June's stupid life

On top of Old Smokey and everything else, I forgot a dang title

I bought Food Lion–brand French Roast this week. It was less than half the price of my usual brand, which is Starbucks French Roast. And do you know it’s delicious? It’s just as good as my expensive kind, and I have no idea when I turned into such a dreadful bore, but there it is.

A few years ago I tutored a woman who was earning her GED, and she always called that particular store The Ghetto Lion. Whenever I go in there and see the sad display of holiday items they have when you first walk in, or observe the downtrodden people there, I think of her saying that. But the upside is no one demands that they have an olive bar.

I like my Ghetto Lion. It’s little and old-fashioned and kind of reminds me of Ray’s Food Fair from my youth. When you first walked in to Ray’s Food Fair, and what a fair that would be, they had cardboard boxes lined up for anyone to take who was moving or what have you. Sometimes I have dreams that I’m in Ray’s Food Fair.

One time, she says, warming up to Ray’s Food Fair memories, it was really cold out. We’d had a snowstorm and seeing that it was Michigan it was probably August, but whatever. My father said we should walk to the grocery store for hot chocolate, because if we walked we’d feel like we really earned it. I was like, four, and agreed to this because I wasn’t fussy yet.

Naturally, I slid on the ice and fell right on my face, and my father assured me it was okay, stop crying, and we traipsed on into the night toward our hot chocolate. It was dangling like a carrot before us.

It was only in the light of, yes, Ray’s Food Fair that my father saw I was sporting something of a blood beard. I mean, I’d really hurt my face. It’s been killing all of you ever since. I still have a slight scar on one of my chins.

In other news, it’s not winter here.

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I’ve been wearing this Oil of Olay Microsculpting cream, and I feel like in real life my face isn’t shiny, but in photos you can see your reflection in my face. The Poet looks cute, though.

After work, I shone my face over at home, I reflected at home, where I played with Old Yeller and his Blu-er.

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This morning, he fell trying to jump on the bed. His old-ish hips are bothering him. The vet said it’s hip dysplasia; I give him fish oil and this other supplement every day. I hate to give up on chasing Blu as hard as he does, so maybe we need some kind of real drug.

Poor Eds.

Also outside with us was Jungle Mill.

I zoomed in on him, here, so it’s weird-looking.

I might change his cat-name spelling to Millhouse, because it’s easier. What say you?

Oh, and speaking of what say you, MAN, with the comments yesterday! That was exciting. You are all excellent participators.

I had better get ready for work. I have had a stupid morning already. First of all, I couldn’t fall asleep till after 11 p.m., then when I got up I couldn’t find my slipper (mysteriously it was near the back door), and then I COULD NOT log in to either Chrome or this site, I mean I really could not for like 20 minutes and I got mad and then Edsel cowered and then I felt bad.

THEN I couldn’t get photos to drag to my desktop and why must everything piss me off?

Edz go outsyde. Mom crabbee.

Anyway, now I have to get ready for work and when I get there I will already be frazzled, and would you like to know what annoys me? When people say “razzle-dazzle.”

Randomly,
June

159 thoughts on “On top of Old Smokey and everything else, I forgot a dang title

  1. I know you said Eds is having trouble with hip dysphasia, but if he’s also dealing with arthritis, look into Adequan injections. My Samson has been getting them for over a year. When I started, he was limping and falling; the injection treats the arthritis and helps with the pain. I take him to get it monthly and he doesn’t limp or fall from leg pain anymore. Initially you have to do a loading dose every few days, but it’s well worth it.

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  2. I tried CBD oil for myself and also for my dog and cats. We all hate the taste so much, none of us is willing to take it.
    My 13-year old golden retriever has been on gabapentin (Rx) for several years now for arthritis pain. He’s still doing pretty well, although the usual things such as stairs, getting up, etc. are of course slowly getting worse. Damn the designer who decided dogs and cats should have short lives.
    When I lived in D.C., our closest supermarket was Soviet Safeway. It was awful.
    My previous dog, by the way, chewed up an extra-strong kong toy in an afternoon.

