Blue Butterfly

Friday, August 12, 2016

I'm ba-ack... .

Hello to all you Fabulous Bloganistas, I am back with a new wee pal,  This is "Susie" she's an 8 year old Parson Russell Terrier Mix -- we adopted her, or she actually adopted Bob and me, on the 20th of July this year -- since wee Corey leaving to go be with his brother Buddy and all his other pals, the house has been oh so empty;  it is hard getting another pooch, makes you feel as if you are being unfaithful to the one(s) you just lost, but the one good thing is that although the other pooches are no longer with us, in person, the memories they left us with will never fade or go away.

Susie is quite the little madame, she gives Bob a hard time, always growling and barking when he sneaks up on us when we are sitting in our Gal Cave doing what Gals do (...nothing... .) so when Himself sneaks in to the hallway at the end of the house where our Gal Cave is, she's right there barking telling him he needs to announce himself, better still, telling him to bring treats.  I've asked him if he is worried in case she and I are having a wild party, ha, that happens when he is out of town.  Come to think on it, he even snuck (?)  around before she joined us at home -- such are the joys, I'll keep my opinion to myself.

I have been recuperating after the replacement of my right knee, hmmm!!! I had this op on Monday the 8th of February this year -- the physical therapy has been intense, however, I had an excellent therapist, Carolyn at Heritage Valley Rehab Centre and her assistant Monica, two great gals, not to forget Mindy who was the admin assistant - I had in-house therapy 2 times a week for 4 weeks, then I started outside therapy the beginning of March and just finished the end of July.  Don't know if I was supposed to be going for such a long time but the insurance company kept on paying and I kept on going... .  Although my stamina is not yet up to snuff, I am getting around really well and I keep in my mind that it will only get better as time goes by.

We've been having an extremely hot, humid Summer and a lot of rain to boot, however, come the middle of January I'll be wishing for some of the heat - I can hear the Thunder rumbling outside (beats rumbling around inside... .) so maybe there's more rain on the way. 

Here's another picture of Susie having a doggy-nap (something like a cat nap) the day after she came home with us - she might be 8 years of age but I don't think anyone has told her, she is like a dog out the traps the way she dashes through the house, but that's okay, we love her and we are enjoying every minute of it.  Okay, time for me to scat and get something done, don't know what but that's okay, so until next time, Susie and I wish you all a safe and happy life - cheerio, toodle pips, au revoir, ta ra and all that jazz love to all,  Elizabeth, "Liz" etc., etc., xox

Monday, March 21, 2016

Corey's Farewell

Hello to all you fabulous Bloganistas and those of you in training -- I meant to write this a few weeks ago but one thing and another had me postpone it, so here goes... .
Since last July 2015, the muscles in my legs have slowly been deteriorating,  I can still hear Mum saying I was staggering around like a Drunken Sailor.  My eye sight wasn't the best either - can't say the same for my appetite it was in top form.
Anyhow, as the months went bye it was obvious I wasn't going to get better - Mum spoke with the vet and he said my body was getting weaker, but I could hold on for a wee bit longer.  We saw Christmas in which, as usual was fun with lots of treats and pressies along with Robert's new dog Rika, and then Hogmanay and New Year's Day - so I made it in to my 16th year in people years and 112 in doggy years.
Then, Mum and Dad had to make the decision on what to do - so, on Saturday the 6th of February 2016, we made the journey to the Vet's office up in Wexford where we had to say our farewells..  Mum cuddled me and it felt so good (took the cuddles with me).  I fought the good fight but I was tired and wanted to be with my brother Buddy - at 11:20a.m. I made the journey towards the Rainbow Bridge where my Brother, and all my other family doggies were waiting for me and cheering me on with each step I took.
I want to share a few thoughts as I headed to "just this side of heaven to a place called Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bridge... .   Let me tell you about this place,  there are meadows and hills for me, Corey,  and all my family members who have gone before me - they are now all running around and playing. Healthy and free of the pains of growing old.  There is plenty of food (perhaps even the chicken, lambs liver, rice, etc., that Mum always cooked for me) fresh water and warm sunshine where I, and all my pals are feeling comfortable and happy and once again young.
All of my family pals, me included, who have been ill and old are restored to young, healthy puppies as we remember when we first became family members and Mum and Dad our caretakers.  We are strong and full of life, except for one thing, Mum is not there to take care of us as she has always done.  Mum and Dad know I had to go but that doesn't ease the ache this has left in their hearts.   I, Corey, am now running and playing with Buddy, Kya, Nessie, McTavish, Ginger, Kaiser, Tammy, Heather, Terry, Hotep, and the other doggies who have blessed Mum and Dad's lives.   My sight is no longer dimmed, my limbs now once again strong and I am  running, faster and faster towards my doggy family.  Hey, I can hear them calling my name and cheering me on, "...c'mon Corey, we've been waiting for you - I have been spotted - and when I, and my other pals finally meet, we will cling and cuddle in a joyous reunion never again to be parted. 
In parting, I leave these words in Mum's memories -- "... our wee kisses and happy sounds will soothe your aching heart,  and your hands, once again will caress our wee bodies and beloved heads.  You and Dad will gaze once again in to our trusting eyes and see our love and you both know that you gave all of us the best lives and love anyone could have given us.
It's me again, wee Corey, I am reaching the Rainbow Bridge - hey, I can hear them all calling for me to get a move on and, believe it or not, my wee legs are so strong and getting stronger.
One day Mum and Dad, along with all of us together, will cross The Rainbow Bridge together never again to be parted and absent from all of our hearts. 
It's now time for me to say my final farewells, cheerios, toodle pips, and all that jazz - I'll remember you all, always - here's a picture of me and my brother Buddy - he's the sleepy one to the front.  
Love Wee Corey  xox

