Thursday, April 26, 2018

Terrifying Thursday


Last week, we had hopefully the last winter storm of the season. It was freezing rain. It was windy. Ice pelted off the windows. The power flickered but was never out more than 10 seconds.

As most of you know, Hailey is afraid of wind and storms. She actually did pretty well. She did demand love and she did stand and shake at times, but because we were both working at home, it never became more. 


What you may not know, is Phod is scared of power flickering. If it goes out, he gets very nervous. I am not sure if this is something he has always struggled with, or if living with Hailey made it worse. He is much calmer about his fears. He just wants to be near us.

For example, because I wasn't going for a walk in the freezing rain, while I was on the treadmill, he huddled beside it. (Normally, if he is in the room with me, he is on the couch). 


Later, when I was in my office, he huddled in the corner by my desk. 


I hope that his fears don't increase and that we have a quiet spring with few thunder and wind storms. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Trouble Tuesday - One Less Light

A few weeks ago, I was trying to finish up some work in my home office. The Man had come home early and was trying to have a nap.

There was a crash and the sound of shattering glass outside my office door. My first thought was, what do we have that is glass.

I opened the door to see the floor lamp laying down and the shade and bulb shattered all over the floor. I didn't think to take a picture as I was focused on safety. Getting the dogs away from the glass. Getting shoes for me and making sure all the glass was picked up. The glass was everywhere. It really did shatter.

I am happy to report that no one was hurt. The floor is damaged and the light is without a shade. Actually, since we haven't been using that room lately, the lamp has been tucked away.



Monday, April 23, 2018

Monday Sparks

I have not been in my life rhythm since before Easter. I have not been blogging or visiting blogs. I have not gotten all my exercise in. I have been busy with work and social obligations. I was feeling a little down and then I thought of this quote:



Maybe if we were all a little kinder to ourselves the world would be a little bit better.



Thursday, April 19, 2018

Wild Thursday - Woodpecker Work


We have a lot of woodpeckers around. The dogs and I often hear them on our morning walks. We also see them around a lot. Lee and I were out exploring the yard, as the snow that was left was not deep and found some handy work at the base of a dead tree. 





Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Trouble Tuesday - Dramatic Re-enactment


The following took place a few weeks ago. The Man was working at home as he had just had his staples removed and was still recovering from surgery. 

The players:

The bird will be played by chicken


The Man will be played by Lady


Hailey will play herself.

The scene:

Hailey kindly alerted the Man that there was something in the chimney. The Man could hear it but could not see it. He placed some food and water in to encourage it to fly down to the base of the chimney.

A while later, the bird flew down into the fireplace. The Man blocked off the top of the stairs so the dogs could not go down. He opened the patio door that is downstairs. He opened the fireplace. The bird did not fly out the open patio. The bird flies upstairs as our house is open concept.

You can see the fireplace to the left, the bird flew from the downstairs up to the dining area

The Man raced upstairs to find Hailey holding the bird in her mouth. 



The Man yelled 'drop it' but that was not happening so the Man opened Hailey's mouth and took the bird out.

The bird appeared injured, but he carried it outside and it flew away. 

The Man called the Lady at work and was like '#@%&*' and the Lady, in her loving and supportive way, laughed so hard she cried. She was laughing so hard, people came to make sure she was ok. 

The next day, when another bird (or maybe the same bird) showed up in the fireplace, the Man locked the dogs in the bathroom where the bird could not get, opened the downstairs and upstairs patio doors and after a few attempts the bird found the open upstairs patio door and left. The Man learned from his first experience (which is not the first time we have had a bird in the chimney. It seems to happen about once a year!)