Close Calls

My daughter seemed to be half joking…partly serious, when on Saturday  she reported that it is bad luck to put your shoes on tables.  I’ve been very cognizant about where I put my shoes since Maxwell has such a ‘thing’ for them and had, in a rush, set a pair of my shoes on the kitchen table.

Well, it turns out that on Sunday, given that I wanted a wee bit more rest time and DID NOT want to go and play ‘fetch’ at 6 in the morning, I left Max to his own devices and went into a deep and restful sleep.  I was going to need it!  As I went upstairs, I saw him in morning light, with the red arm of my eye glasses, swinging from the edge of his mouth.  Sigh!

Thus opens the account of a grueling 24 hours.  The entire day was given to a thorough house cleaning, down to the nitty gritty, hoping to find the missing lens that would serve to solve the end of the puzzle.  By 10:30, I was pretty convinced that Max had consumed it and started my worrying.  I talked to my sister (a very smart nurse) and she shared the same concern that I did…it is very possible this could perforate his bowel). 

4 in the morning came and I took Max out for his business.  From there, I spent the remainder of ‘night time’ searching the evidence and sure enough, as any good CSI would discover, I located fifteen pieces of broken glass….sigh…

Glass Retrieved From Poops

Immediately I felt some sense of relief, but on the other hand, I was concerned that I needed to be vigilant about noticing any changes in the Max behaviours and also, give a careful eye to physical symptoms.  I am publishing an image of the evidence here…now, new glasses…something that surely was NOT in the budget.  Bad Boy!

Branching Out

As a follow-up to last week’s study of trunks, limbs, branches and twigs, my wee class of students in the studio began to build their papier mache trees…starting with the trunks.  I thought it would be fun to blog the process.Trunks  

I’m hoping that for Halloween, the children can stretch creepy cobwebs across them and hang spiders…autumn leaves for the autumn….ornaments and icicles for the winter…valentines in February and easter eggs for the Resurrection!  So fun!  I hope you will stay in touch on Monday nights to see the progress!

Leaves Turning at the River Bottom

A beautiful walk at the river’s edge…Max and River Sept 08






I feel so blessed with Max’s company.  







I had always hoped to have the company of a very dear friend…a man…someone to share the views with and the laughter…someone to grow with as life spilled out all of her challenges.  I discovered on this river walk that in fact, the dry grass at the water’s edge continues to smell as ‘magical’…the deep blue river continues to flow…the sky continues to hold out to me warm sunshine and gentle breezes.  Autumn Sky at the River 2008


Everything will be alright…


Saturday Afternoon

It has been some time since I’ve written.  I’ve been swept up in the school start-up and have been very engaged in life, my young pooch and lots of outside exercise.

Every day I’m inspired to write something; it’s just a matter of taking the time to actually sit down and do it.  I continue to be amazed by my life and its challenges, as well as joys!

Max is coming along with his training and he changes a little every day.  I’m relieved that he has adjusted to the two big work sessions every day during the work week.  It is very hard to leave him and I think of his beautiful face often through the course of the day.  He is sitting, with tail wagging, when I arrive home and right away we head for the park and a ball-throwing session.

I recently completed the book, Stones From the River by Ursula Hegi, an excellent read for those of you who like historical fiction!  I am now onto Rembrandt’s Whore by Sylvie Natton, a whole other ‘ball of wax’.

My teaching in the Chapel has begun and Max comes out to the studio and behaves respectfully as I’m working.  The painting of heaven is also progressing and soon I will drive up to Edmonton with the new paintings, a body of work that has taught me much!

Last night I attended my first pig roast.  it was a fun event.  I’m wishing you a beautiful weekend.

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