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What I did last summer

Guest Post by Guppy, the Lucky Dog 3

She says that I will be going back to school in October.  So I thought I would get ahead and write some thoughts for that back to school tradition, the ‘What I did last summer’ essay.

I was still under my doctor’s care until mid-August.  So I had to be real quiet.  I have watched a whole lot of dog TV

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I have invented a new game.  I throw my toys up in the air.  They land all kinds of fun places.  It makes her laugh when She sees them.

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See the pink and yellow thing on top of papers?  That is the end of one of my knotty bones.  It tosses real well.  I like to see how long it will take for her to see it.

 

A different day I got it up here on the cabinet next to her bed.

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She played a real trick on me.  During the day, when I’m not watching dog TV,  I lounge on her bed.  One day, the bed DISAPPEARED!!!!!!!

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Man Alive!  I was soooo confused.  But She found a bunch of my toys under there so it wasn’t too bad.

It used to be that when they went away (which I don’t like, you know.  But I am gettin better about that.) She would lock the glass door that is part of ‘dog TV’, so I could sit and look out and wait for them to come back.  But She is all worried about it gettin cold.  She says that’s gonna happen.  (Not too soon for me.)  So She rearranged her metal shelves.

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Back when I first came,  before they started leaving the door open, I was already climbing on those shelves even though there was all this stuff there.  Why it took her so long to figure out that if she just rearranged a few things I could have a ‘viewing platform’ and I would be just as  happy as a tick on a hound.  So now,  when they go out, She moves the garbage can and all the stuff on top of the shelves and the shade.  So I use the stool, climb right on up, sit on the piece of furniture and look out the window.  When She first did it, She thought that I would need to be shown how to do that.  Well, my Momma didn’t raise no fool!  I could figure out what to do but sincein She was handing out ham, I played DUMB and let her break it down to little steps, handing out that ham to encourage me.  Anyway, I like my viewing platform.

So mid-August came.  She had made my doctor’s appointment.  Just to make sure I was okay.  And that day the car DIED!.  Really!!!!!! She was so upset she almost cried.  Our sweet young neighbor, Liz, the woman who lives with my friends Emma and Riley, stopped what she was doing and drove us out to the doctor.  She kept apologizing to me about not being able to take me to the dog park that day.  I might have gotten a few extra bones that day.  Anyway, now I go to the dog park.  It’s fun when other dogs are there.  But sometimes there aren’t any other dogs there.  I almost cry when that happens.  But still it is okay because I can walk all over by myself and sniff as long as I want.  Honestly, She gets so impatient when She takes me on a walk and I want to stop and sniff.  Doesn’t She know I’m conducting important DNA analysis on that blade of grass!  I mean REALLY!

And of course we had a hurricane.  I have been a little bit on edge about it all week.  Barking at everyone I see.  But I am going to be brave because I need to look after my Ben and She says that She won’t leave me alone, so that is okay.

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I helped her clean up and get ready.  Not a bad summer.  I think I truly am a LUCKY DOG.

 

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Getting Ready For Florence

Let me just say.  I would really rather have my Aunt Florence visit than this hurricane…

There has been chatter about this storm for over 10 days now.  It begins to wear on you.  But on the other hand, when we were in Italy, we had very little idea when some major weather event was going to happen.  In Italy, I did learn to keep a collection of empty plastic jugs that I could fill with water if I had a clue that we were going to lose power, which meant losing the pump for the well.  Here in the US, every Spring, I use up the supplies from last year and restock my ‘hurricane kit’.  This is a carryover from looking after my Mom when she lived in Florida.

So since we had adequate supplies, I only had to worry about gas in the car and the always essential, pink fizzy wine and Cheetos! And of course, the always important, trip to the library.  Grocery stores were a ZOO!  Parking lots, don’t even ask!  We live in Cameron Village so I know a few parking places that others might not know of.  And I know the ‘flow’ of the village, the busy times, the slower times.    So it wasn’t too bad to get in and out.

Our neighbors have made sure that we know if we need their help they are there.  They are absolute champs at moving all the flying objects off the deck. (see a picture later) This morning I went out to move everything from our deck.

