Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Roses are in bloom

Our roses are starting to bloom!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

So this happened last Friday....

Something very cool happened last Friday...
Matt legally changed his last name to his Step-dads.
It's something he has been wanting to do for over a year but we told him he needed to wait until he was 18. The minute he turned 18, he was hounding me to get him the paperwork so we could get a court date.
It took over 3 months to finalize the whole thing but as of last Friday these two have the same last night...they are legally stuck with each other now!!!
I'm thrilled that Matt wanted to take Chris's last name...Chris has been a wonderful father figure to him (as he hasn't had one for years) and it only seemed fitting he would honor that by changing his name.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Hite Cove Trail

I read about Hite Cove Trail on a Yosemite Blog not long ago and it's been on my to-see list since then.
Hite Cove is 10 miles outside of the Merced Entrance to Yosemite and
it was finally time for the poppies to be in bloom so this morning I made the 3 hour drive...
I wasn't disappointed!
What I wasn't prepared for was the very narrow trail.....

It was super narrow especially with all the people on the trail.
Every time someone wanted to get by me I let out a little whimper of panic.
I would also like to point out the man in the picture below...
he is climbing the rocks to get
a better picture.
He was nuts because if you tumble down the rocks and over the narrow trail -
you tumble down 200 feet toward the Merced River below....

Look out below.....

It was a beautiful hike and I am glad I did it. I can't say I would ever do it again, but for those more daring than me the trail goes back 4 miles where there is an abandoned mining camp. I couldn't make it past the first mile.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Stella's recovery update

Stella's recovery is going quite well. The leg is healing nicely and I'm over my anxiety attacks.
Neither of us are sleeping well but that's expected.
We keep the cone off most of the day - she really doesn't mess with her leg which is wonderful.
If she isn't in one of the two crates we have set up for her, she is leashed and next to us.
The only time she gives us fits is when we put her in the big crate we are using when we go to work.  She has gotten out of it three times! Now it has 4 clips, a bungee cord and a coffee table in front of it.

The boys are being very helpful with ear rubs, belly rubs and just keeping her happy and content.  5 more weeks of leash and rehab but the cone will be done soon I hope.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Military Ball

Last Saturday was the NJROTC Military Ball.
Matt has been a part of NJROTC for the past three years.
I love that our High School has such a successful program
and that he has had the
opportunity to be a part of it.
Most likely Saturday night was the last time I will see him in a
military uniform as he has decided not to enlist. 
College first and then who knows after that. Maybe military then, maybe police academy...he hasn't decided. I changed my major 4 or 5 times so I totally understand where he is with all this right now.
He and his girlfriend looked so cute together.

They had a great time and I loved getting this
 "selfie" sent to me during the evening.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Let the recovery process begin

I'm not going to lie...when the Vet brought Stella out I gasped and then started a cry a bit.
I had no idea how drastic this surgery really was. I was expecting a small scar like I have from my ACL reconstruction. I had no idea she would have a full leg incision.
By the time we got her home (which the car ride was miserable) and got her settled into her crate I was having a full on anxiety attack.
I was not prepared for this what so ever!
Fortunately...Stella is doing great.
She has a pain patch on her right foot and for the most part she is pain free. She whines a bit but that's more from not being able to find a comfortable laying position. Plus the cone of shame isn't helping one bit.
She is doing well hobbling out to potty (she is on a leash any time she is out of the crate). She is eating great and sleeping well.
Me....not so much.
Since I can't take her upstairs, I attempted to sleep on an air mattress. By midnight I ditched the mattress and moved to the couch which was just a bit better. Between me not being comfy and Stella trying to sleep with the cone in her way, we probably got 3 hours of sleep.
Needless to say there isn't enough caffeine at work to keep me going today. I'm not sure how I'm going to make this work for the next 6 weeks.
I am grateful we have such a good vet and she is healing (so far) well. The next 6 weeks will be filled with small therapy exercises, little walks about the back yard and lots of cuddling in the dog crate.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Stella and her bionic knee

Today Stella gets her new bionic knee. It's not really bionic
 but we shall refer to it as that from now on.
A few weeks ago she tore her CCL which is the human version of an ACL.
We had no idea how she did it but since she likes to jump and chase things in the back yard
we are assuming it happened one of those two ways. 
During the x-ray process last week, we were also told her left one shows
 damage so somewhere down the road this one will have to be replaced.
She will spend the next two days at the Vet and then come home
with strict recovery instructions.
 The vet said two weeks of down time
 (please someone tell me how you keep a dog down day after day after day???).
After that she will slowly be able to use her leg and hopefully if all
goes well she will be back jumping and chasing things in a few months.
I'm a bit nervous about today's surgery.
I had my ACL replaced 5 years ago and it was so painful.
 I can't even imagine what it's going to be like for her. :(

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