Archive for November, 2007

Hardly Haiku

Friday, November 30th, 2007

I’m sorry to say that the National Blog Posting Month project is done for 2007. It’s been fun! My Haiku for this Friday commemorates NaBloPoMo.

Haiku Friday

Eden Kennedy
Lady with a cool idea
What? NaBloPoMo!

Do you like to blog?
National Blog Posting Month
Come, join in next year!

Well, when would that be?
Eleventh month, November
Just post EV’RY day!

NaBloPoMo – Goodbye for now

Friday, November 30th, 2007

I’m not totally sure if I can legitimately claim that I successfully completed NaBloPoBo, or National Blog Posting Month, since I didn’t start participating until November 7th. Thus, I am missing posts for November 1, 5, and 6.

Anyhoo, I DID write quite a few posts, so here is a badge commemorating that fact:


Our puppy is home again

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Today after work I went to the Nooksack Animal Hospital to fetch Lassie home. She was frantically happy to see me, and couldn’t wait to hop into the car. The vet sent her home with some cephalexin capsules, and instructions that I feed her only her dry dog food, with the addition of the occasional Milk Bone. No more table scraps for the old Lassie dog.


I asked the vet if mineral oil would have been an appropriate “cure” to give a dog suspected of having a digestive blockage. The vet said:

  • Mineral oil would have been better than canola oil, since it’s not digestible, and would have passed through the system without being absorbed.
  • Mineral oil, however, could cause aspiration pneumonia (not a good thing).
  • Leave a dog totally alone if a blockage is suspected (as in, Do not try to feed the dog. Do not give the poor animal any type of oil whatsoever).
  • Mineral oil is sometimes useful in the treatment of horses, but that does NOT mean that mineral oil can be used in a similar manner with dogs.
  • There is NEVER a reason to give a dog mineral oil. Canola oil, however, is even WORSE for the dog than mineral oil, because it is absorbed, and damages the pancreas.

Poor Doggie

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Thanksgiving’s bounty overflowed into our dog Lassie’s food bowl as scraps of turkey meat and skin. The results for Lassie were not so happy, however.

I reproach myself now for the lack of common sense which would have reminded me that, as Lassie has gotten older (She is a ten-year old keeshond, chow, lab mix), she has been eating less. Typically, she eats a small portion of dry dog food formulated for mature dogs, and a milkbone. Somewhere in my memory the knowledge that sudden changes to a pet’s diet are harmful should have sounded a warning and stopped me from loading the poor doggie’s bowl with all those turkey scraps. However, I did give her the leftovers (bones carefully removed), and she ate it all.

The first hint of trouble came Friday morning. Lassie threw up, and looked down in the dumps. She went outside to eat some grass to ease her tummy troubles. We were alarmed when, much later in the day, Lassie threw up what looked to be quarts of water. She couldn’t keep water down. We worried, “Intestinal blockage?”, but it was late by that time. The vet’s office was closed for the weekend.

A friend of ours, who is a farmer, recommended that we give Lassie mineral oil. (I don’t know yet if this is good or bad advice. I’ll ask the vet.) Well, since we didn’t have that, we gave her vegetable oil, purportedly to lubricate the “obstruction” and help it pass through her system. This was the worst thing we could have done, as the vet sternly informed me. It exacerbated the condition that the super-abundance of scraps brought on: pancreatitis. This is what has to say about this condition:

Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreatic gland which is situated very close to the origin of the small intestine (duodenum) near the pyloric area of the stomach. This elongated, thin organ has numerous responsibilities including secreting hormones into the bloodstream such as insulin and glucagon which act in concert to regulate blood sugar levels within rather narrow limits. As well, life would not be possible for dogs or cats without digestive enzyme production and secretion into the lumen of the intestine. These digestive enzymes can actually cause the demise of the dog or cat if they leak into pancreatic tissues or surrounding abdominal structures. Therefore any inflammation of the pancreas has potentially life-threatening consequences. Pancreatitis can result from trauma, sudden ingestion of fat, toxins, viruses and other unknown causes. One usual consequence of pancreatitis is diarrhea and vomiting. Pain is a hallmark of pancreatitis and it is always considered a priority for treatment by attending veterinarians.

I took Lassie to the vet Monday, and she is still there. She is on antibiotics and a special diet, doing fine, but getting special care. I’m to bring her home tomorrow. I’ve learned a lesson, but it’s been the hard way, as far as our dear doggie is concerned.

Encouragement from God’s Word

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Yesterday, while waiting for our youngest during his basketball practice, I was chatting with some of the other moms. Some of the topics that came up were so tragic, so very sad:

  • young drivers driving recklessly and getting in terrible accidents
  • a young lady who is in a coma as the result of a horse-back riding accident
  • one of my friends recently suffered the loss of her grand-nephew from drowning
  • several occasions of suicides were recounted

I left the gym so saddened and burdened. I prayed for some of those who were discussed. I prayed for God’s judgment to come upon unrepentent perpetrators of wickedness.

