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Midnight aka Middy

It is with heartbreaking sadness that I tell you Midnight passed peacefully at home in her sleep On May 11 2021 Midnight had a brain tumor. I miss her so much I could not post until now and still having a hard time doing so. I remind myself that NYCACC wanted to kill her at the age of 2 for kennel cough. I gave her these years to live her life with love, care and some adventure. If you asked her for a hug she would give you one. She loved to hug. She loved cows and sleeping in weird positions. She love sticks. The bigger they were the better. I wrote about her throughout this blog. Take a peek if you so desire of the life she live that NYCACC wasn’t willing to give her.

I am crying again while I write this so I am going to post a few photos of Midnight last month .

A day she stayed close to me all day.
Enjoying a raw bone. She didn’t want to lay down to eat so this is what she figured out to do.
Having a peaceful nap. She napped alot. She paced so much from the tumor. She also lost sight in one eye.
Her and Samantha hated each other. I always kept them separated. Middy would never volunteer to sit near her like this. I think she was making her peace with Samantha and Samantha was on her best behavior . Middy Passed later that night at 11:55 pm.
The last picture I took of Middy on the day she passed. We spent most of the afternoon outside just her and me. I had no idea at the time that that night would be time to say goodbye.


I have been so busy getting some projects done and 2 of my dogs have health issues and so I been caring for them and trying to keep them happy while going though their health changes.

A fellow blogger Rachel Mankowitz wrote a book. I ordered on kindle but found it to hard to read outside on my phone. So I ordered the paperback copy to read outside . My dogs want to be outside all the time so when I am not working or playing with the dogs I plan on laying in the hammock and reading her book.

Another friend of mine Pete Braven wrote a children’s book. I ordered it because my dogs love to be read to. He has a 2nd book written and waiting on art work to be done.

I am finding it hard enough getting though this post let alone write a book. It has been so long since I blogged so much has changed and am trying to find my way around the new format of writing on here.

So Buddy has been with us for a year now. He really amazes me on how well he gets around and not being able to see. He went to his first veterinary appointment and got his shots. We were told he was six but vet says he is around 8 years old. I also had vet check his eyes in the hope he could get some vision but vet says no. On the up side Buddy gets to go in my large fenced in yard and wander and run to his delight. Buddy always was taken out on leash and not often as he should have been. He never got the chance to explore. He is loving his new found freedom. Yes he runs in the yard ! He has gotten really close with Midnight and Athena and they taught him zoomies! They look out for him . On a sad note Midnight started having really bad seizures . She is on 2 different seizure medications and she is just not the same happy go lucky Middy. She sleeps a lot.

Buddy has been sticking to Middy like glue since she had seizures.
2 different times I managed to get pic of Buddy snuggling Midnight.
Middy sleeps most of the time these days.
When you say outside Buddy is up & ready to go.

Samantha is doing surprisingly well. She was expected to lose her mobility about 7 months ago. She still chases the chipmunks and although she is not 100% she is enjoying life.

She loves her new bed and Hedgehog
On chipmunk watch.

Athena is doing well. She is healthy and strong.

Athena the blanket thief
Athena & Buddy chewing bark together.

Sasha the Bird is doing well. Sas mouth as usual.

Sasha the Bird
She was allowed there until she started shredding the plants.

I finally name the turtle. Her name is Daisey. I added a mirror to the side of the tank and she visits herself lol . In this picture she is napping. She always wedges herself in various positions to sleep. She loves those fake plants. she rearranges them all the time. Reminds me of when I would come home from school and my mother would have rooms rearranged. My Mom did that on a regular basis.

On a sad note my sisters dog Popi passed away today. He was 20 years old. He was the sweetest little guy ever.

New addition

First off this new WordPress set up for writing so far I do not like. I will hopefully get use to it . 2020 the year of get use to it ugggg!

We have another new addition to our family Buddy. He was headed for the shelter . My son came and had a talk with me about him and we decided to take him in. You see Buddy is Blind. He would have just been put on a kill list. So into our family he came. He has been with us since the end of a last winter. Buddy’s previous life was not that good so not only was he blind he he was scared of everything .So instead of writing this blog I have been spending my time helping Buddy to adapt to his new surroundings, adapting to living in 2 households, and most important showing him love, kindness and that he will not be hurt or hollered at and to feel safe and secure. That love ,kindness feeling safe and secure works so well .Buddy is starting to come out his shell. He has 2 new best friends Middy and Athena. For the first time in his life he can wander in our very large fenced in yard without a leash. He loves it . He even runs now. Buddy always ready to go outside.

