Friday, July 10, 2020

Nature Friday - Beauty and Pain

Thanks to Rosy for hosting this hop. 

Finally, the only flowers the Lady purposely grows (and does this as they require 0 work from her) have bloomed!

Beauty

Now onto the pain. Last weekend Lady was already really grumpy when she went outside to pressure  wash the front deck to get it ready to stain. She was just minding her own business, spraying away while listening to a podcast when suddenly there was an intense burning pain near her right elbow. She looked and saw the yellow jacket stinging her. Not sure what to do, she screamed bloody murder (Man, who came running was sure she must have amputated a toe). After what felt like forever, the wasp was gone and Lady was left with a very sore arm. 

The sting

First aid was applied and after a few hours, the pain was gone. The next day there was a mild rash.
While Lady was being very brave inside, the Man finished the deck and then found the nest the wasp had been defending. The nest has since been destroyed. 

The nest


Thursday, July 9, 2020

Brothers Can Be Trouble - by Lee

Last week, I was sitting ready to have my great Canada Day picture taken.

Let's get this show on the road

While I was waiting, my brother was not being cooperative. 

I don't want to have my picture taken!

Man - I don't want to play

After a few minutes, Phod reluctantly joined me and we got the instagram worthy picture.


Tuesday, July 7, 2020

New Toy - by Phod


Dear Pals,

As Hailey told you, my Lady had to leave for 87 million years. I was a good boy, but I was sad. I was so happy when Lady came back. 

As mentioned, Lady and Aunt C inherited the contents of a dear friend's home. Missy G was like a bonus grandma and their childhood neighbour. Missy G became very much your stereotypical cat lady, with 4 or 5 house cats and goodness knows how many outdoor ones. It was a surprise to Lady and Aunt C when they found 1 dog toy in the house. Lady brought it home for us. I love it!




While I love my new toy, I love having my Lady home more. 

Your pal Phod


Monday, July 6, 2020

Mischief Monday - Catching Up - by Lee

Dear Pals,

We are back again after a brief break. As we mentioned, Lady had to abandon us because she doesn't love us.  Lady and Aunt C had to go visit Grammie and the Big Guy and deal with a house they inherited the contents of. Lady returned over a week ago, but she was exhausted from the long trip, exhausted from in 15 hours having to decide the fate of thousands of household items, exhausted as she prepared to go back to the office (which she will refer to as hell - all the damn cleaning). So while she got the Canada Day post up, she didn't get much else done on the blog front.

Taken during some off leash training. I am rocking this!

Now we are back to the real phase 2 of the new world. Lady leaves 1 day per week and to make up for this, is taking Fridays off for the month!

When Lady returned, my first order of business was to punish her for being out. This sort of backfired on me, because it pointed out I needed my dew claws clipped and I was subjected to that. But perhaps a small price to pay to show Lady my displeasure.



The claw mark on Lady's leg. I hope it scars

During the past few weeks we have had some thunder and more fireworks then we should (thanks to July 1 and apparently July 4 - any excuse to blow things up). The Man gave me a dose of the Valium while Lady was away because of all the storms, but other than that I am drug free. I have found ways to keep myself calm enough.  I have decided the kitchen in front of the stove is a safe place and spend a lot of time there. Man finds it annoying if it is time to cook because I just don't move. 

Holding a baby can keep me calmer

Also, Man and Lady have just allowed me to continue to rip up a blanket in my fortress of solitude downstairs. They say if that keeps me from destroying the house and helps me stay calm and let's them sleep, they will buy me as many blankets as I need.  It is a fair compromise. 


So that is life here in paradise. I hope you are all well.

Your pal Lee





Monday, June 22, 2020

Back Soon!


As you read this, our Lady has left us for 87 million years. 

You see our Big Guy is medically fragile so Lady went to see him and Grammie and deal with a house she and Aunt C inherited the contents of right before the pandemic before she goes back to the office (she works with disabled kids so social distancing will not always be possible). Lady will be going back to the office 1 day a week starting next week. 

She has left us alone for a week with the Man. We love our Man but he doesn't do the walks and stuff like we are use to. It is different and maybe not always in a good way. Lady says if we have learned anything in 2020 it is how to be flexible. 

Lady says we will be trying to visit but not posting. We will have a lot to talk about next week!

Stay safe dear friends! 


