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Mar. 3rd, 2013 08:42 am
altivo: Running Clydesdale (running clyde)
[personal profile] altivo
I'm not sure I can account for all of the time since the last post.

A good bit of it was consumed by just dealing with winter and work, daily routine for me without many breaks or distractions. I don't particularly enjoy that, but it's a horse thing, ya know?

Small things have happened along the way. Max (our latest rescue dog, eleven year old bearded collie) has finally figured out the dog door. He learned to go out on his own a while ago, but never would come back in unless invited or someone held the door open for him. Now he comes back in on his own most of the time. He's good about not doing anything in the house, and we worried about leaving him here for too long unable to get out. Then we worried that he'd freeze outside when he was able to go out but wouldn't come back in unaided. At least that concern is pretty much resolved.

Red, the big lab/golden mix that we rescued a couple of years ago, has developed an autoimmune problem that makes his nose blister and peel. It seems most likely to be pemphigus, which is a nuisance thing for most dogs that have it, but not life threatening. However, it could be lupus which is much more serious. Now awaiting lab results on a biopsy that is supposed to determine which it is and what treatment might be likely to help. During the biopsy they found a large tumor on his tongue and removed that too. Now he's on "soft diet" for two weeks, though his appetite is good and he doesn't appear to be in much discomfort. (Could be the pain meds he's getting, though.)

Weather has been bizarre here. Winter didn't really set in until January, which is very late for us. Fortunate in a way, since we had the two family funerals and attending excursions in November and December. And after last summer's drought, not so good, since we need rain or snow badly. The snow finally came in February, with a vengeance. about 18 inches (official at O'Hare but more like 23 inches by our measurement here) in three big snowfalls. Not done yet, either, as they are predicting another storm for Tuesday-Wednesday of this week with possibly 7 to 8 inches of accumulation. No snow days from work for me, alas. Gary's university did shut down in the last snow, but only as he was leaving for the day anyway.

Gary and his brothers put their mom's house on the market in January thinking that it would probably not attract bidders until spring. Wrong. They had three cash offers in the first week, and the third was for the full asking price. This is a tiny two bedroom brick house on a very narrow lot in Chicago, and not in a particularly trendy neighborhood either so we were surprised. Of course it means they have a big high pressured hurry to clean the house and garage out before the closing which is now only a week away. Since the whole family are "savers," the place was stuffed to the gills and going through all of it is traumatic. I know he'd like to bring a lot more back here, but even he realizes that we have space limitations. Two sewing machines, furniture for two households, and memorabilia reaching back three generations. Plus he's attending two graduate courses with the requisite work to do. I'm trying not to intervene in the triage and decision making. His brothers are picking up their share of the load, fortunately, and I feel it should be their family decision.

He keeps bringing back items that I made and gave to his mom as gifts, which is heart-breaking but sweet as well, and we'll find new homes for them if we can't use them here. Some of these things go back almost 30 years to when I first met him and his family, and I hadn't thought about them for a long time. I have two or three small boxes of similar things from my own mother and older brother, and I've never looked through them from the time the executor of my brother's estate handed them to me. Consequently, I can't complain about his stress and indecision on all this stuff. I was lucky that I didn't have such a huge bulk to sort through. The executor and my younger brother took care of that (it was in Texas.)

I still have a stack of holiday cards and notes that really deserve a reply, since we sent out nothing this year at all. I keep promising myself I'll get to them soon.

So here we are, waiting for a hint of spring. This morning's temperature of 4°F didn't help. I've been neglecting my writing and weaving for months, just doing the chores and trying to stay warm. I've done more reading, and am pushing myself to bake more bread and practice my music more. Additional posts with some of that news soon.

Date: 2013-03-03 05:18 pm (UTC)
schnee: (Default)
From: [personal profile] schnee
4°F, eh? That's quite cold, if my conversion's right (about -16°C, isn't it?).

Going through the possessions that someone left when they passed on and deciding what to do with them is always difficult. It's one reason I want to cut down on my own hoarding — and I've also been thinking I'd like to leave notes, along the lines of "the contents of this box are personal and should be destroyed, the contents of that box are free to whoever wants them but can be thrown out without guilt if nobody does", and so on. Well, I have enough time left for that, or so I hope.

Date: 2013-03-03 09:32 pm (UTC)
avon_deer: (Default)
From: [personal profile] avon_deer
Good to see you back.

Date: 2013-03-03 10:35 pm (UTC)
hrrunka: Happy face from a character sheet by Keihound (kei happy)
From: [personal profile] hrrunka
Good to read your news in more detail than 140 characters allow. ;)

Date: 2013-03-08 08:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] songcoyote
Heyo, handsome horsey!

Glad you got your head up out of the chores and snow long enough to post! Sounds like you've been keeping busy and in good spirits overall, though, so hooray for 2013 being reasonably good to you!

It has been to me as well. Home happiness, job happiness, good friends, happy animals... there have been challenges, but they have been so far outweighed by the good things in my life that I feel particularly fortunate. I haven't been posting much either due to my own busy-ness but such is life.

Here's hoping the rest of the snow is good for the snow pack and water table but not too hard on you and your farm and critters. And more: here's to a wonderful 2013 and beyond for all of us!

Light and laughter,
SongCoyote

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