Sick dogs, equal long nights and days. Stella, who has been diagnosed with a late onset seizure disorder (epilepsy), is actually doing quite well on a single small daily dose of phenobarbital. But it was too many nights of being woken up by a seizing dog and the worry that accounted for numerous sleepless nights while we ruled out some other things like her antihistamines for allergies.
Then Jack decided last week that he would dig a bit under the fence for some grass to chew and a mushroom. Well needless to say by the next morning he was in the full effects of mushroom poisoning.
I didn't know the cause at the time but some investigative work while we waited for the vet to open found the culprit, because there was a second one out of reach right next to his new dig site.
Jack has an angel watching over him. While he had a day of exhibiting neurological symptoms thankfully his liver and kidney functions were not affected. He earned himself a day at the vet on IV fluids ( and a collar of shame to keep him from pulling out the catheter), some activated charcoal and lots of pets and attention from the staff. I earned a big bill (much better than a dead dog!), and Gene got to weed whack the whole pen perimeter outside. Who knew that mushroom was even there?
|Feeling back to normal on Wednesday.|
I will admit Wednesday I was exhausted. It happens. We spent the day napping. No sewing, no weaving a bit of spinning and lots of dozing. The restorative powers of sleep work for everybody. By Thursday it was up early for Mom/market/shopping and in the afternoon gardening, another activity with restorative powers.
Over last weekend I did indeed act on doing large pots for hard areas.
Garden things that came from my Dads lovely little garden (like the tall cat in the background) were put in place.
And the sleeping cat I had bought him for a Father's Day gift two years ago.
Tears too have restorative powers. There is an added a surprise. When I went to Legends Pottery Outlet I noticed a big Buddha in the clearance section. The little top crown piece had been cracked and epoxied back on. I can live with that for a 65% discount...easily.
He came home with me, belted in the back seat. I will admit I like garden stuff. This gnome made the trip in the Subaru from the garden show back in May. He looks perfect next to the newly planted Plum Yew. The bird bath is the busiest place in the garden. I have two but this is everyones favorite.
For the most part the garden thrives, it gets jungle like and makes me smile when I pass it. Many little hidden treasures.
|All white Columbine|
It is enough, more than enough to see my little cottage jungle to make me grateful for lives big and small, here and gone.
No DTJH. We all know what an important week it was on both the national and international stage.
Keep an eye on the healthcare bill. The senate GOP is up to no good. Oh and Dodd-Frank......
Parting shots: Beautiful dreamers.