Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Some Things I Did While Taking A Break

Hello to all!  Thank you to everyone who stopped by to check out old blog posts while I was taking a break.  I had actually planned to start blogging the beginning of December, but life just kept happening.  I'll share about some of it in this post.

Just before I took my blogging break, my family and I had to make the extremely hard decision to put our cat, Rusty, down.  He had a large inoperable tumor growing in his abdomen and he was not able to control his bodily functions.  He was a member of our family for almost 15 years and it is still hard to think of him without shedding tears.

Rusty had been my writing companion, at times sitting on the desk or by my feet while I read emails, blog posts and worked on my writing.  Sometimes he would also curl up with me on the couch or sit on the back of the couch when I would read books.  RIP Rusty.  You are missed.

I was a participant of NaNoWriMo 2012.  It was my third year participating.  I wrote a total of 17,150 words.  I was not a winner, but I am totally okay with that.  There is always next year.

I tried staying up on my blog reading while I was taking a break.  I actually did quite well at first.  I enjoyed visiting my blogging friends, learning about the books they were reading or writing, what books were being toured, or what was going on in my blogging friends lives.  

I baked some peppermint sugar cookies and some peanut butter cookies, but they didn't last very long.

My family and I had talked about getting a dog in the spring of 2013.  It would give us time to mourn the loss of our cat, get through the holidays, get through the winter months in which I like to stay indoors as much as possible and have the springtime to worry about potty training a new puppy.

Well, my husband started looking at animal rescue sites and found a cockier spaniel dog that we adopted on Saturday, December 8th.  His name is Bentley and he is about 19+1/2 months old.  

December 5th through the 7th was spent dog proofing the house, shampooing all of the carpets and finding a cage for Bentley to sleep in.  Let's just say I was more than a bit stressed during those three days.

Since my husband had already met Bentley, that just meant that our son and I needed to meet him before we could bring him home.  Bentley liked us, so he became a part of our family.  

We are still in the adjustment period, which can last about 3 - 4 weeks.  Last night was the first night that we weren't woken up by barking, so that was a blessing.  We need to work on the leash issues, as he likes to pull instead of walk.    

We've also decided not to put up a Christmas tree this year, since Bentley has enough adjustments to make with a new home and a new family.  

Well, I think it's time to wrap up this blog post.  This was just a small bit of what happened in my life while I took a break from blogging.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Laura Marcella said...

I'm sorry about the loss of your cat, Susanne. He was beautiful.

Your new puppy is adorable! I hope the adjustment continues to go well!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Susanne - welcome Bentley .. and he sure looks at home and sounds as though he's at home .. he'll make Rusty's loss less painful and you'll have a busy Christmas with those 4 legs back .. just a different variety ..

Enjoy - cheers Hilary

Suzanne Furness said...

Sad to hear about your cat, I know how hard it can be. One of my cats is 17 now and I would miss having her around.

Welcome to Bentley though, he looks so cute!

Johanna Garth said...

So sorry to hear about your trusted kitty writing friend.

Sounds like the blog break was productive.

Linda Jackson said...

So sorry to hear about your cat. I hope Bentley adjusts to his new home soon. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Wow, you've had a lot happen. Very sorry about Rusty. I always hated it when we had to put our dogs to sleep.
Bentley looks like a character! And I bet he finds that one spot you didn't dog-proof.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I'm crying with you, Susanne. We had our dear Fluffy McDuffy put down on December 5th. I still keep going to the balcony doors to see if he wants in.

Glad you have Bentley in your life now. We still have Garagee, and we brought Fritzy-girl in from the shop. She acts like she died and went to heaven.

God Bless, and Merry Christmas!

Misha Gericke said...

Sorry to hear about Rusty. Losing a beloved family pet is always so painful, even when we know it's for the better.

Bentley looks like a sweet doggie, though, so I hope you happy with each other. :-)

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi, Laura. Thanks! The adjustment period is going well in some instances but not so well in others. Taking things one day at a time.

Hi, Hilary. Bentley certainly keeps me busy. Not getting as much done around here as I'd like. All a part of the adjustment period.

Hi, Suzanne. It is hard, but I know that Rusty is no longer suffering.

Hi, Johanna. The blog break was productive, but finding it hard to get back in the swing of things. Once NaNoWriMo was over, I really haven't done a lot of writing.

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi, Linda. Some adjustments are going better than others. Just have to take things one day at a time.

Hi, Alex. Bentley is quite the character and yes, he found the three spots that didn't get dog proofed yet. The laundry room, the office and our closet. Have to keep the doors shut on those rooms when we are not in them. : )

Hi, Joylene. I'm sorry for your loss. I know what you mean about looking to see if they are there. I swear the other day I thought Rusty was sitting on the back of the couch nuzzling my hair. Of course he wasn't there.

Hi, Misha. Yeah, Bentley is a sweetie.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Oh, I'm sorry about Rusty. That's never an easy decision.

I am looking at pet adoption sites too. Congrats on Bently. He looks SWEET.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'm so sorry about Rusty! Hate making that decision.

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi, Jennifer. There are so many wonderful cats and dogs to be adopted. The pet finder site my husband looked at helped us find a rescue center that keeps the animals until the are adopted. Bentley is a welcome addition to our family. Best wishes on your search for a new pet.

Hi, Diane. It was a very hard decision to put Rusty down.

J Q Rose said...

I know what you are going through having to put down Rusty. We had to put our cat Gray down at 15 years old too. And our daughter just lost her cat this summer. Good memories of pet pals though. Have fun with Bentley. I'm sure he makes you smile AND frown. LOL..shampoo your carpet BEFORE you get the dog. Why's that? I could see a necessity to shampoo just in case of accidents?? Glad you're back to blogging.

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi, J Q! We had to shampoo the carpets before we brought Bentley home because we needed to get any cat smells out of the carpet. Rusty was not able to always make it to his litter box, so there were peeing accidents that we needed to make sure were completely removed from the carpets. It was just a precautionary thing.


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