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Hi to all you fabulous Bloganistas and those of you in training, this is going to be a
short Blog  and I have inserted a picture of one of my favourite TV characters, ALF (Alien Life Form)  Alf loves to eat cats (sorry to all you ladies who love cats, as do I)  but this wee guy really puts a smile on my face.
Those of you who have seen the show know what I mean.  I even have a stuffed toy, courtesy of my family, hey, what can I say.

As you all know I had both my hips replaced last year --  now,  I said, this is going to be a short Blog -- next Monday 8th February I will be going in to hospital again to have my right knee replaced -- what a way to start out the new year.  One good thing to look forward to is that there will be no more pain and I'll be able to walk again, well, as well as I ever did in the past.

So ladies and gents -- toodle pips, cheerio, 'bye, au revoir, ta ra and all that jazz and, as usual my wee dog Corey sends you all his best woof woofs.    All the best and keep me in your thoughts.  "E"  "Liz", Elizabeth, Beth  and all the other names we can't mention here.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Here's to the memories... .

Hello to all you fabulous Bloganistas and those of you in training... .
This year, 2015, has been one with many ups and downs, good and not so good (but still manageable)  In January, our son Robert lost his dear pet, KYA, it was time for her to go over the Rainbow Bridge and be with our other family pets, pain free - running around and playing again, like the puppy she was when Robert rescued her at the age of 4 months in September 2000.  I can remember the time Bob and I puppy-sat her when Robert was out of town -- I came home one day from shopping and she was sitting up on the bed looking ever so lovely until I looked around the room -- the drapes on the two windows were pulled down and on the floor -- I thought that was bad until I walked down in to the Family Room, only to discover you could drive a MAC Truck through the side of one of my armchairs - she had the cheek to look innocent.  Nonetheless, she was our "girl" and we loved her until the 13th of January 2015 (and still do... .)
You all probably remember my stint in the hospital in March and June when I had my hips replaced - if it is ever suggested that you need to  have this done, just ask " soon... ."  I have the name of a great orthopaedic surgeon, just call and I'll be glad to give it to you.

When it came to my plants and veggies, due to my recovery from these two operations I was not able to work in my garden and as the months went on, it showed -  however, there will be other days when I can get everything back to where I like it, especially the veggies and my Aunt Emily's plants that she gave to me, i.e., Iris corms, and Scottish Marigold seeds - my poor Scottish Blue Bell bulbs were all eaten by Chippy the Chipmunk, oh well, I didn't have the heart to "do him in".

Halloween came and went with fewer little Goblins this year -- we live on a private road that is not too accessible on foot and is makes you realize,  how quickly the years go - now I have to remember that all the wee Tricksters we used to get are now driving and are too chic to be out guizin' (Scottish for trick or treating.)

Then came Thanksgiving, that great day of celebration when we all eat way too much turkey and all the goodies that go with it, hey, that's what it's all about.

Now as we see the comings and goings of 2015 almost behind us, in a couple of days,  we will be giving thanks for making it through another year, thinking on those people around the World whose lives were taken from them, all too soon.  Some of us will be spending time with family and friends, opening presents and enjoying tasty meals and laughing and reminiscing the year behind us.  So, as we are all enjoying, please take a moment, no matter how and in our own ways,  to celebrate the real story of Christmas.

Before I go, I want to introduce everyone to my son Robert's new pup (to the right) he rescued her 2 weeks ago, her name is RIKA (Reeka) and she is about 12-18 months old  - is she a beauty or what.  So, on that note, I wish each and every one a Merry Christmas, a Guid Hogmanay and a Safe and Happy New Year -- cheerio, toodle pips, au revoir and all that jazz from me, Bob and our wee Corey - he'll be 15 on Christmas Day.  Thank you for letting me share my year with you.    All the best to one and all.   
P.S.  Single, left click, on the pictures to enlarge them.  

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all... .

