Been missing in action for a while, but had a lot going on, so lots to tell! After all the Fourth of July stuff was over with, it was time to concentrate on getting ready for vacation. This had to be one of the best trips to Ireland we've taken and we couldn't complain about the weather at all either, we didn't see much rain to speak of (even though they kept forecasting it) until the very last day and by the time it started, we'd managed to do all of the things we had planned and were back in our rooms packing to leave. We saw lots of interesting things, met a lot of interesting people, but you know what I was fascinated by???? This................
Yes, a wind turbine! Just south of where we stayed the first couple of nights was a wind farm of 18 turbines. I was in awe and made Lee go back to look at them a couple of times. After we got back from vacation I searched for them on the internet and found out all sorts of information about them as well as other wind turbines/farms and also found out that there is a good sized wind farm just a couple of hours away from here in the Allegheny mountains--so guess where we are going sometime in the next couple of weeks??!?!?!?!? I think the technology is awesome and the fact that we can generate electricity with minimal environmental issues makes it that much better.
Not too long after we were home, Laney celebrated her 1st birthday. Where did the time go???? It seems like just yesterday we brought that silly little puppy home with us, and now she's all grown up. We had a little party for her, as you can see she wasn't thrilled about her party hat I made, but she sure liked her presents!
Just a week after we celebrated Laney's birthday, my mom ended up in the hospital, and she's been there since. She's diabetic and developed a severe ulcer on her foot. If all goes well she'll be out next week, but the timing couldn't be worse as she was in the process of getting her stuff ready to move in to a new apartment, so needless to say I've been on the go quite a bit over the past few weeks, organizing the move, running back and forth to the hospital and just trying to keep up with the day to day stuff at work and home. I'm whipped!!!
The hospital stay, while not the most enjoyable thing in the world has had some interesting benefits for us--we got permission to take Laney in to visit, and it has been a tremendous learning experience for her. She's gotten used to the automatic opening doors, an elevator and assorted noises she doesn't hear at home. As if that wasn't enough, she's made two new friends as well. A couple of nights ago we had her in to visit "grandma" and she was getting a little restless, so Lee took her for a walk around the transitional care unit. All of a sudden this woman came running out of a room to catch up with him, and as it turns out, Laney looks just like the sheltie that she and her husband had, but they had to make the awful decision to have him put down last year. She asked Lee if he would bring her in to see her husband, and he said he would--when Myles saw her, he got a big smile on his face. Turns out he fell and broke his leg and will be in for two weeks, they have recently moved here from Florida and don't know a lot of people at this point. They spend part of the year in Florida and will now be spending the other part of it in Pennsylvania only 20 - 25 minutes away from our house, so they would like to get together with us once he gets out of the hospital. Laney seemed to immediately know that he was a dog person, she even tried to get up in to the bed on her own, something she doesn't even do with her grandma! We promised him before we left for the evening we'd bring her in a couple of more times. He told us that seeing her made his whole night which made us feel really good and also confirmed something we've thought about doing all along--getting Laney her Canine Good Citizen certification and training her as a therapy dog. We weren't sure until she'd matured a bit if she would ever be calm enough and after seeing her around the hospital, I think it's a good route to pursue. Whether or not it will work in the long run is still up in the air, but I'm sure as heck willing to try, especially after seeing how just a couple of people have responded to her.
Hopefully once things calm down I will be able to keep up with the blog a little better and update everyone on Laney's latest adventures. Till next time--ta ta!