Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Poor Tyson- He Didn't Know What "Neuter" Meant!!

Tyson looks so sad, doesn't he. Thursday was quite a traumatic day for him . He had  Unilateral Cryptochid surgery when he was neutered.  Corey didn't want to have him neutered, but it was necessary because the condition can become cancerous later in the dog's life. It is also genetic and would be passed to his puppies. This is how it is described:

When one testicle on the dog fails to descend. Testicles should descend fully by the time the puppy is 2 months old. If the testicle is retained, it is usually non-functional and can become cancerous if it is not medically treated. The treatment that is suggested is to neuter your dog. When the neutering takes place, a small incision will be made to remove the undescended testicle(s); the normal testicle, if any, is removed in the regular manner.

Even though we watched him constantly, he would not leave the incision alone so we had to take him back to the vet to have a cone put on.  He was also given anti-biotics and a sedative if he needed it at home.

Bosco is SO mad at him.  Bosco wants to play, but I think he knows Tyson can't now that the cone is on.

Bosco!  It's YOUR turn in 2 months!




Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fencing the Pond Area

Bet you thought I was going to show pictures of the new fence we put up around the pond area!

Nope!  That area is an embarrassment.

Two years ago Terry and Corey got together and decided to remove the fence we had.


Bosco and Tyson...WATCHING


They said it would make it easier to mow the grass. I was LIVID.  I was not consulted. Junior was happy. He decided it was a lot closer to walk to the pond area to do his business than to walk to the back of our land, which he had been doing for 10 years.  He was the only dog we had left at that time.



Bosco and Tyson....WAITING


I refused to maintain the pond area landscape.  I was on STRIKE.  Then last year we needed to replace the pond liner.  The area needed to be re-landscaped.  That did not get done last year.
Then, two new pups came to live with us and wreaked havoc with the pond decorative grasses which are Terry's pride and joy. Or should I say WERE.

Bosco and Tyson...WORRIED


So, now new fence surrounds the pond area. We WILL re-landscape this year with minimum maintenance plants, bushes and grasses.  My Rose of Sharon and Hibiscus will definitely remain along with others that I'll show later when the area is again presentable.



Bosco and Tyson...WONDERING where will be go to play NOW?



Monday, April 7, 2014

LIP or AKA: Life In Progress



My blog buddy June  usually does an update on Mondays of how her weekend went.  Usually our weekends are pretty laid back with not much going on.

Here's Terry kicking back with Tyson.  See how relaxed Ty is sitting there just like a human with his legs kicked out just watching the birds at the feeder.





And look at Junior and Bosco being Together Buddies.  Junior is retiring so Bosco is Alpha Dog in training.   Junior likes to lay out in the back hall and more and more I'm finding Bosco out there with him.  Their temperaments are a lot alike and that is very reassuring because Junior is just one of the best dogs ever.










Here's a pic of the elephant almost done.  I did finish it while watching my basketball brackets get busted.  Louisville killed me off!!  But I still have the Lady Irish to keep me going until tomorrow when they beat UCon.  I really love watching that team play.

Then, there was our Sunday excitement. Our property line in back is 160' from our house. We have privacy fence along the side of our land.  Since the neighbors in back have left most of their lot woods, we have wire fence across the back. On Sunday,  Bosco went over the fence to play with the German Shepherds that live there. The woman that lives there has a drinking problem and called the police.  Making a long story short, we had Menard's deliver 22 sections of privacy fence to put across the back of the yard.  Actually, I would have liked to see how he went over there...did he jump or climb?  When Bosco stands on his hind feet, he can easily taking anything off the counter that you might have left out.
We once had a dog that would jump onto the trampoline with the kids and onto the tree house part of their swing set.  I suspect Bosco will be capable of that.   Oh, I forgot.  We got fence for the pond area too.  I saw a rubber lizard in the pond. Who knows where the dogs found that.  Anyway, I watched Bosco slide into the pond trying to retrieve the lizard.  He also ate a dead fish that didn't make it through the winter. And found a dead bird.  I can tell already that the summer with Bosco and Tyson is going to be action filled!!

