Sunday, August 28, 2016

For the love of Snoopy

Last week, something horrendous happened to us.  Our dear friend, Snoopy, got sick on Friday and, on Sunday night, he passed away.   He was only 11.
This photo was taken exactly one week before his death.  That day, we were at a picnic and Snoopy had a great time.  
In the coming days, though, we noticed him seeming tired, and twice I found him hiding in the closet.  It wasn't until he stopped eating and clearly wasn't himself on Friday night that we knew something was really wrong.  We took him to the vet Saturday morning, and the Dr. said he suspected kidney failure.  He took blood, gave Snoopy some shots, and sent us home with some special food and directions on how to care for him until we got the blood work results on Monday morning.  But, he was gone on Sunday night.
We have been in shock. I have no words to express how much we are grieving. Our other dog, Maggie, passed away last July.  She was 2 years older than Snoopy.  That was very hard, but this was even harder, because it was so sudden.
This is one of my favorite photos of the two of them: he was still a puppy and we were at a pumpkin patch.  Snoopy was in high spirits.  We all were.
I loved this little dog so much. He really had my heart.
 And, of course, Ben's.
They grew up together.
Ben grew older, and Snoopy did, too.  Unlike Ben, he became more cuddly in his old age.
He was my buddy.
I couldn't breathe for the first couple of days after he left us.  I could hardly believe he was gone.  I wanted him back so badly; now, it's been a week and it's sunken in.  But I still feel so awful.
To help me cope, I ordered this necklace from Wild Twisted Roots on Etsy.  It's comforting me to wear it. 
Through it all, I've been wracked with guilt about getting the kitten, Paul Simon.  If I'd had any inkling Snoopy wasn't well, I never would have brought another pet into the house.  I can't help but think it caused Snoopy stress, or at least, made him jealous and sad at times over the last month.  In the photo above, taken while Snoopy lay ill, the kitten was concerned and trying to comfort me. I know how awful I look in the photo, but it is the reality.  Believe me, I look only a fraction as devastated as I was feeling inside.
When Snoopy passed away, Ben had left a few days before to go back to college for his sophmore year.  I think maybe he was waiting for Ben to go.  
I am so glad to have had the love of Snoopy in my life.

Please, hug your pets extra tight and give them lots of love; you just never know how long you'll have them.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

National Button Society Annual Convention in Denver, or, Button Bliss

Did you see my post all about BUTTONS on my other blog, Button Floozies?
I went to the showroom only of the National Button Society Annual Convention and spent a couple of hours enjoying all the button competition trays and the room full of beautiful buttons on display to buy!
Today on Button Floozies I posted photos of the just the ones I got from the button "poke pool"!
And, here are some more that I haven't yet posted there:
  a delicious metal button with shiny stones and beads - it looks like a dessert, doesn't it?
Two buttons with mother of pearl insets -- one is celluloid, the other painted wood.
Bird-themed metal buttons; here are some close-ups of those:
Just in time for Halloween: an owl!
But, mostly I bought more beautiful mother-of-pearl buttons to add to my collection.  The other day, Paul Simon knocked over my vintage cloth box full of mother of pearl buttons.  Even though I wasn't thrilled about it, it did give me an excuse to go through it to re-sort them (happy sigh.)
The summer has gotten away from me, leaving me little time for creative pursuits.  I need to find a way to make the time for using some of these beauties!
How was your weekend?

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Meet Paul Simon

I love all you guys, seriously.  I couldn't wait any longer to introduce you to our new kitten, Paul Simon!  We got him about a month ago, and we had a very hard time deciding on his name!  Ultimately, he was named after the singer.  (Long story.)
I am in love.  He was so teeny tiny when we got him!  He just keeps eating and growing, though!
Paul Simon and my son have become very attached to one another.
Paul Simon and Snoopy, not so much.
But -- they are getting there!
He started out quite shy and timid, but has quickly taken over settled in!
I love his mixture of spots and stripes -- especially on his little tummy!
The more he sleeps -- the bigger he grows!
But as of now, he's still smaller than one of my son's sandals!
I have needed this cat for a long time now.
He is so much fun!
He makes me laugh!  And he's more than a little mischievous!
Who, me?

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Playa Dorado in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Our vacation at the Blue Bay Villas in Puerta Plata, Dominican Republic was more wonderful than I could have imagined.  An all-inclusive, adults only resort, it was sparkling clean and had fresh, delicious food that was different at every meal.  Fish, tropical fruits and juices, hand made desserts -- it was spectacular.  We spent day after day on the beach, which always felt about 10 degrees cooler than the hotel just feet away.  It was "off" season, in the 90's every day, so the beach was completely uncrowded and we had it to ourselves a lot of the time. The skies were blue and we had a few sprinkles on random afternoons that lasted a few minutes, and then one spectacular rain storm that had us all running into the bar!  My favorite days began with waking up, putting on our swimsuits and going to the ocean.  Then sipping coffee under a cabana, and going back to the room a couple of hours later, showering, then going to breakfast.  Then it was usually back to the beach for most of the day with lunch in between.  A siesta, a trip to the swim up bar until it closed at 6:30, then dinner and then back to the beach. We did some sea kayaking, snorkeling, lots of walking up and down the coast on the beach, jumping in the water whenever we needed to cool off; a couples massage at the spa, and we explored the village, too -- although there wasn't that much to see in the tiny town.  We were there for 8 soul-nourishing days.

I highly recommend visiting this paradise on earth!  What a great way to celebrate our anniversary.  We both want to go back!