Friday, June 19, 2020

Celebrating Lady

How Lady still feels about parties

Today we celebrate our Lady as she turns 315 or 45!
It is not the birthday she was expecting. 
No big birthday trip as what usually happens on the 5s in our house. 
Instead, she got an office chair and bonus time with us (really what more could she want!)

Happy Birthday to our Lady! 


Thursday, June 18, 2020

Hurricane Emma!

Look who came to visit! Uncle Chris and cousin Emma! We were so excited to see them!





Restrictions are slowly lifting in our part of the world. While Lady and Man are still being cautious, we did think having Uncle Chris (who has mostly been at home) and Emma was reasonably safe.

We were all well behaved (for the most part). Lee and Phod were still tired from the week's adventures. Other than taking out all the toys and trying to destroy them, Emma was good.




It was nice to see people and Lady said it was one of the most normal things that has happened in 13 weeks! 


Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Trouble On A Tuesday - In the Dark - by Phod

Dear pals,

Hailey told you the start of the horrible lives we lived last week. It started with the storm in the early hours of Thursday morning (shows you no good comes for a Thursday). While the rain stopped, it was really, really windy.

At 2:17 pm on Thursday, the power went out. While it came on briefly, it was basically off until 10 pm. Then it went back out on Friday morning at 8 am, until about 3 pm.  Lady and Man had the generator running most of this time.

While Hailey doesn't like a storm (she taught me to be afraid), I am VERY scared of not having power. I always have been. It is too quiet and when it comes back on things beep. It is the worst thing that could ever happen.

During much of this time, Lady was working at her desk, as she is officially working about 1/2 of her work (but July it will be closer to 2/3). While we don't have everything on the generator we have the most important stuff (fridge, freezer, water, internet, some outlets), so she can work. I really, really wanted to get on her lap. I never want to do this. She did not think having an 80lbs dog on her lap during zoom consults was ideal. I did my best to hide in the office, under the desk seemed best. I have never done this before. Lady just laughed at me and said I was being ridiculous, we were safe. She also said she prefers my passive fear to Lee's destructive one.

Are you sure I can't get up?

I will just try under the desk




I didn't sleep at all on Friday and was soooooooo tired. It may be days before I recover.  Then something happened on Saturday - come back on Thursday to see why I am still tired! 



Monday, June 15, 2020

Mischief Monday - Lee vs the Storm - by Lee

It was a dark and stormy Wednesday night/Thursday morning. At approximately 12:20 am, I became aware that we were going to die. I alerted the people.

Too tired the next day

Lady heard my alert and got up. She opened doors, blocked the guest room which I was trying to dig my way through, turned on lights. She settled on the couch.  While I was pacy, I was able to settle as the world was right enough.

Then the worst of the storm hit shortly after 3 am. I went into full alert. I tried destroying the crate (which I was not in, but it was blocking the guest room). I destroyed some toilet paper. I ripped up my bed. Lady tried to get me to settle but I could not.

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Lady brought in reinforcements.  She went and got Man, who was in bed with a scared Phod on his head. I don't know what Lady said because I was destroying things, but the Man got up. He came down, told me I had made a mess and now it was time to go to sleep. He moved to the couch. I settled down and sort of slept until the morning.


This blanket is very ripped up now. Good thing Lady bought it at a thrift shop for me!
Lady was very, very annoyed that I would only not believe the world was ending unless the Man told me. While she was  annoyed, she also realized it won't be her that has to get up with me.


Lady is using what is left of the semi-destroyed roll! 

In spite this bad night (that lead into a crazy 2 days, which Phod will tell you about tomorrow), Man and Lady still aren't putting me on meds. I like being off them best, they like me off them best and are still able to be home most of the time. This may change as things open up.

Lady says she can't tell who won this, me or the storm . . . . It is a draw I think!

Catching up on my beauty sleep! 


Friday, June 12, 2020

Nature Friday - Squirrel Love

It was exciting times on our deck Wednesday as we watched 2 male squirrels in pursuit of a female. 


Here one of the males is trying to get the female who has gone to the highest point on the deck.

I have some video but for some reason either an issue with this new Blogger (which has changed again since Sunday) or YouTube I can't put the link in. I will try again for next week.

Thanks to Rosy and the boys for hosting this blog hop (also won't let me put the link in!)

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Living With A Senior Pet

Lee and Phod are dog 3 and 4. While our cats lived long lives in relative health (aged 19 and 20 respectively), we were not so lucky with dogs 1 and 2. Loki died of his auto-immune disease at age 8 and Gemini was 6 when she died as a result of an accidentt.

