There's so much to catch up on that I will just do it in snippets.
I am so glad I had that highly successful yard sale (can you hear the drip, drip, drip of sarcasm?) since I now have had an influx of objects from Rosie and from a neighbor/friend who sold her (chock-a-block full) house and 'gifted' me with numerous treasures. I am going to have to start all over again.
We had an unfortunate chicken incident late last week. Rosie had spotted what we believe to be a small mink, racing from the corner of the house to the chicken coop. It was small enough not to bother the chickens, but was probably poaching eggs (pun intended). She came home from getting her windshield replaced and, as she let the dogs into the fenced off area next to the chicken yard, the mink shot across the Pat's view and he was off like a torpedo, hitting the gate low (admittedly, the gate closure was shaky), and pushing through. He missed the mink, but discovered the chickens, as well as the other two dogs, who were close behind. Rosie was right behind them, but all three had chickens in their jaws by the time she bellowed for them to DROP IT!!! Fae and Lovey obeyed instantly. Guess who did not. Maybe I should rename him Beethoven. There were a lot of feathers, a few limping hens and one who did not make it. Needless to say, the gate is now bungeed to within an inch of its life. Rosie yelled so loudly that her voice was an octave lower for days.
Rosie and Fae are up North for a few days - giving us all a break. Slimmie has been glued to my side, while Lovey spends most of her time standing outside of Rosie's door, waiting for her to appear.
Things on the family front are sticky. My dad, who suffers from dementia, continues to worsen. My mother is dealing with depression. My middle sister is dealing with them both, as we try to find a solution that will help everyone. I know a lot of you are dealing with, or have dealt with the same. We are living too long.
A snapshot of a happier family gathering:
|I am on the left. I think I look like a young|
This was taken at our family camp in northern Ontario. I'm not sure what we're looking at, but it might have been the Little Redstone Lake Monster.