This morning I was heartened by the reminder that this life is NOT all there is. The Lord will call all to account before Him. He will make all things right.

Isaiah 12:1And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.
12:2Behold, God [is] my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH [is] my strength and [my] song; he also is become my salvation. 12:3Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
12:4And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.
12:5Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this [is] known in all the earth.
12:6Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great [is] the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.


(Image from Snapshots of Joy)

Snow Hearts

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007


This picture was taken after one of our snowfalls last year. We had quite a bit of wind at that time, which sculpted these snow hearts on our back deck. Since we are without our camera for a week, I’m commemorating our first snowfall of the season with this fun pic.

Currently it’s about 38°F (Is that about 4°C?) with lovely sunlight breaking through the clouds, so the snow is rapidly melting on our hill. I know the children are hoping, though, that the sky will cloud over and that more – MUCH more – snow will fall tonight.

A Quick Post

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

The internet is down at home. Once our youngest son gets home from school, I’ll have him take a look at it to see if we can get it up and running again.

In the mean time, I’m on my lunch break here at the middle school, so want to get at least a little post in to fulfil NaBloPoMo requirements to post EVERY DAY for the month of November. (I joined a bit after the first of the month, so may be disqualified already, but I’m doing what I can.) 🙂

Last night we had our first snow! So beautiful, and it did remain overnight, but, to the children’s disappointment, it wasn’t sufficient to necessitate a snow day. My husband took the camera with him so I have no pictures to post. So sorry.

This morning I overcame my natural antipathy to all things mechanical in order to read the Suzuki Grand Vitara owner’s manual regarding changing the vehicle over to four wheel drive. This was a pleasingly simple operation. I was thankful for four wheel drive on our long driveway and our steep hill, but beyond that it wasn’t necessary. On the way home this afternoon, I won’t need it either. The surrounding foothills still look as if powdered sugar has been sifted down upon them, but the roads are melty.

My break is about over. I’ll hope to do a longer post once I’m home, if we can get the internet connection back.

Change is hard

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Usually I enjoy getting right down to business when it comes time to post on my blog. However, I’ve been procrastinating tonight because I am such a creature of habit, and I’m dealing with some “different” things this evening.

My husband needed to take the beloved and comfortable laptop which I consider “mine” on his business trip. He very nicely set me up in a different location on a computer which he got up and running, but . . . It has one of those ergonomic keyboards where the keyboard is kind of split and the keys angle off in different directions. It just doesn’t feel “right”. I’ve not yet made friends with this computer or its keyboard, but . . . The blog must go on, especially since the days of NaBloPoMo are yet with us. Besides, I do appreciate my husband’s thoughtfulness in rustling up this setup. 🙂

I’m still in procrastination mode, though, I can tell, because even as I sit here typing, I’m thinking, “OK. Bring this to a close. These few words will suffice for tonight. Isn’t there something else you needed/wanted to do?” So, I will try to do better tomorrow.

I wish you, dear readers, a good evening, and a comfortable keyboard. 🙂

A favorite portion from Psalm 25

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

(Image from Snapshots of Joy)

1 To thee I lift my soul: 2 O Lord, I trust in thee:
My God, let me not be asham’d, nor foes triumph o’er me.

3 Let none that wait on thee be put to shame at all;
But those that without cause transgress, let shame upon them fall.

4 Shew me thy ways, O Lord; thy paths, O teach thou me:
5 And do thou lead me in thy truth, therein my teacher be:

For thou art God that dost to me salvation send,
And I upon thee all the day expecting do attend.

6 Thy tender mercies, Lord, I pray thee to remember,
And loving-kindnesses; for they have been of old for ever.

7 My sins and faults of youth do thou, o Lord, forget:
After thy mercy think on me and for thy goodness great.

8 God good and upright is: the way he’ll sinners show.
9 The meek in judgment he will guide, and make his path to know.

10 The whole paths of the Lord are truth and mercy sure,
To those that do his cov’nant keep, and testimonies pure.

(Taken from The Scottish Psalter, Metrical Version)

Returning Thanks

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

(Image from Snapshots of Joy)

The sentiment on the lovely graphic is taken from Matthew 10:8b, “. . . Freely ye have received, freely give.” The verse of course speaks of God’s graciousness to us, in freely giving us what we need in order to be right with Him. I have always taken the “freely give” exhortation to mean that we, in turn, are to be large-hearted towards others, and should contribute cheerfully to their total well-being.

What I’m thinking about just now in relation to “freely give” is remembering to express gratitude to the Lord Who gives us all good gifts:

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” – James 1:17

“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them . . . Ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.” – Ezekiel 36:26-28.

In the worship service on Thanksgiving Day, our pastor reminded us that, as right as it is to be thankful for all the good things that the Lord gives us, it is most important to be thankful for God Himself. I am thankful that He is Who He is: A Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth. (Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question and Answer 4). I’m looking forward to worshiping Him tomorrow, and hearing a sermon preached from His Word, the Bible.

My wish for you, dear Readers, is that you, also, would be thankful people, and that you would know the One to whom your thanks should be directed.