Tuesday, May 26, 2009

We must live in Flordia

At least that's the way it feels lately. We have had rain every afternoon for the past 4 days at least. It's quite frustrating when we are trying to get yard work finished up and host an impromptu BBQ, as well. Although I can't complain because it means that we are doing much less watering of the lawn!

Hopefully my veggies will get planted this afternoon. Mike made a raised bed that I will use as my garden. I'm really excited but honestly don't know much about gardening so will learn as I go. I am using the ideas of Square Foot Gardening and am reading the book at the same time as I am planting, so we'll see what happens. I'll keep you updated of course. The fear of one more freeze is gone so hopefully my little salad fixins will work out well. As of right now, I have green peppers, red peppers, cucumbers, snap peas, a couple kinds of tomatoes, spinach, a lettuce mix, some spicy peppers for Mike (not me), and carrots. I think there may be more, but I can't think of them off hand. And if for some reason they don't grow well, at least I tried, right?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Where have we been??

It's been a couple of weeks, I know. But we have been busy, busy, just not a lot of time to write. On top of that, I have been on night shift and that always messes with my time management skills. So on to some updates...

Moose is doing alright, but not great. We took him back last week for lab work and it showed that two labs are coming down in value, which is good, but one is going up. So he is on two more medicines now, one that he takes every 3 days and one that is every day. Needless to say he is getting better and better at taking his meds - we have to wrap him up in a town and force them down, but at least he doesn't try to bite or scratch and is resigned to the fact that he has to take them. Also, he's still not eating on his own so we are force feeding him at least twice a day, if not more. Mike and I are both ready for him to be back to himself. Last night he did actually sit with me and purr which I haven't heard for a long time.

Our sod still looks good - except for where Trucker pees (but I guess you have to deal with that, right?). And Trucker doesn't go like a normal boy dog, lifting his leg. He pees like a girl so there are big concentrated circles of urine-killed grass. We now have to start diluting the urine where he pees just after he pees to try to dilute out the nitrogen waste that causes the burning. We also just built a raised bed garden for my vegetables! Hopefully this weekend I will get them planted and we'll start seeing some veggies coming up for my own salads at home!!

Mike is starting at Metro State next Tuesday on the way towards his teaching license in special education. He has often talked about this and has decided he want to take the plunge. He will continue landscaping in the summer but will also be teaching during the school year. His program will last 2 years. As I start to understand better, I'll share info - but for now I know he has two classes this summer and 3, I think, next fall. We are both very excited.

But the biggest news to share is that we are finally going on a honeymoon!!! We are going to Hawaii at the end of July/first of August for 2 weeks. We will be backpacking on the Kalalau Trail for 4 nights, staying in a house for about 6 nights, then staying at a resort the last two. I am so excited to be able to do nothing but sit around and go to the beach! So we will do some backpacking this summer so Mike knows what he is getting in to and then we will continue making plans!

Nothing else big over here - but I must send you to my sister's blog because there are some ADORABLE pictures of my nephew, Tilden. My mom's blog has some, too. I hate being this far away from my family, but at least through the blogs I can keep up with what's going on with everyone. I'll say I never thought we'd be a blogging family, but here we are!!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The random things you can do online

I was playing and found that you can post things to Blogger from other websites... so here's my Lost nickname (from the TV show). If you watch it at all, you know Sawyer is a bit of a troublemaker and always has a name for whoever he is talking about. Apparently mine would be Sunshine??

I'm just getting in to watching the show, I'm still in season 1 actually, but it's really good! I never understood the craziness around the show but I definitely do now. Every episode makes you want to watch the next one and I hear it only gets better as you get further in to the show. I highly recommend it if you ever want to get enthralled with fantasy (or if you want a reason to go visit Hawaii; the scenery is amazing!!).

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I'm always the last to know

Apparently today is Nurses' Day. How did I find this out - and why didn't I already know it? Upon getting the mail today I got the nicest card from my Grandmommy and during the day I got a message from my dad. I would think that Nurses Day would be something important to share at the hospital level, too, right? If I remember correctly we got cheap plastic cups (seriously, they were disposable) and a free fountain drink at the hospital last year. I haven't heard yet what this year will bring but I guess I'll find out when I get to work tonight.

In all seriousness though, thanks Dad and Grandmommy, for remembering a day that I did not. I truly appreciate it. And if you know any nurses, make sure you thank them for what they do (me not included).

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Moose update again

I don't have anything too exciting to share, but I know that people have been wondering how Moose is doing since he has been home. In the past 24-36 hours he has been moving up and down the stairs much more than he has since well before he went to the hospital. I have gotten him to eat but he's not a huge fan of the dry kibble so I have had to break down and give him tuna (which he loves) or other wet food I bought at Petco (not such a fan of). He's doing much better and sitting in the window seat, then on to the dining room chair, into the bedroom, back downstairs, upstairs again... all over his normal places. I have yet to see crazy Moose though (that's the Moose that runs around playing with toys and getting big eyes). I'm sure it's on his way - maybe even when Mike finally gets home tomorrow night!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Moose is home!

This morning, I went to pick Moose up from the hospital. I cried plenty when I took him and spent time with him and said goodbye to him on Tuesday and I cried again this morning picking him up. His lab values are starting to normalize and he is eating well - at least that is what the doctor says. He has to go back in 2 weeks for labs to be redrawn but as long as he keeps eating and drinking in the interim, we are doing well. Of course, if his lab values haven't completely normalized by then it's possible we will have to do further investigation in to why they are still high, but for now, I'm just thrilled to be taking him home.

He has already found his favorite spot - curled up in the fleece blanket on the couch downstairs (once I get a good picture, I'll post it of course). We have spent quality time cuddling and I have had to give him his first round of medicine, which he wasn't excited about. I also put out the food that the vet sent home with me and he started eating some of it. He'll probably get annoyed with me following him around with a food bowl for the next few days, but I'm not going to let him go without eating anymore!