So, what's new with you?!?

Saturday, April 5, 2014

I BEAT THE SQUIRRELS!!

I have really been cleaning and re-organizing closets and storage spaces.  If it has been sitting around too long...its gone.  In one closet, I had these 16" grid squares that go together with holders kind of like the old tinker toys. The grid openings are 2".

For a really long time I have been envisioning making a bird feeder that will keep the squirrels out. When I took the grid unit apart a light bulb went off.  I put the sides together with plastic wire ties, except one side that I left loose so that I could lift it to replenish food. It needed to be locked closed to keep the squirrels from opening it.  Squirrels are smart little devils!  I had a hard time finding  something to keep the door closed tight enough so that the little buggers couldn't open it and crawl in.  After trying many hooks and loops and all sort of stuff, I came across some old key chains from the 70's/80's.  The ones they had before someone decided that we needed the round ones you can never open.  That did the trick!!
Now we call this feeder Circus Squirroleil.

I outsmarted the squirrels and now Terry is laughing at them instead of B****ing about them!


EDIT***
I edited this post because I didn't mention that  I keep a platform feeder full of the same seed that's in the "cage".  The squirrels can eat all they want, but they just want to get into that feeder!!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

April Fourth Friday Challenge ~ A Bust

Barb  started it all.  Well, not really.  Gene Black started it by posting about weaving on a card board box loom.  Then Barb and her husband made a frame of wood, tried it, tweaked it and there you go.  I loved what she did and found a frame to turn into a hand weaving loom.  This is my first try.  I have to admit that I grew tired of weaving worsted weight yarn.  I really didn't like how it was going to I cut it off.

But WAIT!!

After it was cut, I really liked how the weaving looked.  I'm saving this piece for...I don't know what..but I think it will show up on a doll sometime in the future.

My loom needs tweaking.  There is a metal rod down each side that I made from coat hanger strength wire. It's not nearly strong enough to keep the sides taught.  I also used it as the last string and realize that it should have been right next to the last one for stability and used in unison.

I'm going to try this again as soon as I figure out what kind of metal rod to use.  I'll also need bulkier yarn, or use a few strands together as Barb is doing with her most recent piece.  Or perhaps I'll try using fabric.

I like to use woven rugs in my decor.  I keep one on Terry's recliner to protect the back from his head.  I also like to use them on the end tables and dressers.  My home is eclectic and sort of rustic and I'd really like to try this again.

So, this month's challenge isn't really a Bust.  It's a learning experience.  It also gave me a few ideas of how to turn this craft into my own.

What have you tried that didn't turn out as you expected.  Did it deter you, or did it inspire you to try a different path.  Sometimes you have to give yourself time to perk a better idea!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Bead WIP


Though I have a couple of other projects in the works, I needed something that I could work on intermittently during the day and while the TV is on.  Often I sit with Terry while he watches something I'm not interested in, but I like to "watch" too because we do chat during commercials. Besides, some shows you can be aware of what is going on without really watching.

I have collected quite a bit of crafty supplies over the years that I have always called my Retirement Stash. I figure I can work for a long time without having to buy much to complete projects.  I saved a set of chipwood stacking boxes with the thought that sometime I would make use of them.  I am beading an elephant for the top of this one and will line the inside with suede or velvet, depending what is in my stash. The box is 8" in diameter.  I'm beading on Nicole's Bead Backing.  I bought a sample pack a while ago and this is the first time I used it.  I really like it and wish I had used it before when I made several beaded pendants and pins.  Most everyone that does bead embroidery knows how great this product is.


Here is a pic of the progress so far.  I'm hoping this turns out as I envision it.  It's meant to be a gift for someone special, but I won't say who until its done and I know if its gift worthy.

