Friday, May 08, 2009

This and That...

“Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.” - William Butler Yeats

Spring in New Hampshire is tempting me with its mild temperatures... I have my tomato plants crying out to go in the ground. My squash and cucumbers are outgrowing their pots. My flower beds are begging for annuals. Worse, all the nurseries have their annuals out, bright and cheerful.

I will be strong.

Last year, spring came a couple of weeks early, too. I could have planted everything at about this time. We got no more frost in May... and part of me wants to throw caution to the wind and just do it.

But I know my luck. And the moment I "just do it", it will snow. Or worse, ICE. Of course, conversely, if I wait it will undoubtedly be beautiful the entire time and I'll look back and say, "Should have planted two weeks ago".

It's a conundrum.


Yesterday, Dru asked about how Dakota is doing on her homemade food.

I'm making Dakota's food today. I've started mixing it with Halo Pets dry food (because I'm using the recipe I got from them for her wet food, and figured it might agree with her). So far, she's doing fine. Better, it helps me stretch out the time between cooking her soft food. This time I made it three weeks! I doubt I'll ever go 100% on to dry, but in a pinch, Halo Pets also makes Spots Stew in a can. I only wish more places carried it.

And, in other doggy digestive news, I think Dakota is hypoglycemic. I'm not a vet, and I don't even play one on TV... but... I am slightly hypoglycemic, and I know if I don't eat regularly I get sick. I feel nauseous, light-headed, dizzy.

I noticed that Dakota would go outside and eat grass until she vomited in the middle of the night if I fed her dinner too early. And, she did it during the day if I waited too long between lunch and dinner (because I was trying to feed her dinner late so she wouldn't throw up at 2 a.m.), and I wondered if she was feeling nauseous like I do when I don't eat something every few hours.

So... I've started feeding her FOUR small meals a day. She eats when we get up, again around noon, then at about four and her last meal is about seven or eight at night. And, thus far? We've been golden. No more eating grass to vomit.

I have never owned a pet with so many issues. It's a good thing she's cute.


Your Taste in Music Says You're Cheerful

Your musical tastes are upbeat and conventional.

You are an easy going, optimistic person.

Family and friends are very important to you.

You enjoy caring for and helping other people.

You thrive in a tranquil environment, and you do your best to keep things peaceful.

You enjoy your life. You have your priorities straight.

Hmm... okay... maybe some...



Dru said...

I'm glad the homemade dog food is working well for Dakota.

My coworkers laughs at me when I go to lunch exactly at noon. I tell them that I have to eat at a certain time or else it won't be pretty.

Dakota is pretty.

Re: quiz: My taste in music is cheerful too.

Have a great Friday.

Maria Zannini said...

I've always believed that dogs can suffer blood sugar just like we do.

It was smart of you to feed her four times a day.

I feed mine twice a day, with two treats in the interim.

...and she is cute. Very cute!

anno said...

Dakota is a cutie! I'm glad the homemade dog food is working out for her, too.

My taste in music, however, says that I'm wild. Sure surprised me.

Keri Mikulski said...

Dakota is too cute.

And you're such a great doggie mommy making homemade food.

Happy Mother's Day! :)

Brandy said...

I'm glad you found why Dakota was getting sick! And she sure is a cutie!
My taste is music is Wild (Ha! Knew that, I like almost everything.)Your musical tastes are intense and rebellious.
You are intelligent... but in a very unconventional way.
You are curious about the world. You love doing something new.
In fact, you enjoy taking risks and doing things most people would shy away from.
You are very physical. It's likely that you're athletic, but not into team sports.
You have the soul of an artist. Beauty and harmony are important to you.

Works for me. *G*

I hope you're having a good day and enjoying the nice weather.