Sunday, 23 November 2014

We Got Snow

Oh, I am such a happy boy because we got snow!  This time I am sure it is gonna stay!  No warming up and melting this time around, I have several months of fun in the snow.

It has been progressively getting cooler here.  You know it is gonna get much cooler when we see this:
Sun dogs!
That ring around the sun is called sun dogs.  Now sun dogs form when there are ice crystals in the atmosphere and the sun reflects off them.  Kinda cool, but it also means it is gonna get cold!

The same day mom took that picture my river started to look like this:
The South Saskatchewan River
There is still open water on the river, but the ice chunks are so big now that the ferries have stopped crossing.  Now we must wait until it is frozen solid and then people go across on the ice road.  Mom has never gotten up enough nerve to take the ice road and prefers to drive all the way around, BOL.  One of these days she might get brave enough to try crossing the river in winter.

Just a couple days ago we were out walking when mom and I saw this:
Blue floating thing
We have absolutely no idea what this is, but it was floating down the river!

Today I woke up to this:
Oh happy day!
The weather was really bad yesterday and I guess the roads were bad and very icy.  The peeps and I stayed home and watched it snow and blow.  I was so happy to see this this morning!
Ahhhh!
I only wish my peeps enjoyed the snow as much as me!  Mom says soon we will be going for snowshoe walks again.  Mom thinks we need a bit more snow before she brings out the snowshoes, but I am ready whenever she is!
Guess the critter!
Of course the snow makes hunting for critters much easier because you can see their tracks much better.
More critter tracks!
It is also much easier to see where they might be hiding.  You can clearly see where these guys are hiding!
On patrol!
Of course snow means Christmas and mom has been starting my Christmas cards.  I have many friends from Dogster that I send cards to!  I know I have Zaidie's, Angel Coco Rose, Puff and Mei-Ling's, Freckle's, and Zoe's addresses!  Any other pups out there want a card from the Great White North?  Message me and I will add you to my card list!
I am happiest when I have snow on my nose!

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Reflections of my Summer and early Fall

You see pups, I told mom she had to hurry up and get some pictures on my blog because we were gonna have snow soon.  Yesterday we woke up to this.
Yeah snow!
Unfortunately the snow did not last very long and by noon it was almost all gone.

We did have a lovely summer on the prairies and you know summer is coming to an end when you start seeing hay bales.
Hay bales
Now you wanna be careful when you are baling, because your baler might just over heat and cause problems.

Bale on fire
One of our neighbors had his baler over heat and it caused the bale to catch fire.  Luckily the fire department came out quickly.  Mom and I were walking down our country road when the emergency crews went racing by us.  The fire was very close to our place, but luckily it was contained quickly.
After math of the fire
The fire went right over the river bank and even the fire truck went over the river bank to put it out.  The crew was here for several hours and it still smells bad in this area.
Another fire picture
 One thing about our late summer and early fall is that we get spectacular sunsets.
Mid summer sunset
 Yea, it looks real nice when the sun reflects off the river.

Late summer sunset
As the summer fades, we start getting more colors in the sunset.
Early fall sunset
Yup, the sunsets start to be very beautiful in fall!

Now fall also means it is my  momma's birthday.  This last weekend was her birthday and she is really old!  Now what do you get your really old momma for her birthday!
Porcupine quill!
Now I thought this porcupine quill that I had in my nose was the perfect birthday gift.  She was not so appreciative!  Can you believe it?  But she started giving me a good petting and then she found.
More quills!
Luckily I stopped at three quills.  She really didn't seem that happy about them!  Go figure!

Now you know it is fall when the birds start migrating.
Quick!  Count the geese!
We have been having flocks and flocks of geese flying over the house and these guys were really being noisy yesterday.

Mom is slowly catching up on getting the garden produce looked after, and today she made some kinda beet and cabbage relish.  Supposedly it tastes good.  I will probably never get a taste of it.

Mom and I did take a  nice walk in the snow yesterday.
Our pawprints in the snow
I am certainly hoping that we get more snow soon.  Mom would prefer to wait a little longer, but I say bring it on.

On patrol yesterday

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Reflections of my Summer

Well my typist is really bad of late in sitting down and updating my blog.  She has been being creative with pumpkins and zucchinis and beets and various other garden produce.  Have I gotten a taste of anything?  No!!!

So I said to the typist that she should post some of my summer pictures before too long, because, you know, we have already had a few skiffs of snow and soon there will be lots of snow pictures.  I am now sitting on top of her making her update my blog.

 Anyone know what these are?
 That right there is gooseberries.  Make very tasty pies.  I wouldn't know.  I didn't get a piece of any gooseberry pie!

Another sure sign of summer!
I tried eating one of those things this summer and I don't advise it!

Crabapples!
The peeps crabapple tree has never produced really well, but this year mom got a gallon bucket of crabapples.  Apparently they are very tasty!  I didn't get to sample any!

Goat's Beard
Mom tried for days to get a good picture of a Goat's Beard.  She liked this one so much that she sent it to the television station and they used it on the evening news!

Gratuitous picture of me!
Mom says this picture of me reminds her of the tv show "The Littlest Hobo"!  I think the theme music to that show is pretty good!

The face only a mother could love!
That right there is a cutworm and him and his friends were doing nasty things to mom's garden produce.  I don't recommend trying to eat them.  They are NOT tasty!

