Days of Enjoyment – April 1-4

I’m going to start photo-journaling as a challenge from How to Cope with Pain to do something enjoyable every day, but also as a way to share some of the everyday life with chronic pain.  The times when life is normal instead of just the times when it isn’t.
Pictures from the past few days…
April 1: Maigee wearing the “cone of shame” after I gave her monthly heartworm and flea/tick preventative.  She is known to lick the flea/tick treatment, so has to wear a cone while it dries.
 April 2: Found some fresh onions in the garden today while weeding and decided to make a childhood favorite side dish, “hobo packs.”  Chop potatoes and carrot, mince onion and garlic, put everything in a foil pack with some oil and seasonings/herbs.  Grill and eat!
April 3: My peas and onions are the first thing to be planted in the garden, and they are both up already.  It is ironic that I grow peas, since neither I, nor my family will eat peas, but I love how the plants look, so I always plant a few!
April 4: While at the feed store, Maigee met the chicks, actually the chicks met Maigee.  She sniffed them a bit, but wasn’t super interested.  The chicks on the other hand were quite curious about her – see the one sticking it’s head out of the wires to see her?

Edit:  If you’d like to see more pictures I’ve taken that didn’t make it to the blog, you can see my album.


One of my favorite blogs to follow, How to Cope with Pain, has started a new challenge for March. The goal is to post 3 things you are thankful for each day, so here are mine for the past two days.

March 1:
  • I had a wonderful visit with a college friend yesterday.
  • The weather yesterday was gorgeous!
  • I have an amazing dog.
Maigee and Me
March 2:
  • My dad brought home ice cream for a special treat.
  • We had a beautiful thunderstorm today.
  • My brother got a job and the interview may have saved his life by delaying him and keeping him out of the path of the tornadoes that destroyed several towns where he would have been driving.

Moon Dog

I went out and took some pictures using various settings with my camera of the Supermoon last night.  Maigee volunteered as my willing assistant .

Maigee’s Rules of Life

1. Bugs are really, really fun, but you have to watch for the stinkers and the stingers.
2. Car rides mean fun smells.
3. Amber thinks she can sing, she can’t, but she still tries in the car.
4. Might as well settle down and take a nap at the bookstore, Amber will be there forever.
5. Drinking lots of water right before bed means that Amber will be half coherent when letting me out at 3:00 a.m.
6. Cats are fun until they just lay there doing nothing, but rabbits scratch back.
7. Guinea Pigs serve no purpose other than to make interesting squeaky noises.
8. If I drop the bone Amber gives me to carry at the pet store, chances are, I won’t get it back (for a few days, anyway), if I carry it to the register, then out to the car, I can chew it on the way home.
9. If I want to be petted, and Amber is in bed, but reading or journaling, rolling around on her hands/feet is considered being petted.
10. Best way to make Amber laugh – roll around on the floor making “aurgh” noises, while randomly chewing on a foot.
11. Amber may give me homework to chew, but her professors don’t like that much.
12. When playing fetch, if you run back to Amber, you have to run after the ball again because she takes it away and throws it again most of the time. It is easier to run off with the ball, lay down, and enjoy chewing on it until Amber decides to make me bring it to her.
13. Amber teases me when I snore, but she snores too sometimes.
14. Cactus aren’t good chew toys.
15. Toenail cutting hasn’t killed me yet, but just to be safe, I should make lots of dying-dog-noises. If I squirm it just takes longer, so just the noise, no squirming.
16. Making puking noises is a great way to get Amber to stop the car fast.
17. If the microwave is making popping noises, there is a fair chance that I’ll get a special treat of the only human food I get – popcorn. Either that or Amber left metal in it.
18. Snow is full of fun games to play. But summer means swimming in the creek.
19. If outside when vest is removed, it is required to roll around in the grass or snow immediately.
20. Snow balls are super fun to chase, but very, very hard to pick up.
21. Corn husks are the bestest toy – ever!
22. The elevator at school is an attention box – Amber pets and/or talks to me when shut inside.
23. It is fun to play in the creek, but impossible to catch the minnows. And crayfish pinch.
24. Amber has fun in the swimming pool. I do not. So I shouldn’t jump in, even if she sounds like she is having fun.
25. Amber’s home made dog treats aren’t very good, she kinda burnt them. But they make a nice mess when I crunch them some, then leave the crumbs all over.
26. If Amber is sweeping the floor, it is really fun to run through the pile she has made and track it all over the floor (and it usually gets me some outside play time).

Long Week, Lots of Events

This has been a very, very long week. I’m exhausted. Homework has been heavy and intense, though I feel like I’ve finally caught up, and even got ahead on my Chemistry homework thanks to a boring trip to the ER (I’m fine, I think).

I had forgotten to pack my pills, so my parents made a special trip to bring them to me Saturday (4 hours round-trip, thanks so much!). When they came, they brought my dog with them, which made me so happy. We drove around the village my college is in and around the lake near the college. It was so good to get off campus, with my dog on my lap.

Today was a day of rest, much needed rest as by the time I got to Saturday, I was completely, I can’t move exhausted, but a nap yesterday and today has helped me be a little more refreshed. I’m hoping to feel a little better and more prepared for class tomorrow than I felt Saturday and today. But in order to do that, I need to go to bed now!