Blood Donation Surprise

I entered the American Red Cross where gray-haired people with brown spotted skin filled the waiting room. This would be easy, I thought. I was the youngest potential blood donor in the room by at least fifteen years. I checked in, took a seat, and waited my turn. I was healthy and in my forties. I had contacted a local American Red Cross office for … Continue reading Blood Donation Surprise

Yellowjacket bee

Setting My Husband Up For Failure

It’s never intentional if my husband injures himself while assisting me. For instance, one day after shopping, I returned home and found him sitting at the kitchen table staring at me with cold, bleary eyes. I asked him what was wrong. He said, “Though I am not big on gardening, you wanted me to turn your compost pile, and I thought that I would get … Continue reading Setting My Husband Up For Failure

Black snake

Squatter Snake

The first eighteen months that we lived in our home, I had traipsed barefoot through the basement, using the stairway light, and the sun that streamed through the window to guide me. One night, I turned the corner and nearly stepped on something, consequently I have never walked through the basement in the dark again.   I flipped on the light, and a snake lay … Continue reading Squatter Snake

A five-month-old Leonberger puppy

Puppy was Attacked Four Times

My dog trainer teaches dog obedience and owner etiquette.  I have learned the following three tips:   Dogs on a leash are on the defensive; therefore it is not a good idea for leashed dogs to mingle.   Retractable leashes can confuse a dog because jerking the dog back is a correction and without training, they don’t understand the correction, so it’s not fair.   … Continue reading Puppy was Attacked Four Times