Hi I'm TB....a 47 year old single (for 3 years - not for lack of trying) overweight (according to BMI calculations... and the scales...and old photos and me) childless (not for lack of trying - past not present) professional woman (that sounds a bit wrong as a descriptor - but necessary in the whole background to why the blog)....and a recent puppy owner (will my life ever be the same again). Thanks for joining me in my journey of all the things I hope To be.... and a bit about what I had hoped To be...

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Puppy troubles

I think I mentioned that I have a puppy...Leo. He is absolutely gorgeous...and I love having him in my life - it certainly has brought about a few changes, mostly good - some are great in fact!  And I wouldn't have it any other way - in fact I wish I hadn't waited so long.

However, there have been some challenges along the way. You see when I chose Leo...a spur of the moment decision...had been thinking about getting a puppy and then just went to have a look...and there he was, so cute and docile and he put his head on my foot and looked up...and that was it...he was coming home, I didn't realise that he was very sick...less than 48 hours later we were at the Perth Vet Emergency Hospital .... at 11pm on a Monday night, diagnosis Guardia...with a few other adventures during the night (a story for another day) Leo had an overnight stay at the hospital on a drip, being syringe fed... and a $1000 later...he was on the mend - which meant feeds and checks every 4 hours, so middle of the night... and during the day (lunch time visits). But recover he did.

And then came the fits...so to date we have had 5 seizures (that I know of). They begin with Leo loosing coordination...dropping to one side, getting really glassy eyed and then his legs and tail go stiff and his whole body spasms...I still feel terrified! They last for about 5 to 10 minutes and then he is pretty tired for about 12 to 24 hours....we (the Vets and I) are still hoping that he will grow out of them - his last episode was Tuesday 25 January...when I was able to get him to the Vet for blood tests - so nothing sinister in the results...but just need to record the when and how....so fingers crossed.

He ended up having his op on Friday....so he is recovering well - although getting very frustrated with is Elizabethian collar (the bucket over his head). 

Leo October 2010

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Skyshow Australia Day

Happy Australia Day (well for yesterday). I have to say that I just love the Skyshow - something about being part of a big event that makes me go a little mushy...I have to admit that I get a little choked up when we all wave at each other from all vantage points - and expect that I have done so every year (except for the 3 that I have missed - can't believe that this time last year I was in New Zealand, having walked the Milford Track!)

Watched the fireworks from the City side - riverside, in line with the Crowne Plaza. The playlist was quite different this year - gone was 'Celebration' and Yothu Yindi...and in was a range of songs chosen to fit the theme of family, some great music. But what was most impressive was the different fireworks, lots of different colours and effects...lots of red and almost rainbow fluro colours....just gorgeous, in fact at times spectacular - to the point where many in the surrounding crowd (including me) clapped and cheered at a few points other than the big....and it was very big...finale at the end.

It was great to be out on a beautiful Perth evening...surrounded by happy families - made up of different age groups, blends and cultural backgrounds enjoying our beautiful city and the celebration of our wonderful country! Can't wait for next year...thinking I will give Kings Park a go, or possibly South Perth again. Any other suggestions?

Fireworks #1 by Camera Slayer
Thanks to Camera Slayer for the photo

Saturday, January 22, 2011


So here I am .... it's now 2011 and I have begun the year with a list of new New Year resolutions (hopes and dreams) not having acheived the last  (hold on .... I need to change that - not all the list) - and that's normal ...isn't it? Is it?

So who am I - I'm TB....a 47 year old single (for 3 years - not for lack of trying...think that is the problem not the solution) overweight (according to BMI calculations... and the scales...and old photos and me) childless (not for lack of trying - in the past... definitely not in the present...) professional woman (that sounds a bit wrong as a descriptor - but necessary in the whole background to why the blog)....and a recent puppy owner (will my life ever be the same again).

So why this? Why the blog? Mainly it is for me....to reflect on what has been, to capture what is, and to put out there my hopes and dreams keeping a record of the how and why (and a record of my achievements, amendments and memorable moments)....and hopefully get some help along the way!  And just maybe some of my learnings and life lessons might help others (even one other) along the way.... I know that I have been very lucky to have learnt some of my most valueable lessons from the stories of others (thank you especially to all the wise and wonderful people who I know and have known along the way).

So let the journey begin....and I just hope that Leo (my 5 month old puppy) isn't on a journey of his own - first day with dog door....can't wait to get home and find him still there! Yes, on my list is To be .... a great dog owner (mother)!

Photo thanks to Erixs