Thursday, April 17, 2014

Breaking Ground!

 
This is going to be the road that goes back to the house
 
 
 
                                                      ..and this is the site of the house!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

OH HAPPY DAY!

I awoke this morning with my face burried in my pillow.  How was I breathing??? I thought. I rolled over and something was not quite right.  I jumped  up and went into the bathroom where the sight I beheld was frightful to say the least - my left eye was almost swollen shut.  I went back to the bedroom and woke Don up.

"Look at this!"  I exclaimed.

He raised his back from the bed trying to focus on me, when a huge smile crossed his face, followed by a smirk...

"I told you to do what I asked you the first time".. he said laughing out loud as he fell back into bed.

"That is NOT funny.." I said as I went running back to the bathroom, "Joy is bringing her (boy) friend over tonight and I do not want to look like a freak!

I have to admit that he had a point.  I looked like I  had been in a major fist fight.  I grabbed a wash cloth filled with ice and headed back to lay down.  Some of the swelling did go down, at least enough for me to see my computer screen.

3 hours later

I was working when all of a sudden, Joy's horse started to make a lot of noise, both in movement and verbally.  It continured on for several minutes.  I had to get up to look out the window to investivate - (remember - we currently live above our barn).  What I saw would make any horse persons heart speed up by a thousand... ALL of our back pasture horses were out and running around!

I signed out for a 'break" from work and went out to try and corral them back in.  One huge problem stood in my way - the grass outside of  the back pasture (not mowed) was more lush than  the grass inside - so the horses had NO intention of going back!  Also - they were  happy to visit with 2 horses that live in another paddock.

Long story short -
Good News - All horses were now contained
Bad News - None were in the back pasture
Good News - in the space of about 15 minutes - I had logged well over 2000 steps on my Pedometer!

All this before noon!  Life is never boring!!!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Gracie's Surgery

Gracie is our 4-5 year old Corgi.  She was surrendered and we adopted her just before Don left work for a year to take his last Hepatitis C treatment.  They bonded instantly since he was with her all the time and she seemed to have separation anxiety.

Well about a month ago, Gracie started to act like her should was hurting.  We waited and sometimes it seemed to go away, but would soon return.  Long story short - after 2 visits to the vet and weeks of steroids, it was just getting worse and worse.  We were referred to Texas A&M Vet for further tests. 

As you know, animals do not understand the concept of "hyperchondriacism", so I can only imagine how much pain she was in, when she cried out and would not raise her head!  We suspected correctly - Gracie had a massive slipped disc.  A&M had the proper equipment to diagnosis it and did surgery right away. 

The cost was substancial - and the money came out of my house building budget - but Hey ... Gracie is a part of our family and if I have to wait a bit longer to get something for the house, well - Gracie will now be there with us to enjoy it!

Here she is - on her first day home.   She looks a bit like she jumped through a shredder!! 

She was too shy to look at the camera.

They shaved the back of her neck to do a spinal tap.

Unlike on humans, they went in to do the surgery from under her neck.

..and every one of her little legs has a shaved band around it - from IV's I suppose.

Gracie's recovery will be a long 6 weeks.  We have to carry her up and down the stairs and keep her from running.  She does not jump on and off the furniture - so that is thankfully not an issue!
 
Thank  you Lord that she is on her way to recovery!! 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Did I Say....

.. we would be breaking ground tomorrow?  Well - if I did .. I must have misunderstood.  I spoke to the Dirt Guy last night and he has us down for next Friday... not this Friday.... sigh...........