a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Thursday, June 19, 2014

maybe I should blog?

Forgive me, its been a little over 2 weeks since my last post.  Unless I'm involved in the A/Z challenge, I usually don't like to post more than once a week, so its not unheard to go a bit without blogging, but I guess its time for an update.

Not that I have much to say.  Yet I'm sure I'll find a way to say a lot.

I always do.  You know me.  I can't write short posts for the life of me.

What am I up to? Absolutely nothing.  The usual.  Work, morning walks, evening walks with Koda, vegging out reading blogs and playing games in the evening.

Is the weather great? Yep, it is. Mid 70s, light breezes, very pleasant.

Is Koda well?  Yes, but he is blind. We might not want to say it, we might want to say he's losing his sight, but the reality is, he hardly has any left.  He misses popcorn thrown to him by hubby that he used to grab mid air.  He bumps into things. He goes into the room smelling for who is in there.  Is he still full of life? Yes.  He has spunk, he is adapting, he still loves food.  So we adapt and work around him.

I froze a few weeks ago giving him his twice a day insulin shots. I had done it faithfully, missing a few, for over 3 years, but had a time a few weeks ago when I didn't do the technique right and he yelped; several shots in a row. I would have the occasional one that he would yelp, but never that many in sequence.  I could absolutely not do another shot.  So we switched. I hold, hubby shoots, the shot gets done.  I find myself less stressful.

I absolutely love reading books on son's tablet. Found a site where I can even download free books to read.  I'm encouraging him when he goes out of town in next week to Las Vegas to leave the tablet home. I might even bribe him.  But you didn't hear that from me.

I've been writing letters several times a week to a dear friend's family member who got a very long sentence in prison for something they did. Were they guilty? Yes, I think so. Does that still negate the feeling that their families love them and am devastated about what happened? No.  Can I write a letter a few times a week and perhaps bring a smile on their face?  Yes. Can I pray? Always.  Its hard to write a letter to someone in jail. I've written letters to senior citizens. I've written letters to soldiers.  But never in this circumstance.  I just go with what God puts onto my heart daily.  I'm also glad Koda still provides silly stories.

So this is me.  What I'm doing, where I'm at.  So much more, but that's okay, that's enough for now.

And you?

34 comments:

Sue Elvis said...

Betty,

I'm sorry to hear Koda has health problems. That must be difficult for you. I have only been reading your blog for several months but I know you really love him.

Oh yes, God does inspire us to do certain things. I bet the family member in prison appreciates your letters. Letter writing is such a gift. Most people have forgotten how to do it. There is nothing quite like receiving a real letter. Much better than an email!



Sharon said...

Oh, poor Koda. He's a fighter, though, and I'm glad to see that he still has the ability to make you smile!

I know what a wonderful letter writer you are - you so helped me through some very tough weeks when I first moved to the mountains. So, Betty, keep it up. I'm sure the Lord will use your correspondence with this person.

Me? I'm down with Mom again in the OC, and will be attending my niece's high school graduation next week. Enjoying the beautiful beach weather, but missing the mountains...

XO

TARYTERRE said...

Koda is your baby. So sad that this disease ravages the body, particularly the eyes. Just being there for your dog is what matters most. I think the letter writing is a good thing for both of you.

Bijoux said...

That is so kind of you to write those letters. Is the person able to respond? I hope you touch his/ her life in a special way.

susie said...

Your pup has spunk and is thriving. That's good.

The mail is very interesting. I don't know anyone in prison, or I might do the same. But probably not since I hardly ever write to anyone.

Dana said...

Hugs to you and Koda. :)

I'd love to do more letter-writing. It seems like a lost art nowadays. I agree that everyone deserves to have their days brightened.

I haven't blogged for quite a while. I had my baby on April 3, and she and the other two have been keeping me busy. I'm back now, although I probably won't be around every day quite yet. I've missed blogging and all my friends in the blogosphere. I always look forward to your posts!

Have a happy Thursday!

Jeanie said...

This is a great catch-up post, Betty. I haven't been a very good blogger lately either. I worked for a week and have just been lazy after that. We are going to go out of town for a few days so I will have to try to post something before that. Koda is so lucky to have such good care with all that he has going on. Years ago I had to give my son allergy shots twice a week and it got really hard for me to do at times.

lyndagrace said...

I have a thirteen year old pup. He is starting to slow down just a little. My husband keeps insisting that he has lost his hearing because he won’t come when Ross calls him. I have to remind Ross that Rico never obeyed any commands, especially “come here”.
I strongly suspect that the person you are writing to looks forward to your letters. That is very thoughtful of you.

Verna Lantz said...

Just life, going on as usual. And that's beautiful in itself. Glad to hear you're doing ok. Missed you around here. :)

Pat Hatt said...

For nothing sure had a lot lol as long as he is full of life the blindness can be dealt with indeed. Sure the letters are appreciated too.

joeh said...

I think I love Koda and I've never met him!

Liz A. said...

So sorry about Koda. Nice he's adapting, though.

There are all sorts of places where you can get free ebooks. Just search "free" on Amazon or Barnes & Noble or Smashwords or wherever. Also, check to see if your library checks out ebooks. It's a library by library thing, but if they do, it's really easy to borrow a book for a couple weeks.

Mary said...

70's??? I'm jealous!!!
Ally is not only going blind, but deaf as well, so I know what you're going through. Of course, she is 15...I'm a bit surprised she's still around.

