The temperatures dropped from 10 C down to -15 C overnight and during the night we got another dusting of snow. With that bone-chilling wind, it was in the -30's C and I couldn't bring myself to walking the dogs today, sigh. We are having issues with the "dog catcher" in this area. We've complained a lot about loose dogs, especially the new weekender-neighbour's dogs. Alex finally wrote a complaint to the town and CC'd the dog catcher on it, who is contracted out by the town. She responded very derogatorily, excuse after excuse. What's the point? It turns me off walking my dogs in my own town, knowing that whoever breaks the law can keep breaking it without any kind of recourse. I can't wait to have my own property, FENCED, away from all this foolishness! I hate complaining, I'm usually quite positive...try to make the best of everything etc...but this whole dog situation has me feeling defeated. I WANT to walk my dogs, but it's become a source of stress for me, wondering if a loose dog is going to pop up out of nowhere and cause trouble. I do take precautions, I have my air horn to scare them away, but I'm no superwoman! If there was a dogfight, I wouldn't know how to react besides getting right in there to protect my fur kids. When Alex is with me, I feel better, but we have slightly different schedules and I love walking the dogs in the morning. Not sure what to do now...
This was last October. I barely got any sleep last night, the wind was howling so badly. It was the same type of nasty wind last fall and the result was a tree branch coming right through the window. We were lucky our landlord reacted really quickly but it was a scary event! I guess that was on my mind all night. Lack of sleep is playing with my mood today!
Anyway, this is what's important! My family! Marlene and Oscar hung out together today, which doesn't happen often because Marlene is a little scared of the cats. My office is basically the pet room, I think I have 8 different pillows lying everywhere and a cat tree!
I did it! 54 doggie nails trimmed with my new Dremel! The huskies didn't mind whatsoever and were happily lying down while I did their nails (with lots of treats nearby!). Jack, however, growled the entire time and I had to put his muzzle on. I hold nothing against him, he's 11 years old and came to us already with aggression. We worked so hard with him so he would trust us and 99% of the time he's a sweet gentle dog. I don't think any amount of treats will make him enjoy the nail trimming process, so I just got it over with as quickly as I could. Once it was done, I took his muzzle off, his growling stopped and he kissed me incessantly! :) I also trimmed the huskies' feet fur, cleaned the dogs' ears and trimmed the long hairs on Jack's ears too. The Dremel made it all go so fast and all of that grooming only took under 90 minutes! Done for another month!
Meet Sir Dusty Buttons and Tweety Bird. These are my spring and summer mascots! I'll be repainting them this week to freshen them up and then they will be parked out on the porch to guard the garden!! :)
I found a crochet needle for a nickel at one of the thrift stores a while back and tried it for the first time yesterday. I thought maybe it would be easier on my hands than knitting, which I had to stop because I get pain in all of my knuckles. This is as far as I could go without the pain starting again - really! I think that besides using my sewing machine, my needle craft days are over, sadly! :(
Last night was pasta night :) I made a nice creamy Blue Cheese Sauce, penne for Alex and capellini for me. The only pasta that my esophagus allows these days is the thin angel-hair-like capellini. I also made a nice warm garlic bread to go with it. We finished up the Crackerjacks in bed watching a movie. My sleepless night last night had me napping all day, which I'm not a big fan of so I didn't get a thing done! I guess I'll just chalk it up to hiding from the winter again! :)