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  3. Sorry I just posted a duplicate comment but the second time as anonymous. What the Hell?! I was using my phone and I think it played a Jedi mind trick on me, because it acted like my comment was still in the box and invited me to hit ‘post comment’. Weird. I am bummed that my comment from yesterday never posted – or it did and I cannot find it in the sea of comments that people posted yesterday because June is a rockstar!

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  4. I think you could write an entire post with the close up pic of milhaus and ask people to come up with captions. Btw I loved ‘blood beard.’

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  5. It always seems to me that the generic coffee is better than fancy. Then again, I am the weirdo that thinks Starbucks plain coffee (all I drink) is bitter.

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  6. Tee’s talk about the ATL Krogers and the pictures of your fence reminded of when we lived near Atlanta and one of the neighbors put in their fence so the good side (the side without the poles and cross beams showing) faced them in their yard. The HOA was not pleased. The neighborhood was split between people wondering why they hadn’t thought of doing that themselves and those who thought the “wrong way fence” neighbors were entitled assholes. Fortunately, eventually, the neighbors on either side also put in fences and so it wasn’t so noticeable.

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  7. I use the phrase “razzle dazzle” like this: “Yeah, he never really gave me an answer. He gave me his usual Razzle Dazzle, going on and on until all I wanted was for him to shut up.

    There are very few people to whom this apply.

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  8. Eds needs a set of small stairs to get up on furniture too high to jump on safely.. Will do his hips no end of good. I had a set for my babies before they passed away a couple of years ago, within 6 months of each other. I still have the stairs. I also still have my babies but talking about it will make me cry because death ends a life, not a relationship.

    My elder cat uses the stairs to get up on the bed but refuses to accept her advanced age and will jump off the end of the bed like a champion sky diver, despite my demands that she not. Can’t say I blame her for still trying to pretend she’s young. I do that too.

    Anyway, point of long story: puppy stairs.

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  9. I think you could write an entire post with the close up pic of milhaus and ask people to come up with captions. Btw I loved ‘blood beard.’

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  10. In the year before my sweet Valentine passed, she was slowing down and couldn’t jump on the bed anymore. After doing some research my husband found some information and we decided to try Glucosamine 1500mg/Chondroitin 1200mg. We got it from Costco and gave her half a pill twice a day. I don’t recall how long it was before we started noticing a difference but she was able to get herself back up on the bed after she started taking the chondroitin. We wrapped it up in some cheese or meat and she took it like a champ. Sadly, she passed last October of other issues, but it was really nice to see her moving comfortably again in that last year. Maybe it would help Eds?
    (Kirkland Signature Extra Strength Glucosamine 1500mg/Chondroitin 1200mg – Chondroitin protects existing cartilage and serves as a building block for healthy new cartilage).

    I start to think I am ready to get another dog, then I have a memory of her or someone says something about her and I get weepy all over again. Then I think maybe I’m not ready. We are going to a Humane society event on the 20th and see how we do, I feel like I’ll be a puddle of tears all day.

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  11. I really like your backyard and forgive me for asking but did you fence both sides of your yard? I thought I read that you were only doing the neighbor doggy side but from perusing (stalking) photos it looks like both sides. Anyhow, I think your back yard looks inviting and Eds and Mill look like they love it!

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  12. June, I can’t believe how your yard has greened up so quickly! I’m further south than you so our spring started before yours, but my grass does not look like that. Dang! Am jealous.
    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all the comments! It’s been such great entertainment these past two days to come home and read, read, read. People who don’t normally comment should just jump right in. None of you cares two hoots about the ridiculous drivel I write, but that doesn’t stop me from thinking you do. Write on, man!

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  13. Oh, man! Razzle-dazzle! I haven’t heard that in years. I’m going to have to work it into a few conversations (not with you, obviously). It’s a shame when fun words die.

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  14. Wow, Food Lion. They disappeared around here after “THE GREAT MEAT SCANDAL.”

    I am convinced CBD has now extended my terrier’s life by at least 2 months. He has a lung tumor and I believe the anti-inflammatory properties of the see be dee help greatly.

