Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Update on Peanut

I am happy to report that Peanut is home from her overnight stay at the vet.

I am sad to report that Peanut cost us much moola!

Ms. Peanut had an abscessed tooth that had broken above the gum line, this caused an infection in her sinus cavity, thus resulting in pus oozing from her eye. That just about sums it up. She is doing much better after being on three additional medications and warm compresses for her face.

For those of you who have cats, you can certainly attest to the fact, cats DO NOT care for warm compresses or multiple medications being shoved down their throats. However, I digress... let me introduce Peanut. Peanut is our middle cat, she is now fourteen years young with a thyroid problem that requires daily medication to control. She has extra toes on her front feet, labeling her as a Hemingway cat. Peanut is content laying on the deck all day soaking up the sun, that is the extent to which she exerts herself. She does not meow, she grunts her approval or disapproval depending on the circumstance.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


There has been so much going on lately that neither DB nor I have come up for air. Here is a short list of what has been happening:

1. House painted

2. Shen and Ling visited the vet to the tune of $400.00! Can you say "get a job"!
You do remember them:
3. Peanut visited & stayed with the vet, we have not gotten that bill yet and she not been officially introduced.
4. I have been in charge of watering the garden at the barn & with the average temperature above 95 degrees, that has taken on a life of its own.
5. We are still babying our tomato plants & have picked 50 cherry tomatoes and 2 large tomatoes.
6. DB has been working late trying to stay on top of his job. He is very busy & getting new grey hairs daily. I can with all certainty say, the newest grey hairs have not been caused by GB!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Ode to Molly

Way out there past the western wind,
beyond the stars at night,
there's tales of hoof prints on the clouds
upon that sea of white.
And I've seen shadows cross the sun
in dappled greys and blacks
like horses in the western sky
with angels on their backs.
They say "up there" it's always green
the streams are wide and clear.
The cold north wind can never blow,
in fact, it's spring all year.
If horses souls just roam off
and they never really die,
then I know one who waits for me
beyond that western sky.
So God must be a cowboy,
even if it's just at heart,
why else would He make snowy peaks
that point up to the stars,
a cowhorse for a best friend
like the one I'm missing now
and fill the sky with angels
who leave hoof prints on the clouds?

-Aspen Black

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Princess Belle a.k.a. Ling

Our second furry born one came to us through the wonderful people at Pekingese rescue. DB and I had been married less than a year, when it occurred to me that Shen needed a friend. You do remember Shen:
Being newly married I asked DB "Can you just say 'yes' without knowing what I am going to ask you"? Being newly married DB answered "yes" and then I sprung it on him, I wanted a friend for Shen. As a side note, DB has NEVER AGAIN fallen for that one!

I searched high and low, through hundreds of pictures on the internet to find the right pooch. None of them were what I was looking for; then out of the blue Pekingese rescue calls. They had a female approximately the same age as Shen that was in desperate need of a home. She had been a breeder and the people decided she was not breeding "good" puppies any longer and had to go.

I packed Shen into the car and away we drove to visit this female breeder. At the time, her name was Belle and she wanted nothing to do with Shen or I. However, after evaluating her situation (it was very worrisome), I agreed to take Belle. Her owners signed the necessary AKC paperwork transferring her ownership to me and behold I was the proud owner of an AKC pure-bred registered Pekingese. I am sure you see where this is going.
You have to admit I am getting closer with the breed standard!

I now packed Shen and Belle into the car and away we drove. About this time, I thought I should call DB and let him know what was happening.

Me: "Hi, I do not want to argue, I am in the car with a dog,
she needed a home & I was not about to let her stay where she was"
DB: "ok"
Me: "See you soon, please get the extra kennel, bed, bowls, etc. ready"
DB: "ok"

Isn't DB wonderful!

It really did not take long for DB to realize Belle was not going to be sent to another home. Perhaps what gave it away was me deciding she should have a new name in honor of her new home. We named her Ling and although she technically is no longer named Princess, she is most definitely a princess, with a royal purple, velvet bed to prove it.

