Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Today summed up in one word! According to our wind gauge, the gusts topped 60.2 MPH this morning! The power went out for about two hours shortly after that gust. Mom has a battery backup to keep the modem and router running (heaven forbid we go without the internet for too long) but cable was knocked out too. I'm happy to report we made it through 120 minutes without technology. Not exactly a blackout but the title fit perfectly.
A couple of my loyal readers have noticed that my tradition is to use Friends episode titles as my blog titles. Or to keep it as close as possible. It's my way paying homage to one of mom's favorite shows of all time. Plus " . . . it is a bit of a challenge!" (Bonus points granted if you can name the episode in which Chandler says those words!)
During the "blackout," we played keep-away with my new bees. Phoenix is quite a competitor though. She steals it from Cali every time - not that Cali puts up much resistance. For being so tough, Phoenix is afraid of... wind. Yep. Wind. Poor thing sticks to us like glue outside when it's windy. It's okay. That's what big sisters are for, right?
Wind has made her nervous since she first came to us two years ago. Two years ago today, as a matter of fact. The crazy cat lady convinced mom and papa to bring her home after she was hanging around a neighbor's house for a couple of days. Phoenix, then only six months old, had to spend ten days at the animal shelter to make sure she wasn't being looked for by her original two-leggers. Mom was VERY nervous for those ten days and wished she just kept her here and never notified anyone. But it was the right thing to do. And it turned out of the best! No one claimed her, which was meant to be because we couldn't imagine our family without her. It's hard to believe it was only two years ago.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Mom suspects the values are still low, which she predicts is the cause of her recent focal seizure activity. We'll know in a couple of days. If it's low, Dr. Mitchell will increase the thyroid medication. If it's normal, she'll give Ginger an additional medication to help control the seizures. In addition, she now has a ten day supply of antibiotics to clear up her tooth infection. Her breath leaves something to be desired but she can't help it! The infection is likely the cause of her runny nose so we'd knock out two problems with one pill - well two pills, twice a day. That brings her total to 13 pills per day for medication and supplements, plus a powdery substance on her food for her joints at night. She's living the high life for sure!
Normally Cali or I go with her to the office for moral support. (Phoenix is still working on overcoming her car sickness.) For today's visit, Ginger was on her own because mom had to take the pickup truck and it would be cramped. I know she missed us but I bet she liked the extra attention!
We sure missed her! Isn't her post-visit bandanna from the vet cute?
Mom missed most of the homecoming but this is some of it on tape. We sure love our Ginger-bear!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
We spent a lot of the day taking long walks and chasing each other outside. It was great to get a break from the winter weather. Mom didn't get much accomplished on her to do list but how often is it so beautiful on December 27? Mom and papa sat outside on the deck when he got home from work and have the windows open for a nice breeze as I type this at 7:30. I love it!
Phoenix is currently zonked out on the couch but a couple of days ago the weather was too cold to play outside so the slightest thing would entertain her. Please don't try this at home!
Friday, December 26, 2008
The two-leggers and my sisters slept in on Christmas Day. I was chomping at the bit and bumping mom's hand for what seemed like hours before she got up and started the day. After breakfast, we opened some presents. We got GREAT gifts. I took photos and video of what I could. The yummy treats and bones didn't make it to photos though. When bones are in play, I have to be on my game. My sisters don't hesitate to scoop up my goodies!
This my new toy from my cousins and Dr. Aunt Katie. For brainiacs only: BEES in a hive!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
The stockings were hung by the fish tank with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
Ginger and Cali were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Greenies danced in their heads;
And Phoenix and I snuggled tight by the tree,
Had just settled down to catch a few z's.
When out on the deck there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the couch to see what was the matter.
Away to the door I flew like a flash,
Pushed open the blinds and gulped down a gasp.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew it must be St. Nick.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all and
to all dogs a good life!"
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
She (dare I say it so close to Christmas?) whined about the crowds and the cold (it was 27 degrees while she was running errands) but WE, while I sympathize with her complaints about crowds, have bigger issues to complain about today. Papa made us watch the most boring TV programs, such as Sunrise Earth and Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas - A Fascinating Story of the Bawdy Roman Saturnalia. I always thought fascinating meant interesting or captivating. As evidenced by this program, I am mistaken.
Something that IS interesting? Today the Crazy Cat Lady stopped by with a BEAUTIFUL Christmas centerpiece for mom and papa.
AND - best of all - she brought delicious smelling gifts for us! Mom said we have to wait a couple more days to open the presents but we've all snuck over to take a deep whiff of all the goodies in our stockings.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Saturday has arrived. Papa is on the best coast so things here are uneventful. Mom's out running some errands and my pack is snoozing by the Christmas tree. Only a few days until the big feast. This time of year mom always gets a little more homesick than usual. She turned on the webcam at the AZ house and was greeted by the infamous Santa - on a lamp. The sight of the roaming Santa made mom chuckle, so I'm happy for that but I really don't get it!
Ginger and Phoenix have been best buddies today. I've caught them cuddling several times! Phoenix loves to be warm and Ginger loves to lean on us or against the two-leggers so it's a perfect match. Every time I move to get the camera for evidence, they move too so I've given up on the photo op! This was the best I could do...
