Monday, June 23, 2008

George Carlin

LOS ANGELES — George Carlin, the frenzied performer whose routine "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television" led to a key Supreme Court ruling on obscenity, has died.

Carlin, who had a history of heart trouble, went into St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica on Sunday afternoon complaining of chest pain and died later that evening, said his publicist, Jeff Abraham. He had performed as recently as last weekend at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. He was 71.

I really liked George Carlin. May he rest in @#$%^! peace.
Below is a list of links to some examples of his comedic genius. Warning: Graphic language

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Pie & Cookies

I need to fix the playlist in order for the player in the sidebar to work. I messed it up when I went in and deleted the songs I didn't choose. Apparently you have to have at least 45 songs for it to work, so I'll have to go pick a few more. Or I'll just delete the whole thing because I'm tired of it already! Patience is not one of my virtues.

Okay, on to important stuff...

My favorite spring and summertime pie is Lemonade Pie. Here's a picture and the secret recipe.

I didn't have any red food coloring -- that's why this one is kind of pale. It's prettier when it's more pink.

Pink Lemonade Pie
(Makes 2 pies)

8 oz cream cheese, softened
14 oz sweetened condensed milk (Eagle Brand)
12 oz frozen pink lemonade, thawed and undiluted
Red food coloring (optional)
Large Cool Whip
Coconut for sprinkling on top
2 Shortbread pie crusts

Mix cream cheese, condensed milk, and thawed lemonade together in a large bowl. Add 2-3 drops of red food color and mix in. Fold in Cool Whip and fill pie shells. Sprinkle with as much coconut as you want. I like lots. Refrigerate at least 8 hours.

This makes a really pretty pie for Easter! Or you can substitute frozen limeade and green food coloring and have key lime pies. I won't tell anybody you didn't put real key limes in it.

I also made chocolate chip cookies with raisins and pecans today for Barnaby. He's sick right now because he ate too many.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

I'm Bad

...for not updating lately. Work is really busy, and when that happens, I have enough trouble focusing without worrying about updating this blog. But I do worry about it, so I should just pop over here and throw something up so I can get on with life already. So here I am. And I can't think of a thing to say.

I'll just throw up some old pictures and call it an entry. When you're!

Phoebe Singing a Song
(That's the backyard at our old house)

A Beautiful Cat
Many years ago, I wanted to take this stray cat home, but Barnaby wouldn't let me, and a coyote ate it the very next day. Okay, maybe not the next day, but still. Barnaby has kitty blood on his hands!

Abbey Demonstrating Poor Posture

Phoebe Pretending I Beat Her (Freak)

Sammi's Daddy, Petey (Petie? Pete? Peter?)

A Wet Chihuahua in the Sink

Little Boy with Devil Eyes
(Still cute though!)

Me and My Boys (Approx. two years ago)
I look like I'm enjoying that, don't I? I was.
Good Day.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

What the ...

"June 10: A huge tornado funnel cloud touches down in Orchard, Iowa. The Globe Gazette and Mitchell County Press News reported that Lori Mehmen of Orchard took the photo from outside her front door. Mehmen said the funnel cloud came near the ground and then went back up into the clouds. Besides tree and crop damage, no human injuries were reported."

This picture was on as part of This Week in Pictures. It looks totally fake, doesn't it? Why is there no debris flying around anywhere? It's terrifying if it's real, but I don't see how it could be. I hate tornados! They are just evil. Look at that thing! It makes my stomach sick to look at it.

We've done nothing so far this weekend. Well, Barnaby did yard work this morning, and I made some Rice Krispie Bars and walked my neighbors dogs. I guess that's a little something. I need to do a little work, but I'm too lazy. My housekeeper is here doing the cleaning since I'm a princess and can't do it.

L.B. threw up all over the bed last night. I had to get up and clean it up, put the sheets and mattress pad in the washer, and put clean sheets on the bed. That's always fun in the middle of the night. Poor little guy.

I'm just sitting here staring at the screen. Apparently I have nothing else to say. Sorry. I'm boring today. Bye.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


My Granny

My grandmother will be 96 this year, I'm pretty sure that's right. (Sorry Auntie Gay...I never can keep that straight!) She still puts on her make-up every day. She's always been that way. She said one time when my mom and her twin brother, Uncle Tom, were about 10 years old, she didn't put her make-up on one day and Uncle Tom told her she looked like an old Indian squaw and to go put on some make-up! Ha-ha-ha. I don't know why but that makes me laugh -- Indian squaw. She's always worn make-up since then.


