2014 is not the year of the dog, at least not in the house. at some point last night darby stopped walking. after a visit to the vet today it seems like the reasons are mysterious and will remain that way without invasive surgery. it could be a soft tumor on her spine, she could have had some version of a doggy stroke. it’s just uncertain. for now she is resting and taking steroids and anti-inflammatory drugs. if she’s not walking or moving around by friday morning, we have an appoint for a wheelchair fitting so that she might be able to move about a bit.it’s another poignant reminder that our dogs are older. darby is 11 and honey is 12. interestingly, perhaps zelda first noticed darby wasn’t feeling well when yesterday she brought darby her blanket and started covering her up with it. darby was still walking, but zelda was trying to keep her “comfy cozy”, just like we do with zelda when she’s feeling under the weather. those two have gotten along well ever since zelda was a wee baby.
darby has been infinitely patient with zelda and seems drawn to her and her blankets and cushions, which we will use now to keep darby as comfy cozy as possible as we wait and see.
not a lot and a whole lot happened all at the same time this weekend. we got things accomplished around the house – a piece of furniture moved from here to there, a few christmas decorations taken out and worked in with the autumn decor, moved a few things out to the growing donation pile in the garage. we casually shopped for a new fridge as ours will fail eventually, probably sooner than later based on its age, and we don’t want to have to scramble to find what we want, but we’d rather have a few ideas ready to go. zach helped a friend tune up his car. zach and zelda made a cake. zelda and i made crafts. we went on a couple of walks and kicked the soccer ball around. we watched a movie. sometimes the mundane is all you need. it was a good weekend.
saturday night we went out for thai food then to watch the northern lights for a while. i guess that was out of the ordinary, watching the northern lights, not the thai food, but its one of our winter goals this year. we’ve only seen the northern lights a couple of times in the nine years we’ve lived in alaska and its mostly from a lack of trying, so this winter if the forecast is good we’re heading out even if its late to see what we can see.
i had been planning to play catch up here and post what we’ve been up to for the past 3-4 weeks, but that’s just not going to happen. instead of abandoning this space all together, which we certainly don’t want to do, we’ll just pick up from here. we will take the time to catch up on our 52 week photo project as we have the photos. but for that though, we are back and will try to be here at least a couple of times per week.
the past weeks have been busy. between the cloud of crud that descended over us, 3 year old growing
pains adjustments and trying to get my law firm up and running, we fall into bed each night exhausted wondering where the day went. but we are on the mend and hopefully turning the corner on the craziness.
z and i are home today drinking tea, eating popcorn, sucking cough droops and bundled up. we’ve had coughs and crud since we left iowa. i figured since nothing else has worked so far that a day at home of convalescence might do the trick. z’s cough seems to be subsiding. today’s a good day for hunkering down as we got our first snow overnight and it’s still falling.
the pictures are details of gma kitty and pop’s gardens that zach took once he picked up a new macro lens on vacation and a moose that visited us last week. the moose elicited a lot of excitement until it decided to nibble on our roses. zelda was very upset about that. she calmed down once he moved on to the trees in the neighbor’s yard. apparently she has quite the sense of ownership over our yard and isn’t interested in sharing with the moose even if mama and daddy are ok with it.
and one final picture of zelda on her first day of big girl dance.