    When our lab had hip trouble, she very much loved to swim. It seemed to make her feel better. Does your dog daycare have a pool ? The new ones they’re building around DFW, they seem to often be including an inground pool.

    Lovely post. Lovely walk with the Poet in the sunshine, too!

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  15. Am I the only one hearing Richard Gere singing “Give ’em the ol’ razzle-dazzle, razzle-dazzle ’em!” from “Chicago?”

    The last time I hit up my local dispensary for my “sleep aids,” I bought some CBD treats for my dogs. They were less than impressed with the taste and won’t eat them so that was a waste of money.

    Your fence is lovely, Hubble.

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  16. My Ernest T. Bass has gotten really old in the last year. He has one knee replaced and may need the other done, but he was in the hospital Tuesday for throwing up and lethargy. $1300 worth of tests later they tell us he has an enlarged liver. Does this have anything to do with the throwing up? We should get the results today. Meanwhile he hasn’t eaten since Saturday. Just i.v. fluids Tuesday. Normally, he gets fish oil, glucosamine and CBD oil with his food. I’m afraid this may be the end for him. He looks like he feels so awful.

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    1. Oh, Lisa! I’m sorry to hear about Ernest T. Bass. It sucks we can’t keep them young and pain free forever. I remember some of your stories about E. T. Bass. ((Hugs))

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    2. LisaPie, I’m sorry about your doggie. That must be contributing to your season of blues. Go stare at some bluebonnets. Bluebonnets make everything better. Love, Texas Kari

      (Non-Texans, bluebonnets are our state flower. They carpet our roads and countryside in spring, and they are spectacular.)

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    3. Lisapie, I am so sorry about ETB. I know how much you love that dog. I hope he revives to a bit more quality time with you.

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    4. When my lab was 4 she became lethargic and maybe a bit chunky. She looked bloated. Something was definitely wrong so we had tests done and it was her liver. We had to go in for blood tests 2-3 times a week depending on the prior results. I don’t remember if she was given medication but they did suggest a supplement called Denamarin. I swear that is what fixed her liver because the vet had given up hope. Her lab results were within normal limits. She will turn 12 next month.

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  17. Your grass is so lush and healthy. Mine is eat up with weeds, even though my husband does the weed and feed religiously.

    One of my elderly cats has painful hips, does anybody know of a remedy.

    Sorry Edz hurts, sweet boy.

    Here’s on that might annoy you. “North Cackalacky.”

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  18. Hi – we give our small dog a hemp chew with glucosamine. I tried to get her a ramp to get on the bed and she avoids it. Not going to go down gracefully. Like me, she is fighting the age. My big girl was on a non steroid pill from the vet for hip issues. Seemed to help but I would definitely try the CBD first. Might help his “C” too.

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  19. Reading the comments has given me valuable pet intel today – I NEVER thought of looking for my dog’s expensive ass meds elsewhere!! You are all geniuses and fountains of knowledge

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  20. Edsel looks so happy! And your grass is so green!

    I am de-lurking to share a book recommendation. I don’t know if you like Chelsea Handler – I’ve never watched her stand-up or talk show but I’ve read all of her silly books that are mostly about her one-night stands and travels. What an awful sentence that was. The point is: She just wrote a fantastic book called “Life Will Be the Death of Me” that released the other day, and it’s about her finally starting therapy at 42 and how it helped her and learning to “sit with your shit.” I read it in a day and thought you might like it!

    Oh – one more thing. Food Lion vanilla caramel coffee creamer is my ALL TIME favorite. Better than any fancy schmancy creamer at a fancy schmancy coffee shop or market. So, long live the Ghetto Lion.

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  21. June,
    Fence looks very nice. I think I’m going to see if I can get CBD stuff for my cats. They are getting very fractious all the time now. And I’ll get me some Oil of Olay while I’m at it….for me, not the cats. I went to oral surgeon yesterday and had a wisdom tooth extracted- turns out they do Botox and stuff, so naturally I asked them to do me while I was sedated. I don’t know why they laughed.

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  22. I made a mistake similar to your dad’s. Harper had just started sleeping in a twin bed and one night she came into my room crying. I figured she just had a nightmare and and just cuddled her and let her sleep in my bed.