Now I love Shen and I know he loves me; but, Ling, Ling does not let me out of her sight. She is always underfoot, watching me, making sure that she has eye contact with me. I think in those first few days of living with us, while she was learning how to manage the stairs and that she could run around free, she decided that I was her mother. Ling is my child, in my eyes she can do no wrong.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Shen Edmund Fitzfurred

Since we do not have children, the furry ones have become my kids. I would love to have children; however, DB has decided that kids are not something he wants to commit to. Therefore, I thought it would be nice to dedicate a post to each of our current kids.

Shen entered my life a few months before DB. I went to the animal shelter with Tam, who was looking for a kitten, at that time I had 3 cats and 2 ferrets. Plenty to keep a person busy. However, while Tam was in line to check out with her new found cat (Leo), I wandered the halls wishing I could take all the children home to live with me. I happened to walk into a small room that housed adult cats and there in the top left kennel sitting all the way in the back was this small bundle of fur. I opened the door to the kennel and this small, sad looking bundle came forward and my heart melted. I turned, looked at the prison worker, yes, prisoners work in the animal shelters here, and stated "DO NOT let anyone take my dog'!

I marched up to the front desk, past Tam who was saying, "you found something, didn't you" and promptly paid the adoption fee on this bundle of fur. Now mind you, at this particular moment, I was UNEMPLOYED. Once the adoption fee had been paid, the records on this nameless bundle of fur were brought out a
nd I learned that not only did my new child not have a name, he was born with a birth defect... a harelip. His previous owner had turned him in that very morning indicating that they thought his mouth would grow together. Obviously not the brightest bulb had bred and owned this bundle of fur.

The information provided indicated said bundle of fur was approximately 8 months old and a Pekingese. Having never owned or really looked closely at the breed standard for a Pekingese, I was quite pleased with myself. Tam and I exited the animal shelter with one cat (Leo) and harelipped un-named Pekingese.

Picture of a breed standard Pekingese.

Picture of my

You do see the resemblance! Well don't you?

To shorten what has become quite a long post about my first born, I ended up naming this bundle of fur Shen. I just ran through Chinese names on the internet until I read one that he looked up at. His full name is Shen Edmund Fitzfurred.

I love this bundle of fur. He makes me happy when I am sad and loves me just for being me. Shen has brought so much happiness into our lives, you never can get too mad at him because if you do, he will look at you and then let his tongue slip out of his mouth and you cannot but laugh. Shen may not be considered a breed standard Pekingese or even a pure bred Peke; but, he is mine and I love him just the way he is.

Thursday, June 3, 2010


DB and I are attempting to grow our own tomatoes this year. We planted 1 cherry tomato plant and 1 "Big Boy" tomato plant in a container on the deck. We truly had no idea what we are doing... we planted both small plants in one container. This is what they look like now.

Guess all the water and fertilizer is working or it could be beginners luck! Since the tomatoes were looking so good, we decided to try our hand at basil, rosemary, thyme and tarragon. The herbs are growing and beginning to flower. It has been such fun to grow our own herbs and count the tomatoes. Every night we stand on the deck and admire the tomatoes and wonder what are we going to do with them all!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Furlough Day

Currently, one of the perks I have working for the state is furlough days. While many people complain about having to take a day off without pay, I do not mind. Today, was my last furlough day for the fiscal year. A co-worker and I traveled to see "Diana a celebration" exhibit. If the exhibit comes to a city near you, it is worth visiting. The exhibit features photos, home movies, clothing and of course her wedding gown! As a child I watched the wedding on TV (didn't everyone)? It was amazing to see the 25 foot train in person and realize how long it really is. When you saw the gown on TV it did not reveal the detailing or the lace. Such a simple but complex gown.

The most amazing part of the exhibit were the hundreds of condolence books that were signed by common people and sent to her family. What a tragedy that she passed away so young.