After their deaths, I really wanted to have a dog who lived into the double digits. It became my dream. I remember telling our vet, I would adopt a 10 year old dog if that is what it took to get one to that age! Now I have 1 and maybe 2 who are in their digits (as we aren't 100% sure of Phod's exact age).

At 10, Lee is still her exuberant self. Yes, she has more white fur, especially around her mouth, and yes the vet says you can see her eyes getting old, but behaviour wise, she has hardly slowed down. We are not really seeing her age yet. She just seems finally 'manageable!' I recently told her she is now the dog we always wanted, it just took 9 years.



The same can't be said for my Phod. He is at least 9.  He doesn't like going on as long walks. He knows not to play as much ball (he has matured and will actually stop now and won't keep playing until he nearly kills himself!). He is often stiff when he has had a long walk or too much ball or after a long sleep. In general, he is just slowing down. It makes my heart hurt. It is hard to imagine a house without my boy in it. But to be clear, while he is slowing down, he is still happy and not suffering.



While having older dogs makes me sad, it also makes me appreciate the time I have with them. The past 12 weeks with them have been wonderful. I have so enjoyed it and I look forward to every moment we have left and the adventures we are going to face as we enter senior dog life!

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The Ears

I was looking back at the pictures I took at the beach a few weeks ago (Phod has been there again, I just didn't take my camera) and I came across this one.

I don't ever remember seeing Phod bend his ears like this (curled):


I only remember seeing his ears standing up



or slicked back! He slicks those ears back a lot!


The curled ears, cracked me up!



Monday, June 8, 2020

Mischief Monday - Fear Shared

As you all know, Hailey has some pretty severe anxiety, that in the past has resulted in her being medicated. Currently, while we are home 99% of the time, she is not being medicated. We had a thunderstorm Friday night (she gets an 7.5/10 with how she did, she did have a moment where she was scratching the door to get me out of bed, even though Man was up) and Saturday afternoon we had another one (also an 8/10). She tends to be pace, she will bark a few times, but she is not causing damage. 



While her anxiety has always been big and noticeable, our boy has slowly learned to be afraid from her. He is just afraid in a much quieter way. He has never liked the vacuum or the power going out. Now he doesn't like thunder storms or the Man leaving. 



On Thursday, the Man took the morning off to go to Costco. He was gone for about 3 hours. Phod tried to hid in the corner of my office. Clearly he was very upset. During the storms, he wanted to be with us or hiding in a corner. Those of us who know him, know he is stressed, but others may not notice.

It had been suggested we try playing the storm sounds to help desensitize Lee to them. Now that we have a fancy new sound system, we gave it a try. Hailey initially looked up, thought about it, realized it was not real and went back to sleep. Phod was the one who was stressed. He looked for comfort and was very alert. Now it could be that he just doesn't like the stereo either!

At any rate, we now have 1 very anxious dog and 1 sort of anxious dog. It is like the fear is shared between the 2 dogs instead of just being trapped in 1!



Friday, June 5, 2020

Nature Friday - Our Beach - by Phod

Deal Pals,

Last week we had record breaking heat. It was in the 36C/98F one day and 2 days later, it was cold enough for a frost warning.

However, during those really hot couple of days, the best thing ever happened. I got to go to my beach for the first time this year!

I thought you may enjoy a tour of my beach.

This is our private beach. It is about 500 steps from our front door.


When you go down there is a fence. This is to keep the geese from making a mess. I hate it because I can't just run right in. 

Hurry up Man

It is very easy to move and only takes Man a minute. I have to wait patiently. You can see our dock (we own 1/3 of it -we share it) and our neighbour's boat. 


Once the fence is out of the way,  I am ready to swim! The first time I go into the lake every time, I don't wait for my peeps to throw my bumper. I just run right in!






This is my happy place. I do look forward to the water warming up more. It is only about 5C/42F (it will get as warm as 25C/77F or so. The temperature does not stop me! 

I hope you enjoyed my tour. See you at the beach! 

Thanks to Rosy and the Boyz for hosting this hop!




Wednesday, June 3, 2020

In Pursuit of Flavours

This month Lady has gotten it together enough to participate in The Pursuit of Flavours blog hop. Thanks to Da Twins for emailing her privately to tell her what we were cooking this month! We are cooking salad!

It should be noted (and Lady should be far more embarrassed about this then she is) that Lady doesn't cook. Man does like 99.9% of the human feeding. However, Lady does have some basic skills and can follow a recipe.

