Thursday, August 29, 2013

Early morning ramblings

Every morning I get up at 6:00 and read my Bible and pray. Then I get a shower and get ready for my day. (So far, it sounds like a poem!) And tonight I need to go get my hair cut. The rest of the day is spent caring for Remy and Liam, my youngest son's children. They are the light of my life, and I LOVE taking care of them, although I return home at about 6:30 exhausted. How can such tiny little people make me so tired?? (And for that matter, why am I so sleepy? I had 7-1/2 hours sleep last night.)

Then the love of my life comes home, we eat dinner and watch an episode of whichever serial we happen to be watching, and then we spend the rest of the evening unwinding, doing things we enjoy, and getting ready for bed. Bedtime comes rather early—no later than 10:30 at the outside—and often more like 8:30 or 9:00. (And I'm still sleepy the next morning!)

Right now it's 7:13, and I have about 15 minutes until I have to leave to walk to their house. I need to finish this post, get everything ready to go—don't forget the needle and thread to fix Bunny—and restrain Mac while he goes nuts on the end of his leash, so excited to be going to a house with kids in it. I guess not many people get to take their dog to work with them!

After the loss of Tosh, my sweet little friend, I've decided to get another dog. This time it will be a Toy Aussie (Australian Shepherd), and her name is Sadie. I can't bring her home for 17 more days, but who's counting? (Me! I am! I can't wait to get her home!)

Well, I guess I should go downstairs and get my day ready to go. Just wanted to drop in on my way to work this morning.

A good day to all!

Until next time!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Where does the time go?

Well, it's been months since I last looked at this blog. My other blogs are taking the time, and I've not had any time left for this one.

Where does the time go?

We have daylight savings time, and I think after all these years we should have quite a little account somewhere. If I could figure out where we're actually saving time, I'd make a withdrawal when things get so busy that some get pushed to the back burner.

Speaking of the back burner— I've discovered something to rid my dog of fleas that sits on the back burner, turned to low. Go outside to where someone planted a lot of rosemary and cut a handful of stems. Take it into the kitchen and curl it around into a sauce pan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and then turn it down to low to simmer for awhile. How long depends on how much rosemary you've used. You want to simmer it until the water is a nice tea color, and by that I mean some really brewed tea. You want it dark. Let it cool and then work it through your dog's coat, starting with his head and working backwards. You want to completely saturate the dog, between his toes and everything. Now let him air-dry and then comb him with a flea comb, which is a comb with very close teeth. It will catch the fleas and pull them out of his coat. Comb all the way down to the skin. If any of the fleas are still moving, drop them into a cup of the dip and watch them drown. This stuff is amazing! Apparently fleas don't like the essential oils that leach out when you boil the rosemary. You can also add mint to the mix, or try tea-tree oil if your dog is not sensitive to it. (Mine is.)

A note of caution: Never use essential oils of any kind on cats. Their systems are very sensitive to environmental elements, and they can make your cat really sick.

A sad note. We had to put our faithful old miniature pinscher, Tosh, down last week. She had a lot of health issues and had recently developed seizures that made her cry. I really miss her, and now our other min-pin is all alone. His name is Mac. (Get it? Mac and Tosh.)

Until next time, then.

Joyfully yours,