Sunday, March 29, 2020

Are we living a sci-fi novel?

Living today is like being in some alternate universe in a sci-fi novel. Am I right?! I write all kinds of otherworldly books but I never thought I'd be living through a worldwide pandemic. I doubt many of us thought this would happen during our lifetime. Trying days, indeed.

Hubby and I are taking walks when weather permits and playing old Wii sport games and exercising at home when it doesn't. We binge shows and read books, but we did that before the stay at home orders. We're keeping our distance from others and only going to the store when we need supplies. To make things more stressful, my mother recently had surgery then complications from that surgery. Her last couple of days in the hospital, she wasn't allowed to have visitors due to the virus. She's home now and recovering. Thankfully!

I'm also working on my next book, which has taken longer than usual because of all the life interruptions over the past couple of years. When I'm not writing, I'm usually catching up on my family tree research. Funny, I've been watching the Outlander series and since my Frazier ancestors lived in the Carolinas during the revolutionary war, it's been extra fun seeing those scenes. I wonder if Gabaldon used my ancestors as inspiration for her characters or if that's a coincidence? Hmm...If I ever see her again, I'll have to ask her. We did book festivals together when I lived in Arizona but that was before she was a household name. She must be so excited seeing her books come to life on the screen. I know I'm enjoying the show.

Before I sign off, I would like to send out my sincere thanks to healthcare workers, first responders, grocery store workers, delivery services, and others for your hard work and commitment during this trying time. We appreciate all that you're doing to help keep the rest of us safe and stocked up on necessities. Hopefully, these trying times will be in our past sooner than later.

Stay smart and stay safe!

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Missing our precious fur baby

I'm crying as I write this and haven't posted on this blog about it until now, but our precious fur baby passed away January 9th. We did everything we could to give her the best end of life care. We're heartbroken and still grieving for her. She was essentially our fur daughter and it's a shock to go from daily, scheduled care to sudden freedom. Because she had epilepsy and dementia and incontinence, she couldn't be left alone, so we did certain errands in shifts and took her with us wherever dogs were welcome.

She was a senior rescue and the vet guessed her age at the time we adopted her at 8-10 years, which meant she was about 14-16 years old when she died. The average age for a chug is 12 so we feel she beat the odds there. She seemed to be a happy dog, despite her fear-aggression to other dogs. Our trainer guessed that she was taken from her mother too soon and never socialized. For dogs, there is a window in which they need that socialization. She was our only fur baby and that was fine with her and with us, as she got and needed all the attention.

We're doing our best to live without her but it's very hard. We love you, little girl, and hope that you are running free and have many doggy friends now.

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