#1. I have to stop eating cinnamon graham crackers. I should ban them from the house.

#2. I started using an anti-perspirant/deoderant for men called Axe. It's the best deoderant I've ever had. And it doesn't smell too strong like you'd think. In fact, I never notice it at all. There's a ton of different scents -- about six to choose from.

#3. I'm going to clean out my closet and armoir today, put up my winter stuff and get rid of a bunch of clothes I never wear.

#4. My hair is bugging the crap out of me. It's getting long (for me) and getting on my nerves. I don't think I'm going to be able to wear this bob style that hangs down long on the sides in front. It bugs me. And did I mention it bugs me??? Where are my sissors...

#5. I wish I had a pool in my backyard sometimes. If I did, I'd go swimming this very minute.

#6. My tooth that just had a root canal? It still hurts to touch it. I don't think that dentist got all the nerve out. It shouldn't have any feeling at all, right? Ugh.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Buenas Dias

Alright, let's get the dog update out of the way...

Phoebe and Abbey are eating chicken and rice made by their momma, but they both still have diarrhea. They both are moving around and socializing.

Fletch and Sammi are fine -- no problems.

Little Boy had me up at least every hour last night because he needed to poo. He has the diarrhea in a bad way. He's such a good boy, though, he woke me up and went outside in the pouring rain and lightening and thunder and did his bidness in the yard. I told him he was stupid for not just going on the porch out of the rain, but he just gave me a dirty look. I toweled him off the best I could, and put him back in bed with me. Yes, I slept with a wet dog. Poor baby. (Him, not me.) I'm withholding food from him today since he's got the squirts so bad. He's such a whore for food, he'd eat on his death bed. So I guess he's got whatever it is now. I thought he had a very mild case of it early on when Sammi had it, but I guess not.

I'll be glad when this is over. All the years I've had dogs, I've never had such a time.

My computer monitor decided to poop out on me yesterday. I went to Target to look at them and they had a great 19" widescreen on sale for $149.99. Of course, they were out of them, but I got a raincheck. I haven't seen a better deal around, so I'll probably end up going back to get one later when they restock. Nearly every other place wants you to fill out and mail in rebate forms to get their best price. Screw that. I'm still waiting on a rebate for my Blackberry Curve from a couple of months back.

I haven't walked or exercised at all since all this dog sickness started. Bummer. I haven't stopped for good, though. I'm going to get back at it. Oh, and I might have stress-eaten a few Oreos yesterday and last night. Sigh.

When I was at Target yesterday and was on my way out to the parking lot to leave, I couldn't find my keys. The sky was black and it looked like a tornado could suck me up at any moment, and there I stood outside my truck looking for my keys with the Pink Panther key ring. They were nowhere to be seen. After searching my purse at least five times and searching inside my truck (I had left the driver's door unlocked too!), I turned around and went back inside to the customer service desk to see if maybe somebody had found them and turned them in. Sure enough, somebody had found them in the parking lot. Geez! How could I not know I dropped my keyes? What am I, 80?

I'm going to feed my neighbor's dogs while they're on vacation starting tomorrow. They have a Boxer that looks like Abbey's twin brother, and a German Shepherd that is deaf. I just hope they don't get sick with the dog virus or whatever it is while they're gone. My worse fear is for someone's pet to die while I'm caring for them. I might just die myself rather than have to tell them something awful like that.

That's all for today. Buenas Noches.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

No Title

There's really nothing new to report on the dog situation. Abbey and Phoebe didn't eat at all yesterday, but Abbey wanted something this morning so I made her some chicken and rice. Phoebe still isn't interested. All the little ones are fine.

Sorry for all the dog talk lately, but it has consumed every bit of my time and there's nothing else to talk about around here. It's a lot of work taking care of all these sick dogs! I think mostly it's the emotional toll that has made it hard. I slept A LOT Friday and Saturday, so I think I'm caught up at this point.

