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I am grateful that the holidays are behind us and so are our checkups with our primary care doctor. Ted has one Monday and one Tuesday at the V.A. and then we are through for awhile. I am sporting two black eyes because I had a terrible fall and hit my head on a console. I has rushing around as usual and not being careful. I am sure that everyone will think Ted has been using me for a punching bag except that he can't stand up long enough to punch anyone. We babysat the Yorkie and the semi chihuahua for my grand daughters. They were a mess. The Yorkie is very bossy and jealous and Penny appears to be part circus dog. She walks on her hind legs with ease and can jump as high as my head. We are all relieved, most of all Jose. Mandy loves me and slept on my pillow which is his spot. He graciously allowed it but drew the line at playing with Penny. I am taking the thirty day challenge to de clutter. so far have given two sacks of clothing to the Salvation Army and cleaned the pantry and half of the kitchen cabinets. I only last a few hours and I am a little behind on the kitchen cabinets. The closet is the most difficult because I get attached to clothes and I have seven of them crammed foll and not just with clothing. I am going to box up the Christmas ornaments and give them to my daughter. About Penny, the potential circus dog: Her tail is a circle and no one could tell me what the other genetic contribution could be She is obviously half chihuahua. John suggested that I try you tube for dogs with curly tails and the closest I could come was a Bessengie which seems pretty exotic. She was found wandering the streets and the kids rescued her. It is nice to be living a normal life again.

posted on Jan 5, 2020 3:47 AM ()


so, no photo of you with black eyes ... We are cluttered with guardian paperwork and Ed doesn't file. Also, he keeps clothes, some brand new designer shirts in their plastic wrappings sit in the spare bedroom dresser and he can't wear them because they no longer fit. For all I know, they are out of style now. Our closets are over filled. He keeps buying more clothes. It's role reversal. I do need underwear though.
comment by tealstar on Jan 8, 2020 1:23 PM ()
Ted would be content with 2 tee shirts and 2 pairs of jeans so it has been my mission to keep him supplied with nice clothes. It is role reversal with you and Ed but I suspect that like me, Ed never had nice things as a child so he hangs on to them now.
reply by elderjane on Jan 9, 2020 6:29 AM ()
Falls can happen so easily that it's scary. Please be renewed-ly careful or else wear a big coat of bubblewrap. About the house full of stuff, my sister had the opposite problem. One aspect of her husband's depression was that he felt compelled to get rid of things, and tossed out brand new clothing she'd just bought him, and all sorts of things. He doesn't remember now.
comment by drmaus on Jan 6, 2020 2:02 PM ()
I believe throwing away too much is even worse than clutter! I try hard to be careful. It is being in a hurry that is my downfall, In the meantime, the black eyes are embarrassing and can't be totally concealed with make up.
reply by elderjane on Jan 7, 2020 3:14 AM ()
Poor girl! I am so sorry you fell and hurt yourself.
It seems kind of nice to be getting back into our routines here as well. It's REALLY nice that the kiddos are back in school
comment by kristilyn3 on Jan 6, 2020 8:56 AM ()
I always loved Mom time with the kids at home but I also loved the freedom of having them in school. Before they started to school, I took them to a mother's day out at our church so I could have some me time. they bitterly resented it. Now Jose resents it if we leave the house without him.
reply by elderjane on Jan 7, 2020 3:18 AM ()
My reply to John disappeared. Anyhow Penny looked to be part Bassengi which is pretty exotic for a stray. The second half is definitely chihuahua. Adrienne says she will snuggle anything with a pulse which is a nice trait for a dog.
comment by elderjane on Jan 6, 2020 5:26 AM ()
I don't want to go into a home and someone has to clean out my house, and they'll come see me with a shell-shocked look in their eye because they had no idea how much absolute worthless stuff could be stashed around here, but they won't say anything because they're speechless. So I'm hoping I'll drop dead the day after I put my business affairs in order.
comment by traveltales on Jan 5, 2020 5:15 PM ()
I get a feeling of relief thinking about estate sales because they take about half the proceeds and they do all the work, which seems well worth it to me.
reply by elderjane on Jan 6, 2020 5:23 AM ()
I've heard that there are DNA kits for dogs but I doubt that it's important enough for you to consider. As for clutter: maybe somebody could talk to Donna about attachment to things. It don't think it works to say "somebody will have to clean up this mess when you die". But left alone, the hoard only gets bigger. I'll never hear the end of it when/if she sees this comment, but there's really no other way for me to come to terms with it. Cleaning it up myself is out of the questions. I wouldn't survive the aftermath.
comment by jjoohhnn on Jan 5, 2020 6:25 AM ()
This has me smiling all to myself right now. Very well put, sir!
reply by jerms on Jan 21, 2020 8:15 PM ()
I guess Donna will have to do the decluttering by herself! It is a horrible job. It takes a lot of stamina,
reply by elderjane on Jan 7, 2020 3:22 AM ()

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