Thursday, January 31, 2013

I Love Pomegranates!

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Pomegranates are in season and while they are available
I'll eat one every day.
They are even more fun to eat than slices of watermelon.

This is how a I eat them:
I slice the pomegranate in quarters and pull it apart.
Put the quarters on a paper towel in a large bowl and then
tease and nibble the juicy seeds out of their sections.
The bowl works to catch the seeds I drop.
Don't want to waste any!
So good!

The chickens are enjoying warming themselves in the sunshine.
I put back up the Autumn flag.
I really need to get a winter flag that isn't Christmas themed.

Morgan is holding her own and getting along with her new diet.
She isn't any peppier yet but she is ok.


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Oops! Paper Towel Snack!

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Last night I found this paper towel on the floor. Someone (not me) left it on the coffee table. Morgan luckily only ate the middle portion. The vet said that the paper towel shouldn't cause a problem. Sure hope Morgan is not going to get sick again. The vet said I could add kibble to her canned food tonight. 

I couldn't find any muzzles except plastic ones that had openings that Morgan could manage to stuff tasty bits through and eat and then get sick. So, I sewed a piece of pink cloth over the end of the black cloth soft muzzle I had that had an open end. The cloth covering the opening is working out very well. The cloth is very thin material that lets Morgan breathe easily. I would love to find a mesh muzzle with a solid piece over the nose area.

Morgan still tires after her walks and goes back to bed when we return to the house. I'm hoping that adding the kibble to her meals will give her a bit more energy. If all goes well, I'll add up to a cup of kibble, some non fat chicken broth and a half a can of her special dog food to make up her meals.

Morgan used to hurry along the paths stopping here and there to sniff out stuff under the leaves along the way. Now she walks slower and she seems happy to get back in the house.

Here is a path I raked before the rain and snow slowed me down. I like walking on the path when it is covered with leaves, but the leaves hide branches, pine cones, rocks, etc., that I can trip on, so I opt for raked paths. I like the exercise I get raking all those leaves; and I think the raked paths look pretty.

Tom left yesterday and today attended a funeral. I was holding the fort here to take care of Morgan and also I needed to feed and walk Tom's husky. I don't usually ever walk Lucky because is powerful and can run away with me or jerk me off my feet. Lucky is just a big happy goofy fellow that doesn't mean any harm, but I have to be careful  when I walk him. I managed to stay upright this time.

Hope Morgan is going to be able to digest the kibble alright and won't be sick again. Tricky business trying to feed her. 


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Morgan Has Pancreatitis

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Morgan has been very sick and spent 3 days at the veterinary clinic. She has pancreatitis and must be on a strict bland diet. She is starting to feel better and seems to be getting some energy back, but she lost weight
and a lot of sleep... me too.

Morgan has to wear a muzzle when I take her outside for walks so she doesn't eat anything that will set off her pancreas and that means she is an inside dog from now on... poor Morgan. No more running around after squirrels and watching the chickens.

She is such a sweet little dog. I'm glad she likes her new food.

I haven't been taking photos lately, but I thought I would post some of the Christmas photos that were in my camera. I wasn't going to post until next week, but I found these photos and thought why not just go with these.

Here is a photo of me wearing my Christmas Ugg boots. The bed is piled up with quilts because it got very cold. Morgans big soft bed is at my feet.

Snowy even.

But mostly it was just cold and icy.

I had to make sure to break the ice on the chickens water and bring them warm water to drink when it was that cold.

The chickens have their nice new feathers and they don't seem to mind the cold at all.

Here is a photo of the first snow falling on the new deck.
Pretty, but cold. I did have to be very careful walking on the icy deck and almost took a spill or two but managed to stay upright. Tricky. The deck doesn't look slippery when it is icy. I have learned to walk very close to the house where the ice has melted and watch my step on the way to the gate.

Thought I would add a December photo of the warm weather before Christmas taken from the car as we took a trip down to visit family in the low lands.

We were able to visit with family over the holiday and also were fortunate to have my sister and niece stay with us for a short time.

Hope they can come again soon and stay longer!

I have been getting a few things done around here. Not much.

All the Christmas stuff is packed away for another year.

About a third of the paths are raked clear. But I still also have the driveway areas and the garage roof to rake.

I tell myself that I'm waiting until it stops raining/snowing and until the weather warms up a bit.

I also do a lot of telling myself to get busy with my sewing and get to work on doing some quilting. But...

Until then I'm enjoying playing computer games. I do need to get back to reading blogs, taking photos and posting on this blog. 


There weren't many smiles when Morgan was sick.