19 June 2013


Hello fellow WOYWWers!   Thank you Julia for hosting this blog hop!   We all appreciate it!

Here's my workspace this week:

It's my coffee table. It's a great coffee table for art b/c you can just windex it when your done.  I don't worry about getting paint spatters or anything on it!  I've been messing a lot with my watercolors.  I realized I've got 6 different sets (and 1 duplicate), and of course I don't use them all.  SO I made a chart of the colors of all 6 sets.  To be honest, my cheap prangs had some of the most vivid colors :)

Also on my desk are some ATCs I made for some swaps, a postage scale (for mailing returns from swaps), an ott light, my pop tart breakfast, a cup of coffee, and a declogger thing my husband was using on the vacuum.  You see... neither of my 2 vacuum cleaners are functional at the moment.  I'm a veterinarian without a vacuum cleaner....and the fur is starting to pile up!  I really, really hope the belt I ordered will come in today!  Speaking of fur, one fur-contributor is in the top left corner: Ruby dog is wondering what I could be taking a picture of (instead of putting her diet dog food in her bowl).

Hopefully today...I can clean a little, repair at least 1 vacuum cleaner,  and do some painting!

ps - Gus-gus is doing much better this morning (after being attacked by Bert last night)
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18 June 2013

Hugging my Dogs and Chin-drama

Today was one of those days.   I came home, and loved on my own dogs...and told them never to get old.  It would be nice to have super human veterinary powers -  to talk to animals, assuage their fears, ease their suffering...

In other news, Ruby and I are still training for a 5K.  We're up to 8 minute intervals.   She's a pudgy little thing, but I'm determined to get the extra weight off of her!  She's on a low cal, high fiber diet and we're working to increase her exercise.  I've lost 20 pounds in the last year without really trying...it just doesn't seem fair that poor Ruby has to work so hard to loose weight!  Little fatty...

In the chinchilla realm of my household, drama has been the theme.  We let the three boys run together for a little bit while we're still awake.  There was the standard barking, humping, and peeing on each other.  Then...Bert bit Gus in the face. They are separated again...hopefully no one will put them back together for a while to let things settle down.  Poor Gus-gus...he's really stressed now and he won't come out of his hidey-box.  I hope he'll be ok and didn't get too stressed...but I'm pretty worried about him.  His wounds will be fine, but he just got so stressed!  We'll keep a close eye on him - make sure he's eating, pooping, and behaving normally.  :(  If Gus-gus declines, you can bet I'll do everything I can for him.   I'll admit, seeing any of my fur-babies hurt brings tears to my eyes.

14 June 2013

Foster children, dreams, and chinchillas

A couple of weeks ago, we had our first respite foster child stay with us for a weekend.  The child that stayed with us was very sweet, polite (most of the time), and always hungry.  Of course, I can't share a picture of her...but I can share the picture she took of Chase!  She couldn't quite figure out the manual focus of my good old Nikon D40, but she snapped pictures pretending to be a pro!  We played the Wii, went for a scavenger hunt in a park, attended the Crossing's church, and then saw the lions and tigers at a local animal sanctuary.  Haha, she also gave Ruby-dog a bath and swiffered my kitchen (lol..but she had no idea she was helping me with chores b/c she was having so much fun).  We also picked up a new chinchilla. 

Our little Diva was happy to go with us to meet the new chinchilla (and "rescue" him).   We named him Gus after the fat mouse on Disney's Cinderella.  He's missing a front paw and he always has a booger.  He appears to be otherwise healthy so I'm not worrying about the booger just yet.  It appeared his previous owners left his dust bath in 24/7 which can lead to conjunctivitis, rhinitis, and dry/dull fur.  I'm not really sure why this sweet little fellow has jumped homes so many times.  His last owners had him for 6 months, and his first owners another 6 months.  Allow me to briefly step on a soapbox... before acquiring a pet...folks really should consider the lifespan of the pet, their lifestyle, and husbandry (care) the pet requires.   Chinchillas can live up to 20 years!  Yes that's right...20 YEARS!  Most probably live closer to 8-14...but Chinchillas are more of a long-term commitment than other pocket pets.  They are also NOT allergy friendly.  They eat hay, shed, and take baths in dust.  It doesn't get much more allergenic than that.  So there's constantly dust, bits of pet-fur, and hay floating around in my house!  Anyway...I have a hard time understanding why people acquire pets with so little thought of commitment.

My other 2 chins are less excited about the new guy.  They are still just as snuggly with each other as ever, but they really only bite or pee on the new guy.  Poor Gus-gus!  They'll be separated until they get along better.  Maybe I'll just have to find a 4th chinchilla to be Gus-gus's buddy! 

In other news, I'll be working another year in the same clinic.  We agreed to renew my contract ;)  Heavy on my mind has been the timing of other things...like staring our family.  In the end, we'll just have to pray about it and wait for God's timing. 

My Papa loved babies.  Sometimes I feel sad because a part of me wishes he could have seen the next generation born - held his great grandbabies.  At the same time, I don't quite feel like a responsible adult.  I still enjoy watching TV or playing Nintendo all day and letting the dishes stack up.  I like sleeping in and not making my bed. Some days...I just like being selfish!   Patience for God's timing....

Peace and Love, y'all.
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