Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sophie's Garden

Just a few weeks before Sophie died last year, I planted some flowers (gladiolas to be exact).  It was my first go at planting flowers and Sophie sat by my side while planting, so of course, I named it Sophie's garden.  Then sadly she passed away, but I had some beautiful blooms that summer to make me think of her.

Sadly, my Sophie girl has been gone for a year now.  It was a pretty rough day but I did better than expected...probably because I have two goofy bulldogs that cheer me up and I got to celebrate my favorite little buddy's 3rd birthday.  So, I had lots of happiness around me.  And, Sophie's garden started to grow! I was hoping for some blooms to pop that day, but just a few days later I had some:

I doubt if there will be as many blooms this year due to two big bruisers trampling the flowers and attempting to eat them.  I did not appreciate their rudeness, so after a stern talking to I think they got the point to stay out of Sophie's garden.

Its hard to believe its been a year without Sophie already, but its funny how the heart heals.  I have such fond memories of my first bulldog and wish she was still here, but I'm so grateful to be able to Sarge and Stella around now!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Working Out!

I had my second full session of personal training today - and I'm in love.  I love the rush I have once its over - I feel as though I can conquer the world.  Now, while I'm doing the work - its not so fun, I can't lie.  But I have a great trainer that is very motivating and encouraging.  He doesn't yell at me (because I would probably cry) but keeps pushing me to give 110%.

I told him about having Cystic Fibrosis and we talked about how it affects me and all that good stuff.  He definitely watches to make sure he doesn't over do my workout but keeps me at a pace that is still challenging.  Then, once I have a 30 minute session with him, I'm sent to the treadmill for 30 minutes before I can leave.  Thankfully, he isn't making me run, but I do have the incline set to 15.0 and the speed at 3.0 - I am soaked in sweat after 30 minutes!  He said I'll continue moving the speed up as we go along in our training - yikes!

I'm very thankful that my lungs are holding up and letting me handle this workout.  And I'm so thankful that my awesome husband supports me having a personal trainer - he knows that I'm pretty lazy when I don't have someone to hold me accountable and push me.  I'll be sharing how my workouts go from time to time, so stay tuned!

As for a pupdate - we still have lots of shedding going on in this house!  The pups got another medicated bath last night and I think its helping some.  I've got to take them both back to the vet next week, so hopefully we will have more progress by then.  As for their diets, they LOVE green beans - its rather funny.  And we are hoping for a more healthy weigh-in at the vet next week too!

Last but not least, the hubby is mostly recovered from his oral surgery - hooray (thanks to his fabulous nurse)!!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Call me Nurse Dana

The past few days have been busy...everyone in my house is on drugs!  I'm used to managing my own, but now I have a few more to worry about.  Will had his wisdom teeth taken out, so I'm constantly alternating something for the pain...its much better for me when he's knocked out - haha!  I've been feeding him jello, watermelon, and ice cream.  Thank goodness for our friend Brandy who made him some chicken salad, which he loved.  Fortunately, he's doing great and not having a lot of pain, thanks to my handy nursing skills :)

The pups have a skin something-another again, but different from the last time (for the life of me I can't remember what the vet called it).  Sarge is on 2 meds to help clear it up since his is more severe and I'm having to bathe both of them every 4 days with a medicated shampoo.  Doesn't sound too bad, but the soap has to sit on them for 10 minutes before it can be washed, thankfully they can't jump out of the jacuzzi tub!!

Well, its time to check on my patient again.  The good thing is, I'm getting some "me time" to read and catch up on my DVR'd shows!!

Friday, May 18, 2012

I gained and lost a friend today

Its been a heck of a day already.  I had my first personal training session today at 10 am, and as usual I was pulling out of the house right on time.  Like normal, I looked in my rearview mirror as I pulled out of the driveway to make sure the garage door was shut and I saw something in the driveway.  So, I stopped and looked back to see a dog just standing there.

