Monday, February 2, 2015
Glad to See the Backside of January
Buddy. We tried on a few other names (Rico and Pepper) but hubby called him his little Buddy and it stuck. This is not a great picture of him but he is either in motion or glued to me so difficult to get pictures. I need to get out the good camera with the sports shot feature. He sleeps in the utility room where his food and kennel is set up behind a puppy fence. He kept us up whining for 3 hours Saturday night but last night I stuck a piece of mine and hubby's clothing in with him and he whined for 20 minutes then slept soundly the rest of the night. I think he understands we are now his Mom and Dad and that we will be there in the morning when he wakes up. He was in a house with a lot of other dogs, cat and humans so has to get used to a less busy household.
In other news part of the reason that January was so bloody stressful is that my stepdaughter has decided at 17 to move out. I lost 7 pounds due to stress this month. I would rather not go into great detail except to say - she is flying back to Alberta tomorrow to live with a friend and to "hopefully" finish attending high school. Subject to her going to school we will help her financially until she is 18(technically adult in Alberta which is in October) or until finished high school (July 2016) as this is her decision, one which we don't agree with but can't really stop her at this age so instead of having no relationship with her (*which is what happened with her Mom and her) we are trying to assist her as best we can. The amount of money we are giving her is just barely enough to cover room and board, so part of the deal is that she has to get a job and be a productive citizen. If she then decides to go to college we can access her college funds that are already tucked away. Everyone at age 17 knew best, but if they had to do it all over again - probably would agree none of us were correct. She has a right to be happy just like we do so hopefully things won't go in the tank. A friend of mine has a saying, "Whatever will be will be" and that is about all I want to say on the subject.
In other good news Hubby was recognized by a major US business magazine in an online review of his book (I blog anonymously here and so am not publicizing it as it has no interest to those who read my blog). We got major press and sold a few books - a feat for a self-published book.
So here is hoping February is a little bit easier on all of us and Buddy learns quickly how to be potty trained - there has been a few deposits made as we are trying to read his puppy language and schedule. What he lacks in potty training he more than makes up for in cuteness factor.