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Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Back in the days aboard ships, we had waffle cakes at the end of every cruise.
This week good friends of ours from the sailing days were here and Catherine prepared Norwegian waffle cakes, served with ice cream, blueberries, and whipped cream.
There was a little bit of heaven on that plate!
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Catherine puts Erik through his physical therapy exercises at home in addition to taking him to a veterinary physical therapist. This is all to help him recover from knee surgery last month.
In these images Catherine is using the jump poles that Erik is used to using in Agility trailing. The pole height is set to six inches here for his therapy.
Monday, May 29, 2017
Sunday, May 28, 2017
We're working on the firewood again. We had some large branches come down during recent storms so we're cutting them in fireplace sizes and stacking them.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Friday, May 26, 2017
We have dog kennels on each floor of the house. The kennels are where the pups can go for private time and space when they want to "get away from it all." The doors are left open so they can come and go as they please.
Above you see our sweet retired twelve year old Penny in her "house" reclining on her personal afghan that she took to dog shows throughout her career. .
Both of these gals like their own comfy quarters.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Thank you to everyone who has asked about Erik's progress since his orthopedic surgery last month.
Erik is doing well. We are keeping him on limited activity which isn't easy for an active 8 year old Labrador Retriever. We have set up a special "hospital room" for him at the end of the living room since he is not supposed to climb steps or jump. We take him in and out of the house through the doors from the living room to the patio. He is an agility dog so jumping was part of his "job" until this surgery.
Erik's beautiful black hair is growing back on his tummy, leg, foreleg, and on his back where he had the pain patch after surgery.
Above you see Erik at my feet on the patio which we were out enjoying the Spring air. He's wearing an "easy walk" harness which discourages pulling. He's generally very good when walking on a normal leash, but I can't control the appearance of squirrels or the neighbor's cat while we are outside. He likes to take off after those. ;)
We have two more weeks to go until Erik is well. We are restricting visitors and are keeping him calm while continuing to give him his medication every eight hours. We hope to have a good report when we take him back to the surgeon for a check of his right rear knee in another two weeks.
Thanks again for all the good wishes for Erik.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Today's images are courtesy of our friends Martha and Russell who just returned from a cruise aboard the Queen of the Mississippi. They had a fabulous time and I appreciate having these images they sent so I can share them here.
Thank you, Martha and Russell, for sharing the great images of your wonderful river cruise.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
These lovely blossoms blew down from our huge catalpa tree in our front yard during a storm. The aroma is of these flowers is amazingly sweet and wonderful. I'm sorry I can't share the aroma with you here on the blog. :)
Monday, May 22, 2017
The cicadas have arrived. This year's batch isn't the "big invasion"expected two years from now, but they are making their presence known.
We once had a dog who loved to catch and eat them. They are edible by humans, too, but I'll pass.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017
It has been almost a week since Mothers Day and my roses are still beautiful. My Honey was so sweet he asked me what I wanted and, at this time of the year, something that we can plant outside is so very nice to have.
So far, we are enjoying this beautiful little rose bush on our patio table. Eventually, it will join the other flowers in the front garden.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Now that we are retired and at home more than we have been for the past 20 years, I'm able to cultivate our indoor garden as well as our outdoor garden.
This basket of plants was a gift to our daughter more than a year ago. She brought it home where it has been happily blooming and trying to outgrow its basket ever since.
A few days ago I finally did a major grooming job and used cuttings to start other plants. I'm hoping to have some lovely plants to take to Catherine's office waiting room. It would be fun to have "children" of the original basket to take there.
How is your indoor garden growing?
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Our friends, Martha and Russell, sent me these pictures of the Peabody Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.
I stayed here with my parents when I was a child so remember it as a huge, grand place.
Thank you, Martha and Russell, for sending these great pictures that bring back such fond memories.