News on Samantha is sad. I took her to the vet because she lost control of her Blatter and was wearing diapers. After all the tests and x-rays reviled she has Spinal Stenosis in laymen’s term she has narrowing of the spine. She has mobility now but she will be losing her mobility. She is on medication so she has her control of her Blatter . She is on a anti inflammatory and pain mediation.

She no loner goes upstairs anymore. I have made it very comfortable for her downstairs. She is not alone as Sasha the bird is down there with her and does that bird talk to Samantha. Sasha loves Samantha.

Samantha loves to chase the chipmunks. The chipmunks run under the log when they see her coming. It is so funny as she is digging at one end and chipmunk runs out the other and there’s Sam digging and looking.

I never moved these stumps out or smoothed the tiny hill down because the animals love that area. Birds, chipmunks , dogs. Buddy loves that area also. He is digging under the stump because he knows there are critters there. I caught him drinking from the bird bath.

Middy and Buddy are close already. Middy knew somethin wasn’t right with Buddy as Buddy kept bumping into her. I think she has figured it out and she looks out for him. Her Gotcha Day was Oct 13. She is 11 yrs old now.

Athena loves her comfort, her tire, and sunshine. She demolished that tire and I got her a bigger one. She has done a job on that one too. She also has Buddy chewing tires now.

Lastly my sister’s dog Tyeina passed away last month. She was 15 yrs old.

It felt good to sit and do this. I never take the time to do things I like to do. today I took the time.

Not a deep thinking post but my love for my animals shines though.

The last time I wrote on my blog my BabyGirl passed away. I sill miss her so much and I think that will stay with me. I had been busy re setting my fence in my yard and installing in fence where there was none to enclose the yard to let Samantha and Athena go out leed free. I had to make custom gate to be able to get lawnmower though. I finished in November. What a hard job that was. Samantha and Athena love their new freedom.


My little Middy is now the eldest elderbelle. She still has a lot of spunk but is sleeping a lot more than she use to.


Sasha the bird has been acting more like a dog as ever.


I have a new addition to my Family. She has no name yet right now she is called turtle. My sisters neighbor was evicted and they said if sister didn’t take her they were going to leave in house. They gave her to my sister in a grey plastic bin in filthy water. She called me as I have experience with turtles and still had living equipment left from Rizza. I have bought some newer equipment for her as  wanted to make her as comfortable and healthy as possible. She’s had it rough so she needs the TLC.


My Sweet BabyGirl

It is with great sadness that I write this and I still feel lost and heartbroken. My BabyGirl passed away yesterday. We shared 14 years together. Back in March I was told she had a large tumor mass in on her liver and spleen. The last few months it has been all about BabyGirl and giving her the most comfort and care. The picture I post here of her is one of my favorites of her.  I was so upset and decided to take BabyGirl for a walk. She wanted to go to the cornfield. Thus our cornfield walks started. She loved walking that cornfield and also the creek on the other side. Both me and my son took her on those walks. She loved them and was so happy which is what I wanted for her.  Rest in Peace My Sweet BabyGirl

BabyGirl May 8, 2005 – June 17 2019


My son Brian and BabyGirl walking the cornfield. 20190303_164112-1



BabyGirl loved to walk.




I know it’s been a long time.

Oh  How I miss writing. I have so many projects going on. I still don’t have everything the way I like and it has been a little over a year that I moved. I have gotten a lot done and have had some set backs with disasters happening. All in all I am making progress.

I have also been spending a lot of time with my BabyGirl and doing a lot of one on one with her as she has Cancer. She insists on staying next door at my son’s house because she loves him. When he is at work she is with me. She goes on walks because that is her favorite thing to do. Her most favorite right now is the corn field at the back of our yard. Oh she loves walking there and I have a hard time getting her to get out of the corn field when it is time to go in. I am hoping she will still be with us for warmer weather so I can take her on her most favorite creek hiking. She is doing well . She has quite the appetite. My son even cooked her a steak dinner. I think he has been cooking for 2 lol.

I don’t know how much time I have left with her but for now she is eating well, going to bathroom and even though she sleeps a lot she is still active. BabyGirl has shared 14 years of her life with me and I know I am going to have a hard time when she passes.

I have started my flower seeds indoors this year to get a early start on them being actual plants when last frost is out the way. I planted French Marigolds on March 19 and the sprouted and have 2 leaves by the 22. I am taken this as a good sign that flowers will be doing well.

Calibrachoa and  French Marigolds.

garden plants

I also planted Gazinnias.


Buying the seeds a Heirloom company that I ordered off of sent me some purple Russian Tomato seeds. I planted them also. From what I hear they are delicious tomato’s. I was not going to do veggie garden this year but I am growing those tomato’s lol.



