Sunday, February 28, 2016


The puppies have arrived! They arrived yesterday, February 27, 1 boy and 3 girls, so far all doing very well.  I am a proud grandma :)

Thursday, February 25, 2016


Today we had lunch at Applebees with some extended family, it was great to get together with them and talk.  Joanne wasn't feeling very well after spending the night with me in the hotel so she stayed home and relaxed.
In the evening Wendy came up to the hotel and spent some time chatting with me.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Visisting with Joanne

The Sleeping Giant at the Marina
Yesterday my sister Joanne was having a good day so we decided to get out for an hour or so.  We picked up a coffee and headed down to the Marina.  I have missed living beside a lake now that I am in Lethbridge.  Then we headed to the mall and Joanne managed to walk for about 15 minutes which was great.  We just browsed not actually shopping. Joanne was sore when we got home though and feeling tired so she went to lay down and have a nap.  It has been a busy few days with me here so she has been up and moving around more then she has been, which is wonderful, but also means she tires faster.

Tonight I am moving to a hotel for a few days, just to give myself a break from the busy household and actually sleep in a bed rather then a couch .  I don't mind the couch but my old body has other ideas.  Joanne is going to try and come with me tonight, we will just relax and watch movies, maybe order a pizza, fun sister stuff. :)

One of the shut down Grain Elevators at the Marina
On Saturday night we had a family dinner , it was a great night with Joanne and we were able to get some awesome pictures.  Unfortunately my youngest sister Debra and her family were not here, it would have been wonderful to get pictures with her in them as well.

Hopefully Joanne continues to be feeling pretty good for the remainder of our visit.  I am already dreading leaving her, saying goodbye will be beyond difficult :(

Sunday, February 21, 2016

4-5 days to go!

Autumn is very close to having her puppies, they are due around the 25th , 26th, these picture were taken of  her yesterday

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Change of Plans

In my life things change very quickly,  now instead of going home on March 1 I am going home this Friday.  Joanne's wife called this morning to say that she felt if I wanted to have a quality visit to come sooner rather then later, she is noticing lots of small changes in Joanne everyday.  She stays in bed a lot, eats next to nothing, her pain is quite bad and she just wants to sleep.  Trying to get everything figured out with flights and the dogs is exhausting, I will be glad to just get on the plane and chill out. 

I have been having trouble with my left ear, it feels plugged and it feels like my heart is beating inside it lol, anyway I was lucky to get in to see my Dr tomorrow , hopefully it just needs to be flushed out, I didn't want to get on the plane then get a nasty earache or have my eardrum blow because of the pressure......ouch!

Amanda has been amazing and has agreed to taking the dogs early and is coming to pick them up for me tomorrow, I will take Lync out to Judy's after supper tonight.

Anyway, I better get back to packing, might as well start getting organized now!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

10 days to go

Here is Autumn, she has 10 days before her puppies arrive.  The next 10 days is when the puppies will grow the most.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Going Home !!

I finally was able make arrangements and book a flight back to Thunder Bay! 
I am going for one reason and that is to see and spend time with my sister Joanne.  I don't want to talk about why, it's too hard to put into words and I am still wrapping my head around the fact that Joanne's days are limited.  It sounds cold to write it down like this so that is all I can say right now :(
I will be staying with Joanne and my sister in law Jane for the first 4 days, then I am getting a hotel room for the weekend.  I leave on the Monday following the weekend.  I wish I could stay much much longer but unfortunately that is not possible.  My hopes are that Joanne and I will spend quality time during the week, talking together like we used to when we were young.  I want to be there for her and just be a big sister.  It will be so hard on the both of us because it is very possible this will be the last time I see her.  Hopefully I can also talk her into staying with me the Saturday night with in the hotel too, I think she will enjoy that! 
My heart is breaking, I can barely manage to write about loosing my sister, Cancer is such a cruel cruel disease.

Kort and Ash will be saying with Amanda, Kort loves staying there, he is such a good boy,  I am not sure about Ash though as this will be his first time as an adult he has stayed with anyone.  Amanda works full time so he will need to be crated during that time, I hope he behaves himself!!  He can be a bit of a brat!  Lync will be with Judy again, he loves her like he loves me!

Anyway the next 2 weeks are going to drag by, hopefully Joanne stays healthy enough and doesn't have to be hospitalized again, I just cant wait to see her !! :)

Friday, February 12, 2016

Cruise Control :)

Today I finally got the cruise control fixed in my van!  It has been a long 2 years of driving without it.  I go to a lot of dog shows and I find anything over 2 hours of driving I really need it .  It is hard to sit for 6 hours with your leg in one position!  I am very grateful that I was able to get it done, this van has been a work in progress but the cruise control was the last thing I needed to get done so hurray!!  My next dog show trip will be the beginning of April to Red Deer and I am very excited to drive there!

Monday, February 8, 2016

2 weeks to go!

I received some pictures yesterday from Autumn's mom.  Autumn is 2.5 weeks away from having her puppies is just starting to show.   I am still very excited for Lync being a dad for the first time and hope that Autumn continues to be healthy and has a big healthy litter

Friday, February 5, 2016


Brad and my 20th Wedding Anniversary was this past Sept 29th, I wanted a new ring to wear as my wedding rings were getting worn and I was worried about the diamond falling out of my engagement ring.  We couldnt afford it at the time so we saved up and the other day I was able to get my ring! I love it, it is light and sparkly, perfect!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I Wish

So now that I have left my previous job I need to find a new one, it is scary and frustrating.  I want to work where I am comfortable, doing what I know, and that is anything with dogs.  I cant work in a fast paced environment, I have learned that , everything seems so overwhelming right now.  Finding a job is hard and I just wish I never had my accident and I was still working at the Daycare, either that or I wish I still was living in Thunder Bay at my own grooming shop, sigh, wishing gets me no where I'm afraid :(

Monday, February 1, 2016


I left my job.......I am embarrassed and not proud of it, BUT, I know my limits, I know my depression triggers, the job was too much for me.  It was supposed to be 10-12 hours a week, it ended being 32 the first week.  I think I know why they have trouble keeping employees there. Perhaps if it was a smaller store ,not a huge bulk store, it would have been alright, the amount of information they expect you to retain and learn in a short amount of time was overwhelming, I wasnt sleeping, I was upset and I couldn't take it anymore.  I am lucky to be in a position to choose , I have time to find another job, one I am more comfortable with, one with dogs hopefully.  I have a bit of a cushion now from my moms estate.  I AM going to look for another job, I HAVE been looking , everyday actually.  Please dont judge me, I do that enough on my own :(