Hello to all you fabulous Bloganistas and those of you in training.  Well, the snow hasn't arrived yet, here in Pittsburgh (thanks goodness) -  that being said,  even tho' it is a lot of cooking and running around, at least for the women in this country (hint, hint... .)  the men just sit back, watch football on TV and enjoy the spoils of our labour;  however, the two men in my life, my husband Bob and son Robert, always clear the table, clean the dishes and load the washer, so in that area I have a lot to be thankful for and I always remember to tell them.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful Holiday  that we, here in the States, really enjoy - never forgetting that it is a tribute to the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620. Our way of celebrating, over the centuries, has changed, but we all need to remember the sacrifices they made and their endurance; as a result, here we are today, 395 years later, still giving Thanks and enjoying the tradition established all those years ago.
Thanksgiving traditionally kicks off the Christmas shopping season -- I was out this morning and stopped in at Kohls and did most of my shopping, however, you can be sure I'll be dashing around at the last minute for those little things I forgot.
Tomorrow will see me getting side dishes prepared and into the 'fridge ready for the oven on Thursday -- that being said, please send good thoughts my way - the main electric breaker needs to be replaced and it kicks off the electricity when I least expect it, so let's hope I get all the food cooked and ready for the table.  Oh, did I mention I have an all electric house, so your good thoughts will be more than welcome... .
Wee Corey is hanging in there -- the muscles in his legs have deteriorated and he is having a tough time walking but it has done nothing to diminish his appetite, he scoffs down 3, sometimes 4 meals each day, and inbetween has his Pupperoni treats and then mooches when Bob and I are eating our evening meal.   He'll be 16 on Christmas Day x 7 in people years, so that makes him 112.
Well, to all my Family and Friends, Bob, Corey and I wish you all a HAPPY THANKSGIVING, be safe and especially BE HAPPY and THANKFUL for what we have - from my table to yours.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

As time goes by... .

Hello to all you fabulous Bloganistas and those of you in training.  Here's a picture of my front door that I want to share with you  in the waning days of Summer, however, Autumn arrived Wednesday, 23rd September at 4:21a.m. here on the East coast of the USA and 9:21a.m. in the UK, so enjoy 'cause the next pic you will see of my front door will have snow around it.   (My computer is jumping all over the place and my patience is really wigging out, so bear with me... .)
Here in Pittsburgh, we are having such a lovely spell of weather - 80far. (about 23c.) not a cloud in the beautiful blue sky and the winds are rustling the leaves on the trees which, after our first frost, will be a kaleidescope of  Fall colours.  What a difference a couple of days make.  Although it's still warm, we are being deluged with torrential rains - Bob's going on like a Banshee saying it's going to make the grass grow and he'll have to cut it again before the season is over.   I'm looking forward to Autumn, one of my favourite seasons.                                                
 Bob was saying he would have to buy me a cutlery block in which to put my new kitchen knives - since he was in a buying  mood I told him that I've always wanted one of those magnetic knife holders that you stick your knives on -- I now have one and oh my goodness, it makes my kitchen look ever so professional - Jamie Oliver would be ever so proud of me... . 
This Thursday I have an appointment with a doctor who specializes in the nerves that we have in our bodies -- I guess this to find out, coupled with the MRI I had done last Monday, if the problem is with my Sciatic nerve being imflamed/pinched and causing the crippling pain - so we'll see and I'll let you know.  
Okay, time to scat and leave you with this lovely Autumn picture, so I'll say cheerio, toodle pips, ta ra, au revoir and all that jazz, Cory sends you his love, as do I.  Until then, Love to all and be safe.  "E"
As I said, it's jumping all over the spectrum... . 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Happy Birthday to Moi - 26th August !!!

Hello to all you fabulous Bloganistas and those of you in training -- I'm inviting you all to help me celebrate my birthday today -- I am relaxing and enjoying doing "nothing"  
Received some lovely cards from family and friends and terrific gifts -- my sister and brother-in-law sent me Jamie Oliver's 15 Minute Meals cookbook - before he starts with the recipes and how-to's he listed a number of kitchen utensils, blenders etc., and then he goes on with a list of thingies, spices and "stuff" I will need to have in my cupboard or pantry, whichever.  This will give me a good excuse to throw out and buy fresh stuff. For some time now I've been complaining about my kitchen work knives, so guess what else I received, yep, a truck load of goodies from Bob to help me put Jamie's cookbook to good use, but I couldn't throw out my old, I mean really old kitchen knives, so I stuffed them in an already stuffed to the gills drawer.  This caused me to clean my kitchen counter, in back of the utensil holders, hm, amazing what you find... .  Bob also got me a couple of nifty Shot Glasses (I collect these along with Pepper and Salt Shakers) up in Ohio and a miniature snow scene.   This Sunday, Robert is taking me out for Brunch to Bonnie and Clyde's - he knows  I like this restaurant up in Wexford.

Okay Bloganistas, time to get back to relaxing -- Corey sends you his bow-wow hugs and I say cheerio, toodle pips, au revoir, taa raa, bye y'all and all that jazz.  Until next time, love to all from "E" and Corey. 

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