The floors were installed in the master bedroom and my office on Friday. We got everything put back together Friday night and today. We're really happy with the way they turned out. They look great. Hopefully I'll have the time to start posting pictures again later this week.

Today it's NASCAR and laundry. Some things never change.

Friday, June 06, 2008

The Epidemic

You won't believe what's happening now...

L.B. has thrown up and had diarrhea once (he seems to be doing better), but Phoebe is sick too now. She also has diarrhea, didn't eat yesterday, and threw up the water she drank and bile. Abbey is not sick like the others, but she has a sore inside her mouth that has her face swelled on one side.

Good Lord! What the hell?

I have no idea what it is that has made them all sick and it's making me crazy! The vet has no way of knowing either, and it's been too long now for it to be the Coleus that made them just get sick yesterday -- don't you think? We dug it up and threw it out last Friday.

I'm not going to feed them the food they've been eating in case there's something wrong with it. That's really the only thing I can think of unless it's just some kind of dog virus. I don't know if dogs even get viruses -- but I know they don't get the cold virus that people get. I'll have to talk to the vet.

Sammi is still doing well and Fletch is not sick.

Stay tuned.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

All is Well

Sammi seems to be on her way back to good health. She's eating small amounts and drinking water with no vomiting. She's not running around dancing a jig, but she is up and about more and wants to be where we are.

Whew -- what a stressful six days that was. I think I'll go take a 48-hour nap now.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008


Sammi just ate about a tablespoon of chicken baby food. That's all she would eat, but that's a start! Hopefully she won't throw it up and is on her way to recovery.


I'm very encouraged this morning that Sammi may be getting better. She got up with the rest of the dogs this morning on her own and went outside and scouted the yard, and she's in here in my office with all of us right now. Prior to today, she just wanted to be by herself. She's much more alert than she has been, too, and her eyes look brighter.

I'm going to go get some chicken baby food and offer her some of that later this morning on the vet's advice. She still doesn't want anything to do with the dog food.


If you're interested, here's some information on pancreatitis, which is what the vet says she has:
Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas, causing leakage of the digestive enzymes whereby the pancreas literally starts to "digest itself". Pancreatitis can be acute (sudden) or chronic (happening over a course of time). Both acute and chronic forms are serious and can be life-threatening, especially the acute form.

For the majority of cases, the cause is unknown. Pancreatitis can occur in both dogs and cats, but is generally more common in dogs, especially the acute form. Cats more commonly have the chronic form, and it can be difficult to diagnose. In dogs, obese middle age to older animals have a higher incidence, as do females. Even though exact causes are not known, there are identifiable risk factors. Here are some potential risk factors:

· Hyperlipidemia (high fat content in blood)
· High fat meal (trigger for hyperlipidemia)
· Obesity (especially dogs)
· Concurrent disease - i.e. Cushing's, Diabetes
· Contaminated food or water
· Certain drugs and toxins
· Bacterial or viral infection

The signs can vary from mild gastrointestinal upset to collapse and death. Most animals present with common gastrointestinal signs of upset, such as:

· Vomiting
· Not eating
· Painful abdomen, hunched appearance (more common in dogs)
· Fever or below-normal body temperature
· Diarrhea
· Depression
· Dehydration, evaluated by noting sunken eyes, dry mouth, and increased skin turgor (skin tents when pinched)

These signs are not specific for Pancreatitis, and can be seen with many gastrointestinal diseases and conditions. All or some of the signs may be noted in an individual patient with Pancreatitis. Cats can be especially difficult to diagnose due to the vague signs they exhibit with chronic Pancreatitis - depression/lethargy and poor appetite are seen with regularity, and gastrointestinal signs of vomiting, diarrhea, and / or pain are seen intermittently.

Treatment for this disease is supportive, meaning that there isn't usually a direct cause and cure, but supporting the animal while allowing healing. The veterinary team will take care of the animal's nutritional and fluid needs, pain management, and addressing any other disease processes (infection, diabetes, etc.) while letting the pancreas heal on its own. Resting the pancreas and gastrointestinal system is key, and this means no food or water by mouth for 1 to 5 or more days. This is dependent on the severity of each case, and the animal must be on fluids and other support to survive and heal the pancreas while off of oral food and water.

