Wednesday, February 18, 2015

My New Friend

This is my new puppy Sophie! She is a 3 month old Yorkshire Terrier. She is a purebred and her grandfather was an award winning dog.

When I first got her (2/11/15) I did not know what to name her. I had first thought of Mitzie or Maddie. Well I happened to bring her to a store in the mall and told the young sales gal that I had not named her yet and she suggested Sophie. My grandmothers name was Sophie so 
thought it was perfect!

Bogey is being a good sport. He must think I am nutty (in his little kitty mind) First there was Otto and Cindy and then they left and now Sophie. Well, Sophie is not going anywhere but he has had to adjust to them and to the new house and I think he is doing pretty good.

I have been walking her twice a day but since she is still so little, we can't walk very far but I plan on lengthening her walks as she gets bigger. She is like a toddler and I have to follow her around everywhere. Then there is potty training. Whew!

Until next time...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015



 Is there anyone out there? I didn't realize it had actually been almost two months since I posted. Well I am still here and truly do plan on posting more. My biggest success was when I was posting here and having accountability. It helped keep my brain more organized even.

I am at 247 as of this morning. A pound less then October. At least it did not go up! Eating has been better lately but it was pretty sketchy when I first got to AZ. Not having things handy like knives and pots and pans was a contributing factor but I have most of it unpacked now.

I have mostly been just unpacking and getting the house set up the way I want. It has been fun but it is also a HUGE responsibility too to be doing this on my own. Character building!!!

Until next time...


Friday, December 19, 2014

What a trip!

Well Hellooooo! How are you all doing? I am hanging in there. I have been in AZ now for 12 days. What a wild ride it was to get down here!

First of all, before I even left town I got in a fender bender. It has been determined it was my fault. Grrr...

It doesn't even have 4,000 miles on it yet. To add insult to injury, my windshield got cracked during the drive down. I will be taking it in next week. I was supposed to do it this week but got overwhelmed with it all so I rescheduled.

It takes approx. 12 hours to drive from Northern California to here. My brother flew out from CO to help me move. Thank GOD! He's moved a number of times so he knew what to do.

Prior to the trip I took Bogart to the Vet and got his shots but also got him some sleepy meds for the road trip. I got a large kennel and put it right behind me. It was SO stressful! I was worried and he was loaded as all get out. We spent the night in LA somewhere and I had to get him in the motel room and make sure he ate and did his business. I couldn't open the door for fear he would run out.  He managed okay with the occasional moan but again he was loaded so it was easier on him.

He's doing okay now. He is still adjusting to all the room. I made my office his room too so he has been hanging out in there. This picture was in my walk in closet in the bedroom. I know he likes it in there too but I am not going to let him make a habit of that.

Until next time...

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Bit the Binuch

I forgot how helpful it is to blog/journal!!! Something about putting your thoughts into words makes it tangible and easier to deal with.  The bonus with blogging is getting feedback.  Thank you Karla for reaching out! You too ES. You both really helped me to put things into perspective.

So, yesterday I was packing boxes and all of a sudden there wasn't a picture on the TV. Just sound.  I feared it was the TV but I was still hopeful. The TV is only a few years old and its a Samsung which I have had good luck with. Well, after almost 40 minutes trouble shooting with DIRECTV, it was the TV. I was bummed. I made due by watching Storage Wars on my Laptop. I was half tempted to go shopping for a new one but of all days, I wasn't in the mood for crowds and chaos.

This morning I got up and went to Target at 8:00 a.m. I like shopping at that time of the day. No one is really there and the shelves are freshly stocked.   The first store did not have what I wanted nor did they have my second choice. I decided to go to the next closest store and they did not have it either. Grrrrrr... To make a long story shorter, the sales associate took pity on me and sold me a 49" Philips HD for $400! It retails for $579. That absolutely made my day! Woot Woot!

Instead of focusing on the sad part of this move and the negative stuff, I opted to put the energy into doing productive things. Not only did I bring in, assemble and program the TV, I also put a kennel together that I bought for Bogey for the road. It took some patience let me tell you! I am proud of myself! Only 5 more days and I am on my way HOME!


P.S. Bit the binuch = no longer works

Friday, November 28, 2014

Speed Bumps

Yesterday was Thanksgiving. Honestly, it was awful. That will be the last time I don't make solid plans to be somewhere with someone. I stayed home 3/4 of the day and then finally went to Denny's and had breakfast for dinner. Alone.  It wasn't the worst thing but it was right up there in the top 3. 

It has been my experience that I need to have something planned for the holidays, birthdays and anniversaries. It just works better for me emotionally. I respectfully honor my loved ones and then distract myself with something enjoyable like a movie or shopping or the beach; weather permitting.

As if it wasn't hard enough to deal with being basically alone on the holiday, looking at all these boxes and feeling chaotic is adding fuel to the fire.

Another thing I have learned is you really find out who your friends are when it comes to major life events like death(s) or moving. I have been a support to my friends when they needed it and now here I am a week away from moving out of state and no one is around.  Maybe it is me and my codependence or maybe it is just me learning to be more self-reliant but it has not been easy. The end result will be all worth it but geez Louise it has been a rough ride lately.

The good news is I am strong, I can do hard things and I will survive this. I need to remember that when I start feeling down. I have been blessed with many things in my life and I will not let this get me down. Yes it hurts but wallowing and complaining is a waste of time.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bye Bye Fuzzies

What's with all these boxes momma?
Today was the day that I relinquished Otto and Cindy. I know in my rational mind that they are going to be fine and that I made the right decision but it didn't make it any easier to watch them go... They went to someone I know although D did the arrangements. I set them up with all their toys, new cat boxes, new carriers, food bowls and their blankets etc.

 I have never really owned my own pet(s). We had dogs when I was growing up and when I was a teen and a nanny, I had a cat (Tripper) that stayed with the family.

So now its just Bogart and I. Honestly, I think he will be just fine without them. He may miss them for a minute but now he gets ALL of my attention and doesn't have to share anything lol... Plus Otto was an attention hog and used to bulldoze Bogey when I was giving him kitty love.

Everything is topsy-turvy right now with all the boxes and packing supplies. We are two weeks away from move day. Scary, exciting, happy and sad all at the same time.

Until next time...

Monday, November 17, 2014

Clutter and Chaos!

Well it is now official. I am a homeowner! Phew! It is so exciting! Woot Woot!

With that excitement comes the preparation for getting to my new home. My brother Bob offered to help me move and his schedule was for me to move December 5th. That is basically 3 weeks from now. Yikes!!! Not a whole bunch of time. Its as good a time as any and probably better to just rip the Band-Aid off.  I started packing today and have some people who have offered to help but you know how that goes... at least in my experience. People say they will help but its just lip service.

One major decision I made is to only take Bogart with me. I have had Otto and Cindy for almost two years now and when I made the final decision to buy the house, I decided that I wasn't going to be able to manage all three of them.  I never intended to be their forever home. I love them with all my heart but having 3 animals and the upkeep that comes with it has just worn on me. At one point, I thought it was possible but after a lot of thought and contemplation I made the decision. They technically do belong to D but she cant take them so it has been an issue. I just hope and pray that it all works out but I am also going to stand behind my decision. I have purchased carriers, cat boxes and food so that whoever takes them will be fully set up. 

My health has been sketchy. I got lax about poking the belly. Its been weeks since I had done it but I got back on it today. The good news is I got a new mask for my CPAP machine and it no longer leaves indents on my cheeks. Can I get an Amen!?!  I need to stay healthy during the move! Its going to be stressful enough without feeling badly.

Until next time....