A Little Life Left in You Yet

"Max keeps looking at me with those sad eyes." ~Abby
“Max keeps looking at me with those sad eyes.” ~Abby
Max and Summer sit on our bed yesterday. You can tell from the way he stands that Max is no longer a young dog, but we still love him, and will keep him as long as he isn't suffering.
Max and Summer sit on our bed yesterday. You can tell from the way he stands that Max is no longer a young dog, but we still love him, and will keep him as long as he isn’t suffering.

Abby and I have been feeling a fair amount of mutual anxiety about Maximum Speed Boulevard, our 14-year-old smooth coat Chihuahua. He’s old: he’s not getting around well, he doesn’t see well, he can’t hear at all, he has terrible breath from bad teeth, and he wheezes uncomfortably all the time. We felt it possible we would need to have him euthanized, and it weighed upon us.

I took him to our vet yesterday, fully prepared to do that, but the ride to town alone seemed to cheer him up, and our vet gave him a couple of different meds, including one for his heart murmur.

So, with our oldest beloved pet still above ground, Abby and I settled into a normal Monday, though Abby’s stress manifests very physically, so she needed a nap, so we enjoyed one.

Among other activities this week, I pulled up the garden except for the grape tomato plant and the bell peppers, which are still bearing. It has been the Summer of the Bell Pepper.
Among other activities this week, I pulled up the garden except for the grape tomato plant and the bell peppers, which are still bearing. It has been the Summer of the Bell Pepper.
The weather has been textbook beautiful autumn this month, inspiring more than a few photographic jaunts around the patch.
The weather has been textbook beautiful autumn this month, inspiring more than a few photographic jaunts around the patch.
I brought Hawken the Irish Wolfhound's big food bowl in to wash, and fed him with this normal-sized dog bowl, which he thought was a toy and destroyed. We thought this was super funny.
I brought Hawken the Irish Wolfhound’s big food bowl in to wash, and fed him with this normal-sized dog bowl, which he thought was a toy and destroyed. We thought this was super funny.
I recently added an exemption to my vegetarianism, uneaten fish I buy or make for my wife. I feel that in moderation, occasionally adding low-mercury seafood to my diet isn't bad for me, and prevents such products from going to waste. This is tilapia, which I bought for Abby, but which she didn't like. If I didn't eat it, it would go in the trash.
I recently added an exemption to my vegetarianism, uneaten fish I buy or make for my wife. I feel that in moderation, occasionally adding low-mercury seafood to my diet isn’t bad for me, and prevents such products from going to waste. This is tilapia, which I bought for Abby, but which she didn’t like. If I didn’t eat it, it would go in the trash.
The Grandview Event Center is the new home to Ada's Open Mic Nyte.
The Grandview Event Center is the new home to Ada’s Open Mic Nyte.

Last night I attended Open Mic Nyte at its new location, The Grandview. There’s plenty of room there, but for some reason a lot of the regulars didn’t or couldn’t make it. Still, I love café culture, and will continue to go, and if I can find time, I’ll try to find more of those kinds of events.

Darice Strickland and Sterling Jacobs share a moment Open Mic Nyte October 29, 2018 at The Grandview. Sterling and Darice have been friends for decades.
Darice Strickland and Sterling Jacobs share a moment Open Mic Nyte October 29, 2018 at The Grandview. Sterling and Darice have been friends for decades.
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7 Comments

  1. Also the flavor of most fish is greatly enhanced by grilling until there’s little bits of char here and there.

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  2. 1. I’m encouraged to see you trying a new theme; this one is better for mobile (I haven’t seen it on my desktop yet). But your usually hilarious subhead is absent.

    2. It’s always difficult when a well-loved animal reaches the end of its days. I sympathize deeply with your knowledge that Max isn’t long for this world.

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  3. The theme change is actually a mobile plug-in to improve rendering and readability for mobile-only users. The desktop experience is the same, and, in my opinion, much better.

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  4. The tilapia was quite nice, with a distinct flavor, and a nice texture. I won’t buy it again because Abby didn’t like it, so I won’t have it again, but if we tried pollock, for example, and Abby didn’t want it, I would eat it.

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  5. By the way, my bell pepper plant finally started to produce once it cooled off a bit. Man those things are delicious.

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  6. “…actually a mobile plug-in to improve rendering and readability for mobile-only…”

    Ah, cool! It definitely improves rendering for mobile. (For reasons I can’t explain, I prefer reading your blog when I’m outdoors, so this is helpful.)

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