June 23rd

This year is just flying by! Hopefully the days and weeks will slow down a bit now and we can enjoy summer for a while.

There’s not much happening so far today, but I have a few photos to share.

Lapdog πŸ˜› – I can’t imagine what it will be like when she doubles in size and sits on us.
Peppers and tomatoes are coming along but need a shot of lightning ⚑and some rain!
I love these Petunias and I am amazed that I started them from seed. This is a Petunia year!
Molly – just digging a hole. Another hole!
I love chives in bloom! So pretty. πŸ’ž

That is it for today. It isn’t going to be a warm one here, so I had better get on with a bit of yardwork before it gets too uncomfortable. Take care a have a great day. πŸŒžπŸ’ž

Miss Molly Is Growing Up

Molly is four months old today! All things being equal, that would be twenty-eight months in human time. That seems about right. While she is obviously a joy, she has her “terrible two’s” moments.

Looking back through photos I have taken of her in the past couple of months, since she has been with us, it is amazing how she has grown and changed. She is still a baby, but she is getting bigger, more independent, and smarter every day! And… more helpful. She definitely likes to help! Last night she tried to help me take a metal splinter out of Dan’s leg. Somehow, having a big white fuzzy head between me and the magnifying glass did not help. 🀦

First Day Home
With Her Toy Elephant.
First Roadtrip – and she was excellent!
In Her Kennel
This Morning

Here’s to Molly and many more months – and years of her filling our lives with all the love and joy she brings to our home. πŸ’ž

That’s it for today. Take care and have a great day! πŸŒžπŸ’ž

Seventeen Weeks

Here I am, seventeen weeks since I started my fitness mission to get out of my rocking chair and into rocking my retirement lifestyle.Β 

  • Notable tidbits from the past week:
  • Feeling good physically. Every week is just that bit better. 😊
  • Feeling fine mentally!Β  On top of my game. πŸ™‚
  • Emotionally, it has been a bit of a struggle.Β  Nothing that I can’t chalk up to a full moon and a deeply embedded habit of stressing out. πŸ™„
  • After seventeen weeks in I have FINALLY lost a solid TEN pounds.Β Β  That is at least twice as much as I have ever lost on a fitness plan, so will take it as a win.
  • After seventeen weeks of dancersizing and two weeks of beet juice, my blood pressure is back down to normal +/- 120/80.
  • A few days ago, I added a tablespoon of sauerkraut (before supper) to my diet. Hopefully it will help settle digestive issues. If it works, thank you sister Elaine for the suggestion. If not, it is all good – I love sauerkraut.
  • On the Molly side:
  • Two weeks until we can start walking the neighbourhood – And not a minute too soon. Molly is BORED. We went out and bought her some new toys this morning, to mix things up a bit for her. We did not buy her the $20.00 rubber stick. Seriously! Dan did find a stick a few weeks ago, cleaned the bark off of it and filed down the sharp bits. We tried to teach her to fetch it but she just wanted to eat it. πŸ˜‹
  • GOOD NEWS! Molly FINALLY quit trying to bite and scratch my arms. They may be scarred for life but I am no longer covered in peroxide and bandaids.
  • BAD NEWS! Molly’s sheep herding tendencies have reached a new level. Now she has taken up head butting and butt nipping. Since we lack sheep, my butt is the target. I don’t know what is worse, when she follows me around nipping at my butt or when she charges full tilt across the yard and slams her head into my butt. Neither is pleasant or particularly elegant. πŸ™„

Photos of Molly:

That’s it for today. Take care and have a great day! πŸŒžπŸ’ž

All Things Molly

From all indications, Molly has reached the puppy equivalentΒ stage comparable to human toddlers or teenagers.Β Β  I am not sure which, but she has been busy being adorable, obnoxious,Β  and ‘helpful’.

  • In the past few days, Molly has:
  • Laid claim to the livingroom sofa
  • Chased a mouse onto a sticky pad mouse trap AND hovered around me as I disposed of said mouse and trap. (That was an ordeal – and yes I did get my rubber glove stuck in the sticky stuff of the trap, which the mouse was also stuck in. 😳)
  • Knocked over a speaker/stand while I was taking a bath.
  • Helped me pull dandelions by digging them out to the depth of their roots, leaving sizeable holes in our backyard.
  • Learned to get my attention when I am sitting in the garden, by sneaking up behind me, leaping on me and wrapping her front legs around my neck AND licking the top of my head.
  • AND – She has learned which cupboard holds our dishcloths and towels, how to get them all out at once and how to transport them to various yard locations before I can catch her.

Other than that, things haven’t been going too badly with Molly. I (finally) found a grooming tool that seems to work fairly well at dealing with matting in her nether regions. She has been pretty good about going to bed and sleeping through the night (as long as the night ends at 5 am). I bought her a crate this week, which may or may not prove helpful when I am getting some yard maintenance done in the next few weeks. And, our games of fetch are improving. Molly generally brings her ball or Frisbee back to me, she almost always gives it to me without drawing blood (maybe I am just running out?), AND I can sometimes throw her ball or Frisbee where I want it to go (and sometimes I just hit the eaves troughs).

That is it for today. Take care and have a great day!πŸ’ž

Playtime With Molly

In a futile effort to wear Molly out during the day, to afford us a good night’s sleep, I try to schedule in some regular playtime with her.

