Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Meet Danny

Meet our new family member, Danny

This was taken his first night home.  That's not my lap.  He wouldn't sleep on me until 3 days later.  I won't show you those pictures, because I was asleep, too.  He slept curled up on my neck, under my chin.

Yes, another rat terrier.  Our last rat terrier passed away in January, just shy of 15, after being blind for the last two years and having diabetes.  It's been fun having a puppy again, and we do love him very much.  He loves us, too, and watches out for us.  He's a rescue, and his name was originally Danie (we just changed the spelling.  He seems like a Danny!)  He does this cute thing with his mouth when he sleeps, where he almost looks like he's blowing kisses.  But oh, boy, if he sees something outside he doesn't like, he can growl to scare the grey hair off your head.  Never at us, mind you.  There isn't a mean bone in his body.  He's already a good watch dog.

This is Danny on a normal day -- all blur.  The only time you get a good view is when he's sleeping.  Nearly every day we take him for a mile and a half to two mile walk.  He loves walks.

Danny as of last night:

Danny when he first came:

We can't imagine life without him.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Catch up time!

Since my last post 2 years ago and some, way too much has happened.  2013 was the year of deaths, following on the heels of Grandpa's death December 2012.  I lost my other grandfather, a dear cousin, my great-aunt (and Godmother), two beloved teachers from high school, Mr. Claraspet's aunt, and then top it off with a dear lady I knew all my life (who left me her treadle.)  That was June-September.  There's been a couple more deaths, ending with Mr. C's grandma a week ago.  She was a wonderful, dear lady.  But the biggest challenge to come my way came last November with my eyesight.  Something wasn't right with my vision, but I wasn't sure what. I was due into the retina specialist anyway, and when I went I was appalled to find out that what didn't seem right was 20/70 (corrected) in my left eye.  CNV -- choroidal neovascularization.  It's easy to search if you want to know more.  4 shots later my vision seems to be back as close to 20/20 (corrected) as I'll get.  If I use just my left eye things are still wavy, but I'll take wavy and clear as opposed to what it was last November.  I'm just getting back into sewing, though I have been cross stitching and crocheting.  I'm working on projects for everyone while I can, just in case the CNV ever acts up again.

So that's been about it.  CNV sucks -- but it could be worse.

I hope to post again tomorrow.  I have a new family member to introduce.

Take care, y'all, and print yourselves Amsler Grids.