I am not seeing as blurry as I was but still not seeing good.
One of these days I will have to give up blogging just b/c I can not read your blogs any more!!! Without being able to drive b/c I can not pass the eye test it will make a very lonely life for me. If I had all your phone ## I could keep up with you that way, but most of you don't like to talk on the phone---even my own daughter-in law and my grand-daughter hate the phone!!! They use the computer instead!!! I have the writing as large as it will go. But still!!!!
So I will not probably be to everybodies blog but I'll be wishing I could!!!
It is Hell to have a birthday 3 days before Christmas!!!! REALLY!!!!!
Everybody --everybody just says happy birthday to me at Christmas time!!
It gos like this Happy birthday -- Merry Christmas always together!!! It is almost as bad as being born on Christmas..... I never had a birthday party in my life!!! I have had very few gifts for just my birthday in my life!! It has always been combined. Sadly I have lived on this earth now 78 years tomorrow and IT REALLY DOESN'T MATTER ANY MORE!!!!
I use to be sick so much of my life. I didn't have a good start in life. My first husband beat me every so often!!! I drank to forget!!! My diet was awful!!! I never dreamed I would live this long!!! I was married to a bad husband for 25 years!!! The only good thing that came out of that marriage was two boys. They are both complaining of getting old now!!! LOL
Then Tom came into my life and I knew right away things could be different!! They are so very different now--- thank GOD!!!!! Thank Tom too!!! I stopped drinking-- cold turkey!!! It took a long time for Tom to see I really needed a diet change but he did see it and for 8 years now we eat super healthy!!!
This is me now at 78 tomorrow!!!!
Merry Merry Christmas to all out there in Blogvile!!!
Love coming your way, Fern
Joker hardly ever barked!!! All my 3 sight hounds hardly ever barked!! Do amy of you know of a barking sight hound???? They are such quiet dogs!!!! Joker was real friendly too. When we were out walking if someone would come up to me he would wag his tail and be friendly unless you touched me----- then if he could get to you he would bite you. He didn't want any stranger touching me!!!!! Joker did bite two people!!!!!
My oldest son came one day out of the blue to see his Mom and he didn't call first. I didn't have the time to prepare Joker for the visit!! He came to the gate and we went out to let him in and so fast he came to me to kiss me hello and Joker bit him!! It was only a nip, didn't even brake the skin but it happened. Joker had never seen this man before and that man come right up to his Mama and kissed her!!!! Only Daddy can do that!!!!
The other man Joker bit was a repair man. I don't even remember what he came to repair now!! So long ago!!! This man was here for a couple of hours I remember that!!! Everything was fine until the end. He gave me the bill and I wrote a check out for him and gave it to him. He was standing there talking to me and then he reached out to touch me and Joker bit him so fast!!! He bit him good too. We saw blood!!! He said he was only going to shake my hand but I am not sure about that!!! He was being very friendly!!!! Too friendly as far as Joker was concerned!!! He was not mad at Joker or me thank goodness!!! We doctored his hand with Joker just inches away from him... He said it was his fault!! That Joker seemed so friendly that he didn't think anything about shaking my hand!!! Said he knew better and that it was his fault.
He left and thank God we never heard from him again!!!
Joker loved his home and his mom so very much and nobody should touch his Mom but our Daddy. I was so safe with him around!!!
Joker developed kidney failure at a very old age for a big dog!!! We had to help him to the bridge in 91. I saw so lonely with out him!!! He was so much company for me. I was without a dog for 3 months after Joker left.
I adopted Amanda in 91..... She was a Whippet who was 4 and a half years old again from Ga...
Joker had not spent a lot of time on leash!!! That turned out to be so very evident!!!!! He pulled me something awful!!! He really hurt my shoulder. At first we just walked around the yard for about a month. Then on leash for a few days in the yard. THEN REST my poor shoulder!!! On a new week we tried walking on leash out back in a path to a dirt road. He loved it but he still pulled me way too much. But it was a good start!!! We started slowing walking out back every morning. At first it was short walks. As time went by everyday we tried to walk just a little further.