I like fetch but obviously Molly prefers ‘hide and seek’. 
She wins on a regular basis. πŸ™‚

Last night we were awake until 2 or so listening to her walk around the bed, groan loudly, and drop to the floor with a thud. We should have named her ‘RELENTLESS‘. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Take care and have a great day! πŸ’ž

Raising Molly

Molly, the Pyrenees sheepdog, has been with us for (almost) three weeks now. It has been a fun and occasionally frustrating time. It has also been an amazing learning experience – as much for us, as for our fluffy friend.

Day One
Growing Bigger
And Bigger

Raising a well behaved, manageable dog is the only option when one is dealing with a dog that will soon be able to get the upper paw. Training is an ongoing effort – and one that is, fortunately going fairly well. At almost three months old, Molly is (pretty much) potty trained. She has learned to sit patiently while waiting to be fed. She is a natural at the ‘sit’ and ‘come’ command. She has ACED the ‘stay’ command – staying even when I walk across the yard, out of sight, and back to her. πŸ‘ She understands down, stop, drop it, leave it, bring it, and NO. She doesn’t generally comply – but she understands. πŸ™„ She is getting better at walking on her leash and doesn’t always chew on it. Sometimes she does, but not ALWAYS. πŸ˜‰

Molly is shaping up to be a natural sheepdog – not that we have sheep, but she would be a great help if we did. All dogs have their own quirks – but hers are with such purpose. She is always alert to dangerous intruders, but in a very inconspicuous and calm manner.

  • She does her business in one place – the most ‘hidden’ obscure corner of our yard
  • She follows RIGHT behind us – she will not walk ahead of us. (Which would be great, except Dan and I tend to take a step back on a rediculously regular basis).
  • She is SO quiet – we don’t hear her coming or going, and we seldom realize that she is RIGHT behind us – until we take a step back.
  • She keeps hidden when she sleeps. πŸ˜‚
You can’t see me…

So far, so good! Every day is an adventure with our Molly as she finds her place in our home and hearts. πŸ€—πŸ’Ÿ

Love those white eyelashes. πŸ™‚

That’s it for today! Take care and have a great day! πŸ’ž

12 Weeks πŸ’ƒ

Yesterday, I completed twelve weeks of my daily fitness workout. YAY! Of course, I started a new six week run because I have no intention of slacking off. It is the first fitness plan that I have ever found that works for ME. It gets me pumped and keeps me motivated all day instead of exhausting me and sending me to the snack cupboard for an unhealthy source of energy (or the sofa for a nap).

This morning I went to see my respiratory specialist. I drove myself – downtown – at rush hour, and parked backwards into a slanted parking spot. Yay me! The good news is there is no new issues with my lungs. The bad (questionable) news is that my blood pressure now seems to range on the (bit) high side. No doctor seems concerned enough to suggest medication but since they keep bringing it up, I have started looking for ways to bring it down naturally. πŸ™„

In Molly news, we are having a challenging week. I planted flowers around the base of the bird bath yesterday. I surrounded my little seedling with a wooden fence to give them a fighting chance. The plants are still hanging in but Molly ate the fence. She is also in hyper play mode. Between her teeth and her nails, I look like I have been crawling through barbed wire and rocks.

Molly with a new rawhide chew treat I got her today.
It seems to have slowed her down. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, that’s all I have for today. Take care and have a great what’s left of your day! πŸ’žπŸ’›πŸ’ƒ

Eleven and a Half Weeks

I am a little late on my fitness report but I have not slacked off on getting FIT. I am just behind on my report this week.

My dancersizing is still helping me to get into shape. I went for a lung x-ray on Tuesday and while I have not seen my doctor yet, I have seen the report. The permanent damage to my lungs is still there BUT there are no new issues so that is great! If I can stay where I am and keep my asthma, COPD, and bronchiectasis under control, I can avoid having to use oxygen so that is huge motivation to get and keep in shape. My weight loss is still slow but the fitter and more active I get, the sooner that will improve. I did wear a pair of jeans this morning that haven’t fit for a year, so YAY progress. πŸ€—. I also carried a heavy bag of yard waste to the back gate this week. Dan was impressed that I was able to lift it, much less carry it that far. πŸ’ͺπŸ˜‰

Working out is rather more challenging some (most) days, with Molly growing bigger and getting more active every day. When she stops running between my legs (which is challenging enough) she generally takes a nap in my workout space or starts doing something that requires intervention.

Playing ball outside with Molly this morning.
Can’t see her ball because TO HER “Bring the ball, Molly” means “Go hide the ball in the bushes so I have to crawl around to find it, Molly.”

That is it for today. Take care and have a great day! πŸ‘

One week of Molly

Molly has been with us for one solid week! Only 94 weeks until she is out of puppyhood and into being the best all grown up doggy we could hope for.

We have had a few minor glitches – chewing is obviously going to be a big one for her to get over, but so far she has not destroyed anything major. Not for lack of trying, but hopefully she will get the hang of chew toys.

Our vet suggested a rope toy, soaked in water, and frozen, to help Molly through her teething. Another work in progress….

Other than the chewing thing, Molly is doing good. She has quit stealing shoes and the bathmat! And she is almost really good at doing her business outside. πŸ’©

It is time for Molly’s lunch and a nap with favourite toy – her very own elephant (compliments of granddaughter GenieπŸ’).

That is it for today. Take care and have a great day!πŸ’ž