still felt bad.

Saturday morning I took my Princess to the vet for her annual visit and to have a senior panel run on her in preparation of having her teeth cleaned (finally got my tax refund). After taking her home, I headed to Gail's to clean house for her. No wonder I can eat a bag of donuts in two days and still only 20 pounds overweight. I'm working my tail off...well not really...but it sure feels like it!

Today and tomorrow I'm staying home. I worked outside all day and got a lot done, but there is still a ton of weeds left to pull out front, and I haven't even started on the back yard yet but will try to get it all done tomorrow.

So...the big job fell through. Evidently, there were some politics going on and they selected an internal candidate. I was disappointed, as this job was a perfect match for my skills. Plus, the hiring manager kept reporting to the recruiter that I was perfect and she was leaning toward me. Talk about BS.

So Wednesday, I had an interview for another good job, but the pay and hours are far from ideal. The good news is that because it's a minimum 6 month contract, the temp agency will actually give me health insurance! Again, the feedback was - "Phyllis is great, a good match, blah blah blah, but we are concerned about her Excel skills". Now I told them that I used to be highly proficient with Excel and am still pretty good, but I've never created a Pivot Table or Chart. They were concerned about that. HELLO - it's not like I couldn't learn it! So Friday morning, I got up and did some research on line (you can find anything on line for free) and created my very first Pivot Table and Chart. I sent it to the recruiter telling her it wasn't anything fancy - just basic - but that is should show that I'm more than capable of maneuvering my way around Excel. I was proud of myself for getting it all together in one hour before heading to the greenhouses.

So far, no word back so I guess I'll hear something early this week. In the mean time, Gail and John need my help and I'm happy to be able to accomodate them.

I didn't make time to take any pics of my progress in the yard today, so will leave you with a picture of the little robe I made for Ginny. It turned out pretty cute, I think, and Erin (mommy) loved it :) I will take pics of my yard and share with you tomorrow.

Have a good day/week!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Alice In Wonderland Stitchery for Laura

Hi everybody,

Oh, it's so pretty out today! Today I will be sorely tempted working at Gail's 18 greenhouses. They have thousands of varieties of plants and are all just beautiful this time of year.

I wanted to share with everybody what I created for DD#2 as a birthday gift, which I'll be giving her this evening when I see her. She has loved Alice In Wonderland since she was little and has several collectibles. She won't have time to look at my blog till this evening, so it's ok to post a picture now.

And here is my beautiful Laura, my baby. She is 33 years old today. She works hard to support herself and Alissa Rose and I'm very proud of her.

Happy birthday, dear Laura!

I hope you all have a great day today...I know I will :)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Friday Night Sew In & Miscellaneous Stuff

Blurry pic but here's my latest of the bouquet series.

For those of you who don't live near me...check out the pollen; it's the worst in years.

Remember the little spice rack I dragged home from the trash a few weeks ago? Here it is painted black and holding some of my pretty beads.

I've continued my job search, since the hiring manager can't seem to decide to extend an offer to me....very frustrating. She told the recruiter that she was leaning toward me but "needed a couple of days longer". No word since then. Crap or get off the pot, for gosh sake!

Tomorrow I'll work at Gail's store, since she is short handed. This is the busiest time of the year for their main business - the garden center. I'm happy to help her out as much as I can.

I hope you all have a nice weekend!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A $2.99 Redo

Hey everybody,

Wanna see my cheap redo?

I painted this pine wall cabinet white a few days ago. I'm not sure what look I'm trying to get in my kitchen, but have been making a few changes. All my cabinets are white with black hardware, so I decided to paint this cabinet that is on the opposite side of the kitchen white as well. I kept staring at it for a couple of days and something just didn't look right with it. So today while Blair was at the doggy day spa being groomed, I headed to JoAnn's with coupon in hand and bought some pretty fabric for $2.99. Right now I have it hung with thumb tacks and a little bit of quilt basting spray and really like the way it looks. I need some greenery in those pitchers - that will come in time.

What do you think?

Monday, April 5, 2010

A Big Pincushion

Did you all have a nice Easter? It was a beautiful day here. I spent the day making a little something for DD#2, who has a birthday coming next week. Other than that, I rested a lot. I kind of overdid this week trying to get my house in order after being gone so much.

I've been waiting on pins and needles for over a week for a phone call about a job I interviewed for. The emotional roller coaster is horrible, so I had to jump into a lot of projects around the house to keep from going crazy. Physical activity - especially if it's strenuous - helps to keep me somewhat sane. Plus, putting things in order around me makes me feel like I can control some small part of my life.
Look what my DS made me for my birthday last week...a crazy quilt pincushion using a CD as the base. She said it was huge...and it is larger than the oridinary pincushion...but I think it's beautiful. You can't really see the detail but she hand stitched everything and added beads here and there, and even the word "pins" down on one side. She wove pretty pink ribbon through the lace too. I am so intimated by crazy quilting, and want to do it so badly.

Keep your fingers crossed for me that I get this job. I'm out of $$ and almost out of time drawing unemployment. I don't even want to think about what the next step will be....

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Easter blessings to all today

Friday, April 2, 2010

Who Needs a Man, Anyway?

Now don't get your feathers ruffled...I know a lot of you gals have wonderfaul and talented husbands - but I don't.

While painting my guest bathroom this week, I needed to replace the wax ring gasket under the toilet. I did my research on the internet and the only thing that concerned me was the weight of the toilet and lining it up with the "johnny bolts" on the first try - a necessity.

Well, I'm proud to say that I did it - and all by myself.

Have a good day on this special day!