March 18, 2013

Weekend Review...Long Post....

Wow, I'm sorry it's been a few days since I've posted but it's not been exactly quiet around here nor boring.. Oh how I love boring sometimes.. My last post was on Friday and here's the main reason why..

Cute isn't he? OK, I think he's cute but thats because I"m a biased mom..
This is my bailey. He's a 12 yr old Lhasa Apso and in October of 2012 he somehow (we still don't know how) contracted Meningitis (we also don't know what type).. Bailey and I went through hell fire for about two months, he having the worst of it and by December he was better.. He was not 100% but our doctor who I trust explicitly said he may never be. He was left with some body ticks of the head and body here and there and his legs became weak and shake at times but other than that he was A LOT better.. 

This past Friday I was in the kitchen and suddenly I noticed Bailey was laying on the floor next to me (which isn't unusual) but when I called his name he wouldn't life his head.. That IS unusual.. So I bent down near him and lifted his head and it felt like a ton of led.. I knew something was terribly off.. Then he stood up and he was once again hunched over in the back (this indicates pain) and he had that "Meningitis look" in his eyes (they kind of look like they're going to pop out of his head).. I quickly called my vet who told me what meds to start him on right away and I have to call him back on Monday morning with an update.. Bailey 'seems' to be getting better but with this disease I've learned not to speak too quickly. It can be a touch and go, up and down kind of thing so please if you would, say some prayers for my little one.. he's the child I could never have.. 

That there has taken most of my time.. 

On Saturday, Deena came to clean and then I went to Confession at 3:30 and then Mass at 4:30..Words simply can not explain how wonderful both of these things are for me.. The weather was also beautiful Saturday.. 82 and sunny. All in all, it was a beautiful day! 

As we all know Sunday was St. Patricks Day and while I don't have a drop of Irish blood in me I still celebrate to honor St. Patrick. I got up nice and early and got the corn beef, potatoes and carrots into the crock pot, smothered them with seasoning and a 12oz bottle of Guinness Stout. I added the cabbage later on and Mr Lou made his famous N.Y. Style Cheese Cake.. 

In the late morning I got this bright idea that I was going to take my car to the self serve car wash and clean it.. Allergy season kicked into gear last week here in South Carolina and everything, and I mean everything is covered in yellow green pollen.. 

My allergies are also making me absolutely miserable. I think I am going to break down and finally see an allergist this year. I've tried over the counter stuff but nothing seems to help and this year seems to be early and worse than any other year and let me tell you, my body agrees! 

Anyhow, I digress, back to the car wash thingy.. 

I guess no one ever made a self serve car wash for small 98 lb women who are not of good health..Wish I'd known that before I dropped my money into the slot..
The tools are super heavy and the amount of force that comes out of the hose? Well, it took almost all the strength I had to keep myself from being knocked over.. When I realized and felt how much it was draining me physically I should have said to heck with it and stopped but I had seven dollars in that machine and I wasn't going to waste it. I would have been better off if I had. By the time I was done, the car was clean maybe 99% but I was physically 99% done. It was all I could do to get myself home.. So self serve car wash? No that will NOT be happening again.. 

Later in the day.....after I recovered from the car wash disaster...

We had our most dearest friends, Bill and Linda over for dinner and we had a great time together.. then again we usually do.. Good food, and tons and tons of laughs.. I'll just post the photos and they can tell the story.. 

This is Linda.. One of the hippest chicks I know.. Isn't she cute as a button?

This is Bill and while he wasn't ready for this shot, it's still a great photo of him.. A wonderful guy with a heart as big as the outdoors.. 

And this is.....
Dinner!!... Corn beef, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery all cooked in spices with Guinness Stout in the slow cooker all day.. Sorry no fancy table scape here.. We southerners (yes I call myself that now even though I"m from the North. After almost eleven years here I figure, if ya can't beat em ya might as well join em!) we do things simply but with tons of heart.. 

And then.... 

Desert!!.. Mr Lou's famous N.Y. Style Cheesecake which was heavenly...

And then we played with the camera a little bit.. 

This is Mr Lou and my heart... 

Linda, Myself and Bill.. Silly Bill but always fun to be around :) 

Me and my Sweetheart...

Thank you Bill and Linda for coming to dinner and being such amazing, amazing, loving and kind friends..We love you dearly...

How was your weekend?


  1. Oh- Your poor, poor puppy. I will say a prayer for that sweet face. It is so sad and scary when our pets get sick.

    It looks like you had a wonderful meal with great friends. No fancy tablescapes needed-you just need to love who you are dining with. I am a Southerner at heart and here I am in the Midwest but hope to get back South someday.
    I hope you have a wonderful night- xo Diana

  2. Thanks for the prayers for Bailey Diana, as I said this thing is so unpredictable so right now Im taking in a few hours at a time and I'll see how he is when I wake him up today.. Funny, because I want to get back to the North one day because all my (small) family are there and I miss them more than words can ever express but in the last few years Im finding myself embracing the South for the first time.. Something I resisted for the last 9 years.. Thanks for always coming by my blog Diana.. It does mean a lot to me and I love seeing your post..


  3. I am constantly amazed at how covered our cars get. A car next to me this morning had been rinsed off. When I got back an hour later it was covered again!!! This helped me decide to not spray my car off as it will just stick better, lol!

    We had corned beef and cabbage too---I am not used to all of the salt that is in corned beef and I had to drink a lot of water the rest of the evening! It was so good however---I must have had 3 helpings. Your cheesecake looks AWESOME!! Does he use sour cream and cream cheese?

    Hope your doggy continues to be ok.

  4. I hope your cute little doggie recovers. Ummmm, not to be too bold but can I come over for cheesecake?

  5. I hope that Bailey is feeling better. I know how near and dear to our hearts our sweet doggies can be. I love mine too like a child and can't imagine ever losing him. Do let us know how he is progressing.
    Sounds like you had an eventful weekend which ended with some good friends and food. You are so pretty in your picture and looks so lovely with your sweetie.
    Take care.

  6. Sure hope your sweet little dog is feeling better today! Soo scary when they are sick like that. Looks like you had a delish dinner with wonderful friends. Glad you enjoyed! Have a good week!

  7. Oh, your poor little Bailey! How awful for both of you. I wonder how he contracted it? Looks like you had a wonderful weekend except for Bailey and the car wash. Your dinner is making me's supper time for me. I had my corned beef and cabbage a few weeks ago so I just fixed colcannon this time but I do love the corned beef! I used to make cheesecake years ago and your husband's looks delicious! What a fun time you all had! Take care this week!

  8. Sweet Bailey! Hope your pup is doing better! Lovely photos on this post and just love the one of you and your sweetheart!

  9. Oh wow! What a weekend.
    I hope your Baily is improved and continuing to get well.
    That dinner sure looked good.
    I have Irish in me...through and know what we ate for dinner on Sunday?
    I hope you recuperate from the car wash... I have a chronic arthritis and the car wash, does me IN! But...I keep going back, because I want a clean car.

    have a great week.



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