03 March 2012

grab a drink

this is going to be a long one...
tired face
Well, it has been next to forever since I have written. I feel a little guilty, a little sad, a little let down, and it's all my fault. I guess I just needed a break for awhile. Around Christmas time we inherited a friends dog, Duke, who could no longer keep him. So we took him in. Hell, we already had 2 dogs, what's another small one. 
Well, Duke turned out to be a handful with a few more issues than either of us expected. It was almost as if Duke was a feral dog for the last 3 years. He had no idea how to walk on a leash, was constantly needy, clingy, and would jump the fence to get to us: abandonment issues. He was aggressive toward bigger, un-neutered male dogs, and didn't have good socialization skills anyway. I swear he didn't know his name either. He's not a bad dog, just not too bright, through no fault of his own.

Toby and Wolfie on the new couch, looking through new curtains

So we have been working to rehab Duke, get him acquainted with the leash, his own food bowl, and other dogs besides our own. It's been almost 2 months now, and today we took him to the dog park and let him off leash for the first time. I was SO extremely happy he did so well! He stayed near us, wasn't aggressive, and I didn't have to worry about where he was or what he was doing. Keep in mind, Duke is around 12 years old. 

I am a one-project-at-a-time person. Handling Duke was stressful and when it's a stressful situation like that, it's all I think about. Once I feel like that situation is settled and will now work itself out, I can get back to my *normal* life. And finally, I think it's here. 

new washer and dryer over christmas

Nate and his father made risers for our new washer and dryer that we bought at an after thanksgiving sale. The ones we had were dying and these are fancy and energy efficient and all that. Nate & I worked on remodeling the laundry room so now it looks nice and updated. Another project down, only 5 more to go!
January palm tree
Nate and Toby in the hammock
kissy face
We bought ourselves new eyeglasses, that we both needed, Nate more than I. It had been about 6 years since his last eye exam and his vision had changed quite a bit since then. He looks really nice in his new black sexy specs, right?
alligator in the new fish tank
we took apart our large fish pond and made it into a small fish tank instead. The fish pond took up so much room in our screened in patio, and it had been prone to leaking, so we said 'to hell with it' and downsized. We gave some small fish away, as we now had too many with our fish tank, and I set a small alligator figurine my sister bought me long ago in the bottom of the tank. The fish are not afraid.

sleepy Moses
Toby after a day at the park
Nate and his boy, Toby
Duke has improved greatly and we are finally setting in as a family. Duke's anxieties have lessened, which makes it much less stressful around here, which finally makes it easier for me to feel relaxed enough to sit down to write. 

My only problem now is that blogger has been giving me fits lately. I try to save, or edit, or even tab, and the damn thing does something totally off the wall that I didn't even ask for. I still can't get my damn widths to adjust for a decent header. I'm so frustrated it's annoying. 

I've started/continued this blog over at wordpress, kind of as a trial run, kind of to see how wordpress is going to work for me, kind of as a fresh start. Being the eternal optimist, I keep hoping that blogger will still work for me, since I started here, the format is easy, and I have some followers now, I'd hate to lose you. Nevertheless, I feel like this is a year of great change for me, and moving to wordpress is one way to do it. you can check out the new space here.

All in all, I am ready to start over, make some changes, and get down to business. No more big upheavals, no more animals, and more writing, jewelry, and enjoying life. 

I will talk to you soon,


Elisabeth said...

Hang in there, and thanks for trying to fix Duke rather than get rid of him :-)

Charlene said...

Thanks Elisabeth. Nate and I were both at wits end a week ago, but after the dog park, we are feeling more optimistic. He really is a good dog. He doesn't chew on anything he's not supposed to, and has a sweet disposition. Toby loves playing with him too, so it is working out.