Monday, July 28, 2008

this and that


thank you all for all your comments and prayers regarding my dear sweet presley. he is doing much better altho still walking like a drunk sailor. he has been diagnosed with canine ideopathic vestibular disease which basically is a neurological disorder in older dogs which makes it very difficult for them to ascertain the position of their body in relation to the earth. he was not able to stand on his own when we brought him home on saturday but is walking on his own now although weaving and spinning with an occasional fall or wipe out. in the above photo he is starting a clockwise spin which he simply can't control. our vet has nicknamed him mr. wobbles and it is most appropriate. if all goes well he will continue to improve over the next week or so altho he may always have the head tilt to the right. we are encouraged, overwhelmingly grateful and lavishing him with tons of love and attention!!


we had a dessert contest at work on friday and i entered grandma j's butterscoth pie along with the above tag. no ribbons for me but it was fun anyway!

as promised here is the revised birch grove cabin. i like this cabin much better. it is almost hidden in the background and is a nice little surprise when you discover it. just the way an autumn get-away should be!!


my 3 1/2 year old granddaughter jenna spent the night with us saturday and i introduced her to magic pencils (my watercolor pencil set). she was enthralled and i'm sure these will be one of her fave things to do at grandma julie's house on each visit!


and, finally, here is our mama mallard duck back in her little protected spot behind my asiatic lilies in the east flower bed. this is her second nest sitting this year. we leave her in complete peace and i think she enjoys the solitude, quiet and occasional drink of water when i water the flower bed. oh how i love living as one with nature . . . even if it is in the suburbs!!

18 comments:

StegArt said...

I'm so happy to hear that Presley is better. Loving that birch artwork.

willow said...

That poor little wobbly Presley. Glad to hear he's a bit better. Sweet mother duck! :)

quaint handmade said...

so happy your precious presley is on the mend, LOVE watercolor pencils, and your mama duck, too!

Megan Coyle said...

That's good to hear that your dog is doing better, poor thing. And I love the texture in your revised piece.

steviewren said...

That is good news about Presley. I know you are so happy to have him on the mend. Have fun introducing your Granddaughter to art.

Strider said...

I'm glad you pet is better.....and butterscotch pie......I haven't had that in years. My mom use to make it for "us kids."

Auburn Kat said...

Glad to hear that the little guy is doing better!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I'm so glad to hear Presley is better. If it helps, a neighbor of my parents has a dog around Presley's age and the same disorder befell him last fall. They thought it could be a stroke and were all very worried. He got over the disorder and is doing fine now, so hopefully Presley will have the same experience.

Love the new painting, and I'm quite envious of your duck!

Susan said...

Hi Julie, Great news about your dear Presley. My heart aches for you, their sweet lives are far too short. Cherish every minute as I know you will. Love & Hugs from Nova Scotia!
xo, S, Winn & Les Chats

JafaBrit's Art said...

We so love our pets and it is hard to see them struggle with anything. So glad you could get the help he needs.

I can feel me adding pounds just thinking of your butterscotch pie, it sounds just YUMMY!

all the best
corrine

painted fish studio said...

i'm so sorry to hear about presley (and sorry i didn't read about him sooner - a cold and work have prevented me from getting around the interwebs lately), but i'm happy to hear his condition isn't terminal. poor guy! if it makes him feel any better, i was walking in circles this weekend as my stuffed-up head could not process any instructions whatsoever...

i love that a mama duck nests at your house, how fun!

Jerdleluvsjapan said...

Good news about your dog. I LOVE your artwork! Just wonderful.

nanatrish said...

I'm so glad Presley is doing better. He looks like such a sweetie! I love your cabin in the woods. Great job. You have so much talent!

steviewren said...

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Deb Neerman said...

Glad to hear that your sweet doggy-child is doing better.

Love your redesigned cabin; the piece is just gorgeous!!

~Hugz!

Robyn said...

Looking forward to seeing ducklings! I'm so glad Presley's doing so much better. It's so upsetting when our pets are ailing.

Donna said...

I'm so happy to hear Presley is doing better!
Love your artwork.

Crossroads Cottage said...

Glad to hear the Mr. Presley is doing better. Isn't it frightening hearing brain tumor? My parent's dog was diagnosed with one last year and sadly didn't make it. She was fine was day, had seizures the next and was gone within the week. Very sad that little animals can't tell you when they are in pain b/c maybe their health concerns could be caught earlier. :(