a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

he never....

....ceases to amaze me where he will wedge himself.

He got a clean bill of health from the vet today.

He only had to wear the cone of shame for one night.  He seemed to catch on and stopped scratching the next day.  Hubby tied a little bandana around his neck the next day after the cone of shame and that helped him not to scratch. He's healing up pretty well.

Remember when I said the cliff hanger about a month ago?  I promise, an update soon.  If not this weekend, then next Monday.  Things are coming together, they just aren't quite there yet.  Hang in there.

In the meantime, is anyone else other than me dreading the time change this weekend? I love the extra hour of sleep, but not the early hours of darkness.

Friday, October 24, 2014

he wears it somewhat well

We had a bit of a scare earlier this week with Koda. 

Sunday he stopped wanting to eat.  When a corgi doesn't want to eat, you know there's a problem.

He kind of was okay Monday until Monday night when we were giving him his shot and we both noticed his right side of his snout was swollen.  The swelling went down overnight, but we noticed he felt warm and his appetite was nothing like it normally was.

We took him to the vet Tuesday.  The vet was so busy that they couldn't give us an appointment, but said we could drop him off, the vet would evaluate him when he could and give us a call.

On pins and needles we waited until the phone rang.

The vet doesn't usually speak to you on the phone unless it is something major.  His techs tell what is wrong, the recommended treatment, you agree to it, and then it is carried out.

So when the tech called, I knew it wasn't bad news because the vet will deliver bad news over the phone. Been there, done that when Koda was diagnosed with lymphoma back in 2011.

But it was inconclusive news.  They did an aspirate of where he was swollen and it came back mostly white blood cells (infection) but also some other cells the vet couldn't quite figure out. He wanted a pathologist to look at the slide which we agreed to do. He said there may be some lymph glands in there. We panicked. Lymph cells would mean Koda's lymphoma was back.

We cried. We planned.  We didn't want him to suffer. That is always our intent.  We don't want him to suffer to keep him alive because we can't bear to part from him.

I picked him up from the vet because of hubby's work schedule and had to talk to the vet. I panicked, thinking "okay, he's going to give me bad news, I will not cry."  He actually had good news, Koda looked healthy, he just wasn't sure, he didn't suspect anything, but just wanted another opinion.

I paid for the services and waited for Koda to be brought out. One of the receptionists who had been with us all through Koda's chemotherapy and cancer asked me "are you okay?" I said "yes, better than I was a few hours ago." She said she fell apart when she heard there was a possibility Koda could have lymphoma.  I said it was going to be a sad day when that day came. We hugged. She said they were here for us.

We took Koda home. Over the next few days he eventually got his appetite back and his energy and started to feel like the corgi he used to be.

He was on antibiotics, pain pills, eye drops because his right eye was really goopy.

And we waited for the final news. Would the slide sent to the pathologist indicate a return of lymphoma?

The vet had to shave him where they did the aspiration of fluid. Someone (Koda) thought it would be good to scratch it.

Someone caused the area to bleed.

Someone is wearing the "cone of shame" until the area heals over a little bit.


by the grace of God......

someone had a clean slide, no cancer cells, no lymph cells, just white blood cells
indicative of infection.

And for that I am grateful.

Thank you Lord.

(and he really does look relatively stunning in that cone)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hit, a book review

For BookLook Bloggers, I chose to read and review Hit by Lorie Ann Grover.  By agreeing to read the book in its entirety and writing a review of it on my blog and a consumer site, I was provided a free copy of the book.

It is an interesting story of a high school senior student, Sarah, who has been offered a full scholarship at a women's college.  Her intent was to fully go to that college as it has the course study she wished to pursue, until she has a poetry class that a graduate student, Haddings, is assigned to teach.  He is at the local university and her interests change to attend that one instead of the one she has a full scholarship to.  Although he knows it is wrong for them to pursue a relationship, she definitely has feelings for him and expresses it through her poetry.  The day after he shares a poem in the class that definitely tells her there can be nothing between the two of them, she writes a poem to give to him.  As she is walking across street to go to school on a rainy morning, she drops the poem and goes back to retrieve it, only to get hit by a car that is driven by him, althought it is an accident.  The book continues from each of their perspectives over the days she is hospitalized until her release when she makes her final decision on where she will attend college.  Through their perspectives, the book is designed.  Her perspective is written from the pain of the accident, the treatment given to her, etc., his is written through the perspective of hitting her and how guilty he feels and how he wants to apologize to her and her family.