By the time we had walked a year we were up to 3 miles a day. By the end of Jokers life life we had gotten up to 5 miles a day. He still pulled me too much tho!!! He loved it, those walks, so much and I think it helped him live a very long life. My shoulder suffered a lot in those years and is still in bad shape b/c of those years of pulling on me. I never got him to stop pulling on me!!!!
I have one more post about Joker that I will post sometime this week.
Joker with the big smile on his face!!! This picture was taken just a few weeks from when we got him.
Joker loved all other animals. Our place back then was all wooded and so was the North neighbors and the south neighbors---all woods!!! We saw wild animals every single day here. We saw deer, wild pigs, foxes, possums, raccoons, rabbits,and of course squirrels. Bruce who was my dog before Joker would kill any he could catch!!! I felt so sorry for the ones he killed but I could not stop him from doing it. Joker --bless his heart-- just loved them all and never ever killed one!!! Never chased them either. As time went by he became friends with some. It was really something special to see!!!!! All the coons loved him!!!
He changed my life around here. I use to be afraid of the wild animals and he showed me how not to be afraid......
The week-end is coming and I love the week-ends!!! I truly hope you have a wonderful one!! There is more to Joker's story so this will continue on Monday.
Love coming your way, Fern
PS--- The top two photos are my Christmas cactus.
When we went to see Joker up in Ga. where we got him, we didn't think we were going to bring him home that night!!! So we didn't have a bed made up for him!!! Poor Joker couldn't find a place to sleep!!! I piled some area rugs up for him to sleep on but that was not what he was use to sleeping on so he would just stand there looking at me with this puzzled look on his face. We were up half the night trying to fine something he would lay down on??? Finally I put some blankets down next to our bed and he reluctantly laid down and went to sleep!!!
The next morning he was up and ready for his new world. He ate the dog food I had left from Bruce OK but not a lot!! That is something else I had to do,,, get food for him!!! I took him out and he didn't want to get off the concrete onto the grass!!!! Just like last night!! He kept picking up his feet
in the grass trying to stand out there with me without his feet touching the grass. It was so funny I couldn't help but laugh!!! My laugh pleased him!!! It took about an hour but finally he realized the grass wasn't going to hurt him and he spent another hour trying to find a place to go pee & poop.
Joker slept on the piled up blankets for about a week before Tom bought a twin size mattress of foam and cut it in half and I made covers for it. I made 4 covers for the cover that covered the foam. So I could keep a pretty clean cover on his bed all the time!! He loved his new bed VERY MUCH!!!! He knew that we were making a bed for him and he was so pleased with it. In the cooler weather I put a electric sheet under the outer cover on his bed so he could have warmth to sleep on. He loved that too!!
Joker was so pleased with his new home he would just go around with a big smile on his face all the time!!!!!
The other half of the foam mattress, I made another dog bed for Tom's sister's dog. We gave it to her for Christmas that year.
Joker came to us in 1984. I don't remember if he was 6 or 7 years old. He had been born in a kennel and lived in a kennel all that time!!! With him and I, it was love at first sight!!! We brought him home and he didn't want to get out of the car??? It turns out he did not want to step in the grass!!!!
It took a while but we finally got him in the house and he did not know what to do in here either !!!! Poor baby!!! He had never been in a house either before!!! It was so many firsts for Joker that night and for the next few days. I am sure it was very hard on him but we were very patient with him and tried to teach as we went along. It turned out he was very smart and eager to learn. He loved me so much and I loved him so much!!!!!
I don't have a lot of pictures of him from that time or any time that he was with me b/c we were just not taking a lot of pictures back then. I am going to tell you all about Joker in the next few posts. I can not think of any thing to post about so Joker it is!!! LOL
Last year when the kittens were just 2 months and 2 weeks, old we didn't have a tree in the house!!! They were wild Indians then!!!! They are still pretty much wild Indians!!!!! I have been told that Bengal cats stay pretty much wild Indians most of their lives!! As long as they feel good that is!!
