Monday, October 30, 2017

Friends I Have Made Along The Way

If you are like me, Sweet William The Scot, you have made friends with people and their pets who are not bloggers but stop by with a comment and e-mail you.
People who care about our lives.  When we are down they e-mail us to cheer us, when we are sick they send us cards and they rejoice when things are going our way. 
Well here are a few of those I have had the delight in getting to know.
This is Pea.  Pea lives on the other side of the world and is moving to QLD.
Queensland will have acreage and a lattice enclosed verandah where Pea will be able to supervise all.  In the move Pea will be taking two planes.  Pea is sixteen years young.
Here is Gailen wearing his purple people eater costume for Halloween.  Gailen lives with his bro Bentley on the east coast.
Now Bentley is the communicator.  Why he has even tried to help us get our house sold.  He sent us a Saint Joseph Statue - Home Selling Kit.  
Always bury the statue upside down it said. The theory behind this request claims that Joseph will work harder to leave the ground when buried upside down so he can find a comfortable home in which to dwell.
  • Some say that burying the statue sideways so that Joseph’s praying hands are pointing directly at your house helps direct potential buyers to your home.
  • Or bury a St Joseph statue in the backyard of your home near a flowerbed, shrub or other natural growth to expedite selling your home.
  • You can also choose to bury St. Joseph one feet underground (again, to make Joseph work harder to leave the ground and quickly find a nice home) next to your For Sale sign, even if it is in the front yard.
  • Once your house is sold, dig up the St Joseph statue and give it a place of honor in your new home.
Well we think St Joseph expedited our flowers as our flower beds grew double.

We had an offer of $105,000 on the house without it being up for sale.

The couple had looked at the house next door and it did not pass housing inspection.  They were sad and Lee asked if they would like to see inside my house as I was thinking of selling if I could get a certain condo.  They were renting a house month to month and could stay where they were for awhile.

Lee took the offer contingent on us getting the condo in the development that was up for sale where two of our friends live.  They said they would take our offer but leave their condo in pending till my people got their loan in order (which was not going to be a problem ~ other than the bank had a backload of 45 days).

Well the condo got a higher offer, Lee countered but they came back again higher than Lee could go.

We hate realtors.

So the deal all went down the toilet  ~ I dug up St Joseph and now have Joseph sitting on the mantel. 
Yep it was bury dig him up, bury dig him up for awhile this Spring.
Next is Nessa who lives out in Nevada.  Nessa is eleven years old and is quite the gopher digger.  Yep she digs so much she has worn her Scottie beard off.  She is a dirty sock thief also.
Now Bella and I are out on the Halloween haunt for more great friends.

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of mine
Signing Off
Sweet William The Scot

Monday, September 25, 2017

Catching Up

Well I, Sweet William The Scot, got to catch you up on what happened with the baby birds we acquired by buying a bird house at Lowe's and getting down the road only to find out the house was occupied with babies.  If you remember we tried to get the store to take them back with no luck.
Sitting on my new driveway and thinking this sure looks different.

The first one to fly off was Flappy just as Lee was taking this picture but sadly his life ended that day.  We had one of those sideways sheet rains and Lee saw him trying to make it back to the nest but by the time she got to him the rain had washed him down to the drain and he had taken in to much water.
We had two for the next several weeks.  Little, on the left, was always singing but sadly his singing stopped one hour before he died.  Lee had him in her hand he kept stretching like he had a tummy ache then he died.  He never got his fledgling feathers.
Now we had only Spikey.  We knew he was lonely so we kept him with us all the time.  If we went out on the porch he sat with us.  If I was looking out the door he was sitting with me looking out.  Well we had him for over a month then he flew away.
But he still comes back.  Some evenings when we are sitting on the porch he comes in and sits on the basket handle.  He has never gotten the ability to make a good landing.  He flies then runs as he lands sometimes running into things.  We don't see his species around here much.  We have noticed the hummingbirds have befriended him and he sits with them but cannot keep up with them flying.  We worry what he will do when winter comes.  He eats the seeds off of our cone plants we notice.  He never leaves for more than a day or two.

Spikey has followed us in the door a couple of times.  So when Lee saw a birdcage out for the garbage last week she stopped and put it in the car.  If he has a hard time he can stay with us this winter.
Our prayer for him is that he can find some of his kind who could teach him what he needs to know to survive and not be lonely.
But he will always have us.

Our tall Phlox had beautiful heads this year.
We had Petunias in pink, purple and blue this year that got really big and grew out of the bed.
Our  Elephant Ear (Colocasia) were just starting here.  They got to be over five feet tall.
Our Needle and Thread plants all had flowers, we would see Spikey sitting on them when they were in bloom.
Our Knock Out Roses really took off in the Spring.
We have lost over $100 in flowers in having a new cement driveway poured.

