Another step forward

You might not recognize it as such, but this ^  is a baby step forward. Thursday afternoon, when Dani was taken outside for her post-lunchtime potty break, she didn’t instantly bolt for her safe place. Instead, she meandered around the backyard, stopping to pee, to nose around in a pile of wet leaves, and stiff […]

Read More

Dani

Not quite two weeks ago, we welcomed a new resident to our Island of Misfit Toys. Joining Asta, Issy, and Mia and Sayuki, is Dani – a 40 pound, 2-year old beagle/dachshund mix. She is very timid. Not just timid, but painfully timid – timorous.  The staff at the animal refuge where we adopted her, […]

Read More

There will be a test

Later this week, I’m scheduled to have a minor, outpatient procedure. The medical center where I’m having the procedure, as part of the pre-op prep, requires a COVID-19 test. I had that test today. Don’t let anyone fool you. It’s not merely a nose swab, it’s more like a brain swab. I swear the nurse […]

Read More

Proof of life

When my kids were young, young enough that they still took naps in the afternoon, I would sometimes go into their room to watch them sleep. Hearing their quiet snuffles was reassuring. I would often gently touch the soft fontanel on the top of their head so I could feel their heart beat. Now, they […]

Read More

This is why I order out

We have three cats… the two youngest (ages 5 and 4yo), the mother/daughter team of Mia and Sayuki, are pretty chill. Issy, the matriarch at 11yo, is a bone-deep, shit in your shoes, puke on your bed, curmudgeon. She also likes to get on the kitchen counters. Lately, she has also been jumping onto the […]

Read More

Attacking the To-Read pile

I was doing so well. I posted the 100 Word Challenge on time for a couple of weeks, then BOOM, I just couldn’t get inspired. As an experiment, this week I’m moving the posting day to Friday. We can try that for a little while to see if I can meet a deadline. Publishing mid-week […]

Read More