I can't believe she can barely feed herself . . . .

During this quarantine (we are at week 12 at stay at home), Lady has actually mastered something. She now knows how to make potato salad. Yes, you are reading that correctly at almost 315 years old, the Lady didn't know how to make a potato salad.

This is her recipe (based on what she read on the internet).

Boil until still firm the amount of potatoes you want
Finely dice celery (if you have it), a bell pepper, onion
Add enough mayo to cover it
Add salt and pepper to taste
Mix it all up

Here is a picture of some leftovers from the salad she made on the weekend


If Lady can cook this and Man can enjoy eating it, anyone can!


Monday, June 1, 2020

Hard Times

This is not a political blog and is not going to become one, however, a lot of really hard stuff is happening in the world. Fear and hate are winning. Lady feels she must say something.


#Blacklivesmatter
#Justice


Let's all work together to find a way out of the fear and hate and into love and joy. We can do this! 

Hugs to you all. 






Friday, May 29, 2020

Nature Friday - A Miracle - with FFF




Using this image we will join Aunty Yam's FFF.
The rules are to write something about an image of our own. 

While the world turns in a unique way,
2 daffodils grow at the base of my tree.
The give me hope, that we will be ok,
as after 7 years underground they have returned, 
bright and yellow and full of life. 
Just like how we can emerge from our own isolation. 


The first fall we lived in our house, back when I thought I might like gardening (I do not), I planted some bulbs. I don't think they have ever come up. However, this year, 2 daffodils showed up at the base of a tree. It feels like a sign from the universe that things will be ok!

Speaking of nature, it seems Mother Nature really wants us to stay inside. The black flies are the worst they have been. In 2 minutes of not moving, there can be 50 swarming around one person. Nothing, I repeat nothing seems to keep them away. If anyone has ideas, please let us know because our outside time is limited due to their biting! (They hurt for such little things).

Thanks to Rosy and the Boyz for hosting this. 


Thursday, May 28, 2020

Copy Cat

The Man's preferred way to sleep is wrapped in a cocoon with his head covered. He often covers Hailey up while she is napping beside him.

Apparently she couldn't get the hang of last Thursday, and she put herself in her own cocoon. 



Some days, it is just hard to face the world! 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Unfair - by Lee


Dear Pals,

We have been getting an unusual amount of shipments to our house since the Man and Lady are trying to avoid going out around plague carrying people (as Lady affectionately calls them) and because until recently most stores were closed. 

Not that long ago, we were outside when one of these deliveries came.

I was with the Lady and she brought me in.

Phod was with the Man and he got to stay out and social distance from the delivery person.

I don't think that was fair. Because the parcel was left at the side of the house, I didn't even get to see the delivery person.

An upset with the unfairness,

Hailey Bug

Monday, May 25, 2020

Mischief Monday - Fraidy Cats


This is my 80lbs, 9 or so year old German Shepherd Mix freaking out. 
He is trying to crawl onto my lap while I was creating my nieces's birthday story. 
He was so stressed he drooled all over me. 


He never use to be fearful, but thanks to Hailey he has become almost as fearful as she has. He just is less destructive about it.

What caused all this fear?

On Saturday we left the house in a car for about 30 minutes. Literally as we were pulling in (we were able to open the garage door, but not close it), the power went out. It was out for about 10 minutes. Later in the day, the power flickered and was out for maybe one minute. This picture was taken during that time.

The power going out is the scariest thing ever for Phod.

Earlier in the week, when the Man and I were both on calls, our carbon monoxide detector decided to tell the whole world it was at the end of its life. The beeping caused Phod to be scared in his passive way and Lee to start digging things off the shelf, digging me. I excused myself from my meeting and put the device outside so they couldn't hear it until we had time to deal with it. Once they couldn't hear it, they settled.

I am wondering if they will both need anti-anxiety meds when we re-enter the real world!

Friday, May 22, 2020

Nature Friday - Random Items From A Walk

Thanks to Rosy and the Boyz for hosting Nature Friday. 

Here are some random pictures from our evening walks.

Because you all loved Where's the fox, here is a Where's the deer?


Our road is a dead end. Many evenings on our walks that way we disturb a kettle of turkey vultures. It is fun to watch them fly in the sky.


As mentioned, we finally got down to the beach. On the path was this fish skull. That is one scary fish. Has Lady thinking twice about going swimming this summer!


Hope you enjoyed our random things!