New Puppies!

Well, things have not lightened up any. I have been trying to get back into regular exercise in spite of a ‘bum wing’. Hauling bags and doing exercise classes on the ship did not help the rotator cuff tendonitis. So much for promising to be ‘good’. (Never believe me if I say that.)

I am supposed to renew my professional license. I tried for an hour or more Friday evening. When they tell you the help desk is overwhelmed with requests, it is NOT you. Just the same, I cannot help thinking just one more try will get me in. Stubborn to the death. I always believe there is something I can do. Perverse? Maybe.

It keeps me in there pitching until I am ready to scream and tear throats out. Morbid thought. Excellent way to get a stress headache for sure.

I start to teach a week this Wednesday. I had told my colleague I had time to help her with preparations on Friday. I did. It was just times she had appointments. Never bothered to compare schedules. Oops. I was a little upset because she was peeved about it.

Before I go on, I wanted to stress something Lin said she stressed to the FB group recently: visually impaired people have all sorts of normal, mundane problems. The things that have been driving me insane this week have mostly been the same things that drive sighted people crazy. In those ways, life is pretty, freaking normal.

And now – just to complicate matters – I am a new puppy mother! Yesterday we brought two, eight-week old, female chocolate labs home. For the past, 20 hours I have been dealing with ‘Destructo Dog’ x 2! The legs of my antique, oak library table have become chew toys. Electric cords are seen as tuggy toys and every piece of paper or plastic in the house is in danger of being shredded.

Know what? These are the same problems I had with the previous 7 dogs I have owned. My yellow lab chewed through a cord and my golden retriever chewed a piece off the hearth. This is puppies.

Have I had any visually impaired specific issues with the puppygirls? One is milk chocolate and one is dark chocolate. In low light I am not capable of telling them apart. Not sure that is a big problem. I have nearly tripped over them but my husband has had the same problem. That is not all vision related.

I will keep you apprised on how things are going. The first day, problems have not related to my vision loss but they might in the future.

Problems today have been pretty typical of anyone who has not had pups in 14 years. Did I go out at 4:30 this morning in 40 degree Fahrenheit weather with no shoes? Yep. Potty emergency. I have already stepped barefoot into the snow during housebreaking. Prefer not to, but I forgot to put a pair of slippers next to the door.

This too shall pass…and it will be all worth it.  Stay tuned for puppy updates!

Written November 19th, 2017

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