Sunday, July 26, 2015


My vacation is over!  That's always sad but it also is always good to get back home.

I was in Ocean City, MD with my one sister, her two daughters and her two grandsons.  We went last year and had a great time, so we went back this year.  Needless to say, my eating habits weren't good; oh the intention was there but they didn't play out.  So I'm back to square one; still doing simply filling.  I had a doctor's appointment prior to leaving for the beach and he suggested I enjoy myself and get back on track when I return.  So that's the plan!  He also upped my thyroid meds a teeny bit to move my metabolism along.

But anyway, I'm back and back on track and though it looks like I'm starting over - I'm not defeated yet!

Saturday, July 18, 2015


So I see another month has gotten away from me!  I really don't want to give up blogging; but life often takes over!!

I did ANOTHER Paint Nite and had tons of fun; I'm also signed up for another in August and have lots of friends coming along for that one.  This is the painting I did this time:

My dogs were a little bottom heavy; but I thought it turned out great!  This painting was very close to me...I see Toby & Lucy looking up in the sky at Keyser (represented by that bone shaped cloud).  I had signed up for this painting before losing Keyser (or even aware that I was) and now it seems like it was a glance into the future.

I do LOVE the Paint Nites though - there's one going on this afternoon with some spots left; I'd love to go but I'm getting ready for:

V A C A T I O N!!!!!

This is the second (hopefully annual) trip to Ocean City, MD with my sister, nieces and great-nephews!  Sure to be fun and entertaining; oh and I can taste those hard shell crabs already!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

An Update!

This past week a co-worker and I went to Paint Nite.  If you've never heard of this or have been afraid to attend one - you really need to check them out!  They are a lot of fun and you need positively no artistic ability!  Trust me art is not my talent but even my painting came out good:
Mine doesn't look like the artist's nor anyone else's in the room - but it looks like something!  I'm doing another in July and am really looking forward to it.
CC and I went yard selling and wine testing yesterday.  The one winery was having a festival in honor of their dog Rusty's birthday!  There was an artist there doing caricature drawings.  I showed him this photo on my phone:
And asked him to do just Keyser.   I LOVE IT:

Yes, I'm Still Alive!

I'm really really trying to maintain this blog, but blogger just isn't always cooperative and it does it on both my home and work computers.  I can only assume my account is corrupt or something......I really don't want to lose everything.

I like blogger better than wordpress, it is just so much more simplier to use!

So bare with me as I work out the glitches....

Monday, June 1, 2015


Friday the call came and well.....Keyser came home:

My dear sweet baby boy......

Friday, May 22, 2015


Last night our Keyser went to the Rainbow Bridge - we miss him so very much!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

My Keyser Dog

I received some bad news Friday – the unexpected, not ready for kind.

Our Keyser dog won’t be with us much longer…..   :(    I’m heartbroken.

He seemed fine yesterday morning; but when I got home from work he didn’t greet me with the normal beagle/hound bark that he normally does.  When I walked him he was very stiff and slow and really didn’t want to walk.  When I took him back in, he just flopped on the floor and wouldn’t take his treat, even though I topped it with peanut butter.  Definitely not good signs, but since he suffers from back and hip issues, I thought he just injured something again while jumping.

I called the vet and they told me to bring him in.  It became clear by both the vet and I that we weren’t dealing with his normal issues; that seemed fine; but his gums were pale which indicates anemia which indicates he’s bleeding somewhere.  He would tense up when she touched around his stomach.  She told me she suspected that he had a tumor that was bleeding into his stomach and wanted to do x-rays; if everything looked alright they’d proceed with blood work.  I went to sit in the lobby.
I knew when she came out and asked me to come review the x-rays that it wasn’t good news; had things looked right she just would of said that and said they’d continue with blood work.  I knew when I saw the x-rays it wasn’t good.

Keyser either has a tumor in the liver or spleen which is bleeding.  He’d need an ultrasound to determine which it is.  If the tumor is in the liver – nothing can be done for him.  If the tumor is in the spleen, it can be removed and with chemo he would live at the most another year.  ONE YEAR – that’s the best we can hope for.

Hubby and I have decided against an ultrasound – it doesn’t seem worth it.  It would just be prolonging his life to satisfy us!  I have a friend who’s dog had the same thing and she did the surgery and chemo – she said she’d never do that again, it was just too hard on the dog.
Right now, my Keyser is on pain meds until……well, you know – we have a decision to make.