Thursday, July 27, 2006

Like Sands Through the Hourglass....

Finally. I can actually get into Blogger. I've been trying since 3 a.m.! Argh.

I talk to him when I'm lonesome like; and I'm sure he understands. When he looks at me so attentively, and gently licks my hands; then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat. For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that. ~W. Dayton Wedgefarth

I got my dog back from the vet yesterday. Along with her came some not so great news about why she isn't walking on her left hind leg. She has a Cranial cruciate ligament tear and needs surgery. I figure if I don't eat for the next three months, I can swing it. Anything for the pup - she is, after all, my eldest daughter.

She cried all night long. I'm assuming that all the manipulations that the vet did yesterday hurt the already sore limb. She cannot stand up from a prone position on her own, and cannot go up and down stairs at all. I actually carried her up and down our stairs four times thus far (all 85 pounds of her). There is literally no place in our home that doesn't have steps to get outside, so going to the bathroom for her is an adventure.

Because she cried all night, and because I'm a very light sleeper not to mention a worrier and quite the mother hen, I got little sleep. I finally threw in the towel at about 3 a.m. and carried her downstairs so my husband could get some rest. I tried posting to Blogger then, but they've been offline.

I worked on writing a little this morning, but first I had to do my letter of intent to homeschool for my daughter and her complete curriculum listing for the upcoming school year. I can't believe it's almost August! Where did the summer go?

In any case, I did do a little writing. I worked on a short story that I had subbed (and had rejected) to WW. It lacks real conflict, and I'm working on that so I can submit it, in a longer form, elsewhere. I also worked on using a writing prompt from an online source whose link I can't recall at the moment. They are having a writing contest - 300 word entry using one of their prompts. The prize is a $25 Amazon gift certificate. It's good practice to get my brain moving, although one of the ladies in my writing group did a fabulous one and will probably win.

I imagine I'll crash and burn at some time this afternoon (Note: I did, in fact, crash and burn -- I napped for about an hour after lunch, and I'm still dopey. I don't like napping in the daytime, it messes me up), but hopefully it will be when I'm at home and not, say, driving. And I really, really hope the dog stops crying at some point today because it's wearing on my nerves -- not because I'm angry or annoyed but because I'm her mom and can't make it better. (Note: I talked to the vet and he said I can increase her arthritis pain meds to three times daily instead of two. It seems to be helping. Now she only whines when she needs something -- it is, of course, up to me to figure out what she needs).

And those are the days of our lives….


Ceri said...

Poor pup!! I hope she'll be okay. I know the feeling. I had a cat who got hit by a car. It cost 700.00 to set his broken leg (steel rod). After he was mended he disappeared and never came back. After that my cats became indoor cats.

Writing contest??? I love writing contests. Haven't entered one in ages.

Hope you're getting some rest. I need the same. Have a late drop off with daughter #1.

cmvbignn-cousins make very beautifully interesting gnomes nibbling napkins

Tori Lennox said...

I'm really dragging today, too.

I hope your baby feels better soon. It's hard when the furry members of the family can't tell you what's wrong or what they want.