    In the light of day, I realized her chin was covered in blood and she’d bitten through the underside of her bottom lip. There was a HOLE there. She’d rolled out of bed and collided with her nightstand. Mother of the year. That’s me.

    On s positive note, her ped said there was really nothing to do to it except keep it cleaned and Neosporined. But she still has a cm wide scar on her chin to remind me of my suckiness. I have one too, from a similar incident in my childhood.

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    1. When my son was a toddler, he fell and pushed his teeth through below his lower lip four or five times. He was always in a hurry and got ahead of his feet. I was afraid he’d have a lot of scarring, but he turned out OK.

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  23. Rimadyl has been a miracle drug for Chloe. That stuff WORKS. It is a little expensive (I get it from 1-800 pet meds instead of my price gouging vet), but it has made a world of difference for her. I can tell a difference on days we miss a dose. And yes, there is a possibility of liver damage, but I’d rather give her good quality of life now and possibly shorten her life slightly rather than have her live a longer life in pain.

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    1. What just happened??? My thumb slipped and boom, my comment posted!

      ANYWAY…

      What I was TRYING TO TYPE with my apparently giant thumbs is:

      I loved going with her and watching her bargain shop like she was the queen of bargain shopping.

      When I was in high school our town also had a Piggly Wiggly right outside our neighborhood and I worked there one summer.

      And only now, after actually typing “Piggly Wiggly” at 45 years of age, am I catching that euphemism.

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      1. Just the name Piggly Wiggly makes me smile. On vacation in the south I had to stop and get a Piggly Wiggly reusable shopping bag. One of my favorite souvenirs next to my Waffle house mug. And I wonder why my husband thinks I’m ridiculous.

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        1. When my dad was about 8 and my and was about 12 (they are now 86 and 90 respectively) my dad asked my aunt if she knew who Piggly Wiggly’s brother was. She did not. He laughed and told her Hoggly Woggly to which she answered him with a punch in the face. To this day he will blurt out Hoggly Woggly to get a reaction from her. 🙂

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  24. I used to live in a very rough part of town and my husband referred to the bi-lo grocery store as the down-lo. I always think of that when you mention the ghetto lion. I live near a food lion store and I like to shop there. I used to go to Publix, but spent too much there. My son is still harping on that. He loved the publix free cookies for kids. I could buy him a whole box of cookies with what I save by going to food lion. Anyway, I like their store brand products. Their cereals are good too!
    Poor Edsel with the old hips! I hope some medicine can get him back to feeling well! Maybe some consistent warm weather will help too.
    Oh, I must tell you that someone I know asked for curly hair product recommendations on the book last night. Said person has WAVY hair only if she gels and scrunches while her hair is wet. If she blowdries, her hair is smooth and silky and straight. Someone suggested curly girl and there were other suggestions and I could not have rolled my eyes any harder. They may still be rolled back in my head. I wanted to comment “lady, you don’t know from curly!” But I kept my trap shut.

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  25. Edz old hips make me sad. As a mother of a pug, fmr., we gave her Rimadyl when her hips started acting up. Hoo knew pugs could get hip displaysia. It seemed to help.

    I have an old elbow and wrist. It hurts just to life a 12 pack of pop. Or soda, in the south. I think I’ll switch to 12 packs of beer and then I won’t care that it hurts.

    Also, too, I am in Texas for work and it is glorious down here with the leaves and the flowers and the pollen. Not the pollen part actually, but it’s so sunny I don’t care. I go home Tuesday and I’m sure it’s going to be in the 40s and gray.

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        1. YES! If I lived in a place that was cold 9 months out of the year, I’d be cranky too! Enjoy your stay in Texas! Don’t pick the bluebonnets!!

