New Year…

It’s a new year. Technically we are a week in….  but still it’s a new year, of possibilities and dreams and goals…. the whole year is stretching before us, and there’s time for everything.  That’s how I always feel at this time.

I WILL not let this year slip away. There is plenty of time and I have plenty of goals. Some I don’t want to tell people because they might think I’m silly, but they involve fitness, health, family  and my art and blog. Just for a start. There’s so much I want to do.

We were away for Christmas vacation in Mexico, and had a great time. My daughter didn’t come for the first time ever … She had to work. Bleugh!!!!!!

I missed her!  She stayed home with the doggies which was perfect because Blue got sick. Poor Blue,  Jess really stepped up to the plate. She stayed awake with her at night and took her to the vets. Luckily it was just a few days before we came home.

But Blue has some kidney issues. She was in pain and apparently she has at least 65% kidney failure. She is still amazingly peppy and energetic considering she’s 14. You would never guess how old she is.

So we have changed her diet and we are hoping for the best. My family was freaking out for a bit about what this would mean. But thankfully we do not have to go there, quite yet.

It’s so sad, because I have always had a houseful of animals growing up and our dogs have got older and have reached the end of their lives at some point or another. I realize my kids and husband will be experiencing losing a loved member of the family for the first time. Apart from losing my mother ( I was devastated, but my boys were not born and Jess was 5.) They have never experienced loss. and pets are truly loved, irreplaceable members of the family. But I really am jumping the gun. I shouldn’t think like that. She is doing great.

Last summer I mentioned that she seemed confused and disoriented. We gave her prevagen which is a jellyfish supplement that they give to people with dementia.  We actually saw a huge improvement. She remembered how to get into the garbage again.( darn it ) Someone must have read the blog and were kind enough to send me  Neutricks. The dog’s version. It’s great, we give it to her once a day. She definitely seemed to be more herself and smart again.  I recommend it to anyone who has an older dog that seems to be a confused.

This helped Blue a lot.

Anyway sorry to bring a sad note to the new year!

I have some new art, although I have shown it  before in the  “almost done stage,” so I feel not much has changed. It’s hard to know when a painting is done. Sometimes I have to leave it and just keep looking at it until the right thing comes to mind.

I really have to send  my sketchbook project in, before the end of the month. So really in the next few days. The problem is that most of my little drawings are on post it notes. The best invention ever!

I always have the pads near me. I have post it reminders on my dash-board of my car, everywhere. Maybe I should take a jellyfish supplement. It drives my husband nuts.  So I always do lots of doodling on them. I have so many that I decided I would somehow modpodge them into my sketch book.

Post it notes doodles...

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6 Responses to “New Year…”

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  2. Alli Says:

    Glad to see you back :) I think that it is wonderful to have lots of dreams and goals for the new year, it helps us to grow. I am sorry to hear about your doggy. It is always hard when a furry family member gets older. Animals enrich our lives so much, they become a part of us. I am glad to hear that the neutricks works so well though! Who would have thought that something so simple could help fix something so big? :) And by the way, I absolutely love that your sketches are on post it notes! It is very creative :) I think it would be such a neat art exhibit to walk through if you had all of them posted up on walls :D

  3. Sylvia Drown (Baxter's Mom) Says:

    Oh No, Poor Blue!! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for him. As usual, I love your sketching!

  4. Tina Duhaime Says:

    I love your pictures!! The beginning of the new year is such a good time to reflect on the past and make goals for the future. As the years go by I have noticed they do go faster and I seem to run out of time to accomplish some of my goals. I hope that your goals and dreams will be reached for this year. I’m sorry to hear about Blue! Animals are such a big part of the family. I have a black lab mix that kidney problems because of medication she is taking for Valley Fever. Thanks for sharing!!!!

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