I will be planting Foxglove, African Daisy. Black Eyed Susan’s , More wild Iris , Poppy’s and Rose Moss. Then I have a perennial wild flower mix to add into the yard. My next project in the house is making a linen closet out of my small walk in closet on  ground floor. I also have a plan to make a spice rack for pantry. I have a lot of seasonings and herbs  so a wall rack in order.  I also want to read a fellow Blogger’s book she wrote. It is called Yeshiva Girl by Rachael Mankowitz .  Where can I find the time! Well this took up some time to do and I really have to get busy. I just decided to do what I wanted to do instead of what I have to . Good to do that once in a while.

When will Spring Arrive ?

Last week we had a windstorm.  I had so much work already to do in this neglected yard and now even more so. Me being me I am looking at the positive side.

Every time I took a dog out the wind managed to take out a tree or large limb. Our really old big central tree fell over onto my neighbors garage. The positive outlook. It did not do a lot of damage and me or the dog were not near it when it fell.


There was no snow when it fell. Because of the wind  it was dangerous to take pictures that day. When the tree guy came to cut it up it snowed.

Another time I took another dog out and would it figure a big tree limb fell onto my sons car. Now this car was my second car for just in case. Well while we were moving my son had a Nissan Rouge and he slide into a ditch and the insurance totaled out the Rouge. We had so much on our plate and he likes to research before he buys his vehicles so I said just use my emergency car while you research and take care of all that we had to do from moving. So the positive outlook of the large tree limb falling on my sons car is only  a couple dents in hood and corner panel . The windshield did not break. Me or the dog were not near it when it fell and my son had not purchased a new car for the limb to fall on.

It was a good and bad day.



The guy cutting up the tree is actually a teacher who teaches technology. He does this as  side work. The positive he was on school break that week so we did not have to wait to get the tree chopped up. I have some big ruts to fill from all the big equipment in my yard. The positive is I am a professional landscaper retired.

I went out and purchased a chainsaw because this is what I will be working on as soon as the warmer weather decides to make a apparence.


I am going to have a lot of firewood.   .


Midnight is happy about the large selection of sticks she has. You know I had to sneak in at least one dog picture lol.


My son came home one day and brought me two cactus plants. They are pretty and I realize  a lot of my houseplants are succulents. Because I had to get these little cactuses transplanted I went out and bought the special dirt for them and extra bags to put my other succulents in fresh soil and new pots.  Doing this while I am still not unpacked from the move or organized yet. That’s me and I will get it all done eventually. All are happy plants now. Picture is the first of the plants I transplanted.


I also managed to make some bread pudding for the first time . It came out really good.


What has been great about this move is I get to see my son everyday. He works alot and is gutting his apartment and redoing it and he still finds time to spend time with me. He gave me the already remodeled apartment. We like to cook together and most of this time I was on a restricted diet because of Pancreatitis. We were eating separate food and was not cooking together. Restrictions were lifted and we made 2 meals together so far Lasagna and Shepards pie.


There are a lot of birds here and I look forward to getting pictures and just watching them. Well time to get up and get busy!

All Moved!

I know it has been quite some time that I have wrote anything. I had been so busy as my son and I have been house hunting for a duplex house. We both came to the decision that we would be less stressed and happier being neighbors. My son works a lot and I never got to see him much. I understood his not coming to visit often as I knew how much he works. He also stressed about me being so isolated and what would happen if I had a issue like when I had pancreatitis a about the middle of January . I had had it for a while and was doing all my chores and out shoveling snow. It got so bad I had to call him to come take me to the hosiptal. Great timing on my part as he had just gotten out of work. They wanted to keep me. I was having none of that. So they said if I could keep the Ginger Ale down they gave me with no pain I could go home with the diet restriction Jello and  clear liquid diet. I went home and next day Brian showed up with all kinds of broth and Jello and  pedialyte and juices.  Had some testing done and my gallbladder not functioning . Have to have it out. I put it off for after the move. Was suppose to do in February but I had to much on my plate. I will be making a appointment soon as I am almost caught up on everything. Finally!

Middy ditched me to spend the night with my son Brian as it was his night off. He works 3rd shift so him and Middy were on his schedule and was outside as the sun was rising. He took this picture. 28685363_10215992004492199_121352057974424343_n (1)

I had a great view at the other place and I am just as happy with this view. My yard will need a lot of work but to spend some time outside and not freezing will be welcome.

I dug up and prepared all my bushes ,plants and bulbs for the move. Had some great weather in December and was perfect to do that job. My lilac bush was the last plant my Mom gave me and I didn’t want to leave it. I even brought my wild strawberry plants.