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  26. So many thing to comment about today. We have ghetto Kroger and murder Kroger in Atlanta. My husband loved the Krispy Kream smooth coffee, then they changed the roast, even though they deny it, but it has been changed. I found a brand at Aldi that has the smooth roast and it’s as good as the Krispy Kream and cheaper. Cheaper is often better.
    Your backyard looks so much larger than your other yard and such a nice space to enjoy before it is too hot to be outside. It’s such a great place for Edsel to play. It’s sad when our animals start to age and we know they are in pain. CBD oil seems to be a good solution for a lot of physical problems for animals and humans. Maybe I need that for my hip.
    When I was a kid we had an A&P in our neighborhood. They had boxes right in front of the entrance (inside the store) for people to take. My brother and I thought it was a grand idea, we loved those boxes. I especially remember at Christmas the A&P always had Christmas trees stacked vertically across the front of the store, some were even in wooden stands at the edge of the parking lot.
    Milhous vs Millhouse, what was your rationale for the spelling of his name? I know why you named him that, because you live in the historic millhouse. Why change the spelling unless he’s having a problem with it.
    Love all the photos.

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  27. Now that I’ve moved to the far end of town the Food Lion is my closest store and it IS ghetto Lion lol. It must be universal. I hate shopping there but not because it’s ghetto. I grew up in Atlanta Rd. trailer park, I fit right in. But, their prices are so high compared to the Kroger in town. I feel like they’re taking advantage of the fact that a lot of their customers are buying with food stamps and many of them don’t have transportation to go elsewhere, I’ve seen lots of people walking to the store and home with their little carts. It makes me indignant that the store’s business model is to build in underserved areas but then charge more.

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  28. Our Amy read the Mandy books when she was little. She thought Mandy’s cat Snowball was just wonderful. I bought her an actual Mandy Snowball cat. Amy was so excited. Since then we’ve gotten her several all white stuffed cats(acute allergies prevent actual white cat.) Well, she has named them all Snowball. But calls them 2,3,4,5 or whatever. Her favorite cat is Six. He sleeps on her pillow. Your naming of Blue made me think of 6 and co.

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  29. I hate seeing our pets get old, but that’s the circle of life I guess. My lab is 12 and his muzzle is solid white now. I wish their life span was closer to that of humans.
    I love your yard and fence and flowers. Edsel looks happy. Millhouse looks like he is plotting something sinister.

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  30. We had and lost many dogs and cats along the way . They were on RX medications. We switched to smaller dogs because big ones are too hard on older bodies when carrying them becomes necessary. I hope sweet Edz gets some relief.
    I too love your beautiful yard.

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  31. One of my chins (still laughing) and Millhouse looks like he’s smoking a cat cigar or sucking on a big toothpick. I give Roxie and Newbie Super Joint Enchancer chews which contain glucosamine and chondroitin from 1 800 pet meds. Aunt Kathy

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  32. We gave our greyhound CBD when she was anxious and not sleeping and achy. She was on it for several months and now is a new, improved dog. And she’s not on it anymore either. (So I guess it really isn’t habit-forming.) She is no longer anxious or achy and acts younger.

    I should try it on my asshole cat. Maybe it would calm him the eff down.

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  33. Eds looks like such a happy boy in those pictures. I’m sorry to hear of his hip problems. I know how heartbreaking it is to see them fall. I can relate on both issues. And Mill looks like he’s having a great time — or just showing off.

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  34. I like how the fence makes a big room out of your back yard. Extension of your living space inside.
    It is really a nice looking fence.

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  35. Edsel’s still young. He’s chasing Blu, which is a good thing. I love the sprinkling of white on his face. My dog, Tahoe, who is 15 now, is a Rottie/Shepherd mix. He stopped playing fetch outside, but he will chase things in the house. He did lose his hearing, and he will sleep so soundly he doesn’t hear you, so that’s a bit difficult. Trixie, on the other hand, is a 17 yr old Toy Fox Terrier mix. She is still spry even though her face has turned mostly white. It kills me to realize how old they are.

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  36. What a good pet person you are. And good friend. And good neighbor. And good employee. Honestly, you impress me. Love the pictures and writing today. I apologize for being so complimentary but truly, I’m impressed this morning. Thanks for giving my morning a pretty start.

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  37. Speaking of Blu, what is its official name? I have a friend with a big puppy who destroys most toys and she was asking for recommendations for durable toys.
    I love how green your yard is. And I love your St. Francis (?) statue that Millhaus is so in love with.
    Lovely post, Joob.

