Wednesday Hodgepodge – Desert type stuff

1. Have you ever been to and/or lived near the desert? What did you think? Travel and Leisure lists the ‘coolest’ American desert towns as-

Palm Springs CA, Virgina City NE, Bend OR, Winslow AZ, Marfa TX, Grand Junction CO, Silver City NM, Moab UT, Taos NM, Yakima WA, Borrego Springs CA, Terlingua TX, and St. George UT, and Tubac AZ

Have you been to any of these? Would you like to visit a desert town? Which on the list would you most like to see?

My only experience with the desert would be when we visited my father-in-law in Tucson, Arizona in 2006. I am used to living in Florida where there is a lot of grass and a lot of trees so it was such a strange landscape. We even walked to this protected area with these weird clay mounds that were left over from ancient Indians. I was definitely mystified by the desert.435517789_371031f23e_o

If I had to visit one from the list, I hear that Palm Springs is excellent.

2. What’s a plan or project you’ve deserted in the past year?

I have been wanting to paint all the door jambs for, well, forever, but I keep saying that I can totally get this done. I got the paint and the blue tape out but I have yet to actually accomplish it.

3. Desert-dessert? Share two or three words you find yourself having to think twice about when it comes to spelling.

Hmm, I’m a good speller but I usually struggle with embarrass… and yeah I can’t think of any others!

4. High and dry, like watching paint dry, dry run, dry as dust, not a dry eye in the house…which phrase can you relate to currently? Explain.

Dry run, because I figure that’s a good metaphor for practice and since I am training for a half marathon, every long run is technically a dry run. My heels are still hurting but I will press on because I can do this.

5. How often do you frequent the dry cleaners? Starch or no starch?

LOL Never. I have nothing that needs to be drycleaned.

6. What’s a food or beverage you enjoy that’s named for a place?

I’m going with Boston Cream Pie, but I also really like Brunswick stew.

7. Do you need solitude?

OMG yes. Sometimes I just really enjoy being by myself. I am totally an introvert so alone time is nice. I will say, I get lonely/bored sometimes but since I have live-in roommates (i.e. my husband and three kids) I can always spend time with folks if I need to. And I do enjoy going out with friends but not that often.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Zoey seems to be getting worse then better than worse again. She’ll walk fine and eat and drink, etc but then we’ll find her standing somewhere, staring off, then she’ll flinch and fall over.  I did a quick google search and I think I have narrowed it down to cerebellar ataxia. The symptoms include: 

  • Swaying
  • Abnormal walking (e.g., taking large steps)
  • Loss of coordination
  • Tremors in head and body
  • Falling
  • Weakness
  • Rapid eye and head movement

She has pretty much been doing all this. Another site said turning the head to one side and confusion. This is all her. SO, the problem now is: do we take her to the vet and put her down? She is 11 and does not seem to be living a very good life. But she also doesn’t seem in pain. I HATE having to make this decision but as her caretaker, I have to. I am not happy about it but this is what it’s like to have pets. 

Ash and I have discussed it and when Todd also passes, we are NOT getting another animal. I know the kids might want one but I have had dogs since 2004 and I think it is time to be animal-free for a while. Especially because we’re planning to move to a new house in the next 1-2 years. It will be nice to travel without having to worry about boarding!

On another note, here’s a pic from Dads take your kids to school day. They have the dads read a book to their kids before school.


3 thoughts on “Wednesday Hodgepodge – Desert type stuff

  1. So sorry to hear about Zoey. Hugs to you and your family.

    I had to have my dog Patches put down a year ago today. It was one of the most painful decisions I had ever had to make.She was 17 yrs. old and had never been sick enough to go to the vet until the last 2 weeks of her life. She stopped eating and was not doing well at all. I said I wasn’t going to get another dog, but then found a puppy mill dog that needed someone to love her and take care of her the way she was supposed to be taken care of. We’ve helped each other heal. She’s such a loving, funny dog and I’m so happy we found each other.

  2. Love the super dad Gotham style photo! I can’t believe I didn’t think of Brunswick Stew, I live in GA and it’s one of my favorite fall meals! I should be deported for the error…lol. Have a good week.
    Lori in Blue Ridge, GA

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