Will has had a hard Summer but seems to be improving.  The vet is of the thought his white spots and two stone hard lymph nodes and malaise could have been the result of an insect like a poison spider bite.

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of mine
Signing Off
Sweet William The Scot



Friday, July 21, 2017

Wait That's Not Me

That Is Not Me!
No that is my friend Nessa Noodle Dog.
Nessa lives in Nevada where they say "What Happens in Vegas Stays In Vegas".
Well Nessa and her Mom were reading a book All Things Bright and Beautiful by
James Herriot a vet in Yorkshire, England.  They e-mailed me to tell me the book said the cows all got white spots around their eyes and took copper supplements that made the spots go away. Her Mom said maybe I need to see a cow doctor?

I am taking my supplements now which have copper but we think it is going to take awhile for them to work.

But finally we heard of something that kind of relates to my polka dots.

Nessa is soaking in a tub because she has itchies.

You know of a good cow doctor?
Lee has been busy baking and decorating a wedding cake for a friend. 
Her first husband died after many years and they had ran off to get married so she never had a wedding cake. 
This weekend she will have her cake for her second wedding.
Lee said to say don't take cake decorating classes because it can end up with you doing this for friends.
Lee was doing more work on Ancestry last week and came across this picture in a box of old photos.  That wood wagon was pulled by the farm dog Presto and then Timmy.  The wagon was her fathers when he was a kid,   Jimmy was like her favorite cousin but over the years they lost touch.
I, Sweet William The Scot, had my birthday at the beginning of July now
tomorrow is Lee's birthday and also Tobi's birthday on Downunder Daisy
So remember to drop by an wish her a Happy Birthday.

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of mine
Signing Off
Sweet William The Scot

Monday, July 10, 2017

Well Crap On A Cracker

So far Lee has spent over $900 trying to figure out just what is causing my white perfectly round dime size dots.  Well we still don't know!!
Our vet said the biopsy report was far from conclusive. "That they left the barn door not only open but the back of the barn was gone". They failed to address why my skin has lost it pigment.  They said it was probably Alopecia Areata.  But the kicker is I have one spot on the pad of my foot where dogs have no fur cells.  I have fur just very fine white fur not like Scottie fur.

Lee talked to a Veterinary Nutritionists.
Veterinary nutritionists must first be accepted into an accredited veterinary college to complete their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.
After completing their DVM and becoming a licensed practitioner, a vet is able to begin the path to board certification in the specialty field of nutrition.
In order to be eligible to take the board certification exam in the specialty of nutrition, a veterinarian must fulfill all prerequisites. The candidate must have completed at least 3 years of training under the supervision of a board certified nutrition diplomate and submit three detailed case study reports for evaluation.
The 3 years of training must consist of at least 1 year of internship or clinical experience and 2 more years of residency (consisting of a combination of teaching, research, and clinical practice of veterinary nutrition).
After passing the comprehensive board certification exam administered by the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN), a veterinarian will be granted diplomate status in the specialty of nutrition. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association there were 71 ACVN diplomates in the 2014 veterinary specialty census.
Oh and they don't recommend the rotisserie chicken that we have found so many bloggers fond of.  They are filled with food additives substances added to food to preserve flavor or enhance its taste, appearance etc.

The Veterinary Nutritionists says for some dogs not enough copper and Vitamin D are in our foods. 
Vitamin D comes from the sun but with a long haired dark black fur dog they get very little sunlight to the skin.  Since it is only fat soluble to much is dangerous. Copper is just something most of the industry does not think about as it comes from nuts, seeds, lentils, oysters.  These things help our skin pigment.
Importance of Copper. While too much copper is dangerous, your body needs this mineral to function. It aids in the production of myelin, collagen and melanin. Which I am not producing now.
So Lee is getting me a compounded pill just for my weight that has those two things.

So for now the best they can give us is that I have a shortage of these things and my immune system is attacking itself.

Lee is not putting me on Corticosteroids or Topical  Immunotherapy for now which has been a suggestion.



In our travels around we have seen some lovely window boxes.
Lee said you might enjoy seeing them instead of me.



I think Lee is very depressed.


Thanks for being a friend

Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of mine
Signing Off
Sweet William The Scot

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

I Don't Remember

I, Sweet William The Scot, had a bad day!
I remember I went to the vet to get a core biopsy yesterday.
But then the lights went out.
They called Lee and told her not to pick me up till later because it was taken me a long time to wake up.  Lee had to come and talk to me to get me to wake up.

