Sunday, April 15, 2012

4/15/12 - Sunday Respite

Wonderful readers, I truly apologize for not posting these last few days.   Believe me, I’ve missed being in touch.   I am busy packing, sorting, pricing, and selling, and I am sore and exhausted.

I am trying to get rid of 53 years worth of accumulated minutia from my time on this earth and it’s not easy.  I understand others doing similar culling took at least two if not several months to do what I’m trying to accomplish in just two weeks!  Needless to say, I’m feeling a little insane.

So are my furry babies.  Miss Hope has an upset nervous tummy and has been sick more than a few times this past week.  Look at her holding my cell phone while I logged on to my blog.  Isn’t she adorable?  You can tell she doesn’t feel well though.

My sweet, docile Nonni has become aggressive.  She is taking treats right out of Bentley’s mouth!  While he’s chewing!  That is so not like her.  On top of that, she usually drops it immediately upon command, but this afternoon I actually had to pin her and lay her down on her side before she’d release his treat.  That broke my heart but it had to be done.  She had taken it out of my hand while I was in the process of giving it back to him!  She was over the whole thing right away but her momma sure wasn’t.  :(

Normally, Bentley is the original macho, Mr. Independent, lone wolf, who cries “I’m a boy dog.  Don’t fence me in momma.”   Every time I try to snuggle with him, he looks around as if he’s embarrassed and politely waits until I’m through and then bails.  Right now he won’t let me out of his sight and is staying within 2-3 feet of me – even on leash free outings!

It is amazing what stress can do to individuals, including our furbabies.  People that don’t understand just how human-like other animals are, need to wise-up, and fast.  I don’t get people that don’t get it.  I’ve run into some lately whose callous indifference to furry animals just blows my mind.  I much prefer furbabies over humans like that.

Okay, I’ll get off my soapbox now and get back on topic…

I know my sweet babies will be okay and I know that they will return to normal once the move is over and we’re settled.  In the meantime, I’m doing everything I can to try and help them.  In fact, I decided to stop working for awhile this evening and we went to CHSP.  I love that place.  Even though it’s only been just a few days since we’ve been there, I had forgotten how magical it is.

We had been walking for at least 20 minutes before I started relaxing enough to take deep breaths.  Then I began looking out, beyond my immediate world, and then up.  Almost poetically I saw these bluebirds sitting in the top of the trees just beyond the stop sign.  Stop, look up, and see the bluebirds…. a personal reminder from the Universe and Mother Nature herself.  I loved it.  Look at the bird on the left.  He has a worm in his mouth!

As we continued our long walk, I saw more and more creatures.  There were roadrunners, lizards, not to mention the bunnies - they were everywhere!  Here’s a pic of Nonni and Bentley trying to flush one out that had just crossed the road in front of us.

As we were leaving I got my RV fix by driving through the overnight campsites.  My friend Carolyn recently bought her long-awaited Miata.  Carolyn, this pic is for you.

Thank you to all my friends and family for lifting me up these last few days.  I honestly don’t think I could do this without all the support.  I love the comments from my wonderful readers, and the phone calls, texts and supportive email keep me going.  Each means more than you know.  Thank you.

Carolyn called over the weekend and read this passage to me from one of our favorite books, "Time for Joy":
It is only our judgmental mind that decides whether a situation is pleasant or unpleasant.  We are not fortune-tellers.  We are not God.
To accept what comes up as neither good nor bad, pleasant nor unpleasant but just what is, will release us from our resistance to life.  We will then be open to experience life as an adventure and to learn to see beyond appearances.
With that in mind, I’ll close with one of my favorite sayings by Thomas Keating:
God constantly speaks to us through each other, as well as from within.
God sure has been giving me lots of much needed hugZ through you guys lately.

Love and hugZ right back at ya,
(and Nonni and Bentley and Miss Hope)


  1. You see Debra, this is why it's not time for you to go into an RV. You may be quite ready and raring to go. That would be too much, for your babies right now. They have to get used to a smaller environment. For their sake you have to be patient. I will keep you and your furry babies in my prayers. Keep me in your prayers. I'm doing a lot of the same stuff myself. Not only getting rid of my things but also my parents brings. It's very difficult time for both of us. Don't forget to pamper yourself as well as your furry babies. Try to insert as much stress relieving activity is you can in the middle of the craziness you are dealing with right now. God bless.

  2. I echo Trina! Oh and remember to take laugh breaks often... they help me on even my craziest days :)

    If you can settle down to meditate a bit remember to talk to your babies in that state. I've done this tons of times with many of my furry family and I know without a doubt they hear me and understand.

    I'm sure it will all work out and remember at this time next month you'll be relaxing in your new place. Ahhhh..... doesn't it feel good just to think about it?

  3. Remember back a few days when we talked about "perspective"?? Seems you can find it at go as often as you can!!

  4. i agree with all the comments, especailly black sheep and go to CHSP as much as possible.
    our pets read us like a book and we are their Bible, their only bible. we stress they stress, we cry they cry, our Max when we moved her, almost had nervous breakdown when we started packing the boxes at the old house, when we moved in here, we had to take a weeks vacation, we could not leave him alone, one of us had to be with him. it took a full week for him to get over the move. and we only had him not other pets. our dogs now, if i am mad, they get worried, if i cry they get really worried, and when i stress, the stress. bob never gets stressed, but i do and they act totally different when i am upset. so this is real. they are feeding off you and what you feel and the boxes are making them fret. i wish you good luck with all this and your babies.

  5. Our furbabies do see our stress and they suffer their own and if only they could tell us exactly how they are feeling. I love the passage you shared and it makes perfect sense. I agree with the others, visit CHSP as often as possible

  6. @ All - Thank you SO much! OK - stress relieving activity, meditation and CHSP it is. Thanks for being here. I appreciate you staying in touch. I'll get settled and reciprocate soon. xoxoxo

  7. Debra, When I tell people that Angel is part Jack Russell, they say how hyper she must be, but she is a reflection of me. I'm mellow, she's mellow. So I try to remember, whatever is going on, IT IS WHAT iT IS, and deal with it the best that you can.
    Oh, remember, that you don't HAVE to price everything. Make an offer sometimes works better when having a yard sale if thats what you are able to do. NOT pricing takes away a little bit of stress.

    1. @ Susan - Needed that comment this morning. I am very tired, soar and stressed. This will help. Thank you! I sent you an email. Am planning on renting an RV for my bday in July and heading your way for a long weekend. I look forward to meeting you in person! HugZ, D

  8. Just stopped by to say Hello. Sounds like you are really busy! Got a lot going on on this end too. Will have to catch up. When are u moving? HAven't had a chance to catch up on all your blog. Way behind! Give the animules a hug for me. Miss you guys! Lee.