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    1. West Paw Design makes it. I don’t know what the actual toy is called, because years go by between Blu purchases. He destroyed every other toy, till Blu. I think I have Blu 4 and 5, currently.

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    2. My dog destroys everything too, I got him the kong extreme chew bone that I can put a dentastix in and he loves it. He hasn’t destroyed it and it’s his favorite.

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  38. Your fence and green grass look lovely and Eds looks so happy with Blu. My neighbor has been giving his dog Greenies with glucosamine and said it helps the hips. I’ll have to ask him if his dog has hip dysplasia or if it is arthritis.

    I can’t believe SadieDog is already twelve although her white face gives her away. Thankfully, she can still run when she gets the urge.

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  39. The Poet does look cute! Green is a lovely color on her.
    For all of you giving your pets CBD oil, is there a particular brand that is better and where do you buy it?

    Also, the scar on one of your chins…hee.

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          1. What kind of CBD for cats? Our newest kitty was abandoned and is a nervous/revenge pee-er. The feliway diffuser isn’t 100% helping. Sorry to butt in for advice.

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  40. Your Food Lion coffee reference reminds me of my mother. Way back in the early days of her first marriage, her mother in law lived with them. The old gal insisted that she had to have Nabob coffee. Mom would smile and nod, buy the less expensive coffee, put it in the Nabob container, and MIL was none the wiser.
    It’s always a pleasure to see your critters and you enjoying the beautiful weather.

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  41. I too dream of Ray’s Food Fair! I get to run the cash register next to the tower that was customer service. All of the buttons I get to push and then hit the total where the numbers pop up inside the window on the register.
    Ann and I walked there alone one sunny day. She must have thought I knew how to cross the street but I didn’t. She started across and I don’t know how it happened but I stopped in the middle. I remember trying to stay on the yellow lines as the cars whizzed past. Finally some one must have seen the fright in my eyes or Ann yelling at me when to cross. I was frozen with fear. We purchased the gallon of milk and I never let go of Ann crossing on the way back.
    People used to smoke cigarettes in that store while they shopped. We used to jump the colored tiles on the floor riddled with butts.

    Back to work across the street from the now Aaron’s rent to own furniture store.

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    1. Okay, first of all, VICKI! FROM MY CHILDHOOD!

      Second of all, I 100% totally forgot about customer service being high up there, near where they sol Danish-Go-Rounds.

      Twentieth of all, how you survived crossing Hess without knowing how is beyond me. Is it Hess? Am I right? I forget Saginaw street names now.

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  42. Hi June,

    My father has an Australian Heeler that started walking stiffly after his usual game of “jump for the ball.” We now throw the ball short distances instead of up in the air. He adjusted to a short romp instead of the leaping into the air (his favorite). Try the short version of the Blu game.

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  43. I agree with Nithya – stairs for the bed is a great idea. Our neighbor gives their old dog CBD oil and it has really helped him. Also, I love stores that let you have the boxes. I have a thing with boxes. It really pains me to throw away a good box. Copy paper boxes are the absolute best.

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  44. It seems weird to think of Edz getting old. I still think of him as that you just decided a little while ago to get him!
    I know a lot has happened in the world and your life since then. But in my head he’s still a toddler I guess.

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    1. Oh, it’s weird for me too. Today on Facebook they showed a memory, you know how they do that? It was from three years ago and it was a video of me asking him if he wanted to go for a walk, and his face is completely unwhite. I can see how he’s aged. He’ll be 9 in less than 3 months.

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  45. So as I am reading I am also eating a Razzle Dazzle cupcake brought in by coworkers – yes the company is called Razzle Dazzle Cupcakes and they are delicious and expensive and that is why today I love my coworkers and Razzle Dazzle
    My old dog is feeling his age – the long getting ups, the cannot hold his head up and thuds down scaring me every single time – Tramadol is working but it makes him sleepy so he only gets once a week or when I feel he needs it just bought some dog glucosamine chewables from Costco so fingers crossed – he likes to eat them so step one of not having to hide the damn thing is a win for me