Friday, December 19, 2008
The Christmas tunes have been playing all day and what perfect background music! My Arizona relatives sent a bunch of presents which arrived today. Phoenix practically climbed into the box and Ginger was investigating everything mom pulled out but Cali had the best idea. She started taking gifts out when mom went to answer the phone. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to open any before she got back but we watched her put them in our stockings so we made some plans for later.
We also got holiday cards from my cousins... aren't they cute? I could just carry them around in my pocket! If I had pockets, that is.
Mom was off today so didn't do much besides make another "list" and play with her new Tobi garment steamer. It was a gift for her birthday and she just now had time to take it out of the box. She steamed everything so I think she likes it!
Papa has been working like a busy bee downstairs. The electricity was completed and he's moved on to plumbing. His least favorite part!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Finally I got some rest in an unlikely place - Phoenix's tiny bed in the kitchen...
As of this posting, mom is now officially on winter break. She doesn't have to go back to the office until next year! We're going to be so spoiled. Papa isn't as fortunate with his job but he said he will be here when Santa Claus comes. I wonder when that will be - my stocking is pitifully bare. I'll keep you updated on that.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
When they got home from their errands this morning, Phoenix took a nap with papa before he had to leave for the west coast.
Ginger's day has been up and down too. She's had some minor episodes these last couple of weeks - such as fly snapping and ataxia - which have increased in frequency. Happily, nothing serious has happened since mom and Dr. Mitchell increased her medication this fall. She's due for bloodwork on the 22nd so we might have to move that up in the schedule. Mom thinks it's that pesky thyroid again. Ginger's a tough girl so I'm not overly worried but we all get upset when she's acting strangely. Especially Cali. She'll wake up from a nap under the bed to run to Ginger's side if she hears any distress. And Ginger knows it. As I type this, Ginger is happily rubbing her face all over Cali's chest because she knows she can. They've been best friends since Cali was a baby.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
They arrived home a short time ago and, well, let's just say papa is currently cooking up something delicious! I guess it didn't go well for them but you know what that means for us.... left-overs!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
In the meantime, things here have been quiet. Mom only has three or four more office days until she's off until next year!! Papa was on the west coast last night. I think I heard mom grumbling during our walk after dinner yesterday about how warm it was there. To compare, according to Weather Underground, it was 26 degrees here with a steady wind speed of 18 MPH at 6:00 when we went out for our last walk. Where papa was? 55 with calm wind. I have to admit, even I was jealous! But snow is in the forecast for us later in the week and I do love a good romp in the snow! We didn't get any snow last winter. Here are some pictures from my first major snow storm!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Ginger and Cali are keeping an eye out for them. Haha.. I shouldn't say "keeping an eye out" to Ginger, my blind, one-eyed sister. Cali is keeping watch. Ginger is listening very closely.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
After Stacey's visit, I worked hard to convince Phoenix that the ornaments on the tree are not toys for us. That took quite some time. By then it was mid-day and that blasted squirrel was back to tease me! Argh!
Luckily mom and papa arrived just in time for dinner. When Ginger gets hungry she sure gets antsy so I was contemplating feeding her myself. (As mom has discovered, I can easily get past the baby gate to go downstairs where she keeps the extra food bins.)
Papa was away last night so having him home is always fun. We ran outside a bit and then we each got a taste of ham for dessert. The thing is, after a long day babysitting my sisters and watching for the secret spy squirrel, a puppy gets tired! Unfortunately, papa was not tired. I've heard driving around the neighborhood makes little two-leggers sleepy but that would involve leaving my home turf plus papa's not so little. After some thinking, I tried something else. It worked! Take a look.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
After the games, us youngsters relaxed outside by the fire. Ginger hung back - she doesn't like to be cold.
During naptime, mom and papa went to get a Christmas tree! They ran errands and stopped at Mr. Cupp's house down the street to cut down the perfect tree. We'll set it up tomorrow, along with some decorations inside the house. We didn't have a tree last year so this will be the first Christmas tree Phoenix has. Exciting!
This is a video of the tree being cut down today. Mom expected papa to yell, "Timmbbberr!" But if you listen closely, I believe his words were, "Oh, jeepers!"
Friday, November 28, 2008
We had fun while they were gone though. Stacey was here and Lisa the Cat Lady came to visit. Some of you know her as Lisa the Chicken Lady since she brings us eggs too! As much fun as it was with our visitors and card games, it was GREAT to sleep in our own beds last night. Mom closes the bedroom door while they are gone so that she can see us on the camera.
Speaking of cameras, mom agreed to take a couple pictures for me. This first one is of a place called Yocco's. It's supposed to be a great hot dog and pierogie place on the way to New Jersey. It's always busy and filled with two-leggers so I've never been there.
This is just a picture of a bridge mom likes.... :: yawn ::
Now we're talking... look at the size of this guy!! The two-leggers saw him both mornings just waltzing around without a care in the world. I should have gone with them - easy pickins.
Relatives of mine?
And finally, relatives of papa's. I hope they weren't catching us with the poker table out. They sure look amused!