Sunday, December 16, 2007

Snowed in . . .

I was anxiously awaiting this storm all yesterday when I heard about it. I watch CNN most days in the background until I feel like listening to music and their weather report gave me more instant information than our Canadian sources ( I started hearing the wind pick up significantly at (exactly) 0433 this morning because the wood chimes started picking up and banging on the front porch. You could hear the sound of the wind hitting my bedroom window along with it. Dad is coming Monday morning, so I have to keep the driveway clear with the snowblower. With the snow blowing sideways, and the wind so strong, I can't hold onto the screendoor casually, there is no way I can see enough to use a snowblower. I will have to wait until tonite and hopefully the wind will be settling down by then. I can hardly see across the street.

My surgery is Tuesday. I don't think it has sunk in yet. It is always on my mind, but I don't think it will sink in until that morning. I had such a very bad thought last night that made me shudder and I am resisting typing it here today. I had a really bad "feeling," a harbinger, an omen. It seemed really dark and I totally shut it out of my mind until I knew it was gone, but I had a vision of this stage of my life was over and it was all down hill from here. I don't know what that means. I'm not sure I believe in "fortune telling" but it was there and I'm trying to figure out why I had such a bad, bad feeling. I don't think I have ever had such a bad feeling before. It was so very dark - it felt like something reached out from under the floor and tried to pull me down for a brief second. It is gone now. I am just reciting what happened. I don't have that feeling at all right now, and it was only for about 30 seconds at the most, but it was scary.

Peanut is doing so well. She is running around in the snow and she hasn't barfed in about a week [as I type this, a big gust of wind just made my roof creak. I'm surprised I still have satellite hookup right now]. I saw her yesterday morning and the morning before pick up that left back foot when she was in the backyard, but she is not limping on it and seems to be a hell-of-a more hyperactive (a little unusual). At least she is not in pain anymore. She is back on the 100% organic flax seed oil in her food twice a day (flax seed oil is a natural anti-inflammatory and great lubricant of joints in the form of omega-3 fatty acids). Latte gets it in the morning because of her skin condition and I take it in my homemade salad dressing because as a vegan, I don't eat omega-3 fatty acids as part of my diet. Peanut also gets this liquid glucosamine-chondritin-MSM twice a day in her food. If she is given any pills, she'll just throw it up and I don't want to go through that again. Both of them are just passed out on the couch right now.

We were up a couple of times last night, as you can see from the time I noted when the wind started. I had a seizure last night and I think I lost my airway for a bit and was dangerously lying on my back because when I came out of it at 0330, I was coughing and coughing, trying to get rid of all this stuff in my lungs and I was having problems breathing. I feel fine now, but my chest hurts from all the coughing last night and the heaving, trying to breathe properly. I hope I didn't get any pneumonia just before my surgery. That would suck. [Roof creaks again and the snow has obliterated the houses across the street.]

I just let the dogs outside for a bathroom break, and I am losing the war on keeping the back door clear. I could only open the door enough to let the dogs out and the door is above the level of the first stair. I think we have 20 cm of snow now in 4 hours. It is dead outside. There was some traffic around 9 or 10 am, but there isn't anything out there now. I think this is now the worst of the storm at a little after 12 right now.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

That is the way the ball bounces . . .

Updates first . . .

Had our Breakfast Club x-mas dinner and it went really well. Good times, good company. So much food.

K helped me go shopping and for that, I am eternally grateful. It is so beautiful that people can just help you without anything in return.

The snowblower came today and low and behold, it is missing the parts bag with a couple of bolts and nuts you need to attach the chute to the snowblower, the KEY to start it, and the owner's manual. Great - and guess what? It's snowing, alot. I haven't had the heart to tell my parents, because when I told my mum on the phone, she was more excited than I was that it showed up finally.

Oh well, as the title of this post goes . . . .

Friday, December 7, 2007

To readers . . .

To the readers of this blog (and you know who you are), did you know that you can add comments to what you read after each entry? Where it says "comments" just click on that and you can become part of all of this. You don't have to e-mail me or Facebook me (although if you want to continue doing so, you still can). Thought you'd want to know. It sometimes just goes to context because sometimes I forget what I post from day to day, especially with my memory being so shitty right now.

