My husband posted all of these great pictures of Rex, our gentle German Shepard, and I couldn’t help but stroll down memory lane, reminiscing about his adolescent times, he literally ate the house and once our daughter had to go to school and tell her teacher that Rex had eaten her book with her homework attached. What really sticks out in my memory is what a wonderful babysitter he was, he lived for our two children. Rex could only relax when he knew where each of them were and that they were safe. He went nuts at pool time, he was our lifeguard on duty and he took his duties so seriously, he went into the pool and corralled the children to make sure no one drowned. Rex was amazing, he looked intimidating but there was no gentler giant than he, I miss him so very much.
I have, perhaps twice in my life, had muscle cramps in my leg, painful and shocking experiences, one was in my hamstring and the other was in my calf. Those two cramps happened long enough ago that I can’t quite remember how bad it was, intellectually though, I know it was very bad. Lately, in the evening, I’ve been getting cramps in my toes on my right leg, not the big toe, the third and fourth toes and while it is not excruciating pain like a muscular cramp, it still stinks. My hubby is really talented at getting rid of my pesky toe cramps by cracking those annoying toes, but being home alone, I have to do it myself which, as you can imagine, feels nowhere near as good as when your loved one does it for you. I have thought about what could be causing my toe cramps. I know that it can’t be due to dehydration because I drink all the time. Might it be too much sugar? I don’t eat that much sugar, I had ice cream today, but I would think that the sugar aspect would be a cumulative issue, not something that happens every once in a while. I wonder if it’s because of Jack, our little baby Jack Russell, he sits on me all the time, could he be constricting a nerve? I doubt it, he is funny though because he gets so annoyed when I gently put him to the side to crack my right foot. He even gets annoyed when he is sleeping on my lap and when my stomach growls loudly, it disturbs his nap he gets this peeved look on his little face.
I finally figured out how to show off my two baby boys, hooray for me!
I don’t think there any plans for us this weekend, no one is coming to visit, we aren’t slated to visit anyone. The weekend is free and clear. How wonderful and liberating. Having two children licensed to drive is a huge reason for the freedom of time. When the two were younger, we had sports events to drive to, skiing was really high on the list at one point, we also had sleep-overs at our house, sleep-overs to drive to, birthday parties and weekends seemed abnormally short.
Now the hubby and I can luxuriate in our time heavy weekend. Aside from the dogs needing me I don’t have anything on the agenda. Our son came over to visit this afternoon and mentioned perhaps seeing a movie with us if we were up for it. Translation, he would rather see a movie with us than his friends because it’s cheaper for him. Do we care? No, because spending an afternoon with our son at the movies and then at Arby’s is a treat. It is always wonderful spending time with baby Bob.
Our daughter is busy all weekend with her friends and boyfriend. Tonight she is at her semi-formal with the gang, she won’t be home until later, she invited the gang to sleep over as an extended party. Which leads into Saturday, she has plans with her friends during the day and then she has another couple’s event at the Church organized by the Youth group. Sunday will be her day of rest and I’m sure that she is going to need it, since there will have been a lot of dancing at the semi-formal, the sleep-over and probably the couple’s event as well.
So tomorrow morning I’ll be sleeping late or rather as late as Rex, our German Shepard, will allow me to, he is patient. After the dogs being walked and given biscuits and supplements, it is my turn for breakfast and coffee. I know that I won’t be seeing any young people for awhile. I’ll be enjoying my quiet time with my bowl of Crispix and coffee while reading my e-mail and then the Huffington Post. Yay for me.
Even when I am surrounded by family and friends I do get a tad sad with the closing of yet another year. I look back and realize that time relentlessly marches forward and doesn’t stop to wait for anyone. I sometimes look at the upcoming new year with a little trepidation. I am not too sure how fast this one will go, if it will bring good things or disappointment, a lot of uncertainty for the New Year’s eve. This year I am alone or relatively alone, my daughter is with her friends and my hubby and son are down in the south. I do have my two dogs with me to guard me and keep me company. Jack isn’t much protection but his ultra high bark can pierce your eardrums, Rex, on the other hand, my majestic German Shepard, he is a guard dog. He has been patrolling the back yard very intently the past few days barking a lot, which isn’t something he does often. It is as if he wants to remind everyone that he is on duty. Entering my house you won’t forget that he is on duty because he is 125 lbs and you have to walk around him, not like Jack who you can walk over him without a problem. So as the evening is drawing to a close and it is becoming night-time, I am getting a little sad, I know that I’ll be asleep in a bit, but I still feel alone saying good-bye to 2011. Hopefully 2012 will be a good, productive and healthy year for myself, my family here and abroad, and everyone else I hold dear.