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Not sure how the begonia forest and jungle will fare in the storm.

You know who came out to help me

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And everything is tucked away.

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It gets to the point when you say “I’ve done all that I can do’.  We just don’t have the space to move things inside.  But those young neighbors did a spectacular job.

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Look at those garbage cans….  such a good job.

So we will see what happens.  I worry the most about this tree.

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It made it through Hazel and Fran and goodness knows how many other storms and has been examined and declared healthy.  So I am sure that it will be fine.  Plus we sleep and live on the ground floor…..  Updates later.

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The Ultimate Garden Compliment

Hummingbirds fighting over your plants….. Yes, that is it.

We have had a good bit of rain this summer.  Some times it comes down as a gully washer, sometimes nice and gentle.  For me it has been a little tricky about when to put out plant food.  One day last week I realized I must have timed it just right when I looked out my kitchen window and saw this.

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Most everything blooming together at the same time.  (Sorry the color is washed out.  Still using my tablet instead of a camera)

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And as I went back in there was a hummingbird fight going on over head.  Made me feel good that my plants were such a treat that they were worth fighting over.

The pampered hydrangea still looks good.

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The elephant ears have done so well

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They will definitely go back there next year.  I am thinking that if I can get some bamboo I might make a trellis to help support them.  The lower plants are sort of lost and still have to be watered some times since the big leaves are like umbrellas.  For some reason I have lost my lambs ear plants here and out front.  I don’t know if it is too damp or what.

The begonias are doing well

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Again, the color is not true.  They are a very pretty rosy pink.

I have been going to the State Farmer’s Market.  Managed to get my knives sharpened there too. Only been trying to get that done for MONTHS!  (Becks https://beckscutlery.com/)

I had some time to wait while my knives were being worked on so I looked at plants which I normally do not do.  Of course I had to buy one.

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A very dark, almost black purple vinca.  Real tickled to find this.  It will move into its own pot, if it ever stops raining long enough.  And next to it, a little airplane plant that I pinched from a public planter.  Gotta get that in dirt soon too.

The deck has taken on a nice jungle feel.  Guppy and I brave the mosquitoes and sit out there for a bit most every evening.  And I try to remind her how fortunate we both are.

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Summer Project

I am not doing much at all this summer.  At the beginning of summer, I decided to put the few projects that I have left that I want to do to our condo on hold and just spend the summer reading.  So that is what I have been doing.  But I did do this.

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See the ugly green phone wiring box in the yard.

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Well I slip covered it with 3 pieces of black foam core board from the Dollar Store.  I think it looks much better and it makes a nice stand for a plant.

Hope you are having a nice summer.  Look for another post soon about the garden.

 

 

 

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Guppy’s Summer Thoughts

Guest Post: By Guppy, the Lucky Dog 3

We are having a calm summer.  I have to be pretty quiet for 60 DAYS after my last heartworm treatment.  She explained that what happens is the heartworms are killed and are supposed to gradually pass out of my body as little bits.  But if I get too excited a big clump might break off and that might make my heart stop.  So even though it has been really hard I have done my best to not run around a lot.  She says we only have to wait until August 14.  Then we can start to go to the dog park and play with other dogs.

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That is the new Asian man that I had to use my allowance to buy. (Remember a month or so ago those other Asian men were bothering me when She and Ben went somewhere and left me alone with them.)   She is all mad about it because it was not what She ordered.  But it would have been okay except for the green.  She decided to live with it for a while.  And just because I am dropping a few hairs, I had to use my allowance to buy a vacuum too.  I don’t like it at all.  It makes a noise that hurts my ears a lot.  She doesn’t use it too much but when she does I try to bite it.  I’ll never get any new toys…..

For my graduation they did buy me a piece of jewelry.

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I wear it all the time.  No one had ever bought me jewelry before.  And I got

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these great bowls and a new table cloth.  She says this can be my china pattern.  The ‘Sainted Siena’ had her own china pattern but I am not allowed to use it.  It is best that I have one all my own.  I think my ‘motif’ must be fish.  What do you think?