THEY FEEL GOOD!!!!!!!!! This poor house has really suffered!!
That is OK tho!!! They are so so soooooooo loving and sweet to us. Max will sit by the back door when it is time for Tom to come home from work and wait for him and I know that Tom will be home within 5 or 10 minutes!!! He always is!!!! Max knows Tom is coming home, that he is getting close. Max is the only one who does that.
Today I am cooking soup and making critter food!!! Yes I am a crazy old lady!!!! LOL
I brought in a white Camilla today!!
The pink ones are stating to really get going now!!! Then when siting here I came across this photo of the kittens when they were still just months old.
Can you tell the male from the female???
Allie is on the right and Max is on the left!!!!
Have a great weekend!!! Tom is out shopping this day!!!
Love coming your way, Circle, Allie, Max and Fern
PS-- my eye is only better for a minute on the puter!!!!!!! Then everything is blurry again-- like now!!
That was Tom and I probably 15- 18 years ago. I look normal don't I??? I was still sewing everyday then. Very thing I was wearing in that picture I made myself.!!! I am not normal!!! I am dyslexic!!!! I was born blind in one eye-- my right can not see you and it never has been able to!!! The computer has been a wonderful thing in my life!!! BUT BUT it puts a big big strain on my good eye and now that I am getting really old 78 in December my good eye is screaming at me. It says to me Stay off the computer!!!!!
I have to do that for a while to let my poor eye rest!!!!!! Sorry!!!!
I am having trouble with my eye again---- so sorry!!! I WANT to come to your blog and chat with you!!! I really want to but I can't see much and am going to HAVE to not NOT be on so much for a couple of days!!!!!!!! SORRY!!!!
Photo 1~~~~~~~~~~ Zoie~~~~~ I miss her so so sooooooooo much. She gave me so much love!!!!!!!!!! She was a kisser!!! kiss kiss all the time!!! I miss her!!
Photo 2 The second Camilla that has bloomed this season. It is strange too!!
We really haven't had much cold weather so far this year!! But it's out and it's proud!!! LOL
Then BAMBI !!!! Oh my sweet Bambi!!! The dog that made it to the oldest dog with me!!! She was just 3 months away from 14. She was the very best dog I ever really ever had!!! By that I mean she only had to be told~~~ no~~ just one time!!! From then on~~for the rest of her life she would not do it!!!!! If I was around or not!!! She would not get out of the truck unless I told her to!! She would not go out of any gate unless I said she could!!
She would not get on the bed and on and on!! She had her crate and her chair and the floor and that was the only place she slept!! She was perfect!! She wasn't a kisser but she did kiss me just before she died!!! I miss her So so soooo much!!!!!!!
Every night we have a big salad for dinner. We like Red leaf lettuce but you can not always find the kind you want that is GOOD...... So we get what kind is good! Circle loved red leaf lettuce the best too but she will eat just any kind.... BUT she doesn't want you to watch her eat it!!!! LOL So the other night Tom tried to get a video of her eating her lettuce but she caught him looking at her!!!
I am better!! My head cold is gone!! My dizzies are gone for another year or 2 or 3. I had not had a cold in 8 years so hopefully the cold is gone for another 8 years!! That would be good!!
This is always the first to bloom when it starts getting cooler every fall.... This is my first Camellia ALWAYS to be pretty for me!!! They take no care at all. You plant them and then you have them forever!! Super hardy flowering plants!!!
Yes if you missed me I have had a bought with the dizzies!!!!! This is something that has been going on since I was 14 years old. The first time I got dizzy and 3 or 4 second later I passed out!! Now everytime I get a bought with the dizzies I don't not pass out but I would say most of the times I do. Most of the times I get hurt too!!! But this time I have been more careful and been trying to only do things that are good for me at this period of time!!! So 5 days into getting dizzy I have not passed out yet!!!!!!
When I get them it usually takes a week to 10 days to get over them! So I have 2 to 5 more days I will not be around much!! lets hope it is only 2 more days!!
