Friday, November 22, 2013


J.R. is not feeling well.  He's 13 and I'm afraid he has a serious illness.  I got back from a trip to Florida last week and he had an infection in his mouth.  He had to have two teeth pulled.  He seems to have bounced back from that, but he's lost 10 pounds in the past year or so and is all skin and bones.  He's having trouble with his balance now.  I suspect he has cancer, and I'm hoping I don't have to make the decision to have him put to sleep - although I will not let him suffer.  I just took this picture -- we're in the office and you'll notice I still have boxes to unpack!

I put my big-girl panties on and drove myself to Florida.  I have an old (we've known each other since kindergarten when we were 4 years old!) friend that is living the RV life and is wintering in Florida now.  I drove down to see him.  I stayed at a great Hampton Inn on Orange Beach, AL, which was only 7 miles from his RV park in FL.  It was just what I needed -- we did nothing but relax, a little walking on the beach, a few get-togethers at the campground in the evenings around a campfire.  It was the first vacation I've taken since 2007.  I took two days to drive down and two days to drive back - about 7-1/2 hours each day.  I had no problems.  I did join AAA before I left and I had my local mechanic check out my car and change the oil, just to be on the safe side.  I proved to myself that I can do things as a single woman - and that was important to me.  Next up is a trip to Hawaii!  I'm going to "Quilting on the Beach".  I've signed up for classes with Nancy Lee Chong -- I've taken all her classes on Quilt University and can't wait to do the classes in person.  And, Hawaii has been on my bucket list for years! (Bill wouldn't take me there because he'd been there - of course it was during WWII!). 

I think I'm finally getting things organized enough that I can maybe do a blog post a little more often :-).

 I've been blessed with my little dog for 13 years.  He's been a treasure.
Safe travel to and from Florida.
Something to look forward to every day.

Until next time...Blessings to you.


Kathy Haskins said...

WTG!!! You must be proud!! That's a big accomplishment.......congrats!
Sorry to hear that JR isn't feeling well......we lost one of our furbabies this summer and his sister is really slowing down. They turned 14 and we lost Sarge 10 days later. Molly is dong OK..., but we'll see.....winter is hard on them.
Looking forward to seeing more posts!

Anonymous said...

Wow! A trip to Florida, I'm glad you had a nice time. Poor little JR. I hope he feels better.

Carolyn said...

Congratulations! I did a drive to Florida myself this summer, from NJ. I went about 5 hours the first day since I left after work, then close to 11 the second day. I was so proud of myself and it was wonderful to prove I could do it after 2 years of illness and chronic pain. I'll be making the trip again starting January 3rd, but this time I'll have my youngest with me. It was her car I drove down to her and when she finishes her college program at Disney, we'll drive back together. I'm so happy that you're taking these steps on your own! I also hope your pup is not in pain and that you know the time is right to make the decision. It's so hard.