The project is shown here on a tray I like to use when I stitch while sitting in my recliner.  Its a plastic tray that I found at Walmart in the party department and cost about $1.50.  I have several.  They stack nicely.  I usually keep tubes of the beads I am using on one next to my chair.  Then when I put aside the tray I am using while stitching, I can just put it on top of the tube tray.  The little dish I use to put beads in is actually a 4" ceramic glazed plant pot saucer.  The saucers stack nicely, don't take up much space and I can keep beads separated nicely in them.  The lips on both the tray and saucer keep beads in check.  I use other trays that I have glued suede to and use them in place of a beading mat, but this set up works great for both beading and embroidery.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Win7 and A Puppy Update!


Before I retired, my work computer was updated from WinXP to Win8.  It took me a bit to get used to Win8 and luckily I didn't have to set it up.  At about that time, my home computer started acting up.  After getting the dreaded blue screen twice, I thought I better start researching a new desk top. (I didn't want a laptop).  I discovered that Microsoft is not doing so great in Win8 sales and there is something being developed to come out in 2015.  Most computer gurus were advising those in my situation to purchase Win7, which is what I did.  I can definitely see Microsoft's developing its way to Win8.  I'm pretty happy with what I bought.  There is a lot to know when making a choice to buy any electronics now.  You really have to do your homework from making a decision about phones, TVs, tables and computers.

I've spent some time personalizing the computer and getting to know Win7.  Also, I opted for Libre Office instead of spending $100 on Win Office Suite.  I hope I'll be happy with it, but I think so far, I will be.  I also signed up for health insurance on the Healthcare.gov web site.  I lost insurance when Terry quit work. I am pleased that I got comparable coverage AND I can keep my Doctor.

So, moving right along.  I promised an update on my mutts so here it is.

 Look at this face!! Isn't he adorable!!
He is a great little? dog.  He gets along great with everyone.  I think he is Terry's dog.  Though he loves everyone, I'm pretty sure Terry is is pic.  No matter what he wants, he comes to me, but he sits on Terry's lap in the recliner, though I'm pretty sure that won't last too much longer.  He sleeps on Terry's side of the bed on the floor on a blanket.  BUT....GASP...Terry takes a nap sometimes and I find this guy laying beside him.  Sometimes Tyson is up there too.  I never would have thought that TERRY would allow a dog on his bed.

Bosco is almost 5 months old, weighs about 50 pounds. I measured him this morning. While laying on his side, he measures 36 inches from the tip of his nose to the end of his body not including his tail.  We definitely didn't think he would grow to be the estimated 100+ dog when full grown.  But its OK!

This is Bosco's crate which we call his House.
He doesn't sleep in it anymore, But we do put him in it when we leave the house.  On this particular day, he looked at me really weird when we left. I guess he was mad at us.  I wish you could have seen the look on Tyson's face when he saw it.  If a dog can have a stunned look, he did.  It was priceless.



And, of course I have an update on Tyson too. No, this picture is not loaded wrong.  This is one way Tyson likes to sleep, with his legs braced on the couch. He is the biggest love puppy I have ever had besides Jack.  I tease Corey and tell him I am taking Tyson over, but he loves Corey so much I can only have Tyson's undivided attention when Corey is gone.






This is how the dogs spent their winter snow days.  We had to teach them not to jump at the window and go crazy because I was scared they would hit the window so hard they would go through it.  Also, I was worried what they would do when the door was open and the screen was closed.  They have been pretty good.  But some of those squirrels live in the trees in the back yard and let me tell you, when those dogs are in the back yard it's open season on squirrels!!

But Bosco's favorite pass time in the back yard is to pull the pond heater out of the pond. Too bad for Terry, we are putting the fence back around that area. I usually don't gloat..but Terry...I told you so!!


All this and I'm trying to reorganize my "Room".  Terry is going to revamp some shelves and I'm happy about that.

Tomorrow my daughter and I and my SIL (whose husband died a month ago while shoveling snow) and her daughter (who recently had a mastectomy) are going to the Olive Garden for lunch.

I've been pretty darned busy!  I LOVE being retired!!