Anyway, Ben and I have our own special time together every morning.

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Well, I think that I am having a very good summer.  Hope you are too.

 

 

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A Big Week

Guest Post:  By Guppy, The Lucky Dog 3

Well this second full week in June was certainly a busy one for me.  On Tuesday I went to see my new vet, Dr. Melissa Hudson at Northwoods Animal Hospital in Cary.  Link to Northwoods  She said that She had known Dr. Hudson since she was a pup.  Apparently, She used to come here all the time many years ago, bringing good dogs to see Melissa’s father, Dr. Dan Hudson.  Going all the way back to Bailey, the cocker spaniel.  That was a really long time ago and then there were the two Afghan hounds, Shamir and The Contessa, and then Hawthorn and even the Sainted Siena came here.  I’m guessing that the only dog that She had, that never came here, was Nerone.  (Sometimes Ben calls me Nerone.  That’s okay because he was a pretty good looking dog so I don’t mind being mistaken for him)  Anyway, my Dr. Hudson was pretty nice and didn’t do any thing really awful to me.  So I guess I won’t mind going back to see her again.

That night after we finished at the vet, we went home and got Ben and then it was off to dog school for graduation. Link to Dream Dogs  I think I did pretty well.  I lost a few points on ‘recall, come and sit’.  I got distracted by my friend Grace.  (She’s just so cute and stylish.  And petite.  She reminded me of my puppies)  Otherwise I did real well on all the exercises.  She and Ben were so proud of me.  She said that one of those Afghans, The Contessa, had flunked dog school.  Can you imagine?

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(Photo credit Robina Thornton)

Anyway, She said we are going to work all summer on exercises and then in the fall I can go back for ‘Distraction Dog’.  I’ll learn how to ignore squirrels.  I was going to work on that this summer since some group has opened a day camp for young squirrels in the big tree by the deck.  (Sometimes there must be 15 or 20 of them up there!)  but what happened to me next will keep me from doing that.

On Wednesday, She and Ben took me back to Saving Grace, the rescue place that I came from.  link to Saving Grace  I know that She and Ben hugged me and told me that they would be back.  I didn’t want to go.  It took a whole lot for me to walk through that gate.  I was real upset and depressed.  I was there for a long time.  She said it was only two nights but it felt like a really long time to me.  Anyway, they gave me big ole shots that hurt.  They are for my heartworm.  So now I need to be quiet for 60 DAYS.  The nasty heartworms die and break off.  If I get too excited too many of them might break off at a time and that would be really bad.

I was moping around on Friday, really sad, napping in my little box when one of the nice volunteers came to get me.  The volunteer walked me out and there was She waiting for me.  I was soooooo happy.  And Ben was in the car.  She says that all the papers are signed and they are really my people now.

 

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I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am.

 

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Deck Pics

From walking Guppy I realized that I always post pictures of the deck taken on the deck rather than looking at it from a distance.

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I do enjoy having flowers on the deck.  Birds have made a nest in my $5 fern from the Lowes reduced rack.  They dash off everytime someone goes in and out.

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The blue thing to the right of the door is a stack of chairs to use when we have folks over.

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All the rain has set the elephant ears off.  They are really doing well.  You can just see bits of the pink flamingo that I got at the Dollar Store.  It was just the right size to squeeze in there.

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This is my favorite to look at.  I like all the shades of green, the purple of the elephant ears with the purple pots.  And the pinks and blues.

Guppy and I brave the mosquitoes and sit out there every night.  Since I have started walking her and seen other units on the property I am glad that we have the one we have.  Not every one has such a nice private space.

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Uh Oh

Guest Post by:  Guppy, The Lucky Dog 3

She says I have a lot of ‘pastore’ in me.  Whatever that is.  I just know that my Momma told me that I had some Shepard blood in me.  I like to be with my peeps and have them in my sight.  Which is actually pretty easy with She and Ben.  There is not much place to hide here.  I mean, there is that upstairs, but those steps, kinda slippy and steep.  It took me a few weeks before I would go up there.  (There are real nice beds up there.  I’m kinda hoping that will be my room….)   Anyway, only She goes up there and never for too long.  But they do both leave!  Really!

