Friday, September 13, 2013

This and that...



The warm weather has arrived, but still no rain in the air. I've even changed our duvet to the summer one and packed away some of my winter clothes. My garden is alive with new shoots and pretty faces. 


 It calls me to work in it too, so I've planted a few things, keep watering and wait for the rain. I've also collected all the seeds from the display of Namaqualand daisies along the wall. (for next year's display)

Lexi, as usual, follows me everywhere - especially when there is a hosepipe in her sights. She is such a sweet little companion - constantly on the move and searching for fun. 

Toby and her relish chasing balls and playing in the pool. If they're really wet and there are people around, I send them to 'chill out' on the lounger chairs:

Saturday mornings are dedicated to our young pup, Lexi.  She is coming along so nicely - nine months old now - and is a dream training partner.  

Tomorrow she has a 'mock' run for her CGC 'Bonze' assessment, which will take place next Saturday.  I'm sure she'll be absolutely fine and I'm sure that we'll sign up for the next level too. Lexi is much smaller than Toby in stature and has a much gentler temperament, so it also makes my life a lot easier. We both love our time together at dog-training.

Toby relishes the fact that Miss R is home on her study break because she always gives him special attention.  She adores him and he puts up with her constant prodding as she goes through her anatomy studies. He's a great study prop.  In the evenings, he's on her lap while they watch TV (All 38kgs of him!). He's such a big baby!

Our dear, sweet Tammy is getting markedly older and a lot frailer now.  

She battles to walk and sleeps most of the time.  She's not able to accompany us on far walks either any more, but we take her down to the park at least once a week - to sniff around and renew her spirit. Usually I do this without the other two energetic dogs.  It's hard when our dogs get older, and its hard to watch them draw closer to the inevitable.  Tammy has had a good life and is still comfortable.  I am at peace with the future because I know that she's had a full life "lived to the max".  I watch her for signs of stress and hope that she'll simply slip away in her sleep one day...but who knows what lies ahead.  I've learned not to pre-empt these things.  'Live in the moment' is the way to go.

My thoughts are with all my friends who have pups who are battling with their health too.  'Scout', 'Tweedles', 'Sam' , 'Benny' and I am sure many others. My heart and prayers go out to them and their owners as they battle this path with their companions. If you have the time, please click on the links and show them some love.

On a brighter note, my two 'grand-guineapigs' - 'Scotch and Soda' are also home on study leave with Miss 'R'.  


They are such cuties! They have a separate cage to my own 'Bonnie and Twix' and it's such a pleasure to listen to their 'Wheek' conversations during the day.  Whenever I'm in the kitchen their voices become a chorus of urging - for me to open the fridge and bless them with cucumber.  I love those little creatures!




During the day, the dogs make themselves comfortable by my side - at my desk, in my den. 

 I do a few hours of admin work for a company each day, but also have time for my own endeavours.  At the moment I'm trying to make sense of the direction I should take with my quilting project.

 It's confusing me immensely. 
Anyway, that's all for now.  It's 'biscuit time' for my pooches. :) 

Wishing all my friends a very happy weekend.  
If you're in the Southern Hemisphere - Enjoy our wonderful Spring!!!

Sending lotsaluv

8 comments:

Mrs. JP said...

It is such a blessing having a friend who is enjoying spring as we're expecting fall here. I can exhale the summer and you can inhale the spring! What a treat.
Your babies all look like they're in top form and I love the picture of them all on the floor. Just yesterday I told JP "We can't walk in a straight line anywhere!" It's like being in sports training,,,truly :)
Your quilt looks like it will be lovely, I know it will because I know the maker.
Have a great weekend and thanks for the post,, you've inspired me.

Bouncing Bertie said...

Great to be able to drop in and find out how you're all doing. Best of luck to Lexi with her forthcoming exam! Great to see the guinea pigs again, they are cute, although I'm not sure they'd survive long in Bertie's company....
Cheers, Gail.

harrispen said...

Thanks for the update on everyone. Glad to hear Lexi is doing well with her studies. I can't wait to see how your quilt comes out too. Please share as you progress.

Cindy

Ginger Jasper said...

Such a lovely post and so many blessings there. I loved all the pictures and oh how sweet is that little one. I can so agree with you on the age thing and watching for signs of distress. We suffer much the same thing. All our flowers which have been magnificent this year are now drooping and sagging as the cold weather comes in faster than we would like. The opposite of your weather. Take care friends. Hugs GJ x

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We wanted to tell you some words.
Thank you for all the love and prayers you always sent our way. Your caring and love - means the world to us,
love forever and always
tweedles

Becky said...

Great to read your update. Love to all those sweet friends.

Raelyn said...

MAXMOM....
I love the picture of your wet Goldens in those lounge chairs!! It made me smile!! ;)
"It's hard when our dogs get older, and it's hard to watch them draw closer to the inevitable. Tammy has had a good life and is still comfortable. I am at peace with the future because I know that she's had a full life "lived to the max". I watch her for signs of stress and hope that she'll simply slip away in her sleep one day...but who knows what lies ahead. I've learned not to pre-empt these things. 'Live in the moment' is the way to go.". I get it. I truly do. ;op
--Raelyn and Rose

Mrs. JP said...

I was laughing at myself the other morning. I look so much like twix'x hairdo when I wake up,,,it just hit me and I thought I'd share. haha