Many posts started, but life happens…

The short version. Crazy times happened after Halloween. Things were looking up. I spent some time with my grandsons, voted and saw a reverse in the U.S. House, horrific fire in Paradise, smoke choking Fair Oaks, and then my dog Libby started having trouble on our slippery floors. So off to see Dr. Faith at Reagor Pet Hospital, x-rays taken and placed on pain medication. Thought a few weeks of rest, install a different flooring and all would be better.

My 16 year old granddaughter has been living with us since the start of the school year. Things deteriorated quickly. Sneaking out, rules ignored, school work non existent. Tried counseling, talking, setting boundaries and nothing works. Teenage rebellion in full swing.  My mother always said, “There is a time to be parents, and then she was done.”

About this same time my friends invited me to join them on a photo vacation. This would be a first for me. After quite a lot of thought, and encouragement from my husband,  I decided to go. Left right after Thanksgiving on December 1st and returned on December 7th. Spent all the time on the island of Kauai taking photographs. Explored most accessible places that didn’t require a lot of hiking. Came home with 1000+ photographs. Had a wonderful time. So why haven’t I posted any, you may ask. 

Answer. Stuff happens. My dog Libby missed me, and her limping got progressively worse while I was away. What we thought was a sprain, or blown out knee turned out to be a head scratching hard to diagnose question mark. We took her to UC Davis Vet Hospital where an MRI was done. There is inflammation around the sciatic nerve and spinal disk. Hoped it may be just a bacterial infection that can be treated with antibiotics. Culture came back negative today. Or it may be an inoperable tumor. I am plenty worried, and mucho distracted. Recheck in two weeks. Libby is happier now that I am home, and not complaining with either medicine. Her appetite improved. That is a big indication that something is wrong, when a Labrador Retriever needs to be hand fed.

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As for me, I also have issues like my dog Libby. And I too had a MRI. Results show severe lumbar spinal stenosis. MRI looks terrible and the Spinal/Pain management specialist is referring me to a surgeon. Something to look forward to in the New Year.

My husband’s second phase of tooth implant takes place next week. Hoping that will be easier than the tooth extraction.

So 2019 is set to be an interesting year. I do hope for some peace in the coming year for my friends and family, and the growing connected world.

Happy New Year 2019 to all!

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Puppy Time Is Happy Time

My friend Jan has been raising CCI puppies for 18 years. Last week I again enjoyed some puppy time with my granddaughter.

Resistance is futile! I'm adorable.

Resistance is futile! I’m adorable.

Granddaughter enjoys puppy time!

Granddaughter enjoys puppy time!

These 4 Yellow Labs, “Litter D” are 6 weeks old.  Grandmother Keala, Aunt Sheba and Mom Emerald all live here and took turns playing with Dave, Delia, Dennis, and Damian.

Grandmom Keala playing with grandpup

Grandmom Keala playing with grandpup

I grabbed a couple of shots while they each went in their own direction.

Investigating

Investigating

Along with being a  perfect Lab puppy retriever, Alyssa also enjoyed the photo shoot. There is no better way to relax than to play with puppies.

Siblings Play

Siblings Play

Puppies are drawn to sticks

Puppies are drawn to sticks

Is this all I have to play with?

Is this all I have to play with?

One of the boys from Litter D

One of the boys from Litter D

Relaxing in the Pup Cave

Relaxing in the Pup Cave

Jan cradles a 6 week old pup

Jan cradles a 6 week old pup

Settling down for a nap

Settling down for a nap

Sweet Dreaming

Sweet Dreaming

Under or Over? Doesn't matter.

Under or Over? Doesn’t matter.

No Worries!

No Worries!

Next week the D’s are going to their puppy raisers. Jan always has a group picture taken. This is a relatively small litter, but it still took many hands to capture them all looking in the same direction.

Site of puppy photo shoot

Site of puppy photo shoot

Let's look in different directions!

Let’s look in different directions!

Sibling Rivelry

Sibling Rivalry

Let's Chat.

Let’s Chat.

Getting bored.

Getting bored.

There is always one. You said,

There is always one. You said, “Tongues out.”

Enough! I'm out of here.

Enough! I’m out of here.

Where did she go?

Where did she go?

I knew she would be back.

I knew she would be back.

Looking in the same direction.

Looking in the same direction.

Now I'm hungry

Now I’m hungry

Finally we are all ready for our group shot!

Presenting Litter D: Delia, Damien, Dave and Dennis

Presenting Litter D: Delia, Damien, Dave and Dennis

Group photo with all the props.

Litter D ready for our group photo

Litter D ready for our group photo

I remember my first time taking group photo for the S litter of 8 pups. Trouble getting all pups together in one photograph.

Half of Keala's first litter

Half of Keala’s first litter “S”.

Other half of Litter S

Other half of Litter S

I always enjoy combining my favorite things. Puppies and photography!