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Rozie at 103 Pounds

Rozie at 103 Pounds

ROZIE REPORT

Our big old dog, Rozie, is still fighting for her life.  She was big at 103 pounds when we started.  She is no longer big however.  I can’t believe Rozie has lost 19 pounds in about six weeks!

 Bill says, “Good thing she was overweight to begin with. If she had been the right weight, she would now be emaciated.”

He said that a week ago.

Actually Rozie was looking rather handsome then, at her new svelt 89 pounds.

 That was until she lost five more and is now 84 pounds.

 And now we can feel her ribs and shoulder bones.

She simply refuses to eat, even with appetite stimulants and coaxing with all the goodies of her previous life.

She is also getting weaker.

Bill and I have been up and down and all around trying to help her recover from an infection that set in after she had an abscessed tooth removed.   Her appetite disappeared along with the tooth.

Today she met the vet again, who realized there is another questionable tooth in there, so we left her for another extraction.  He thinks this may do the trick and that we will see a dramatic improvement in a few days.

Keep your fingers crossed for good old Rozie.  She really is a sweetheart and we are hoping for the best.

Now Rozie’s stress has rubbed off on me, so I am losing my appetite too and have lost two pounds in six weeks.

I can’t feel any ribs yet though and my shoulders and other more prominent areas are still well padded.

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Walking through the historic town of Lexington, Virginia I see so many beautiful homes.

Is that Tara

This is one I glimpsed through foliage.

I thought it looked like a miniature modern day version of Tara.

And I dredged up images of Southern gallantry.

And I was transported to the age of elegance

before the winds of war took their toll.

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Wandering Witch Off Course #1

Wandering Witch Off Course

I was driving along when I saw this evidence of the humor that abounds in my rural county in Viginia.

I kept thinking of the Wizard of Oz and humming “Ding Dong The Wicked Witch is Dead!”

I think she may have been texting.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite

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I received this photo in an email so I don’t know who took it, but I think it’s worth sharing!

It made me laugh.

Bride and DogMaid

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Daily Prompt:  Can’t Get Enough

Have you ever been addicted to anything, or worried that you were?  Have you ever spent too much time and effort on something that was a distraction from your real goals?  Tell us about it.

The Shame Game

 I was 5 ½ years old.  It was the first day of kindergarten.  I was very proud to be a “big girl.”  The teacher called the roll and said, “Children, we have a little baby in the room.  Who do you think it is?  Please look around you.”

I looked around and soon realized that everyone was staring at ME!  I was sucking my thumb.  I had always sucked my thumb.  But I never did it again (unless you count the times now as an adult, when I am in deep thought).

Giving Up on Cream

I was on a diet to lose weight.  I have always been on a diet to lose weight.  Someone said that eliminating cream from your coffee would reduce your caloric intake by hundreds of calories a day.  I never drank cream in my coffee again, but I’m still on a diet to lose weight.

Gnawing Nails

I bit my nails.  I always did do that until I met the man of my dreams.  I stopped biting my nails (for looks) and married the man of my dreams, but started smoking instead.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

I smoked menthol cigarettes for nearly 40 years!  I tried the patch.  I bought candy cigarette substitutes.  I went to hypnosis but inhaled as I left the session.  One morning the act of lighting up made me feel deathly ill.  I never smoked again.

 I am over those addictions but you never know for sure.

Being an armchair psychiatrist, I concluded that all those bad habits could be blamed on Mother!

She freely accepted the accusations too.  Poor Mom!

You see, I was a bottle fed infant and she told me she lived by the sage advice of Dr. Spock.  If the book said to feed the baby every four hours and I cried in three (from gnawing hunger), she let me keep on crying for precisely four hours.  Have you noticed that most of my addictions seem to come from oral needs?

No wonder I am still always hungry!

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Cloud Formation Over Blue RidgeWill we be going straight into winter from summer green?

Here’s the Beautiful Blueridge and its foothills –

still lovely to look at but where’s the color?

There’s a chill in the air all right

but I am missing autumn.

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