Monday 04/20/20

Good Monday Morning.

I am just getting started with my day. I have been awake since 7 a.m. It is 910 a.m. I have had a few cups of coffee and eaten something. But I am still not dressed. Well, that has changed. Someone came to the door so I had to throw on some clothes. Sweat pants and t-shirt. I will change later.

I just called and got an appointment for Gracie to get groomed tomorrow. She is long overdue. I didn’t realize until last week that the groomers were still open. I could have gotten her in a lot sooner had I realized that they were open. She is a Havanese poodle and her hair around her back end gets long and it’s hard to keep her clean. Plus she has a fantail. After she is groomed she looks like a little lamb. I love it. Unfortunately, her hair grows out fast. Now, I need to call the vet and get her a new flea collar. Her is expired. And I do not want her to get fleas. That call has been made and I can drive up and they will bring the collar to the car for me. I am so glad to have those things done.

Yesterday was not as productive as I had wanted it to be. But I am not going to beat myself up for it. I am dealing with a lot right now. I am not on a schedule or deadline for anything at the moment. So it is what it is. The depression I am feeling I am really trying hard to control it. It is not overwhelming me to the point I can’t accomplish anything it really is just slowing me down a bit. I have been having some repercussions from my illnesses as well. And my energy level is not where I would like it to be. I seem to be having some digestive issues which then bothers my ability to go to the bathroom without pain. And sometimes I must lay down for awhile. The cramping is severe at times. I have medicine that I take that is supposed to help with calming things down. Sometimes it works sometimes not.

I am like everyone else I am sure in the respect that I need a hair cut bad. I also have my eyebrows waxed every 6 wks when I get a haircut. So those things are out of control. It has been about 8 wks now. I have an appointment right now for May 8th. If things are allowed to be opened up. I normally wear my hair very short with the sides and back shaved. So you can imagine how bad it looks. But everyone is dealing with the same thing. I stopped coloring my hair years ago. So the gray isn’t new. I will feel better when I can get it cut. Life goes on. I am glad I don’t have my nails done.

I did finally finish the book I had been reading yesterday. I had been reading it for a few weeks so it felt good to finish it. And the last 200 pages had me locked in. So much happened I was so glad I didn’t set it aside and forget it. I am now trying to find another book that will grab my interest. So far no luck. I have several books from the library here. And not one of them is grabbing me. Not sure why. It is very odd to me.

We have sunshine this morning. I think there is some rain in the forecast. Not a great chance but we will probably get it later this afternoon.  High in the 60’s today. There does not appear to be a lot of wind today. I hope to be able to go out and sit and read later in the day. My lawn guy just ran the mower through so it smells like fresh-cut grass. I want to get some flowers so badly.

My indoor plants seem to be doing very well. This makes me happy. I have 15 plants. All different. I would love to have more but there isn’t room in the house. Unless I buy a plant stand. Or put up some hangers to hang some. I have a wandering jew plant and a pothos that are going crazy. My snake plant needs to be repotted. It is huge. I did repot a plant yesterday. Hoping it will come back. It had a lot of dead leaves on it. I found just the right pots at Walmart that seems to work for a lot of my plants. The style of the pot comes in different sizes. I hope they have them this year. It is a good drainage pot. It’s a cheap pot and the plants seem to thrive in it. My succulents seem to be doing ok. They are in the window that gets the most sun. As is my African violet, and jade plant. My father used to grow African violets. They would all have a lot of flowers on them. He had a green thumb. I would like to get a Christmas cactus and a rubber plant or tree and I think I am done. For now anyway.  =)

Maybe I will sort through my bookcases today. See if I have any I want to donate. Any duplicates. Or any I am just not interested in keeping. That will be a big project. The question is where do I start? Which room? Maybe the living room first. There are only two bookcases in here. Sounds good. Something to do until it warms up a bit more.

Off to be productive.


Gracie after a haircut =)



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April 20, 2020

Gracie is so cute!

What book did you read?

April 20, 2020

@gypsywynd. I just finished “Big Lies in a Small Town” by Diane Chamberlain. The pic of Gracie was taken the last time she was groomed. I will take one after tomorrow. She looks so much better after she is groomed. She has apricot-colored fur and reddish eyes.

April 20, 2020

Question? Instead of a flea color have you ever heard of something called “front line”? It’s a pill dogs and cats get about once a month?

April 20, 2020

@jodie  I don’t like having to give my dog something monthly. The flea collar is good for 8 months and works with no side affects. I don’t like frontline and my Vet doesn’t either.

April 20, 2020

Hi ladylovestheocean.  I’m just returning to OD after a long absence.  Your diary caught my eye and so did your cute little Gracie.  Such a cutie!  I live with my daughter and granddaughter and a big lovable yellow lab.  I lost my beloved German Shepherd mix a year ago.  the loss was so difficult because she had been through so many of life’s challenges with me.  Your post made me realize I definitely have to sort through my mountains of books too.  Take care.

April 20, 2020

Gracie is cute! Do you use the Seresto collar? I use that one on my dog’s. It works great and lasts 8 months. 

April 20, 2020

mamaqueenie518  Yes, the Seresto collar is the collar I use for Gracie. I have had great luck with it. 

April 20, 2020

@adrift  Welcome back to OD. I do enjoy being here and writing. Sometimes I disappear for a while but I always come back. I hope you enjoy it.

I will check out your diary. Animals can be such a great comfort to us. Gracie has got me through some tough times for sure. She does belong to my sister but I have had her well over a year. She said she wants her back when she gets out of rehab. But I don’t see that happening.  Thank you for your note.