Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Things here have been HECTIC to say the least...
That there is a female Hobo spider. Poor Booper had been sick for days with a swollen face before Double Shot and I took him to the vet on Sunday after I got back from taking Mr. Macchiato to the Urgent Care. On Thursday night we thought he'd been bitten by Browny because his face was swollen and he was bleeding on his upper lip. My mother-in-law said he hadn't but that she thought he'd gotten his face stuck in the fence barking and snarling at the neighbor dog. He also had an ear infection that I cleaned out and treated that night. Then Friday morning he started vomiting... all over our carpet in our bedroom. He seemed okay Friday day and evening and I fed him regular food on Saturday. We were gone all day at a wrestling tournament and there was no evidence he'd been sick when we got home. Sunday morning the vomiting began again in an alarming amount and while the swelling had gone down in his cheek his eyes had become swollen. After running many expensive tests the vet said it almost looked like a spider bite from the inside of his lip...
Thursday morning Benny was having a fit in the kitchen and when I went to see what was going on he had chased a large spider up the wall. I killed it and threw it away and never gave it another thought. That picture is exactly what the spider looked like. Benny got several shots and is now doing much better.
Our wallets are empty. Holey Moley. $613. 86 for the vet and $60.00 for the co-pay at the Urgent Care. Mr. Macchiato most likely had an attack of gastritis. Fortunately, after 4 hours it just stopped.
We are trying to adjust to my working in the midst of my mother-in-law's surgery/recovery and wrestling season... right on the heels of the Holidays and Jessica getting married during which I was really sick with bronchitis. My Christmas stuff is still piled on the ping pong table in the basement.
Things should be settling down soon. My mother-in-law is improving and getting around much better than before (which isn't saying much at this point... but she'll get there). Wrestling will be over February 19th and Double Shot is not going to play baseball because he wants to focus on conditioning for football. National Football Signing Day for colleges is tomorrow. Yay!
We, like much of the country, have got some wicked winter weather. Actually, it is quite beautiful here right now with the sun shining brightly. We got some snow yesterday but the real story here is the temperatures. We will only have a high of -1 degree today with wind chills -25 to -35 degrees. Obviously, I don't know how to do the little degree sign on the computer. LOL! Double Shot's school is closed and the building my office is located in is closed. I'm doing some stuff from home and will try to get to that Christmas stuff... bathrooms and laundry first though.
I am LOVING my job! There is so much I am learning. Today will be a month end report and expense invoice. I am so glad I am married to an accountant! I'll be having him check things for me. The absolute best part of my job is all the people I come in contact with!
Please keep JoJo in your prayers as she's going through cancer treatment. Also, our pastor's 32 year old daughter with down syndrome is having her fourth open heart surgery today. She is an absolute joy to all who know her!!!


Laura~peach~ said...

hugs and prayers!

Just Me said...

That spider is N-A-S-T-Y! Poor Benny!

My blogging has been sorely neglected. I see you've been very busy. I'm so glad you're loving your new job, and WHOOOOOOOT on Double Shot's college football!

claudia said...

Nasty spider, hurting poor Booper! I saw a spider like that at work one day. First time I have ever screamed. Told the guys that work there over the radio to get here now and fix it! They all came at once. Spider fixed.
It is such a blessing to have a job you love. I love mine...most days.
Stay safe!
All are in my prayers.
word verification is scired...apropriate for the spider theme. I'm scired of spiders!

jojo said...

That spider is so horrifying to me that I almost didn't read the post! I'm glad the dog, the hubs, and the MIL are all doing better...

thanks for all the well wishes, things really are going well and I am feeling stronger everyday. take care...;j

Deborah said...

Wow you are busy! I haven't been blogging much lately, just trying to get around and visit.
I'm glad to hear you're enjoying the new job!

Trisha said...

Wow! You certainly do have a lot going on in your world, don't you! I am glad that you finally figured out what was wrong with Benny and finally got that taken care of. Poor dear!

Glad everyone is doing well.

Euni Moore said...

What an awful thing to happen to your pet. Don't like spiders at all; once was bitten by a black widow. Your new job sounds good, glad you finally got the right match. I have followed you for a couple of years but first time commenting. I agree about the weather - too cold without snow accompanying it! Stay warm.

Chris H said...

I got a fright just seeing that photo of the spider!!!

Angela said...

My goodess girl..YIKES is the perfect title for this post.....I can't believe what spider can do to a poor little dog (well a little spider can do to a big do)...yuck!! Poor Booper. Nasty spider. Glad to hear you mil is on the mend, slowly but surely and poor hubby, glad it was over in four hours, but I'm quite sure it seemed longer than that to him...and busy busy lives we led eh? ..praise God we can do all things through Christ...even though it seems at times we can't..God IS good!!