Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A motto for Tuesday

Until I have time for some photography, that's it from . . .

Monday, January 26, 2015

A meme* for Monday

*An Internet meme (MEEM) is an activity, concept, catchphrase, or piece of media which spreads, often as mimicry, from person to person via the Internet.

Dormouse, way over in France at View From the Teapot, recently answered a list of questions about herself. I enjoyed her responses, and thought doing the same thing would be a good post to do ahead for a manic Monday. Here goes:

Four names people call me other than my given name:
I'm afraid this one's a non-starter; I've never really had nicknames. I give nicknames, often silly sing-song ones, but I've pretty much always been just Michelle.

Four jobs I've had other than my current one:
Stocker and clerk in a natural foods store; typesetter and proofreader at a printing company; college teacher; advertising salesperson at a newspaper.

Four films I've watched more than once.
The Sound of Music; Fiddler on the Roof; Chariots of Fire; The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Four books I'd recommend:
Like Dormouse, I tend to think of authors more than titles, so anything by C.S. Lewis, anything by Madeleine L'Engle, anything by Irving Stone . . . and Les Miserables.

Four places I've lived:
La Sierra, CA; near Hereford, TX; near Manhattan, KS; and near Perham, MN.

Four places I've visited:
Baja California; Washington, D.C.; Guadalahara, Mexico; Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

Four places I wouldn't mind being right now:
At my parents' home in TX; at the Oregon coast; on my horse anywhere; on a massage table.

Four things I won't eat:
Meat; fowl; shellfish; horseradish.

Four of my favorite foods:
Curries of many types; grapefruit; Dubliner cheese; and, of course, chocolate! ;-)

Four TV programs I watch:
Nightly news is the only 'program' I watch with any regularity, but I do occasionally catch Dancing With the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and The Voice when they are airing.

Four things I'm looking forward to this year:
This is a tough one, as we aren't making any big plans or approaching any big milestones. If I can find any way to swing it, I'm going to fly to Texas for my niece's wedding in July. Her mom has passed away and her dad (my step-brother) is in prison, so I want to support her; plus, I'd get to see my folks and probably my sister, too. Oh, I am looking forward to lambing season, and to working with my friend's mare, and to another year of dancing with my own fine steed!

Four things I'm always saying:
"It's time to get up." "Focus." "(name that attitude) is a choice. You can choose to look at it differently, or you can choose to be miserable." "Pick up/put away your clothes/schoolbooks/toys." Can you tell I'm a mom???

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Our poor pooches

Recently our dogs have taken us on a roller coaster of health concerns. First Dozer lost interest in food; then Jackson threw up, then Dozer went through a couple days of occasionally yelping for no discernible reason, then Jackson threw up again. That last one happened Friday evening, and things went downhill from there. Jackson woke us to go outside every hour to hour and a half, and by morning was weak, listless, and dehydrated. Before we left for church Saturday morning, Rick ran some fluids with glucose sub-Q; when we got home Jackson was feeling slightly perkier but still had bloody, mucousy diarrhea and no interest in food. His temp was normal, so it appeared to be a bad case of enteritis.
Dozer couldn't figure out what was wrong with his buddy!

Finally, by Saturday night, he was willing to eat some white rice.

This morning, Jackson ate some more rice and was much perkier. He still had diarrhea, but was clearly on the mend; I am so relieved!

Happy to have healthy hounds again at . . .

Friday, January 23, 2015

Wait for it....

This morning while having worship, I noticed some color on the horizon. These things can be fleeting, so I snapped a photo.
But instead of being the sum total of the dawn's glory, that was only the precursor to THIS –

While I stood in the doorway to the deck taking the second photo, a male Anna's hummingbird with even more stunning colors buzzed me repeatedly. I was actually concerned that he might get by me and into the house! So I closed the door, then got the idea to capture the bold little fellow at our feeder with the sunrise in the background. I waited, finger on shutter, until I finally had to capitulate to my complaining back.

It coulda been a contender.... ;-)

That's it for today from . . .