Cranberries

The cranberry tree did all right this summer.  Mom was away looking after grammy when they were ripe enough to pick.  I have been sampling them every once in a while.  They are ok, but not my favorite fruit in the yard.

Goat's beard blowing in the wind
Mom tried to get a picture of the Goat's beard blowing in the wind and this is the best she could get.  I told her to let me sneeze on it, but she wouldn't let me.

Me!
Mom and I were out on a nice walk before she went back to be with grammy in this picture.  It was a totally pawsome day and I was very happy!

Grapes!
Mom picked the grapes after they were ripe and froze them.  She will juice them and then make jelly out of them.  They turned a beautiful purple color, but sorry, no picture of what they looked like when they were ripe!

Pumpkin

Mom got a lot of pumpkins and some are still ripening.  So far she has made pumpkin and potato soup and pumpkin loaves with them.  She is gonna make me a batch of doggie cookies soon with some of the pumpkin.   Or so she says!  Can't wait mom!

Say hello to my little friend!
He didn't say much and kept sticking his tongue out at me and then he slithered back down his hole!

Russian Sage
One of mom's favorite plants in the flower garden.  It really did well this year and she just loves the purple color!

Goodies from the garden

I hope mom has not bored you pups with this trip through our yard this summer. 

Now I think I must go supervise her while she does something creative with some more of this garden produce. 

Take care all!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Grammy has been moved into a Long Term Care Facility

Well pups, on October 1, my grammy was moved into a Long Term Care Facility.  She does seem to be adjusting to her new surroundings.  We simply cannot imagine what it must feel like for her to have to be uprooted so suddenly from what she knew before she became so very ill on August 31 of this year.  As there was no room available in the Long Term Care Facility in the city where grammy lived, she was given the first available bed that opened up in the health district.  Grammy is now on a waiting list to be moved back to her home city once a bed frees up. This might be a while as the only way a bed frees up in a Long Term Care Facility, is that someone departs if you catch my drift.  It is the sad reality.

In my last post I advised that grammy was diagnosed with Vascular Cognitive Impairment or Vascular Dementia.  This came on so suddenly that it was like flipping a switch for grammy.  The change seemed to occur overnight.  Mom had heard about rapid onset dementia, but had never known anyone with it.  It is devastating pups.  It is mom and her family that must now accept the new reality for grammy. As one nurse said, "she is sweetly confused". 

If you pups know of anyone that has dealt with rapid onset dementia, please have them send mom an e-mail.  Apparently this can be done from my blog, as we have received e-mails this way in the past from some readers, but mom simply has no idea how you do that, BOL.  She isn't real tech savvy, that momma of mine.

Mom must reiterate how important a Power of Attorney is when something happens this quickly.  Everything from disconnecting the phone, to handling financial affairs is made so much easier if this document is on file, and believe me pups, mom says you will be asked for it if you are looking after someone's affairs should they fall sick. 

A Medical Directive is also important.  Let's say your peeps don't want heroic measures taken should they suffer a sudden medical problem.  This needs to be known ahead of time and their wishes respected.  Not everyone wants someone pounding on their chest or sticking a breathing tube down their throat.  Let's face it pups, when CPR is performed it is not like on tv where the next scene has the patient wearing silk pyjamas and sipping champagne and all happy.  No, there will probably be some medical difficulties associated with their resuscitation.

Mom is still writing letters and sending out copies of the Power of Attorney and letting people know to contact her now that grammy is in the Long Term Care Facility.  It is tough pups, but it must be done.

Mom will update my blog with happier entries soon.  She has so many pictures of my summer and now fall that she simply must get them on here.  Please be patient with her and thanks so much for being such pawsome pals.

We love you all.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Things can change so quickly

Well pups, I haven't been here for a while because mom has been very busy.  You see my grammy became very ill on August 31 and was rushed to the hospital, so my momma went to be with her mom.  After many tests it was determined that grammy could no longer be on her own and needs to be placed in a long term care facility.  Mom and her brother have started the arduous task of cleaning out her apartment and mom will be back this weekend to continue with the cleaning out. Grammy is still in hospital and we hope she will be placed soon into a long term care facility.

This really has been a shock for everyone.  The peeps and I went to visit grammy on August 23rd and we celebrated her 89th birthday.  Little did we know that on August 30-31, things would change so much for us and grammy.

Grammy has been diagnosed with Vascular Cognitive Impairment.  I will let you Google that to find out what it is and how rapid its onset can be.

Mom and her brother have been busy getting lots of things in order to look after grammy.  Pups, do your peeps have a Power of Attorney or a Medical Directive stating their wishes should a sudden occurrence like this happen to them?  Believe me, mom says it is easy to have these in place than having to have the family get them after the fact.  Have your peeps stopped today to tell each other and you how much they love you?  Please tell them to do that.  As we have found out, things can change in the blink of an eye, and you may not get the opportunity.

Grammy and me, Christmas 2013

Once things settle down for mom, we will be back to try and catch up on everyone's blogs.

We love you all and thanks for being our pals.

Take care everyone.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

It Happened Again!

I just gotta say you pups are pawsome and even when we haven't been on here, because the momma is doing other things she thinks are important, we get awards.

My pal Freckles has given me an award.  Freckles, thanks for saying there is no deadline and we will get to it.  Honest!

Now I see that Charlie Downunder has given me an award.  Oy vey!

Well one of the rules is you are supposed to post your favorite song. 

BOL, enjoy!

We promise to get to the awards and update what I have been up soon.

You are the bestest pals ever!