The rules keep changing. For years we had a routine. It was good. The people left in the morning. The youngsters came home in the afternoon. The older ones a bit later. We ate breakfast together. We ate dinner together. While everyone was out, I had free reign of the downstairs. Well, actually, even when … Continue reading In My Own Voice #31: Making Sense of My Topsy Turvy World
Is it crazy of me to believe I am in a pitched battle with a bathroom? If you had lived through what I have, you too would understand that my second floor bathroom has declared war. Maybe it believes it is being asked to step up unfairly now that we are all home. The jury is … Continue reading My Pandemic Plagues
Together. That seems to be the operational word these days. And, you know, it’s not all bad. I actually like my family. It gives me a lift to see them first thing in the morning. Sometimes I greet them at the bottom of the stairs. Sometimes they come in before I’ve gotten off the sofa. … Continue reading In My Own Voice # 28: Stronger Together
Resilience. Adaptability. Flexibility. These used to just be words to me. Now, I’m living their reality. With the family’s invasion of my floor, I’ve had to get creative about where to sleep. The sofa, one of my favs, is often occupied. Sometimes I’m OK with sharing, but sleeping is an intimate activity. There’s not much … Continue reading In My Own Voice # 27: Expanding My Horizons
Wouldn’t you say you behave a bit differently depending on the situation and those present? Sometimes more relaxed, sometimes more formal? Well, I take different people out for a walk at different times of the day. They each have their own expectations. The oldest male has a route and he sticks to it no matter … Continue reading In My Own Voice #26: The Jig is Up
As you know, I carefully monitor the deliveries to our home and, lately, we’ve been getting boxes and boxes of the good stuff. Can you believe, for countless years I accepted my fate and crunched my way through hard, dry pellets they called food! If I had known then what I know now, well, let … Continue reading In My Own Voice #25: Holding Out for the Good Stuff
Everyone seems to be wandering around in la la land these days. Schedules out the window! Meals. Walks. There’s no rhyme or reason to when things will happen anymore! In truth, I am getting a bit concerned about my family. Last week there was that whole bit where they didn’t think I could make it … Continue reading In My Own Voice #24: Come on People, Focus!
My family should know better than to dare me. But, it seems some things folks will never learn. In truth, it wasn’t a dare they issued to me. No, they didn’t have the nerve to say it to my face. I had to overhear it. Which, of course, is even worse! A few weeks into … Continue reading In My Own Voice #23: Who Can Resist a Dare?
So, what’s the deal? I ask you. My family is STILL around. All THE TIME. No one seems to go anywhere. The house is full. People playing music, talking, eating, watching TV, exercising. What happened to my nice, restful existence? Truly, this used to be a quiet place. Relaxing. A space where a fellow could … Continue reading In My Own Voice #22: Is This the New Normal?
The poor dear has seemed a bit more frazzled than usual this week, so I decided to write the blog for her… Again. She hasn’t been bringing home bags and bags of food like she did last week, in fact, now that I think about it, I don’t believe she’s been shopping once! So unlike … Continue reading In My Own Voice #21: A Reactive Dog Teaches Social Distancing