I don’t blame you. I’ve been a dodgy blogger for a while now. Except for my weekly Sensational Haiku, I post almost nothing at all!
Yep, I’m busy. So are you though, and most of you manage to publish a few thoughts now and then. I think my last “real” post said something about doing better for you… clearly, I failed. I suck. Wait though; I felt inspired today! Here I am!
Ok, so is it September yet?? As great as my kids are (with the Teen being AWOL most of the summer), I’m ready to return to normal programming. Keeping Wee One entertained enough to prevent implosions is taking a lot of time. Weekly play dates with her besties helps a lot. Even better that the BFFs’ moms are also MY besties! She’s also taking riding lessons, which she adores. I grew up on horseback, so I can relate!
Sure, getting Mom-kid pedicures isn’t really a chore (Sooooo glad I had daughters), but you know what I mean. Our summer vacations from school are just too long. I would absolutely love to do it the way some other countries do it – with a week or two off at decent intervals, instead of 9-10 weeks at a stretch. It’s. Too. Much. I know that part of the reason it hasn’t changed is that it’s just too hot here in the summer months, and most schools don’t have air conditioning. They’d bake their brains instead of filling them. Fixing that would be a massive expense, and it’s easier to just give everyone the season off.
I’m done with the sweltering heat we get here in Toronto. High humidity, while good for your skin, is otherwise horrid. I want to wear sweaters again, dammit! There is a lot to be said for covering what shouldn’t ever be seen. I loves me a cozy sweater.
I want autumn. I want cool, crisp air, bright sunny days, and the return of the daily school routine.
Oh, and I want our house. Our “firm” close date of August 9th has come and gone, and as of Saturday they had just started bringing the drywall to the second floor. Not putting it up, mind you. Just carrying it up the stairs. These things take time, yo.
We’ll be getting our key on September 20th – 6 weeks after our firm close date. The only saving grace here is that they have to pay us a substantial amount of money for every day after our closing date, which adds up to a really nice chunk of change, thankyouverymuch. I have some great plans for that cash!
We snuck in the other day when Security was
asleep otherwise occupied, and were very pleasantly surprised by the drywall preparation. Everything is sealed up tight with vapor barrier and tape, and the place is super insulated. We will be snug as bugs there. If we ever move in. *sigh*
In other news, we had a very stressful time with Sadie last week, and were leaning towards making a pretty hard decision. She was completely lame, and her back end was so bad she couldn’t even get off the floor without major, heartbreaking effort. I took her to the vet to see what could be done to make her comfortable, or… discuss the final step. He suggested that we put her on Metacam – which I knew about, but didn’t think it would do much for her given her age and the deterioration of her hips. I agreed though, if only to keep our sweet dog around a while longer. See, this almost-13-year-old dog of ours still thinks she’s a puppy, and she’s a very happy girl. It’s her body that won’t cooperate. Arthritis and a broken ligament have really done a number the past couple of years. If she were behaving like a miserable old dog just waiting to die, it would be an easy/kind decision to make. I just can’t stand the thought of putting her down when she’s still so vibrant, though. In her state last week, the stairs at the new house would be absolutely impossible, and she’s too big for me to carry.
Wait… she just zoomed by me, chasing the cat.
Metacam is a miracle drug! I’m kicking myself that I didn’t look at putting her on it a year ago! In one day, she went from not being able to get off the floor and dangling a mostly useless hind leg to not only using that hind leg but leaping off the floor (not kidding) and running around like a pup. Night and day difference. Can’t believe that only a few days ago I was considering euthanizing her, and today she’s bouncing around, chasing Boo and flipping her toys over her back. We could get another year or two out of our beautiful girl, and that thrills me to no end!