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      1. Of course now I want to open a competing cupcake shop across from Razzle Dazzle called…
        Cowinkydink Cupcakes where we coincidentally we out dazzle the razzle

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  46. Fun Fact! (Sorry, Beverly.) I do not like Starbucks. It tastes burned (burnt?) to me. I live with two coffee aficionadi (I want to say “assholes.”) (and it’s easier to spell) and coffee chez H&B is an EVENT. Beans (organic, sustainable, from a specific eco-everything roastery that is apparently without carbon footprint. insert eyeroll here) must be measured, then ground and timed, then re-measured. Filtered water must be heated to a specific degree for a specific amount of time. The mug (as if; usually some other kind of pretentious and specific cup) must be warmed. Milk (organic) must be frothed. Simple syrup if you must. Granted, it is worth the wait (really not that long of a wait, plus somewhat entertaining) and the coffee is delicious but sometimes a girl just wants a K-cup to-go with Greek writing and a lid on it, you know? CRIPES. I feel absolutely scandalous when I grab a cup of coffee from the gas station, and downright dirty if I use flavored creamer.

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    1. Those Greek cups are so charming to me. You can only get them where you are, and I’ve always wanted to walk around with one, like a busy New York executive.

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    2. One of my brother in laws is a Coffee aficionado, he added a roasting room to his home. Coffee with him is an experience and is the best coffee I’ve ever had the pleasure of enjoying. He has also begun making wines and they are Delicious! Everything the man does is as fine as he has become. When my sister married him he was one thousand percent nerd and now fine as silk.

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    3. PSA: Starbucks coffee is burned (burnt). According to the owner of our local coffee house the water at SB is way too hot and that’s why their coffee is so bitter.

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  47. I think other people have mentioned this previously AND THIS IS NOT ADVICE, but I’ve been giving my VERY anxious, very German Shepherd with her hip dysplasia, dog CBD and it seems like she feels a lot better! I’m all for whatever drug helps them stay the happiest but thought I would try that first and so far, so good!

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  48. You can spell your pets or kids names any way you want! I know this because someone I know named their kid Khrystyna. So you could change his name to Myllhowz and nobody could say shit about it, although everyone would try.

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      1. I had twins named Kaandi and Krystial in my class 20-odd years ago..I always thought they would have to go into stripping or change their names.

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          1. I am a pediatric nurse, and you would not believe some of the names these poor children are given. I took care of twins named Fame and Fortune, a girl named Candida (as in Candida Albicans, an infection), and a baby named Tequila Sunrise. I could go on and on-there’s no end to parents’ stupidity when it comes to naming their children.

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            1. My back-alley neighbors have two girls – Freedom and Liberty. They also fly a 6 ft. Confederate flag. The Ghetto Lion is just two blocks over from us.

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  49. My dog is a husky collie mix and is 14 and has back hip problems too. I give him an Advil every day and it seems to help. I too am struggling with is it or isn’t it time, I don’t want him to suffer. He still charges full-steam ahead for meals so I take that as a sign of life.

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  50. Lovely post Coot.
    I need a new moisturizer, do you recommend the Oil of Olay? Your face looks so smooth and youthful. Also and too Edz and his hips. I started feeding my Bozz different food after his hips started bothering him. He now jumps around like a 9 year old puppy. Fresh chicken, carrots. Garlic and broccoli in bone broth seems to do the trick. He got his old razzle dazzle back. (Running and hiding from the liver)

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      1. I have my dogs on Gentle Giants dog food. You might want to google them. The name implies it is only for large dogs but that is not accurate. It significantly extends the life expectancy of our dogs and has added a youthful energy. We love it and so do they (all three of the dogs and the cat keeps stealing it)

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  51. I had a very cute elderly Asian man use razzle dazzle in a conversation amd it was just the sweetest thing. He had a strong accent and now I’m not annoyed by those two words anymore. There are plenty of others left.
    I hate when i have a frazzled morning, ruins my entire day!
    Poor Edsel, my buster is starting to slow down when I play with him, he’s 10 years old and I think his hips are bothering him.

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    1. Your back yard looks great! Also, my daughter told me never to wear makeup with a sunscreen in it for pictures. She said your face will appear shiny. Of course, all of my makeup has a sunscreen in it.