The prognosis in mild cases is good, but prognosis in severe cases of pancreatitis is poor in both dogs and cats. About 50% of human patients with severe pancreatitis die, and the mortality rate appears to be similar in dogs and cats. A challenge in both human and veterinary medicine is the identification of severe cases early during the disease process and the prevention of complications.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Another Update on Sammi...

She’s still just lying down and won’t eat, but she’s drinking some water and urinating when I take her outside, and she had a pure water BM earlier today. She does walk around a bit outside when I take her out there too, but not much. So she’s not so weak that she can’t stand up or anything.

The vet just called to check on her. He says it’s not good that she’s not showing any interest in the food, but it is good that she’s not throwing up the water when she drinks it and can walk around. He said to wait until tomorrow and try some chicken baby food. He said he could send her over to a place in Irving that does ultrasounds to see if they can see anything that might be wrong and could be fixed. I told him we’d wait another day or two and see if there’s any improvement.

When I asked him if she could die, he said it’s usually the bigger dogs and older dogs that don’t make it through something like this, and maybe it’s just going to take her more time. He really didn’t answer the question directly. Of course, I know the answer is yes, she could die if she doesn’t eat. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens tomorrow and the next day.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Sammi is Home

We picked her up at about 6:00 tonight. She really doesn't seem to be any better at all as far as the way she's acting. She's still listless and pitiful. The vet left the IV cath in, so she still has the red bandage on her arm. He didn't want to remove it in case he wants to give her more fluids. We're supposed to start feeding her small amounts of a special food he gave us starting tomorrow, but I'm doubtful that she'll want anything. She doesn't right now. He also gave us two kinds of meds -- one to soothe her pancreas and one for nausea.

I don't know what to think. I really thought she'd be at least a little perkier, but she's not. She seems exactly the same as before the hospital stay to me. At least I know she's not dehydrated.

That's all to say for now. Thanks for keeping her in your thoughts everybody.

Sammi Update

Sammi with her IV port and bandage.

I picked her up at 6:00 a.m. She's still sick and not moving around, but she's more hydrated and has anti-nausea meds and antibiotics in her system now. I'm taking her and leaving her at her vet in about an hour when they open. They'll give her IV fluids all day and hopefully let her go home tonight. I see lots of chicken and white rice in her future.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Sammi is in the Hospital

I took her in at about 8:00 tonight because I couldn't stand it a minute longer. They kept her and are giving her IV fluids. Her blood tests showed that her kidneys and liver are fine, but her electrolytes and such were out of whack from being dehydrated. She also had blood in her colon & rectum (ew) from whatever it is that caused all this. We'll probably never know for sure, but I'm nearly positive it was the Coleus. (By the by, another dog was in there at the same time because he was poisoned from eating Verbenea!)

I'm relieved that she's being taken care of, but I feel bad that she's feeling so rotten and is up there alone. I'm going to pick her up at 6:00 a.m. and take her to her regular vet, probably to stay and receive more IV fluids at least all of tomorrow.

That's it. I'm going to bed. At least I won't wake up every thirty minutes to make sure I can feel her breathing like I did last night.

I'm Scared

Sammi is very sick y'all. She's had vomitting & diarrhea since Friday morning, and she just lays there and doesn't move. I called the vet and the emergency animal clinic for advice, but really the only thing I can do for her is keep the other dogs from bugging her and let her sleep. As long as she stays hydrated and doesn't get worse, there's nothing to do. The vet seemed to think she would be better in 24 hours, but she's not. I'm calling and taking her in on Monday morning if she hasn't improved.

I'm pretty positive I know why she's sick. I bought six Coleus and planted them just off the back porch under the trellis Barnaby built. Two of them were destroyed and half-eaten sometime from Thurs-Fri morning. I didn't have any idea they were poisonous to dogs, but they are. I've done some research on the Internet and found a LONG list of plants that are poisonous to dogs, and Coleus is on that list. Lantana is also on that list as one of the most toxic, and we have some of that this year too.

I'm putting together a comprehensive list to post in my sidebar. Look for it soon and print it or save it for reference. I'm shocked at how many common plants are on this list!

I bawled my eyes out last night because I just felt like she is dying. I know it sounds dramatic, but will you say a little prayer for Sammi please?
Edited to Add: Here is a link to the Poisonous Plants to Dogs document. There are two tabs to see.