That is Max & then Circle & then Allie!!! All eyes are on the fly in the kitchen!!! When we have a bug of any kind in the house, that bug is doomed!!!! If it takes all day and all night the cats will not eat--or sleep until that bug is DEAD!!!!!! All eyes on that bug!!!!!!!
Yesterday Tom took the day off from work to take me to have blood drawn for 4 tests for my new doctor. Then later that day he took me to the dentist office to get my teeth cleaned. We always try to get more the one thing done when we are out and about together. Poor Tom was not feeling good he has my cold and no dote spread it around some. We tried not to though. We sat as far away from everyone we could!!!!!
Love coming your way, Circle, Allie, Max & Fern
Yes, I am a soup maker and I use fresh when ever possible. I am on the mend!!! Getting better!!! Not all better yet be heading that way!!
For those who wished me good neighbors when I was showing you the first house they are building next door--- thank you!!!! That would be a good thing!! There will be 39 more houses built next door so my odds are good I should get at least some good neighbors. Some not so good too--I am sure but let's not think about that!!! LOL It is the good ones that matter.......
I am not getting back to everyone but am trying.
I went to the store with Tom Saturday night and picked up something!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had not been sick in 8 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I got careless!!!!!!! I AM SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Poor Tom will have to work even harder!!!
Love snotty love coming your way, Fern
Ps if you have not read the post before this one please do.
The top two photos were taken today and the bottom two were taken 6-15 .
They have been moving right along with their housing project. Some weeks they worked 7 days a week!! They have been getting plenty of interest in the house. There is someone around looking at it all the time. They don't have it hardly started on the inside yet!!!
On another subject----- Tom got almost done Saturday late afternoon. He left just a tiny little bite to do Monday morning. Saturday night and all day Sunday we had to spend our time together.
No pictures today ---- SORRY.
Tom will be working this week-end. He has a job that needs to be finished by Monday AM. Tom has been having trouble getting good or the right parts for the job. Yeas ago when we order parts 20 times out of 1 they would be the right parts---what you ordered!!! Today 20 times out of 18 you will get the wrong ones. Sometimes you will get the part you ordered and it is the right part but it was made wrong it was made in China. So he is working this week-end. He will work 24 hours straight if he has to!!
That is my Tom!!!
We use to go out to dinner on the week-end nights. Every week-end!!! It was fun to do and we would spend hours at it! We would take home something for the dog and for the critters too!! But fun as it was it was not good for us!!! We both developed high blood pressure!!!! I ended up taking 3 blood pressure pills a day!!!! Tom one.
We almost never go out to eat--ever!!!!! We cook together good for you food and we will spend a lot of time eating it and talking and enjoying each other!!
We both do not have to take blood pressure pills any more!!! I went off one pill, then in a few months another pill, and now I am off all blood pressure pills.!!! That is a big deal for us to be as old as we are and off all blood pressure pills!!!! We don't have any health issues at all now except I do have some spin scare tissue problems at times!!!
WE are in good health are you?????
Max is in his favorite spot!! This is right by our table were we eat and often just sit and have a cup of tea. He is keeping us company and when Allie is up there she and Circle are doing the same.
Love coming your way, Fern
I forgot poor Circle's gotcha Day on the day we went to the new doctors first day last Wednesday!!!!!!!!!! Poor Circle!! She will celebrate today with the kittens!!! Since their Gotcha Day es are just 3 days apart, we will just celebrate on the 12th from now on. Not like we ever celebrated ever before b/c this is #1..... Our first year all together.
HAPPY GOTCHA DAY CATS!!!!!!
I had been going to my thyroid doctor for 20 years last March. We learned then that he was going to stop practicing this October. That meant getting another doctor before next year so yesterday was the day I met a new doctor.
He is a general practitioner. He is much younger and much closer to home --that is nice!! I liked him!! We have to go back in a month with blood work done. He listened to my heart and lungs. Of course he took my temp and blood pressure too!! When he was done he said, you are going to be easy to take care of!!! You are very healthy!!! Yes I am!!! LOL Well we try hard and work at it everyday. It was a good visit!!