More of the same

There’s not much to blog about these days … My life revolves around move related tasks, preparing to leave on our trip to Europe on Friday, and dealing with a sick dog. 

Yes, Chesty is still struggling. The GI bleeding resolved but then he started vomiting and stopped eating. His kidney disease has advanced and the vet has him on daily SQ fluids through the end of the week and starting next week, he’ll go in every other day while we’re gone. 
When we first found out Chesty had kidney disease about a year ago I did a lot of research and Keith and I talked about how aggressive we were willing to get with his treatment. We both agreed that daily or every other day SQ fluids were more aggressive than we wanted to be but we’re getting ready to travel and will be gone for 11 days so for now we’re doing them and when we get back and get through the move, we will reassess. I have to say they made a big difference in how Chesty was feeling which is positive but I just don’t see us doing this longterm. We’ve got some hard choices coming up. 


It already feels like home

It’s so nice to come home even if the house is almost empty. The drive wasn’t bad and we got to Tampa just in time for Chesty to explore his new park before the rain came.  

 Now, I think we’ll take a nap since we were both up early. 


Mom’s top

I’m not sewing but Mom’s working on the projects I cut out for her on my last visit. This is a free pattern from Accuquilt and it makes a really cute child’s quilt.  


Chesty and I are getting ready to head to Tampa. 


Chesty update

We had a tough week with Chesty but he’s doing a bit better now – well enough to ride over to Tampa with me tomorrow to check on things, we’ll spend one night and come home after I go to the post office and see if I can resolve our mailbox issue. 

We were at the vet yesterday for the 3rd time in 3 weeks. He’s got something going on that’s causing him to be restless and he’s in some discomfort. In the middle of trying to figure out what, he had some GI bleeding (black tarry stools) that could be from stomach ulcers or based on an X-ray from 3 weeks ago, he could have an intestinal tumor. The bleeding seems resolved for now (new med) and he’s going to have an U/S on Thursday.  We head out of town Friday but between Keith’s nephew and the vet, we think Chesty will be well cared for … I just hate to leave when he’s not feeling well. 



I love a pretty sunset

Chesty asked to go out at just the right time tonight.  



Gray or is it Grey?

According to my search both are correct but gray is more commonly used in the US and that’s the spelling I use.

I’ve been collecting them for almost a year intending to use them as scrappy backgrounds in few quilts if I ever get back to piecing. You know how that goes, I’ll collect them for a year and spend the next 10 years trying to use them up! I’d show you some of mine but they’re packed – a search for gray quilting fabrics pulls up some pretty ones.


Maja shared a link to a quilt she made using my Forest Bricks pattern in shades of greens and grays that was lovely. 

So have you used grays in a quilt? As a background? I’d love to see a photo if you have one or a link to one. 



I confess that my genealogy research has fallen by the wayside this past year … I do a little here and there but no dedicated time. I do read (or skim) the newsletter from NEHGS that arrives in my email and in today’s email one of the items that caught my attention was a surname search. The example on their blog used a German site and a Irish one and I thought I’d take a look. 

I looked up my maiden name – McLaughlin on the IrishTimes site. The highest concentration of McLaughlin’s shows up in Donegal where my grandfather was born and raised. 

I was able to follow links to another Irish genealogy site and pull up a birth record for my grandfather. I’d already found his birth record a few years ago but I’m saving this information here in this post so I can go back and look at other family surnames when I have more time. I’ve also got a German ancestor of Keith’s that I haven’t had much luck with so maybe looking at where he might have come from will move me further along in my research. 


How to Unsubscribe

Those of you that get my blog post sent right to your email may not not be aware that there’s a link at the very bottom to unsubscribe. If you don’t like my content then just stop reading the blog – it’s that simple.  I’ve responded to Helen that she should go ahead and use that unsbscribe link.  

My blog is my journal and I’ll post what I want. Yesterday I wanted my journal to reflect a peaceful birthday spent reading by the pool in the midst of all the other turmoil in my life. 



Thanks for all the birthday wishes … my day was wonderful (except for the few hours Chesty wasn’t feeling well) and I read the newest John Sandford novel from start to finish!


A lazy day

I’m gifting myself a lazy day today for my birthday. No move related tasks and hopefully Chesty will have a quiet day. It started off well with me sleeping late and then Keith bringing me a cup of coffee in bed. Chesty curled up beside me and fell back asleep too.  I might get a pedicure later and read down by the pool then Keith has promised me dinner out at a favorite Italian place. I’ll round out the evening with some knitting. I’m making slow progress on the big red shawl and it won’t be finished by our trip but I’m OK with that. 


I don’t mind getting older … YET … But sometimes I wonder about my memory. All though the house hunting and buying process I checked on numerous things about the locations we were looking at including flood zones but for some reason checking evacuation zones never occurred to me. We lived in FL for years and none of our homes were in an evacuation zone. The new townhouse is in what they call Zone C in Hillsborough County which means we’d need to evacuate for a Category 3 storm. I guess we’d better get a plan because it won’t be easy with Chesty. 

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