June 22, 2017

I have had throbbing pain in my left foot for three weeks now.

I also hear popping and cracking in that same foot.  The pain comes and goes and it doesn’t matter if I am sitting, standing, walking, or trying to sleep. The pain will start and continue for about a half hour.

There was some swelling today, too.

I have some crutches lying  around the house.  I may just try to baby that foot and not put too much pressure on it.  When I am off it, the pain is less severe.


June 21, 2017

Making homeade tostadas tonight-

Homeade taco filling- cooked ground beef added to a puree of onion, garlic, whole peeled tomatoes, chili powder, oregano, and sea salt. Simmered for about one hour.

Homeade flat shells- flour, butter, salt and water, fried in butter on a skillet. You need a generous amount of butter in the dough and while frying to make sure it is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

Put shell on plate.  add taco filling, add cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, avacado, sour cream, etc.

Very very good!

June 20, 2017

My husband and I brought Roka home from the vet today.

He has now been neutered and the vet also removed a pellet from his chest, since he was already under anesthesia for the neutering. He had this pellet stuck in his fatty tissue ever since we found him as a stray.  We were told by the vet a little while ago that it was OK to leave it where it was; but, if we ever had to do some other surgical procedure in which he would be given anesthesia, the vet could then take care of both things at one time.

Roka is happy to be back home with his family and is recovering nicely.

We are hoping the neutering will help with the aggression issue.

It is my and my husband’s anniversary today.  We both took off work to do something special. However, after all the stuff going on with the dogs, we are just taking it easy and hanging around the house.

June 19, 2017

After going after Charlie for the past 3 days- incidents in which Roka was territorial over the couch, bed, and front seat of the minivan, I have taken Roka to get neutered.

I spoke with a lady at an animal sanctuary for about an hour yesterday and decided I was not going to take Roka to her or the Humane Society to get him adopted to people who have no other pets.

I, instead, am choosing to work with Roka, and do everything I possibly can to curb that aggressive behavior towards Charlie.

I was told that neutering should help a lot.  And, I also need to crack down on that aggressive behavior and nip it in the bud.

Charlie and Roka will have to be separated for awhile and only when I can be there with the water bottle and make sure if there is an altercation I can stop it, will they be allowed to be together.

We curbed that behavior in the beginning.  Now, we must curb it again.

It is most interesting that they were doing so well for 6 months.  And, then, just last Friday there have been 4 incidents in 3 days.

I will do all I can and hope for the best- that Roka will stop that aggressive behavior toward Charlie and we can all be one, big, happy family again.

June 18, 2017

I want to wish all fathers out there Happy Father’s Day.

And, that includes grandfathers, stepfathers, foster fathers, fathers by adoption- all those men who help raise children, who put forth the blood, sweat, tears, emotional support and financial support, who help shape the futures of the young lives they have chosen to care for.

Any man can biologically help conceive a child in a moment. But, it is the lifetime of caring for the child who is conceived that makes a father a father.

June 17, 2017

I have a dilemma.

Recently my husband and I changed the rules and started allowing our newest rescue dog- Roka, to watch TV with us in bed in the evening- before bed.

At bed time, he has his own bedroom he sleeps in. And, Charlie, our youngest dog, sleeps in bed with my husband and me. That is where Charlie had been sleeping before we got Roka.

We did not intend to have two dogs.  But, when Roka came into our lives, we tried to help him and give him a good home. Roka has always had an aggressive tendency towards Charlie when he gets jealous over my husband and me.

Everything had been quieted down for months. And, then, with my bright idea, because I felt sorry for him, we started giving Roka more freedom on the bed.  Well, now he is becoming aggressive again towards Charlie, getting in a fight with him over the couch yesterday and starting something with him on the bed this afternoon.

Charlie is very scared now to be around Roka.

They love each other and have played together and slept on the couch together for months with no problems whatsoever, so this was unexpected.

I guess we need to go back to the way things were.  Roka will not be able to be in that bed with us.  He will have to be in his own room.

We really want to keep Roka, but if he keeps biting Charlie- that is unacceptable.  We don’t want any dog getting hurt.

I will see what happens when we go back to the old rules.  He just got too high and mighty when we gave him more privileges.  Allowing him to be on the bed at all was a bad idea.

Hopefully, when we stop doing that, things will go back to normal.

He is a good dog.  We do want to continue to keep both of our furbabies.

June 16, 2017

Today, I had training for my PCA job- Personal Care Assistant. And, I had one lady to help after training.

My husband was not working today, so he cut the grass.  The dogs got in a little altercation because of a rip in the couch where the foam was showing.

Charlie wanted to get on the couch and Roka didn’t want Charlie to be near the ripped piece of couch.

Every day, there are strange and interesting things like this I have to deal with when I am home with the two dogs.

I like going to work. Because, then I have peace. I actually do less working out of the home then all the things I do in the home on a day-to-day basis.

Working, for me, is like a vacation.

June 14, 2017

I applied to two other agencies today for the position of PCA- Personal Care Assistant.

This job- I really love and I am good at it.  I love helping people and realize this is a very rewarding job.

I just need to get more people.  One agency alone will not give me enough people and enough money to pay for bills. But, I believe two or three will.


June 13, 2017

Last night, while taking the garbage out at 10:30 at night, I had an interesting incident…

I had to walk all the way down the driveway in the dark, because I had already taken the garbage can out for the garbage men for the following day.

I was putting my kitchen garbage bag in the garbage can when, all of a sudden, I heard a man’s voice saying, “Hello”, or something like that.

I was so scared, not knowing who was out there.  I don’t think it was a neighbor, because I didn’t see anyone’s lights on where we live.  I let out a blood curdling scream, sprinted back into the house, closed the garage door and locked every door.

My husband wasn’t home. I had to pick him up from work at 11:00, a half hour later. And, when I did.  I put both dogs in the minivan.  And, I got in the minivan with the garage door still shut.  I locked all 3 of us in the minivan and I hit the garage door opener from inside the minivan and drove out.

The only other time I got scared like that at night, was when Charlie was a puppy and he had to go outside.  After I took him out to do his business on a leash and I was opening the door to go back inside, Charlie in front of me, I heard these footsteps that sounded like a wild animal was running full fledge towards me.    I thought, “There is no way anything was running towards us because we lived in the suburbs.”

When I turned around, I was staring face to face with our neighbor’s German Shepherd.

He had gotten out of his fence and he had no collar on.  He wasn’t mean, but he was jumping on me and Charlie and trying to get into our house as Charlie and me were trying to escape into the house without him.  Needless to say, I screamed and probably woke up the whole neighborhood.

What made matters worse was, Charlie had diarrhea that night, and he had to go outside many times. And, the German Shepherd kept finding us every time we were outside and he kept jumping on us.

It was not a good night for Charlie or me.