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Last night was uneventful and I think the last few years have proven that I’m getting older and can’t “hang with the big people anymore.” As usual, we don’t go out for New Years eve. Usually we just stay home and watch the celebrations on television. This year, I didn’t even do that. I was in bed and asleep by about 10:30 last night. Actually, I think I did the same thing last year also.
Every year friends and family call around midnight and wish me a Happy New Year. I heard the phone ring and also heard the kids fielding calls. Pure and simple, I was tired and the calls could wait until today.
I hope all of my friends and family have a good year to come. I’m not making resolutions as most are. I’m just going to do my best to improve what needs to be improved. Happy New Years, to all!
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Knowing that my dog Ike was a little “special” when I got him, I got used to him sort of acting human. It seems ever since he was a puppy, he could understand exactly what we in the family were saying and that he was unusually intelligent. As he got older, he would do things that “normal” dogs could not or would not do, including learning to spell certain small words. Okay, he didn’t spell them himself of course, but if one of us needed to spell something so he wouldn’t know what we were talking about, it got to the point where he would indeed know exactly what we were spelling.
I know this sounds like a tall tale…pun included, but it is quite true about our Ike. He also has separation anxiety. It’s terrible. He doesn’t do anything destructive while we are gone, but no sooner do we get into the truck or car, he starts howling like he is being murdered. It’s such a loud sad crying howl that there are times I had to really stop myself from giving him what he wants and going back in the house.
Of course, I have watched dog training shows on the television and read some books, tried some of the methods that are supposed to help with this issue, but nothing has ever worked. I leave a light on for him, the television, toys, plenty of food and water, and the kicker is, he does this when we just are gone for 15 or 20 minutes even. I’ve gotten to the point that we have just told our neighbors that we are not killing our dog, even though it sounds like it. We tell them he has separation anxiety disorder and of course, we are looked at like we are nuts, but it is what it is. He’s nearly five years old now, and I don’t see him changing his ways.
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Generally I’m not really afraid of storms, but this one that is supposed to hit from the NW, is starting to look a bit scary. It’s really dark and there is a change of tornadoes. Course, around these parts there is always a chance of these.
I’ve got all my little survival things gathered as a just in case and bought lamp oil and extra wicks for my lamps. I’ve got and always have lots of candles, and I want to thank my Mom for the gas stove she gave me. If the power goes out, at least I can cook, so that is helpful.
I have to get a hold of a good roofer, since yesterday I noticed that there were some shingles off of the roof. We don’t need a leaking roof and ceiling, so I’m calling in the pros. This weather is so strange. Even though the sun keeps trying to shine, the weather people are insisting that we are going to get hit with a big one. Sometimes I wonder what the television forecasters actually do know about the weather or if they just are guessing.
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Contributed by Vickie Tyson
I have directv at home and I’ve been watching a lot of home improvement shows. I love that there are so many great programs on décor and redoing the backyard and everything like that because I’ve got this new house and I really want it to look good. Since I moved here I’ve been all about making this home somewhere I can be proud of, it is my first house afterall! I am so thankful the down real estate market has finally afforded me the possibility to buy a home that I can call my own. I love being a homeowner and though it’s a lot of responsibility I am really proud of myself for already making this place so great on the inside and I’m planning on having a housewarming party relatively soon to show off my work. My friends are impressed because I’m the first one of us to buy a home and you know, that feels good. It makes me feel like I’m happy I’ve done this well for myself by this young age.
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Thanks for the guest post by Donn Schroeder
My daughter, the social worker, sometimes comes home for a visit. She lives in a different world than we do. She is young, single, and does whatever she wants to do whenever she wants to do it. I always feel like a tornado has come through the house after she goes back home. She and her dad seem to butt heads a lot because she takes control of the main TV in our house when she is home. And since we got DIRECTV, all her favorite shows are right at her fingertips. So trying not to create an uncomfortable situation, I go along with what she wants to watch because she does not come home that often. What I don’t understand though is how can someone who is not married be so interested in a program called The Real Housewives of every major city in the country? And, when I watch those programs with her, most of the women on there are no longer married and are definitely not housewives. Maybe she likes the idea that they are independent and won’t let anyone tell them what to do. Sounds like someone I know.
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