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Still alive... [Jul. 12th, 2012|07:01 pm]
Whoa, I realized that I haven't updated publicly in quite some time. :\

Just wanted to drop a line and let y'all know I'm still alive and kicking, sometimes kicking and screaming. Actually, not really, but sometimes I feel like it. ;)

Things have been going alright, if not a bit slow for me. The past few months have been a huge adjustment in my life. After losing Reo, we had such an empty gap in our home, we found a dog through a rescue organization that we wanted to adopt. Her name's Dizzy, and she's a mix between border collie and American Eskimo dog. She's incredibly shy, easily spooked and possibly had been abused in the past, but we don't know for sure. We do know, though, that absolutely everything else about her is perfect. We've been working with her to get her to open up, and every week there's progress. When I look back on where she was when we first brought her home in early May, I can see that she's come pretty far.

Work has been progressing slowly but surely. I have several projects in the works, though they're not being worked on as much as I would like. Thanks to the pregnancy, I find myself with random losses of energy, and there's not much I can do about this. All I can do is try to accomplish things little by little, step by step. It's frustrating to have all this drive and want to do things, and the ability to do them, but the energy is simply not there. So far things have been okay as far as my health is concerned - no major sickness or anything - but part of the fatigue is due to low blood pressure, which causes me to not be able to stand for very long periods of time. Some days, it's too much to stand in one spot to make dinner or wash dishes. I'm having to listen to my body, take breaks when I have to, and learn to adjust to my capabilities. Next week Monday marks three months to go, so the energy is only going to dwindle from here on out.

This is part of the reason why I've been staying off of most social networking sites. I've been writing a few more private entries chronicling my journey for the past six months, but for the most part, I've been avoiding a lot of my usual haunts/forums so I don't become too distracted from my work projects and things that need to be done around our home. If I am slow to reply to e-mails or comments, that's probably why. I'm not avoiding them, but don't be surprised if it takes me a while to get back to them. ;)

Otherwise, things are going well, the summer heat has not been as brutal on the coast as it has been in the midwest. I point and laugh almost daily because my hometown in Michigan is usually anywhere from five to ten degrees hotter than my current location in Florida. And we've been getting our fantastic summertime clouds, if not always the rain that usually goes along with them. (Though we did get rain today! Yay!) I'm looking forward to the days when the temperatures have cooled off a bit more and I can leave the windows open all day again. I miss that. ^_^

[User Picture]From: awalker1829
2012-07-13 06:50 am (UTC)
Sounds like you're quite busy there. It does sound (from your description) that Dizzy might have been a victim of abuse or neglect. What you mention reminds me of when I got Kyerlie, my gray cat. She had belonged to our cleaning lady and her family was going through hard times and couldn't keep her. They had a number of kids in their family and her situation there was not good at all. I suspect that she was probably abused by some of the kids (and perhaps adults as well).

When she first arrived, she hid in a corner that was nearly inaccessible and refused to come out. She eventually began to interact with me and Dale (my other cat) once I came to the conclusion that the corner would have to be blocked off from her. She was initially very testy with everyone and we weren't at all certain how things would work out. For the first few weeks, there was very little perceptible progress. Reflecting on our experience, I would say that it took a couple of years for her to fully adjust. Kyerlie is a very sweet and gentle kit and my folks and I see just how far she came. I've had her for nearly five years now and she's totally at home with us now.

As for the weather, I sure wish we had your weather here. It would be so nice to have a few days in the high 90s. We're in the peak of our annual run of 100+ degree days and it is not fun. The monsoon season just started and that's a mixed bag-on one hand, you can get rain (which is sorely needed) but on the other hand, you also get lightening and risk of additional fires (that we can certainly do without). So far, the only really big fire we've had in Arizona this season was the one up around Crown King, but it didn't burn very many structures (fortunately). The big fear is that the fire risk is particularly high due to the number of homeless folks living in the wilderness-particularly in some of the National Forests and parks.
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