This book is listed as teen fiction.  I had trouble with the the theme of the book with a potential relationship between a student and a teacher.  I then had to look at the book for its targeted audience.  I would not have liked this theme at my age in my mid 50s, but for a teen who has imagined a crush on a teacher and the possibility of what could happen if a relationship did happen, it may appeal to them, as well as maybe open up their eyes to the dangers of wanting to pursue such a relationship. 

The story was written in short paragraphs back and forth between the two main characters . A lot of emphasis was put on how hideous Sarah looked after an accident, especially her face, having to have emergency surgery to avoid complications.  I would imagine for a young teen, their looks would be something that they would be worried about in such an event.

I think the author did an okay job with relating the medical things Sarah went through as a result of the accident, but she was in the hospital only for a short period of time with a major brain injury, but not a lot of bone injuries which I found surprising after being thrown over 20 feet after being hit by the car.  Perhaps because of my profession in medical transcription, I thought it was a little far fetched for such an accident to occur without more serious injuries with a very short hospital stay with no physical therapy mentioned as occurring for recovery.  However, a teen probably would not catch some of that or be interested in some of that.

I would recommend the book for a young teen interested in poetry, since there were several poems highlighted in the book, and enjoying a quick read, for this was easy to read. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

short, but long

Koda likes to spend time sleeping in son's bathroom.  Usually he sleeps against the walls or against the bath tub.  Today I walked by and saw him sleeping like this.

That was a new position for him.

He may have short legs, but he really is long.

Door to wall, no room to spare.

I think he was barricading the door.

I don't think he likes being kicked out of the bathroom when son wants in there.

Which raises the question, whose bathroom is it really?

(thanks for all the anniversary best wishes, now go out and enjoy the weekend!)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

sometimes you go with the flow, now matter how expensive it might be

Hubby and me had a reason to celebrate today, so we decided to go out to eat.  I was supposed to come up with two ideas of a restaurant, he would do the same.  I'm not good at this.  Mainly I don't take the time to research like he does, secondly, I'm just plain lazy.

So he came up with two ideas and I liked both, but one we had not been to and was right along the beach.  That seemed like a nice venue to celebrate so we agreed on that.

He made a reservation for the time we wanted to go. They asked if it was a special occasion and he said yes and what it was.  When he told me, I'm like "oh no, you didn't say what it was" because I'm not one that likes attention drawn to myself, but he said yes because he was glad for the occasion and the celebration and wanted everyone to know.  I had to agree with him when he presented it like that. It should be shouted from the rooftops because a lot of people don't get to reach the milestone that we did, my parents definitely did not.

So we get to the restaurant and are greeted warmly by the hostess with the best of wishes, sat at a very nice table to enjoy the beach and the setting sun.  We start to take a look at the menu and I realize this is going to cost an arm and a leg, but sometimes you go with the flow, no matter how expensive it might be.

We are on a tight budget, have been for the past four years. But sometimes you just got to let it go.

So we let it go tonight.

The server came and took our drink orders after offering best wishes to us. Combinedl, our wines would have bought eight bottles of "cheap" wine.  But you go with the flow.  Shortly after, the manager came and introduced himself and talked with us for a few minutes, again expressing best wishes and congratulations.

We ordered our entrees, which were al carte, i.e., everything you are getting extra is going to cost extra.  Soup and/or salad does not come with the meal.  Nine dollars each for a little bowl of clam chowder, delicious for sure, but at the same time I'm thinking "how many cans of Campbells soup could we get for that."