Now I am falling over and still in a stupor.  Why I even wet myself in my own bed.
Lee cleaned me up and my bed is in the wash.
My eyebrows are all stuck even though Lee has washed my face a dozen times.
Finally it got a little better because I got a little food and water.
I'm Drugged Man!
My ophthalmology examine was fine.
My blood work was perfect.
My basic endocrine panel looks good.
Now we wait ten days for the biopsy to see if it tells us why my Melanocytes which secrete a pigment called melanin which is responsible for giving my skin its color has stopped working.  Melanocytes main function though is to shield the nuclei of the keratinocytes (the main cells of the epidermis) and protect them from ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

We might never get an answer and I might become nothing but polka dots.
Perfectly round white dots!
They have never seen perfectly round white dots before.

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of mine
Signing Off
Sweet William The Scot 


Thursday, June 1, 2017

POTP Please

Making this short.
Wills has developed a spot on his chest about a nickel size, that at this time is believed to be Vitiligo where he has lost all  pigment in his skin.  This can be very mild to severe even involving his internal organs.   A skin scraping test is necessary along with a series of blood tests.  We have an appointment with a specialist on June 14th.  So I am asking for POTP.  Wills is my only family.


Thanks

Lee


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Three

I got a quandary. 
Lee and I went to Lowe's and Lee bought a bird house looks like a wheely house.  It was on the top shelf ~ last one left ~ they got the rolling steps to get it down ~ they shook it. 
We put it in our cart, got a few other things we needed.  Went an checked out.  Stopped at Graeter's Ice Cream. 
Got five miles down the road heard chirping.
Well the bird house has babies.  They sold me an occupied house.  Went back to Lowe's they refused to put it back!  I told them to just keep our money put the bird house back ~ NO LUCK.  Said they do their best to keep birds out of store.   
Three babies! 
Yep I, Sweet William The Scot, have three wards.
Dam Lee tricked me again I thought she said reward and I came running for a treat instead she told me I had wards to watch the babies.  DARN!
Shut your mouths I just fed you all.
We have named them Little, Spikey and Flappy.
I think Spikey would be a great mate for Kismet. Why look at his hair.  It takes talent to make it stand up like that.  Kismet could be a cougar and date a younger guy I date an older woman, Bella.
Kismet I got my eye on you.  Just you wait I'm coming for you!  I can fertilize those eggs.
They are Black-capped chickadee and the bird rescue society here in Nati told us to let nature take its course which meant to let them die but they said if we wanted to try to keep them alive feed them soaked cat food and boiled eggs with the shell ground for calcium.  Right now Nati is going through a Cicada year hundreds of the darn things.  They say to squish the white new ones and feed them those also. 
I've got my eyes on you!
So wish us luck we are on day three and they are doing great eat, poop, sleep and repeat.

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of mine
Signing Off
Sweet William The Scot

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Stowe Home

Well it was suppose to be open for tours.  A couple from Alabama, two ladies from Dayton, Ohio and Lee and I were waiting for the Docent but she never came.
In 1832, 21-year old Harriet Beecher,  moved with her family from Litchfield, Connecticut to Ohio. 
Nati City was then an area active in the abolitionist movement.  It was also one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation at the time.
See me, Sweet William The Scot, sitting on the porch where Harriet Beecher Stowe walked.
It was in Cincinnati that Harriet Beecher began her writing career.
She published her book The Mayflower while living in Nati.
It was also while living in Cincinnati that Stowe traveled to Maysville, Kentucky in 1833 and witnessed a slave auction.
The distress Beecher felt was one of several experiences that inspired her book Uncle Tom's Cabin years later.
Maysville, Kentucky is hometown to Nick Clooney, George Clooney's father. 
(Lee worked in downtown Cincinnati for years and would see and talk to Nick Clooney who is an American journalist, anchorman, and television host).
Harriet lived here for various periods of time from 1833 until her marriage to professor Calvin Ellis Stowe in 1836. Her first two children, twins Eliza and Harriet, were born in the house in 1836.
Harriet's brother, Henry Beecher, also resided in the Cincinnati Beecher House.  Rev. Henry Beecher was an early leader in the women's suffrage movement and popular Protestant minister.
 The 5,000 square foot house was completed in 1833 and was constructed specifically to house the president of the Lane Seminary.
The house was provided by the seminary to the Beechers. Harriet and most of her brothers and sisters (11 Beecher children lived to adulthood) lived with their father in this house.
The Beecher Family in moving to Nati City along the way traveled through other eastern cities to raise money for the seminary. 
Lane Theological Seminary was considered the forward outpost of the Presbyterian Church in the western territories of the United States.
Harriet's father was the first President of the Seminary in 1832.
The last remnants of the Cincinnati campus were destroyed in 1956. So other than the Historical Marker sitting on the site there is no evidence of it ever having been here.

