Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Here we are!


Playing catch up.

I've got some orders to get out: thank you wonderful people who are buying my book! You know how in that James Stewart Christmas classic movie every time a bell rings an angel gets wings? Well, for me, every time a book sells, I feel like I can fly. Just for a second.

But it feels great, so thank you.

We went to a dog show on Sunday and had a blast. All three dogs showed like pros! Emmett went first, and did better than I imagined he would. His Heather was home - baby Ben's little brother is due in four weeks, but that wasn't why. Ben's daddy had to work, so Heather had a day with Ben, just the two of them. My great and generous friend Dee (of Lee and Dee fame) went with me, packing a yummy lunch to eat on the way, to hold dogs ringside and be excellent company on the SIX hours - three up, three back - of fascinating southern Illinois Interstate.

So Emmett had to go first, and didn't have his Heather to cheer him on, but he was a brave and happy and wonderful boy. No stage fright for him! Then it was Swede William's turn and he gave me goosebumps. Not so much the judge, though, who apparently got indigestion from William's glorious Swedish color. Dee reported hearing collective ooooh's and aaaaah's from the whippet folks ringside, which is gratifying.

Lindy Loo, who is the worst little fussbudget when we practice, was showier than a Rockette! She stood like a statue, arched her neck, cocked her head at the judge and moved like a dream. I couldn't help smiling - okay, beaming - at her. She had a blast.

These three dogs just love to show, and that makes it so much fun for me. Plus I got to see some friends who I haven't seen forever. Dee and I got home to Bill and Lee enjoying wine and cheese in our kitchen while Bill made a signature pasta dish - oooooh sun dried tomatoes artichoke hearts shrimp wine and cream sauce ohhhhhh ahhhhhh. It was just a great day. I was asleep under a pile of whippets by 8:30.

Work is going fine. (Although you've noticed it cuts into my blog time something fierce.) Bill is doing a heroic job of being primary dog servant. I am so enjoying giving patient care again: it is such a special privilege. I don't have the time to devote right this minute, but in another post I'll talk about that. The gift of caring for people.

And I'm having a blast getting to know the staff of the floor where I'm working. It's a delightful, fun, energetic, responsible, cooperative group of people. They help each other, and they put their patients first. That makes for a rewarding work environment. My preceptor is a very good nurse. So young! More on that in another post, too.

It's a busy day. The Paducah Kennel Club Christmas Party is tonight. No rest for the weary!

Hug your hounds - it's good to 'see' you!


  1. Ooooooooooo, ahhhhhhhhhhhh for Swede William, just in case there weren't enough ringside. How wonderful that you had a chance to show the three who so enjoy the ring. There really is no business like show business (bravo, Miss Rockette)once it's in your blood.

    Roos for a great week!

    Kathy and Flynn

  2. Have a great time at the party! We're so glad you're having a good time at work. With exams coming up the lack of time aspect feels very familiar ;)


  3. Teka sends great slurpy kisses of condolence to Sweet William, and promises to bite the judge if she ever meets up with him. She asks if you want her to go for his ear or his juglar vein? Those are her favorite places to latch on.

    kisses from me too


  4. OOh What fun you must have had and soo pwoud of youw gowgeous kids I agwee wif Teka and am vewy willing to go bite any jusdges wif tewwiew tenacity.
    Have a lovely time at youw Chwissmuss pawty
    my ove and smoochie kisses to the whole waggle (specially ,Sam I am)
    oh and last but not least..I'm so happy you'we getting mowe owdews
    smoochie kisses,ASTA

  5. I'd bite that judge too!
    Glad you are happy at your work!
    Kisses and hugs

  6. So good to hear you having a fun time. It must make you proud to see your dogs show well. I can just imagine, just like seeing your kid do well.

  7. We're almost as proud as you must be!

    Hope you had fun at the Christmas Party!

    Jake and Fergs xxoo

  8. Yeah whippets! I'm so sorry I missed it. However, Ben and I did have a good day. :)


  9. I can just see you at the show as a real mama, proud of her dogs!!
    Glad you seem to adjust to patient care:)
    Hope that you guys are not too much effected by the storm yesterday.


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