Cindi said...

it's always wonderful to hear from you...i've been thinking about a tablet myself...humm maybe a christmas present...give Koda a scratch behind his ears for me..."Wishing" you the best..take care!

Birgit said...

So sorry to hear about Koda but he is getting all the loving and we do that for our families even the furry ones. It must be hard on the family when a loved one must got to jail. there are the horrible feelings of what the loved one did but also the judgements of others who should not judge. I believe you will write about your daily events and it will encourage the family and the person who is in jail. Don't think about where the person is just think about the person and your writing will come

Stephanie Faris said...

My mom's neighbor was just talking about this. She has to give her dog regular insulin shots and she said you can't think about it. Just do it. One quick motion!!! I wish they'd come up with something that would auto-inject their shots...an embedded chip or something? Someday maybe... I'm sorry he's losing his sight but at least he has loving owners to take care of him. That means everything to a dog.

Tracy said...

You are so nice to leave me comments on my blog but I never get an email saying you left something. I only find out about it if I go look at the blog and then I don't have a way to thank you. You mentioned my dog may be going blind. We think she is just getting hard of hearing and she wants to me near us in case we do anything exciting and she couldn't hear it.

Chatty Crone said...

Since I haven't been around lately this update was perfect for me Betty. Only thing - I hate that you have to give him shots. I am diabetic and sometimes my shots hurt and sometimes they don't. The fattier the place the better for me. lol

Paula Kaye said...

I wrote many letters to my son while he was in jail. It was hard! But so much easier to tell him what his choices in life had done to his family. And he was so accepting and apologetic at the time. But then he got out, and nothing changed. Sorry to hear about Koda!

Intense Guy said...

Poor Koda. He is blessed however by being surrounded by the friends a dog could ever have... Yes, that means YOU and your Hubby.

Getting a written letter is always a treat - no matter who it is from - or the situation. It connects far more than many forms of communication do... I think it's because it is on something "tangible"... real paper... and ink.

Mevely317 said...

God bless Koda!
... and God bless your spontaneity, Betty! It's been so long since I've written a 'real' letter, I know not where to begin.
"From the heart" ... that's key, isn't it. Hopefully, your overtures will make a positive difference in this young person's life.

JosephAlsarraf said...

Ya, writing letters is fun, but old fashioned. I like to write letters to my little sister in New York Sometimes because she likes them. I am sorry to hear about your friend.

Also sorry to hear about Koda, but glad to hear that he is still doing well!

: )

Veronica Lee said...

So sad for Koda but glad that he has you and your hubby.
What a pleasure to have you back in blogosphere. You have been missed!

Linda said...

That is so you, sweet, to send letters to prison. That's a special ministry right there. Enjoy your weekend.

Linda :) said...

Oh Koda, big hugs for you, but I know your mom and dad take good care of you and you'll still find those treats no matter what... I need to do a blog entry too, seems the days fly by and it is always last on my list... I still write letters to a few friends that are not into the whole internet thing... Happy Summer!! :)

Gauri Kulkarni said...

Hi there, Came across your blog randomly...Koda looks adorable and sorry that he's going through health problems. I send my wishes to him, as am an avid pet lover ( am a pet sitter by profession :)) Happy to follow you, and looking forward to read more posts. Love your style of writing.
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Optimistic Existentialist said...

My thoughts are with Koda. I hope he makes a full recovery!!

Secret Agent Woman said...

I didn't realize Koda was basically blind. I'd have trouble giving shots to, so I'm glad your husband is able to.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Some how I missed this post so am late commenting. We once had a dog that was blind. We didn't even know it until we moved and then he started bumping into things. They do adapt and thankfully their other senses still work. Hopefully Koda will with your help.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Betty - I hope your son does leave his tablet for you ... and you can do lots more reading ...

Then the idea of writing letters is brilliant and will I'm sure cheer the family up ...

Koda - sorry about his issues .. but at least he can enjoy life still

Cheers and enjoy the wonderful weather .. Hilary

Juli said...

The boy's father spent some time awaiting a trial in jail... then he went back for non payment of child support. The boys did not write to him, but he wrote to them.

I assure you, it's just as hard to receive a letter from prison as it is to write one. But you are doing the right thing. :)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I'm so sorry about Koda's eyesight. We had a dog who went blind. I can't imagine giving those shots daily and it sounds like you have a plan in order now which is less stressful for you....((HUGS)) So did he leave you the tablet? That is very sweet of you to write the letters. I will keep them in my prayers. Thanks for the update.
Debby

Bobbi and Gracie said...

Awe, poor sweet Koda. Some days I will look into Gracie's eyes and think that some day she will be blind and it makes me sad. But I guess you get used to it?? :-( You are so sweet to write to this person in jail. I'm sure it is hard. But I do know that when God lays it upon our hearts and gives us the words... we must be obedient. I am sure you are already being blessed by this.
Take care!!

Jerralea said...

I'm sorry to hear of your struggles giving Koda his shots. I would struggle with that too. I'm glad your husband was willing to give the shots instead.

Glad to hear that Koda still enjoys life, though.

I've written letters to three different men in jail over the years. Two I didn't know, but I knew their aunt, and one was a nephew. It is really hard to write to strangers but I pray over the letter and hope to give some word of encouragement. It seems that the strangers enjoyed the letters better than the nephew did! One of the three has really turned his life around and went on to better things when he was released. (I'm not saying it had anything to do with my letters, LOL) Still praying for the other two ...