Why leave?  I’m here.  What else do they need?  I was okay the first few times they left.  I mean I was takin’ drugs for the pain from my operation and still getting adjusted and all.  So everything was fine.  But then I started to feel better, the drugs stopped and a little bit of anxiety returned when they left.  I could climb up on the bed at the back and see out to watch them leave but I couldn’t see out the front.  It took me a while before I figured out that I could climb up a metal rack that She has all these pots and pans on, then pull down the shades and walk around on the big piece of furniture so that I could see out the window in the front.  I pressed my nose up against the window and made all kinds of noise asking folks if they had seen my peeps.  I mean, it had been at least 10 minutes since I saw them.  I was so upset.  I walked around again and my tail must have hit something so this bowl went flying off and broke.  Well, that scared me so I jumped down and more things went flying off.  (Bananas I think.)  I ran off to hide on the bed.  After a while, I stopped shaking so I came over to look.  Had to bat those bananas around.  Turn them from yellow to black.  That was kinda fun.  And then they came home!  Oh, She was upset!

So the next time they went out they made me go in my crate.

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I figured out how to get out of that pretty fast and climbed right back up on the furniture again.  I knocked a bunch of stuff off again and got scared, but nothing broke this time.  But I’ll be….there were those yellow bananas again.  I played with them for a long time until they got all black.

The next time they went out, She put those cords on real tight and I couldn’t get out but I was still real scared.  I think the dog training lady told her to cover up the crate so I couldn’t see as much and that I would feel better about things.  That pretty much works but I don’t like it when they go out.  The next time She decided to put my crate in Ben’s cubby hole.  Every now and then I like to sit in there for a bit so I guess she decided that might be easier than covering my crate.  WELL!  There was this big ole Chinese man staring at me.  I had to tell him what’s what.

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I just ripped him up.  That got rid of him.  I was about to start on the other one when they came home.  Ohhhhh, She was awful upset.  She says that I have to buy a new Chinese man for Ben and a new rod and pay for them  from my money.  No new toys for me.

So, I’m trying to be better.  She got me ‘hug shirt’ that I can put on whenever I have to do something scary.  Probably wear it a lot this week.  I have to go to the vet, then dog school graduation, then back to Saving Grace for my last treatment.  I have to spend two nights there.  Then when they come to get me She and Ben will sign my final papers.  Even though I made her pretty mad I think She will come back to get me.  I sure hope so.

 

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Dog School

Guest Post: By Guppy, the Lucky Dog 3

 

Dog school, again tonight.  Finally, She has caught on and we are doing things I enjoy.  COME.  I mean REALLY!  How easy could it be.  Run to the person calling you who loves you and/or gives you treats.  There we were in the class room.  That silly big lump Max was there but none of those other dogs, just the two of us.  Max’s person clearly had not done his homework.  She didn’t do much of it with me because it was so obvious that I knew this.

She, the nice lady with treats (She calls her the ‘teacher’) and Ben.  They all stood in a triangle calling me, so I would run from one to the other and they gave me treats.  (Silly People) Well, I aced that.  Afterwards She hugged me and said I must have learned that from a certain black and white dog.  I don’t know who She is talking about but there were little tears in her eyes.  I gotta figure out who this black and white dog is….

Anyway, only one more class.  I heard She talking about some other dog, an Afghan that She knew.  That Afghan had flunked dog school.  Oh my!  Well that won’t happen with me.  As long as some stupid squirrel doesn’t come through class.

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Garden update

I whined so much about having to cover my hydrangea that I thought it deserved a post.

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It is at the base of a cherry tree half of which broke off a few years ago.  It was ugly, so I thought placing the pot here would make it look better.

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Last year when I bought it, it was a wonderful blue.  I’ll have to do some PH adjusting of the soil to get it back to blue.

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The perennial bed that I started in the front is not as showy as I hoped for.  Very few of the day lilies have bloomed.  Maybe they just need another year to get adjusted.  The cannas will have to carry the show again.

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