Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Is it really March?

Grandma's helper

Ok folks, time is flying by!! (it'll be Christmas before we know it)

February was a busy month for me.

 Several of you have asked about Butterbean, as my last post was about him and his surgery.  He recovered extremely well from his surgery and acts like a young dog again.  I guess those large two tumors were affecting his activity level.  He has been kicking and playing and chasing his tail, and acting like a young boy again.

The  bad news is that he does have malignant cancer.  Both biopsies showed the cancer, which has pretty well been removed at this time.  We have elected not to do any type of further treatment, but will love him for as long as we can.
Brinley Kate

This little girl came to stay with Grandma and Papa for 9 days.  She was a pure pleasure to have around and is growing up so fast.  I realized two things about her while she was here;  1. She loves suckers (lollipops) and spent a LOT of  time trying to decide which flavor she could have the next time she was allowed one.  2.  She loves playing baby dolls as much as her Grandma did when she was a little girl.  

I loved seeing that she included her doll in all day play.  Whatever we were doing, we had to consider the doll.... what she was wearing, if she needed to eat, if she could ride in the car, etc.

Since Brinley has gone back home, I have been going through my scrap flannel and making bedding accessories.  I have two cradles and I'm trying to get them both fixed up for when both granddaughters are here at the same time.  

From there, I made mini burp pads for the dolls; then wash cloths and towels.  I need to pick up baby bottles, make cloth diapers, and anything else I can think of to get our granddaughter doll center into place. It has been fun and mindless sewing so far.


As if we need another sad dog story, here's another one about our black dachshund.  He woke me up at 3:00 Monday morning (snow on the ground) and needed to go outside, which is rare for him.  He was acting a little strange, pacing, scratching and just not being himself.  By last night, he was vomiting and very lethargic.

I took him to the vet this morning and he was diagnosed with liver and heart problems.  We came home with a bag of medication to see if we can get him better.  He is already feeling better by this afternoon, but I'm not sure how the long term will be for him.  

I know my dogs are now known as 'old dogs' but it seems odd to me that so much is happening all at once with them.  (Sweet Pea, the other dachshund has a fast growing mass on her shoulder that we will have looked at next)  We moved here two years ago and the only thing that is different with them is our water supply.  We are now on municipal water, whereas we had used well water before.  Any thoughts?  The whole dog process is a first time thing for me.  

I have been cleaning out and reorganizing my sewing room which has been a busy job.  I have rearranged the layout and I think I like it better.  I'm hoping the new arrangement will make me spend a little more time in there.  The weather is still cool here, but I just know Spring is right around the corner!!

Question:  I have noticed that a lot of bloggers no longer reply to their comments with an email.  This means we have to go back to their blog to see if they have any kind of reply for us.  I'm not really a fan of this way, but I'm wondering if there is a way to know they have responded without having to go back to the same post to find out. 



Wendi said...

Sorry to hear about your pups. They wiggle their ways into our hearts and it hurts when they aren't well. Love that you are making goodies for the grands. They will be super happy!

Janet O. said...

My goodness, you are having lots of doggy woes! So sorry about that!
Looks like you have had a very cute companion for a while--and what a good grandma to get all those accessories ready for the dolly loving little ones. :)
When I know that is how someone responds, I usually forget and never get back to see what they have said. I follow way too many blogs to have to visit the posts multiple times. I'm lucky to get there once!!

Anne in the kitchen said...

Your granddaughter is adorable! I love that you have thing for their babies when they visit. I only have one granddaughter and she is not a big doll gal, but after her last visit we did find she loves playing "make-up" I am in the process of making her a vanity with assorted potions and lotions.
I am one of those bloggers who does not respond to comments through email. I do respond on the blog to each and every one though.

marina said...

seems like it isn't raining but pouring with regards to your four leggers....hope they can enjoy good times and stay well for you.
very cute doll accessories, very special.

Debbie J said...

I love that first picture of Brinley looking out the door at the dog. So sorry that your dogs are having so many problems. They are lucky that you are taking such good care of them.

I really love the doll items you are making and the idea of buying bottles, etc.! So creative! I hope my little Victoria will love dolls, but we shall see. If so, I will make lots of doll things for her too. My daughter had a doll carrier that my sister in law made. I plan to sew some little sundresses and other easy to make type clothes for her.

Some of my comments don't show up with an email. They do show up when I check pending comments and then its hard to respond with an email. I try to reply to their comment with another comment, but I don't know if they ever see it.

You are such a great blogger friend, grandma, furbaby mom and I'm sure in other areas! (wife, mom, sister, aunt, cousin and friend)

Ivona said...

I hope your doggies will feel better and stay with you for a long time, your sewing looks fun.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That's good news about Butterbean feeling better but also very sad news. Our daughters dog was diagnosed almost 3 years ago with cancer and they decided not to do anything because the costs were way out of their budget. He is still doing very well. I will be praying for your dogs. ((Hugs))

So glad you had your granddaughter with you. That had to be fun.

Debbie said...

(((((((HUGS))))) and lots of healing prayers for your fur babies. That is a lot to deal with all at once. :( I am glad that you had your granddaughter with you to help brighten things up though. It's so sweet of you to be making things for her and her baby dolls. I know she is going to love that.

Making Cents Of It All said...

The poor puppy. I know what you mean about having older dogs. Last time we took ours to the vet they called her that. I got so sad. They are our babies .