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of mine
Signing Off
Sweet William The Scot


See my large red peony well it stinks BAD!!!!
Lee has to grow the only peony that STINKS!

P. lactiflora cultivar, introduced from Japan, 1893; Japanese form, red, late midseason, approx. 40 - 43" (100 - 110 cm) tall, very floriferous, unpleasant fragrance
Variety was introduced to the U.S.A. by the Japanese exhibit at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Brown Balls

I, Sweet William The Scot, saw them.  Lee came home with big brown balls for me.
Not one brown ball
BUT
Two brown balls.
What the heck Lee buried my brown balls in this big pot and bag of potting soil she came home with.
How am I ever going to reach them.
I want the brown balls.

Lee keeps saying brown BULBS but I hear BALLS.
Lee's Great Grandmother grew the plant in her yard.
Do you know what it is??
Lookie what we saw in our travels.  Lee says maybe that is for us.  Pack a few things that we cherish and hit the open road and let the taxes eat up the house then the city would foreclose and any extra money they got at auction they could mail us or not.  But our home is paid for.  So maybe we should take out a home improvement loan and walk away from that also.  Two people on the street have.  Lee has never walked away from anything her whole life.  But her frustration level is boiling!

A person bought the "I Love You More House".
And she came to our door, which our friend Janet answered, and did an interrogation loudly of us (other neighbors heard).  Accused Lee of sending them information regarding zoning then stated "there were ways around the law"Now don't you love that.  We were totally out of the loop.  Well the loop is running a commercial business on property zoned residential.

  Well Lee's hair stylist is getting her a sign to hang by our doorbell which reads
"If You Cannot Be a Rainbow
Then
F*** Off"
It is a shame that the F word is the only word some of society understand.
That would have gone lovely with the Love The Neighbor Sign that we had in the front yard that was stolen.
I, Sweet William The Scot, think Puddles' neighbors moved here.

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true
And your a friend of mine
Signing Off
Sweet William The Scot
When Lee said she had rode her grandmother's horse over at the Indiana State Park where the BAR was we got called out for not showing Lee and told it was probably a lie.  Well here Lee is on her first pony ~ we have been going through a lot of pictures since doing our Ancestry work.  Lee is four in this picture yep hit the saddle early.

Since Lee's mother had Schizophrenia and always blamed Lee in her fits it is hard for Lee when she is accused of doing things she has not done and now she takes a very defensive attitude.  An even more defensive attitude since being assaulted in December.
See Ya!  Got to dig up some balls.

Monday, April 24, 2017

John Parker House

On our mini vacation last Fall we also visited the Parker House a National Historic Landmark, home of African-American abolitionist, John Parker.
He was the son of a black woman and white plantation owner in Virginia born in 1827.
He was sold to a doctor and was taught illegally to read.
His last owner allowed him to purchase his freedom in 1845 by earning extra money at a foundry.
A former slave who became a successful patented inventor and businessman.
He made Ripley, Ohio his home.
Ripley was a thriving abolitionist town, with over 300 members in the Ripley Anti-Slavery Society.
From his Front Street home he is credited with assisting hundreds of slaves to make their way north to freedom.
The borderlands along the Ohio River was waged around a few houses at the top of the river bank on Front Street.  The occupants of these houses were called the Midnight Marauders, very secretive and silent in their ways, but trustworthy and friendly to fugitive slaves.
His foundry sat where this park is today, next to his house.    
He has two patents for agricultural inventions, the earliest granted an African-American..
He married Miranda Boulden of Cincinnati, my Nati City.
Parker frequently crossed the Ohio River directly across from his home to bring fugitive slaves into Ohio, keeping the Underground Railroad filled with passengers.
During the Civil War, he was a major recruiter for the 27th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (Colored) Regiment. 
Parker was well-known for his activities, and there was a $1,000 price on his head across the river in Kentucky.

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend mine
Signing Off
Sweet William The Scot

Psss ~ In doing Lee's Ancestry research we found her 2nd great-grandfather, Aaron Stratton, was part of the 59th Ohio Infantry in the Union Army during the Civil War.  It was organized at Ripley, Ohio, September 12, 1861.  He was at the Battle of Shiloh.

Got to get to the Beach Party at Dory's Backyard!
Like a hula, hula hoop, hula, hula hoop, oh
Round and round your loving winds me up!
Do the Hula