I put the jeep in park and hopped out - I called to the dog and she very sweetly came right up to me.  Oh no!  I was just confused, I had an appointment but I couldn't just leave her there to roam all alone.  She didn't have a collar on and looked like she had been outside for a while.  I knew I had to leave, so I hoped I could get her in my garage to be safe until I got back and could take care of her.  Thankfully, we have an extra dog kennel which was in the garage, so I got it out and ran to get 2 dog bowls, filled one with water and the other with a scoop of food.  That sweet little girl went right in the kennel when she smelled the food - she was hungry!

So, I went to my training and loved it!  I like having someone to keep me accountable.  So, I signed up to have 2 sessions per week - a little overzealous?!?!  Lord help me!

I rushed back home and found the dog just laying in the kennel being good as gold.  She had eaten all the food, so I ran inside to get a collar and leash for her and some more food and some treats.  I walked her on the leash for a bit contemplating what to do.  As expected, Will said I can't keep her, so I called the SPCA.  Unfortunately, they couldn't take her because she was found outside of the city (silly rule, but whatever).  I was told to call Animal Control.  They asked if I could bring her down to them after 1pm.

So, I just sat in the garage with the dog and pet her.  She wanted to be loved - she would roll on her back so I could rub her belly.  I gave her some treats and fed her some more food.  She keep going to the door that led in the house - she's a smart one, she wanted in!

Finally at 1pm, I loaded her up in the jeep and we headed to the shelter, and of course I started to cry.  I think she knew I was upset because she kept trying to kiss me and get in my lap on the drive.  We made it there and they checked her for a microchip but didn't find one.  So, they are going to keep her and see if she is adoptable (with her personality, she definitely is!).  When the guy took her leash and was leading her to the back, she stopped and walked back to me.  Of course I cried some more and gave her a big hug.  I then cried all the way home...I just feel horrible that I can't help her.

I hate that I love animals so much.  Who cries over a dog they only knew for a few hours - me!  I hope her owners claim her or she finds a wonderful new home.  I'd hate for such a sweet dog to be put down because no one wants her :(  I won't be able to live with myself if she is euthanized.

So, if anyone wants her - please call Animal Control of Aiken County.  Here's a picture of my special friend:

Isn't she pretty?!  She is wearing one of Sophie's old collars and I let her keep it to remember me.

Thursday, May 17, 2012


I haven't had much to say lately, so I've been rather quiet on the blog front.  My apologies if you have been sitting around waiting for me to post (as I'm sure many of you are - jk).  I've been busy doing the normal housewife jobs of laundry, cleaning the house and cooking (well, sometimes).  I've been trying to think what I want to do with myself in my down time.  So, while I was contemplating this pivotal point in my life, I've been reading...

Have you heard of Fifty Shades of Grey?  Well, I've read all three books in the Trilogy this past week! I know they are rather controversial due to the rather risqué story, but I loved them.  I could not put my Kindle down and I think I got on Will's nerves as he asked me several times to put down my porn and listen to him...oops!  I'm happy and sad about finishing the story - heck, I want to know more about the characters and what happens.  (Yes, I am fully aware this is a fictional story).

But, that got me thinking.  I love books that you can't put down, that draw you in and make you feel like you know the characters.  I want to do that!  I know it sounds easier that it really is - but I think it would be pretty awesome to write a book.  I have no clue what I would want to write about - which obviously is a problem - but I think it would be fun to give it a try someday.  Hey, you never know what might happen!

So, in the meantime I'll just enjoy life as is.  I joined the gym this week and have a consultation with a personal trainer tomorrow.  Gonna get this butt in shape!!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Great Strides

Shame on me for waiting two weeks to write about our Great Strides event.  Our walk was in Augusta, GA on April 21st.  Fortunately, it wasn't too miserably hot!  We lucked out by having a beautiful morning  for the walk, and then as usual, our team celebrated at lunch.

I'm proud to say that CF Stinks raised $6,500!!  I have some other funds that have been pledged as well!  The walk itself raised over $48,000 - which is outstanding.  I'm so proud to be a part of the Augusta walk - its amazing how much it grows each year!

Recently, a friend from Elementary School told me that she will be running in the NYC Marathon in November - and best of all, she will be on Team Boomer!  If you would like to support her efforts, please visit her page:

Happy CF Awareness Month!!

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