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  52. Edsel looks so happy outside, hopefully you can find a medicine that works for him. I know that is a GreenMan on your shed, but in the pictures it sort of looks like a DeadWoman. Chortling.

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  53. Coffee is in my top five of life! I am a Folgers girl. I’m in Florida so it is definitely NOT winter here. It was up around 90 yesterday. Summer has already arrived.

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  54. Poor Edsel and his hips! But he is looking so happy able to run round your garden.

    I’ve bought some pet stairs for my 14 year old dog. He was getting up first thing with ‘oof’ huffs. His breed makes him prone to hip dysplasia and vet advised not letting him add regular strain by jumping onto the bed/into the car. I guess this leaves him with more shelf life in his joints for fun? Touch wood still not needed to medicate him.

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  55. My poor Stella dog has some sort of degenerative spinal thing that will show up in her hips. She already hates jumping up unless she’s really excited. The gradual decline is inevitable, so I’m just making sure she stays as comfortable as possible over the next few months? Years? Who knows. It’s so hard.

    Ugh I am depressing. Lovely post, June! I think Millhouse is hilarious!

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  56. I have to be really honest with you June – in real life I have never heard anyone say “razzle dazzle”. But this is not surprising as my life tends to lack both razzle and dazzle.

    Yesterday I went to my retirement meeting. I realize I do not do well in groups, especially groups where people cannot just sit and listen. Instead they start yelling questions as soon as the poor beleaguered man switched to the next slide. One woman was taking photos of the slides, texting them to her husband who was elsewhere, and then asking HIS questions. And of course all that activity meant she couldn’t possibly just LISTEN. And did I mention they handed us a binder as we walked in the door that contained all of the slides? Lu annoy. Oh! and there wasn’t a single person in that room who felt the need to silence their phone. No razzle or dazzle in THAT day.

    Lovely lovely post June!

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      1. I’d have ground a razzle dazzle amount of enamel off my teeth. Ever since adults started giving out trophies for participating, everybody’s a participant. Let’s go get a coffee and bitch about young people today. I don’t think that’s been done before.

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  57. I meant to comment yesterday and never remembered to come back. I’ve been reading since the very beginning of BBP, but I usually only comment when you ask a question.

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  58. My lab, Hunter, has arthritis in his hip area (he’s 11). He’s on a strong anti-inflammatory which is over $100.00 per month. I can’t afford to go to the doctor at all, but the babydogs meds total $146.00.

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      1. We gave our old pup glucosamine (regular people kind), and later, Rimadyl — which upset her stomach so we went sparingly on that (plus, I think it’s bad for their livers or something? So it’s kind of a last resort?).

        It’s funny to think of now, but for the last 5 or so months of old Bailey’s life, when her hips got bad, she’d fall asleep, hard, and then couldn’t get herself up so we’d have to help lift her back legs each morning. Many times, she would’ve already … pooped. (do we say shit here? I forget the rules) Anyway, she never peed on the floor but had no problem just laying there in her (thankfully fairly solid) shit. (I say shit) And then she’d give you this look like, “yeah, I shit there. I’m old. What’re you going to do about it?”

        Also – Ed’s ears! LOVE!

        (does a reply count as a comment?)

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        1. This made me laugh. I had a dog who would give me a look like, “Yup. That’s dog shit. You got a problem with that? Come on, pick it up. Let’s go.”

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  59. Super cute pet pics! I love your spacious yard and everything is so green. We have no school today due to an April blizzard. Bah.

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  60. Excellent post, Juan! All of the photos are so vibrant and clear. Edsel looks happy in his yard with his Blu. It saddens me, though, to hear about his hips.

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  61. Good Morning, June! I just got done reading all of the comments from yesterday! Your yard is absolutely stunning. Spring! It was spring here, but today my kids have NO SCHOOL–another SNOW DAY! I, of course, still have class. So I am kinda crabby too. Good thing I only have one class today. I am there and home asap.

    Poor Edz and his hips. Franklin has a bad paw too and must be helped up and down from things.

    Lovely post, lovely June!

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