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Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 | Animals, Nature with Comments Off on Drama


This is what happens when I’m going into my upstairs bathroom e v e r y s i n g l e d a y. No matter the time she expects me to turn on the water for her to drink and play with. When I cut it off she hops in the tub because that faucet drips and the owner won’t fix it. We have a routine though now. I turn it on for her to drink and play until I grab my toothbrush which I dunk under there to get wet and she waits. Then put my toothpaste on it and dunk it under again and she waits again. Then brush my teeth, and then I tap her and she backs off cuz I bring the water up fairly high to rinse out my toothbrush and mouth, take my allergy medicine and bring it back down for a few more seconds before turning it off.

I got the window cracked right now on the window next to my desk and she’s just whiffing the outside and listening to the kids yelling around the neighborhood.

Camp O 2014 Edition

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 | General, Nature with Comments Off on Camp O 2014 Edition


Another year goes by and it’s time for camp again. These would be our accommodations for the week. Out in the sticks people. The new manager of the camp grounds didn’t even do any trimming of the saplings or anything. I wish I had had my shears and I’d have at least made a better path to my cabin and from my cabin to the facilities. The intern we had this year thoug did clean the inside of the cabin. Nobody else has ever done that before. I guesss she really couldn’t stand the bugs and cobwebs lol

image This year’s theme was Cruise as in cruise ships and the proms decorations reflected it which can be seen at the bottom. I kept asking people when was I going to be escorted to the Lido deck but nobody could oblige lol The cake this year was MASSIVE. Never have I seen a cake at camp this big.

I know there had to have been 3/4’s off it left. I asked the next morning if one of the counselors had eaten it all and he laughed and said no and didn’t I want to take some with me on the flight home with the kids I brought to which I started laughing saying no way! Clearly thinking back now it might have been a good idea because our flight was delayed well over 3 hours and they were crashed out on the floor of the terminal as I was doing homework. Yep, I brought homework with me to do as I tried to do as much of the weeks worth I could before I left and got most of it done. I ended up writing code in the terminal.

This year’s camp session started off with one of the kids getting ill the first night and ended up going to the hospital. Then the next day one of the kids was beyond homesick due to some deaths in the family previously in the year and she went home too. Honestly, I thought after bingo on the second night she’d want to stay but it was not to be. Maybe next year we’ll try it again.

It rained e v e r y single day. The mud, oh my gawd. The cold too! Next year’s plans are to look at the weather way more closely and bring galoshes and jeans. My sneakers got trashed because of the mud but that’s okay because I really needed to buy a new pair anyways and did so now those have been relegated to grass mowing replacing the other pair I was using for it.

A couple of the kids thought it was a bright idea to poke a snake that came in the vicinity of our walking path to the cabins. Nipped that in the bud as soon as I saw it. Once we were gone the snake left too. Not sure what kind it was either.

There was a bet between some of the kids this year just like last year whether the girls or boys would win. The same child did the same bet as last year and he lost then and now. The result was that he wear make up put on by the girls and go about camp. Truly funny. I even got a snapshot of it but obviously can’t post pictures of the kids here. The girls paraded him around camp so everybody could see him and then let him take it off.

We also had one of the hemo nurses in our cabin. She got up around 4ish. The screen door screeched like no tomorrow as she was in/out many times before heading up to the hemo unit and then it would bang against the door itself which pushed it to swing open. We also had one of the kids bags bust around the zipper. The other counselor in the cabin asked if she could borrow some WD-40 and duct tape. You should’ve seen the look she got lol either way, the screen door was quiet as a mouse opening/closing except when it hit the door and banged and we got the kids bag all duct taped up. I asked many times before I did it if she needed anything because she wasn’t going to get anything out of it until she got home lol we taped it up the very last day when they were leaving.

I kept the dogs home this week as well since Pepper is still alive, deaf and partially blind. She is also in kidney failure and needs regular fluids and special diet. I had a friend arranged to take care of her but that turned into a huge fiasco and will tell you about that in another post.

Overall, camp went well even with all the rain and mud because the pool was still open for the kids even though the water was freezing. I was laying on the cement beside the pool, fell asleep, and then ended up covered in ants on my legs. Not cool.

