Many of you may remember the very special mailbox that Mommy and her brother Bob made for G-Ma & G-Pa Bob many, many years ago (like 9 years). Think we've posted a picture of it before on our blog.
Well, Bob thought little Muffin might have been getting a swelled head having her very own fancy pants mail box out front. So, this is what he made Mommy for Christmas this year.....
Mommy is so thrilled! She can't wait to put it out front. (We had to take down the Muffin one a while back because the paws rotted from the sprinklers and the sun. Mommy is going to repair it and put it out back in the garden.)
We all had a beautiful Christmas!
Wishing all our furends a safe, happy and healthy New Year.
It's so hard for us to believe that today marks 1 year since we pulled into the Florida driveway and said "we're home."
While it's been a tough year for us, we have turned this house into a HOME. Home is where the heart is, and our hearts are truly here to stay.
Lily and Muffin are doing well (except for Lily's skin condition.) They love this house too. Lot's of outdoor time in the sunshine, running around inside, chasing each other all over the place and they love laying in the big window where they can see all the critters outside.
Rolf and I have been busy. New washer & dryer, new roof, new A/C, new locks on the doors, (next week will be new garage door opener bcuz it died yesterday,) new plantings, peeling wallpaper, painting inside and now working on painting the outside too. While one is never happy with the expense, that's what happens with an older home.
I am now working part time taking care of a neighbor here. I go to work in the golf cart and dress in shorts. The perfect job right now for me. While the caregiving aspect brings back many memories, I am happy to be helping someone in need. Oh, and this lady has a D-O-G! His name is Joey and he's a beautiful black lab. He's a mushy love bug. Some day I'll introduce him to Lily and Muffin.
We're sorry we're not around much but all the above has taken up so much time. But in the end, all this time spent has once again turned G-Ma & G-Pa Bobs house into a HOME. It's a home where we are all loved.
I've got some boo-boo's! I've got 2 teeth that are causing me BIG problems. One on each side of my mouth. They will be pulled out next Wednesday. I've already made 2 trips to the Vet's in 2 days. I was very bad and refused to take my antibiotics for the infection. Mommy took me back and they gave me the big needle in the butt instead. I nipped at the Tech. She was dumb. My face is swollen and you can see I don't feel good. She put her face too close to mine. Guess she needs to be retrained!
Mommy is nervous about the surgery. When I had a tooth pulled 3 years ago, I had lot's of complications. It cost twice the price as normal because I had to have 5 x-rays on the one tooth. It kept breaking and breaking. Then I started to wake up while they were working on me. Then my heart rate drastically dropped then stopped. I pulled through. But it was rough going. Guess Mommy is allowed to be nervous.
Last week was very busy here. We had to have a new roof put on. It was LOUD and Lily and I didn't like it one bit. It took 2, 11 hour days to complete the work. Now that it's done, it really looks nice.
We get a new living room air conditioner installed next week. Not that we wanted to spend the money mind you, but this one broke and can't be repaired. It's too old. It will be nice when the living room, dining room & kitchen are cool again. With the hot, hot weather we've been having, it's pretty dang warm in this part of the house.
Lily has been having some flare-up's on her skin again. Good thing we had a follow up appointment already scheduled with the dermatologist. She is back to getting baths 3 times a week. Plus she got some new spray for her skin. Hopefully it will clear again. She was doing really, really great! Dr. said that we may have to test for Cushings Disease if it doesn't go away.
Mommy has applied for some jobs she found on the internet. But no phone calls back yet. We think the biggest problem is No Habla Espanol! She can buy a beer, get to the bathroom and say HBO words in Spanish. But that's about it.
That's it in a nut-shell here. Just gonna sit on the couch with my swollen face and pass out from the pain med's again today. Oh happy day!
I can't even believe it has been 525,600 minutes since you left us. That's a whole year already and yet it feels like just yesterday at times. I miss you so much Dad and my heart still hurts terribly.
Obviously, it was your time to go, but I was not ready. I thought we would have had much more time together. More time to have fun. More time to talk. More time to laugh. More time to love. More time to be your daughter in life, not in death. I was not ready to throw myself on my sword. Like so many others, I just wanted more time! Believe me, I get it. We don't get to choose. And personally, I think that sucks!
I thank God every single day that HE chose YOU to be my Dad. For that I am blessed.
I love you Pop. Oh how I wish you could hear me tell you that one more time.
It's our first Father's Day without our G-Pa Bob here with us. We know you are with us in spirit, but it's not the same as having you HERE. We love and miss you every day. We will try to smile today while thinking of you. But.... we know our tears will still flow.
Muffin and I are gonna share our bones with our Pop today. We will give him lot's of licks too. We will even let him snuggle with us and take a nap. That's what love is all about.
Happy Father's day to all our friends and Dog Dad's.
Mommy had massive computer problems the other day. Her laptop decided to throw up and die. She had to take it to see the Geek's and they had to crash it the rest of the way to fix it. Good thing she just backed it up a few days before. Now Daddy is trying to reload all of her programs again. If my picture shows up, then it's working!
Our garden of tomato's have been growing like crazy in this hot, hot, hot Florida sun. We've already picked a ton of Sweet 100's (the little cherry one's) and a boatload of big tomato's. Mommy spent the other day making homemade sauce out of the big one's. Daddy said the sauce was the BEST he's ever eaten. Mommy also made some pesto sauce from the fresh basil.
Mommy had to make an emergency trip to see an Opthamologist on Friday. Her stoopid insurance plan made her go an hour away vs seeing the specialist right here in town. She must have been having sympathy pains for when I had my eye surgery, bcuz she has a cyst in her left eye lid and has to have surgery on June 6th. At least it is not cancer! Then to make matters worse, on the way home they stopped at Walgreens to have her antibiotic rx filled. After waiting an hour in the store to have it filled, they told her that her stoopid insurance plan would not cover this drug to be filled at their pharmacy. She paid for it out of her pocket. To have taken it to CVS across the street means it wouldn't be filled until the next day. CVS is extremely busy and it takes hours upon hours to have an rx filled. It was a no win situation.
We are so very thankful to everyone who participated in the auction over at the Dachsies with Moxie. It was so wonderful that our many furends came out in support.
And our little wolf friend Baxter whom we've followed for years, was so very generous to host his own tiny little auction for me. In fact, that reminds me.....we have to go over to see who won all the doxie goodies. He even had Facebark furends who just wanted to contribute.
We are blessed beyond measure!
I had to go see my Vet, Dr. Thomas to show him how very well I am looking these days. Being cancer free made him smile a very BIG smile. Can you see that I smiled with him? My skin is clearing up too and he was most pleased.
The Florida heat has been hitting us hard these past few weeks. This is how we are handling it! We're only allowed outside for a few minutes at a time. Night's have been wonderful as we patrol the 'hood in our golf cart. We've not caught anybody doing bad, but the neighbors are happy to know they are safe with us on duty.
Got our fingers crossed that this will post with no problems. We are trying to coordinate the laptop and the smart phone pictures together for ease of use.
Mommy said I've been a real good girl since my surgery. I've only tried to rub my eye twice and Mommy caught me each time. Since Mommy & Daddy are staying with me 24/7 I can escape wearing the cone during the day. I've only been wearing it when I sleep so the blankets don't get caught on my stitches.
I don't mind getting my eye drops because I know that they are helping my eye heal. I'm just embarrassed about my shaved eyebrow. Guess I'll get over it! Right now, that is the least of my worries. We hope to have the biopsy results by next week. We are on pins and needles waiting.
I'm back to getting baths for my funky skin condition. Mommy said all the medicine, baths and medicated wipes are slowly helping. I don't break out in scabs anymore but my skin is still fluffing off.
We've been enjoying the beautiful weather here in Florida. Since we believe I have an environmental allergy to something outside, I don't get to stay out there as long as I would like to. We do however, make the best of things. Loving from Mommy is the best!
This is the view from our snuggle chair
We are excited that the auction is coming up in a few days. Be sure to check it out starting May 9th over at the Dachsies with Moxie. All the items on the block are pawsome! Spread the word by grabbing the below badge and tell all your furends. We'd really appreciate it. Cancer sucks. Cancer is expensive.
Thank you everyone for helping me fight cancer!!
"God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers"
P.S. May all you Mom's (and Dad's who are Mom's) have a beautiful Mother's Day. You all deserve it for taking such great care of your fur-babies.
Everyone at the eye specialist said they know why we call her Lovable Lily! She was such a good girl today for them.
Surgery went extremely well & the surgeon was pleased. He took a wide margin of the eyelid out & is sending that to the lab to see if all the cancer is out. Of course our fingers are crossed for good news. #cancersucks
We have eye drops 3 times a day for 2 weeks. We also have the "Cone of fame" for 2 weeks. Lily is already protesting the cone. It's extra long so there is NO chance to rub her eye on anything. Pain meds tonight & tomorrow if needed.
Muffin is such a woosie. She's afraid of Lily's cone & has hid under the bed. Hiding there is her safe place.
Lily is laying right now next to her Daddy taking a little nap. It's been a stressful day all around.
Your love & prayers have really helped us through this horrible ordeal. We still have a ways to go but as I've said before, we are strong! We feel each & everyone of you right by our side fighting this battle with us. We ARE blessed!