Our entrees were scrumptious.  Hubby got beef filet mignon, I got a chicken asado.  Very nice presentation and very delicious.  We were stuffed at the end of it, but got a complimentary dessert of a brownie and caramel syrup since we were celebrating.

At the end when the bill was presented, it was more than our weekly budgeted amount for food.

But sometimes you go with the flow, no matter how expensive it might be.

Hubby gave me a card this morning and wrote in it "I hope we have many more together" which was sobering.  I'm 56, edging on 57, he is 61.  We really don't know how many more years we will have alive.

This might be the last such celebration we celebrate together.

It was a delightful night.

No matter what the cost.

Because sometimes you go with the flow, no matter how expensive it might be.

Because you don't know if you'll have the opportunity again.

So you take it when you can and be grateful you were able to do so.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

things that go on

Just things going on.

Have you ever looked in the freezer and wondered what this was that was frozen in a Tupperware container and when you go to open the container, you still don't remember what it was that you froze? Happened today.  I am defrosting such a container just to see what it was.  It may be the sauce of a dish I made in the crockpot a few months ago that I thought would be a good soup base.  Or it may remain a mystery.

Has your eye ever twitched and you think it is twitching so wildly that everyone 10 miles away will see it but when you look in the mirror, it is barely discernible? Yep, happened to me today. Drives me crazy.  Don't even know why it does it, but it does at times.

Have you ever wondered how fast this year went?  Yep, happened to me today. How can we be at the end part of September already? Three months from today and it will be Christmas. How can that be?

Have you ever considered how OCD a corgi is? He definitely has his routines and continues to develop them.  Lately his newest routine has been wanting out between 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. as well as 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. to lie on our back patio.  I absolutely have no idea how he knows timing, but he sure does. He certainly knows when it is time to eat.

Changes could be happening in the next 6 weeks or so. I'll let you know.  Could involve a major shifting around of living arrangements.  Don't you just love a cliffhanger?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Magnolia Market - book review

For Booklookbloggers, I am reviewing the book, Magnolia Market, by Judy Christie.  For agreeing to read the book completely and posting a review about it on my blog and on a commercial site, I was given a free copy of the book.

The story revolves around Avery Broussard who at the start of the book was working at a clothing boutique, owned by her mother-in-law, that she was hoping to buy.  The book begins at the one year anniversary of Avery's husband, who had wanted out of the marriage before his death in a car accident.  Avery had hoped by buying the boutique, she was finally going to start feeling better and moving ahead after his death, only to find that her mother-in-law as well as other members of her husband's family wanted her out of town and were going to do everything possible for her to relocate.

She is not able to buy the boutique, in fact is fired from the job as manager.  She goes on in an interesting story line to manage the town's market that she turns around from barely making ends meet to being somewhat profitable.  Over the ensuing several months of the story, she and a handyman/carpenter come to know each other, but it takes them a bit of time to get to start to have a relationship.  She meets others that help her in her quest to figure out what she is going to do with her life now and to stay in the city where she is currently living, not wanting to be driven out by her mother-in-law.  In the end, she is able to stay there, keep working at the market store, and settles into the relationship with the handyman/carpenter.

My thoughts about the book.  I kind of liked it, but it was sort of redundant in parts about how much the mother-in-law did not like Avery and how much the mother-in-law wanted her out of town.  Their actions against Avery were a bit extreme and at times unbelievable.  There is hint that the family has some secrets that they might not necessarily want exposed and she knows those secrets, but we are left hanging at the end of the book wondering what those were.

Avery, though, is a strong character in the book with determination and willingness to work hard for what she wants to accomplish.  Having to change her image from what others thought of her as the rich young woman married to one of the town's wealthier familes to basically the good caring person that she was comes across in the book. 

It was an easy book to read.  The plot flowed like you would expect it to.  There weren't too many surprises for me.  At times some of the writing seemed a little stiff.  I also thought the way it ended was abrupt.

Would I recommend it? Yes if one is looking for a book that doesn't have too much depth, light reading for the beach or on a cool winter day wrapped under a blanket.