Bits from today

I got my delivery from Life Organic ( today, I had ordered the organic Mighty Leaf Earl Grey tea ( and its to die for. It was added to a delivery a couple weeks ago as a free sample and its such a wonderful tea that I had to get it. I'm not known to be a big tea drinker, but I tend to drink tea at home at night. During the summer, I make it into iced tea and during the winter, I make a big pot of tea and drink it through the night. This Earl Grey though is wonderful. It is a little expensive for tea though, but tastes so wonderful. You can taste the freshness of the bergamot in it. This is what I am drinking now.

I got my Vegetarian Times magazine for January and there are some great soup recipes in it this month that I just have to try. One is a Vietnamese Pho soup that I want to try and I would love to be able to go grocery shopping but I haven't been able to catch a ride with anyone for almost two weeks now (it is actually more than two weeks). It sucks because I am out of so much important stuff that I actually need.

I am glad I got all my x-mas presents. My presents for Peanut and Latte came in and I was so happy with the price, delivery, and quality from L.L. Bean. ( By the way, I'm not advertising for these companies, I'm just saying they have been really great! I got Peanut and Latte these doggie gift bags filled with Planet Dog toys ( I was actually going to order their presents through Planet Dog, but I thought these little bags were cute. They are two little L.L. Bean canvas bags with embroidered dog paws on them and inside were two Planet Dog toys, a bag of peanut butter dog cookies, and a Planet Dog sticker. I have ordered from Planet Dog before and I love to put these stickers on their kibble containers. L.L. Bean has free shipping through Canada Post and the stuff comes in three to four days - really fast. You don't have to pay for GST at the door to the delivery guy like you do for other American companies. The great thing about online shopping this year was that Canadian money was more than par. I also got Peanut an orthopedic bed from L.L. Bean and it is awesome. I think I mentioned before that it is better than my Sealy posterpedic (sic). It has memory foam and it is so comfortable. I wish it was people-sized so the dogs can have the bed and I can sleep on the god (I'm actually leaving in this typo on purpose - too funny) bed.

I also (for myself) downloaded Amy Winehouse's album off of iTunes because I have been hearing it alot on Galaxie satellite and love to hear it. It's everything I love about blues in one album. Billie Holliday/Julie London combination - in one voice. Too bad she is so fucked up on drugs and booze. There is so much soul in her voice.

I have a date

So, the date for surgery is December 18th. I can't wait for all this to be resolved so I can go on and live my life. Peanut has not barfed in 24 hours, but is still eating rice until I know for sure this is done, because I can do something better than chasing Peanut over the house and finding new areas she has tried to hide her puke. Yum. Peanut's new orthopedic dog bed arrived and it is better than my bed. Has memory foam and everything. She has even laid down on it today and seemed to get comfortable right away. Where is she sleeping right now? My bed, of course.

Dad is coming down on December 17th and will stay post-op three days. It will be nice to have him around. Makes for an easy guest in this house. Speaking about guests, Breakfast Club is having their x-mas party here at my house and unfortunately, someone I don't want to come has been invited. They are not part of Breakfast Club. I find this person rude and ignorant, generally speaking and want the party surrounded by friends I love to be around. Hopefully, this person won't come.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Peanut barfing all night . . .

As you can see from the title, I was very amused by the puking Peanut did all night. At least I didn't have to clean up the rug in the living room for the fourth time since she started this medication. I stopped it today. It is getting nuts. Not the best thing to clean up in the middle of the night. Almost yakked myself. I feel the medication was working too. She wasn't limping anymore and she was even back to running and jumping in the backyard. I thought I saw her back to limping this morning. But reading up on this drug, Deramaxx, there is a danger of her eroding her stomach lining and there has been some dangerous situations where dogs have died from this. I am just hoping that the rest, flax seed oil (omega-3 is a natural anti-inflammatory and joint lubricant), and glucosamine and chondritin will help. I know that chondritin is made from shark cartilage (reminder - I am a vegan), but I have made it a point that the dogs are omnivores and eat meat, so as long as it is for the dogs, it should be tolerated by me. Hopefully, this will work for her, but I am disappointed that this medication was working really well for her and now I have to go backwards.