The dogs have all adjusted. Athena manage to escape from Brian and Brian was running all over trying to catch her. I had Samantha on her leash so I couldn’t help. I also knew after Athena got her run in she would come back. When she did Brian was still down the road looking for her. Escape artist that she is she got out that week on me too. At the old house. I wasn’t about to run all over to get her so I got in my car rolled down my window went out in the road and called out “Athena want to go for car ride?” She came a running and I open passenger door and she hopped in. Took her for a little ride and went home. Beats running around like a crazy person ! 28277197_10215890988486862_7059452738737261756_n

Athena looking so sweet and innocent knowing she is a escape artist.


Athena cuddle time with Brian


Girl knows how to get comfortable.

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Snuggle time with Kong.


Raw bone yum,yum

Now my oldest elderbelle BabyGirl adjusted quick. She is a veteran at the moving. She goes up and down the stairs with ease and I was a little worried about that. We were on a single level home at the old place.  She sure has had a lot of spunk sense moving here. Even though we lived  9 years at the old place she still knew what was up and helped me get the others adjusted and into a routine. Middy I think had it the hardest as the old place was the only home she knew sense she came to live with me.. It was all very confusing to her. She has adjusted well and I think she likes her new surroundings.


Middy needed a little bit more time adjusting. It didn’t help that she had been dealing with her winter allergies and they were bad this year. She is on the mend.

28424075_10215993045398221_4547879205684552556_o BabyGirl is a happy camper in her new digs.


Middy checking out her new yard.



BabyGirl enjoying new yard and a beautiful day.

Now we had some beautiful days and all were happy. A couple days later well ….


This is back door to garage where I let the girls out.

BabyGirl was not a happy camper . BabyGirl sun bathing one day and a couple days later working hard making paths in snow to go to bathroom.


Samantha takes everything well. She is just a happy dog.



Except when she thinks you want her Kong.


I made a breakthrough with Samantha here at the new house. Sense she came to live with me I could not get her in bath tub for a bath. I had to give her a bath outside with a hose.  Winter I had to wipe her down. I always kept trying and for some reason this move made her trust me more. She got into the bathtub here and had her first inside bath. She followed all my directions and felt so comfortable she laid down in the tub. No more hose baths for her!

Sasha didn’t miss a beat with the move. She like BabyGirl is a vetern at moving. I believe she really likes it here and added bonus is she see’s Brian more. She has a special bond with Brian. She is singing and dancing more.


Sasha going to make a mess for me with paper towel roll. I pack all her toys in a little box put in her play area and told her if she wanted her toys she would have to unpack herself. She did . She shredded that box and got all her toys out lol.


Sasha and her cat ball.


Sasha checking out front view.

We had a lot to adjust to but we are making our way and helping each other. I really don’t want to move again because it was hard!


Mary Jane

It is with great sadness that to tell you my cat Mary Jane passed away last night. She died in my arms last night. She was 15 years old and she passed away on my brothers birthday. My brother also is no longer here . He passed in 2015.

I had taken her to the Vet  yesterday because she got a infection.She never let on that she was not well. The infection was well on it’s way by the time I knew anything. The Vet believed it was bone cancer.

Mary Jane was very dog savvy. She could out smart those dogs all the time. She also sat in a row with them and did the dog begging for the food. She gave her paw just like the dogs. She would spend a lot of time in the kitchen with Sasha the bird chasing her around. Sasha would throw her cat balls for her and she would chase them and Sasha would laugh.

I am going to miss her so much. I am glad she is no longer in pain. I am glad she is with her sister Molly now. She really missed Molly after she passed.

Rest in Peace my little one and thank you for being a part of my family.

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Outside Birds

I feed my outside birds all year round.They have gotten so use to me or they know I am bringing goodies they don’t even fly away. I always have my dogs out when I am outside . The birds don’t fly away them ether. My dogs live with Sasha the bird so the outside birds figured out they don’t bother them and they keep cats out the yard.

We have had a mild winter that is until 2 weeks ago. We had a wind storm and there were so many power outages and I was one of those households that lost power. I had to send Sasha the bird away to my son’s house because she is a African Grey and the cold would kill her. I missed her and her chattiness so much. I had no power water or heat for four days. It was a good thing I had four dogs to snuggle with.Well I got my power ,water and heat back on and Sasha came back home and then we get a March snow storm. Almost 2 feet of snow , more wind and temps 0 degrees with wind chill.I had to make sure my outside birds had plenty to eat because it was a hard storm to live though. The birds see me walking though the snow with all the goodies and stay where they are because they are not missing out. So I fill the feeders, and the suet cage and throw unsalted peanuts in shells on the ground for the blue Jays. (I love watching them grab and go) and walk away. Time for taking some pictures.Here are some of the pictures I took of my outside birds during our 3 day snowstorm.

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