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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.

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Athena cuddle time with Brian

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Girl knows how to get comfortable.

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Snuggle time with Kong.

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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.

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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.

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Middy checking out her new yard.

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BabyGirl enjoying new yard and a beautiful day.

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

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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.

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

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Except when she thinks you want her Kong.

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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.

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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.

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Sasha and her cat ball.

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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!

 

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Catching Up

It has been awhile since I have posted a blog with more than a few words and a couple pictures. Life tends to do that sometimes. It has been a really long and cold winter and even on Easter it was snowing here.I was invited to my sisters house for Easter Dinner but didn’t go. I was exhausted and I hate driving in bad weather. So I had a ham sandwich and gave all my animal children some extra special attention.

Easter Day Weather in my Area

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Update : Sadly David passed away June 18th 2016.

My Ex  David whom I stayed friends with and but don’t live with for years now had a stroke a few years ago. He had some side effects from the stroke where his blood pressure goes to low and he falls down. He has fallen but never seriously hurt until January. He fell about 20 times in his apartment and had to be rushed to the hosiptal where I was told he had bleeding on the brain and broke his neck in 3 places. He had to be transferred to the city to a better equipped hosiptal. While there he was eating a meal and all the food went to his lungs instead of his stomach . He was found unresponsive and his heart stopped. They revived him but at the time they didn’t know about the food in his lungs and found out where the food went when they tried to hook him to a breathing machine that would breath for him. His brain has been without oxygen for a bit now and they called me because I am his health care proxy. They had to do surgery to remove the food but called me to get permission or let him pass away. I said do the surgery. I became overwhelmed, stressed out and anxiety kicked in from making this decision. I waited about 3 hours when the doctors called and said he made it threw surgery. Now we had to wait for him to be conscious  to tell what the damage or if there was damage from his brain going so long without oxygen. It was a hard 2 days wait to see if I had made the right decision. I was called by the ICU nurse to let me know he was awake and responsive and doing well. She told me she never seen anyone who went without oxygen that long and doing as well as David is. Even though I knew he was ok it took me a long time to recover from me making the decision I did. I could not shake the anxiety and stress. When I talked with David he said he did want to live and I made the right decision. He spent 2 months in that hosiptal and he has transferred to a nursing home by my house for rehab . He is on a feeding tube and has swallow  exercises so he can eat again. He has not eaten in 3 months. I was planing on going to visit him with my dog BabyGirl (nursing home allows pet visit as long as their shots are up to date) who originally was David’s dog but she  lived with me most of her life because David said I can take better care of her than he could. He loves her that much. So they always have lots of visits. Well they have not seen each other in 3 months and you could see it affected BabyGirl that she hasn’t seen her daddy. All was planned when I get a call that David is in ICU with pneumonia and is blood pressure dropped to a dangerous level. He was in ICU for 4 days. Yesterday BabyGirl and I were able to go and visit him. It did her a world of good to go see him and she was very well behaved while there. Here they are together after not seeing each other for 3 months. David also beat me in Gin Rummy so his brain is doing well.

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 Staying in all winter I did a lot of bird watching.

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The pictures are far from great. I remedied that . I ordered my camera today!

Sasha the Bird has been busy also you can check out her video’s here.

I can not forget Mary Jane the cat this is her latest mischief. I was filling her food storage container . I turn my back for one second and saw this. She has taking trough feeding to a new level hahaha

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 BabyGirl and Midnight got their new fancy custom collars !

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Saying Goodbye and Bonding

On Oct 20th I celebrated my Birthday. On Oct 21 I was grieving for my niece Inez as she had passed away in her sleep in the early morning. She was a young woman of 32 who was so full of life ,fun and adventure. Inez was sleeping over her mothers house, my sister Roberta and Roberta went to wake her up and she wouldn’t wake up. I can’t even imagine what my sister felt when she realized that her daughter had passed. The saying you are never promised tomorrow really hit home this month.

Inez   Nov 17 1982 – Oct 21 2014

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Sasha has adapted very well into her new home. As much as she is bonded with my son she has decided to give me that special bond. She sat on my shoulder for the first time this week.

She throws me kisses all day. She has me busting out laughing so much from what she says and then laughs with me. She loves to laugh. She also has a sense of humor. All my smoke detectors were beeping for the battery’s to be changed. While I thought it was only one it was all of them. So Sasha mastered this sound and after I changed the batteries in the smoke detectors she tried to fool me into thinking the batteries were no good by making the beeping sound. Then  would laugh at me. When I say I am going to lay down for a little nap and she doesn’t want me to she makes the smoke detector alarm sound. It is amazing how accurate these birds can copy sound. 

 

When Sasha first moved here she like this box I had so I took a picture of Bird in a Box.

 

Well it has not been that long and this is the box today. Sasha is a beast and needs a new box!

 

 

If it were not for my animal companions I would be one sad girl because they keep me on my toes and keep me laughing .

My Rose of Sharon bush must be happy because it is losing it’s leaves and still blooming!

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Well even though all is not well I manage to enjoy the little things because nobody is promised tomorrow.

 

Sasha Returns !

Sasha is a African Grey Parrot who resided in my son’s Verizon store in Philadelphia. When my son moved to Florida and me back to New York Sasha went to Florida with my son. Sasha Stay in Florida with my son’s friend and roommate in Florida when my son moved back to New York. I missed her a lot but the friend always kept us updated on how she was doing. Five years passed and my son’s friend called him to let him know that she could not care for Sasha anymore. My son Brian took a week vacation time, rented a car and headed to Florida to get Sasha. Before leaving he let me know what was going on and ask if I could care for Sasha. Of Course I will!

It has been a little over a week now and Sasha is doing great! Already copying what I say and has the dog commands perfect to where the dogs listen to her. BabyGirl remembers her from Philadelphia and Sasha remembers BabyGirl.

 Midnight however never met Sasha or a talking bird. Midnight was totally confused as to why the bird was telling her to sit and lay down. She was confused but she would sit or lay down it is so funny. (When Midnight cries because she is not getting her way Sasha cries just like her and she will stop.) Poor Midnight so confused. LOL

When I first let her out her cage because African Greys like to be out and about she went for my books, picture frames and curtains to rein her terror on them by tearing them up . I managed to stop her before any real damage happened and put a box out to put her focus elsewhere . It worked! I got pictures of Bird in a box !

 

Introducing Sasha

Introducing Sasha

I also have been working outside getting all those jobs done before winter hits. I was cleaning out my shed when my neighbor Korie came over to mow my lawn . He had seen I was working on the shed and knew I would not be getting to the lawn because I have to pick and choose due to my limitations. He is a good kid. He is 21 but that is a kid to me. LOL  Now Midnight does not like laying on the grass so I take a chair cushion and put it in the shade for her. Normally when Korie goes by with the lawn mower the dogs will move. Korie was not close enough I guess and the grass flies out the mower and Midnight just laying there . She didn’t even get up afterword. She was not giving up that cushion! In defense of Korie he probably thought Midnight would move like usual. Midnight will not lay in the grass but will lay with grass on her go figure!

My friend in Georgia sent me a picture of a plant she planted but she can’t remember the name of it  so I am posting the picture in hopes someone can tell me what it is.

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Well this was relaxing to do but now I must get up and go outdoors because the work won’t get done otherwise!

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