Thursday, December 24, 2009


I've died the death of several ragdolls since Tuesday night. Unfortunately, Bayley jumped out of my arms when I brought him back inside after his bedtime potty trip. He took a really hard fall (and so did my heart); and I've just returned from UT Vet Clinic again. It is a true Christmas miracle---he suffered NO injuries and did no harm to his incision and/or the pin in his ulna. The orthopaedic surgeon said that he's healing really well, and he has also lost 1.2 lbs. :) My Christmas has just become perfect. Merry Christmas Eve!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Bayley Update

Bayley got to come home last night. He's doing really well so far. He will be strictly crated for the next two weeks, out only to do his business, then back in the crate. The stitches will come out in two weeks, and after that he will have a bit more restricted movement. They actually removed a piece of the ulnar bone (about 1/4") and inserted a pin in it to stabilize it until it can heal. This will be a lengthy recovery process, but hopefully, once he's fully healed from this, he will have a lot of good years to romp and play.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


My precious Bayley is at Univ. of TN Vet School this a.m. and is scheduled for surgery on his little left front leg at 9:00 a.m. It seems his little elbow socket has problems. They called at Noon today to let me know that Bayley had come through the surgery really great, and that he was just coming out from under the anesthesia. It was a bit more extensive than they had initially thought it would be. They actually ended up having to remove a piece from the ulnar bone. The dr. said that the elbow moves much more freely now, and that he should feel so much better after he recovers from the surgery. He will probably get to come home on Thursday (day after tomorrow), depending on his pain levels. December 16, 2009---Bayley is in a lot of pain this a.m. so he will probably not come home until at least tomorrow. He's having trouble bearing any weight on that leg...and hasn't learned yet how to walk without using it at least some. My poor little fella, I just hate that he has to go through this, but hopefully he will be MUCH better for it in the long run.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas! :)

Tis the Season for rushing, hurrying, scurrying...I KNOW that's what I've been doing since before Thanksgiving, and starting the day afterward, I think, the pace kicked up another couple of notches. I don't deal well with rushing. :/ I feel like I have so many bits and pieces of myself scattered about, hither and yon, that they will NEVER all be gathered into some semblance of order again. :/ It has taken the better part of at least two months for me and Randy to begin to feel like we just might be getting over this bronchitis mess that we've both been battling. And let me tell you, I am so HAPPY to feel half way well!!! :) I have scattered bits of Christmas throughout the house, and I do have my Charlie Brown artificial tree up this year. I do adore this tree, but I think I will never NOT want a 'real' tree. This year I opted for my CB tree because these pups think anything that looks, smells or feels like wood is a gourmet treat just for them. :D I could just envision this bald tree standing here all forlorn while we are in the vet's office trying to figure out what to do when pups eat tons of Frazier Fir needles. LOL We chose the safer route this year. They do keep me on my toes! :)

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Acute Bronchitis

Randy got it first, was in the bed for the better part of three weeks. Two rounds of some of the really strong (read expensive) antibiotics, and he's gradually feeling better. I end up in a clinic Friday night...acute bronchitis, borderline pneumonia, a shot, antibiotics, etc. Sunday, feeling worse but not alarmed. Sunday night --- I can only remember a few times in my adulthood that I have been so sick. This cough is unlike anything I've ever had before. From what I've seen and heard from others who've been sick with it, it's this cough that's so wicked and hard to get rid of. Needless to say, nothing is being accomplished around here by moi. Letting the pups in and out is about all I can deal with right now. Ever the optimist, tho, I am feeling a bit better today. At least I did sleep last night. I didn't sleep at all on Sunday night, so I'm making progress. :) BTW, can you believe that I have blooms on my Azaleas, the Forsythia is budding again!, and it's the 3rd of November????? No global warming, huh???

Thursday, October 15, 2009

One of my new butterfly bushes that I planted about a month ago has bestowed one large blossom to usher in Fall. :)
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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Notes From Ships Landing

I made Marlee a little sweater :) ; 'little' being the key word here :) Isn't she just the cutest thing ever in it??? :D I cut the sleeve off of a fulled wool sweater, cut a couple of slits in the sides for her front legs, used the rib cuff of the sweater for her neck, and waaa laaa, a new Autumn sweater for the little one. :D She has such very short hair that she gets cold much quicker than either of the other three. Both she and Bayley are growing so faaassst! They continue to delight me (okay, so sometimes they infuriate me :/ but mostly 'delight' LOL) . Bayley has to get a bath today, not his favorite thing to do AT ALL, but with his long hair he will be getting bathed more often than the others. :( As you can see from the pictures, Bayley and Marlee are 'joined at the hip'. :) Dewey? well, he just tries to stay out of the way. Poor fella, he's still hanging in there. I love hearing the Belted Kingfisher. I hear him first, then I can locate him visually to capture a bit of his essence on camera. :) The pace is still fast and furious here at Ships Landing, but I do seem to be adjusting somewhat. :) I love the days getting shorter. We have a good supply of firewood stacked and ready for those chilly days and nights ahead. :) I love the change of seasons here in NE Tennessee, and I'm always ready when it's time for them to fade one into another. I've been bringing out bits and pieces of Autumn decor; a pumpkin wallhanging here, a stuffed pumpkin there, Autumn hand towels draped over the oven door handle, mulled cider candles burning. I do want to pick up a few real pumpkins and some more mums. I have started knitting a bit again, and I've even been doing some needleturn applique. Don't you just get a thrill from the chill in the air? :D

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Autumn Is Here

and I have no signs of it here at Ships Landing other than dying Summer blossoms. I am dancing on a pin head...doing a balancing act...not very successfully, I might add. But today is a new day. And I am pulling out some bits and pieces of Fall for inside regardless of what other chores get pushed to the side. I need dirt therapy...and bird therapy...and to immerse myself in nature. This patch of life that I find myself in leaves little room for 'going inward'...for peace and serenity. I do know that 'this too shall pass', and so I try and corral my thoughts back into just this one day, to scratch out even just a few minutes to stop and gather in the sights and sounds and smells of Autumn changing nature's garments from Summer's frolicking colors to filtered sunshine rays, vivid colors for foliage. My birds have returned from their Summer vacations and brought a smile to my face this morning with their flitting and chitchat. :) We have a new addition to our family (again :D) here at Ships Landing. Let me introduce you to Marlee Isabella. :) She and Bayley are best buds. They have had a blast since we rescued her and brought her home two months ago. Things are certainly a lot livelier around here than they have been in quite a few years. :)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Bayley Update

Bayley is doing great. We just got home from the vet's and she saw no problems at all. He weighed in at 9.6 lbs. :) He's a growing boy! :D He got the last of his shots, and I'm glad to have those behind us. Today's his birthday---four months old. :D