ADDENDUM: Forgot to mention that Keenan Butler also came out one day for a couple of the color competition games at camp. The kids got a kick out of that and lots of pictures were taken and some even asked for autographs even though they had nothing for him to sign lol





Pepper is 15

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 | Animals, Health, Nature with Comments Off on Pepper is 15

image Pepper will be 16 next month and just like my cat, Inky, she is now in kidney failure too. She was at the vets everyday last week for IV fluids and subq fluids and now I’m doing subq fluids at home everyday now that we got her creatinine back down to the normal range. The vet thinks we caught it early to be able to reverse it because I noticed she was sluggish which she usually isn’t when I took her in for her monthly polyglycon shot to help with her arthritis. So I made a morning appointment to see the vet and he did blood work which showed the kidney failure and the fact that her phosphorous was sky high. She is also now on a low phosphorous, low protein diet to help with both issues. Low protein will help in that her kidneys will not have to work as hard to process the protein through.

For whatever reason this always seems to coincide with my trip to kidney camp. So now I’m on the hunt for someone to be able to give fluids and watch them because I can’t put them in puppy jail as Pepper is deaf now and can only differentiate from light and dark. So puppy jail would cause her more stress. I found out one of my neighbors used to work at a vet so now I need to find out exactly what she did and to see how Pepper reacts to her if she was a vet tech and watch her give fluids because really I don’t trust anyone just from hearsay. I’m hoping that she won’t need them but maybe every other day or not at all as the vet wanted me to do fluids everyday for 2 weeks straight after last week to be sure it’s all functioning properly.

Ice Storm 2014

Friday, February 14th, 2014 | General, Nature with Comments Off on Ice Storm 2014

Summerville-20140212-00043So, we had yet another ice storm here with snow. Bridges were being shut down and some opened with others staying closed until the ice fell off the cables onto the road instead of onto the cars like the last time 3 weeks ago. They opened the cable stay bridge before the ice came crashing down so quite a few cars got smashed. The ice wasn’t anywhere near as bad as it was this time. I started hearing this creak and then crash. Scared the crap out of me the first time it happened. This was the neighbors tree that fell and what was hanging severely low I figured would have broken off but it did not.
These next 3 pictures are of my side yard as the tree limbs started falling. I had to keep racing downstairs to see what got hit to make sure it wasn’t serious. There is one pine tree in my neighbors back yard that has maybe 1-2 branches left after everything else fell. The tree limbs were still falling into the night. I think the last was around 10 PM.
In the afternoon it started raining ice pellets as they were falling off the trees because of the weight of them. I had to veer the dogs to another area of the yard to pee but that was short lived as they still went to the other area and the beagle got hit and she looked up like WTF?
Now if that wasn’t enough I just found out we had a confirmed 5.4 magnitude earthquake at 10:23 PM which originated in Georgia. Can’t say as I felt it as it was 30 minutes ago lol. I can’t remember what happened 5 minutes much less 30.

Wildlife Goes Traveling

Saturday, June 8th, 2013 | Nature with 1 Comment

gator So I forgot to post about all the wildlife coming out from their hiding spots since this tropical storm dumped a lot of rain on us this past week.

We got out of class a little early on Thursday due to the inclement weather. I took one of my classmates home, as he walks to and from the college because he lives so close, because it was raining. On the way to his house I was already right up on it as I was trying to miss it, and said I think I just ran over a snake. My friend goes, yeah I think you did too lol. Now, on the way back I didn’t find it at all in the middle of the road so I must have missed it, thankfully. I didn’t feel my tires go up a little bit, because if you’ve ever run over anything you can tell.

Then I happened to catch on twitter that this morning a driver ran over an alligator on one of the roads. The picture you see above. I guess the wildlife thought, high water, my time to venture out and explore. A lot of flooding was going on all over the place. You can read the story about it here which is where the picture came from.

And on the by and by I did manage to do all my quizzes and one exam. Oddly enough the time was increasing one each test by 5 minutes and the exam for 45 question was 60 minutes. So exam 1 – 15 question/15 minutes, exam 2 – 15 questions/20 minutes, exam 3 – 15 questions/25 minutes. Weird no?

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What Is This?

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 | Nature with 3 Comments

We are now going to play the what is it game and hopefully someone out there has an answer. This little guy has been clinging to my back screen door all day today. It is bright green and at first I thought maybe a big cricket but that is out. He is too big.

We have been having a lot of rain this past day due to Beryl rolling around out there and it looks like for another 4-5 days as well. So I’m thinking he came out because it was wet. I dunno though. Anybody got a clues? đź’ˇ

I’ll give you a :cookie: