Eat the frog? Yep...something I have been telling myself for the past 5 days as I have been thinking about what to include in this blog.
"Eat the frog" is a saying that comes from Mark Twain, who said that if the first thing you do each morning is eat a live frog, you can make it through the rest of the day knowing the worst is behind you!
The "frog" is the task you dread doing. The idea is that you get it out of the way, off your to-do list first thing. Then the rest of your day is easy.
For some reason this blog post was my "frog" for the past few days. It has been on my to-do list and ignored. I procrastinated, thinking of all kinds of other tasks to do instead. That was unusual for me because I am usually eager to write the blog and share photos with my readers.
I don't know about you, but I find myself tired and just "not with it" lately. Like most others, I am just tired of the restrictions COVID19 has put on us and tired of the constant worry. I would not call the feeling "depression." It is more of a "blah" feeling. I made a list the other night of things I am sick of. You may have a similar list. Here is mine (sorry it is long .. skip it if you want to! I will never know!)
People dying/the daily tally of the dead
Everything associated with COVID19
Fox News, CNN, Morning Joe
Politics and politicians
Peaceful protests that turn ugly. Looters turning peaceful protests into chaos
Cops shooting people
People who thrive on inciting fear
People who think it is fun/funny to name call and disrespect others whose lifestyle and opinions are different from theirs
People who lie
People who bully
People who have never read the Constitution but think they know all about what is says
People who have read the Constitution but ignore it
People giving up on themselves and others
People who won't help others when given opportunities to do so
People who won't wear a mask when around others
Staying home -- people were not meant to be isolated
Zoom meetings...endless Zoom meetings
Missing family and friends
Feeling helpless in the face of the pandemic
Just "running in place" and getting nowhere
Cooking! (but then, this one is nothing new!)
One of the situations that I dread is having to tell people who call or email asking if I have puppies that I have nothing available. Most of the callers have recently lost an elderly Lhasa whom they have loved for many years. Their stories touch me, and I so much want to help them. But I cannot snap my fingers and suddenly have puppies. Instead, I try to give them names of people I know who might have puppies on the way. I ask if they want to be added to our waiting list. I also recommend going to the website of the American Lhasa Apso club, selecting the Resources tab, and clicking the "Find a Breeder" link. I encourage them to get on multiple waiting lists. Even so, it is heartbreaking to turn people away. At heart, I am a person who wants/needs to be helpful. As you know, Lhasas are my passion. Not being able to help someone looking for a puppy is upsetting.
Meeting the families who purchased the puppies from our summer litters has been such a positive, uplifting experience. I've enjoyed getting to know those who will be loving and caring for our puppies. They always ask, "How can you part with them?" It is easy when I see what loving homes the puppies will have.
This summer, we have also found wonderful "retirement" homes for four of our adult Lhasas. Three of them have already left for their new homes and have settled in nicely. The 4th is leaving in a couple weeks. Chance, Kimmi, and Greta have adapted well and seem to be loving their new homes and new people. Greta was the latest one to leave, and here are some excerpts from emails her new owner has sent.
Jane wrote, "She’s doing great! She’s playing like crazy! Has a great appetite! Is making a nest in Joe's clothes while he's in Chicago(so sweet when I saw what she was doing) loves to go outside! Getting used to noises! Slept with me on the bed last night! On the outside corner looking out the door-she's a ferocious guard dog! We LOVE her!...she is running around the house having a blast. Getting used to playing tag. I scared her the first time… today she came up to me and tagged me! We ran around after each other laughing. She is a puppy!"
Here is Greta, exhausted after all her antics.
Life really is better when you have a Lhasa to love you!
Little Joey and Buddy are 10 weeks old now and will be leaving this weekend. Here are their most recent photos.
We will be keeping Aspen from Greta and Chance's litter. We are still debating over an AKC name. It took us two months to decide on one for Archie!
Speaking of Archie, his AKC registered name is Joyslyn Mon Ami Derecho. Yes there is a story behind that!
I hope you can watch this video. It is of Archie after I groomed him, put a part in his head, and added some gel to train it to stay in place.
Just so you know, according to Wikipedia, "A derecho is a widespread, long-lived, straight-line wind storm that is associated with a fast-moving group of severe thunderstorms known as a mesoscale convective system and potentially rivaling hurricanic and tornadic forces. Derechos can cause hurricane-force winds, tornadoes, heavy rains, and flash floods."
And, if you are from the midwest you are probably aware of the derecho that hit Cedar Rapids, IA, on August 10. We heard nothing on the news about it, so were oblivious until our son who lives there called to tell us he and our granddaughter were okay! It is a catastrophe that has mostly been ignored by the national news. That is disturbing because those impacted need help!
The straight line winds exceeded 100 mph with gusts up to 180 mph. Over 23,000 publicly-owned trees were lost or damaged so badly they will have to be cut down. That count does not include the trees in people's yards. People were without power for days. Homes and businesses were destroyed. Thousands of acres of corn were demolished. Just imagine: summer heat, no power, no air conditioning, few grocery stores open, your food in your fridge and freezer spoiling.
Photos and videos are available on line if you are interested in seeing the damage a derecho can cause. You can google "derecho in Iowa" to see more.
On the day of the Iowa derecho, the sky in Macomb took on an awesome and scary semblance. I was coming home from grocery shopping and happened to glance at the sky. Below are some photos I took of it. I kept expecting to see a tornado drop from those clouds. Interestingly, I drove under it and on the other side, the sky was a bright, happy blue.
We are in the preparation stage of getting our living and dining room areas ready for some new flooring. That area looks chaotic! We had to move furniture into other rooms so we could take up the carpeting, pad, and plywood. I can deal with a renovation mess for about 2 weeks, so we'll see how it goes. Three items for the flooring were back ordered (of course!) so now we wait...
One thing I am looking forward to is getting Millie, Archie, and Aspen to a 4-week training class that starts next week in Peoria. It is a long drive there and back, around 4 hours round trip, but it will be worth it for the dogs to have the "show ring" experiences that class offers.
Rumor has it that the midwest will soon have a few dog shows again. That would be great! I miss the shows and seeing all my Lhasa friends.
Some good news I received yesterday: Winter is being shown this weekend in Elk City, OK. Her handler is Sue Cannimore. Sue messaged me that on Thursday Winter took Reserve Winners Bitch to the 3-point major. That was good news but it still meant she lost! On Friday the news was more to my liking. Winter won the 3point major. Now she needs only 3 single points or another major to have her championship. I am, of course, hoping she wins again this weekend and finishes!
Winter went to Sue at the end of January, was on a winning streak through February and March. Then COVID19 hit and she has been in MS with Sue, just waiting for an opportunity to show again.
I have not seen her since January but here are some photos taken in March.
Notes and Photos from Others
Denise sent this photo of Colonel, a Greta and Breaker son after he had his summer clip.
Kathleen wrote about Beau, "Beau is thriving. He eats well, is doing well with potty training and is as lovable and agreeable as ever. I am sending a few new photos... He is so sweet and loving and I love him more everyday. Thank you."
Jim sent photos of Daisy. I know I always say this, but she really is photogenic. Her expressions and poses say it all.
Sharon sent a photo and update on Gemma, "The vet said her structure was beautiful, coloring gorgeous, & bite perfect. In fact, and I quote, “one of the best bites I’ve seen”. I hope this all doesn’t go to Gemma’s head! Gemma seems to be adjusting nicely. She is such a sweet little girl and I look forward to many adventures.Thank you for my precious Gemma!"
Sally wrote this about Ginger, "Sunday is her second birthday already! She really is the sweetest thing! So smart and happy. She is the boss and I am happy to do her bidding. I am thankful every day to have her."
Ginger is the daughter of Luna and Breaker.
I'm just throwing in a photo of Jenna for fun. This is CH Joyslyn MLS Dakota Je-Na Sais Quoi.
Here is a photo of Judy with her three Joyslyn's Lhasas, Whisper, Gus, and Raven.
Ted sent a photo of Lucky.
Violet sent photos of Shadow, a litter brother to Chance. Does he look a bit sad? Look at the second photo to see why.
Betsy wrote about Willow. "Hi Joyce! Willow was great on the ride home! She is doing so well and we all just love her!!